Learning To Draw A Face- Final Project -B

Learning Project- Final Project option B

Four months has gone by and it is time for me to say good-bye to my learning project  ( all 50 + hours!) and to ECMP 355 (which has been hands down one of the most useful and interesting classes in my university career!).

In January I set out to learn to draw. When I first found out about our learning project I instantly thought of drawing ( as I have always wanted to learn, but never thought I had the resources or the time to do so). I originally thought that this was too “cliché” of an idea so I sent a Facebook status SEARCHING for ideas.

This is what I got in reply:

How exciting. All of the responses made me think about how everyone is looking for an opportunity to learn something new, but often feels like “there is no time”, or “I have no reason to learn something “pointless””. This project has taught me that there is always time to learn and that trying new things and learning new skills is important to maintain all through out life.  I think that this type of student driven learning project could be really powerful in the classroom. It is an opportunity for students to focus on WHAT THEY WANT TO LEARN and LEARN HOW THEY WANT TO LEARN.

One thing that I struggled with throughout the project was deciding where I was going to go with it, and motivating myself to keep on top of it. When a project is so open it is sometimes hard (if you have a tendency to be a little bit scatter brained like myself) to consistently work on a given task.

I made a video that illustrates SOME of the drawings that I have created through out the semester. I have decided that although I am handing in the project this is not the end of this project for me because (as you will see through my work!) I still have a lot to learn.

Check out the following links that gives a detailed summary of each of the stages that I took.

Learning Project- description of project

Step # 1 : the Starting Point

Step # 2: locating initial resources

Step # 3- How to draw the eye!

Step # 4 – Updating what I have learnt via this learning endeavor!

Step # 5- Screen Cast on resources and learning!

Step # 6- Gaining Creativity!!

Step # 7- Shading, Value and Perspective

Step # 8 – VLOGS on Value and perspective!

Step # 9- Face Shape

Step # 10- Practicing Shading!

Step # 11- Shading with Mr. Clean!

Step# 12- A Printed Face!

Step # 13 – Revisiting Proportions and Hair!

Step # 14 – The Last Face!

One thing that I would do diffrently next time is linking my posts right after I create them. I feel that because they were in Pages and did not show up in peoples readers, they were sort of isolated from collaboartion and viewing.

I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to comment, share advice or any resources you might have.

Yours in learning and collaborating,

Emily Knowles

Time to Reflect- Summary of my Learning

I cannot believe that it is already the end of the semester. I do not think I have ever had a semester that has been so exciting, so busy and so bittersweet. I feel that there has been so much going on this semester in regards to the great teaching job hunt, professional development opportunities and five of the most interesting but demanding classes I have got to take in my university career. I find my self-feeling a little bit overwhelmed and behind, which is a not a great feeling, but is the perfect time to reflect (and catch up!).

One of the most useful and eye opening classes in my five years at the University of Regina has been ECMP 355. I feel that everyday was an opportunity to learn something new, something relevant and something significant to my life as a soon to be teacher. I have created a short video using IMOVIE and Camtasia that begins to outline what I have learnt in this class. I found it hard to cover everything that I have learnt and discovered so I have included a more detailed summary bellow

ECMP 355 has really changed my view on what technology means in the classroom. Prior to the class I used technology as a way to engage my students (such as through the use of video projects, class blogs and YouTube) and as a tool to maximize their success in school and in learning (such as done through the use of the Smart Board and through educational games and videos). After this class I have learnt that technology has the potential to be much more. Technology does need to be used as a tool to aid teaching but also needs to be used as a tool to help connect students to the world. We have discussed how educators have the responsibility to connect and discover with other educators in order to meet the success of all students. Alec has provided me with the theories and resources to help make these connections. I have learnt that social networks such as Twitter, Edmodo, Schoolology, Pintrest and Facebook are places where educators can share, collaborate and connect with each other. I have realized that these tools need to be used as tools for active communication, rather then just passive viewing. This is an area that I need to improve on.

Through the class lectures and Tech Task Assignments, we have been exposed to a variety of different technologies and resources that can be used to enhance classroom experiences. I feel that the tech tasks have provided me with many new teaching ideas (such as way I could incorporate digital story telling and podcasts into the classroom). A major area of discovery for me was in regards to the search giant Google. Prior to this class I only ever used Google as a search engine as an email server. I have now learnt about Google Reader (which is where you can store all of the websites and blogs that you follow) and Google Documents.

Over the course of the semester we have had the opportunity to interact with our fellow classmates blogs. I have received numerous comments from my peers on my blog posts, all of which have been filled with insights and encouragement. This has helped me to continually update and refresh my teaching philosophy and expand my knowledge in a given area. I have also had the opportunity to read and comment other people blogs. I learnt a ton from others and felt that my classmate’s discussions got me thinking about my opinions on different educational topics. I thank everyone for their insights and their discoveries. I was constantly talking about everyone’s posts ☺ I tried to comment on at least two blog posts a week. Please see the following Google doc for some of the comments and insights that I have provided to my peers.

 

Thank you for watching and reading about all of my learning. Watch out for my future posts (as today alone there will be at least two) and I am dedicated to continue to blog and collaborate long after this class!!

Yours in Learning, Emily

Learning project udate and a shout out to all artists/drawers!

HEY you all 🙂 So I realized that my learning project has been sort of hidden away, so I thought I would attatch the links of my progress here:

The Starting Point

Locating Resources

Learning to Draw the Eye

Learning Update

Screencast on Resources and Learning

Creativity

Shading

Video Blogs on Value and Perspective 

If any one has any imput , sugestions, or expertise in this area or on my efforts PLEASE let me know! I would love to hear it – as I welcome all the help I can get.

Thank you for checking out my learning, I hope you enjoy 🙂

Cheers,

Emily

Reflections on technology from my internship experience!

As I was going over the syllabus for my Comp 355 class,  I started to think about my internship experience ( at Dr. AE Perry school) and everything that we did in the class in connection to some form of technology. As I was reflecting I began to realize that the classes in which we used some form of technology were the classes where the students were the most engaged. It amazed me  how the simple use of an interesting you-tube video could capture the almost instantanious attention of the class.  Further more I started to remember how technology helped to engage students that ussualy were disengaged in learning in a school setting. I remember struggling with a certain boy in my class whom did not want to participate in any from of writing or class work. I was stressed that I was struggling to connect with this particular student. The more I got to know the student, the more I learnt about his abilities with leadership and computers. I used this skill of his to engage him in the class, to empower his learning and to get work from him. If I ever had a problem with the computer ( which , I am not going to lie, happened a lot!!) I would call on this student to help. This seemed to encourage him to get involved in the class because he had a role that he could contribute to. Further more, if we were ever brainstorming as a class I would ask him to type the class conversation ( which for some reason – he LOVED!) which not only presented him as an active participant in the class but also got him to produce written work.

This experience really made me think about how important it is to a) get to know you students and make that relationship with them and b) the power of technology to encourage and engage students.

I am really excited to learn about even more ways that I can use technology in the classroom. I am particularly interested in how social networking and Skype could be used to connect students to the rest of the world. I think that having real connections with people from around the world would help create a sense of connection to the issues that students are learning in school. Does anyone have any stories or ideas of projects that could incorporate social networking into the classroom?
Till next time– Emily.