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Seventh learning project and summary of learning the guitar

I had appointments today and needed to pick up my guitar from Road Dogs Music. They installed a button on my Acoustic Guitar. Apparently, Acoustic Guitars don’t come with the button for the strap and some people use shoelaces!

The shoelaces look silly to me, some people can use them and not worry about them. So I bought a $10.00 Guitar Strap for my guitar so I can walk around the house and know I have to practice. I got a good deal on the strap and I should play more often! But just like homework I can pout and make all the excuses not to do it! But when I start playing the guitar I remember how therapeutic it is, then it’s hard to put it down.

Once I had some free time away from my daughter I went to the Yukon University Library and printed off some guitar tabs from GuitarNick.com for encouragement. This helped me to focus on another goal and play another song for my learning journey. I chose Amazin Grace and Our God for my next project.

As I was learning these songs, I would often take breaks because they were hard. My daughter Teanna took that opportunity and started to learn chords.

She helped me to find the joy of learning the guitar and the more we took turns it got easier. Teanna loves to play and listen to the steel guitar strings on the guitar.

She stayed up with me for hours and learned the guitar from morning until night. She inspired me to keep moving forward with the guitar and she is getting better each day.

As Teanna played the guitar I would take the opportunity to read about Chords and Tabs. I went straight for the guitar and learning Chords, instead of learning how to read tabs or chords. Ooops…But now I realized that I need to catch up on some reading and get a better understanding of the guitar.

I’m still working on the songs I picked and I need to purchase a Capo so I can play the F Chord. I was struggling because I tried to play it without a Capo and it did not go well. Apparently, a lot of people have a hard time with the F Chord and there’s a website to help with the problem.

This was a productive week of playing the guitar and taking breaks to go for hikes and pick some flowers. The weather was hot and my family was lucky not to get a sunburn since I was doing homework during the day. In the evening we would go for walks and enjoy the scenery.

It was a good week and good timing to get some pictures of the beautiful sky. I’m so glad to have been able to practice at home with my family. This week I just reflected on my life with my daughter and how far we’ve come. We have a relationship that I treasure because we enjoy each other’s company with many different hobbies. I believe our passion to pursue Guitar will be beneficial to us in the future.

This is my Before and After Learning Project Chart

Summary of my Guitar Learning Project

In my second week of learning the guitar I used guitar tabs that was recommended from my friend Amanda. Then I went on to YouTube and watched videos while I tried to start a guitar group with some friends. Then I went to the library to look for books and DVDs to help me on my learning journey. This week was lovely because I got to sing songs with Teanna while I learned Chords.

In my third week I tried my best to learn the guitar but none of my friends wanted to start a guitar group. I felt alone and I made a mistake on my D Chord. So, I took that week for some self-care and went for a walk around McIntyre Creek.

In my fourth week I was able to get new strings on my guitar and get it tuned up. It sounds way better and I got a response from a few people about guitar lessons. I learned more chords this week and I’m keeping my journal close to document everything. I noticed if I had music playing in the background, playing the guitar was easier. Now I understand why a lot of other people do this.

Fifth week of learning the guitar, my friend Herra came over to give me guitar lessons. She taught me about the guitar and shared her story with me about how she learned to play. I love hearing how people turn to instruments in the time of need. I felt more confident this week because Herra mentioned that she was surprised of how much Chords I knew. This took a big load off my shoulders and guitar playing got easier.

Sixth week of learning the guitar I was excited and scared at the same time. I think it’s because I was starting to get the hang of playing the guitar and I was confident of playing a song. I couldn’t learn from Herra’s video so I went back to YouTube and found a video that helped me play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Then I realized that I learn better online than in person with guitar lessons. This week brought more confidence and I found more resources online to help me with my learning journey!  

These past few months I noticed how my family has grown with the guitar and enjoyed each other’s company. I bought this guitar this winter and never had time to play because I was busy with school. Thank you Katia for encouraging me to pick up my guitar and learn from this experience. I believe I am going to continue to learn the guitar with my family because it’s a blessing in disguise. I found a way to connect with my family in a positive direction and my parents love to sing. So, this will help my family to heal, grow and move forward. Haii Choo, Mahsi Choo, Merci, Thank you.

Contributing to our Learning Project and Supporting our EDTC Family

As our class comes to a close, I would like to take this time to share how I contributed to learning with our class throughout the semester. When we first started this class, I did not know what to expect but was excited to learn about media and technology. I honestly enjoyed discord by reading how people shared their experiences of working out problems in their blogs and assignments. But I have never asked questions or posted on discord through our learning journey with our projects.

