Here in education, we all know how important an individuals identity is. But here in #edtc300 we have taken it to a whole new level and been talking about another type of identity - DIGITAL IDENTITY! A persons digital identity is the information (pictures, posts, usernames, etc) about an individual on the internet.
This digital identity is now a very important aspect of ones identity. Have you googled yourself lately? I have. Anything on the internet about you contributes to your digital identity. Digital identity is different than one's 'real life' identity in many ways. There is room to create a professional or personal digital identity that will perceive you in the way you want. However, your digital identity can be taken out of your hands faster than a funny dog video goes viral. There are many different stories, including the video, How one tweet can ruin your life by Jon Ronson, shows how one negative thing, either in or out of context, on the internet can drastically impact one's life. This is a reminder that the internet can be a wonderful, but scary place and more importantly... everything posted is permanent!! In one of my classes, a colleague said something that really stuck out to me. They said "think twice, post once". This is such a great lesson to bring into the classroom. Now with social media becoming second nature to so many people, we may forget that what we tweet, share, and post go directly to one's digital identity. Now people can share anything in seconds. We sometimes post before we think, which can be a bad idea. Even things we do as children, will stick with us within our digital identity through life. This is why teaching about digital identity and citizenship and how to use the internet safely is so valuable.
As I am an elementary education, I want to focus not only how to bring these topics into schools in general, but specifically for young elementary students. I have found that most my experiences with technology in schools was more focused on scaring students away from using it, which obviously did not happen. It was always seen as a dangerous place and was only used for research and some videos. I was never taught about how to safely use the internet, which I believe is something that everyone should know how to do. I look at my digital identity now and see that all my privacy settings are really high so hardly anything can be found about me. This is what I knew and thought was a great thing because this is what I learned through school and older adults. Privacy was key. This year my viewpoint totally shifted. I now agree that the internet is a wonderful place that is full of tools, personal and professional connections, and even entertainment. The catch is, if one knows how to properly use it or not. There is so much that can go wrong, so fast, on the internet that is it crucial to teach our students the safe way to be using it because, lets face it, everyone uses it. Even in an elementary setting, almost all students know how to use or something about the internet. For example, my seven year old brother has been showing my grandparents new things on their iPad for years now. This is great as children and students are interested in whats online, but without knowing the possible dangers can be a problem. From beginning in the early years, there is many different activities and lessons that can be done to teach students about the permanence of the internet and having a positive footprint. As long as teachers aren't afraid of technology, there is room in the classroom to explore and learn more together in a safe way.
I have attached multiple images and resources below. As a new teacher, I find it so helpful to include as many resources that could enhance lessons, especially about teaching about digital identity and digital citizenship.
*hint* every image is a link to more information
This next poster below would be a great resource to teach and display in an elementary classroom. It is child friendly language that connects to school very well. This could be a S.M.A.R.T lesson for students just beginning to learn how to use the internet for more than YouTube and social media.
After looking at one's digital identity, it's now time to touch on digital citizenship. I thought these two terms were the same thing for very long, but they are not. As said above, digital identity is the information about the individual on the internet. While digital citizenship is much more than that. The citizenship aspect focuses more on the students digital identity to bring forward different type of social issues.
One blog I found with lots of information about both digital identity and digital citizenship that is really helpful is theory.cribchronicles.com/2017/04/21/digital-identities-digital-citizenship-houston-we-have-a-problem/ if you want to learn more.
As mentioned once or twice in my #edtc300 class, there are 9 elements of digital citizenship. Here are some images and resources that go in more depth.
After looking at more teacher based resources, here is a more child based resource that connects specifically to students in schools.
I found this image on Pinterest and thought it would be good for older elementary to high school students. This goes through a checklist on what to do when sharing a picture of a friend. My favourite part of this checklist is at the bottom where it talks about self-reflecting before self-revealing online. Another great thing to think about before not only posting about yourself, but your friends or family as well.
This image was also found on Pinterest. I thought this could be a fun bulletin board activity to have either in the classroom or the hall way to talk and get students thinking about digital footprints
Now to end off on a humorous, but serious note...
Passwords are a huge aspect of ones digital presence. I thought this picture was funny and would appeal to students, while still sharing an important message. Passwords need to be private and protected. Even though we just talked about how what stays on the internet anyways, creating a password and keeping personal things such as social media and email accounts is a vital aspect. Now with passwords having requirements (although sometimes ridiculous) it is much easier to create more complex passwords.
Either way, it is important to teach our students about protecting their accounts and identity in the digital world.
This week I had a conversation about bringing the internet into the classroom with Savannah. When having this conversation, we each decided to step into a different role to make this chat really come to life. I had the opportunity to take on the roll of a teacher, while Savannah took the roll of a concerned parent of a child in my class. We each expressed different concerns, opinions, and thoughts on the topic through a Facebook message conversation. We chose to use Facebook as it is very commonly used within almost all people and people who are maybe less tech savvy are still able to use it. It is also a quick and easy way to communicate.
