The End of EDTC 300

Hello everyone and welcome to my Summary of Learning blog post!

Two months ago, I started EDTC 300 and I was pretty clueless about technology. I often called on my dad or little brother for assistance with technology. In two months, I have learnt quite a lot about technology and I have become very comfortable with using Twitter, WordPress, Tweetdeck, and Feedly. Even though I have learnt quite a lot about technology, I still have had to call upon my brother to assist me with this summary of learning post.

Tech Support (a.k.a. my brother)

For my summary of learning post, I wanted to combine tech with non-tech. I decided that I would do a white board drawing for this post. I did not realize how much time it would take to create and edit this video. I thought it would be easy and take me at maximum of an hour or two. I was wrong. It took me way longer than two hours to create this because I was using some new technology.

There was quite a few steps in creating this video that I did not take into account. First, I had to record myself drawing all of the pictures. Since I am slightly a perfectionist, I had to record a few takes. After I was finally happy with my drawings, I had to record the voice over for the video. Thankfully, much to his displeasure, my boyfriend assisted me with recording both the video and the voice over. (If you check out my Twitter, he is the one that created the dinosaur.) After recording all of the videos and my voice, I proceeded to attempt to edit them. Key word: attempt. I got all of my videos cropped and ready to edit, only to find out the software that I was using did not allow me to speed up the pace of a section of my video. This was very important because my video was over sixteen minutes long and I had to narrow it down to five to seven minutes.  Thankfully, tech support (my little brother), had the technology on his computer that would allow me to properly edit my videos and he was nice enough to let me borrow his computer for a few hours.

My film crew for most of my videos. James (my boyfriend) and Dex (his dog)

After a few hours of figuring out the technology, I was finally able to make my finished video! I am super proud that I went out of my comfort zone and tried out some completely new technology. Now, I am not an artist, but I tried my best with the drawings. I hope that you enjoy the video because, even though it was difficult to create, I enjoyed making this video.

If you don’t want to watch the whole video, below is the script that I followed almost to a tee with my voice over. In the script there are links to some of the things that I discussed in my video as well.

Thank you for taking the time to watch (or read) my video. I hope you enjoyed it! Even though it was a lot of work, I really enjoyed EDTC 300. I plan on taking EDTC 400 next winter and I hope to see some of you there! Thank you all for a great two months!

Ashley Osachoff

Script

Hello everyone and welcome to my summary of learning post. I will discuss what I have learnt in the past two months in EDTC 300. In the first week we, learnt about Twitter and Blogging.

Wait. This is super boring. EDTC 300 is not boring at all. Let me show you all the fun stuff that I have learnt in the past two months.

Welcome to draw my life… well more like two months. Welcome to draw my journey through EDTC 300 2018 Spring Course.

Before I started this course, I did not know a lot about technology. I knew how to work my phone and basic Microsoft apps on my computer. So when Katia started discussing Twitter, PLNs and Blogging, I was stressed. Even though I was stressed, I was willing to learn as much as I possibly could.

When I first started EDTC 300, I had no clue what a PLN was, but I quickly learnt that it was a Personal Learning Network. A PLN is something that I can contribute to, but other people can also help me grow it. I really did not have a PLN before I started this class, but I was able to grow my network quickly.

I started my PLN with my very own blog that I created on WordPress.com. Blogging was a totally new territory for me and I was really nervous to start. Katia showed everyone how to make an amazing blog on WordPress.com and I learnt how to make pages, posts (yes there is a difference between the two), categories, comments, menus, and widgets. It took me some time, but I was able to create a blog that I am very proud of and it wasn’t as hard as I thought.

Along with creating my very own blog, I also created my own Twitter account. Twitter was another scary place for me as I had no clue what it was. Twitter was terrifying, but I was able to create my own account and add my own information on it. I was thrown right into the deep end with Twitter when I participated in the #saskedchat. The twitter chat was not that difficult, thanks to Tweetdeck which makes it so easy to keep track of hashtags, profiles and accounts. After taking part in the twitter chat, I quickly learnt about hashtags, retweets, replying and how to write everything I wanted to say in 280 characters.

