Summary of Learning

Hello everyone! Here we are the end of the semester. To look back at the time we’ve spent in ECS110, I’ve made a powerpoint with some commentary over it to show how much I’ve learned and changed over the past few months. To see my thought process change so much over just a semester is insane. While you’re learning, it’s hard to see how much the things you’re learning is changing you, but looking at it all at once from start to finish, you can see just how much change there actually was.

Without further ado, I present my ECS110 Summary of Learning!

Works Cited

Sensoy, Ozlem, and Robin DiAngelo. Is Every One Really Equal? Edited by James A. Banks, 2nd ed., Teachers College Press, 2017.

Simpson, Jesse. Jesse Simpson’s Blog. WordPress, 2017, jessejaysimpson.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/treatyedcamp-my-experience/. Accessed 6 December 2017

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Connecting With Others

Well, this will officially be my final post for the EDTC300 class. My first semester of university has moved so much, that it’s almost overwhelming. EDTC300 is a class that I was looking forward to from the start, since I’m pretty big into technology, and it didn’t let down, even though it didn’t exactly hit my expectations. Learning how to effectively use technology in an educational manner is an important detail that we, as teachers in a modern world, need to know about. Connecting with other educators in an online world one of those details that I believe shouldn’t be overlooked.

With that, I’ll be going over the various ways I’ve connected with my EDTC300 peers over the course of the semester.

The way I felt most connected with my peers was through WordPress, and our blogs.

Through our blogs, I have been able to read and reflect on posts made by my peers. Even though I did a lot more reading than responding, it was still super interesting to be able to follow my classmate’s learning projects and blog posts. The learning projects were super interesting to follow since I could see the huge variety of things we were all learning, and the blog posts were also interesting because I could see alternate views to something that I portrayed in my own blog.

When I responded to my classmates on WordPress, I approached them differently depending on the post. For a learning project post, I tried to leave messages that were encouraging, and for regular blog posts, I posed questions to make the writer think more about the subject.

Some examples of my posts on the blogs

Another online community I – admittedly lightly – used was Google+. The EDTC300 Google+ page was a community for us to gather and ask/answer any questions we may have had with any project, reading, or otherwise. The way that I used Google+ was mainly to get a partner for the two-part argument assignment that I ended up completing with Luke Anderson (You can read Luke’s response here). We connected on Google+ and we were able to exchange phone numbers to discuss the assignment further. Google+ was a very simple way to get in touch with the entire class for quick inquiries.

Google+ post where Luke and I teamed up for a project.

The last big way we connected with each other through an online network was through Twitter. Through Twitter, we were able to connect with each other by sharing blog posts our other applicable links related to EDTC300. This was an easy, convenient way to share information with each other and connect with one another. Another useful way to use Twitter is participating in Live Chats, or more specifically for our class, Live Ed Chats. These chats let you connect with others in real time to talk about a specific subject set by the chat host. Ed Chats are a great way to connect with other educators from all over the world and learn from their experiences. It gives you a different perspective on things when you hear them from someone else who may not be a peer. Twitter is a great way for connecting with, not only your peers and fellow educators, but educators all over the world.

Some examples of connecting on Twitter.

All these different ways of connecting are, to be honest, a little overwhelming. However, all of these methods of connecting are extremely useful for an educator. It allows you to gain so many different perspectives on different subjects and views. Being able to connect with so many different people over the semester, purely through online resources, is an amazing thing that us modern educators should take advantage of in our classrooms.

And with that, this is the finale of my time in EDTC300. I wish the best to everyone continuing forward and I hope you all have a great Christmas, New Year,  2018, and foreseeable future!

From Then to Now – Wrapping It All Up

Hello all!

Well, here we are. My final post of my learning project, the piano. In this post, I’m going be going over everything I’ve learned so far in my time with the piano, straight from day 0 to now!  I’ve come a long way since September, so I want to put everything I’ve learned into one blog post to close out the semester. So with that, let’s get started from the beginning!

Let’s start from the beginning of our piano journey and work to the end. Photo Credit: MFer Photography Flickr via Compfight cc

Week 1: “Oh look, another musical instrument!”

Week 2: “Learning How to Sit, Among Other Things”

Week 3: “Double Trouble”

  • Beginning to play scales/pieces with both the left and right hands simultaneously
  • Begin to search for my own piano to practice at home (up until this point, I was using one of the University’s pianos in the Riddel Center’s basement)

Week 4: “Another Week, More Progress”

Week 5: “Learning to Play An Upright is Pia-No Problem!”

Week 6: “Scaling Above and Below”

  • Tragically losing my progress video for the week!
  • Finally able to play C and G Major scales up/down the piano without any major mistakes
  • Conquered the ‘complex time signature’ piece from last week

Week 7: “Contrary To What I Thought, Scales Never End!”

Week 8: “To Do Good, You Really Gotta Tri(ad)”

Week 9: “Piecing It Together”

Week 10: “One Hand At a Time”

And that leaves us to this week, our final week! So, what have I conquered since last time? Well…

I learned the piece from Week 9 in both my right and left hands well enough to play it all the way through! It was a trek (especially the middle part of the song), but I was able to fully play it through hands together. I’m super proud of that.

Not only that, but I met my goal! Or at least, the minimum that I set for my goal. The minimum was to be able to play I Won’t See You Tonight Pt. 1’s intro on the piano in the right hand, which I was able to accomplish. I had also said I would have liked to learn the left hand part and play them together, but it ultimately proved to be a much more difficult task than I had thought. I WAS, however, able to play them separately, which is what I did for the recording in the video and I just put it together to make the overall sound better. The video is all of the right hand, however.

So, what have I learned about online learning in the past few months? Well, let’s go over it.

1. Variety is key.

While it’s great to stick to a specific resource for learning, it’s always good to use a variety if you’re trying to learn something. It gives you multiple perspectives and teaching methods, which may help you understand better. There’s nothing wrong with having one ‘main’ learning method, but it’s also good to have different learning resources, just for that extra perspective.

2. Consult ‘offline’ resources

You don’t need to completely rely on online resources! Researching offline resources, such as an instructor or a class, is also useful for the same reason I mentioned in the first point – variety. Not only that, but having face-to-face learning sessions, where the learning can be personalized to best fit you can also be a very effective method to learning as opposed to the “one size fits all” method you have when you consult online methods.

3.  Sharing!

Since we’re learning in an online space, it makes sense to share your progress in an online space, doesn’t it? Sharing your progress can be similar to consulting offline resources, where people may be more advanced in a certain area than you can help you out through an online medium. It adds the “face-to-face” value of offline methods while still keeping it offline. Outside of this, it always other people to watch your progress with you and encourage you. It’s always easier to learn something new when you have someone encouraging you from the sidelines!

Just some of the encouragement I received over the semester. Thanks guys 🙂

This closes my learning project of EDTC300. I want to thank Katia for giving me the opportunity to learn piano after wanting to for all these years, and I’m excited to continue learning piano in the future.