Activism: is there MORE to it than just the CLICK of a MOUSE?


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 Is slacktivism a real thing? Are you guilty of it? How does it affect your own views and beliefs about supporting causes online? Is online activism effective? What can we do to not habitually ‘like’ or ‘share’ a cause, but rather investigate and support the cause in hope of actual change?

These are some of the questions I had when I started my blog post. If you have similar questions, READ ON!


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  ” ASK yourself, is this how I feel every time I SUPPORT an online cause, or am I just doing it out of HABIT?”- Sarah Ross

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Can Online Petitions Change the World?

This blog post talks about both positive and negative implications for online activism.

Argues that: online petitions can be very successful but “only when backed up with real-world action”.

"A 2011 study by researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., found that those who support a cause online -- signing an e-petition or joining a Facebook group -- are two times more likely to volunteer their time for the cause, four times more likely to follow up by contacting a decision-maker, and five times more likely to recruit others, than a person who supports a cause offline, e.g. with a paper petition."-

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Don’t Mistake ‘Likes’ on Facebook For Real Social Change

Great blog post that speaks directly to the negative effects of online social activism.

He argues: The real activists are too busy creating change to stop and tweet it out or join an online movement.

He recognizes the important role technology can play but he also states that “It is more laborious than a click.”



Here is a really good question that I would like to leave with you to consider the next time you see online social activism; are you willing to go further than the click of your mouse?

From what I have learnt, online activism can be very powerful if coupled with real-world activism. I have learnt about many causes online that I would never have heard of otherwise. However, I am also guilty of ‘swiping right’ or ‘clicking like’ to get rid of notifications that may be addressing social issues. I believe strongly about many things but I think it is impossible to be involved in 100’s of different activist topics, which can easily happen when they are online.


Setting Smaller Goals to Achieve Bigger Goals; re-evaluating my capabilities and adapting

This above quote is really going to have to motivate me because at this point in my Learning Project I am pretty sure that this DOG is WAY better than I am. For two reasons:

  1. A lot more focused
  2. Great timing

For some reason I imagined the guitar to be a lot easier to learn than it ACTUALLY is. It has been testing me PATIENCE in many different ways. I have found the hardest thing to be accepting my lack of skill with this instrument.

“GOAL: For the next couple of weeks I plan to work on my guitar every single day, rather than every couple of days. ” -Sarah Ross

I initially thought that I could stop and start my learning project; however, I have learnt that because my fingers have not callused and because my brain is not used to reading TAB I need to practice every day in order to get better. This is going to be a much bigger time commitment. BUT because I want to learn the guitar for my students, I have found it to be a bigger motivation to succeed than just to learn for my own enjoyment. 

My students from internship have been following my progress and constantly ask me how it is coming or why I haven’t posted in so long. It has helped to keep me accountable and makes me want to do better so that I can show them that I follow through with my plans.

Wish me luck…

P.S. I have learnt Netflix and Guitar go great together!

P.P.S. If anyone has some magic formula for getting-good-at-guitar- quick please share below ha.

Growing as an Educator and Citizen; Truth and Reconciliation for our Past

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Reconciliation: the restoration of friendly relations.

Truth:sincerity in action, character, and utterance.

I believe that the definitions for these two words are very important to revisit. Most people would say they know what these words mean…even I would say I could define them…but looking them up and seeing the power in these words has helped me to reflect on an even deeper level about Residential schools and our call to action from the effects of them.

Over the past week I have had the opportunity to participate in some amazing experiences that revolved around First Nations people and their culture. However, the Truth and Reconciliation presentation by Murray Sinclair spoke to why it is sooo IMPORTANT to incorporate Treaty Education; not just because it is mandated, but because it is essential to moving forward.

  1. Learning about IdentityPresentation by Elder Joseph Naytowhow

* Learnt about how important it is to incorporate First Nations Ways of Knowing into the classroom. I was able to reflect on this lesson through an online discussion and share how I incorporated First Nations Tipi Teaching Values into an Identity unit in my internship.

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2. Participating in a twitter chat about incorporating Treaty Ed

* Was able to talk about a range of topics surrounding the challenges and benefits of incorporating treaty education into the classroom. I was amazing to connect with other professionals about this topic. Especially after such an inspiring presentation about Truth and Reconciliation; it was really nice to gather resources on how to better promote reconciliation through implementing Treaty Ed.

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Got some really GREAT ideas such as this one:

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3. Lastly I was privileged to sit in on the presentation by Murray Sinclair.

* This was an absolutely amazing presentation. Here are a few statements he made that really hit home for me:

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Couldn’t agree more with this statement, ALL people need to take responsibility for the past and find a way to move forward TOGETHER.


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This statement really made me think about the importance of incorporating LANGUAGE into the classroom, giving it a space to be honoured and brought back as an essential piece to students identity.


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When I heard Murray Sinclair say this I had to take a minute to fully digest such a powerful statement! To have such a positive comment on such a terrible situation made me realize just how important it is to promote reconciliation for Residential schools within our own classrooms!


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I really appreciate the fact that he recognized how much TIME it will take for people to heal and deal with the past. It has helped me, personally to not feel as burdened by the immense tragedy of the residential schools, but rather to just do the best I can to work towards this healing process.


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This end statement really challenged all the listeners I believe, to not just go and listen to the presentation and then leave feeling good about ourselves. But rather to make us feel uncomfortable so that we get up and figure out our role in the journey towards Truth and Reconciliation.

Overall last week was filled with some amazing learning experiences. I feel that I grew in so many ways as an educator and as a citizen of this country. If anyone has questions or comments about anything I touched on, please post them below!