I enjoyed Twitter more than I thought I would because I was taught how to use Twitter. I enjoyed sharing articles with my peers and commenting on other people’s articles that interested me. I learned a lot from this experience and I enjoyed using Feedly as my resource guide. I believe I will continue to use these sites for my learning journey in my Teaching Degree.

Blogs posts have helped me to reach out and comment on another classmate’s blog (Learning Project). Each person in our class had unique Learning Projects and we all helped each other with kind words and encouragement.

I noticed how my classmates in Whitehorse, Yukon have grown from this course. We all learned from each other and as cheesy as it sounds, it’s true!

Think before you post, has brought awareness to me, my family, and friends. I believe we should continue to share our knowledge and be kind to others is so important on social media, in person, and all the time.

Coding Exercise!

I chose to do option 2 for my coding assignment with Minecraft Voyage Aquatic. I decided to do this because I was curious. From Teanna’s experience she had fun with it and her experience inspired me to try it out! 

I watched a video on the directions and picked a character for my treasure hunt journey. I accomplished my first puzzle and got the boat from the treasure chest. Then I walked to the boat by making 4 lines of code to get there. Then I moved forward 7 times with code to fish for Cod in my boat. Teanna is so excited for me because she never thought I would play Minecraft.  

The next level is getting more serious because we can the next command will offer “the repeat until goal”. 
First try at this level I got it wrong, I inserted 8 lines but I could’ve did it with 3. Now I know I can move forward, I’m really enjoying this game of code!  

I think I might download the game and play whenever I am stressed out from writing assignments for school. It’s a good stress reliever and I am so concentrated.

This time I did not know my person was faced a different direction and got it wrong.
Instead, I tried by adding a code of “turn right, then move forward”. I tried different types of code in order to get the shellfish from the treasure chest. It is getting tricky but I’m still playing.

It is an addictive game and it reminds me of Zelda because of how fun it is. 

I tried a few times to get the Salmon and I finally got it! I used 11 lines of code and I could’ve used 10!!!! YAY!!!!

I feel more confident that I am getting more better at this game. I told Teanna Minecraft is similar to Roblox. She said, “But you can’t rob banks”. I told her “I don’t want to rob banks! Haha.” 

The last level I did 7 codes and it took many tries but I did it! 

I never knew games online could be so much fun, I’m used to Nintendo and to be honest I never played for a long time. It was good to play a game and enjoy the afternoon! 

Sixth Learning Project

This week I was reflecting on how to go about my week of learning the guitar and playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I was having anxiety and procrastinating because I wasn’t sure if I could do this!

I had plans to meet with my friend for guitar lessons and it did not work out. I tried to learn from Herra’s video of playing Twinkle twinkle little star and I found it harder than expected.

This video saved me and I kept watching it! I found it more easier to comprehend. I was wrong about Online Learning because I can pause and go back multiple times and practice. I thought working with another person would help with learning the guitar. I was wrong and I realized that I work better on my own with Online Learning!

WHO KNEW!!

I wanted to share this from Fender.com It’s a schedule of how to practice the guitar

How to Practice

Think of using your practice time as if you were eating several small snacks spaced out through the day instead of gorging on one huge lunch, taking a nap and not eating anything the rest of the day.

Take whatever you’re working on — a riff, scale or song — and practice it for a bit. Then put down your guitar and do something completely unrelated to learning music, like watching TV or taking a walk. Ten minutes later, come back to the same thing you were working on before and practice a bit longer. Take another 10 minute break, and then come back to the lesson one more time.

Repetition is important to learning, but so is when and how you practice. Use the 3×10 technique as an easy way to help embed new information in your long-term memory and learn faster.

Personally, the more I kept practicing I got the hang of it! I recorded myself and I could finally play a song! I feel more confident and grateful for all the free information online. Through this process, I had some good friends that play the guitar and told me to find what works best for me. I enjoy doing the fingerstyle by trying to remember strings and do my best! This learning project was so helpful and encouraging as we all worked on different subjects. Enjoy my video and tell me what you think 😉

Digital Literacy

Chantelle (Bonfiglio, 2018) shares her knowledge of coding and the importance of teaching students by playing Minecraft in school.

For example, my daughter Teanna is in grade 4 and she played Minecraft in Selkirk Elementary School for 2 years. She loved to build swords and this video describes how important it is to have swords in the game. Worth the watch!

She loved to build houses in Minecraft and it is pretty cool! The more I search Minecraft, the more I am fascinated!

One of her favorite memories of playing Minecraft in school was when she built a treehouse. The treehouse is pretty awesome and it inspired her to build more in the game! This experience has helped her to learn more about games on the internet.

Bonfiglio (2018) shared coding unplugged with a deck of cards and toys. I personally do not like being on the internet all day and the more I researched for games I found some. For example, the summer (Victoria, 2018) game with chalk and water guns to code unplugged. Take steps forward, back, to the right and left side. Players can only speak in code and the instructions can be easy to hard versions.

