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My summary of learning

For my summary of learning I decided to make a prezi presentation which can be found here.  I chose to use Prezi because I could include video, screencast, and photos which allowed me to display many of the tech skills I’ve gained while taking this class.  I really enjoyed going through all of the work I’ve done this semester and aside from a few computer crashes (thanks iMovie) it was a lot of fun to make.

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ECMP 355, Learning project, Uncategorized

My knitting project: Final reflection

If you’ve read some of my other posts surrounding ECMP 355 you may have noticed that for my learning project I’ve chosen to learn how to knit; preferably a scarf. Although I did not quite get the scarf I was hoping for; as it was more difficult and time-consuming that I’d expected; I’ve adapted my goals to learning the stitches needed to complete a scarf. These stitches include the cast on, knit, and purl stitches.

Here are the posts surrounding the beginning of my project

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and here are my original posts surrounding these stitches

Cast on

Knit stitch

Purl stitch

To summarise what I’ve learned and to give back to the online community I decided to go back and create how-to videos similar to the ones that I learnt from

Cast on

Knit stitch

Purl Stitch

such a complex task online was difficult and making these videos has shown me how much effort people put into making videos that teach others a skill, as I didn’t have the best lighting or camera’s available and I could not get a camera angle that could show me completing the stitch properly. This online forum was also beneficial as it allowed me access to help when I ran into a problem with the knit stitch and there were numerous tutorial videos to choose from. Overall through completing my own and viewing the results of classmates learning projects I have learnt that there are both benefits and challenges to online learning and that my students will have the opportunity to explore whatever skill they would like online, so I must never assume their knowledge, as with the internet it is neverending.

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My knitting project: Purl (Part 5)

Today I learnt the pearl stitch which makes up the body of the scarf.  I have been following along with the same series which is good because the camera angle and lighting really help me get through some of the tougher stitches.

I’ve found learning over the internet a lot more time consuming as I don’t have the ability to easily show someone when I am having trouble rather I go back to that forum from part 4 or rewatch the video.  After quite a few tries I finally got the hang of the pearl stitch as this video was a little harder to see what exactly was going on.  As you can see the stitches are quite loose and would make a nice chunky scarf.

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Why teach social justice

In my ECMP 355 class, we were discussing the place social justice should hold in the classroom; which is something that has become an important issue for me in the past few years.  I tend to be the one that speaks up when I see forms of oppression in my daily life or on social media Social Justice/social issues should have a prominent place in the classroom if you want to make your classroom a place where all students feel safe and accepted or if you want your students to go on and stand up/support people in their community in the future.  Our students will have been subjected to many varying opinions on these issues from Tv., the internet, friends, and family so introducing issues such as homophobia, racism, etc. must be done with compassion and mindfulness.  Having students write journal entries about how they feel about what they are learning would allow not only for the student to explore their own thoughts regarding the subject, but also allow for the teacher to check in and see where the students are at.

I believe that the most important thing regarding social justice in the classroom is that it has to be integrated; rather than it only being a one-day thing.  I plan to integrate social justice into my own classrooms by making social justice issues prevalent in my classroom and by creating a space where issues such as oppressive words can be discussed.  One way I could create this space is by including these posters

I also plan to incorporate social justice issues into my lessons.

Allen Turing lesson

Stereotypes lesson

I hope that by not shying away from social justice issues in my classroom, and by approaching them with consideration and awareness of my students; that I can set them on the path to understanding their own opinions thoughts and biases related to these issues and create more mindful and engaged citizens.

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Starting from scratch

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For my ECMP 355 class we were challenged with using Scratch; a coding site designed to teach students basic coding skills. At first I found this very difficult as I have never coded before and kept restarting the project. As a visual learner it was difficult for me to use with just the written instructions I found on the site so I ventured to YouTube where I found this video. Once using this video I was able to complete this project in a way I was happy with.

I believe that Scratch can be a great tool to teach students how to code if students are given the resources they need to use the website.  Coding is important for students in today’s world because as we’re becoming more technology centered more jobs are requiring the knowledge of coding.  Code is another language that is becoming more and more  necessary to communicate as a digital citizen.  Here is my project; let me know what you think!

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The Delivery

For my ECMP 355 class we were challenged to create a five card flickr story to demonstrate our use of digital storytelling. Mine is titled The Delivery.


Five Card Story: The Delivery

a Five Card Flickr story created by Lexi Milligan


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by bionicteaching


One gray and dreary day Lucia was told by her mother to deliver a cake to their new neighbor the elderly Mrs. Stueck. Now Lucia was not normally a fearful child but there was something about that house that unnerved her. Not wanting to disobey her mother she set off to complete the task at hand…that is until she reached the gate. You see; the gate was old, grey, and run down; something Lucia knew was a sure sign of a haunted house. Her nerves getting the best of her she decided it would be best to try the back door, but to reach the back door Lucia had to go through the deserted alley and past many cold metal fences. As she was just about to knock on the door Lucia heard something creeping down the alley, and with the cake still in hand ran from the horrifying creature that must have been chasing her. Out of breath and exhausted Lucia reaches the park just down the street and collapses onto the bench next to the tree, and eats the cake. For it’s tiring work trying to deliver a cake.