Contributing to Others Learning

Katia had mentioned that our final post would be how we contributed to others learning throughout this semester. She had mentioned that she asked us to keep screenshots and evidence of our contributions to others learning from each class and through twitter, our blogging, and commenting on others blogs. She also mentioned that most of us would probably forget about this particular assignment and would forget to keep track of our contributions.

Well… I wont lie and say that I kept on top of that instruction, because I was completely caught of guard when she mentioned it the second last class!

With that being said, that doesn’t mean I did contribute to others learning throughout this semester. I went back through our online platforms and took screenshots of how I contributed to others learning. When we were in need of help or wanted to give others feedback and suggestions through their learning journey, it was usually done through Twitter, our Google Community and and blogging.

Here are a few screenshots of how I contributed to others learning through this semester

Twitter: Participating in Twitter chats and sharing resources.

 

Google Community: As a class we used our Google community to share when we posted blogs, or to ask questions for help. I contributed to others learning by giving them information on apps that they can use to edit their videos for their learning project.

Blogging: I would comment on other classmates blogs, giving them suggestions on how they could make their learning project better. Sometimes like the comments below they would comment on my blog posts, searching for answers on how I could use something further in the classroom or what apps I used to create something that I blogged about.

It was great being able to receive feedback from my classmates as well. They helped me become better at my blogging and on going learning project. I learned a lot from not only Katia, but my classmates as well. It was great being apart of such a helping community!

 

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CUT! That’s a Wrap Everybody!!

Let me first start out by saying that this semester was great! I really enjoyed taking this class. This class has challenged me to try new things in more ways than one! One of them being my learning project! As many of you know for my learning project I had chosen to do fantasy makeup art.

Makeup is something that I have been experimenting with for a little over a year now. Prior to this class however, I have never tried attempting fantasy makeup or Halloween makeup, I guess just so I wouldn’t feel like failure if I wasn’t good enough. But how can you learn if you don’t try it right? Wearing everyday makeup is one thing, but actually creating makeup art is a whole different ball game. Growing up I was never a good artist. My drawings of people consisted of stick men.

As Katia had given us this assignment, I thought what better time than now to try and take my skills higher! I took the plunge and I am glad that I did!!

Here are my accomplishments with my learning project from the past 8 weeks! You are welcome to click on each week if you would like to see a better description of the process behind my looks. Each week is linked back to those specific blog posts.

Week One:

The first week I posted a blog on what I was going to do. As you already have picked up from this post so far, I had chosen doing fantasy makeup art!

Week Two:

My second post was showing my blog viewers where “the magic would take place”. Here I shared pictures of my makeup vanity and my makeup collection that I would be using for the next 6 weeks!

Eyeshadow Palettes/ Brushes/ Lip Sticks/ Pencil Liner
My makeup desk

Week Three:

Week Three is when I posted my first attempt at some kind of fantasy makeup. For this looked I recreated a picture posted on Instagram by Zorinblitzz. This look was relatively easy to recreate. Due to the fact that I have never attempted recreating fantasy makeup before this day, I wanted to start off with something very simple just to get me in the groove for the weeks to come. This was the result of my first attempt:

Week Four:

My second attempt was a recreation of two different pictures blended together that I had found on pinterest. I wanted to keep this look similar to the first look, but also do something that was a little more challenging. I found a look that would have had to use a different technique in the drips under the eye. This time it was definitely A LOT more challenging. It actually took me quite a while to get my desired look, but it eventually worked. Here is my second attempt:

Week Five: 

As you can see, I did a little bit of a comic book feel in my previous look, so again naturally I wanted to keep my next look very similar so I can practice my skills attempted in my previous look. For the comic lines, I had used liquid eyeliner. Very fast, I had learned that a certain type of eyeliner tip for these kinds of look would be better to work with than just using any kind of eyeliner applicator. I had tried using both bristle and felt tip applicators, and by far the felt tips were so much better to use as they were stiff and you had more control of them. Here was my recreated look from a picture found on Pinterest. My favourite part about this look was the lips!!

Week Six:

My fourth attempt was a requested look from Meagan. She found this Leopard Eye video look on YouTube posted by Jordan Liberty. I was happy to have a requested look by one of my fellow classmates, so of course I recreated the look! I found just the eyes were too simple, so I had found another look that involved leopard print and combined them together to create this wonderful look. The other look was also posted on YouTube by Trina Duhra. Here was the finished look!

