Being an Innovator


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Yes I have been innovative as a learner and a thinker this semester. I have learned a lot in this class about different terms and technology sources. I didn’t realize there were so many free sources out there that we, as teachers can use and incorporate into our classrooms. Like using blogging and creative tools, like Canva, to use our imaginations, be creative, and reach out or share news/thoughts/information with others as well as gain content from them and their own experiences.

Innovation in learning looks like trying new things and learning about them. Like all the new sources that we were introduced to over this summer semester.  When we try new things to learn new things and grow as learners. In doing so, we are also improving our abilities to be better teachers because we then have new and improved ideas to share with our students and give them a more well-rounded learning experience.

I feel like I have learned so much, I don’t think I have unlearned anything. I do feel like I have a ton still to learn. I know how to write lesson plans, I know how to encourage myself to try new things, I know how to communicate and find a variety of resources; now I just need to put them all together and get my hands on experience and find my “nook” to get into so that I am able to have things run smoothly for the most part, so that my students gain the most form their learning experience within my class. So from here now I feel like I need to actually get into the classroom, overcome my fears, be prepared and organized, and give teaching my best and have fun with it as I learn a variety of new methods and sources along the way to improve myself as a teacher.


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I plan to continue using my Blog page and I would like to incorporate that into my classroom. I think it would be neat to teach, and have my students create their own blogs, perform some research, and post helpful tips about health and being physically active on their blogs. I will also introduce them to Flickr, Piktochart, and Canva to help encourage their creative and show them free sources that they are able to use to enhance their posts.

As a learner, I have been surprised about myself in being able to force myself to try new things and find success in doing so. I have learned that even if a creation doesn’t turn out the way that I had planned, it’s ok because it’s still creative and you still worked on developing your creativity. I know that now, so I am much more confident in trying new things and not worrying about if it doesn’t turn out the exact way I wanted. I still learned through the experience. I can use this experience to help motivate and encourage my students to try new things as well.

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“I recognize that there are obstacles in education, but as an innovator, I will focus on what is possible today and where I can push to lead towards tomorrow.” Quote from: (


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Attention Log


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From the “Attention Log” journal assignment, I went from Monday, July 18-Wednesday July 20. I did five different sessions; 1 on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, and 2 on Wednesday. I was able to do a couple of different sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday because I was on the internet/my laptop those mornings and then again in the evenings. Throughout the sessions I either did homework (mostly) or performed research for my own personal benefit.

I had to keep track of and write responses to these 9 questions:

  1. Date:
  2. Description of Physical Space and Device:
  3. Duration of session:
  4. What occurred:
  5. What you did:
  6. How you felt:
  7. What worked:
  8. What did not work:
  9. Other comments:

At first, I really had to think about what I was feeling. I also had to ponder the things that did and did not work as most of the stuff I did was simple enough so trying to find something that did not work was a little difficult. I usually don’t focus on what doesn’t work, just what does because I want success.

I really took notice, as it was difficult not to, how much pain my body would often be in after sitting in the same position for several hours. Mainly my shoulders, rear end, and neck would bother me. I work out just about every morning before starting school to get in a good stretch and get my heart rate up, but that really doesn’t seem to help much. I still get stiff and tired of just sitting. Working out really only helps me to feel better mentally about myself because I know that I have done something that is good and healthy for my body.

This is one of the reasons that I try to stay away from my laptop, computer, digital devices in general. I get a headache from staring at a screen all day, even a TV screen, and I feel guilty for not being physically active. A little research here and there I don’t mind as it usually doesn’t take long enough for my muscles and joints to get angry at me.

I appreciate technology and what it can do for us. I love that we are able to type up papers for class and submit them electronically rather than having to write them all out by hand. It’s a real hand and wrist saver. But I am just not one for spending countless hours on digital devises in general. Not even my phone. I am kind of a busy body and like to be moving. One of the reasons I decided to go into being a P.E teacher. I just enjoy being physically active. It helps me sleep better at the end of the day.

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Happily Ever After?


