Contributing to others and myselfs learning!

If you already didn’t know technology isn’t something I’m good at but, this course has made me a lot better and more confident! This class was totally different than any other online class I have taken. Using Zoom made it so much more interactive, also outside of this class I used Zoom twice this semester for other classes, for group projects! Blogging was really new to me, I enjoyed learning about the different techniques how to make your blog interesting and appealing to readers. One way to do that is to add pictures or videos and do you have links to the topic you’re talking about, which also helps with plagiarism. I definitely enjoyed reading other peoples blogs everyone had a fun and interesting twist to their’s. My blogs are slowly coming along I really would still like to make mine more fun and interesting to read but, I am slowly improving my writing style.
Although I wouldn’t say I helped others learn, I had lots of people helping me learn! Here is a few screenshots of learning I engaged in throughout the semester!

Twitter was an area where I got very comfortable with tweeting! I loved learning how useful Twitter was as I was able to collaborate with a ton of people especially other professionals in the teaching world!

I truly appreciate everyone being so patient and helpful especially my mentor when I asked 5,000 questions lol.


Learning how to do some coding!

This week we were learning about coding. I went to to give it a try! I found the site very easy to navigate, it always provides you with a learning video done by a kid. I clicked on learn at the top left side of the screen and then I selected grades K to five just because I have no idea what I’m doing (lol). I chose course C which was for ages 6 to 10. Before you begin it showed you a chart about the lesson and the progress you would be making and what to watch for.

It started with an intro video which was very helpful. The game started out really easy it had little descriptions on what to do and it also had an option that it could read to you. When you would grab a tile and were close to another tile different parts would highlight, kind of guiding you to where you should connect it. It gave you a hint of how many blocks you should use to complete the level. It provided the cardinal directions and arrows on the blocks to also assist in which way you were getting your guy to move, it helps students learn the 4 directions. As I went on the game kind of got harder, less directions was given. When the game and code got longer it gave an option of ‘repeat’ and you can choose how many times to repeat. I chose three so instead of moving three tiles that said walk north you just move one into the square that had times three and it would do it three times, which models showing us shortcuts. I would definitely use this in my classroom it shows students directions, listening and following steps, short cuts which promotes critical thinking and a lot more!

Looking at fake news

Fake news is a topic that continues to grow and become more concerning. Nowadays with technology such as photoshop, costumes and people paying others to say pretty much anything it is hard to know who to believe, whether it be from a written article or a video online. It is very important as consumers reading various types of information we be critical to what we’re reading and hearing and also do our due diligence in finding reliable sources.

This video, How to choose your news-Damon Brown, goes to explain the development of news as it was so broad and limited to a few news papers and tv news casters. Unfortunately it was eventually was corrupted. It’s address is the importance of how there so much news and information we want to know but the time it takes to process and look into it to see if it’s fake news or not it is time-consuming and most individuals do not have the time to always triple check. Moreover, with social Media there is more room for people to share their opinion and one sided view on topics which further complicates things. The video suggests you go straight to the source and try avoid middle men. Follow reporters on social media to watch live feed and judge for yourself before others cut parts of the video to what they want to show and before they can speak on it. When there is a new news on the topic only check up on it several times in a day and not every few minutes, this will help to avoid false reports. Separate facts from opinions as it can trick you. Most importantly verify new BEFORE YOU spread it!

This article, How do we teach students to identity fake news? Discusses how fake news is usually used to cause harm, this makes it even more important to teach our students how to decipher what they are reading, hearing and sharing. Give students tools on how to use Another technique would be teaching students how to read laterally which is cross referencing information on different wed-sites. Also teaching students about different bias, all information and news on the web usually comes from a certain perspective it is up to them to judge if it’s true or not.

The 5 C’s-
1- Contexts, helps the reader by them looking at when it was written the date, where it was written, any information that has changed since it was written.
2- Creditable, Does the website look real? has the little lock🔒 in the websites.
3-Construction- is there any Bias, facts over opinions
4- Corroboration, cross reference what you read with other websites.
5- Compare, to other news to gain different perspectives to help you understand the big picture.

I feel teaching about Digital literacy right when students are in school in pre-K and kindergarten. It is never too early to start teaching and showing kids how everything that here, read or see is not always true. I feel you can tie digital literacy into many subjects just depending on the grade. For English you could have students write a essay looking into why fake news was , who in benefits. This could be done as early as grade 4 which will help students become more critical thinkers and writers. I feel you can incorporate the goals from the NCTE framework Into many different parts of the curriculum. It asks if students are able to use technology as a tool for communication, research and creation of new networks. Use digital tools and resources to match the work they’re doing. Find relevant and reliable sources that metre needs ,just to name a few. All which are so listed above are important aspects students should develop to become critical thinkers, writers which can be done through English, social, history and science. Each class you can design a lesson or unit for students to use technology to research something in each subject.


