As Christmas approaches, classes are coming to an end. Bittersweet. So with that, here is my summary of learning for EDTC300. I've gained more awareness of digital presence and the complexity of digital literacy; I have gained confidence in trying new online tools and have found some that I really love; I have reflected on my learning process over the past eleven weeks which solidified the importance of the process rather than the product - a reminder that I will take into my teaching. And, lastly, I've finally finished my Inclusive Ed Certificate, yay!
In summary, I used a concept map with Prezi, which you can view, to organize my final thoughts of the course. You can find a video of this below with audio.
Week 1 - This is the Plan, Stan!
To begin this project, I provided a base line of my DIY experiences. I referenced my own photos of my previous projects, a podcast, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest (generally, and a specific DIY board I have) and a general Google search to look for inspiration and tips to get started. As well, I made a plan for my first project and some expectations for my learning project.
Week 2 - Time to Dye!
My first DIY project for EDTC 300. I went through the process, my anticipations and struggles and I made a prediction for the final product. I referenced my own photos of the dying process and a link to a similar garment online.
Week 3 - Trial and (Mostly) Error
Here I showed my own photos of the completed first project, dying pants. This project is the one that I have been the least proud of, in and out of class purposes. I referenced my previous blog post, a specific Instagram account/highlight with instructions (shown with photos) Pinterest (ideas shown with photos) and another podcast episode as to the reasoning behind my interest in DIYs, and the lack of research to do this project successfully. This was a reflective experience in which I realized that more research would have resulted in a smoother process and more satisfying results.
My peers were supportive at this time, as I realized I was not alone in my temporary failure, as Jesse and Logan reminded me.
Week 4 - Not a Seamstress
Week 4 came with more discouragement. After failing the previous project, my motivation to try something else was lacking. I took inventory of the supplies I had already, used Pinterest for ideas, and came up with a plan for the next week to get back on track. I included screenshot of my Pinterest pins. Here I referenced Pinterest, the Salvation Army website, a Buzzfeed article, a Pinterest pin. a podcast episode, multiple ideas and home living/decor websites where I got inspiration.
Week 5 - Wonderful Wreaths
This week I used an idea from my first post, that is to DIY with a friend, and how this affected my learning. I included photos of inspiration photos, me looking for supplies and the finished product. Here I referenced Value Village, Pinterest, Maps, Youtube, Fotobabble and created my own Fotobabble project. Overall, this felt like a successful week with lots of learning.
Week 6 - Success in the Small
Although last week was successful, the thought of doing yet another project felt overwhelming, but I felt that I needed to do something, even if it was small, to avoid a rut like the one that happened in Week 4. I chose two small projects and intended to make a larger DIY next week. I showed photos of the process and final products. I referenced IKEA, another podcast episode, a definition of 'jute cord', Pinterest and two videos on Pinterest.
Week 7 - Here's to New App-rotunities
This week I reflected on feedback from Katia, and made some changes to my plan. I used a new tool, Creative Idea (app) to make a mini project. From this I learned what I needed in a tool to make it work for me, and this app did not do that for me. I referenced the App Store, Creative Ideas (app), made a Screencast of using Creative Ideas, Youtube. I included screenshots of ideas from this app, photos of the process to make a clothing hanger shelf and a rating out of 5 stars for Creative Ideas.
Week 8 - Dig a bit Deeper
This week I really wanted to highlight what I had discovered as I was trying to learn something new online and noticing that not every online tool is going to be beneficial, depending on the user's purpose. This may have been my most insightful post about my learning project because I took a step back from creating a product and focused on the process. I referenced Pinterest, Hometalk (app), Facebook Marketplace, a previous blog post and Home Depot. I included screenshots from Pinterest and Facebook Marketplace.
Week 9 - Lanterns and Mushrooms
This was a weird week that included two projects because it was Halloween and I had to make my dog a costume anyways - why not blog about it? I referenced Hometalk (app) and Creative Ideas (app). I included a Screencast video of using Hometalk, as well as screenshots of a painting technique I used, photos of final products and a rating of Hometalk.
Week 10 - Can't Cage my Creativity
Here I used Hometalk (app) again, but this time I used a few different articles about the same project to compare. This was a way to take my learning to the next step, as I had previously used Hometalk. I included many photos - screenshots of the articles I used to compare, my process and of course the final product. I referenced Pinterest Hometalk, a podcast and a previous blog post.
Week 11 - Creative with Clay
This may have been my favourite DIY to blog about. I made two different items from the same material, in which I have never used - oven bake clay. I included my own photos of each project's process and finished product as well as screenshots of what the second idea was based on. I referenced Michaels, a discount link, a Pinterest pin, a blog and an Instagram account where the idea was from.
Week 12 - White Winter (I somehow accidentally did an extra blog post?)
I thought that a good way to document my learning and the processes I went through would be to come back to a project that I did in the first half of the semester for a second time.
I included photos of my process and the final product. During this,I referenced Value Village, a previous blog post, Pinterest, an article, Pinterest photos and a podcast episode.
Overall, my experience with online learning went alright, however, looking back, I feel that I could have done more projects - I could have finished more things. I'm interpreting this feeling as an embedded desire to have an item or end product rather than acknowledging the process that made the item what it is. In saying this though, I feel that my learning was significant throughout the semester.
Top FIve Take-Aways
1. Self-directed online learning is a lot more challenging than guided online learning.
2. I really like Pinterest, but it can be overwhelming.
3. The learning process mindset helped me to provide myself with compassion while learning a new skill.
4. I want to introduce more discussions around the process of learning within my (virtual) classroom this year, and my traditional classrooms in the future.
5. Maintaining an online presence is important.