The Scarf Issue…

Hey all! With the reading week holiday I took a break from posting about my progress, but I was still knitting away! I also started a new series that I can watch while knitting (Suits! I suggest you give it a chance) and I started some mean progress on my scarf.

Before I began knitting this scarf I decided that I needed new yarn. The rust coloured yarn that I was using is so cute, yet so loosely wound that the more my hand grabbed the knitting needle with all of the “cast on’s “that the stitches on the needle would start to form together and become one big mess! I concluded that for such a rookie (lol) like me, I would need a yarn that was sturdy and would hold together better.  So I went off to Michael’s craft store and ended up with a pretty lilac colour that is wound much tighter and easier to work with.

Also…I learned another very important thing when knitting. For my scarf I am using the knit stitch and the purl stitch, alternating every row between each. As I sit there and watch Suits while I knit, I sometimes forget what stitch I just did…I know, how sad right, like I just did the stitch how can I possibly forget in the .01 seconds after finishing the last movement. BUT low and behold it happens and now my scarf has a mistake in it from doing the purl stitch twice in a row (it resulted in the “front” and “back” of my scarf switching). The picture below is an example of what I mean.

As you can see, you are staring at the back of my scarf, yet underneath the needle is where I did the double purl stitch by accident instead of switching to the knit stitch and it flipped to create the “front” on the back for a small section.

Honestly, I continued with this mistake for a bit, too horrified at the thought of having to restart my progress and undo the knit. Then I decided I will just do the double stitch again and see if it will flip back! The picture below shows how it worked and what my scarf looks like now.

So now I am just telling myself that this mistake is going to be a pattern for my scarf and I will make this flip happen every so many rows so at the end it might look half normal. I mean one can dream… right?!? It’s okay to laugh..I laugh everytime I look at my mangled soon-to-be scarf.

By looking at my picture I’m sure you can tell that I have also dropped a few stitches, and my boarders aren’t straight by any means but hey, I am actually super proud of this progress! This is my first knitting project ever, and that means I can only go up from here!

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From a Past Time to a Culture: Technology

Technology is so influential in our life. I mean, it is such a big part of our day to day activities that I’m sure some people (just like me!) are actually ashamed of their “screen time report” that pops up on their iPhone every Sunday morning. But I don’t think that technology (as a whole) is such a big hit because it’s addictive, but rather because the human race realizes how valuable of a resource it is.

This week for Ed Tech we were tasked with watching the video:

The keynote speaker in the video, Michael Wesch describes how technology has developed into a what some may call a culture. And that technology as a resource links people like never before. His video explores the impact of the first ever online viral video and explains how many people participated in watching the video sensation. He himself then wanted to explore the affects of uploading videos online geared toward hitting a large audience. The video Wesch created was the number 1 bogged about video, it reached over 5 million hits on YouTube, and even gained attention from the TV news outlets. At the time, this was such an incredible phenomenon. Yet, in present day, videos which reach an astoundingly large audience are the norm, proving how much media has infected the masses since the spread of the first video. 

Obviously, since technology has worked it’s way into our day to day lives, it has also worked it’s way into the school classrooms of the world.

But how does such massive participation in technology affect education in present day?

  1. Is a staple in day to day classroom activities. Now technology is used for everything in the classroom. Technology has now taken over the way attendance is taken, the way I store my teaching resources, the way I communicate with the colleagues during the school day, the way I research new topics, the way I project information to my students, etc…
  2. I feel it provides an unlimited amount of resources for classrooms, teachers, and students. With the click of a button millions of resources are presented on the search criteria.  In days following, millions more are added. This to me is a positive and negative thing. At times, the amount of resources available is overwhelming and sometimes unwanted. This too can also be problematic because since everyone whom has access to technology has access to upload content, not all content has validity to it. However, on the flip side, it provides opportunities for teachers and students that may have never been thought of. It spices up previously boring lessons and provides new updated material to engage students/provides students with more ways to express their creativity.
  3. Allows students to connect to their learning in any way they can imagine. Students can use technology to enhance their learning whether that be through the use of apps, websites, or documents.  This can be used to help students not only with inspiration or ideas for projects and work, but can be used to assist students whom have exceptionalities. There is now so much content on the web for apps that help the hearing impaired, or the visually impaired. Apps which help students organize thoughts or writings, apps which help students learn their shapes, colours, letters, etc. It also provides options for those students who may have a physical exceptionality and are unable to write with a standard pencil and paper. Technology can allow students to type their work or speak into their device and have their work recorded of them or digitally appear on a document. The options are endless.
  4. The frequent use of technology in education provides a stage to talk about online awareness. Students use technology outside of the classroom for social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat,  Pinterest, YouTube, etc). Using tech in the classroom can allow for there to be open conversations with students about how to stay safe on the web and how to create a positive digital footprint. This knowledge will be transferred to the tech time students have outside of the classroom as well as within the classroom.