On movies, in stories, at the end of just about every show on TV, we see couples driving off into the sunset to live happily ever after. It’s the inevitable ending for every fairy tale. The famous line, “And they lived happily ever after”, is so familiar to all of us. But can marriage really be happily ever after? Has it ever been?

To answer these questions it depends on how we look at it. If we look at happily ever after being living without flaws and everything being perfect and running smoothly, those thoughts are completely false. Marriage is no easy thing. There will be times when we fight, have arguments or blowups, suffer from lack of communication, and just don’t want to be around each other in general. Those young desperate feeling to be together all the time and daydreaming about each other will pass.

This all sounds horrible, I know. That’s what I thought anyway when I first read all this in my “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts” book. I was very put off to be honest and I wondered, why get married if you when you are going to lose your passion and the spark? Why go into a lifelong commitment of getting into fights, having arguments (because they are bound to happen no matter what you do to avoid them) and no longer having that feeling of always wanting to be together.

I continued reading and found the answers to these questions. The digital entertainment that we have today displaying marriage and the “happily ever after” life style, is simply displaying to the audience what they know we want to see or hear in order to conclude a good movie or book. It’s what makes us happy. But it also makes us assume that’s how real life is supposed to be. Which is why we are so often disappointed when we come to find out that’s not how it is and marriage requires a lot of hard work and effort to make it last for a lifetime.

We are going to make mistakes and no one is perfect. What really matters is how fully we are committed to our partners and how bad we want our relationships to last. Some ways that we can help to keep strong steady relationships is to; keep open communications (the major key to a successful marriage), do not assign blame or create resentment, be honest, don’t expect your partner to make you happy (it’s a choice that we ourselves decide). These are just a few of the “tips” that I have learned from reading my book and going through the workbook.


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My eyes have really been opened and I have a much different view on marriage now. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and it isn’t easy. But to me, it is totally worth it. In knowing that I have found the one who I want to be with and share the rest of my life with, I am more than willing to put forth the effort to make our relationship all the more durable no matter what life has to throw at us. I know it won’t be easy; there will be days and night when we are both mad or upset or hurt by each other. Apologies will have to be made, uncomfortable discussions will take place. But isn’t that what we state in our vows on the big day of saying “I do”? Also, with God’s help, and our love for each other, I firmly believe that we can do this.

Every day we learn new things, just like we have learned new content in this class every week since it started. The daily creates made you think about being creative every day and improvise in getting things figured out. And learning new terms and about different sources of technology; I was always learning something new. Just like this week I learned how to use, for the most part, Piktochart and what it has to offer in terms of making creative visuals.  For me, very few of these tools were easy for me to learn, but I gave it my best and stuck with it until I had a satisfactory item that I could submit for a grade.

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To me, marriage is a lot like this. Every day we learn something new about our significant other and how speak their language or what they like or don’t like. We also learn new things about ourselves, like what we are capable; such as finding a wise manner in which to avoid a fight or have a mature conversation when we are upset. Marriage isn’t easy. But we don’t easy, we just need possible (Soul Surfer Quote: Bethany Hamilton

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My Piktochart Creation


I was very tempted to try my hand at Canva again. I have used the tech tool a couple of times before, but that was last summer and I never felt like I had a good handle on it. But I decided to try and use something new and force myself to overcome the fear of trying new things. I tried my hand at Piktochart and tried to make a poster advertising a new book. Originally I was going to try and make a Valentine’s Day poster/card for my fiancé, but I didn’t want to purchase the “pro” template.

I knew that for the book poster I wanted a solid dark background, which was easy enough to find. I then maneuvered my way to pictures and icons and searched moon images. I found a few that I liked but none of them were what I was really looking for. So I moved on to searching for wolf images. Again I didn’t find what I was looking for as my options were extremely limited. So, I went to Flickr and found some commercial use images and downloaded them.

I then uploaded the images from my picture folder onto my Piktochart website/poster. I then moved on to playing with the text and writing the advertisement. To spice up the page a little, I added a couple of icons and used them as a background to write on to help them stand out and add more color to the page.

