Hi everyone! My name is Blaine McMahon and welcome to my Literacy in the Digital Age blog page! I am currently a student at Chadron State College working on my major to become a history teacher. I am also working on getting a coaching endorsement to hopefully one day become a high school football coach as well. On that note I am a crazy football fan (Green Bay Packers, and Nebraska Corn Huskers), and I spend most of my Sundays and Saturdays in the fall watching and learning the sport to the best of my abilities. I'm also a frequent PC gamer and love the world of the internet. I hope to perform well in this class and hope the same for all of my peers. This years going to be lit!
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. teenvogue.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
So far I have found this class to be very helpful and informational, as well as very necessary to future teachers. The assignments and information have taught me how important creativity in the classroom is. Throughout this class we have watched many TED talks read hundreds of blogs, and spent countless hours searching the internet with very little instruction, and we are thriving in our educations. I have learned how to bake. Something I’ve always wanted to learn about but have never taken the time until this class.
I see blogs as a good source of information, as college students much of our work and ideas come based on others work and their ideas. Its a constant flow of information making its way around our networks of learning. My favorite thing is this course so far has been the requirements for the class. We are held accountable for all of our work and will be graded on the quality and consistency of our work. Doing this has given me valuable experience when it come to what it will be like to be a teacher. No one is there to watch over you every class, no one else is going to grade your papers, and no one is going to be able to control the environment of your class room but you. We need to learn how to start managing our time and responsibilities now before we get our jobs so we are prepared to be as effective teachers as possible.
The coolest part of this class I think has to the ILP’s. Everyone in our class is going out and exploring things that are important to them or to learn something that they want to use in their lives. While watching my class mates develop its becoming clear how far we have all advanced in our projects. Its proof that this style of teaching is effective and can help us become more interested in our own learning environments.
The part I have found most challenging in this class is how much constancy and work it takes to effectively blog, tweet, and work on this class through out the week instead of procrastinating till the end of the week. It is something i need to work on, but I have yet to effectively made times for myself to do it. I need to learn from this mistake and practice more on time management to more effectively run my blog, and twitter accounts.
Overall I have learned a lot in this class especially about technology and how we can transition so many different types of learning into our education. Whether its creativity, online research, or technology this class is preparing us to use all in the class room.
This program looks amazing and I cant wait to begin my own soon. I think it will be fun and exciting to create my digital Identity. The best part about this program I believe is the ability to look back and watch yourself and read your writings to watch your identity grow. There are so many interesting and fun ds106’s out there. One I am definitely going to do in mine is a collage of the spots you feel relaxed or at peace. Its a fun thought, its doesn’t take long, and it helps provide an image of the type of person I might be.
I think these can help students excel at being creative in class. There are so many options and different paths students can take to complete these and as a teacher observing it can truly allow you to learn about your students interest and who they actually are outside of the classroom. I feel like all teachers should understand their students and their lives. Teachers are very important in their students lives and will have long lasting effects on all their students. Its our job to make sure we are a positive encouraging impression on our students.
I feel like these could also be helpful if you took the outline of it and applied it to more specific organized subject to allow students to create presentation projects in class. Utilizing the ds106 in the classroom can open open so many options to let your students take control on their own but still in a structure that will keep them focused on their work. You can even use this as a form to teach in the classroom. Setting up little projects like this as a way to focus your class and prepare them for the information your about to cover.
Giving your student the ability to be creative and experience working on their own will also help them develop into stronger learners. None of use can say even half the things we have learned have been in school. We learn most based off our curiosity and willingness to seek answers to it. The things that interest them will grasp their full attention and if we give them a structural environment in where they can do their own work they can possibly find it easier to connect to they projects they are working on.
Overall I think this is an amazing tool that all of use should strongly consider using in one way or another in our class rooms. it has the ability to help us teach and use creativity at the same time. We should all be jumping on this ship.
Muffins have always been one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. Most of the time ill just go to Safeway or Walmart to get my fill but this week I decided to make them on my own for the first time to get my fill, and complete another new goody for my ILP.
