When Katia first mentioned one of our assignments for ECMP 355 was to "learn something", I instantly knew I wanted to try to learn the ukulele. I had got one from my sister for Christmas and had yet to try to it out. This was a perfect opportunity. With no musical talent or experience, this … Continue reading “Duke of the Uke” Learning Project Wrap-Up
I'll start off by saying the level of participation and engagement in this course was really great to see. Every day somebody was asking a question on our Google Community and at least one person would try to give some advice. On Twitter, class members consistently posted articles and resources, not to mention links … Continue reading Contributing to the Learning of Others
This week I really wanted to work on my strumming. I've got the rough idea on a couple of songs in "You are my Sunshine" and "Three Little Birds". In order to be able to go beyond sounding like these songs and actually being able to play them, and learn other more difficult songs, I … Continue reading Strumming Up a Storm
Looking at past examples of "Summary of Learning" or "Final Reflection" pieces, I'm always so intrigued and entertained most by the students who put together some sort of song and/or music video. While appreciating those projects, I've never had the guts to do it myself. Their work is so good. I'm not sure mine could … Continue reading “Do You Know Your Digital Identity?” Summary of Learning
It seems like every day a new cause comes to our attention online and begins to trend on social media. Some of the causes take off and trend for weeks and months, like the Ice Bucket Challenge. Other things trending on the internet, like the way the new Ken Doll looks, fizzle out in no time. Va-Md … Continue reading Online activism has to only be a starting point
The first song that I tried to learn on the ukulele was Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds". From my understanding, "Three Little Birds" is the most basic song for beginners. I'm no pro, and you may not be able to even tell that it's "Three Little Birds" that I'm playing, but to me, it was … Continue reading You Are My Sunshine (in theory).
This is my first crack at "coding". Prior to last week, I really had no idea what coding was. Honestly, I'm still not entirely sure what it is. That being said, the same way we are being encouraged to be critical of things like the media, we should be aware of what goes in other … Continue reading What’s the Code?
One of the great things about technology and the internet, is how accessible EVERYTHING is, and that includes the ability to help others during a time in need (crowd funding such as Go Fund Me for example), being able to research and donate to whatever charity you wish, or even having attention brought to diseases … Continue reading Public Shaming: Another Form of Bullying.
Thinking about digital citizenship, the first thing that comes to mind is the identity that one has online, and how it compares to the identity of that person in reality. I all to often see pictures and stories online that clearly don't match up with what is actually happening in that person's life in real … Continue reading Living two lives.
Last week, I had a great learning session with Jacquie Walbaum over video conference through Zoom. I was a great experience to have some one on one time with someone who knows so much about music and made learning so much more enjoyable. It was more personal and I think it helped out a tonne to … Continue reading Three Little… oh my, that’s rough.