So I feel like I let the class down.

When reading through the expectations for the final post and what you actually had to posted I have a feeling of self doubt. From the looks of what others have done through google+, Twitter, and WordPress I feel sort of ashamed because I feel like I didn’t respond, and that I didn’t have a strong presence during the class. However, when actually thinking about where I came from and what I actually have done (considering I thought I was helping you guys out just not in the conventional way).

I did have a twitter presence where I liked, retweeted, and even recommended reads/ other twitter handles to follow as future educators such as..

 

These are just a few examples of how I have reached out to fellow classmates, and followers.

Sadly I did not respond/comment as much as I wanted to on WordPress but I feel as if I did acknowledge these opinions/comments and blogged accordingly or brought them into my own life and built off of them. I also did not focus as much as I feel I should have on Google+ but again I did acknowledge the links, and opinions stated.

The point I kind of want to make here is the fact that I was by far not a social media person at all prior to this class. I did not have a twitter presence at all! I did not blog at all.. I basically avoided the internet unless I was told to. The fact that I actually had a twitter profile picture, and I also followed people let alone actually tweeting; I find that I took a huge step forward into this digital citizenship. The point that I am trying to make is that I feel like I did not do the most “twittering” or blogging in the class, but I feel like I did a lot considering where I was at before ECMP355.

The things I can take from this class are:

  • The fact that I am actually reading twitter (I have made it a part of my routine TBH)
  • I approached touchy subjects through my blogging which managed to get me on one of the top posts of the week
  • I have a stronger digital citizenship because I considered the possibilities of employers looking at my social media (private IG, and private Facebook, professional looking twitter)
  • I have expanded my network through saskedchat
  • More aware of cyberbullying due to Carole Todd
  • More aware of the positive side of the internet and how it can be used in the right way as a teacher.

So even though that I feel I did’t participate as much as I should have, I have a feeling that I am in a way better spot then I was at the beginning of the class!

Thanks for Everything

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So Idk where I am at..

So to be completely honest (I think I use that phrase a lot..lol) I don’t know if drumming is for me. I don’t know if its the fact that my schedule is hectic with work and drums are loud and I can’t play past 9:00, or if its just not for me. An amazing thing happened though after I saw Shakey Graves open for City and Colour (Id almost say Shakey Graves was better) I noticed a different kind of playing style that I have never heard before. Shake Graves when he plays by himself manages to not only fingerpick (which is hard) but also keeps a relative beat with a Tamborine and a bass drum with his right and left food; and I gotta say that it sounded fricken amazing. So, I am the adventurous type and sort of completely forgot about all of the other drums and focused on the bass/kick drum and playing guitar and I gotta say… I feel amazing. I feel as if I just found a new method to my madness considering I wasn’t thinking drumming was for me! IMG_4149

So I don’t know if this is the end of my drumming career or what not but it felt weird not strumming a guitar, but I also love the kick drum so I incorporated the two; if you check out my twitter I have a small snippet of how I sound with this new method (it isn’t perfect but I am working on it). Wish me luck 🙂

So does this mean I can do CS100?

One of the crazier things of playing Minecraft Hour of Code is changing the view of the code so you can see how it actually looks… Computers are fricken crazy, and computer programmers are even crazier. I never took any computer science classes ever in all of my years of being a student, I knew it was hard but I didn’t know it was as confusing as it seems. I just can’t comprehend how a programmer can create a world such as Minecraft (If you have ever played it, it is huge) but also to add detail to every individual block so you can discriminate what is ground and what as an animal.

I believe computers have definitely advanced our society greatly and that is why I believe having reliable programmers is probably a good thing. Considering that there is the option now to basically never put graphite on a piece of paper again (just use a laptop) shows the advancement in our society. Computers are a much easier and efficient way of processing our thoughts on to paper than pen and paper; saves the trees (hippy talk) and is just all around easier. However, computers are a product unlike pen and paper and need to be made not only physically but programmed as well. A computer is like a brain that doesn’t know what to do and if there is nobody to tell it what to do (a programmer) it will continue doing nothing. So 100% we need innovative programers in order to not only program computers but come up with new ideas to make them better!

#holycrap

I’m gonna go ahead and say this right now that saskedchat was fricken crazy! Never have I been so immersed in social media to the point that my phone was blowing up along with my laptop overheating; What a great experience and I prompt anybody to try it! One of the many experiences that I will be taking from ed chat will be the fact that I was actually utilizing twitter…(crazy hey?) but if you know me through blogging, I have a very persistent hate for social media such as twitter. However, I was actually using twitter in a positive way to gain relationships with fellow colleagues and get educated. That in my opinion is the most meaningful experience I will take from ed chat is the fact that I was actually using twitter which truly shows how I am opening up to social media more and more now!

