Comic’s in the Class Room

Comics can be extremely useful for teachers in many ways! Not only can you create them and allow your students a more fun way of learning, but you can also let them create them in order to make a projects or even to create a presentation. I’ve had multiple teachers in the past offer comic strips in order to do a presentation for a class projects. Most of the time students wont put their time into these though because they haven been shown the correct resources to create one. I personally think they are extremely useful for many reasons, but creativity is the main focus when creating one.

When giving our students the ability to create something unique and original it gives them the opportunity to show us many things. Their level of creativity, how invested in the project they are, and even their feelings towards the project they are creating, are all things that teachers can see by assigning visual based projects. We as teachers are going to have to show our students more about the advantages of using technology for these assignments instead of being forced to be artistic to take part in the more expressive projects. The websites in this blog post are excellent when trying to manipulate and add extra abilities when creating an original piece of work using these software’s.

Other activities we can do in the classroom can also revolve around creating brochures, posters and even business cards. All of these will be helpful to students in their up coming lives, as well as many of their careers. As teachers we need to show our students not only how to effectively use the software but how to appropriately use them to. These websites and software are very useful in the real world and many of us will find ourselves using these throughout college and our careers and the effectiveness we can gain from these will help our students look better and more flawless if they begin practicing with these softwares from a young age.

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Overall when using new software and technologies to create projects the out come can be better than most can imagine at the start of the project. Our jobs as teachers is to effectively use these and teach our students how to effectively use them as well; not only to let their creativity shine but also to help them become more professional in their real life and academic careers.

Podcast & Digital Stories

I love to listen to podcast! I never used to listen to them on my computer instead I preferred talk show radio, but once phones became as advanced as they are now I started to frequently listen to sports podcast while doing homework. It was something I enjoyed because of the mass variety of  sports entertainers that did podcast. Between NFL analysts, Fantasy experts, and players theirs a never ending  availability of podcast that I enjoy listening to. Not only in sports but political podcast are something I find interesting and good to listen to as well.

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Not surprisingly many of these podcast are opinion based, but for me its something enjoyable to listen to while working. One podcast that stands out to me is Wide and Tausch which I listen to on a regular bases. They are a sports talk show that discuss the Packers very frequently. Im even currently listening to in right now after the Packers W yesterday. This is one of my favorites but I understand much of what they are discussing is opinions of the game and they very heavily side with the Packers. I cant really uses them as credible sources when talking about sports with friends, but at the same time i might like an argument they make or an opinion of theirs that I can look into more and build my own opinion. I think podcast are awesome but we have to be careful when using them.

Somethings I don’t like about podcast is many of them are opinion based and there for would wake them hard to be credible sources of information. That being said their are many good professional podcast that have credible information, but we have to treat these as another form of social media. People can say and post whatever they want its our jobs to deem them as credible sources.

I feel like using podcast in the classroom can be very helpful and fun for students to partake in. I feel video podcasts are a great way for a student to create a project. The ability to use these to our advantage is just another good form of technology we can choose to use in the classroom. We need to remember when using these that they are credible, not based on opinions, and good uses of time for the class we are teaching.

ILP Week 11

This week in my IPL I decided I wanted to fry stuff and decided it would be easy because of the access I have to industrial fryers at work. We all go to the state fairs or food trucks and see fried goods like Oreo, Twinkies, and chocolate this week in honor of all the left over Halloween candy i decided to fry them into pure deliciousness. I had never made my own batter but my coworker had a very good recipe that he used often for his own frying needs.

The key to frying food is let in the batter and how long you allow the candy to be in the fryer. If you leave it in the fryer to long the chocolate will melt and leak out of the batter which at that point would be to unpleasantly crispy to even enjoy. If you don’t leave the chocolate down long enough the batter will simply just fall of and you’ll have a melted piece of chocolate to enjoy with no breading.

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It seemed some chocolate was easier to fry then others but overall my products were finished roughly after 30 seconds to a minute. The sad part is they lasted about half as long as it took to cook them when the waitresses found out what I was making! I used peanut butter cups, pure milk chocolate, almond filled chocolate, and dark chocolate. The batter was a simple mix of pancake mix with just enough milk where the mix isn’t runny but just thick enough to get rid of all the powder. The temp of the fryers i used were 350 degrees.

Overall from this experience I feel like there were two major aspects I got from it. I learned how delicate fryers can be when it comes to cooking baked goods in them. Timing is everything and if you do it correctly the fluffy chocolate filled teat will make your day. Another thing I learned was how to make a good consistent frying batter.  When it comes to frying if you have a solid batter and good quality way to fry your goods the only thing standing in your way of a fried treat is understanding how long it takes to make them the perfect fluffiness.