I cybersleuth Jayla, or Miss Brinkworth which is her WordPress name if you want to check her blog out! I was able to find out lots, possibly it was easier as I was friends with her on pretty much all social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat. When I was typing her name into Facebook although she does have a unique name there were a few other Jayla’s that came up. When I typed Jayla Brinkworth on Google her Twitter, WordPress, all music, Vimeo, linked all came up with her name in. Jason Brinkworth came up on YouTube having some drumming videos. This was different creeping/ cybersleuth on Jayla like this, but it was even more creepy that there was tons of information that was so easily found that had lots of pictures, information of where she went to school and her dad. Although Jayla had a very clean and professional online profile. I feel if someone made one little mistake and posted something they shouldn’t have it would be very easily found and used against them, like in this Ted talk I watched how one Tweet can ruin your life.

Should YouTube be used in the classroom?!

This week me and Jayla were to take opposite opinions on using YouTube in the classroom. Jayla was the teacher who had to talk with me and the parent. I took a position of completely disagreeing having YouTube in the classroom, just so our conversations would be interesting. I used my prior knowledge I have on how technology sometimes isn’t as good as hands on learning, although I don’t truly feel this way. Here is how our conversation went.

Heather: I feel YouTube is I resource that takes away from students connecting with one another it’s just another online tool that people turn to when there are tons of books and other information you can get from talking to people.

Jayla: I understand your concerns. However I have found, through research, that using YouTube in the classroom can be very beneficial to student learning. Using this tool gives students supplemented information that will add to what I am teaching in the classroom. Basically, I use it as an extension to my teaching.

Heather: I don’t understand why you should be using it as an extension to your teaching. You are getting paid to teach and therefore you should cover all the information.

Jayla: It’s not that I am not teaching myself, because I am still teaching. YouTube videos help to reinforce ideas and can make for a small, yet engaging portion to my lessons.

Heather: When I went to school we would do activities with the teacher and our fellow classmates. This was extremely engaging and it built on working together with other people, learning from one another these are extremely important in order to get a job, having skills working with other people.  If I wanted my kid to play on YouTube I would just give them my iPad.

Jayla: It is important to know that I do have students working together on a very regular basis in my classroom, and I too believe it is a crucial part of a child’s development. Another important point is that your child is not simply playing on YouTube at school. I have sifted through many educational videos on the platform and only show my students the ones that will enhance their learning. I do not use YouTube simply for entertainment purposes. I use YouTube for educational purposes.

Heather: I believe that ways to enhance learning is making at hands on, therefore having hands on experiences for our children is important. If you would go on Pinterest you would see there are tons of hands-on learning for students to do. From making and mixing their own primary colours to make other colours all the way down to math manipulatives. This will deepen any child’s learning by having hands-on experience. Also it will help having different sensational learning manipulatives and improves children’s hand eye coordination using their hands, not just looking with their eyes.

Jayla: It seems to me that you believe all we do is watch YouTube videos in this classroom. Fortunately, that’s not the case! We do many hands-on activities in the class that will help build so many skills in the children that I teach. YouTube is just a very small part of our day in my classroom. The videos we watch are not replacing the activities we do, they are there to be able to bring more knowledge to the students. They also are not shown to replace my teaching, but instead to help me teach!

Heather: I just wanted to raise my concern to you as most days after school my son talks about is the “cool” YouTube videos you show them.

Jayla: I appreciate you contacting me about your concern! As I have mentioned, I can guarantee that the videos your child is watching are benefiting his education, and not being shown for no reason. I am happy that your son thinks the videos I am showing are cool, because that shows me that he is watching and paying attention while they are being shown. From what I can tell when they are being played in the classroom your son is very engaged and is always able to recount what he learned from the video that was shown. This is a very important skill to have! Your son is showing success in the classroom and I think that is the most important thing to focus on.

Heather: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions regarding my concerns of using YouTube in the classroom.

Jayla found information for her arguments from:

The Digital World Reality

In class last week we had a really interesting topic regarding the digital world. The following week the week before we talked about how beneficial the Internet is help people connect all over the world. I felt that it is very beneficial as individuals can find people with the same interests and beliefs as you. Moreover this week we are looking at the complete opposite end of the internet. When thinking about the Internet I never jump to the negative affects it has to offer . Personally I am not one who post a lot on social media but I can definitely relate to the few times and getting that high of people liking and commenting on what I post. It is a very nice humbling feeling being able to share things you are proud of with others. I can definitely see how many people get caught up with that adrenaline high.