Week Seven:

My next look, was another YouTube inspired look that was posted by Jarry The Worst. This is a look that I have seen done on YouTube a while back. I thought it would be a great challenge for me to do! It was pretty time consuming to, but I loved the way it turned out. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to completely finish the look as I had an unexpected phone call, the original post goes into details. Isn’t this just the coolest look ever!?

Week Eight:

For my final post, I decided I wanted to do something similar to my last post since I wasn’t able to fully finish the look. I had found another Neon Skull Tutorial on YouTube posted by James Charles. I really loved how this look turned out and it was my proudest moment throughout my whole learning project journey! I did make some changes as you’ll learn about in the original post. Here was my proudest recreation yet!

Aaaaannnnd there was my learning project in a nutshell! It was so fun to do, I liked being able to record myself and create YouTube videos so my classmates can see what I would do as I am doing it. I am so grateful for all the wonderful suggestions from my classmates throughout this journey.

I am so glad this was one of our assignments for this class, and that I chose to work with makeup in a different way than I normally do. Doing Halloween looks throughout the month of October and going live on my Facebook page is something that I wanted to do last Halloween but was to afraid that my recreations wouldn’t come turn out. This learning project has given me the courage to step out of my comfort zone and recreating looks for Halloween is definitely happening this year!!! I have learned so much throughout this short but sweet journey.

Thank you all for a wonderful semester! I hope you all have a great summer and I wish you all the best in your futures!

Neon Skull Tutorial Take #2

Final Makeup Look for EDTC300

Hello everyone! I will be honest in saying that this post is a little late. I have had quite a busy week and I am finally able to catch up on some stuff! I recreated this look a couple days ago, but I am just now able to post it! Here is my final makeup look for my EDTC300 learning project!

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you would be able to see that I kind of recreated looks that were all similar in some way. My last post was a half face neon skull recreation, that I was not able to finish due to unforeseen circumstances during the time I was recreating the look. So this time I thought I would do something similar!

I found this neon skull tutorial on YouTube created by the amazing James Charles.

I chose to recreate this look. This tutorial consists of covering the whole bottom of the face, whereas in my last post I only covered half of my face

I had some challenges again with recreating this look. First of all, I am NOT good at drawing skull teeth! I mean look at how perfect his drawn skull teeth look! Mine were nothing like that. This is something that I must work on as an aspiring MUA. Small fine details are not my forte so to speak! Secondly, I don’t know why, but the black liner that I used on my face first before I used the black shadow was just not working with me this time around. It did not give me any problems the first skull look. I ended up having to spray my makeup brush with setting spray to help distribute it well.

Here is the video of my process in recreating this amazing work of art!

As you can see, I made one small minor change to the look, which was the eyes. I wanted something more vibrant and sparkly. Also do not mind my eating. I got a little hungry during the process, this look took me about two hours!

I was pretty impressed with the end result of this look and I was happy I was able to finish the look completely!

Items used

-NYC White Eyeliner Pencil

-Morphe 35c Palette

-Spoiled Lips Holy Grail Palette

-NYX Vivid Brights Liner (Yellow)

-Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer

-Airspun Translucent Powder

-Juvias Place Zulu Palette

-Sephora Black Eyeliner Pencil

I hope you enjoyed my last and final look as much as I have!! This one has me really proud!

Summary of Learning Jeopardy Style

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

The end is almost near! Here is my summary of learning project! I have decided to do it through a modified game of jeopardy! My first initial plan of action was to create a video of me playing the game with myself against a rivalry (also me) named Franchesca McAdams (no idea where I came up with this name but it stuck! lol). Unfortunately 7 minutes is just not long enough, so I had to scratch that idea!

I decided to do it with just me as the only contestant and turn it into like a quiz like game of jeopardy where I still get the points! Let me tell you, I did about 1238613461359834 takes before I actually got it right! Lets just say I would not be a good actor to remember or read lines from a piece of paper!

This game was created using PowerPoint with a free downloaded template that I had found at the link provided on this YouTube video posted by Reid Powell. He also has other cool PowerPoint templates such as family feud if you would like to check them out. I would like to add that in order to get the downloadable link you will need to put an amount in a PayPal payment box. However, it is completely free, this is for donations if anyone would like to donate. He says himself that you can simply put the money amount of 0 and you will still get the link sent to you! LETS PLAY A GAME OF JEOPARDY!!!

