No more classes!

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I am happy  to say that I finished my last class yesterday. It feels really good to be done. I just have to write a final on Monday and then I will be finished my education degree. These last 2 years have gone by so fast. I can’t believe it. I’m really glad that I finally made it into the Faculty of Education. Being a teacher is something that I have always wanted. I want to say congratulations to everyone who will be convocating this year. And to those who still have school left, good luck. It will be over before you know it!

George Couros’ visit to our class

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Last week we had the pleasure of George Couros coming to our class and give us a presentation. He spoke to us on what he looks for in a teacher. He gaves us some examples of questions he would ask a new teacher in an interview. He also talked about our digital identity. I never really thought about it before, about how important it is for me to have a positive digital identity. I also want to make sure that my students have their own positive digital identity.

George also talked about making sure to connect with the kids. I also think this is so important. A teacher can know the curriculum really well but if they don’t have that connection with the students, the students will lose interest and won’t pay attention to the stuff being taught.

Overall I’m glad we had this presentation. It really got me thinking about my digital identity and making sure that I make connections with my students. Thanks George!

Summary of Personal Learning

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Here is my summary of personal learning. I used Camtasia to make my project. I had fun making this summary.

Hope you enjoy it!

Final Project

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For my final project, I worked with Heather and Megan and we decided to make a wiki. It is a personal learning network toolbox for teachers. The wiki contains lots of resources for teachers to start their personal learning network.

Tech Task #10- Identity

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In ECMP 355 we have discussed many different topics. One of the topics that has really caught my interest is the topic of Identity. We recently had Alec’s brother George come into our classroom and discuss the importance of our digital identity. He said that employers will look for your digital identity when deciding whether to hire you or not for a job. It is so important to have a positive digital identity. This really got me thinking about how my digital identity is portrayed on the internet. With Facebook, I have it set so that you cannot search for me. I do this because I have had lots of people try to add me who I don’t even know. I think that I may lift this so that if employers are looking for my digital identity, they will be able to find me. I have talked to my friends about tagging me in photos and have gone through my photos to make sure that there are none that might hinder me from getting a job.

There are many people who post videos on youtube that have become famous just by what they have posted. In a previous post, I have talked about the UCLA racist girl who went on a rant about asian students at UCLA. This caused a lot of controversy for UCLA and now Alexandra Wallace has a negative digital identity. She will have a hard time getting a job because when employers go to search for her digital identity, that video will come up.

Another girl who has had negative feedback given about her is Rebecca Black. I did not know anything about her until I was listening to Z99 one day and they decided to play her song. All they kept saying was how awful this song was but yet they kept on playing it. The song is called Friday and although she may not have the best voice, I find it to be a catchy song. And I think that other people do too. Otherwise, why would they keep talking about it and keep playing the song on Fridays? When her name is searched, there will be a lot of negative things said about her and her song but I do not think this will hinder her chances of getting a job. The negativity around her name has to do with the fact that people do not like her song.

As a pre-service teacher, I have realized that making my digital identity positive is so crucial for my future. If people search my name and I have a lot of negative things that come up, this will not help me to get a job. I will also want to make sure that my students know how important it is for them to have a positive digital identity.

What I am looking forward to this summer

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I decided to go on youtube and search for a video of my favorite band. Now some people laugh at me because I still love this band but I will always be a fan. And this summer I get to see them for the 4th time!! Along with another band, which was actually the first band that I really liked. Yes, that’s right I’m talking about the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys!!! I am so excited to be attending this concert this summer in Edmonton. New Kids on the Block were the first boy band that I ever liked. Then the Backstreet Boys came along. I was 14 when they were really huge here in Canada. I saw them for the first time in Saskatoon in 1998. Since then I have seen them in 2005 in Calgary and 2008 here in Regina. In 2008, I was lucky enough to meet them. I will never forget that day. I took my little cousin with me.

Here is a video of the New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys performing together on the American Music Awards.

Even though I should be thinking about one of my assignments that is due soon, I just wanted to be distracted for a moment and think of the exciting concert I will be attending this summer!

Facebook and its effects

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 I was reading an article in the Leaderpost today about Brayden Schenn, who is a hockey player that plays with the Saskatoon Blades. Apparently someone has been impersonating him on Facebook and has made some racial comments. Right away, emails started pouring in from outraged fans who couldn’t believe that he would say something like that. An impersonator pretended to be Brayden and would post comments about hockey, acting as  if they were Brayden.Then they started saying racial comments and posed as Brayden on the internet.  The WHL decided that all players could not have Facebook accounts and they had to be deleted right away. Something like this is almost as bad as the UCLA racist girl. Although Brayden was not the one saying these things, someone still used his name. Since he is sort of a famous hockey player, this right away puts him in the spotlight. Although I do agree that anyone, especially people who are in the spotlight more, need to keep their Facebook accounts private. I do not think they have to cancel their Facebook acount because of this incident.

This makes me think of when I will have my own students and how they are going to choose to use the internet. I will make sure to tell them that it’s good to have an online profile that is positive. But I would still want them to be careful because of what happened to Brayden. Hopefully he won’t have too many strikes against him when people search his name.

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