What is your online presence?

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Have you ever wondered what information the internet can reveal about a person or what your online presence reveals about you? This week in class we were provided the opportunity to investigate certain individuals on the internet, and while doing this we learned just how easy that was. During class we were put into groups and given a specific person that we had to 15 mins to “cybersleuth”.The concept cybersleuth is defined as an(1) A person who searches the Internet for information about a company, both positive and negative, to keep abreast of public opinion. All Internet facilities are used, including the Web, newsgroups and chat rooms.
(2) A person who does any kind of detective work using the Internet.d find out as much as we know about them.

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Through this process I learned how important it is to be aware of how much information you provide online. Through this process we were able to find out the age, race, family members names, and even the address of that certain individual. I really enjoyed this activity, although it scared me a bit to know how much information an individual can find on you, it is an important wake up call. If you do not share to much, the information will not exist in the world of the internet. I believe this was an eye opening activity and it gives teachers the opportunity to teach students about their online presence. In this world of technology that continues to thrive and become a everyday custom to our students , it is important for us as teachers to educate students on the safety of providing information online so they do not fall victim’s to cyberbullying and cybersleuthing. Technology and the internet is not going way, so we better make sure the youth knows how to be smart and safe while using. it. This activity would teach them that it is easy for employers to look up information on them, and realize what sort of image does their online presence say to others. What do you think?

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“Education will create knowledge and from knowledge will come understanding.”

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Last month in class we were given the opportunity to attend a lecture given by Justice Murray Sinclair, who is the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This lecture gave me the opportunity to learn more about the TRC and about the process of reconciliation in Canada.  During his lecture talked about four important questions that every child should one day be able to answer:

1.Where do I come from?
2.Where am I going?
3.Why am I here?
4.Who am I?

What really  stuck with me during Justice Murray Sinclair’s speech was when he spoke about his childhood. I was really able to relate to his story about often being told to tell people he was French or Spanish when asked his background.  I am a Metis woman who also struggled with my identity.  I found out that I was Metis when I was high school, and when I discovered this I wanted to learn more about my families background and where I come from. While investigating into my family I learned I was not told about my culture because my grandma, great grandma, and those before her were taught to hide their Metis culture. When asking my grandma about our families past you could see the teachings that was instilled in her which I would not recognizing till much later. She told me that we were french, and we were not tell anyone else otherwise.  At this time I was furious with what she was telling me, why would my grandma deny who she is and were she comes from?

I would later learn this was a vicious cycle. My grandma was taught to hide who she was, just as Justice Murray Sinclair said he was told to tell people he was French or Spanish. Just as Murray Sinclair said his grandmother said she did it to save his life, my grandma told me she and her mother did it in order to save their family from being mistreated and bullied.  My heart now aches for my grandma and those before her.  My furry has now diminished and I do not blame, but I know there needs to be a change. I have spent the rest of my life trying to find out more about who I am and my Metis culture. I want the rest of my family to have access to where they come from and their background, because as a future teacher I have learned about the circle of courage and how important our human needs of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity are. 19125018894_5b8aa26600_o

Through Justice Murray Sinclair speech he talks about the power of education and through knowledge comes understanding. I believe this was a very powerful message. I believe that if we can teach in schools about treaty education we can make a change. Teaching this knowledge is not to guilt people in what happened, ” truth hurts sometimes, but silence kills”.
What we are doing might not change things now, but I believe we will begin to see changes in the future generations.  Although we feel shame and that it is hard to talk about, it is important to learn about history in order to understand change, as well as make change. ” The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation, we are all forced to go the distance”- Justice Murray Sinclair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

 

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship

What is a digital citizenship? Why is it important? and why is it important to discuss with our students?  Through our class ECMP 455 was have discussed the importance of a digital citizenship and started to create our own by creating our own blogs, signing up for twitter, and following and commenting on others blogs about our practice. This week I came across this blog post that I thought was very fitting for what we are learning and discussing in class. The blog discusses the benefits of teaching your students about digital citizenship and makes some great points that I never considered.