I like to think of muffins as a breakfast cupcake which is why I also decided to keep it simple and go with blueberry muffins since they are sweet but also a good breakfast. Things you’ll need are a muffin pan, butter, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, salt, flour, blueberries, and milk.
First you want to mix in all your ingredients according to the recipe which I found on Genius Kitchen’s website. Overall the experience was fun and easy. I don’t know if ill make them every time I want a muffin, but its a recipe I will definitely be using in the future.
We haven’t been posting on our ILP’s in a while so Id also like to share some other goods I’ve work on. I decided to try something I thought was really difficult. My friends birthday was a few weeks ago and i offered to do the cafe for his party. I found out he really liked ice cream cake and decided to take on the challenge thinking at the least it would take me a little while to do.The most difficult part was waiting because I decided to make my own ice cream and I wasn’t sure how to shape the cake. I took me a while to shape it but I finally got it after a a few tries.
So far I am really enjoying the ILP I picked in baking. It has allowed me to explore and also begin to understand baked goods more. One thing that has become very apparent is the cost to make your own goods. Ingredients to make most baked goods in the end will cost you more than just going to the store and purchasing the goods already made. If you plan on being an avid baker more often then not you will have many of the ingredients already but if your an occasional baker it will more than likely cost you more to bake.
I have become more practiced and have improved my actions while baking as well. I measure with more accuracy, I crack eggs faster, and I’ve even made it a habit to pre-heat the oven! Aside from the baking I’ve also started to realize how fast you can teach yourself something when you’re motivated.
According to Grow the Enginering.co, “Experience-based learning is so effective because it helps establish lasting behavior change. How? Rather than simply understanding a new subject or gaining a skill, we develop new habits and behaviors.” Experiential learning is very helpful for students to grasp and understand a concept or theory better. Most of these exercises are hands on activities that connect with what students have been learning in class.
When these type of activities are going on in the class rooms its very important for teachers to very involved in not only the activity but also the instructions that go into the activity. Many times when teachers are doing hands on activities they will separate the class into partners and groups. This is effective because it gives students time to be creative and work on their own while also having a teachers guidance. Check out this cortical for a more in depth definition Best Practices in Experiential Learning.
Many different types of things can be considered experiential learning. When I was in elementary school we went on many field trips. We went to the Air Force base and learned how to make rockets after studying space in class. We went to the Journey museum after learning about native american culture, and we even went on hikes after studying nature and plants.
Things like science projects, take home class dioramas, and even classes like home economics and tech ed are considered experiential learning. These students are taking things they are learning about in class and doing hands on work that are connected with them. When students learn through experience like this they are making personal connections to what they are learning about and it is more likely to be something they remember.
This is a very easy and good concept to use in class. With technology headed the way it has been for the last 30 years there should be no reasons not to use these types of teachings in the classroom. Online sites can take us through museum trips, hands on interactions for the class on almost any subject, and we can even create games and activities for our students online.
Experiential learning is very important in the education of children. The more experience they can gain in the academic world the more prepared and the more experience they will have in they’re real lives when they are done with school. It helps students gain a better understanding of what they are learning as well as giving them another different way of learning things. Aristotle once said, “for the things we have to learn before we can do them we learn while doing them.”
Overall if we take this learning into the class room we will hep our students better understand what they are learning. Though not everyone will gain the same amount of knowledge from these hands on activities, everyone should gain experience and something from the activities.
I think personal learning networks are a really important part of being a professional. Personal learning networks are networks you set up with people who are studying, teaching, and interested in the same things as you are. You want to be able to discuss your practices and learn from one another in a professional way. In class this week we started to set up our own networks and i’m finding it really awesome to see their are so many people into the same thing as me.
When we are a part of these networks we need to remember how they work .These are groups of shared information and if you are not active within these groups they wont respect your information, or it will be harder for them to help you improve your work because you are not active. We also need to remember to be involved in our colleges work or what would be the point of them sharing it with their colleges. We need to be involved in active social networks if they are going to provide the best information and guidance for us.
