Going, going, going, GONE

This week looks a little bit different for my learning project! I decided to outsource and look for tips and tricks for Procreate on TikTok. This wasn’t my first time on Tik Tok, but it was for the first time in a while. I had it last summer, but then when classes started, I forced myself to delete it…it was seriously taking up WAY too much of my time. For anyone who has TikTok, you know that you never just spend 5 minutes there… BUT I decided to re-download it for “educational purposes,” and honestly, it will probably stay that way forever given how many procreate videos I’ve watched. #Algorithms Anyways, I couldn’t believe how much information was out there! I learnt so much and have a hard time believing that I ever would have learnt the things I did if it weren’t for these videos. Okay, now to the good stuff what did I find?! Well here is the first video I watched. I couldn’t believe it. I HAD to try it for myself and the people IT WORKED. Check out my short iMovie to see! Okay, at this point I was SO excited that it worked, and it was not #ClickBait because we are all too familiar with that. I was on the hunt to find my next video and a few scrolls later I found one that BLEW MY MIND. Watch it below! it’s crazy! How many were in Visual Arts 10? The unit where we had to draw spheres?! I’m sorry, circles belong on paper, not spheres (I did not like that unit if you can’t tell). So from my traumatic experience in visual arts, you can understand why I am so blown away by this video. HOW CUTE?! I absolutely needed to try this but who could I use? I wanted to use a cartoon because I wanted a big and I mean BIG transformation. I wanted someone tall, dreamy, big smile, good with animals, adventurous… there was only one suitable option You heard me. SHREK. So I got myself ready, found a “golden ratio” template, and begun! How hard could it be right? Well, well, well let me tell you. When I say catastrophe I mean CATASTROPHE. I was having Visual Arts 10 flashbacks. I can’t believe that I am even sharing this online. WARNING MAY CAUSE NIGHTMARES I warned you…

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Life-Changing Ways to be Smarter Online!

GOTCHA If you clicked on this article soley because the title was too good to pass up on, you are a victim of (my) clickbate. Don’t be upset though, it happens to the best of us; if I saw a killer blog post by #TheRealCaelynHembroff I’d click too. We have all seen our fair share of #FakeNews… especially in the 2017-2021 presidential term. Fake news isn’t anything “new.” We are just starting to see a whole lot more of it. As a Social Studies major, I can confidently say that my students and I will encounter a ton of it. This post is dedicated to how I will integrate digital literacy about fake news into my classroom. So how can I get this in my classroom? But first, a quick look at the timeline of the digital revolution… Question to all of my fellow educators: what year was the current Social Studies curriculum made? A logical answer? Within the past 10 years. Oh no, no NO this baby (or should I say millennial) was made in 1997. Now let us glance down at the chart below and notice that this curriculum was made BEFORE BLUETOOTH, FACEBOOK, IPHONES, AND EVERYTHING GOOD IN TECHNOLOGY. All I can say is my work is cut out for me to connect this ancient curriculum to contemporary times. So where to start. Well, once your eyes adjust to reading a font that looks like it has been photocopied 10 times, you will see on the first page the major goals for teaching Social Studies. Here it lists “concept formation, knowledge, skills/abilities, and values” okay, this is something that I can work with. Digital literacy is pretty much all of these things. Let’s start with knowledge. Knowledge…hmm, not the clearest objective there SS curriculum but like I said, I know I have my work cut out for me. SO how can I look at this? When I think of knowledge, I think of the whole picture and get a whole picture you need context. Context is critical to understanding information- how many times have you seen a crazy news title like “Teen Attacked and Almost Eaten by Hungry Tiger”? Then, you click on it and realize the entire context of the story is missing. The teen taunted the tiger while at the Zoo, climbed over the fence, and walked up to the tiger… now it is a completely different story. This is also known as Clickbait and it can be extremely convincing…Looking past the headline is so so so important, and I learned alllll about it in this article. Moving onto the second goal skills/abilities alright SS curriculum you’ve got me again. As defined in the curriculum, skills, and abilities are to organize, interpret and communicate social studies information. To my saving grace A FREE LESSON PLAN. This lesson plan comes with these questions as well as a questions sheet for students. This is a great resource for students to practice sorting through what information is credible, how to use it, where to find it. Last but not least, we have the third goal values. Values are extremely important for digital literacy. It is crucial that students learn the importance of what they share on the internet. This can be for personal reasons or educational. For this blog post, I am going to be discussing the educational aspect of values online. If we are teaching students how to sift through fake news, we also have to teach them that it’s not okay to produce it either. For expertise on this topic, I have looked to the article. It’s Easier to Call a Fact a Fact When it’s One You Like. This article goes over a study that was performed and states: “In general they found people were better at correctly identifying a factual statement if it aligned with or supported their political beliefs” It’s Easier to Call a Fact a Fact When it’s One You Like I mean the results of the study make sense, but that doesn’t make it right. In terms of social studies, I can see this fitting right into a debate exercise. In a heavy debate, people can get a little bit carried away and often make facts up or twist the truth to make it sound better in support of their argument. I could talk about digital citizenship forever, but it is the integration to curriculum that is tricky…especially when the curriculum was made BEFORE most of the digital technology we are using today. This, amongst so many other topics that belong in schools (that aren’t in the curriculum), are not getting any less important, so it’s best to keep up with it as it continues to grow! This is what I want my students to picture and think of every time they go to post something… Would Ms. Hembroff approve of this? If she saw this would she be proud? Disappointed? Visual/auditory learner like I am? Here is a short video that will give you a good idea about digital literacy. Want to see some #NotFakeNews? Check out my Twitter!