The categories and prompts provided in the game were my biggest take away from this semesters class. I had noticed I would not have enough time again to play the whole game, so I picked my #1 take away from each category to explain.

Along with PowerPoint, other tools used to create this video was Screencastify. Screencastify is by far my favorite tool learned about this semester! It just makes things so much easier when you want to show your screen or explain to someone what to do without just having to explain by words.

Overall, this was a great semester. Very short but sweet. I had learned a lot and I am thankful I have many new tools to bring into my future classroom!

As promised from the video, here is my document further explaining my learning on more content from the Jeopardy game. I was limited on explaining my knowledge gained in this class.

Thank-You all for a great semester and suggestions on what to do for learning projects! Your feedback throughout this journey was greatly appreciated. I wish you all the best with your futures and career journeys!

Oh the Joys and Frustrations of Coding!

This week we talked about coding! What a wonderful little thing coding is. Without coding I would not be able to type these words, create this website, have my own twitter account, and I guess have any kind of technology!

We were assigned to do some coding this week. During our class Katia introduced us to Code.org. On this site we are able to choose a game that is already provided to us and code it! As we were scrolling through it with Katia in class, the one that caught my eye was Flappy Bird! When this game first came out, I was addicted!

When I checked out the site after class, I thought I’d better look through all the games first before making a decision on which one to choose. I stumbled across one called “Myra’s Dream”.

This was the one I chose to do first. It was quite easy to navigate through and choose what I wanted the game to do.

As you can see it provides you with some instructions on the right hand side under the animation. On the left is where you are given your commands and the events are provided under where you place those commands. It was pretty straight forward and easy to do… Until I came up to one section, where I had to make the bird fly through the air. I had so much trouble and had to skip to the next section because I couldn’t figure it out. Here is a screen cast my struggle.

Everything after this section of the game was very easy to code, except when I came to a section where the character had to swim down. I chose for her to move right when I right click, and to move left when I left click. Here was my struggle… I do not have a mouse for my laptop! Now you can use the pad, which is what I was doing, however it was very hard to work with. Sometimes when I tapped on the pad, it wouldn’t work and I would bump into the monsters or the walls and die. Other times, my computer would freeze. Needless to say, I spent a great amount of time on this section and it was VERY FRUSTRATING! I was so glad when it actually cooperated with me and I was successful with passing through the cave and monsters to get to the dream!

Here was my certificate for completing my task of coding the game! I finished it within half hour so I then took the extra half hour to code the Flappy Bird game. That one was soooo much easier to code than Myra’s Dream, and I got another certificate as well!

Now that I have some experience with coding, is it something that I can see myself doing forever? Considering my struggle with coding games for grade 6 students, probably not. However, teaching coding to children in today’s society when they are already very technology literate would be a great opportunity for them! With the growing rate of technology, there are many job opportunities that involve working with technology and coding would just be one of the many career opportunities out there for children to work towards!

Neon Skull Tutorial

Learning Project Post #5

Hello everyone, I have been a little behind on some things recently. This post should have been made last week. However, I just haven’t been able to find the motivation to do anything really. I knew it needed to be done tonight so I would fall more behind than I already am.

The look I chose to do tonight I found on YouTube posted by the YouTuber Jarry The Worst. I found this look and thought it would be a challenge and fun to do at the same time!

I followed her exact same steps in her tutorial. I had to make some minor adjustments however, again like my other videos I did not have white liquid liner so the yellow had to do. In my last blog post I had someone comment and suggest perhaps listing my product list for my looks. Here are the products that I have used to recreate this look.

Sephora Collection Liner in black

Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette (The black shadow, I wanted to use this shadow specifically because it has very pretty purple shimmer in it)

The Zulu by Juvias place Eyeshadow Palette

NYX Vivid Brights Liner in Yellow

-NYC White Eyeliner Pencil

Here is the video of me recreating this look…

There were some challenges part to this look. First, it was very hard trying to recreate the teeth. I did not have a steady hand for this part and it came out a little messy. Secondly, I was starting to run out of the yellow liner so I had to keep trying to scrape some product onto the brush and onto my face, because of this some of the lines on the face look a bit messy as well.

As you can see the video ends with me just finishing my foundation and mouth area… If you check out the tutorial I found for this look, the original poster had done her nose as well. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish my look completely. It was with a heavy heart that I had to end my learning project post here. My video ended where it did because I had received a phone call and received the news that one of my relatives had sadly passed away.