I decided to go with history as my area of personal learning networks. It was very interesting to look around and find current twitters and blogs with good information. Some of these twitters and blogs even sent me to other blogs and twitters that were really good and full of information too. This is what a network is designed to look and act like. Its a groups of professionals and learners actively involved with each others work and even citing them in their own works. They can add on, correct, agree, argue, and even support your work. These networks are important to professionals if they want to stay updated with the newest work and findings in your field. This is even more important when you are teaching!
Having solid PLN's could also probably help you out in a search for a job #diglitclass
Overall personal learning networks are important to all of us regardless of our profession. We should want to learn and be involved in our fields, and help others in our field. We want to advance our technology and teaching methods and this is one way to stay very involved in our fields. These would also be very helpful as a task for a class. Allowing them to read and discuss with other students might be a good way to learn information in a better format as well.
This week I wanted to get more into the baking aspect of baking and decided I wanted to take a go at cheese cake! Cheese cake has always been my favorite desert and I was ready to finally figure out how to make it. I though it was going to be challenging so I gave myself a little longer than usual to finish it. In reality it was super easy to make. The worst part was waiting the 6 hours till I could eat it.
All Recipes is such a great website! it even gives us the ability to see the rough estimated times of prep, bake, and finished product. It actually took me about 20 mins longer than the initial prep time on the site, but it can be expect for someone like me who is not as experienced at baking. First you’ll need to preheat the oven and get your ingredients mixed and put together. You’ll start with the crust of your cheese cake which is a mix of gram crackers butter and sugar. You will then for the crust in the pan and begin the cake filling. You will mix cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and cream of tarter. Which you will then pour on top of the crust. You’ll then bake it in your preheated oven for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes you’ll take it out and let it cool on the counter for 5 minutes. While its cooling make a almost frosting like coat with a mix of sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. You will then apply it to the cheese cake and stick it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. After that you will let it set and cool to room temperature, after which you will let it cool in a refrigerate for at least six hours before serving.
Baking is really becoming rewarding for me. Not only do I get snacks for the week, but I’ve also learned a lot since I started this ILP. I feel like I am learning and applying what I am learning into my life right away. Baking is something I
will continue to do even after this class is over.
Cheese cake is remotely easy to make, its just not one of those pastries you can make and eat right away (like most). The instructions are clear and easy to follow, but it is still a pastry and you need to be precise with your measurements and temperatures. It does take time to bake and cool but its all worth it in the end.
Passion is so important when it comes to younger children! Most of their learning comes from passion or things they are interested in! As a future teacher this is very important to me! I’ve also had experiences with this as well. Think about when you are reading a book, article, or even just the paper. You can read through all of it but if none of it interest you then you wont carry any of it with you. If it does interest you though you’ll remember most of what you read. Passion is so important in learning but even more important in life.
The Article Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning is very informative and hold many keys to passion based learning. The key that stood out to me most was #4 “Try using the School wide Enrichment Model.” This basically means find a hero for the whole school to look up to. When i was in middle school we had a program called Tiger Tuesdays. We would take our study time once a week and as a school go to particular assigned rooms to go over a book written by Tiger Woods’s dad. It was about how Tiger became successful and about him as a person. Though in today’s world Tiger is not as highly looked upon I still think it was a great program for our school to run.
Passion can take someone so far in this world, not just in school. We need to help our students not only find passions in the classroom, but we also need to help them chase their passions outside of the classroom. School is very important to the youth, but sports, arts, and people skills can be or are just as important in the real world.
The second article I went into was 3 Questions to Drive Passion Based Learning. I think the “What will I learn, what will I solve, and what will I create” are all very important takes we should look at as future teachers. We need to put ourselves into our students shoes and figure out why we are teaching them something, or even why am I learning this. We need to relate to them why it is important and how it will help them be successful in something they are interested in, in the future.
Passion is so important in the classroom and some might say its even the most important thing. Kids will thrive at things they are passionate about simply because it is on their mind so much. They think about it, want to be involved in it, and even get excited about it. We can t always focus our lesson plans around passion, but it should definitely be a major though in our mind while making them.