Journal 1 3240

Objective: Facebook is ubiquitous; virtually all your students have profiles and spend daily time on this site.  Its ubiquity makes it potentially useful for you and your classes, but it also creates many challenges.  Students see Facebook as both public and private and faculty should too.  Facebook will take you into students’ bedrooms and beyond, and your presence may be a little creepy.

Virtual classrooms- As technologies create new types of virtual classrooms and new ways for students to work and play together, new definitions of social proximity will change the norms of human interaction. Our students now live online in many ways.  We engage and provoke students best face to face if we focus on human interaction.

Video games- Computer and video games have displaced other forms of imagination, including pretend play with non-responsive objects, books, and even films, video and television. Games are ideal teachers, in part because they address different learning styles in sophisticated ways.  Increasingly, we expect customization the rest of our lives as well; we want intuitive controls on our microwave and a car that learns how we drive.

 

Reflective- Facebook has become a household name since the early part of this century. We now use it in a number of ways, from our daily chats with friends, inviting people to birthday parties or memorials for family and friends, selling personal items or sharing your holiday pictures not to mention the airing of dirty laundry. Whether I like it or not it has become a staple of our society.  I can see some of the value for using it in the classroom, I can also see that it has made us become so disconnected from actually spending time face to face.  We all feel like celebrities and become so self-absorbed, our expectations in the world are skewed, it’s all about us.  What does that say to a potential client, or employer?  Students can use their Facebook profiles for portfolios of their work, including pictures of before and after.  Also to help advertise where and when they are working or if they move to a different location, keeping in mind that your client base would have to be on your friends list and that your employer might prefer a more professional angle, is it coming from their business page rather than a personal profile?

In the virtual classroom we can now connect people from all over the map to learn in one place. Time zones don’t matter, nor does family or work schedules, we can fit it in when the kids are in bed, or when the shift at work is done.  Having these PIPD classes on line gives me the opportunity to further my own education, while balancing my life as a mom and a business owner.

This supports the reasons why I choose to have a video game free home. I am always amazed that parents of small children, who are educated, value tossing their children an iPad or an iPhone and argue that it helps their small motor skills develop, or that it’s good for eye-hand coordination.  The foundations of learning are the same only more advanced and more understood concepts, whether we are dealing with pedagogy or andragogy.  Teenagers have not learnt to write their signature because keyboard usage has become the norm.  I see that proficiency in technology is valuable for the world we are part of; however, we have lost the foundations of how we learn and our basic skills in communication.  In my industry cultivating your craft, being artistic and personalizing your service is more valuable than computer skills and it’s what people pay the big bucks for.

Interpretive: I feel that Facebook could be used as a supportive learning tool for educators in my field. The ability for reminders, group meetings and keeping up with media coverage in the industry can be helpful to students and educators.  It also has a value in business ownership and advertising; however, those are more advanced lessons in the classes students take and may be introduced more in the higher levels of the course.  In the early levels of instruction the ability for tactile learning isn’t supported with Facebook in my opinion.  As an instructor I feel it is very important to maintain the code of ethics and not blur the lines between my social and professional life.  I have my struggles with Facebook and where it fits in my life. I have a page for my business and a lot of “likes” on my page, yet I feel it is an ineffective way to connect with clients.  On a personal level I have many clients on my “friends” list.  I don’t make a habit of posting personal or controversial things.  I was off Facebook for the past 6 months and really enjoyed the break. I don’t need to know what people had for dinner or what their thoughts are on the news.  I returned to enjoying friends in real face to face interactions and if this class wasn’t Media Enhanced Learning I probably would still be off of it.  As a business owner I have used advertising via Facebook, I have found that in my craft\skill the old fashioned word of mouth goes a long way for advertising.  I can see it would be very valuable for a businesses that might have a real high rent, like in a mall space that relies on product sales rather than a personal experience with an experienced stylist.

Virtual classrooms are very useful for an academic learning environment they can make the world a small place for adult students who live and work in different communities or cities. I have found that I can go at my own pace, I can slot times in my week for work and research.  I feel the student must be driven and have an ability to stay on course without the constant reminder of the teachers voice to stay on task.  I am curious of the statistics with success in online courses with children and teenagers.  I feel as a parent of a teenager that my son does not have the cognitive awareness or ability for success in a virtual classroom.  I can support that statement with the experience of him taking math 9 online after a fail in the physical classroom, he, at his development level needs the teacher to be in front of him and to acknowledge his understanding or confusion with the lessons.