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There are so many ways the technology has influenced education that I could rant about it for an entire month. This is just a little snapshot into the ever evolving world of technology and education.

Apps I have stumbles across:

  • Best Apps for Teachers and Educators” alot of these are really practical and useful in the classroom. Some of them you have probably already used, however maybe you haven’t given some others a try yet! For example, Remind is a great app and I think seriously undervalued in the classroom. It can be used send out texts to students/parents about upcoming assignments, field trips, or spirit days at school, yet phone numbers are never exchanged.
  • Apps for students with special needs” I have not used any of these apps myself, yet the descriptions of each seems promising.

Tweeting for Twitter Chats

Hey all, this week for EDTC300 we were tasked with joining in on a twitter chat. These chats are facilitated by either one or two people and are based around a specific topic, you can view the tweets in the chat even from those whom you do not follow by using the hashtag of the topic, for example #EdChat.

Yesterday I participated in my first real twitter chat with the page CTEChat which stands for career tech ed. This chat takes place on Tuesdays at 8pm Saskatchewan time. Below is a picture of their twitter page, which the chat takes place from. I also went ahead and followed their moderators who comment on /”like” tweets during the chat.

As the chat started they asked us to introduce ourselves and where we are from, when I tweeted out to them saying that I was a still an education student graduating in April they were thrilled to have a pre-service teacher joining the chat.  The first few questions were about how we use education technology in our program/profession. It was nice having a few softball questions to ease me into my first chat. As the chat progressed they began to asked about policy and policy makers for technology in education, this I chose not to answer since I did not have much experience with policy and policy makers yet. So in total I answered all but one question from the conversation. The whole chat took around 45 minutes and 5 questions were asked.

Overall I say this was a good experience. Everyone participating in the chat was very encouraging and was eager to reply and “like” my very rookie answers to the questions about education technology. The moderators were also awesome with making me feel welcome and included throughout the entire chat, responding well to my tweets and giving me ed tech ideas! I found everything very eye opening looking at everyone else’s answer to questions and just seeing the joy of others participating in conversation with people they had never met in their life.

I’d say my first twitter chat was a definite success!

Knits, Purls, and Unfortunate Mistakes

Okay all, this week for the progress on my learning project I learned the purl stitch, which I did successfully after a few tries (smug smirk!) peep the progress below.

Once I finished this, I began to combine the knit stitch and purl stitch like every video  on knitting that I have watched has suggested. This was not as hard as I had thought it would be. This is how it looked after I had done a few rows!

So now that I can do both stitches needed to begin making things, what have I learned so far?

  1. Make sure you tie the proper slip knot at the beginning before you cast on, if you don’t you’ll end up with this awkward problem. That extra string is not good and makes things very awkward.
  2. Make sure you don’t cast on too tightly, this will result in it being difficult to slide your needle underneath of the cast knot when you try to stitch each row
  3. COUNT YOUR STITCHES. I for sure thought this was NOT a big deal when I began even though so many people told me I should do this. By this I mean that if you cast on 20 knots, make you you keep 20 knots and adjust accordingly if you drop stitches. If you don’t, whatever product you make will not have an even edge, but rather a slanted one.
  4. Lastly, enjoy your time knitting. I like to sit down and watch Netflix while I knit! It becomes this easy mindless task that I enjoy doing if I can watch something while I’m doing it instead of sitting in the quiet focusing on how I just dropped a stitch.

Next… work on my scarf! I will update you all on the process. Thanks for reading!

Purls, not Pearls

Okay guys, this week’s post about knitting is coming at you a little late, simply because I am trying to wrap my head about how to do the purl stitch.

I felt as though I was ready to move on from the knit stitch because I was able to get several rows done with it and felt rather confident in my ability to make it all work! The picture below is my progress with constantly doing the knit stitch! 

As you can see, I am able to keep my knit stitch going consecutively (with only a few holes!!) and I feel like I could begin to make products using this stitch.

For me learning the purl stitch, I have been using this link: How to do a purl stitch: knitting . For some reason, this stitch is not as straight forward for me to do as the knit stitch was. As I had said in my first post, I have terrible dexterity and fine motor skills, which makes this slightly more challenging for me (but hey, practice makes perfect). I plan on posting a video of me fumbling through the slightly different movements of the purl stitch very soon, so stay tuned!

After the purl stitch…the work on my infinity scarf begins! Yikes!