Growing up YouTube was never a big part of my life. Around grade 7, however, I can remember suddenly being on YouTube constantly with my friends. We would play the videos for our teachers in class and would watch (then) famous videos repeatedly. ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ and ‘Fred Goes Swimming’ are a couple of videos I can remember watching numerous times. As Michael Wesch talks about videos going viral he shows different variations that can come from one simple video. When we talked about the Numa Numa video in class and watched the beginning of the video where we witness the remakes, I really started to realize just how many people can view an online image or video.
It is a slightly terrifying thought to realize how many people have access to a video or picture once it has been uploaded. As a future teacher what will technology look like in my classroom? Do other teachers realize how large the internet world is? There are many different opinions on technology in the classroom. I believe that it is important for students to understand how easy it is for something they post to be seen by a much larger group of people than originally intended for. In the YouTube video, Wesch explains how most of the videos posted on YouTube that go viral were only intended for an audience under 100 people. In some ways the ability to share something with the world is great and has worked in people’s favours (Justin Bieber). Social Media can also be a dangerous influence on society; people can post inappropriate, dangerous, or hurtful things online for the world to see.
I think that it is important to teach students about technology because Social Media is a such an influential part of peoples lives and technology is such so present in our world today. Banning it from the classroom could prevent students from safely learning about it and understanding more about how technology and social media both work. I think that it technology can have great benefits to students when used correctly and I do believe that teachers need to help guide students with it. Wesch says that over 50% of the YouTube videos feature someone aged 18-24, 25% aged 35 and over, and 25% were teenagers. The fact that younger kids are now gaining access to social media through their own phones or iPad means that they may not know and understand how social media works and they are likely more easily influenced. Teaching them safe ways to use the devices and technology that they already have may prevent them from making a mistake that can easily go viral in seconds.
There is a website that talks about introducing technology into the classroom that I read. I enjoyed one of the main topics they stated, which was ‘Learn it First’. I felt this was an important suggestion because many teachers do not know enough about technology and social media to be able to safely introduce it into their classrooms.
This week has been a surprisingly productive one as far as my learning project goes. I was excited and nervous to officially begin sewing, but luckily all has been well so far! This week I was able to practice sewing squares of fabric together using the cheap fabric I picked up from Walmart. It is not for the official quilt that I want to make, but for a smaller one that I am practicing on first. I chose to do a pattern of two matching squares with two random squares.
I am happy so far with how my project is going, but I am running low on thread, so next week may throw some new challenges my way. I also have not learned what to do with my squares once I have the amount that I want. I will need to find some new video resources and online blogs to help me sort out some of my future quilting steps.
To make these squares I started by laying them out in the pattern that I wanted them. I then put the top and bottom square together and inside out. I lined up the edges and pinned them together and then repeated with the second set of squares. From there I sewed both of my sets of squares together.
I then had to match up the squares together and inside out again to sew each set of two squares together to make the set of four.
This took some time and patience as there were a few times where I accidentally sewed squares together in the wrong pattern or sewed them inside out. Once I got a little more confident in myself I was able to relax and thoroughly enjoy myself for a bit. Once I had sewn quite I few sets of squares I decided to iron them flat as I was shown in an example video. This made them nice and flat and they looked much more promising after this step was complete
This past week I was finally able to practice using my sewing machine! I decided to try sewing using an old rag so that I could just throw it away once I was finished.
I sat down, plugged in my pedal, and shoved my rag near the presser foot. After pressing on the pedal several times and following my cords, I realized that I had plugged in the machine and the pedal cord did not need to be plugged in because it was attached to the machine. Thus began the task of finding out where the power switch on my machine was. Once I found that, I again tried to press the pedal down. This time my needle began moving- I was about to get excited when suddenly the thread flew out of the needle hole from the up/down motion. *sigh* Now I had to find out how to rethread my machine. Lucky for me the thread had only come out of 3 spots, which I was able to figure out on my own and put back together before struggling to get it through the needles hole.
Back to trying to put thread into fabric. I pulled the thread’s tail really far so that I could avoid another escape. I put my fabric back against the presser foot and slowly stepped on my pedal… nothing happened. Then I remembered that there is a way to lift the presser foot up—oh golly, another journey! Searching for the lever that lifts the presser foot up was slightly easier than searching for the power switch, and I found it a little quicker. I lifted up my presser foot, shoved my fabric underneath the foot near the needle, and clamped it back down onto the fabric. Pressing the pedal yet again, I finally succeeded in sewing the thread into the fabric, and bonus, I did not even sew over my finger!
After successfully sewing a few lines I cut some squares of fabric out and began sewing them together. Only problem was that I knew there was a certain way to do this, and I did not have any idea how to do so. I googled a video and discovered that you put them on top of each other, sew the edge, and then when you open them back up they will be attached. I also learned that after this step you should press the fabric with an iron. I did not do this step though, simply because it was a rag and I would be throwing it away anyway.