I used a random site I found through google called prankmenot.com to create this conversation, so we could avoid using our personal Facebook accounts.
Read the conversation here.
As our conversation was more geared towards the use and time of technology in general, we didn't talk too much about about digital identity. The teacher did reply on how the class first learnt how to use the internet in a safe way. Both Savannah and I thought that this is a typical conversation that a teacher and parent may have. Technology seems to bring in a sense of uncertainty as expressed throughout this messages and one of the conversations we are expecting when we become teachers.
Here are the links that the teacher shared within the conversation to help the parent with SeeSaw, google docs, and technology in general:
Seesaw overview - https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=tlw-tUKvnNc
How to use google docs - https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/docs/get-started/#!/
Tips on technology for parents - https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Tips-for-Parents-Digital-Age.aspx
Lastly, check out the TED talk about blending technology into the classroom.
You may or may not understand and/or appreciate my joke. Sorry to disappoint, but there we be no wonderwall playing... yet!
Now that I have learnt some important chords (check out the last post) I am now moving down my learning project plan. This week I am deciding on the song I am going to teach myself how to play.
When making this very tough choice, I first decided to look on my favourite ukulele channel, The Ukulele Teacher, and see what kind of songs he has tutorials on. Along with this I did some googling about what songs were easy. Once I noticed that there were hundreds of songs that will be relatively easy to learn, I decided I wanted to choose something I would enjoy. I then thought to myself what songs I liked would be cool to learn. After days of thinking I finally figured it out.
The next best ukulele cover will be ...... Cigarette Daydreams by Cage the Elephant.
This is one of my current favourite songs. If you don't know it, you should check it out.
After I decided I wanted to learn how to play this song, I put a poll out on twitter with a few options just to see what I would get... even though I already knew I wanted to learn this song in particular.
The options I decided to include are:
- I'm Yours by Jason Mraz (ukukele cover)
- Cigarette Daydreams by Cage the Elephant (ukulele cover)
- Drunk by Ed Sheeran (ukulele cover)
- Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers (ukulele cover)
The very first person to vote on my poll chose the same song, which I thought was kind of funny and another confirmation that I should learn it.
As the poll continued, the votes were changed and my choice did not end up winning. I still found this poll to be very interesting and as a way to bring more interactions with my peers and twitter community into my #learningproject
However, I am still going to first learn Cigarette Daydreams. But now have lots of awesome songs to continue after this first song is (if ever) completed.
To check out my progress and future cover of this song - don't forget to follow #ukecandoit
Welcome back to the average ukulele show! This weeks episode I am going to talk about what chords I have been *attempting* to learn.
Firstly, props to any musicians out there. Remembering which chord is which and where to put your finger is so hard, I have a much greater appreciation for any players of the strings instruments in particular. You are all guitar heroes!
Now back to chords! In case you don’t know what a chord is, don’t sweat. I will explain it for you. A chord is essentially notes combined to play together harmoniously. Apparently it’s the first, third, and fifth notes of that notes major scale. This meant absolutely nothing to me and I still do not understand what that means, but I’m not here to argue. Learning ukulele is enough of a task.
Once I mostly knew what a chord was I decided to jump right into it and learn some myself. I used a very helpful website, Ukuguides.com on the page Basic Ukulele Chords For Beginning Players. This page is also where I found these wonderful pictures below.
First I learned the major chords:
A B C D E F G
This video shows me going through each of the major chords. Once I could find where to put my fingers to play the chord I practised strumming a few times. I found A, C, and F to be the easiest and therefore my favourite chords to play. I am still needing to look at a picture, like the one above, to remember what the chord is. I am not even close to having anything memorised yet.
From there, I learnt the minor chords.
Am Bm Cm Dm Em Fm Gm
The minor chords weren't too much of a challenge after practising for awhile. As you can see it still takes me time to move from chord to chord. I also do not have any of these memorised either, besides Am because of how simple it is.
Lastly I decided to get into some treble (HA) and learn the 7th chords.
A7 B7 C7 D7 E7 G7
These seventh chords were treble indeed. I found B7 and F7 took a lot of extra practising and they are still a challenge. My favourites from this group are A7 and C7. I can really rock the note where I only have to hold down own string.
Overall, I found learning the chords to be a task that takes much longer than a week to complete. I am still struggling to remember what each chord is and how to move my fingers to make it work. Again, I am so impressed by all musicians who can play chords much more difficult than these and I hope to turn my ukulele villain into a guitar hero... ? I'm not sure how to tie this title into my post anymore so I better just end it here.
If you happen to be impressed or curious on my strumming, you can find out how I taught myself how to do it here.
Don't forget to follow my progress on twitter using #ukecandoit
This week in #edtc300 we got to do something I am very comfortable with - cyber sleuthing or creeping. So as I creep others on the internet lots, I decided to take this prompt a little different. I decided I wanted to creep myself, with the help of people close to me. I asked my mom and a few friends to check me out, like we weren't friends or incognito, and see what they could find.