Students today are immersed and have been immersed in the world of social media for some time now, and it is our job as teachers to teachers to teach our 21st-century learned the importance of respect and responsibility when it comes to technology.  This article made me realize the role we play as teachers to teach our students the urlresponsibilities of technology,  Not all teachers like to implement technology into their classroom, so when will that give students the chance to learn and for us to teach them how to use social media responsibly? This blog really made me see technology from a different perspective. Yes technology is engaging, and student will become more engaged when we use it in lessons; but it provides us with the opportunity to open up discussions and teach students about the proper use of social media. Maybe if we teach them the consequences of posting certain images online, and that about cyber bullying and how negative comments online can effect others we can decrease a lot of negative things that come with social media. Knowledge is power! I recommend taking a look at this blog, if you are on the fence about the benefits of implementing technology into your classroom maybe it can help! It also provides great tips on how to teach about digital citizenship in your art classroom.

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Using Technology in your Visual Art Classroom

In class we have been exploring different resources that we as teachers can use in the classroom. We have been shown amazing things for subjects such as science, math, and english, so this made me ask myself, what does the world of technology have to offer for art teachers?

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The first one I found is called Art Project Powered by Google. Have you ever went on google maps and tried to find your house? Well this is a similar concept. On this site you are able to pick different Art Galleries around the world and take a tour from the comfort of your own home or in this case classroom. Although many of us would like to visit these places and see these Art Galleries and Museums in real life, sometimes it doesn’t match are wallet. As a teacher you look for opportunities to take your students out and view art in a gallery setting, here you are able to view wide variety of art and take the tour in virtual reality. The great thing about this site is you can choose different view settings, so you can choose to take the tour by museum view only or you can focus on certain pieces of artwork in order to get a better look.

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The second resource I discovered is called Art Babble. This is a website where it gives your students the opportunity to learn about everything that has to do with art, through quality video productions. I found this site great because as the viewer you are able to choose through different categories such as medium, time period, themes, location, and people. Through this website I can see my students using it for research projects to learn about different artists, or using it myself by showing students certain videos in order to inspire or teach them about what others are doing around the world. Looking for great videos on art?  Art Babble is the place to go.

There are so many resources out there, no matter what subject you teach, all you have to do is be willing to hunt. Google is a great place to start, just type in your subject along with internet resources. I will definitely have to keep these ones in minds for when I do my pre-internship this semester.
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Gizmo’s and Gadgets

Today, we live in world full of gizmo’s and gadgets, at least that is what my grandparents would say. Unlike the world I grew up  in,  is only becoming more complex and is beginning to play a role in our everyday lives.  Now where does technology fit in your classroom? This semester, I am taking a class which teaches me different strategies on how to implement technology into my future classroom. During this class we are asked to share our ideas on the roles that technology plays in teaching and learning, our experiences with technology in the classroom, as well as sharing our  favourite tools that we can see ourselves using in the classroom.

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I believe there is a place for technology in my classroom, but I do not want my classroom and students to be defined by it. There is still something incredible about doing things the old fashioned way, I could even describe it as an art form. Things that hold so much meaning and which is an incredible way of living are being lost. Things like receiving a letter in the mail from a friend across the world, running next door for a cup of sugar, or having all your recipes written by hand on cards and kept in a tin above your oven.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I do not think all technology is evil. I just believe there are certain times and places for it, and that includes your classroom. Although we just began our journey in this class, we have already been introduced to some amazing things that you can find on your computer that you could introduce to your students in your classroom such as Quizlet, Evernote, Study Blue, and Poll Everywhere. Instead of constantly telling your students to keep their phones off and away, give them a time in the day where they can pull them out and become be a part of an interactive class poll. This is not only an engaging way to assess where your students are at, but students will also feel comfortable to take part since it is confidential whether you got the answer right or wrong.

I am still building up the courage to use some of these tools when I am in the classroom, but I have started small by using slideshows and google drive. The more comfortable I become, the more confident I will be to try it! It is just like anything, you try it once, and you learn from it.  In conclusion, I believe there are some great things we do and learn hands on, but we do live in world where technology is continuing to strive. Just like everything, there is a balance. Technology is engaging, and student can relate. I think it depends on knowing your students and what engages them. Some might feel left out because they don’t have a phone to participate, try something different then! Your class might all have phones and constantly wait for the opportunity that they can use it, then allow them to become engaged in their learning by using their phones! There is a balance, it is your job as a teacher to know how your students learn best and the appropriate times to include technology in your own classroom.