I am able to see the value of video\computer games in some parts of academic learning, it can be a supportive tool, even a great review tool for tests and critical thinking challenges. In my profession the ability to problem solve in real time with unforeseen challenges isn’t really realistic for this learning tool in my opinion.  As I write that I remember the task of draping a client for a chemical service vs a technical service, that could be made into a game…..[what is the items needed and in what order would you bring them to the service for use?]  Even as I type that I smirk at the ridiculousness of that.  Are we bringing the lesson down to the development level of a 10 year old girl who is dressing a head and copying the picture given in an online game called Hair Salon?  Isn’t that grasping at straws?  Are we trying to implement a game to teach or understand that ability? Does dragging a bunch of different accessories on to the models face have a learning outcome?  Does it challenge the student in any way that can be useful in the real world?  In an industry that is based on customer service and fostering creativity, with value in the ability to read the clients emotions and do a proper drape service, it seems very childish to design a game for this simple task.

Decisional- As for the reality of using Facebook for learning or even supported learning in my classroom I have to say that I really doubt I will use it. I see Facebook as a way to stay in contact with friends or relatives who don’t live close by.  I value my industry and the importance of human contact, I hope to teach a craft and support creativity behind the chair.  Our society is so quick to give away our power to computers and technology, a computer does not have compassion for a client who has lost a loved one, nor can an app make a small color adjustment to make a woman feel empowered and accent her beautiful eye color.  There is some value for apps and technology on the business side of the salon industry and also for advertising, unfortunately the skill that one needs to create a personalised hair service or needs to be creative in an ever changing artistic world cannot be taught any other way than with hands on experience and real learning curves on real people with real challenges.

I see some use for virtual classrooms, maybe not in the very beginning of learning the foundations of hairdressing, as that is when students are just figuring out what they feel comfortable with. Maybe as the education continues and the student has some understanding of the expectations.  For instance I can see a class taught by a platform artist who is amazing as an instructor and happens to live in Italy, who has an amazing talent for wedding hair, and a student in Vancouver, BC. would like the certification this instructor has.  The student already has the foundations of her craft and wants to build on the skills she has, she already understands the terminology and the discussion on color levels makes sense to her, also she is familiar with the implements and products used during the lessons.

I certainly do not see any purpose for video games in the hairdressing industry, I personally find them offensive and a use of technology that seems to be such a waste. As a society we have seen the disconnected effects on children and adults.  Communication is something that is becoming a lost art I hope students see the value of one on one, face to face contact.  At this point in my career I do not find them to be a valuable resource for teaching.  I hope that in such a creative industry that we as educators never allow technology to interfere with artistic expression and we let our students know that a computer game will never replace the compassion and creativity of a real person.  As I explained in the interpretative section, educators and program developers need to see the use of these technologies to challenge adult students, helping to advance learning and support learning styles rather than creating apps or games that are developmentally for a 10 yr old girl.

References:

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.José Antonio Bowen. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1-118-11035-5. 5

Hair Salon game on iPod, Payton Harlow {my 10 yr old neice}

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isnt wanting better for your children intrisnic?

I’ve really been struggling watching the scars that are forming on my niece and nephew, due to their mothers negligence and addiction.  I help my brother in law where I can, pick up the pieces when I’m off work and try and be supportive to him while he struggles to balance a emotionally disconnected little girl and manipulative 6’4,  242 pound, 16 year old.  I have realized the best thing about my situation is that I don’t have to deal with a dead beat parent everyday.{  I have soul custody of my son and the rules are mine, its my rodeo, and yes the responsibility is all mine too}  I see that that’s better than a unhappy drunk mother who keeps fucking up her children, letting them down, feeding him booze, allowing them to ditch school and follow in her dysfunctional footsteps, and Imprinting on a young man who has a chance to become more than she.  It makes me wanna SCREAM!!  Who looks at their newborn baby child and says to themselves ” I cant wait to fuck you up and see you become a looser in society” as I roll back through the memories, that’s not where she started her parenting journey, she was the most over the top momma, she spoilt him with love kisses and his first birthday looked more like a carnival than a family gathering to celebrate a first birthday.  Where did she loose herself?  What was the pivotal moment where her desire to watch, love and nurture her child to become something great, fizzle away?  I makes me angry, it makes me want to kick her in the head, it makes me want to shame her. Is that bad?  Does that make me a bad sister?  I feel at this point its more important to be the aunty they need.  So I’m off to school to get his attendance for January……. #ittakesavillage

This is my own free will

Hello is there anyone out there?  This is my first post that isn’t a assignment for the PIPD program.  Who new i’d be blogging and it would even be encouraged by my instructors and mentors?  I have really been chewing on this since December,  I asked myself, who reads blogs?  Who cares what I have to say? Is it really important enough for me to take this time out from my crazy life?  I do enjoy writing and I have learned that through my courses in the PIPD program, I have always written, but my private thoughts have always been private, it was not until I started getting 90plus% on papers that I recognised I am a bit better than good at this.  So I hope you enjoy my take on the world, from behind the chair, a business owner, a single mother trying to find love and a woman who has had her fair share of shit storms that I have survived and just everyday balancing acts to make it through the day, week and year…

do we need a manager in isle 2 for clean up ?