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I’ll be a professional animator in a GIPHY

Okay, people! Today was the day I tacked gifs (well tried too). If you saw my post from last week and read it alllllllll the way to the end you would have seen that I was asking what I should animate in my latest drawing. With the hefty response to one comment, I chose to animate a few things! First things first let’s look at the comparison from what I added from last week to this week. I was in search of how to make a drawing go from “okay” to “okay but better” and I came across this beauty (link) After I spiced up my drawing a little bit I was on the hunt for a video to teach me how to animate! I came across a SUPER helpful video and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is trying to learn how to animate on Procreate! Here is the link. It was definitely one of the bigger learning curves I have taken this semester for my #LearningProject but one that was well worth it! To upload the GIF onto my blog I had to make a GIPHY account and upload them from there- it was super easy! The only complaint I have is the quality of the GIF after exporting it…for some reason, the quality goes right out the window but looks completely fine on my iPad. If anyone knows why this happens or how to fix it please let me know in the comments! What you are seeing above: So what you’re looking at in my GIF is a series of different frames. You can kind of pull them out if you take a look at what is changing closely. As you can see there are 3 plant frames but on each one I just changed the colors a little bit to make it look like there was more! The smiley face has a total of 16 frames- you’d never know! There are 8 frames closing the eye and then 8 frames to open it again! Crazy right?! 16 frames just for that little thing. Then there is the light, this was the easiest one and all I had to do was change the colour of it on every other frame. After all of that, I put it on a loop so that it would just repeat itself! Overall I this was a super-easy way to have some fun with animation in a simplified way! It takes some time to get the hang of the different frames and how they work together but once you do you’ll have a seamless animation in no time! Cant get enough? Check out some of my past blog posts!

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My Inner Detective

Hello everyone! I hope that this post finds you in good health #NotTodayCorona To start off this week’s post I have a question for you…have you ever googled yourself? If you haven’t you definitely should not only is it exciting but it is important to know what information you have out there! This week we were asked to google a fellow class member and try to find out as much about them as possible! I got the privilege of working with classmate Kassia Nameth, and you can check out her blog here or below! Kassia and I have taken a couple of classes together, but it can be hard to connect with school being online. I am so thankful that Katia has set up our EDTC300 class to be as personal as possible. This class truly has a strong sense of community, and that is something we all need a good dose of lately. When you are going to do some online stalking, where is the first place you’re going to look? For me…Facebook! I could picture all of the juicy info I would be able to find on her. NOPE. Her privacy settings were in full effect, and I got nothing but a profile picture! Okay, Kassia to your blog I go! Here I found out a little bit more. I found out that she was born and raised in Southey, SK and she was extremely involved in her community. Throughout high school, she was an active member of the SCC, played various sports, and received a youth leadership award. From her blog I was also able to find out that she was 1 of 6 kids and her mom ran a daycare- this totally goes hand in hand with her elementary ed degree! I can’t say that I was satisfied with this information so I looked a little bit further. Knowing that Southey is a small town how many Nameth’s could there be!? From here I was able to find out her parent’s names and addresses. This wasn’t all that alarming because this is information that you can find in a simple yellow page lookup. After this, I sifted through the images that her Google search brings up, and It was nothing but positive things! From this Google search, I was also able to see that she is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Edusites, Apple Podcasts, and Pinterest. From what I was able to find Kassia has a picture-perfect online footprint! From her online presence alone I would absolutely hire her and be her friend. She has a great balance of information, nothing too personal but enough that I get an idea about who she is as a person. If I had to give her any advice it would be to keep doing what you’re doing!