Now I am officially excited to start sewing but I am also dreading how much I still do not know. I currently have white top thread and red bottom thread. I have no idea how to change either of these things and I have no idea how to measure and cut squares of fabric. I also do not know how to refill the underneath threads, but I do remember my grandma doing so one time. SO I have a ton more to learn before I actually start my quilt. I did go to Walmart and pick up some $2.00 fabric to keep practicing on though, so hopefully I can keep learning new things about my machine while also learning how to sew straighter lines!
Here is where I went to learn my square sewing skills 😎
My first Twitter chat was, unfortunately, not a very thrilling one. 👎
My Twitter chat adventure started when I found a chat that would work with my schedule, it was a chat for elementary school teachers, but I thought that being a education student would not interfere too much. I opened the Twitter chat, opened my TweetDeck, and waited…. Several long minutes went by with nobody saying word. In the meantime, I was able to get some valuable bonding time with my TweetDeck, which I found highly amusing despite the lack of conversation going on. I found our Twitter chat from last class and decided to go through and reread some of the stuff the class discussed!
After about 10 minutes, somebody finally spoke in the chat, hurray! Just kidding, turns out it was a another lost soul trying to join the Twitter chat- which still was not even happening yet. She said that she was new and asked how to join the chat. I could not answer her because I was not 100% sure that I had even successfully joined it. I waited for a little while longer, the new joiner continued to wait as well, asking her question on how to join a couple more times. Finally somebody new commented “Hello everyone #elemchat,” but sadly there were still no real guiding questions or conversations going on. I am not sure if I was in the wrong spot, or if I just picked a dud chat, but I cannot say that this Twitter chat experience was the best one to be had. I did, however, enjoy our mock chat that we had last Wednesday which gives me hope that in the future I will be able to enjoy a Twitter chat!
So my learning project has had a fairly slow start – my dad could not find my sewing machine in the garage–fail! He finally found it for me yesterday though, Hurray! I did not get the chance to look at it yesterday due to my night class right after work so I had to wait until today to have a good look at it. I started by taking off the cover (big mistake). I was greeted with spider webs and major confusion and panic.
Like WOW are there ever a lot of buttons and switches on this thing. My first thought was to put the lid right back on and run to my computer to change my learning project. As you can see, however, I managed to get a grip. I began to really look at the sewing machine and appreciate where it came from. After spending a few minutes looking at the controls and finding a good spot to put the machine, I decided to snap a couple of pictures and snag the instruction manual. I have spent some time tonight learning what things are and where things go (vague, I know). More specifically I have learned where the thread goes and what the needle position means.
I will be retrieving my fabric this weekend and then the real tests will begin. I have also been reading my quilting book and will continue to do so until I get my fabric from the farm. I will hopefully get to spend some time this week practicing sewing random rags together so that I can get a feel for the sewing machine and how it works!
For my learning project I am going to be attempting to learn how to quilt. I have chosen this project because my grandma always used to make quilts before she passed away. When I was younger I would spend two weeks each summer taking swimming lessons and working on a quilting project with her. She passed away unexpectedly in 2006 and I was too young to really know how to quilt on my own. Now that I am older I can truly appreciate the talent that she had, and I have been wanting to learn how to sew for many years now. When I read about this project in the syllabus I thought that it would be a great time to learn.
I have a sewing machine that my grandma had bought for me when she was teaching me how to sew, and all her old fabrics and other sewing supplies are still at my grandparent’s farm. I am planning to make a patch quilt so that I can use up some of the fabric that is already available to me. I also have a quilting book that I got for my birthday a couple of years ago that I will use as a reference guide. I have found a website that has instructional videos as well.
Go to the farm and retrieve materials and thread
Decide on quilt size and pick out materials for quilt
Learn how to use my sewing machine through videos and practice
Once I understand the basics of sewing, I will begin my quilt
My name is Kaitlyn Ellis and I am a second year Ed student. I am in secondary education with a Health Major and a Inclusive Ed minor.
I am still unsure how I feel about blogging; I do enjoy reading other blogs but I don’t know if I enjoy writing my own yet. It seems like a really interactive way to keep up with information and other teachers, but right now I do not have a lot of background knowledge and experience with technology in the classroom. After reading the blog http://mixminder.com/five-reasons-teachers-should-start-a-blog/ I could begin to understand the appeal to it. I really liked the idea that blogging is a way to share your knowledge and ideas with others. As I continue to blog for this class and learn more about using WordPress, I am sure I will begin to enjoy it more.
Currently I at a split shift at a Before and After School Program in Moose Jaw. We have 75 kids from ages 6-12 that attend mornings and afternoons. In between my shifts I attend classes or work on my online classes. I absolutely love my job, the kids, and the environment that I work in. In my spare time I enjoy playing games, reading, and spending time with my family. I am a big animal lover; at home I have 3 cats and a dog, and at work I have two guinea pigs and a fish.
From this class I am hoping to achieve a broader understanding of the importance of technology for teachers and the importance of technology in the classroom with students. If I am able to understand and know more about the technological resources available to me as a future teacher, I will be able to share my understandings of it with my students.
Here is a link to my Twitter profile! I am still trying to learn how to use Twitter so currently my profile is basically empty but fingers crossed that I can start to learn how to use it haha!