So far I’ve really enjoyed the ILP I’ve gotten to do. I’ve done things I never would have done without the encouragement of this course. Learning to bake and make other sweet goods in something I’ve been interested in but have never taken the insensitive of doing util this ILP.

Mindful use of Technology

i wonder what would happen if all of our devices crashed one night. What would we do with our free time without Facebook, twitter and snap-chat. Personally I don’t find trouble keeping myself off of these social media cites but it is starting to become a problem for a lot of the people I know. When it comes to how much time we spend on our phones and computers I think a major part is expectations of what we are interested in or want to know. When we have our accounts we generally follow our friends and then a bunch of other links we are interested in. I wonder how many of us are more interested in what our friends are posting compared to the other people or pages we follow on these cites. Is it easier to watch and learn from our devices then actually engage in person to person talk about the subjects that interest us.

While watching TED Talk “A year offline, what I have learned” done by Paul Miller I began to wonder how dependent society has become on their devices and how dependent they have become on getting their information from these social media sites. I personally fall victim to this. All of my sports and political news I see by following the major news and sports networks and its much more efficient then watching TV.

I personally believe we are in a time of mass knowledge being spread through the world of social media. With this also come the wide spread of pointless crap as well. We gain so much knowledge on these sites rather than just not be digitally active at all but we also see so many pointless videos and memes  it starts to become a time waster. We can adjust and adapt to these however. We can fill our feeds with useful information that can benefit us while using these sites which will slowly deflate the amount of unnecessary things we see on social media.

Overall spending to much time on social media can be bad and effect you in your every day life as we are starting to see in many people who just cant put down their phones and see what happening in front of them. Technology is a good and a bad thing it all depends on how it is being utilized and as future teachers its our jobs to stare our student in the right direction and start them off with good habits when using these cites and devices.

ILP Caramel Rolls

In My home town of Rapid City we have a restaurant called the Colonial House, and it seriously has the best caramel rolls I have ever eaten. I was discussing this with my room mate a few days ago and we decided we anted to try and make some caramel rolls. My roommate had a recipe we used and it made it really simple but at the same time they weren’t exactly “real” caramel rolls. We took some hamburger buns and and added the caramel and nuts then let them bake on in the oven. They were a good snack but nothing like the real caramel rolls at the Colonial house. I currently have a friends that works in their bakery and for this ILP I interviews him about his job and maybe a little in site on how to make better caramel rolls.

First off ill start off by introducing my friend Forest who is one of the few works that get sup at 4 in the morning to begin his job as baker. They make many goodies and treat at the colonial house and we can pretty much compare this restaurant to a family owned Perkins. They make pies, cookies, muffins, and many other types of desserts, but nothing is as good as their caramel roll. They use walk in sized oven, as well as a large area to prep their dough and other goods before putting them into the giant oven. Forest talked about how the caramel roll was definite the product with the most attention in the morning, as well as to-go orders they would do daily as well.

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Forest was very helpful and even did manage to give me a few helpful tips on how to improve my own caramel rolls, but he could not give me any type of recipe to follow because of his jobs orders. I complete understood considering the circumstances!

I mention in one of my earlier post I had worked in a cookie shop so i do have some experience in large quantity of baking but noting compared to the scale of what happens at the colonial house. When all is said and done I just made cookies and this restaurant does cookies plus 15 other baked goods, so even though I have some experience I have nothing compared to my good friend Forest. Im also starting to run out of ideas on products to bake so if anyone has anything they would like to see me bake just let me know in the comments.

Digital Activism

Digital activism Is something most of us have been participating in without even thinking about it! We could be sharing a video that anti bullying, political post, or even rooting for our favorite football teams. even states, “Sit-ins, marches, picket signs—these are the images we conjure up when we think of activism in the traditional sense, but for teens and twenty-somethings, change is starting with the click of a mouse.” When we think about how powerful the online world can be we have to consider how powerful a movement and activism can become.

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After the 2016 elections there was a lot of outrage over President Trump being elected. Much of the controversy and disagreement flooded social media and caused a massive split in users. Their were Pro Trump voters celebrating their victory and months of posting, There where the pro Hilary supporters posting their outrage and concern about the country. Most of these post were negative or directed at something and can be seen as negative and un influential. I on the other hand see it differently. I think when all the concern and outrage reached the ears of President Trump it was another tool for the American citizens to keep him in check. Im not saying that President Trump was going to or is still going to do something drastically wrong (I am/was a Trump Supporter), but it definitely caught his attention to let him know the American citizens were paying attention.