Finding the images that I wanted and dealing with the limited text box space were the most challenging features for me. I had little trouble downloading and uploading pictures onto the poster and getting them moved around to where I wanted them. I still am not sure how to extend the text boxes or change the color of the font though. But I did find where to change the font size and style. When deciding what information to include I wanted to be very vague so as to give anything away. But I still wanted to catch curiosity which I why I decided to place the little blurt, with the main character’s name, in the moon shape icon.

I would use this tech tool in the classroom to have my students make health or PE posters for a creative grade. They could make posters/flyers or cards with short blurbs on making healthy choices or being physically active. This would incorporate research, creativity and using tech. I myself might use it to do the same thing and hang the posters up around the classroom with short tips concerning health and PE. It would be a quick easy way to make an eye catching poster to refer to. With the information being presented in bright colors with catchy icons, they are more likely to grab the attention of those nearby.


Digital Mindfulness



I really enjoyed this week’s articles and the TED Talk, probably because it was right up my alley. It drives me crazy to always see people on their phones, and with the new game “Pokémon Go” it has only escalated to another level of extreme as people walk through stores and during the night just staring at their phones. I completely agree with the articles on how this digital addiction often makes us unapproachable and less involved with each other in terms of being/sharing more in depth personal moments.

In the article, “What happens When Teens Try to Disconnect From Tech For Three Days”, my first thought was how interesting that would be. And I wondered what the results would be. I was really glad to read that even though the teens were not all able to make to the three days, they all still learned something valuable from having taken the challenge to abstain from using any form of technology. They learned how to be more social in person and spend their time doing other beneficial things such as going for walks.



The article, “Simplifying the Internet”, gave some really great tips on how to cut addictions or overuse of the internet. I felt like the points made were very to the point and simple enough; as long as we are willing to make that change. Change starts with us. Other people can encourage and support us but we have to be the ones who want to make that change; it can’t be done for us.

I feel that I do use technology mindfully. I spend very little time on it except for school. Honestly school is really the only reason that I ever get on the internet. Except for the occasional Google search to try and find an answer to a health or fitness question that I have or to find a recipe or listen to a special song that I don’t have on my iPod or phone, I really use the internet very little. As for using my phone, I use text, call, the calculator, the calendar, and my GPS app when I don’t know where I’m going. Even then I use each of those items very little. And really if it weren’t for my fiancé and my two younger sisters, I really would hardly ever use text.



I think we need to be more attentive when we are around other people or naturally when we are in an educational or speech setting. In my opinion, it makes people extremely unapproachable when they are glued to their phones. I feel like they are too preoccupied or busy to have a meaningful conversation. Their focus is on their phone/internet so they won’t be listening to what you say. When we give our full undivided attention to others, we can have much more meaningful, in depth and even heart to heart conversations and our relationships with those around us become so much more significant like Paul Miller mentions in his TED Talk.

In being fixated on digital devices we lose a lot of feeling and personal interaction with those around us. I feel like a lot of caring and sense of emotion is taken out of conversations when we hide behind the screen or try and multitask when talking to someone while we are on our phones or computers. That sense of actually having had a legit meaningful conversation is snuffed out when technology is used to play a part in it. That is just my personal opinion though.

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ILP: Communicating Rules and Roles of Our Relationship


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Dang I can’t believe we are already almost done with our Independent Learning Projects. As mentioned in my last Independent Learning Project Blog Post, I am reading a new book called, “Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts”. I have learned so much and I am only a third of the way through the book. I can’t possible discuss it all so I’ll try to point out the parts that I enjoyed learning the most as of now.

So far, I have been challenged to think about what I want my personal ten commandments, also known as rules, to be for my marriage. These often unspoken rules are based around things like handling finances, performing chores, helping out with meals (like putting plates in the sink after meal time and helping set or clean up the table), holiday traditions (like taking turns visiting our families every other big holiday such as Christmas) and other little quirks. I never really thought about these things before, but I feel like bringing them up and discussing our expectations with each other now is a good idea before we are married.

