Piano Midterm

Hello again,

Today is the day before the midterm is due for my piano discovery/learning. This means that I should be completed my midterm goals and making my way to my goals for the class final.

Check,

and Check.

I have:

  • Learned the importance of selecting which finger to play each note with (finger positioning)
  • I have practiced and played with different dynamics (noise level), and am now comfortable at playing with both constant and fluid (changing) dynamics.
  • Fully played the song Say Something by Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino with my dominant hand, not stopping at any point.

Before playing this midterm piece, I thought about how I wanted to play it. Whether that be as written or with my own little changes. The changes that I normally play with are: Adding a change in dynamics from Mezzo-Piano to Piano in the final measure, changing a specific  note from quarter to two eighth notes, and I usually play through it at a faster pace than written because I am slightly impatient.

However, for this video of me playing, I have decided to play as written except for one thing, and that was the dynamics. I felt that the piece needed that slowing down and tapering off at the end to bring the emotions to a close.

 

Till next time,

 

Preston

My Website-Fifth Edition

Hello again,
I have done some research into website designs and a good website layout. After looking at a couple resources, I found a really good one: Webdesign. They have an easy to navigate website, and they have great tips. The website is a database with lots of posts about website related things. The post that I looked at has the tips categorised into five big topics (Simple and Good Navigation, Page Speed, Good Visuals, Relevant CTAs, and Mobile-Friendly).

I have a simple and good navigation in both my sharing website. and my homework website. The sharing website also has relevant CTA’s, which is okay, but I am not concerned about those at this point. However, both websites have multiple color schemes and they are big, bright, and flashy. From what I have read, a good website has 2 or 3 colors, and the trend for less blue-light is pushing a darker color scheme for websites. Therefor, I plan to (in the near future) update the color schemes on both my websites.
Want to know more? Check out Webdesign.

Talk soon,

Preston

 

My Website-Fourth Edition

Hello again,

 

I would like to say – and since I can’t hear you object, I will say – that I haven’t worked on my websites as much as I would have liked to recently. I have found that at the end of the day, I am exhausted from the rest of my work. Sometimes, I simply forget about the websites. Now that they have resurfaced form the depths of my mind, I plan on fine-tuning the websites. What does this mean? It means that I want to make the websites as comfortable to use as possible. To do this, I plan on updating the color scheme and possibly the layout of the websites and menu’s themselves. I will see where it takes me, but I am going to take a look at a couple of websites to see what the experts of web-design recommend and suggest. After I do some researching, Ill post my results in another post.

 

Talk soon,

 

Preston

Did He Say ‘Privacy’?

Hello again,

First off, the answer is yes, he did say privacy. The internet can be an intimidating thing. Almost all of your personal activity is logged and saved, even without you wanting it to be. People screenshot, tech companies monitor search histories, your phone listens to the things you say and provides you with advertisements based on it. It is easy to feel like the internet is your enemy and not your friend. But this is only true if you don’t take proper care of yourself and your information. A large portion of the battle against internet safety and privacy is safe internet conduct. Thinking about the effects of what you post or what photo you share. Thinking deeply about the question ‘if my boss saw this…’. Doing this will stop half of your problems and concerns immediately. As an educator specifically, we must have permission for a lot of things like field trips, school meals, etc… There are several laws in place surrounding the internet and social media and sharing. The internet is one of those things. Fortunately, there are plenty of helpful resources available.

Here are some laws provided by the “Freedom of Information and Privacy Act”. The B.C government has a website page on Information security Awareness.  The Privacy Commissionaire of Canada has some helpful tips for parents and teachers concerning privacy education for kids here. We must receive permission for any social media activity involving school or students. Here and here are some guidelines on consent and forms involved. I learned all of this plus more from a wonderful – and very knowledgeable – guest speaker named Jesse Miller (the name is a link to his professional twitter account). My final remark is a tip to all internet users: the internet can come back to you and hit you like a wrecking ball. Think twice before uploading or posting something onto the internet.

 

Till next time,

 

Preston

My Website-Third Edition

Hello,

The websites have become part of my weekly routine. I update the Homework website (www.blog.4education.ca) twice a week, and the sharing website (www.4education.ca) I update as needed.

Since I have added a dropbox to the website sharing website, I have had no contributions. I have a funny feeling that once the people in my cohort start making lesson plans, I will have to update the website more often. Recently, I have put some thought into what I want this website to become. I decided that for now, it will be a sharing platform for me and my cohort (and anybody else who stumbles upon it). It is more accessible that any other thing out there due to the fact that no account or password is necessary. All that is needed is a WIFI connection. This will allow my colleagues (and the rest of the world) quick and  easy access to useable and adjustable lesson plans.

In the future, the website will have these lessons as well as links to other resources available to teachers in the world and in British Columbia. This will have to wait until I can research some websites that serve this purpose.

Bye for now,

 

Preston Forry

 

A Video Editing Expert

Hello again,

Okay, maybe this title is false advertisement. I am not a video editing expert. But I am on my way to becoming one. I have recently had the pleasure of learning about video editing using IMovie. Not only was it fun, it was useful. I learned how to:

  • add background music
  • integrate transitions
  • create rolling credits
  • make a title with entrance music and a background image
  • and how to create a backdrop for greenscreen and placing the video in front of it.