Digital Activism can be a powerful thing, but we also need to realize the consequence of out activism as well. Many of the people our age and going into teaching may be Pro Cannabis in the United States. Though we have our opinions we need to also realize many of us will be in search of jobs in states where it is not legal. We need to recognize if we are openly protesting the legalization it could impact our job searches in the future. Anything posted on social media can impact our lives just as much as saying it person to person. Tht includes invoking our 1st amendment rights. We must use proper digital citizenship in order to not only protect ourselves but our futures as well.

Overall I see digital activism as a positive thing in our world. We however need to be careful and remember not to push the limits of what we and and do in public and stoop down to being un professional. Everything we do online is like a permanent marker. Its never erased.

Digital foot print

I google myself online and what I found wasn’t exactly what I expected to find. I found my Facebook pretty fast and I even had a few pictures pop up on google images that I had set as Facebook profile pictures. What i found that really interested me is most of the time when i would google my name I would find my grandmothers obituary. Though i expected to find my pictures and Facebook nothing was really preparing me to find the obituary for my grandma and it came up on over half of my searches.

Based on my finding I would say I have been pretty responsibility and un conflicted with my online access. That being said there are many websites out there you can pay for to enhance a search for a particular person including aresst records court records, and even past felonies and convictions all based on their address and name. We have to be prepared that people can find almost anything about us online just by googling our names. Our addresses, phone numbers, past purchases, relatives, and even just our basic social media accounts are just a click away. This could have major implications on our lives. Future bosses, co workers, and in many of our cases parents will be googling us and trying to learn as much as they can about the person teaching their children.

It is important that what we are putting online isn’t something that is not only going to incriminate us but alter the way our student might see us as influences in their lives. Kids are also becoming more and more advanced with technology and as teachers its something we are going to have to accept. We need to prepare our selves now and make sure things we are posting and sharing aren’t going to impact us in the future.

Over all I found this exercise really interesting. It’s funny how just by googling your name things from your past can just pop up on the screen in front of you. O found my grandma who passed away 9 and a half years ago from when the internet was still young and not even close to as accessible as it is now. We can only assume these searches are going to become fuller and fuller as we continue to advance with technology and continue to use social media on regular bases. We have to take steps not only to protect ourselves from this rapidly growing online world, but also prepare ourselves to use this online world in a safer manner.

Digital Citizenship

Social Media is becoming more and more important in everyday life for most people. When we are on social media we see news, videos, games, friends posts, memes, and we even come across types of fighting and arguments. Its important to remember everything we see and everything we post is open for the public to look at. That being said it is important to remember that we have morals and common sense when posting things that everyone in the public can see.

Coming from the generation were Facebook, twitter, and snap chat have effected our lives from a young age, its easy to become to familiar and careless while using these networks. While going through articles and videos in our class their was one listed about a digital survival kit. This kit was a kit a teacher made his students make to remind them about their actions and the possible consequences of those actions while using the digital world. My favorite analogy from the kit was a permanent marker. the article says, “Everything that you put online is permanent….even if you hit the delete button after posting.  Odds are someone has retweeted, favorited,  or taken a screenshot of the material if it was questionable.” This is an important rule we all need to remember while posting on social media. Some of us will be involved in politics, disgruntled employees, hateful coworkers, and even maybe famous. When we post unnecessary comments, hateful posts, or even get involved in online arguments people can look back and use them against you; whether you meant what you posted or not.

Colin Kapernick is a NFL QB and is currently not on an NFL roster (most of use believe become of his public national anthem protest last season). He is currently suing the league in a conspiracy that they’ve all agreed to not accept him into a team. However during this past off-season during the summer the Baltimore Ravens were considering bringing him in and were even about to offer him a contract before some post made on social media ultimately resulted in the Ravens never giving an offer. Kapernick’s current girl friend went on a twitter rant criticizing past Ravens player Ray Lewis, and team officials for past public interactions. Though it was not Kapernick who posted these hateful, unnecessary comments he paid the price for what was said over a social media post. Even though the post were removed the damage had already been done and now the consequences of these posts have taken action.

While we all love getting onto the online world we have to remember our digital footprint and the consequences for what we do post online. We can all have fun, share information and funny videos, and we can even start some debates about current events, but we also have to remember that every thing we are saying is in the public view and we should stay formal and smart while using these networks.