Another opening topic we discussed in class was regarding how many children have been posted on Facebook, thus already having a digital footprint. I never thought about when my friends or others are posting pictures of them being pregnant or of their babies growing up through the years that it could potential not be a good idea/dangerous. Being that we live in a digital world I guess assuming innocently posting pictures you never know where they can end up.

I feel the Internet now-a-days is rapidly growing and expanding which is going to create more problems and issues around Internet safety. With having the Internet at everyone’s fingertips and dozens upon dozens apps. Many I don’t even know of, where we can connect with other people that have the same apps that can hide what we’re doing, such as pictures and conversations which is going to cause greater problems. One being that it will be harder for authority to be able to track predators.

New digital community

We have a new way to record YouTube hits, not only for music videos but for people recreating an artist’s music video. Which I have watched many re-makes that have been from funny to amazing, creating cyber stars. As stayed by it creates a whole new platform for everyone across the wold to come together, through global connections through the internet and computers. It’s interesting that everyone had their own take on the Numa Numa song… Where if were to take that flexibility into our classrooms and giving our students the technology and the opportunity to express their different types of learning. At 12:05-12:12 of the video he goes to explain when media changes, human relations change. I thought this was a simple but has powerful meaning behind it. Hopefully the meaning is used for the positive and doesn’t create more of an issue for social interaction between humans.
“Networked individualism, (Berry Wellman 18:28).” This is very important, growing up in a small town you never had much selection of sports, interests and with that if his friends is friends. I always felt sorry for a few people and/or groups in my town if their interests were not provided through school activities or within our town they never got to fully participate in activities they enjoyed. Where, by having a network community individuals are able to live anywhere in the world and communicate with anyone that has the same interests, believes, which I feel can be in is very powering. It’s important to remember we are not all the same nor should we be but we should also have a sense of self and be able to share believes.
It was very interesting to see how the webcam has evolved, “the glass dot, the eye of the world” as described in the video. It is a lot more awkward and ‘unnatural’ for people. Not having a normal conversation, you have to keep the conversation going while making it interesting. Being that I don’t Vlog, I never really thought of how unnatural it is, but soon I feel the younger people are talking to their phones it won’t be unnatural anymore. I know with #SnapChat people record themselves and post it to their stories, thus making a younger group making this the new norm.

First Twitter Chat!

Well tonight was my first night attending #saskedchat! Although, pretty much the whole time I was very anxious, it was awesome!  I was signed in before 8 and nothing was happening so I was second-guessing if I was in the right spot! Then I seen a couple people were posting that was a relief for a quick second. Then I was frantic to write my first response just who I was, where I was from and why I was joining so I quickly did that. while I was typing my first response I was trying to see what other people were posting and what they were saying. I liked that he had short and simple questions, “ I say______, you say”. It just kept it easy to follow and what you’re supposed to respond to. I answered 10 questions within the chat so there was a few times I made a mistake (Don’t worry I knew I would) one time I accidentally labelled answer 5 as answer 4 question for so I have two different answers for 4 in the chat… not too bad.. After that I said in one of my answers that parents aren’t important to be in the classroom 🙈🙈🙈 it was supposed to say parent ARE important to be in the classroom. I already hit Tweet and then I noticed it right after so I was panicking because I’ve never deleted a tweet before! Thankfully I was able to figure it out and delete it and then re-type it. I kept it more simple compared to the first tweet so hopefully no one saw that tweet LOL. It was nice to see what other people were writing and I learnt a lot which was awesome. Also it seem like they had a lot of fun in the chat a lot of the people that have probably been posting in there for a while they were making jokes which was a little confusing because I was trying to stay on topic and read others answer. There was random responses nothing to do up with what we were talking about or funny pictures which made it comical (while being stressed). I enjoyed my first Twitter chat, at the end I went back to see who liked my Tweets then clicked on their profile. It was interesting to read who they are, where they are from. There was a principal from Michigan who was in the chat!. It’s really cool connecting with a lot of people from all over. I will definitely attend another Twitter chat and hopefully my next time will be a little less stressful.

My introduction

Hi my name is Heather Snell I am a fourth year Elementary Education student at the University of Regina. I originality grew up in a small town 2 hours north east from Regina so I am a little ways from home. Although I’m a county girl at heart I do enjoy my time while I am in the city.

I am in the elementary program and I love it! I can’t wait to finish my degree, and make my way into the work force. I hope to get a job back home in Wadena. Here’s a picture of me on the first day of school in front of the awesome board my Co-op put together!

So.. me and technology Do NOT get along! It stresses me out and I always seem to make things worse. I have went to the Apple store a few times and they have straight up said “oh what did you do we can’t fix that here, call the 1800 Apple number.” Also I’m still getting used to blogging! Yes it’s been 3 weeks and still figure stuff out, hence why I’m posting my intro now! Lol