This week for my learning project, I tried to document my progress using iMovie. iMovie is an app for creating trailers or videos and do some basic editing to them. The app has a lot more option on the MacBook version, but I used the iPhone version and found it moderately straight forward. I did not use a tutorial for this project as I found most things on my own.
This app has many basic features like photos, videos, voice overs, music, and text. Although I felt like I could do everything pretty easily, I also found out that I do not know how to make an interesting video. I feel like my video is quite boring in a viewers’ perspective, so I could work on that if I was looking to make a more entertaining video.
When opening the app you are shown this screen to the right. It gives options for starting a new project, including a ‘Magic Movie’ which would make the video for you for the most part. I did try this magic movie, but it made a horrible video so I scratched the entire thing. Below that there is ‘Storyboard’, which would only give me an error message – so not very helpful. At the bottom there is ‘Movie’, which is what I used to create my movie. This section was very clear to me, allowing me to add things wherever I wanted or delete parts of clips I did not like.
When working on the movie you are able to see the movie in the upper half, and the storyboard on the lower half which is very helpful to me. You can play the movie in its entirety or only certain parts of the movie using the play button and scrolling to the section you’d like, which really allows you to focus on certain parts. You can also select certain parts of the storyboard and they will become outlined in yellow to indicate which part you are working on. Doing this will give you many many options of things to do to the clips. The one I found most helpful was the ’Split’ button. ‘Split’ allows you to take one section of video and split it into two, so you may have multiple effects on the same clip at different parts. You can also drag the ends of the clips in to delete certain parts in the beginning or end, by shortening the clip on the storyboard.
The ’+’ button on the left side allows you to add more media into the video. This button covers most of what is needed to make a video – the visual. I found this part pretty straight forward. Sometimes the media I added would go to random spots, but it is easy to fix. To fix this, you just have the select the clip you want to move and drag it to the part you want it to be at in the storyboard.
In the classroom, I think video is a very helpful tool to increase accessibility of the lessons and class. However, I am not sure that iMovie is the best as it is only available on Apple products and does not have any special or unique features to it. Mine also did not give me a tutorial option, so it may be difficult for students to pick up this form of creation.
However, I can see videos substituting for in-class or simultaneous lessons, with video lessons or lectures made by the teacher for students to do on their own time, in their own space. I also think we can reach the augmentation of lessons with the editing process that comes with video making. This allows the teacher to fix mistakes, make things more concise and review lectures before students see them, as it is easy to forget something in a lecture on a busy day. For modification, I think videos and video editing reaches a new level in the way that we can easily work and present together, including people with long distance gaps. This would allow for people to collaborate on projects from their own home, instead of travelling or limiting the perspectives in lectures. For redefinition, I think video always redefines education in the way that it is consumed. TEDTalks for example, reach hundreds of thousands of people instead of just the three hundred people who are in the room with the presenter – something that is even hard to picture for me.
I enjoy video making, but I also find it hard to keep up with. It is much easier for me personally to sit down and write about my ups and downs in this learning journey, instead of filming it in the moment of it happening. It also put a lot more pressure on me to take photos of me while I was crocheting, which is very hard to do. I am sure videos are the favourite of some people, but they are not mine. Here is my video to show how bad I am at making them!
This week I looked into reading patterns online, instead of the video help I usually use. I was looking for something cute to make for valentines day, but this quickly become very hard for me. I tried to use this pattern for a heart pillow, and got lost over and over. This picture shows my most successful attempt, and even still there is a giant hole at the top and I could not replicate this for the other side of the heart. I decided that 3D crochet work was not something I am ready to do based off reading right now.
Then I switched to this pattern of a flat heart, which was much more successful. I was able to make this heart many times, fairly quickly. The online confusion with this pattern was the vocabulary. I am used to the term ‘triple crochet,’ but this form uses the term ‘treble crochet’! This is confusing because it’s also called the ‘double treble crochet’ in the UK. Other than that though, this project went pretty smoothly, and I was able to follow the instructions. I am definitely getting closer to being able to understand patterns in the full crochet terminology.
I wasn’t totally sure what I was going to
do with all these hearts, but I was inspired by this chicken pillow shared by @fiberfairy on TikTok. I think it would be very similar to the animal blanket, and simple to make with hearts instead of little chickens.