Another thing that I learned was that it is important to make our roles in our marriage/relationship conscious. It is never safe to assume anything. Just to give examples of these roles are; staying home with the children (when the time comes), paying bills and handling finances, grocery shopping, making major decisions, caring for pets, cooking, taking out trash and things of that nature. In the book it brought to my attention that we often take on roles based on what our parents did. For instance, both mine and John’s dads were the ones to fic things around the house while our mothers did the cleaning. But then when it came to cooking, both of my parents took part in that while only John’s mom does it at his house. Therefore, we need to sit down and discuss what we expect of each other. From our previous talks it sounds like we will both be participating in the majority of the tasks such as handling finances. But it will be good to go through each chore or task and really talk about them and who is going to do what.

While I feel that John and I have come a very long way in our relationship with communication, it is clear that you can never over communicate, (unless you nag of course which neither of has ever done yet). It is always best to have open conversations and never assume anything, because that is where things start to get tense or frustrating. Lack of proper communication can really hurt a relationship. Even though we are close and can often guess what the other is going to say or how the other is feeling, we cannot, no matter how much we want to, jump inside the other person’s head and know exactly what they are thinking at all times. So it’s best to ask and talk about things beforehand.

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Digital Activism

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Digital Activism is taking a stand for what you believe in or against that which we disagree with, using digital media resources. Anyone can, and pretty much every one does, take part in the use of digital technology. Most of the time we don’t really think of kids using social media in terms of promoting something they stand for or are against. But actually, teens can play a huge role in this area. Teens are using their social technology sources in a form of activism by creating their own blog sites, twitter pages, YouTube videos and so on, to speak out against the issues of the world like bullying.

Personally, at first I wondered how teens could use digital technology in terms of being young activists. Generally when I think of teens being on the internet, I think of them as just snooping around, chatting with friends, posting pictures and their own personal thoughts. I never considered them speaking out against things they disapprove of or taking part in topics they believe in or stand for. After reading the articles that were posted for us to read this week in class, I now see and understand how this extremely possible and how it can be very beneficial for both the teens and those who they are reaching out to.

According to “The New Face of Teen Activism”, a generation of change-makers is showing the world just how powerful a tweet can be. Teens are often hesitant about getting involved or speaking out about things because they aren’t sure if they have enough knowledge of facts to be taking part in worldwide discussions. But once they take that step into the unknown/uncomfortable discussion and become engaged, they come to find out just how important their opinions are and how much they matter.

My favorite article was “My Kids, A Cause and Our Classroom Blog”. I loved how the classroom teacher got her students involved in blogging about the sugars in the foods that we eat and ways in which we can make healthier choices. In the articles is said that blogs, written by 12 year olds, are reaching a variety of people and offering tips and advice to other kids as well as middle and older aged people. These students are not limited to learning just in the classroom, but they are strongly encouraged to engage with others outside of the classroom and interact with people who they’ve never met all while using digital technology.

Another way in which teens are using digital activism, is by creating their own blog pages and twitter accounts to try and help those in need. On the website “Teen Activism in Society”, teens are reaching out to offer encouragement and support to those all around the world who are dealing with suicidal thoughts, who are victims of bullying, and several other emotional issues that teens, and even young adults, are struggling with today. Teens are making a difference by helping other teens, which I think is really neat as peer influence tends to have a greater impact. I found this effort and learning activity by teens to be very interesting as I had never considered it before.

Honestly, I try to spend as little time using any forms of digital technology so I haven’t taken part in being a digital activist… Really the only reason I am ever even on my laptop or the computer is for school and I only use my phone for texting and calling because I have limited internet access which I like to try and save for GPS and to only perform emergency research actions. As a person however, I feel I have really grown in standing up for myself and for others against bullying and doing the right thing and speaking my mind on what I feel is wrong and right.


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I think a key issue that we should consider is not we aren’t all going to agree and share the same thoughts and ideas or feelings on certain topics. We naturally have different beliefs and have been raised to think in a variety of ways. For instance, the big uproar that is going on in the news right now about the Dallas shooting and the Minnesota police shooting. We aren’t all going to agree on what happened and we are naturally going to have different views. I think we still need to be careful with how we discuss topics and be willing to hear each other out and not jump to conclusions.

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