Classroom management

I didn’t really get a chance to be part of this forum, but I did get a chance to read through some of the opinions, I do feel that the things that seem important to me in teaching are the things like time tested classroom management, and since I haven’t really had any experience in actual teaching in the classroom I will add this to my tool box.  I really identified with the technique’s that are about connecting to your students and knowing where they come from.  It seems logical to me that those are things that keep coming up in the forums and class chats, it just supports my ideas and makes me know I am making the right decision to become an instructor that will connect to my students.  I also like the idea of loving your students, and how important it is to be a cheerleader for your students, some students don’t have that at home and to be the one that was there for them can make a huge impact on their wellbeing and self-worth and in turn be the reason they stayed in school.

Taylor Mali, or Sean Walsh? Journal #3

Course journal #3

Objective questions-

For my journal I have chosen, What do teachers make? , by Taylor Mali.  It’s a short video of 3 mins 8 seconds, and the tone is kinda a poetry slam.  I can imagine it would be good to see in person.  Taylor has taught school at private schools in the eastern states, specializing in English, history, and math.  He is a strong advocate for the nobility of teaching and in 2000 he set out to create 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, perseverance, or passion.” He finally reached the mark on April 1, 2012.  It seems to me that Taylor has that passion that all teachers should have, I think it reminds some of us why we want to teach.  Maybe those are forgotten passions in some?

Reflective questions-

When I watch this video it makes me excited, it makes me know why I want to be a teacher.  I realize that there are more fantastic teachers out there, and I remember the ones I have had in high school, the ones that have made a difference to me in my life.  I also feel fortunate of the teachers my son has had through his education, he was fortunate to have had a fantastic young man for 3 years and he really bonded with Ethan, he challenged him in ways I couldn’t imagine, he gave him experiences that have changed him forever and to this day they still have a very close relationship.  Sean even inspired and supported me to get going on my pipd, and when I was learning all the new things about writing papers, and doing assignments he took the time to show me how to use word, how to format and even proofed a few of my first papers.  Sean really is the epitome of what a teacher is and what a great example of a fantastic teacher.  I feel that Sean and Taylor are cut from the same cloth.  I even posted this on Sean’s Facebook page and tagged him.  I can’t thank him enough for the positive impact he has had on my son and how he has imprinted on him in those years where I was at a loss of what to do with an angry child.  In Taylor’s video he speaks about challenging children and knowing they don’t need that washroom, but that they are bored, and they just want to have a break.  The awareness a teacher has to have with a class of 20 plus students has to spot on, the understanding of knowing where each and every student is and to see that manipulation should be valued by the world.  When he speaks of making their parents tremble in fear, seeing who their children are and what they can be, it’s amazing!  Sean has seen me cry with uncertainty and with pride and I am so thankful to him for that.

Interpretive questions-

When Taylor speaks he has such passion for making children learn, he enjoys the challenges he gives his students, he has pride in his career and what his impact is, he makes a difference and he knows that and he is proud to tell the lawyer that even at the cost of making the dinner party awkward.  He knows that his job as a teacher is very important and maybe even more important than the lawyers, even if the money he makes isn’t in the same.  Teacher’s make a difference in the lives of their students and the families they are connected to.  Sean is a perfect example of that.

Decisional questions-

I really loved this video and hope that I can keep reminding myself why I wanted to become a teacher, what my true beliefs are and what I feel I can bring to the table of my future students.  I want to impact my students and have them look back at my teaching them with a smile, I want to impact their learning.  It gets me excited to have that opportunity, and my apprehension of my first day is becoming more and more a memory, I want to get going and enjoy the experience, even reading Scott’s thoughts on his first day have helped me become more excited!  I have really enjoyed this course, it has challenged me and it has made me think.  I see where I have had that higher level of understanding and awareness.  Watching this video and others really has made me feel excited about the impact I hope to have as a teacher.

Im self assesing…

Self-Assessment 3250

Assignment 3

1.a] What are the important highlights you learned about your topic?