The company that created the website “code.org” was inspiring because of the games provided. For example, I believe my daughter would enjoy the Dance Party game. Most of the children can dance and enjoy themselves! This would be a fun activity to try over the summer and incorporate it into my lesson plans.

The site “code.org” offers other games, such as coding sports. The children playing the games can decide where the basketball moves and have fun coding! The website is user-friendly to newcomers by videos with instructions and it helps.

Scratch Education lessons for different resources. For example, my daughter and I love to crochet so we decided to explore the Hook Nook. In the Hook Nook, there are cute crochet octopuses, bears, and flowers. So, we decided to go further with the crochet flowers and there are steps to take. My experience with digital literacy was inspiring and fun with my daughter Teanna. I look forward to exploring these websites this summer! 🙂

First Guitar Lessons!!

Last week I had my first guitar lessons with my friend Herra and I was so happy! I really needed help with learning the guitar because I wasn’t sure if I was doing this properly. I knew I had to learn chords so I spent as much time as I could doing that. At first, Herra gave me handouts about the guitar and was surprised that I knew so many chords. She gave me a rundown on the guitar and shared her own experience of learning the guitar from her older brothers. I enjoyed hearing about Herra’s family because her older brother started an after-school club at Selkirk Elementary School in Whitehorse. This young person started this club that reached out to many other people that wanted to learn the guitar. This after-school program not only helped the children but the parents that couldn’t pick up their children until 5 o’clock! Bonus!!!

The highlighted chords are the ones I already know and I am working on the other chords.

Herra suggested learning something basic like “twinkle twinkle little star“.

Then I can move forward to something that is harder like “happy birthday to you“. This song requires you to be faster with your fingers while singing the song. To be honest I think it would be hard because it’s a fast song. This song can be a goal that I work towards!

Here is an example of what I am aiming for with “twinkle twinkle little star”.

I felt more relieved to hear about Herra’s experience and found it frustrating. I knew I was not alone in this learning journey and the more people I talk to about the guitar they have the same problem.

With time, Herra got better and more confident with playing the guitar. She warned me about getting calluses on my fingers and this week was hard to play because of the calluses. So I took some time off playing the guitar and this week was stressful. I noticed when I play the guitar I feel more relaxed and I can accomplish more throughout the day.

Picking up an instrument was exactly what I needed in my life, who knew? Thank you 🙂

Cyber sleuthing and digital identity

When we did this in class I found it fascinating what you could find on the internet about someone by using Google Search. For example, while I googled my own identity I found my old landline phone number and my Twitter Account.

When we researched Melissa in our groups, we agreed that she loved sharing her ideas and posting about her day as a Kindergarten Teacher. She enjoys being a Kindergarten Teacher and it shows by the art she does in class!

The children’s faces were blacked out for confidential reasons and she was professional about what she shared. Melissa takes ethical steps in making decisions and is a Professional Teacher when it came to social media. She never shares too much information about herself and well kept.

For the Group Digital Sleuthing Exercise, my friends “Danika and Rosalie,” got together on a Sunday afternoon to complete the assignment. We caught up and enjoyed being in each other’s company after months of not seeing each other.

We did our group exercise and laughed because we didn’t notice how much we shared on social media. It was an eye opener because we never updated our information for awhile. This exercise was a good experience and helped me to be professional at all times.

Digital Citizenship

The digital citizenship correlates with the SK Curriculum by having access on school grounds and at home.

Digital access makes it easier for teachers, parents and students. For example, the magazines, journals, newspapers, digital videos that are free; this relates to the digital commerce.

The student’s wellbeing includes gender and sexual diversity that supports others to be kind online.

Digital health and welfare: The support and funding for people that want to learn and it is provided through the SK Curriculum.

The SK Curriculum website provides an email for people that need other documents that are not listed.

Reconciliation and Treaty Rights are mandatory in the schools and in the SK Curriculum. For example, students and teachers can “Work Together in the Cloud,” by sharing their ideas online. Teaching tools and supports are available from K to 12. This includes using technology and using it wisely.

Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship and the SK Curriculum provides a strong desire to support students around the digital world. I see myself being an ethical teacher and wanting each student to succeed to the best of their knowledge. I believe in educating the students so they can make ethical decisions; for example boundaries and keeping in mind to be safe. In class we heard about posting information to the internet for the world to see. Would our grandmother accept what we post on the internet? If it would not be acceptable, don’t post it. As teachers, if we can prevent the worst situation from happening, we should educate our students to the best of their advantage. As educators we want our children and students to conquer because they are the next generation in the technology world.