More than that, I was able to continue work on my animal blanket and start putting some circles into squares for the background! This part of the pattern has the most diversity in stitches, as there are five different types in the first round of work. This features the single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, treble/triple/double treble crochet and chaining. I know a lot more stitches than I did when I started this project, and I am more understanding of how to build projects and make specific aspects of shapes – like corners or gaps in the patterns.
Next week, I would like to finish this heart pillow before Valentines day, and get more of the circles done for the baby blanket. My sister also asked me to make her a hat, with no given pattern so maybe I will try that after these two projects!
For the most part, I believe that the age of participation is a good thing. This new availability allows for anyone to share what they care about as well as interact with others of similar groups. I think the age of participation is interlinked with our need for representation in medias today as well. When we do not feel represented, we now have the opportunity to recreate things with new and inclusive media. This idea and process can be seen in this Shelley Moore video, which expresses the idea of representation.
Within educational spaces, I also think this builds a community of students who feel welcome to participate in class and included in conversations more so than before. The want for participation is seen in the development of education throughout history. For example, the inclusion of people with different gender identities, skin colors, abilities, religious beliefs, etc. into mainstream schooling are the more notable movement towards participation. But more than that, we see students obtain better results when participating in a more active-learning approach, whereas schools in the past have traditionally done a lecture-style class.
Within the same framework, schools and people are encouraged to celebrate diversity in the classroom and world more than before, where they were previously encouraged to all be the same. This active participation and welcoming of all views in the classroom, creates for a more well-rounded education for all students – filling in the gaps of understanding we often see in the older generations.
The idea of the looking-glass-self (“we know ourselves through our understanding of how other understand us” – Micheal Wesch) is an important human concept. I recently heard the quote “to be loved is to be known” (Timothy Keller) and I feel as though these quotes relate to each other. To be known, understood, and truly seen for who you are by someone else is a true feeling of love, and we must be able to show ourselves, to be seen as ourselves. Thus, the need for participation.
Moreover, people learn from other people throughout their entire lives. This being said, with our need for representation and want for participation - the best learning can be done from students who are different from yourself. If we narrow it down to just cultural inclusion and representation, the most inclusive and educational we can be is to hear everyones voices, as discussed by Banks and adapted by Gorski here.
Participation is inclusion, and that is necessary to education, now and in the future.
In my day-to-day life I regularly use four main apps. These apps are Text Messages, Tiktok, Disney+ and Notability. On a normal day, I can guarantee I am opening these apps multiple times for various reasons.
Text Messages are my daily communication form. My family and friends are mostly back home, in Saskatoon so communicating online is a big part of my life and social activities.
Tiktok is a distracting app for me, I can never seem to ignore it. Once I get on Tiktok, I can’t get off it. Scrolling is so addicting despite me knowing I should do something more productive. In fact, every social media tends to distract me with videos. I often use the “three more videos” or the “in five minutes” strategy to convince myself to get off the distracting apps, which works most of the time.
Notabilitiy is my go-to app for notetaking and school related things. I bring my iPad with me every day to take notes for every one of my classes. I like this app because it keeps everything all in one place, but still organized. It allows me to have subjects and folders, creating subcategories for anything I need. I also like to use Quizlet and URCourses for organization relating to school.
Disney+ is a weird one for me. Sometimes I am using it for leisure, and to relax for the night, but most of the time I have it running on my favorite show in the background of everything I do. And I mean, EVERYTHING. I think the tv helps me fill the silence of Regina in comparison to how I have always lived (in a packed, busy house). The only time I turn it off is when I am asleep or out of the house.
Overall, I think technology is beneficial to the learning experience, but it has its' own distractions.
