In my ECMP355 class we were encouraged to create our own about.me page. This webpage was completely new to me, as I have just been getting my head wrapped around the whole concept of blogging! However, these about.me pages are simple but very useful and I loved creating my page. So far I only have three services to contact me or to read more about me. As my digital identity expands, I can guarantee you my services will also continue to grow! Learning is never ending!
This week for my learning project I have been trying to tackle how to draw ‘flowers’ in general. Floral drawings that I have seen before always make it look so easy… it’s not. I was able to follow steps, create my own sketch of what was supposed to look like a flower, but the trickiest part for me was figuring out how and where to add shading at the end.
~Roses & Violets~
1) Outline –
Stems: being with two wavy diagonal lines that cross
Flower: draw two circles at each end of the stem for where the flower will be located
Leaves: draw arcs for their stems, and the leaves with curved lines
2)Sketch Petals –
Flower: In the circles, draw wavy lines to show your pedals overlap and curve
Folds: to indicate a fold, draw a second curved line
Stem: complete your stem by drawing a second line
3)Leaves and Stems
Leaves: give your leaf edges jagged edges; draw a curved line through each leaf’s center for the vein
Stem: add the second line to the leaf stems (add curved thorns – for rose only)
Add lines to connect your previous lines already drawn and give them irregular edges (bumps, folds etc)
Add more veins to leaves, coming out of your original center vein
Pedals: Shade where they curve outward with parallel lines
Leaves: Shade by drawing short lines next to each vein and on one side of each stem
Drawing these flowers was very time consuming, so much detail has to be done for both the roses and the violets. Since my drawings is very weak, I am quite impressed with myself!
This week in ECMP355 we had to opportunity to experience a hands on class using Interactive Whiteboards (Smartboards). I took a lot away from this class since I was exposed to Smartboards in Grades 11 and 12, and will most likely be using them in my future Field Experiences, Internships and in my teaching career. Our techtask has assigned us to choose an outcome from the Saskatchewan Curriculum, find a few activities to fit this outcome and post them on our blog.
I chose to look into High School Mathematics, as that is the area I am majoring in. The outcome for Grade 9 Mathematics I am going to explore is N9.2 which focuses on learning how to work with rational numbers, fractions, and square roots (multiplying, subtracting, etc). A few websites that I found helpful for dealing with Grade 9 Math were:
These websites provide many opportunities for students to strengthen their math skills and explore further understanding of this concept. The SMART Exchange website is a complete lesson for teachers to use on their smartboards dealing with Fractions. The other 3 websites have links, worksheets, or are games, that can be used in a lesson by the teacher, or simply assigned for students to work on individually. Smartboards are excellent when working in any subject, but especially in math as I learnt from using them in my senior High School maths. Having the ability to further understand visually, being able to alter images and equations, and offering an inclusive activity for students to be able to get up and try the exercises is great. They have the same qualities as regular whiteboards and chalkboards, but provide so much more outside of those characteristics and are great to have in every classroom!
This week my professor, Dean Shareski, challenged me to attempt a cartoon drawing of HIM. Now, this is only my second ‘public viewing’ of any of my cartoon practices. I spent 30-40 minutes drawing this simple cartoon head, it may look easy but I learnt the hard way how time consuming the process is. If you look close enough you will probably see a ton of eraser marks from changing my mind and making slight corrections. This may or may not look a thing like Dean, but I tried my best!
For my Learning Project, I am exploring how to draw. My first area of interest was cartoons, they’re always so cute but they also have their own completely unique characteristics. I went to youtube and followed step by step instructions by Danny Paige with expertvillage ( ) on how to draw cartoon characters. I learnt so much just on my first visit on the importance of each facial feature, for instance:
Eyes – must include a small white opening to add a glimmer effect and pupil space – eyebrows are pair with the eyes to help add their expression
Nose – the bigger the nose the older the character will look, therefore the smaller will allow the character to look younger.
Mouth – it is important to add lip definition (lines on side or underneath where crease or wrinkle may appear) – also when making a big silly grin, the focus is on the grin itself, not so much teeth so it is not necessary to draw a ton of little lines to show the teeth, everyone is aware they are there.
Head – the toughest part for drawing the shape of the head is starting with the chin shape, try and make a little point at the bottom where it will end, the draw upwards toward the top of his head
Hair – start by adding shape from the lines you have drawn for the head shape, then add the detailed pieces on top. Make sure to not forget to define the remainder of the head (forehead) after you’ve drawn your hair.