Do guitars have a place in the classroom?

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My learning project for ecmp355 is about me learning to play the guitar. However, lately I have found myself wondering how I could transfer this skill into the classroom? During my internship many of my students gravitated towards playing with the guitar I had brought into the classroom for our sound unit. This was one of the main reasons I chose playing the guitar as my project.

I Can….Learn the Guitar

I’ve spent the past few days researching different resources that I think could be used to help students learn to play the guitar.


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Here are just a few^

Questions I still have….

  1. Has anyone seen guitars used in regular classrooms? How were they used? Was it successful/meaningful?
  2. What are your views on making instruments available to students?
  3. How can we provide quality instruments for students to experiment with?

Seesaw…and NO, not the dangerous playground toy!

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Growing up I remember getting smacked in the face by one of these great playground toys! But before you all get controversial about the dangers of these toys…let me tell you that I am actually talking about the Seesaw app!

While subbing in a classroom in a school in Regina I was privileged to see this app in action. I had never heard of the app before! Which surprised me once I observed how amazing it was!

Soooo I left and did some of my own research on the app. 

1: There is a great twitter page on it!

2: There are a ton of blog posts written on it already.

3: There are a bunch of really good reviews by educators on the app!

4: IT’S FREE!!!! (I know thats always the first question)

My opinion:

  • It’s great for assessment
  • Awesome tool for connecting with parents
  • Unlimited opportunities for differentiating learning! (my favourite thing about the app)
  • It’s super easy to use and is useful for any age!
  • Makes learning fun!
  • Incorporates technology


Has anyone used this app? If so, what pro’s/con’s did you see? How did you use it?


Digital Identity

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Why am I so afraid of a Digital Identity?

I think one of the main reasons I have felt so worried about having a known digital identity is because all the stories you hear around digital identity are usually the negative ones. Stories like your identity being stolen…teachers loosing their jobs….or someone watching you through the camera of you computer.

I agree that theses stories need to be shared in order to warn people of the possibilities of being connected online. However, I do think that it would also be beneficial to share just as many good stories about digital identity.

There are a lot of things to know when it comes to putting information about yourself onto the internet. As much as it is good to make people aware of the possible dangers, I also think that it needs to be communicated carefully. For me it caused a lot of fear and hesitation. For some people, instilling fear is maybe what works to keep them safe online. However, it caused me to avoid doing as many things online.

If anyone has every taught lessons to students about digital identity through more of a positive lens I would love to hear how you did it?

*I went through my response on digital identity and bolded the words that popped out to me. It seems that I used a lot of negatively associated words. Through ECMP355 I have learnt a lot more about having a positive digital identity and so I am hoping to be able to help my students not to have the same fears about it as I have had.


Learning….2-Way Skype Recording and the Guitar

Well, once again I decided to try out a new app. I found this lovely new app though a Twitter share! It is called Screencast-O-Matic! The most basic version…which is the one I used is….. completely free. I have also not gotten any viruses from it! (A double win!!!) I used it to create my latest vlog on my project.

I still have a few things to learn….like why my face time video did not show up, but I still think it is a really good app!

One MAJOR pro: You can record anywhere on your computer screen using a cropping tool!

Also for anyone who tried to Name that Tune for my learning project! It is……..DRUM ROLE…….’Hey, Soul Sister‘!

Thanks for watching! Technology is a tricky thing to figure out and so I am glad to have so much support through all of this!

Name that Tune!


Hey there!

I have been having a lot of fun with my learning project! From feelings of frustration to feelings of success it has defiantly been a roller-coaster!

One cool thing that has come from this learning project was that I was able to connect with an artist from Nashville. He saw my video and offered to help!

Here is his blog if anyone would like to check it out farther: Justin Beene

This last week I have started to work on learning a song! I am super excited about this because it is one of my favourite songs and it would be awesome to be able to play it on a guitar! Below is a short excerpt from the song, something I have been practising this week! So check it out….please take a guess at what song you think I might be learning!!

Write in the comments below if you think you can ‘Name the tune’!

I will post the link to this amazing tab I am using next week once the guesses are in!!

Learn with me about Google Cardboard!

Since starting my digital journey in ECMP355 I have had access to so many current education and technology trends. Some days it feels like I am being overstimulated with information. However, I have learned so much more than I could have imagined in the last couple of weeks! 



One thing that really amazed me was something called Google Cardboard. It is a new design and app put out by google which allows you to enter virtual realities! I had no idea this was possible until I saw it pop-up in my twitter feed. I decided to do some more research and so I started to follow their blog as well.

Some of the things I have learned and also some ways that I believe this new innovation would be useful in the classroom are:

  1. You can build your own device from scratch (a great hands on experience for students)!
  2. It has been used to help save lives!
  3. Teachers can sign up for free virtual field trips to take their students on!
  4. Students can learn to create their own videos to be viewed as virtual tours (either with GoPro’s or with video editing).
  5. It can provide students with other experiences that you never thought possible!

This app is completely free! So why not explore it alongside your students!

Feebly…why use it?

So for this weeks blog post I decided to try and create a vlog (Click this link so learn how to vlog better). I also wanted to practice using the screencastify app some more. Once again the app was very easy to use and it also uploaded to youtube quickly.

My decision to create a vlog was also based on the outline for this weeks blog assignment. After looking at the requirements I thought it would be easier to use a screencast video to show my feebly account and to explain the different categories. I am a visual learner and so I have found screencast to be a good way to show my learning.