This week for my learning project, I mainly focussed on starting my project. I was planning on focussing on learning how to read patterns, but this video is beneficial to both goals. The video by 365DayofDana shows me what to do in a clear video, but also has the pattern listed at the top of the video. I watched the video one time and have not been back to watching it. I wrote down the patterns listed on the screen, and when I forget what to do, I am now able to look at the note and remember what it means
I like this video specifically because it is very clear. I find that a lot of crochet projects on YouTube or Tiktok are extremely quick, without explaining anything to the audience and often not showing the work they are doing, which is extremely unhelpful. I also like that she explains the process while she is doing it, it not JUST the visual aspect. She also explains some things multiple times, which is very uncommon in the videos I have seen. Plus, she gives me the tools to do it on my own. She shows how to counts the stitches properly, during and after the steps are done so I am able to look at my own work and be sure that I didn’t miss anything!
Overall, I liked the video style but I am also aware that not all videos are as educational as this one has been. This week I was able to make 9 circles for the blanket, after messing up multiple times in the beginning, due to my own miscalculations on sizing (not related to the video). Next week I will continue working on the blanket and try some new online sources!
Hi there! My name is Paige Belcourt. I am in my first year of my Education Degree as well as the certificate in Inclusive Education. I am in the secondary education program, and my major is in mathematics and my minor is in French. I am studying at the University of Regina, but I am from Aberdeen, Saskatchewan and visit my family there often.
Although I have always lived in small towns, I have always gone to inner-city schools in Saskatoon. Growing up, I was in advanced programs, which helped grow my love for learning and taught me a lot about my own learning style and passions. I graduated high school in 2021, after two years of online school. I decided to take 2 years off to evaluate what I would like to do with my life as COVID-19 was still heavily influencing my area, and online learning was not for me.
Throughout my younger years I was in classrooms that had SMART boards, laptops, and were allowed our phones and tablets. My program was often one of the first to try new technology in my area. This meant we got to learn a lot more about technologies in educational spaces in comparison to others in our area. I tend to use YouTube or other videos for my own personal learning, as I find it more engaging than reading things online. Last semester, during my ECS 101 class, I really enjoyed Shelley Moores videos as they helped me understand complex concepts in simple ways. The combination of passionate voices and visuals really helps me engage in the materials, rather than reading an article in my own head.
I enjoy blogging quite a bit and I am excited to start blogging about things I am passionate about. I have experience with blogs in my younger years, so I know a little bit about how to do things on the website portion of it all, but I am not the best at conveying my messages through text. I am not very interested in posting on social media; I always seem to forget that I can post my own things. I do enjoy the idea of sharing, because I like to talk about my passions!
I am very excited to continue my educational journey through this course and others!
For my learning project I am going to be learning more about crochet. Specifically, I want to learn how to read crochet patterns and learn new stitches to create more of a variety in the projects I create.
My interest in crochet started when I was young, about 7 or 8 years old. My grandmother introduced me and my siblings to crochet to keep our hands busy without making a mess. My sister and I quickly became obsessed with crochet and did it every chance we got. Throughout my life I have always continued to crochet and have learned a little to improve my skills but lacked time to improve significantly.
Currently, I can make simple projects when I follow a video-tutorial, however videos are not always available. I am also very limited in my range of stitches as I only know three; the single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet. Within this range I have made a couple toques, one blanket and a couple of small items for decoration. I am hoping with learning these new skills, I will be able to create my own ideas and translate them into crochet without relying on other peoples’ skills to do so.
By the end of this project, I am hoping to be finished at least 1 crochet baby blanket to improve my skills. The blanket is inspired by this this blanket by 365DaysOfDana on YouTube This blanket has a lot of creativity in the pattern, and lots of opportunity to learn new things so I think this will be a good show of what I am able to learn!. I would also like to create something based on my knowledge of being able to read patterns, so I would like to create a decorative item from the pattern only. I would like to finish these two items for this project and I am excited to start the process!
My plan is to learn how to read the patterns slowly through the first two weeks, and by the third week I will be able to read patterns and create designs instead of watching someone else do it. By the fourth week I would like to start a project by following the pattern only, so that I have ample time to do both projects in the semester!
For the blanket, I want to make about three granny-squares each week, so I have ample time to finish the baby blanket. I believe once I start getting into the habit and understanding the stitches more, I will be able to accomplish this task quickly!
To do this, I will be utilizing YouTube to teach me new stitches and the abbreviations for the stitches. I will also be using Crochet Ville to help inspire me for new projects and read about how to fix problems I may come across.
I am excited to start learning more about crochet!