Tech. Task # 10: Everything is a Remix


Last night I watched the video series “Everything is a Remix”. The links for the videos are shown below:

Everything is a Remix Part 1
Everything is a Remix Part 2
Everything is a Remix Part 3
Everything is a Remix Part 4

This series discusses the idea that everything in the world is a remix. From movies we watch, to devices we use, to the music we listen to, everything is just an adaptation of something that has already been made. But what about copyright? I always hear about the importance of copyright and how it is critical to not plagiarize work. However, if everything is essentially just a copy of something that has already been made how can anyone be sure that they are not stealing someone else’s work and infringing on copyright?

As you may know from reading my portfolio I am heavily involved in dance. When I think of my choreography I like to think that it is a complete original. However, I have been doing other teachers’ choreography for 18 years which has to have an influence on my choreography. What about all the different dance shows on television? I have experienced all these different forms of dance and choreography which inspires and influences me when I choreograph my own routines. A huge part of choreography is matching the dance movements to the song. If a diverse group of choreographers all used the same song for a routine there is most likely going to be similarities based on the words. But is this copyright infringement? I don’t think so. It is simply remixing various dance moves based on a song choice (to put it simply). Remixing is not an easy task, it requires a huge amount of creativity. As mentioned in the videos, remixing is “copying, transforming, and combining”.

Creativity is a gift for many. Even though that many things in this world may be remixes, they still inspire a great amount of creativity. All this work goes into creating something new only to have copyright laws force you not to share it. This is easy for me to say because I have never had anything of mine closely duplicated or remixed. The above videos discuss the feeling of loss and gain. It is easy for people to find and use something of someone else’s. For example, a lesson or a unit plan. It would be very easy for me to find and use a lesson plan created by someone else, but it wouldn’t be as easy for me to allow someone else to use my own lesson plans. It goes back to that feeling of loss. I feel gain through using someone else’s work, but loss when someone uses mine. This is understandable because lesson plans take a lot of hard work and creativity to develop. When someone else uses that lesson plan one might feel like the other person shouldn’t be able to use it because they didn’t do any work. Thankfully, I like it when others find a use for materials I develop. But even the lessons or materials I develop are remixes of someone else’s work!

Within a classroom I definitely discourage copyright infringement and plagiarism, however I think remixing is a wonderful tool that students could use in the classroom. In order to do this it is important that students understand copyright as well as giving credit where credit is due. Remixing something within a classroom could be a great way to incorporate technology within your classroom and allows your students to use their creativity. It is amazing what some students create.

Tech. Task #8: How are Live Binders Useful for Teachers?


I researched several different resources online and decided to share a little bit about Live Binders. Below is a video outlining the basic features of Live Binders as well as how a teacher could utilize this resource. I am also excited to annouce that this is my first solo screencast! I used Screencast-O-Matic to make the video 🙂 Enjoy!


Tech. Task #9 – TED Talk on Body Language


I remember a year or two ago when TED Talks were added to Netflix and I thought that the videos were stupid. I didn’t actually see the value in TED Talks until I was introduced to TED Ed in an ESCI class I took. I watched this video and decided to give TED Talks a second chance. I am glad I did because I found TED Talks that were extremely interesting and have helped me develop as an educator.

A tech. task for my ECMP class is to look at and critique a TED Talk. I am finding it hard to chose from all the amazing TED Talks. I really wanted to write about the TED Ed video Pixar: The math behind the movies by Tony DeRose (which I highly recommend watching) until I watched Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk Your body language shapes who you are:

I decided to write about this video because I have been hearing more and more about body language and its role within a classroom.