I quickly wanted to take some pictures for this blog post, but was only able to hold my composure through two pictures… I hope you enjoy the progress that I have had anyway. In my opinion it came out pretty cool, and it is something that I would like to try again and practice more on. Thank-you for visiting my blog.

I thought I would just add this video at the end of my post for my relative who went to spirit world tonight. I did this cover in January for my grandfather who also passed away. ❤

Concerns and Reassurance of YouTube in the Classroom

Hello and welcome back to my blog! This blog post we were assigned to partner up with someone in our class and create a debate so to speak on using technology and certain platforms within the classroom. My partner for this assignment was Jade Pfeifer.

The platform we chose to incorporate into our classroom was using YouTube. Our approach was to create a letter to the parents and guardians, informing them that their children would be using YouTube to create short animation clips in their computer classes. This was the sample letter that we created for this assignment.


Photo Credit: janpiatkowski Flickr via Compfight cc

I thought since this is an Ed Tech class, that I would ScreenCastify how I created these text messages. You can find the video of that here. I just want to let you know that I did plan on recording the whole process, but I did not know that there was a time limit to the recording. Once it ended I did not record again, as I didn’t want to upload in separate links. You are able to see how I created the screenshots and text messages quite well in the screen cast anyway, I did not see the need to keep recording.

So as mentioned in the screen cast, my partner and I kept in touch through Snap Chat. Here she replied to my letter acting like Tommy’s mom. I would then reply back to her as a the teacher and this kept going on until we reached an agreement to let Tommy participate in using YouTube in the classroom. I saved this conversation so I can enter it into the text generator. Going back to last weeks class briefly and how some people believe that Snap Chat is great to use because things aren’t saved. There are ways to save conversations and I’ve done it with this assignment.

Anyway, here are the screenshots of our conversation. In the letter I provided a cell number (a fake one of course, the email provided was also fake) to the parent that they can text for a quicker response so we pretended like Tommy’s mother text his teacher.

   

Through taking this class, we learned of many great add-ons that you can use on your personal devices and school devices. We wanted to bring these add-ons into the conversation as we feel in real life these add-ons can make parents feel more comfortable with their children using technology at school.

There still are some parents who do not allow their children to use technology at home, so we felt it was important to mention the use of technology within schools. Technology is becoming an essential component within school systems and it would beneficial for students to learn and become familiar with technology as it is only growing and will likely never go away. I hope you enjoyed our little role play as a concerned mother and helpful teacher! Until next time, Happy Blogging!

Digital Identity in the Age of the Internet

Digital Identity

Last weeks June 7th class, we looked over the topic and discussed digital identity. Digital identity is how you present yourself to your friends, family, coworkers and people all across the world through online sources. These sources can be social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and many other networking sites.

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Your digital identity is fundamental to how people view you. Of course, your family and friends know who you are as a person, but millions of people may stumble across your social networking sites and feel the need to have an opinion on what kind of person they think you are based on your digital identity. This is why it is important to be smart about what you post as millions of people on the internet can be unforgiving.

In class we looked over a few posts on Twitter made by individuals that resulted in a negative digital identity, which led to cyberbulling, stalking, and harassment. These are the dangers of the internet. Prior to the advance of technology, information, pictures and private conversations were shared with mainly friends, family and possibly a small area around your surrounding location. However, in modern times information, images and private conversations can be shared with a simple screenshot and the click of a very powerful button.

Monica Lewinsky is a perfect example of how very private conversations can be used against you for public humiliation. In her TED Talk “The Price of Shame”, Lewinsky speaks of her mistake of falling in love with the president of the United States in 1998. Lewinsky speaks volumes when she said the following quote: “Overnight I went from a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide” (Monica Lewinsky, 2015). With the ever growing rate of technology news travels fast. Through this scandal, outside sources were able to get a hold of Lewinsky’s very personal and private phone call audio and uploaded them to the internet for all to hear and be used against her.

This is why it is important as parents and educators to educate our children on the dark side of the internet. With my own little twist, I would like to say that anything you say on the internet may be used against you in a court law of with the internet trolls! In the TED talk “One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life” by Jon Ronson, the host states at the end, that the first few pages of google consisted of negative stories on one individual when you look up this persons name. With blogging positively about this person and having them blog positive things as well they managed to get the negative results off the first page. However, that did not last long before the negative search results started creeping back onto the first couple pages of the google search. This goes to show that the world never forgets.