You can learn all of these skills too using this Introduction to Video Editing.

Fortunately, if you don’t have an Apple computer, there are other video editing platforms such as WeVideo. If you just want to edit audio, then I recommend checking out Audacity or Garageband.

How does this relate to education and teaching the future? Not only if the future going to be very much technology based, but if you (a teacher of some sort or another) are able to make your lessons more interesting and engaging, the students are more likely to learn. No guarantee from me, but I highly recommend that, as an educator of the future, you know what the future will know.

 

Till next time,

Preston

My Website-Second edition

Hello,

It has been a while since I last spoke about my websites. Since then much has changed:

Starting with the homework page website (https://blog.4education.ca), I have made many updates. It now has drop-down menus for the subjects (except for technology – no reason behind that). I have also been adding links and keeping the download buttons up-to-date with the latest homework from the various classes. I was given a suggestion by a course-mate to change the color scheme. It used to be a vivid yellow background with a royal purple colored text. Now it is a much more dull yellow, and therefor easier to read. I am glad that my Cohort and I have reached the stage of relationships that we are comfortable in giving friendly suggestions and tips.

My second website (https://4education.ca) is now online and ready to be viewed and used. I have a couple of mini warm-up activities for physical education on their. I did some trial-and-error exploring and found out how to create a link to a dropbox, so that people can (if they choose to) upload their lessons and links for me to add to the website. To do this, I went to the dropbox website and I created an account. I then clicked on the “files” menu, and then the “file requests” menu. From there you can create a file folder that people can drop their content into via a link. With this link seamlessly place in my website, it is now easier for everyone to share their content with me. I have also written a little blurb, in the vicinity of the Contribution button, about privacy. I wrote that if you choose to share anything, it will be uploaded online for all to use for free. I think this wont deter anyone from uploading things, yet still covers the fact that all contributions will be shared publicly with no profit for anyone.

I am excited to see what this website will turn into, and how many resources I can put on it. I am confused with the layout of the website builder app that I am using. I don’t know if there is a maximum amount of bytes that can be put onto a website. If there is, I shall find out soon enough and will deal with it once it comes up.

Bye for now,

Preston

My Second Piano Practice

Hello,

Today is the second piano practice day of the series. I think its going well so far. Today I played two pieces: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and Say Something by Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. The Hallelujah practicing didn’t go as well as Say Something practicing; but that’s okay. I never expected to be the best at the piano right from the start (or ever). When practicing Say Something, I found that the piece didn’t have a dynamic key, like a volume controller.

After practicing, and recording myself practicing, I decided to write my own dynamic on the sheet. I chose Mezzo-Piano for the most part, then at the end I fade off into Piano. I think that will sound nice and it will keep me from constantly changing the dynamics during my practice session. I haven’t yet figured out exactly how to always play at the intended dynamic, but that is where practice comes into effect. Also, here is a link to the new YouTube video: https://youtu.be/t6MGrDVhJJk.

Bye for now,

Preston

Social Media with a Dash of Privacy

Hello,

Today in class, I was taught how to make and build a twitter account, and how to use Trello.

During the lessons, – other than the ‘how to’s’ – we focused on privacy. Basically, if something doesn’t belong to you, you either need permission to use it, or you can’t use it. For example, if you found a photo online and wanted to use it, you, unfortunately, can’t just copy and paste it. You may have to do some research and figure out if it has any sharing limits. Some photos (and other resources) have strict usage policies; others are free for everyone to use – and sometimes edit.

Using Trello seems almost revolutionary for group work. Trello allows the users to color code their work, move tasks to and from list like: started, doing, and done. You can also assign tasks to specific group members. A teacher can take advantage of this for marking work. Moreover, this allows the teacher to directly monitor the progress of students via the internet. Since it’s via the internet, the teacher and students can leave notes for each other to read and comment on. This gives the teachers an opportunity to help guide the students in the right direction or answer some clarification questions. Here are some basic knowledge and features of Trello. If you already know the basics of Trello, I recommend reading these Pro Tips.

Creating social media is daunting for some people – myself included. I don’t want to spend lots of time on my cellphone or laptop, which takes precious time away from my family and friends. Fortunately, if you make the most of social media and use it wisely, you wont be wasting your time. Not only do I use social media to connect with friends and family that are living a long distance from myself, but I also use social media to learn. I must be joking, right? Social media can be used to learn, you just have to know who to follow. As a teacher in B.C, you could learn from twitter by following

There are also many chat groups from which you could learn from such as #kinderchat #mathchat.

Till next time,

 

Preston Forry

Pia-no? Pia-yes!

Hello,

The day is Saturday, 21 September 2019. On this day, I took my first big step to reaching some personal music goals. I made a video recording the entire event (warning, it was a rough practice) https://youtu.be/cOn9N9FUBj8 .

I realized that have much to learn. With this first practice session, I learned that I have to work on my volume control (dynamics), tempo control, fingering, and reading bass clef. I know that all of this will come with time and effort, so I am not worried about it yet. Overall, I really enjoyed the practice session. I had a lot of fun, and I think that my YouTube video will show that. I did notice that I got a little frustrated though, but I think you cant truly learn unless you are challenged. Facing a challenge is bound to cause some frustration, so I will take this as a good sign that the difficulty level is set quite well (for now).

Until next time,

Preston Forry