Exploring Twitter!

Twitter

So last night I participated in my first #SaskEdchat on Twitter! It was very interesting to say the least! How it works is for each SaskEd chat, there are assigned moderators asking education related questions and you as a participator are to answer those questions with your own views and opinions. I enjoyed taking part in this chat because it gave me the opportunity to express my views on the topic “paperless classrooms” and share my ideas on how we can work towards a paperless classroom that would be better for our environment. We also looked at cons to paperless classrooms. I think overall, everyone agreed or voiced their opinions that finding a balance between the two was a good route to go. Through this SaskEd chat I was also able to read other teachers/ future teachers views on the topic. I enjoyed this because it opened my thinking to other realms I would have never thought of on my own. Overall, I think SaskEd chat is a great tool for teachers to learn new knowledge and thinking that can be incorporated into their own classrooms, allowing us to work towards a common goal as educators.

I’ve been on twitter before but had no knowledge of these SaskEd chats or have not thought about looking into educational hashtags. Upon closing this class session, I thought it would be a great idea to check out hashtags such as #Mathchat #SSchat #ELAchat and #Scichat. Boy am I glad I did! There are a ton of resources and lesson ideas that are shared from teachers all over the world! I actually wish I had checked out these hashtags sooner, it really would have came in handy for my lesson planning. Recently I’ve been viewing twitter differently. In the past I had a personal Twitter account to follow celebrities that I wanted to keep with for the latest celebrity gossip. The EDTC300 class though has opened different doors within the Twitter world for me and I just cannot stop exploring all the amazing resources!

Throughout my three years of taking Education classes, I had not thought about using Twitter in the classroom. Now that I am exposed to all these new resources and education articles, I feel twitter would be a great resource in the classroom. However, I feel this would be successful in only a school or classroom that is readily available to technology like computers or tablets. How I would incorporate twitter into my classroom if the technology was available, would be to see my students learning  through a SaskEd chat, on topics that were taught in the classroom! I think it would be fun and it would be something that the children would enjoy! However, there could be downsides to this as well. Many parents do not allow their children to have social media accounts until a certain age. This is something that would have to be discussed with parents. Perhaps if the parents disagree with their children getting social media accounts, student accounts can be made specifically for school use with only the teachers having access to log in usernames and passwords.

Overall, technology is ever growing and there will be no stop to it, because of this teaching and learning in the classroom will forever have to be moderated as well! However, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Technology opens our eyes to a bigger world that we never thought was out there! Until next time, Happy Blogging!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My First Attempt at Fantasy Makeup!!!

First Attempt at Fantasy Makeup

Welcome back! So I attempted my first try at fantasy makeup and it was interesting! I found a picture (you can find it here) on Instagram posted by Instagram user Zorinblitzz. I initially wanted to start off with something small so that’s what I did. I found something that wasn’t too crazy that needed my whole face covered. I learned to do this look, just by looking at the image on Instagram and proceeding with what I think the original poster would have done to get their outcome. I did however have to make some small changes as I did not have some of the stuff on hand that would be needed, so I improvised!¬† I recorded myself doing whole process and that took 1 hour and 19 minutes! I did some research and found that I could create movies and edit videos with the app iMovie for free! So I downloaded the app and started editing my video. Let me tell you editing takes a LONG time, especially on a phone! It was a very exhausting experience! With the amount of time it takes to edit and the length of time that was still left after editing (About 39 minutes), I decided for my next videos I probably will not do much talking like I have in this video. However, if you all don’t mind watching almost 40 minute videos than I will keep them coming. In my personal opinion though I feel a 40 minute video is just too long and could get boring very easily. I am open to opinions and suggestions on how I can make it easier on me and the viewers for next time! I hope you enjoy the videos (and trust me I don’t expect you to sit and watch every second of the 39 minutes). I did speed up some parts of the videos but still it wasn’t enough to make the video shorter. I also had to break it down into three videos as YouTube only let me upload at max 15 minute videos from my phone. Pictures of finished result at the bottom of the post! Happy Blogging!

All About My Feedly Experience

Feedly

In our last session of our EDTC300 class, I was introduced to Feedly. Prior to class I did not know about this website and all it had to offer. First off Feedly, is a website of compiled articles and news posts that are easily accessible through simply searching a keyword. This site allows you to create three of your own categories. Within these categories you are free to save any interesting or important reading materials you may want to access in the future, while at the same time providing you with more articles that are related to the ones you’ve saved. Here is a screen cast of what I currently have in my Feedly categories!

My Feedly listings

As you can see I have recommended articles on Edtech, Education and Beauty. I has chosen to make an Edtech category to find articles and news feeds on topics relating to this class. I made the Education category to find articles and news posts that are related to my future career. As for the beauty category, I made this category in hopes of finding resources and materials that can help me along my learning project journey!