How can we as parents and educators teach our children about the internet? Well first off, people will post whatever they want to post and most times do not consider the consequences until it is too late. We as educators can educate our students on the dangers of the internet and teach them safe ways to use the internet and how to be smart about what they post and what platforms they are using to post certain things. In my experience, I have not witnessed educating on internet use and digital identity in schools during my placements. However, I plan on teaching my students about the dangerous consequences through personal experiences. Of course these experiences will not be my own, but I can present my students with the experiences of Monica Lewinsky, Amanda Todd, Justine Sacco and many other people who have made mistakes that caused them to be tormented, publicly humiliated and threatened by millions of people on the internet.

Upon researching on how to help children keep a positive digital identity, I stumbled across the article “How to Help Your Child Build and Maintain a Positive Digital Identity” written by Devishobha Ramanan. It was interesting to read that children today are experiencing little spikes of Dopamine from reactions of their friends to their social media posts. This increases a child’s chance of becoming addicted to the internet. This is potentially dangerous as reactions like this can cause children to post things they wouldn’t normally post or create an image of themselves that is not truly who they are. The article provides us with a few important guidelines on how we as educators and parents can help our children maintain a positive digital identity. I found this article very useful and even learned a couple things myself! Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how we can help our children maintain a positive digital identity, please comment below! Happy Blogging!

 

You Requested It, I did It!

Leopard Print Makeup

Welcome back guys! So on my last learning project post, my fellow classmate Meagan asked if I was taking requests or suggestions for my next blog post. She provided the link to the YouTube video pinned below. This video was posted by Jordan Liberty.

At this point, I did not have any ideas or tutorials picked out yet for my next look, so I definitely decided to do her suggested look! However, I added more detail that I had found from another video (I will post below).

Before jumping into things, here was my finished look!

Prior to explaining the process, I sadly have to apologize that this weeks blog post was not recorded, so a video of my process will not be available! I was having some technical difficulties that was driving me completely nuts! I’ll tell you a little about it! So, earlier in the day, my computer froze and would not unfreeze. I closed it left it alone and opened it later in the evening when it was time to do my next learning project. Nope, still wasn’t working. This time it was stuck on this screen…

Needless to say, the loading percentage was NOT moving. I had to make the decision to do the makeup look without recording myself, because I then needed my phone to watch the videos on how to recreate these looks. Long story short, my computer was still not available for me to upload the pictures and write this blog post until 1AM!!!

OK, on to the process!

So first thing I did was prime my face, filled in my eyebrows and put on my foundation.

Here was the canvas for everything that came after. Lookin’ a little pasty there Crystal.

Next, I followed the steps in the video that Meagan had provided to me. I did everything the exact same as the artist in the video. Overall, it was pretty easy.

I was left with this…

Ok, ok… not bad… still looking a wee bit scary haha, but we must trust the process.

My next step was creating the leopard print on the eyelids. Upon watching the video on how the artist created this look, I was feeling a little lazy, I am not going to lie. I thought it looked so time consuming. However, once I started rolling it was fast and easy. A lot easier than I had anticipated!

Fun little fact about me, my right eye is a lazy eye, so I am basically blind in that one eye. Everything is completely blurry and I cannot make out anything if I am looking out of just this one eye. Now with that being said, it was a little difficult trying to do the leopard print on my left eye. Obviously you need to have your eye closed to do the print on the eye so it was very difficult for me to attempt. I did have to keep my eye slightly open and position my hand in a way that it wasn’t blocking my view from my left eye. It was a hassle, but I got it done!

Here is what it looked like with the leopard print on the eye alone, which is what was originally on the video that Meagan had provided for me.

I was proud of myself for being able to do the leopard print so precisely and neatly. However, I just felt like it was missing something! So I checked out other tutorials on YouTube to see what I could add to make this look, look more full and I found this video by TrinaDuhra:

I thought this was a great look that would compliment my leopard eye perfectly!!! Boy was I right! I really loved the finished look and I am even considering doing the same look for Halloween this year, granted I do not find another look that I love more.

So that was my journey on another attempt at my learning project. So far I am noticing a pattern on practicing precision skills with lines and small details such as the lines in the comic looks and the leopard print designs! If anyone else would like to suggest or make a request on what to do next, I am definitely open to suggestions!

Here is a little close up!

P.s. Did you notice that I finally had glue on lashes for this look and I must say they really do bring a look together!

Also, it is now 2:17 AM. I’m going to bed!!

 

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