 

Working with kids.

After watching the documentary Sext Up Kids it just brought me more attention of this issue, and how I completely fell into the actions described at a grade 8 level. Just to jump right into it though I have a question to ask.. What is it that women are fighting for? Now I don’t mean this in the wrong context but on one end I see the f**cked up market appealed to young teenagers specifically females as proclaimed in Sext Up Kids; However I also see the other end of the spectrum where women should be able to wear what ever they want to be confined to their own feelings. During the documentary I was inclined to the understanding that all women feel as if they need to perform in order to please men. After the documentary I started thinking more about Facebook where you see a lot of opinions that revolve around the idea that women should be able to wear whatever they want regardless of how much it reveals. So I am sort of confused on what this fight is about and I need some help bringing this opinion to light

HOWEVER! One of the biggest eye openers for me was working for YMCA before and after because I was working with kids, which is great because I am going to school to become an educator. I gained very great relationships with coworkers and students but there were many days that I questioned what exactly was going through some of these kids heads. Regarding the teenage life portrayed in Sext Up Kids I have one thing to say regarding my opinion stated in the last paragraph…. THERE IS NO REASON FOR A GRADE 4 TO DO THEIR HAIR AND WEAR MAKEUP FOR PICTURE DAY. This was the biggest eye opener for me because at the age of 12 there is absolutely no fricken reason for make up to be a part of that childs life at that point in time; I don’t think it should be a part of society to begin with but at fricken 10,12 years old?!?! WTF!!!! I understand both points I made before, yeah the market aimed towards teenage girls is messed and is aimed towards them becoming more revealing, I also understand the point that women should be able to wear whatever they want because men can do it making us equal (we should be equal to begin with). I still feel like regardless of which opinion is given, a 10 year old does not need to enhance their appearance in order to please people. A 10 year old shouldn’t even know what make up is, I sure as hell didn’t.

Now this seems like a very touchy topic and I don’t know how this blog post is going to portray itself to everyone in the world, because you are not sitting in person with me to understand my context. I am just going to say to defeat any turmoil that I believe in equality.. I don’t believe that a person should not have to enhance themselves in order to please the world. I understand why there is a market telling girls and women to reveal themselves and I hate it in my opinion because it is down right disrespectful. However we as the consumers have the choice to buy the products or not, we can change the market. If we don’t buy their stuff they will change because the consumers are ultimately the ones that control the market. #Change

Its just one ant.

When you think that you suck..

One of the things about trying something new is that you cannot go into it thinking that you’re gonna be perfect straight on. Many things take hours and hours if not years to perfect. When I rented my drum kit I had the vision of me being able to perform a solid beat within setting up the kit but little did I know that I actually didn’t know that much about drumming. I had a digital drum kit before so I do have the basic movements down but that was on a digital drum kit which is completely different from an acoustic set because an acoustic set you can tune to the exact sound you want, let alone tuning every tom, snare, and kick to work with each other; along with tuning comes how hard you hit the drums itself, its crazy how customizable it is. With this come the discovery of my sound which I have yet to find because of how vast the drums can sound.

The sound and tuning is only the first part of realizing that I actually don’t know everything about the drums and intrigues me to play more. I can maybe play two songs all the way through at this moment with maybe a couple of mistakes. However, the thing that I am noticing that whenever I think to myself that “I suck” or “You sound bad” I end up playing better because I am striving to sound good. Thats why I believe it is not negative to look down on yourself in some cases because it allows you to focus on your flaws, and improve on those flaws that may be holding you back. Everybody has flaws there is no denying that, you are never going to be perfect; but the more you work on your flaws the more confident you will become with them, and focus more on the bigger picture!

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Learning a bit about tuning..

One of the parts about drumming that I never considered about drumming is the fact that you need to tune the drums to your liking. Just like any instrument you have to tune it so that it sounds right however, drums can’t (actually they can but its confusing) be tuned to a note, or a chord. There is no A or C chord for the drums, so how do you tune them? Drumming is solely based on what you want yourself to sound like, and this is where tuning helps achieve that. You are able to tighten and loosen the tension rods on a drums head to either loosen or tighten the sound (if that makes sense). I learnt through youtube videos that tuning a drum kit to your liking is actually extremely important because in order for you to play well, you have to like how you sound. With that comes a bunch of trial and error, and if you get annoyed by not the right sound easily.. well theres lots of that!

 

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