My topic was Visible Learning, I actually thought it was Visual learning, when I chose the topic, so I really had no idea what I was getting into.  Having said that I learned a lot about the topic.  Here is what I personally have taken away from the lesson.  It seems to most of the class believe that the model isn’t really meant for post-secondary learning, and more for the k to 12 model.  Also the biggest lesson here for me is that students get bored sitting, listening and being taught.  Teachers need to keep things interesting, group work, moving around, stretching, anything to keep their attention, if you see students sliding down their chairs, heads nodding, and yawning, it’s a clear indicator that they need to be physically stimulated.  A few students with more experience in the classroom suggested things that worked for them and I really like the idea of quick interviews, the students have to present their neighbour and speak about them as a person, rather than focusing on the student’s school life, it makes everyone more approachable and more human to one another.  It fits in nicely with my idea of being a humanist, and getting back to my belief system of getting to know where your students come from, what effects them, what challenges  By keeping your students engaged physically you keep their attention longer and therefore more learning can happen.

b] What did you learn about facilitating a forum?

Well, firstly you can put something out for a “hook” and it can be totally sidetracked by a thought that someone feels is more specific.  I had no idea what to do, but it took on a life of its own.  I also felt that by doing that activity with another student was kinda counterproductive.  If Courtney and I were facilitating it in a face to face course, it might have a different impact, but in the online class the ability to discuss and to support just isn’t there.  We obviously had different intentions and were looking for different outcomes.  Also having us come from different backgrounds it was really no help for each of us.  I did contact her through personal message and by the time she got back to me, our forum was ready to start.  I understand we both have different schedules and expectations in life, so it wasn’t our fault.  I would recommend that in the future that lesson be modified for the online learner, however I’m not exactly sure how it could be changed.  But see that in a face to face class that this could be very beneficial, to the students for the instructors to be tag teaming their learning.

c] What did you do to encourage your classmate’s contributions and participations?

I tried to use supportive words and to read the posts with no judgments.  When the thread took a total different turn than where I intended it to go, I just let it go and thanked Scott for his input.  I also referenced the students that contributed pivotal learning in my summary so they were acknowledged in their contributions.  I also let the discussions go where ever they went and just tried to not take it personally and let what ever happened, happen.

d] How and what did you contribute to the other discussions?

I tried to read all the forums and keep up with the newest posts, honestly it was such a huge thing to try and do.  If I had a comment to make I did, but I felt somehow my contributions were not even acknowledged nor where responded to by the other class mates.  I realize I always came from the stand point of the humanist and the emotional driven educator who wanted to connect with my students, rather than post numerous videos and reference academics.  I really appreciated Susan Cain’s ted video on introverts and really identified with all she had to say, another one that sticks out in my head is the lady from Fort Mac, Alberta, who was trying to get us to see the value of looking at the wide screen lens instead of just what is in front of our faces.  I try to look at all problems in life that way, I have found it to be very valuable in life, parenting, dealing with friends, clients and just in general.  I again see the parallel to my philosophy on teaching, look at the big picture, what, where and how a student comes to my class, all those things are contributing factors that I should be aware of to be the teacher I want to be come.

e] What did you learn from the other discussion forums?

This course has been such a different experience for me than all the others I have taken.  The discussion forums seemed to have different tone to me, I feel like I was out of my league and that maybe my contributions were over looked because I come from a tactile world?  Not sure, however I did learn a lot and I guess being in a class with more academics will change the dynamic of the forums.  I felt a lot of the posts were all referencing theories and not a lot of usable information that I could apply in my classroom, I did take away some great ideas from tried tested and true experiences from peer students, I appreciated the experiences people shared and how different the reception can be with different classes.  I also value the challenges this course gave me.  It forced me to be exactly clear on why I felt this way, I had to express my challenges in a way that was mature and understood.  I also realized some students must have ocd to be able to respond to every post in every forum.  My brain would be fried after a few hrs of reading and watching videos and then having to make an intelligent response every day.  I also took away lots of info and feel like it was sooo much in such a short time that it might take me a bit time to absorb all these new thoughts.  I really did enjoy this class and I just had to keep reminding myself to not get stressed with the volume of responses.

  1. 85% I feel that my contributions in this class were a level 3, a solid consistent performance; I demonstrated competency of knowledge and skills in my contributions, I also demonstrated my understanding of the forums with my questioning responses. I contributed to the threads weekly and I responded to my peers work. I made a great effort to read all the input and watch all the videos however, I only replied to the threads that I felt were applicable and helpful to education in my profession.  I believe my contribution to the class was clear and I always represented the humanist approach.  I sometimes felt that the referencing was a bit out of control and that sometimes the threads were repeated, I saw them in different forums, and sometimes the information complimented one another.  I also appreciated all the ties from the forums that I saw coming together into a braid of strategies that are important for us instructors to know and use in the classroom.  I only responded to the ones that I most identified with.  I know I learned a lot in this course even with a bit of hesitation on the digital project, but I have gotten over that and am quite impressed at my learning.