Summary of Learning Take 2

I definately had some trial and error with this project. Creating my Summary of Learning became a whole learning project in of itself. I learned how to use movie maker, that you can pause Screencastify in the middle of your recording and how to use Youtube editor. Most importantly I learned you have to be aware when using songs on Youtube as my video was taken down and that Screencastify has a limit of how many you can do a month (50).

This video is rough because I exhausted my Screencastify limit and had my setback with Youtube. Although I have learned so much, my tech skills are still a bit limited so please don’t judge too harshly for this low-quality video, I did try.

For this project I wanted to base it off this TV show called Departures. It aired on OLN several years ago and is a travel show following two guys from Brampton, Ontario. I have included the link to the introduction of the show to what I attempted to base my project off of.

Here is my Summary of Learning.

 

 

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Contributing To The Learning Of Others

It was difficult for me to contribute to others learning in an obvious way. I am often the one that needs a lot of assistance and has a lot of questions. When others did have questions I never knew what the answer was and often had the same question myself. Despite this, I feel I have contributed to others learning in a variety of ways. Here are all the ways I did contribute to others learning.

Twitter: I regularly posted education-related articles including anything from resources, apps and websites, to thinking and theory in education. Anything that I found to be helpful or useful I shared on twitter with the #ecmp355. I have tweeted 101 times and 100 of that has been since Ecmp 355 and most of that has been specifically for Ecmp 355. I am also following other educators and retweeting and liking tweets they and my peers put out.

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Google Plus: As stated early it was difficult for me to respond to my colleagues questions since I often didn’t know the answer. However, I did check Gooogle Plus regularly and commented and asked questions. I provided plenty of opportunities for my colleagues to use my posts as proof as to how they answered all of my questions. Here are some samples of my contributions in Google Plus.

Class: I was active in commenting in group chat and during breakout sessions. I always tried to ask and answer questions and to be engaged in a way that was beneficial to myself and to my peers.

Blogs: I regularly read and commented on students blogs. I tried to ask questions and offer encouragement and support  to my peers in their learning projects. I also tried to respond to comments people left on  my blog posts as well. blog

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This is a link to some Blog Comments (Samples).

Summary of Learning

So I had some setbacks with this. I based it off Departures TV show and because I used one of the songs from the show, Youtube took down my video. Here is just a part of what was included in the original. Most of the content is there, it just isn’t too exciting.

My Learning Journey

 

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This is my little camera that has accompanied through my learning project.

I am so happy I picked photography for my learning project and to focus on what my camera is capable of when it is off easy automatic mode. I learned so much about ISO, exposure compensation, black and white photography, white balance and colour desaturation. I also learned about my camera’s limitations; the inability to control shutter speed and aperture. The trick now is putting all my knowledge and learning together. This will definately take practice because I am used to just pointing and shooting and ending up with decent shots, but when it is not on easy auto mode you really have to think about what you are trying to capture and how you want to capture it as well as environmental conditions. It also takes way longer to process the shot and I have to work on keeping my hand still as it is seems to be much shakier now.

Through this learning project I have acquired basic skills and knowledge in photography. It has also given me a passion to keep learning and improving. I have become more critical of my pictures and I am also a lot more aware of what I need to do to take better photos. I still have much to learn, but I feel I now have a good base of knowledge and skills to which to improve upon.

I really tried to expand my venues of learning beyond Youtube, I joined a Google Plus photography community, I loaded my feedly with photography blogs, I tried to follow certain photographers and people, but I found that Youtbe was the best for my learning. I found a lot of the articles were for serious photographers with very high functioning cameras, this is not me and this is definately not my camera. I did use facebook to connect with a photographer to ask her some questions, but overall random articles and Youtube proved to be the most beneficial.

I wanted to put together a collection of some of the pictures I took over the weekend at Grasslands National Park where I had the chance to practice all the skills I have learned over these last seven weeks.

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I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to write encouraging comments and thoughtful questions. Thank you for accompanying me on my learning journey.

 

 

 

 

Black & White Photography

The only thing left to really learn on my camera is to take black and white pictures. There are two different ways to do this. One is an automatic setting on my camera (which I did previously knew about). The other is called high contrast monocrome, which is when the camera only captures a single hue so essentially to take black and white pictures. This takes much more vivid black and white pictures, but seems to be a bit more finicky as I found out. It is challenging to know what would look good photographed in black and white. I actually found this Wikihow article to be the most helpful. I did look on YouTube, but all the videos were unhelpful or more commonly specifically geared towards photo editing. This article was broken into three different sections. The first section was tips on what to photograph in black and white, the second section was how to photograph in black and white and the third section provides focuses on technique. Due to the limited abilities that my camera has, there is very little I am able adjust to enhance my black and white photographs. This article was concise but incredibly helpful.