During this video Amy Cuddy discusses the importance of body language as well as the difference of expressing feelings of power and  powerlessness. Cuddy discusses various situations where people may show signs of being powerful or powerless and how peoples’ judgements of body language in these situations can be life changing. However, Cuddy also discusses how research shows that holding certain power stances, such as the “Wonder Woman” stance shown below, for two minutes can actually increase testosterone and decrease cortisol levels within the human body. This often means that people become more open in situations and are less likely to have regrets. Those who did powerless stances showed a decrease in testosterone and an increase in cortisol levels. The results from these studies suggest that keeping the body in more open positions is healthier for how you feel about yourself. Towards the end of the video Cuddy discusses the importance of “faking it until you become it”. By doing these stances you will improve how you feel about yourself which will eventually cause you to naturally become a more powerful person.

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In society it is easy to pass judgement on someone based on what we see. For example, tabloids are constantly exploiting celebrities by taking pictures and making up stories based on what the celebrity’s body language is saying in the picture. Because I am not an expert at reading body language I haven’t really thought about the role body language will play in my classroom. For example, Amy Cuddy discusses how some students may raise their hands up high (power) while other students will raise their arm by resting it on the other (no power). Those raising their hands high are more confident in themselves as suggested by Cuddy. I always thought not fully raising the arm was a matter of laziness. Also, I now know a person who is feeling powerless brings all their limbs closer to their body. This may help me to read student situations better. For example, if a student was to argue with me, while constantly touching his/her neck, I would know that the student was exhibiting signs of powerlessness and not wanting to pick a fight. I must also be aware of my own body language when I teach, meet parents, and am around colleges. A good way to do this is by doing a power stance for two minutes before I start my day. Hopefully this will help me become a more open and confident person.

Although this is all really interesting and helpful information I must remember I cannot completely rely on this information. For example, I cannot make any assumptions about students, parents, or colleges based on their body language. I will mostly use this information to help increase my confidence in myself.

How do you use your body language to display a strong, confident you? Any tips or tricks for body language in the classroom?

Below is a picture of me in my “power stance” in front of Mt. Rushmore.




Commenting on Blogs


Throughout my ECMP 355 class, we were given the task of commenting on other peoples’ blogs. For the first couple of months, I was surprised. Even though I made comments on their blogs, I never received a response. I was particularly disappointed when I commented on a post of interest to me about incorporating Treaty Education into the classroom. I waited and waited for a response, but I never heard anything back. After commenting on several other posts and still not getting responses, I decided to take a closer look at what I was doing. I discovered that you must check a box that will notify you when someone gives a response! Since this discovery, I have come to enjoy commenting on other blogs. I feel that commenting on other posts is an important part to networking. Whenever someone comments on a post of mine, I usually click, then read their profile, and most of the time I start to follow them. I also think it is important to become well known in the blogging world. The only way to do this is by blogging yourself, and exploring other blogs. Additionally, when someone comments on my posts, it makes me feel like people find what I have to say interesting and useful. Therefore, I want other people to know that what they have to say is interesting and useful as well.

Commenting on blogs is much like commenting on Facebook or Instagram. When you find something that interests you, click on it, read it, and comment. IT’S THAT SIMPLE! It is therefore very important to ensure that a post has a catchy title, maybe a video or a picture to help catch other bloggers’ attention.

What causes you to comment on other blogs? Do you find having questions within the blogs encourages you to voice your opinion? Also, have you ever forgotten to check the box that notifies you about other comments?!

Classroom Environment


Today we had an interesting discussion in my ESCI 401 class. We discussed the importance of building a classroom environment in which all students feel welcome. A fellow classmate of mine did a presentation on how he begins each one of his classes with four minutes of “Stuff”. An opportunity for any student who chooses to share something whether it is content/ subject related or not. My classmate explained this as the tool he used to create a classroom environment that is welcoming and comfortable to all students. So I have to ask, how do you establish a healthy and rich classroom environment?

Tech. Task #5: Coding


I had a lot of trouble doing this tech. task. Having absolutely no experience with coding I had no idea what to create or why I was creating it. Nevertheless, this is the short project I created using Scratch. This is actually my fourth attempt, this is just the second one I actually saved. I followed the directions really closely because I had so much trouble figuring it out. I have a much better understanding of the program, however I am still confused. Why is it important to do projects like these? What is the point of coding?
Here is a link to my project!