How do you work it you ask? Well first you need to sign up! It’s easy and free. I linked my google account so it automatically made my profile for me without me having to insert a ton of information into different spaces. The second thing I did was jump right into searching up articles. I wanted to find articles related to Edtech, so I went to the search bar at the top right of the page and simply inserted “Edtech”. Here different categories came up that I was able to save into my own categories. When you go to save these categories, a pop up will appear giving you the prompt to create your three categories. You are free to name them whatever you want! I think it is important to note that you are only allowed three free categories. If you are wanting to make more than three, you would then have to upgrade your account which will cost some money.

So that is how I created and found my way around my Feedly account. It really is a great resource when you want to find articles related to a certain topic. I hope this blog was helpful in helping you navigate around your Feedly account and if you don’t have one, GET ONE! =)

Where the Magic Happens!

Welcome to my Setup!

 

Welcome back to my learning project!

Prior to learning how to recreate fantasy/ Halloween makeup art, I thought it would be a great idea to show you where the “magic” will happen! As mentioned before, I have recently learned within the last year how to do makeup. With learning how to perfect my makeup skills, I wanted to have an area set up specifically for me to create my looks.

My makeup desk

This is my makeup vanity. Here is where all of my recreated looks and learning will take place for my learning project for the EDTC300 class. In my first learning project post, I realize I did not specify how I would learn these new skills. I plan on watching makeup tutorials on YouTube and recreating looks from pictures found on the internet on sites such as Google, Instagram and Pinterest. My plan is to work with easier looks first and work my way up to more complicated looks. Unfortunately, with being a student comes student wages, so for this learning project I will be limited to working with what I have. However, Throughout the past summer and fall I was able to work, allowing me to build up my collection of makeup quite a bit! I am very excited for this learning project! My first post of learning will be coming soon (hopefully by the weekend)!! Below are pictures of the makeup I have available to work with!

Happy blogging!

Makeup Storage
Eyeshadow Palettes
Misc Items
Storage/ Small Makeup Items
Eyeshadow Palettes/ Brushes/ Lip Sticks/ Pencil Liner

 

My Personal Learning Project- Fantasy Makeup Art

Fantasy Makeup Art

I have finally came to a decision on what I want to do for my Learning Project! In the past year I have been playing and experimenting with makeup. So far I have learned how to perfectly blend shadows and which brushes are most commonly used for certain areas such as blending eyeshadow, contouring and other things. However, with my current skill, I have only focused on makeup you could wear out on a daily basis. With this learning project, I am challenging myself to learn how to recreate fantasy makeup art and possibly Halloween make up looks. This will definitely take me out of my comfort zone and allow me to learn new techniques and further deepen my artistic skills when it comes to makeup.

Now I know for some people makeup can be a controversial topic. Some people believe that most individuals use makeup as a means to make themselves “more beautiful”, or they’re covering up “flaws”.

First of all I would just like to say that we are all beautiful in our own unique ways. Please, ladies and men, do not let anyone tell you any different! With becoming familiar with makeup, I have learned that it is a great way to express yourself through art, as well it is very therapeutic! When I am having moments of high stress-levels, I take myself to my makeup vanity and just blend my negative emotions away! So with that, this is my learning project! I hope you all enjoy this journey with me. Let the learning begin… along side many mistakes I’m sure!

Makeup Art

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A little about me and my thoughts on blogging???

Oh hey!… I didn’t see you there! Welcome to my blog! Well now that you’re here, it is very nice to meet you! I guess I better tell you a little about myself.

First off, My name is Crystal Keshane. I am a 25 year old First Nations woman from Cote First Nation. I have been recently married in September of 2017 to Mr. Keshane whom I’ve been with for nine years. I currently have no kids, but three fur babies named Bubs, Buddy and Bailey. They’re the cutest little cats on the block!

Currently, I am finishing my third year in the Bachelor of Indigenous Education program with the First Nations University of Canada. I have six classes and a four-month internship left before I have that Education degree in my hands. My short-term goal when it comes to my education and career is to finish my classes with great marks and maintain that above 80 GPA. My long-term goal is to teach for a few years on my home reserve and then head back to the books for my masters. So that is a little about me in a nut shell!

When it comes to education technology, I can say I know how to use a computer and most of the time can find my way around a smart board. I’d hope this little knowledge can help me make it through this course! (So far I’m keeping up =D)

Blogging. What do I think and feel about blogging?

Well first off, this is my first time trying public blogging, so I am very new to this. Personally, I think blogging is a great way to learn, educate and to help people make it through their personal issues. What we experience in our lives are very different from other people’s experiences. Therefore, something that we do may be something that can help another person. Our experiences and knowledge are learned lessons and by blogging this knowledge and experiences we can help others make the right decisions or help guide their lives in the right direction. By being educated, we can make a difference!

If you’d like to follow my professional (but very bare) twitter you can find it here.

Welcome to my blog!

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