While it is good to learn via traditional educational methods, some of the best and most meaningful experiences come from community learning. This can be group work, discussions, or simple social dialog in the classroom. For teachers, this can take the form of social interaction with our Professional Learning Network and co-teaching experiences with our cohorts.
Over the course of this semester I have been participating in this idea of community learning with fellow classmates. Here are some examples of times when others used me for learning, or I learned from others! Continue reading “Learning Through Community Growth”
Over the past few months I have been working towards learning the Guitar as an online-based learning project. I have had minimal experience with guitar in the past, mainly a grade 9 guitar class years ago, however it has always been an instrument that I wanted to learn the basics of. While I wouldn’t consider myself entirely fluent in guitar at this point, I have seen drastic improvement iin my ability to change chords efficiently, my technical strumming skills, and overall comfort of the instrument. I can see myself playing the guitar casually in the future, however I am mainly going to apply these acquired skills to my continued learning on the ukulele.
Here is the summary of learning I have created for EDTC 300! I utilized ScreenCastify, Youtube, Prezi Next and the Prezi Pro Student edition. I also brushed off my dusty Turtle Beach headset to make this happen! After a couple of glitches and issues, here is it finally. Enjoy 🙂
Have you ever heard the phrase “Those who can code today will rule the world tomorrow”? Or had some annoying person constantly nagging you to migrate to a digital tool, some sort of technology that supposedly will help your *Insert Job Here*. Well, as annoying or cliche as these might be, those people nagging you are onto something.
This is the final session with Andy, next week is our last week of class! It feels like the semester has gone by so fast, yet when I look at how I play guitar now compared to September, the improvement is pretty good!
Are Uk sure we have to stick to the plan? I say not! Today is the switch up week. As I hinted to in previous weeks, we are going to spend some time with the Ukulele!
With the guitar, I actually have some proper learning experience through the high school guitar rotation. However, with Ukulele my only experience is goofing off at home with my sister’s cheap ukulele, and my newly purchased midrange one. I haven’t had any instruction aside from chord charts on various Tabs sites. Continue reading “Sometimes Uk Just Need a Break…Ukay???”
Have you ever seen an article on Facebook, Twitter, email, or possibly on Google, and clicked on it because of the title? Then you began reading, and made it half way through, captivated by the information, only to discover that you are on The Onion or The Beaverton? Or maybe you were watching a video snippet on Facebook or Youtube, uploaded by an unknown source, and 10 seconds in you see Rick Mercer or another comedian/host spin around and show their face in what you believed was legitimate. There are pirates out there, pillaging the space on your social media and internet spaces, trying to take your attention away from the real sources! Continue reading “Fraud? A Hoax? SCAMMED? Exploring The Pirates of Modern Media”
Recently you have shared your opinion surrounding the use of Facebook in the classroom. I thank you for sharing this opinion, and stating your concerns, as this is the only way for us to progress as a whole. I did however want to bring about a different perspective to compliment your letter. Continue reading “Facing The Reality of Facebook”
Chords, chords, chords, chords. That is all we have been learning lately! I am totally okay this this, chords are what make up the majority of music, and with them you can play nearly anything! However, until this point, aside from the rift last month, we haven’t really done anything with individual notes.
Cue Andy! This week we learned about the G Major scale. Now, anyone with music background might think of the G major scale in notes, and that is fine! You can read normal music notes while playing the guitar, or you could use tabs which work just as well. I personally prefer chord symbols, which in the end are inefficient, but it tells me exactly what I need to do, and I don’t have to think to decipher it like I do with TABs.
Have you ever heard that rumor? That if you have the right chords, you can play the entirety of pop music? Those who claim that there is no creativity to pop, just different lyrics?
Whether or not this is true, and whether or not I over-exaggerated “the entirety of pop music”, there is some truth to this. No matter what note you start on, it is possible to play 4 chords that resemble many pop songs. For any music geeks out there who might not know this yet, this is the chord progression of I, V, vi, IV. For non-music geeks, this just means the distance between the first and second chord, second and third chord, and third and forth chord are set, and are just relative to whatever note you begin with (the only catch being, it has to be a happy Major chord). Continue reading “Four Chords To Rule Them All!”