Creating a Twitter account and Blog have added to my PLN, but they have also helped shape my digital identity. Before I took part in EDTC 300, when people googled my name, I did not pop up. Another person who lives in Ontario popped up. By creating a Twitter account and a Blog, I am creating a positive digital identity. To create a positive identity online, I have to THINK before I post. I am not the only person online, my future students are online and they should be taught the nine elements of digital citizenship.

EDTC 300 has not only taught me about digital citizenship, but it has also taught me the importance of being safe, kind and respectful online. I can take all of my knowledge with me to teach my future students.

In EDTC 300, I not only learnt about how to grow my own PLN and create a digital identity, but I also was shown a whole bunch of cool apps and extensions that I can use in my future classroom and throughout the rest of my university career. Some of the most useful and cool extensions that I was shown are Screencastify, Distraction Free YouTube, and Self Control. Some of the apps that I can use in my future classroom include Peardeck, Mentimeter, Kahoot, Plickers and many more.

And now to my favourite part of EDTC 300. CODING! I was so excited to learn how important coding is and how easy it is for students to learn how to code themselves. Participating in an hour of code was by far my favourite activity because my math brain loves the organization of coding. Coding is super fun and easy and you should definitely check out code.org or Scratch if you have not already!

And now we are at the end of EDTC 300. These past two months have been an amazing experience. I have learnt so much in this time and my brain is stuffed full of technologies that I will be able to take with me into my placements and my future classroom. EDTC 300 is a class that has changed my digital life forever.

I will miss EDTC 300, but don’t worry, I’ll be back for EDTC 400.

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

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Learning with Others

Hello everyone!

Over the past two months, I have been taking part in EDTC 300. It has been a wild ride and I have learnt a lot of new things, but one of the most important things that I learnt about was a Personal Learning Network, or PLN for short.

I had no idea what a PLN was before taking EDTC 300, or how important it was to have and maintain. Since I did not know what a PLN was prior to taking this course, I really did not have much of a PLN. But thanks to Katia and EDTC 300, I have begun to build my very own PLN.

My PLN is not something that I can only contribute to. Other people can contribute to my PLN and I can contribute to other people’s PLN. Through taking EDTC 300, I have started my own PLN by creating a Twitter account and my own blog. From creating these accounts and being active on them, I have begun to create my own PLN and I have contributed to other people’s PLN, especially those in my EDTC 300 class.

The most important site that I have been using to create my own PLN is Twitter. When I started this class, I had no clue how Twitter worked and I was extremely intimidated by it. But now, two short months later, I have made over one hundred tweets and I continue to tweet every day. I have used Twitter to stay up to date with what my classmates are discussing and finding interesting. I have also been sharing articles and other resources that I have found on Feedly that I really enjoyed and thought that others would enjoy them too. I really enjoy Twitter and I find it a good platform to get feedback and resources from fellow classmates and educators. Twitter has become such a great platform for me to use, that I have even begun to try more of its features such as retweeting, using more hashtags, and even making polls.

Along with posting and scrolling through Twitter, I have also participated in multiple Twitter chats, including the #saskedchat, #newteachertribe and #edtc300sum. I have enjoyed all of the chats I have participated in and I plan on participating in them after the class is over. Twitter chats are a great way for me to stay connected with other teachers both in Saskatchewan and across the globe. I love being able to “hear” other people’s thoughts and share some of my ideas with other educators.

By the way… if you want to survive your first Twitter chat, I highly suggest using Tweetdeck because it makes life so much easier.

Here is a quick screencast of what my Twitter page looks like.

Twitter is not the only way that I have contributed to other people’s PLN. I created my own blog for EDTC 300 and thanks to the EDTC 300 blog hub, I can easily access my classmates’ blogs and (creep on them to) see what they are posting about. I found myself often drawn to other people’s learning project posts because there was so much variation to what people were doing. I found so many people’s learning projects to be super fun and creative, especially the learning projects that included food or paint. I often read through a lot of posts about baking, cooking, painting, make up skills, running, and so many other cool projects! I often commented on peoples blog posts, especially those that I found interesting. Below is a slideshow of some of the comments that I have made on other people’s blogs.

