My Digital Story

Here is everything I say in case you have a hard time understanding me.

When I was little my mother use to tell me stories of her adventures she would take on her horse. In the beginning, my mother would tell me about how she learned to ride on the back of her shetland pony, Chauley while her older sister, Debbie, rode Sage. As I got older my mother’s stories changed. She stopped telling me about Chauley and started telling me more about JD, her Appaloosa. This helped light the fire for my desire to learn how to ride a horse.

I was finally about to get my first horse in 2004. I was around 10 years-old and ready to learn how to ride. Our first horses were Cass and JC, who were both quarter horses. Little did I know, my older sisters got to learn first how to ride. My parents wanted to ensure I was safe and responsible enough to ride by myself. This experience helped teach me that sometimes as a learner we have to be Patient and wait your turn. The experience was reflected in my studies. Rather than rushing through homework I now take it slow and steady, to think critically about my answers.

 

Since I was not able to ride a horse by myself I had to ride on the back with one of my sisters. They would always have to help me up I was not able to do it on my own. This showed me that assistance is a good thing when learning. This helped me understand why assistance with my education was so important. Getting assistance from teachers, friends, or even family is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need a little help or guidance then ask for it. It is better to understand than to be confused.

 

Once I was finally able to learn how to ride I had my sisters and mother to assist me in my learning. They taught me the right steps to bridle and saddle a horse. I remember the first time saddled up JC up all by myself. I felt so accomplished when I did it. This was able to prove that hard work is important for education. Hard work on homework has to happen in order to get them completed and turned in on time. Hard work for my education has even been able to help me in paying for my college education.

 

Not long after I saddled JC up for the first time I was riding everyday. I loved the feeling of having it being me, JC and the open fields around me. Everyday after school I would dump off my backpack, instantly change, and go down by JC and start to ride. This proved my dedication, which is reflected in my studies. Dedication to my learning can be shown by willingness to finish homework and study for tests. It can also be seen in my grades I receive at the end of school.

 

Learning how to ride a horse can be really reflective of my path as a scholar. My passion for riding was started at such a young age that it was able to help shape me as a learner I am today.

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Innovated Learning

For me, this semester has been very innovative for me as a learner. It has been a quick minute since I thought of or reflected my learning path or experiences. I think this helped me become more progressive as a learner. You can look into the past and learn a lot. I was able to do this and learned even more about myself as a learner. This helped me “believe that my abilities, intelligence, and talents can be developed, leading to the creation of new and better ideas.”  I have also learned that, “We need to unlearn the notion that our students don’t need to see and understand how we ourselves learn.” For me, I needed to understand this. I had to stop thinking about how I do not need to see how I learn in order to learn.

To me innovated learning looks like taking the past, changing it, and then taking those changes to further your learning. I was always doing this, but I never realized until this class. I think from here I will continue to grow as learner. Taking what I have learned in the past and using it to my advantage. There is a lot of information out there for me to learn about. I have many more classes ahead of me, and I am looking forward to everything I will learn about teaching (and myself as a learner). 6085347780_1a6eba300c_z.jpg

Photo by Boegh

For my future classroom I know I will be using social media and tech tools. Blogs and twitter are a great way to inform students and parents on updates in my classroom, homework assignments, possible extra credit, and interesting posts I find that can be connect back to the lesson. For tech tools TED Talks, digital stories, and podcasts that are connected back to the lesson are great ways for students to think critically about new information and start a discussion.
What surprised me most about this class was how much we had to do with new and different technological tools. I have said many times before, I am horrible with technology. This made me afraid of the times of learning about new technology.  I was surprised how how easy most of the tools were to use. This help shake my fear of technological failure, which was really surprising for me.  

 

 

Final Independent Learning Project

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Photo by Paul Saad

This independent learning project has helped me a lot. It has taught me about eating right. For starters it taught me about how easy it is to make healthy food. I am on for quick and easy meals. I do not have the time to make food, but this project helped me realize how fast some healthy food can take to cook. For example, salads can be very quick and easy. Thus making it a go to meal so I do not have to eat out as much.

It has also taught me that healthy food is not extremely expensive. I was never really willing to pay for expensive food. I am a college student, and would not have the money to pay for expensive food. Since working on this project I have come to learn that I can make a meal for less than twenty dollars, and be able to feed two people with multiple meals.