If these helpful instructions are too much, I’ll show you pictures that I practiced drawing that helped lead up to my final “head” of my cartoon, named: ARNOLD!
In my ECMP355 class, we have been assigned to explore a topic of interest to learn more about and to share with others. The thought stumped me for quite sometime, but it actually took the experience of one of my ECS classes to finally decide. In ECS we are currently doing Field Study’s in different schools, I got the luxury of getting to work with a grade 3 and 4 class. On my first day there we had art class and I had the opportunity to help them draw… unfortunately all through my years in elementary and high school I’ve never been one of the students whos artwork was exceptional…ever. I have chosen my Learning Project to be = Drawing. I’m actually very excited to learn the different ways and objects there are out there to draw!
In the spirit of sharing, add one sharing widget to your blog:
The Widget I chose to add to my blog was “Twitter”. It was my current, most important way of sharing and connecting with so many people with professions in varieties of areas, (education, music, students, movies, etc). My twitter widget will help share with my blog followers the information I am also posting on twitter!
Post your group’s video to your own blog. Write about the process, your contributions and learning.
Adam, Stacey and I made a video about how we felt about becoming a teacher. We each thought of what becoming a teacher meant to us, we shot each of us saying our lines, then layered just us performing an action shot with no sound over top of us speaking. We then uploaded and edited our video using iMovie. Very neat experience!
My tech task this week is to find 5 blogs and 10 people on twitter to follow: These can be educators or anyone else you want pay attention to. Write a blog post about your choices linking to each source.
I chose the following people/topics to follow on twitter or by blog because they are either people or areas that interest me. For instance, you may notice how majority are music related or musicians themselves. I tend to live my life around music and want to know more about whats going on with those who perform music as their living. I also chose to follow come educational related blogs because that is my day to day life right now, trying to get my way through University!
Lady Antebellum : http://twitter.com/#!/ladyantebellum
LMFAO : http://twitter.com/#!/LMFAO
Adele : http://twitter.com/#!/Adele_LBA
Brotips : http://twitter.com/#!/Brotips_HQ
Edutopia : http://twitter.com/#!/edutopia
Motivational Quotes : http://twitter.com/#!/motivation
Oprah Quotes : http://twitter.com/#!/Oprah_World
Wired 96.3 : http://twitter.com/#!/wired963
Exercise TV : http://twitter.com/#!/ExerciseTV
Ellen DeGeneres : http://twitter.com/#!/TheEllenShow
Craig Stein (my brother) & GX94 : http://craigstein.blogspot.com/
Perez Hilton : http://perezhilton.com/
Adele : http://www.adele.tv/blog
UofR EducationStudentSociety : http://www.ureginaess.blogspot.com/
Teaching – A Difference : http://adifference.blogspot.com/
Tech Task #7
Find and play an educational game. Write a short review on it. (www.wonderville.ca)
For my educational games, they were science based on the above game site. I chose to play two games to compare each of their educational aspects.
The first game I played was “Fingerprint Activity” based on forensic sciences. This game would be great for students to play to practice what they have already learnt about fingerprints. Before allowing the gamer to simply play and have fun, it forces you to read and learn about each type of finger print, once it has seen that you have clicked on each one it will then allow them to continue. What I thought was great about this game is that it’s interesting, kids are trying to solve a mystery so they’ll be intrigued at the same time. They learn and/or review their knowledge about forensic sciences, then they have to compare, evaluate and make decisions and realizations of which ones are the same or look similar based on the facts that they had to review earlier. I found this game with a slight challenge because I never knew any of the types of fingerprints well enough, so I was learning opposed to reviewing, but I think that this game is more so aimed at Elementary aged students.
For my second game I played, “Crash Test: Power Shootout” based on what things are made of and how they work. This particular game deals with different kinds of hockey sticks allowing you to try them out on a shootout to decide which provides the best speed and accuracy. I wasn’t a huge fan on this game in relation to education. Playing shootouts and sports games don’t resemble educational games to me, they seem more of an entertainment/hobby type game instead of learning. Subjects in schools rarely teach students which type of hockey sticks are the best, learning about their different materials can apply yes, but I didn’t find this game to provide much educational use.
In my conclusion for comparing the two games, I found that yes, they’re both science related, however, the fingerprint activity allowed kids to sit and think about what they’ve learnt or to have to wait until they do understand what the fingerprints are all about before they can continue to solve their mystery. In the shootout game, kids simply choose a stick and take shots on targets not really focusing on their differences or quality, it’s more of a “fun and games” game instead of an educational game