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*I got really hungry most of the time when I was reading through the learning project post, especially when I looked at some of the creations Amanda and Lauren made.. I also may have creeped through a few blogs that looked really well put together to find inspiration for making my blog look a lot better than the bare bones I started with.

Commenting on other people’s blogs and having other people comment on my blog post has really increased my PLN. I have become more confident in my writing and my abilities thanks to some wonderful comments left by Anthea, Maple, Sydney, Lauren, Kelsey, Andrea, and many of my other EDTC 300 classmates. I tried to stay up to date with replying or liking the comments that people gave to me to ensure that people knew that I really appreciated their feedback. Below are some of the most inspiring comments that I received.

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The final piece of technology that I was tasked with using for EDTC 300 was the Google Plus group. I found this group to be very helpful when I needed assistance with technology or I just needed some feedb

 

ack from my fellow classmates. I was not able to answer a lot of my classmates’ questions on Google Plus simply because I was in the same boat as them and did not know the answer. I found a lot of other people’s questions and answers really helpful when I was having technological difficulties.

Some of my posts in the Google Plus Community.

I have really enjoyed learning how to build my own PLN in EDTC 300 and contributing to other people’s PLN. I plan to continue to use Twitter and my blog to engage with other people and grow my PLN. I am going to miss seeing all the things that my fellow classmates are doing and creating for their learning project, but I know that I will be able to see what they are up to over Twitter.

Thank you for reading my blog post! Please comment your thoughts on PLNs! I really appreciate all of the feedback and comments that I get!

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – It’s a Wrap

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my *sniff sniff* last learning project post.

For my learning project, as many of you may know, I decided that I would be learning ASL. I thought that I would be able to learn the whole ASL language in two short months. I know, not a realistic goal. I thought that learning ASL would be a lot easier since I would not have to talk. Boy, was I wrong.

Learning ASL, in my experience, was just as difficult as learning any other spoken language. I found it difficult to position my hands properly and remember all of the signs. I also found it hard to properly position my hands to mirror the person in the video. I often get my lefts and rights mixed up and trying to mirror someone confuses me quite a lot.

I did not have a great goal for my learning project and in hindsight, I wish I would have laid out a better plan for myself to learn ASL. I also wish I would have found the videos from Sign Language 101 a lot sooner because they are great videos that easily teach ASL. I also really like the quizzes at the end of the videos.

From this learning project, I have come to realize the importance of having a physical teacher when learning something like a language. I would have preferred to have someone there with me to help position my hands properly and sign with me.

Even though I didn’t learn the whole ASL language, I still learnt quite a bit of ASL. In two months, I learnt a lot of signs and I recorded my progress each week. Below is a list of all of the signs that I have learnt over the past few months and blog posts that I had created to showcase my progress.

ABCs

Numbers and Colours

Body Language and Gestures

Pronouns

Conversation with Danielle

Common Signs and Phrases

Looking back, I have learnt so much in ASL and I would like to continue to learn more ASL, but maybe at a slower pace. I hope to finish all of the videos from Sign Language 101 and be able to remember all the signs that I have previously learnt. This may be the end of my learning project, but this is not the end of my journey of learning ASL.

Thank you for following me through my journey of learning some ASL. I hope that at least one or two people decide to try to learn ASL themselves. It is a great way to communicate!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – Hello, Yes, No, Goodbye

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my learning project post! This week I have been practicing my ASL a lot! I had a conversation with Danielle earlier this week, which you can read all about on this blog post.

I had to learn a lot of new signs to prepare for the conversation that I was going to have with Danielle. I was planning on watching the third video from Sign Language 101 and thankfully it contained a lot of the signs that I needed to learn to prepare for the conversation with Danielle. The third video contained a lot of common sings and phrases that I could use in every day settings.

I really enjoyed learning the signs from the third video! Thankfully, I did not need another wake-up call when watching the video since I remembered most of my signs from the previous week.

The third video had A LOT of signs and phrases within it. There were over 70 new signs or phrases for me to learn. It took me a bit longer to learn the signs within this video, simply because there were a lot all at once. I took the quiz after only watching the video once and I did not do well. I decided to go back and watch the video over again to learn the signs. I also broke up the signs into three parts so I could focus on twenty to thirty signs at a time. I found breaking up the video made it a lot easier for me to remember the signs and phrases.