Lastly, my independent learning project has taught me that healthy foods can been quite good. Most people might say they do not like the taste of broccoli, but if cooked and seasoned right it can be delicious. Just because it is healthy does not mean that it does not taste good.

I am looking forward to continuing my projected into the summer. The meals are cheap and way better for your body than fast food. All I can see is the benefits of eating healthy food outweighing the bad.

Attention Log

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Photo by Jason Truscott

I mostly keep my log while I was at home. This meant most of the time I documented was while I completed homework. Ultimately, I felt like this effected my how I felt, the position I was in, and how much it distracted me. While I was at home doing my homework I was comfortable, relaxing on my couch. I felt like I was not very distracted, since I wanted to get as much done as I can before finals week.

I tried to get my log filled out while I was one break on at work. This was the opposite of being at home. I felt stressed, kind of on edge. I guess I can never really relax, even when I am on break. When I am on break I typically check some sort of social media outlet. Typically it is SnapChat or Instagram. These normally have a lot of posts from my family on them.

This activity has really helped me realize how consistently being plugged into the digital world makes me feel. Before this I was so focused on homework that I do not realize how I feel when I am working on homework. This means I am not really present in the real world. I think this is something I need to work on fixing. I know it will be different with summer coming up and everything, but I know I can work on it when classes resume in August. 

 

My Graphic

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

I decided on using Canva to create my graphic. I got this website from Tech Review: Online Creation Tools Piktochart and Canva. This website was very simple and easy to use. I struggled for a little bit in the beginning, as I have probably mentioned before I am not the best when it comes to technology. This website ended up taking me about thirty minutes to figure out the website and create the poster. I had the option to create several different things. This variety included posters, presentations, or cards.

I decided on creating a poster. A poster can be motivational/inspirational, preventive, or even informational. I wanted to create a poster I would like to hang up in my future classroom. This meant I needed to find a quote and picture. I wanted to have a quote from an important historical figure, thus leading me to decided on a Nelson Mandela quote. For my picture I wanted something that was bright and incorporates some aspect of nature.

The most challenging thing for me was trying to get my picture uploaded and onto the site. I really struggled on trying to get the photo to expand and line up in the right spot. I wanted to change the font’s color, but I never was able to figure that out. I tried, but all I did was change the background color. That is why some of my words are hard to read.
I think there is a point in creating a graphic or visual aid to represent information. Obviously, it can be useful for visual learners, as well as most students. Other times seeing information in a form of a poster can help make it easy to be remembered. Sometimes it is nice for students to read some motivational words here and there.

 

Digitally Mindful

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Photo by Missy Schmidt

Technology is a involved in almost every aspect of our lives. I do not really remember the last time I went twenty-four hours without being on the computer or on my phone. For me I try to use technology as mindfully Most of the time I am using technology for homework or to be connected with family. Family and homework are very important to me. Technology allows me to stay up to date on assignments while keeping connected to my family. During this time I feel like I am using technology mindfully. I try to limit the amount of time I spend on social media, but it does not always happen. Social media can be a great way of connecting friends and staying up-to-date. We do need to be more attentive in our lives, sometimes living in the digital world just doesn’t cut it. There are examples of this out there, they explain how different life it without technology. Here is a link to a great article by Katrina Schwartz. 

We are truly never present when we are tethered to our devices. It is harder to disconnect from our technology, especially since it used everywhere all the time. We use it at work, school, and even when we are relaxing at home. By now it should be pretty obvious that will be using technology in the future. We will be tethered to it, and it is pretty hard to escape. And we do lose a lot of time to social media. This means that we lose time for face-to-face conversations and other personal interactions. People can also lose things they might not notice, such as better sleep.

Paul Miller went offline for one whole year. Something I could never do. During his speech he said that it was hard to not check up on some social media. He also says how it was hard to stay up with friends and connected with. He also mentioned that once he was back online after his year away he could not believe how much has changed. Social media sites are always changing and updating their site to keep their customers satisfy.