I chose to do it this way because I am constantly creeping myself and want to see what others can see about me as the internet adjusts everything you see (check out my last post to read more). I actually began seriously creeping myself during my pre-internship (2017/2018) when my grade three students decided to google my teaching partner and I. They went straight to images and to my surprise there was a very old picture of me (which was not inappropriate) but I was standing close to a male. Students then started asking me questions and I was just so shocked that this image was on google. This situation really had me thinking what else I had made available on the internet.
2 good things did come out of this:
1st - I started to become more aware of my digital identity and presence online
2nd - I realized you can request to get an image taken off the page, which is exactly what I did. My request was approved and removed. Woohoo! So if you have an inappropriate or image you don't want to share/see on google, you can send in a request to remove it - click here to find the page
Back to creepin' ...
When my mom started to creep me, she wasn't really sure to start. She asked if just googling me was good and I just encouraged her to look wherever she could - but not on Facebook as we are friends. Right away she found my twitter account and followed me "just to really make sure" that I was being appropriate and for her to do her creeping job. With googling me she thought she found a youtube account, but turns out it was not mine. Another thing she came across was pieces of my educational portfolio, which took awhile to find. According to my mom - my digital presence is approved.
Next I asked a few of my friends, which all happen to be very great cyber stalkers, to find all they can on me - I was prepared for the worst. However, they all came back with very little information on me. They found my educational twitter account and my twitter profile picture on google, but not much else. By their standards - my digital presence is approved.
Lastly, when I creeped myself I started by going incognito, which 100% made me feel like a spy.
I began my sleuthing by googling my name followed by Regina to try get the right one. I first looked at images. The first image that came up was my current twitter profile picture and that was about it.
After looking through the images on google, I decided to search up my name followed by education next. The first thing that came up was a link to Facebook profiles of people named Kyla Wolfe, so that is where I looked.
So this is what came up... which is definitely not me. I scrolled down to find more profiles with the same name as me as well.
Even with scrolling through others with the same name I could not find my picture and account. I know my Facebook privacy settings are very high and this truly showed that.
Next I decided to check out YouTube. I know I have an account where I can subscribe, like, comment, and post videos on it. But when searching I only found old dance videos of me that I was unaware were on YouTube. Besides those few videos I couldn’t see or find my account.
After basic social media checking, I dug deeper in my education presence. When searching through I found old assignments from previous Ecs classes and different pieces from my educational portfolio. I thought this was great.
The only part I didn’t find easily was my educational portfolio. After some digging and adjusting my searches I did come across it, but this is not something I want to be a challenge when googling me.
Overall, along with my friends and family, my online presence is approved. I would of continued to agree and think that way, until last weeks class. It appears I am an undersharer. Now my opinions have changed and I want to change my digital citizenship and presence online. When investigating others, I realized that I enjoyed being able to find basic and professional information online. This has me thinking that I need to adjust my own privacy settings to build more of a professional and personal online identity. Without this class I would of thought the more private the better. Now my opinions have completely changed and I plan on becoming more open, but still safe on the internet.
If you decide to creep yourself - decide what kind of digital identity you want to be sharing with the world.
This week my plan was to focus on strumming, which is exactly what I did. I knew I wanted to get a strong strumming technique down before I learn the many chords (which is my next posts plan). I began by using the Ukulele Hunt website to search up some additional information on strumming. The page I used was called Ukulele Strumming for Dummies, which I found *somewhat* fitting for me. This site had written information for strumming hand positions, where on the ukulele to strum, and multiple videos of strumming patterns.
After gathering as much information about strumming I could off of this website, I moved onto Youtube. The two videos I found most helpful:
- How To Strum the Ukulele // Beginner Ukulele Tutorial
- How to strum a ukulele for beginners - 3 different methods!
The best part about these videos is that these women show multiple ways how to strum and from different angles. If YOU are learning ukulele and trying to figure out the best way for you to strum, check out the first video. It shows how hard you should be strumming and gives exercises to do before.
The three types of strumming I tried were:
- with my thumb
- with my index finger
- with my thumb and index finger pushed together
Explaining how to strum isn't as easy as I thought, so instead here's a video of my (average) strumming.
The last way I showed, with my thumb and index finger pushed together, is now my favourite method and what I am going to be practising throughout my ukulele playing days. Now I really need to focus on relaxing my wrist while strumming to get a more smooth and easy strum.
Through all the research I did, the best advice I received was to strum how you feel comfortable. There are many more ways to strum than I have shown and almost everywhere I found information, encouraged you to do whatever you like the best. I found this advice to be so relevant as forcing myself to strum one way would add on more difficulty, which I do not need. So my advice to you, if you are or ever have the urge to learn how to play ukulele, strum however feels best for you, as long as it works you will be great!
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