Here are two photos that turned out. I did take way more pictures, but the rest didn’t really turn out. Taking black and white photos is a lot more challenging than I thought. This is something I will have to continue to practice.

To Click ‘Like’ Or Not To Click ‘Like’

Can online social activism be meaningful and worthwhile? Is is possible to have productive conversations about social justice online? These were the questions posed to us in our ECMP 355 class.

Social activism is a topic near and dear to my heart. I have had many conversations and debates about online activism and if it can make a difference. I believe that online social activism can be meaningful and worthwhile. However, I think online activism should not replace, but rather complement other forms of activism. Clicking the ‘like’ button should not be the end of it. I feel sometimes we can like or share an article about some social justice issue and feel like we have done something productive and meaningful and then carry on with our day. I think we need to understand that this is not enough and although it is a start we should not feel like we have accomplished something by simply liking or sharing an article. I always believe doing something is better than doing nothing and the more we know and are aware about issues the more we can potentially be active about them and the internet is a wonderful thing for making us aware about social justice issues, but being informed is only the first step. My argument is that social activism can’t just exclusively remain online. It needs to be used in conjunction with offline activism to create solid change and to ensure people are not being excluded in participating.

I just finished watching Orange Is The New Black (OITNB) Season 5. There might be some spoilers, so don’t read this if you haven’t finished watching it yet. This season looked at the power of social media and online activism.  Prisoner abuse was filmed and uploaded to Youtube, this then was shared and resulted in a protest where people came together to support the prisoners and demand their rights. By the end of season 5 it didn’t appear that it was effective or made much of a difference. However, the campaign didn’t ‘fail’ because of social media, social media made it happen in the first place. Online social activism was worthwhile on OITNB, even if it was just to show the prisoners that people care.

When taking part in any form of activism it is necessary to ask questions about the potential impact, both positive and negative. When it is a social media campaign I sometimes feel that we click ‘like’ and share before knowing and critically thinking about whichever campaign is trending online. It is possible to have productive conversations about social justice online, but I think it is more difficult. I feel that internet trolls could potentially make it difficult for conversations to be productive. I also feel that people feel bombarded by all of the different causes and social justice issues that it is hard to know where to focus and I know that for myself I get so overwhelmed that sometimes I do nothing about any of it. Since we can connect and know what is going on in every part of the world it is so easy to have surface level knowledge on a lot of topics, but not really be able to have a productive conversation about any of it and even less likely to act on it.

This video is rather lengthy, but a really interesting debate about what my ECMP 355 class was talking about with slacktivism and specifically the Kony campaign. This video discusses if this online campaign was successful or if it did more harm than good.

I think online social activism can be productive, worthwhile and meaningful, but it is like all things we do, we should question the intent and who will be impacted. I believe doing something even if it is just clicking ‘like’ is always better than doing nothing.

 

High Key, Low Key, Off Key

I learned about high key and low key from this article. High key and low key either brighten or darken the picture. It can dramatically affect the mood of the picture. Low key is dark and really plays with the shadows creating a mysterious mood.

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High key is incredibly bright and can either offer a bold or more serene look. It is kind of similar to the ISO adjustment where you are adjusting your picture when you have a white object against a white backdrop, but with ISO you want your subject to stand out against the white backdrop. High key is more you want it to blend in.

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This is used a lot in studios because it is very difficult to control outdoor lighting and as I have been reading, very difficult to capture without proper equipment. Since I had a few strikes against me in this regard I had to just make use with what I had.

A lot of the videos I found on Youtube were tutorials for taking portraits in a studio. It was incredibly difficult to find any resources. I looked through countless articles, blog posts from feedly, but I didn’t really find anything that was particularly useful. This video was really the only resource I could find about high key and low key in photographing landscapes. The video however ,was not a tutorial but rather just provided some examples of how it could look like and what you could potentially do with it, if the conditions are favourable. It is worth the watch just to see some examples of some really stunning photography. I tried playing around with it indoors, but it just didn’t really work. With my camera it is either high key, low key or nothing at all. It is more of an automatic feature than a manual one. Aside from adjusting the exposure compensation I can’t really do to much else to adjust the high and low key settings.

 

The conditions were not super favourable because it was neither bright out or dark, but you can see the difference in mood the high and low key setting make. If I get more favourable conditions in the next few days I will try to do a better job at capturing it. I also feel this is a little out of my skill level for now. With the high key and low key, I feel that I am just mostly off key.