Educationally Fed by Feedly

This week, I learned about the site Feedly  for the first time, and let me tell you, what an interesting resource it is! No wonder when you download the mobile app it is referred to as the “smart news reader”. Feedly is absolutely perfect for anyone who wants to find and share articles quick and easily on the web or social media.

As I began my first search on the website, I was so intrigued by all of the education articles that I found on technology, classroom management, justice in education, resources for the classroom, and so much more! I am able to follow sites on Feedly and view/read the articles that are posted. This follow feature is fantastic because once you find a site that interests you under your topic of choice, (mine so far is education) you are able to view how many articles that particular site usually posts a week! This to me, is a fantastic little detail because with all of the reading that I have to do for school, having another 12 articles a week that I feel I should read would be overwhelming! Therefore, viewing that a site only posts about 1-2 articles a week seems much more manageable to me!

So far, these are the current sites that I am following.

I cannot wait to expand this list as I begin to dig into the site a little more!

Currently, a site that I am following that I really appreciate is “Cult of Pedagogy” which was created by a teacher whom wanted to share resources with others about enjoyable PD opportunities, classroom resources, new education research, and planning ideas!

More to come on my journey through Feedly, but in the mean time give the site a look through, you won’t be disappointed!

The First Stitches

Okay folks, tonight I began the harrowing journey of knitting. I grabbed my pink medal needles, my rust coloured yarn, my laptop, and plopped myself down in a comfortable chair in my living room. I was determined I was going to do this and that I was going to do this right.

I began watching Knitting Basics: Getting Started  to get me going. However, this video only showed me how to “cast on” (my first new knitting phrase!!) and knit stitch (the easiest chosen stitch) the first row. After this video ended, I found myself looking up at my mom and saying “uhh okay I have my first row but what now??” . I moved onto a video which was longer, leading me to believe that it would show me what to do after the first row of knit stitchs (i.e how on earth I begin my second row). This video, was excellent and show me how to continue on: How to Knit: Easy for Beginners

After this very frustrating and extremely concentrating -I’m talking eyes squinted, body leaned forward, and forehead furrowed- frame of 35 minutes of knitting videos, I successfully made my first few rows of stitches. To say I am proud of myself is an understatement. Look to your right for a picture of my first few rows of progress!

Looking forward to continuing tomorrow!


The Longest Yarn…

For my learning project this semester I have chosen to take on the challenge of knitting. I have terrible dexterity and fine motor skills and I really feel as though I will be challenged in this new skill. I once tried knitting as a kid around the age of 10, however, it was too frustrating and I gave up after 1 night. Well, I am back for revenge on my knitting needles and this time I plan to walk away the champion.

On this journey I have set out to try my hand at a few different stitches. I am beginning with the knit stitch, courtesy of “Knitting Basics: Getting Started“. Next, I plan to move onto the Pearl stitch. These stitches will take my a while to get the hang of, but once I do finally catch on, I hope to move on to other stitches (which I haven’t looked into yet because I fear overwhelming myself with how extensive the knitting world is at this point). My plan for my final project to show off my knitting skills (or lack there of) is to make an infinity scarf for myself. I love a good, soft, bulky scarf! So, buckle in everyone, because it’ll be a very slow and bumpy ride.

This journey started today, at Michaels craft store. Where I picked out a rust coloured wool and stained magenta metal knitting needles. After having a short but informative conversation with the cashier, where I informed her about my upcoming knitting project, she informed me that size of needle needed for whatever wool knitters buy is actually labelled on the back of the wool package – I already learned something new and I haven’t even begun to stitch yet! This seems like a good sign.

Well… I’m off to start my journey! Pictures to come! Happy knitting everyone 🙂

Hey…lets get to know me

Hi there, my name is Erinn Flory (duh! That is the title of my blog).  I am a fourth year education student at the University of Regina with the hopes of having my very own social studies (or phys ed!) classroom one day!

On this blog you will read bit about my journey to finishing my degree, my process learning ed tech, my struggle though learning to knit, and a whole bunch of cool education jargon.

This isn’t my first blogging experience, however my other experiences have more or less been about just reflecting on my assignments for classes over the years, not really something that I would use often. However, that is about to change. I plan to update this blog often and hope that I can keep this going throughout my years as a teacher!

This blog is a beginning step for me into using more Ed Tech. I seem to be that teacher that everyone groans about (having trouble using basic technology in front of the class), yet I plan to walk out of this class more prepared than ever to incorporate technology into my future career.

If you want to follow some of the things that I’m talking or thinking about throughout this course, follow my twitter account and keep up with whats on my mind regarding education practices!

So look around ,enjoy and let me know what you think!