I made three videos for this post. I broke up the big list of signs into the three smaller groups that I learnt the signs in and recorded each of the groups separately. I found it a lot easier to record and edit the videos as well because they were so short. Here are the three videos in order!

Speaking of editing… you will notice something a bit different about these three videos and the video that I made with Danielle.

I decided that I would venture out of my comfort zone this week and tackle some video editing software. In my previous videos, I have been using pieces of paper to identify the signs that I was doing. I was getting kind of sick of cutting out and wasting all the paper. I thought it would be a good idea to challenge myself and try out something completely new. I downloaded Windows Movie Maker to edit the videos that are part of this post.

I found it really easy to use the Windows Movie Maker, but it is very time consuming to edit the videos. It took me quite some time to edit each of the videos and add in each subtitle for every word that I signed. But I have to say, the finished product is definitely worth all the effort. I am super proud that I didn’t get frustrated with the new technology and give up and go back to my old paper ways. I will be using this video software in the future for sure!

Thanks for reading my blog post! Sadly this is the last learning project post that I will be making for EDTC 300 before my wrap up post! Thank you all for following me on this journey! I hope you all have enjoyed watching me learn ASL and I hope that I have inspired at least one person to learn ASL themselves!

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – Not just Me!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog post!

This week I decided to try something different and have an ASL conversation with someone else! I decided to collaborate with Danielle Kelln from my EDTC 300 class. She is also learning ASL and Katia Hildebrandt gave us the idea that we should try to do a collaboration post since we were both learning ASL as our learning project.

Learning ASL by myself and only using technology has been difficult. I was excited to have the opportunity to communicate with someone else who is learning ASL. I knew that Danielle had been learning ASL for her learning project and that she was learning similar signs to the ones that I was learning or planned to learn. We decided that we would have a quick conversation over Zoom that we would record so everyone could see the progress that we have both made. We created the conversation ahead of time on a google document so we could practice before we actually recorded.

I am so glad that we had time to practice. I was planning on learning a lot of the signs that we would be using, but I did not know many of the signs prior to creating the conversation. I had to research a lot of the signs that we would be using. I also asked Danielle which app that she was using to learn ASL (she was using The ASL App) and I used it a lot.

I was really nervous for this conversation because I had to learn a lot of the signs for the first time. I searched through google and the ASL App to find all of the signs that I did not know. I used the ASL App for a lot of the sayings, such as “hello”, “nice to meet you”, “I am hearing”, “what” and “I am from”. I also used the third video from Sign Language 101 to learn the other signs that I did not know. The other website that I used was lifeprint.com to learn the sign “little”.

I practiced the signs a lot before we recorded the video to ensure that I could sign the conversation properly and be able to understand what Danielle was signing. Even though I practiced a lot for the conversation, I was still nervous when we were recording. I messed up a couple of my signs, but I ensured that I signed the correct sign before moving on. Even though I messed up a few signs, I am still happy that I tried to have a conversation with another person in ASL.

Here’s the video of our conversation! If you don’t want to watch the video, the Google Document of the conversation can be found here.

(My computer and internet connection was being very slow and cutting in and out when we recorded, so at some points I was signing fairly slow to ensure that my internet was working.)

I am glad that I reached out to Danielle to create this video. I feel more confident and motivated to learn more ASL. I would like to thank Danielle Kelln for taking the time to record the video with me! You should all go check out her blog as well.

In my next blog post I will be recording a video of myself doing some of the signs and phrases that I learnt from the third video from Sign Language 101.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post and watch the video. Comment below what you think about the video and the progress that I have been making. Go follow Danielle on Twitter and on her blog!

See you soon!

Ashley Osachoff

Coding Fun

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my blog post! This week in EDTC 300, we were tasked with learning how to code!

I was very excited to hear that we would be learning about coding, because I actually knew how to code prior to taking this class.

I took a computer science class in high school and I really enjoyed it. I learnt how to code in Visual Basic, which is an easier language to learn. I was excited when Katia Hildebrandt showed us code.org and Scratch because they both reminded me of coding in Visual Basic. I liked that both websites were very user friendly for both students and teachers that are new to code.