There are ways to help people simplify their life in the digital world. This can very simple, such quitting Facebook. It sounds incredibly hard and it might be for the first few months. You can also limit the time spent on social media by only following one or two sites. They can also post less (no one needs to know what it happening everyday of your life) and limit the amount of people the follow. These ideas can be very helpful when trying to cut back on the use of technology. 

Last Daily Creates

Day 17: 1900

Find a picture of something that happened during the 1900. I decided on the reelection of William McKinley

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Day 18: 1890

Find a photo with penultimate converging lines.

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Photo by Jeff Wallace

Day 19: 1879

The closest thing to spy equipment I own.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 20: 1862

Making a decision on what to watch while I work on homework. Sometimes a little bit of background noise is nice.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Daily Creates

This week I decided not to post everyday. Instead I wanted to post it at the end of the week. I also decided to look into past Daily Create rather than doing the new one for everyday.

Day 10: 1916

As a child I always wanted to see pandas! I loved them and never got to see one in its natural habitat.

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Photo by Roderick Eime

Day 11: 1927

Spell out how much you love DS 106.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 12: 1928

Had to create a Vertorama. I did the street next to my house

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 13: 1929

Do Nothing!

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Photo by: medithIT

Day 14: 1930

Turning something down.

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Photo by Allen Watkin

Day 15: 1931

The island of my dreams: calm, cool, and relaxing.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 16: 1914

New story for the Huntsmen Spider. It can grow one inch fangs.

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Photo by Allan Hopkins

Day 17: 1909

Showing how needy we can be.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

 

Eggs

Apparently I never realized that Easter was right around the corner last week. I wanted to make some healthy food that worked well with an Easter meal, but I kind of missed the ball on that one. So to make up for this I decided to make up for it this week. This pushed to buy some discounted egg dye and make hard-boiled eggs. This is probably the easiest thing I will ever make for my learning project. Please keep in mind that my learning project is eating healthy, not improving my cooking skills.
Once I got how I started to boil some water, and cook the eggs. While I did that I started the dye so the tablets would dissolve. Once my eggs were done I ran them under cool water and got ready to dye them.  

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

After dyeing the eggs I apparently had glitter, and decided to spark them up some.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Eggs are very beneficial for people to eat. Like most people know, eggs are very high in protein. They are also a good source goods fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The fats help lower your risk of heart disease, stabilized cholesterol levels, and regulates the insulin in your blood. It also provides a huge dose of vitamin A, which is important for eye health, and vitamin D, which helps absorption of calcium in the body.

This week does not contain a high dose of fruits or vegetables, but it does show another healthy way to eat. These eggs can be eaten by themselves, made into something else, or cut up and put into a salad. This allows people to have amount of verity with a very healthy food.

The Help Hotline

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Photo by Sarah Horrigan

I decided on looking into the nominee Kasey Lemley. She is a 16-year-old girl who created a Twitter account (@TheHelpHotline)  as a way to help others to feel better. Her main goal is to help people who are struggling with eating disorders, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, etc. She attempts to help here followers with anything they are struggling with. Kasey tries to help people by tweeting daily quotes and inspirational photos. Some of her tweets are:

 

Part of the reason I was so interested in Kasey Lemley’s project is because there are so many people in the world that are struggling with mental or physical disorders. Some problems arise from bullying within the school system, and this is a big problem with huge effects. There can be a lot of hate in the world, and it is amazing to see that some are trying to add in a little love and help the ones in need. Kasey is apart of these people who are willing to rise up to change people’s lives.

There was another reason why I was drawn to Kasey’s project. She herself is in dark spot once in her life, but she was able to find help and get on the path of recovery. She once needed a light in the darkness. Now she is trying to be the light that others need. Showing them that they are important and that they can keep moving forward.

Kasey sets a great example for why digital activism can be taught in the classroom. Even if she is not utilizing everything digital technology allows her to, but she does try her best to utilize it as much as possible. There are several websites out there that are giving people examples of how digital technology can be used in society (Classroom Blog and The New Face of Teen Activism). 

I find digital activism to be great in the classroom for three big reasons. First, it connects students with other people, and allows them to see how other students (like them) are trying to benefit other people. It also gives people a chance to join a group and feel like the have a voice. It can be really important to some students who know their voice is being heard.  Lastly, it allows students to see the world through other perspectives. Other perspective might help them understand the other side’s reasoning.