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Keeping Up With The Kids

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well! Here is a little blog post on digital citizenship its importance, and how to get it into your classroom! Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments your thoughts! Can anyone else’s pre-teen/early-teen years relate to the photo of the girl below? I sure can. Okay people, let’s be honest, 13-year-olds today do not look like us when we were 13… It seems that every year, the age of maturity gets younger. There isn’t that awkward blue eyeshadow and layered t-shirt phase anymore. They don’t have those oh so terribly amazing mirror selfie photos we would take of ourselves on a digital camera. Born in 2001, I was kind of right on the cusp of the changing era of technology. Try and think back to this time; Think of the learning curve we all had to undergo learning about the internet, cell phones, and wifi. For those of us who were born into this world, think of any time you had to learn something new…its tough and frustrating but also exciting. That being said, learning something new (something fresh off the market) comes with risks. Risks of the unknown. To Put Things Into Perspective: Here is an analogy I thought of to help put this into perspective. Do you think that when cars were first made that they were worried about car accidents? No, they weren’t. First of all, they were not fast enough to do any deviating damage, and secondly, this was NEW, people were excited, and the last thing on their minds was anything negative. BUT, that being said, cars slowly got faster, smarter, and more accessible. Now, let’s look at this insight of our children growing up with phones. When we first saw the development of technology, it was slow and not very accessible. However, this too slowly started to get faster, smarter, and more accessible. These kiddos didn’t grow up learning with the technology, they were born into it. BUT unlike driving a car, there isn’t a course on technology safety, these kids are learning the hard way. With kids becoming older at a younger age, it is even more important to be educated about being safe online! As I said, there is no driver safety course for these kids, so I think that it should be integrated into our school systems starting right from grade one. You may be wondering how to get this into the classroom? Here is where you can get started. Take a look at Ribbles nine elements of digital citizenship or read below for a short overview. Digital Access: Who has access/who does not/open access to those who don’t have access to Digital Commerce: this is the way of the future people! The tools and safeguards in place to assist those buying, selling, banking, or using money in any way in the digital space Digital Communication and Collaboration: how to use technology to express themselves and voice Digital Etiquette: making sure that we are thinking of others before posting Digital Fluency: understanding the purpose of technology/real news vs. fake news Digital Health and Welfare: refers to the physical and psychological well-being in a digital world/when it is appropriate Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds  Digital Rights and Responsibility: Educators must help students understand that protecting others both online and in the real world is essential skills to have Digital Security and Privacy: Education viruses, worms and other bots can be passed along from one system to another just like an illness Now, each of these elements opens up to a wide range of being safe online, and to comprehend some of these elements experience is needed. Imagine telling a student in grade one that there are bugs in their iPad… #TotalMelyDown. This is why each of these elements belongs in different grades. First off we have Digital Access. This one I believe belongs in all grades. If students don’t have access to technology we as educators can not expect them to know how to use it. If technology is used in the classroom then all students K-12 should have access to it. The second is Digital Commerce. For students to have a grasp on this element they will have to understand not only technology but currency as well to be sufficient in this. This could be used in grades eleven and twelve and could be integrated into the foundation’s math curriculum or accounting 30. Outcomes may look like FM30.1 Demonstrate understanding of financial decision making including analysis of renting, leasing, buying, credit, compound interest, and investment portfolios. Outcomes could look like the ability to use online baking (stimulation). Moving into number 5 Digital Fluency I believe that this could be integrated into younger classrooms. Have you ever talked to a 5-7-year-old? They are g-u-l-l-i-b-l-e. This can be dangerous because click bate is CONVINCING! Not only that but photoshop is so crazy advanced now that people can make anything look real. It is important that our students know how to use their sleuthing brains when online. This could be integrated into a literacy unit where students are looking at photos. Adobe photoshop actually has a website that sets up a real vs fake quiz that is available for free. It isn’t quite as extreme as some fake photos or statements that I have seen but it gives the students an idea. They could be marked on the ability to decipher what is real and what is not.

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Learning Project X International Woman’s Day

Hey everyone! This week for my learning project, I wanted to do something incorporating International Women’s Day. Every year I use this day to think about all of the amazing women in my life and in Canadian history. For this week’s drawing, I got all of my inspiration from Pinterest. I spent more time than I would like to admit looking at different drawings and getting inspired! After I had a good idea of what I wanted to do, I uploaded an image onto procreate and traced out the general face shape. This is one of the many benefits of digital drawing! The photo I used is a really good friend of mine. Her determination, drive and kind heart pushes me to be my best self every day. She is a pillar in my life, so I wanted to incorporate her into my International Woman’s Day drawing! When I started this I wasn’t completely sure how it was going to look at the end since I was just kind of doing my own thing. After I finished I went in with the eraser tool on her chin, hairline and neck. I LOVE the way that this looked so then I added some more detail with the black ink technical pen to do some other outlines. The one thing that I find to love most about Procreate is how adaptable it is. With digital drawing, it is as easy as hitting the back button to get rid of something that you dont like. Or if you royally screw up you can just select what you did and delete it. That being said…having those abilities can work against you as well- I think that some of the best pieces of art come from mistakes! Next week: I want to hear what you think! Should I do a plant-based print, a quote-based or a person-based print?? Let me know in the comments!