We had to participate in an hour of code from the website code.org  or create a program in Scratch. I chose to try out some of the coding from code.org . I decided to try two different hours of coding. The first hour of coding that I tried was an Undersea Arcade Game. This hour of coding allowed me to explore how to make characters do actions such as swim, spit bubbles and move across the screen. I liked this hour of coding because I was able to see how an arcade game would be coded and all of the work that is put into it. The second hour of coding that I tried was Disney’s Moana themed. I tried Wayfinding with Code and I really enjoyed it! This hour of code taught me how to make characters move on the screen and do things such as fish, strike, dodge and turn.

I am glad that I tried both of the hours of code because I was able to see two different types of activities that are available for free for people to try out. I really enjoyed doing both activities and  I found the Disney hour was a lot easier to complete because it had really easy to follow instructions. They also included an introduction video for each of the new coding elements such as the loops and repeated actions. The arcade game was a lot more challenging to attempt, but it also gave me the option to put my own spin on each of the characters and what I was coding, rather than simply following instructions.

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Coding is something that anyone can do, even children as young as four or five. Coding teaches kids more than just how to program a computer. Coding can teach children how to problem solve, think ahead, follow directions and be creative. Coding can be very simple, like the Moana game that I played, or it can be very difficult and complex. Since the world is becoming more and more technology based, children should learn some of the basics of code so they can not only learn how computers, apps and other programs work, but problem solving skills as well.

Learning to code does not only benefit students in a computer science class, it can also benefit students in many other classes. I am majoring in Math and there are many take-aways from learning how to code that can be transferred into a math classroom. Coding teaches kids how to problem solve, which is extremely important in math classes. Coding also teaches students how to work through a problem step-by-step which is also a skill that is needed in math, especially in higher level math classes.

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Learning how to code is something that every student should learn. There are many benefits to coding as I listed above. Many skills that are gained from learning how to code can transfer to many other classes, including a math class. I loved learning how to code both in high school and when participating in the hour of code.

I challenge everyone who is reading this to try out an  hour of code at code.org. It is a very easy website to use and I would suggest if you are new to coding to set the teacher level to beginner. There are tons of different hours that you can try so find one that you like!

hour_of_code_certificate

Thanks for reading my blog post! Comment below or on Twitter your thoughts on coding and your experience with code.org!

Ashley Osachoff

Learning ASL – Pronouns

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog post that once again took forever to make. For this learning project, I decided that I would learn some pronouns in ASL.

I used the second video from Sign Language 101 to learn some pronouns in ASL. I really enjoyed watching this video and learning the pronouns, but I did not watch the whole video because I have already learnt the alphabet and the numbers, or so I thought. I watched the video from the beginning of the pronoun section to the end which included a quiz at the end.

So, the quiz kinda kicked my butt a bit.

The quiz at the end gave me a good wake up call. I did not recognize all of the signs immediately and when I tried to practice my alphabet and numbers, I forgot some of the letter and numbers. I forgot the sign for D, F, X, 10, 20, and 21. Luckily a quick look at my previous learning project posts and I remembered what the signs were. Thankfully this wake-up call was the kick that I needed to practice my signs more often. Most of the signs that I learnt at the beginning of my learning project are not commonly used signs that I can associate with everyday things. Luckily, I plan on learning more signs that I can use and practice throughout my day to day life.

After the good kick in the butt, I have been practicing my signs when I am in the passenger seat on the way to and from work. This week I also learnt fourteen pronouns in ASL. I found it a lot easier to remember the pronouns because I can use them more often in my daily life. I also noticed some patterns within the pronouns, such as “ourselves” is the same motion as “we” but with a thumbs up. The patterns that I found made it a lot easier for me to remember the pronouns too.

Below is a video of me signing the pronouns that I learnt this week.

Could you guess any before I showed what they were? Comment below if you did!

Next week I plan on using the third video from Sign Language 101 to learn more signs that I can use in daily life. I also hope to stop using paper to describe what I am signing and I am working on figuring out how to use a program, with the help of my brother of course, that will allow me to add words into my videos!

Thanks for reading my blog post!

Ashley