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WeVideo…We Aren’t Sold On It

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking out this week’s post. My learning project update this week looks a little bit different than usual. I used a platform called WeVideo to compile a video to show you exactly how I have been drawing on Procreate. First Impression: This was my first time using WeVideo, and it was definitely a learning curve! I found it to be similar to iMovie in terms of putting pre-recorded videos together. The biggest perk of WeVideo is that your account can be reached from anywhere as it is just a website login. Whereas iMovie is restricted to the device that you started the video on. I have to say that I found myself frustrated with it more than a few times. Given that I was using the free version of the website, there were a lot of restrictions. Several options include adding font, music, and themes or adjusting videos by increasing/decreasing speed and cropping them. The biggest drawback to the free version is you are limited to the size of media you can upload and the overall length of the video (5 mins). This made uploading and compiling the videos slightly difficult. Here is the pricing for WeVideo. I seriously considered buying the Power package because I was so frustrated with uploading my videos, but I ended up pushing through and figuring it out! As you can see in my video, there are a few “holes” when it comes to my finished product, and this is because I was not able to upload any new media after my initial uploads…frustrating. I would have liked to add in some of the videos I had explaining procreate more and the process I go through. After trying to export the video, I found out that I would have to take out all of the premium applications I used…I initially thought that you could use them, and my video would have the watermark… NOPE. Sooooo I turned to the next best option Screencastify! After my not-so-awesome experience with WeVideo, Screencastify was a DREAM to work with! I simply recorded my screen and uploaded the video here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N27Z5EgArQ Classroom Application: One major benefit to WeVideo is that it allows for many creators to be on the same account at the same time! This would be super beneficial in the classroom as students can work collaboratively on one video. Another benefit is that it is pretty user-friendly (it would be even better with the paid version). Because of the user-friendly trait, I would say that this would be a fit for students from grades 5-12! I hope that this blog post gave some insight into the free version of WeVideo and how I have been making my digital designs! Have you tried WeVideo? What were your thoughts? Any tips or tricks for me to use? Let me know in the comments!

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Rooting for Procreate

This week I decided to tackle some simple-looking plants and leaves. I am a plant mom at heart so I was really excited to try drawing these babies!

The video I used to help me this week took a watercolour approach to fill in the leaves. The video …

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Twitter Isn’t Just For Celebrities?

Hello everyone! This past week my EDTC 300 class took part in the #saskedchat. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t until I was in it! The #saskedchat is hosted on Twitter, and it is for the teacher community to come together to chat! The host tweets out a series of questions, and then everyone participating tweets back and interacts with each other. Cool right?! I think that this is such a neat idea that brings teachers together! It really did feel like a big community while we were tweeting away. Also not a big deal, but my newest fan, @googledrive, really liked what I had to say about them… As per my Twitter usage, before this class, I only thought it was a place for celebrities to share not such interesting information and Donald Trump to ramble… BUT has my mind changed! Twitter is really so much more than that. I can really see myself using it in the classroom. HELLO 21st CENTURY. I’m thinking that I couldn’t set something like the #SaskEdChat up for my classroom. We could use it as a way of reviewing a topic or brainstorming ideas. Technology is not just a tool. It can give learners a voice they might not have had before George Couros I think that taking part in the #SaskEdChat was a great resource in terms of professional development. This was one of the first times that I was in the position of being a teacher and viewed as a teacher. I expected class that night to have gone much differently. Sometimes I find myself just sitting behind my computer all day, reading, writing and responding to assignments- This change-up in a class really gave me all the teacher feels, and I loved it! Working, thinking, and responding with fellow educators was empowering in a way. The community aspect I am still blown away from and is probably my favourite feature of Twitter! Who would have thought? A community… on Twitter? YES!

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Feeling the Pressure…Literally

OK… this was so fun. I do have to say, though, those fancy looking posters with quotes on them are severely underrated… I really didn’t realize how challenging it can be! The biggest challenge I found was effortlessly keeping my letters all the same size. When you are writing out a letter, you use different pressures at different points of the letter. A general rule for this is when you stroke down, you put more pressure- making the stroke larger, and when you pull up, you release the pressure- making the stroke thinner. I started with a practice sheet to try and get the hang of it, I seriously underestimated how hard it would be to repeat the letters without a guide. This is my work traced over the practice sheet. Eventually, I started to get the hang of it and continued to look for tips and tricks online. My major resource was a video that Cyandra shared with me as well as one that I found on my own. This was an enjoyable week because it is something I have never done before! I also went and did one that had types out words- much simpler. This really cool “liquify” tool on Procreate allows you to make these neat marble-looking backgrounds, and that is what you see below!

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