Remote Learning/Digital Projects Reflection~

What are your thoughts on hybrid learning compared to hybrid learning? Which format did you find worked the best?

This year we had two different formats for learning, one being hybrid and the other being learning groups. Personally, I preferred the learning groups to the hybrid style. Learning groups felt much more like a regular class as we were seeing each other full time everyday, I think it was the regularity and consistency of it that made it more comfortable. Though I did love being at home more in the mornings or afternoons during hybrid learning, I found it to be a lot more start and stop. With classes like humanities, we were only able to do so much in 2 hours and then at home the next day it felt like a lull in the learning or class. I found that the online part of hybrid learning was also a bit cumbersome because of the video chats. For example, in math this year, there would be long durations of silence because no one would turn on their cameras or mics and it overall just felt very strange. I definitely prefer being able to talk face to face and interact with my teachers and classmates in a classroom fulltime compared to half online and in person.  


How has technology benefited you throughout hybrid learning? 

Technology has always been a big part of my school experience, especially this year. I found that the most helpful piece of technology to me was my laptop, and specifically teams and my school email during hybrid learning. Teams was really helpful in getting assignments to and back from teachers when we were working at home. It also made it easy to get messages out to the entire team and the teacher, like when we had to ask a question that benefited the entire class. If there were any announcements like a short-notice call on teams, it made it easier to notify the entire class. I also utilized my school email a lot during online learning. Since we weren’t in school as often for the classes that were online, emails made it easier to ask questions or communicate directly with the teacher. We also used emails a lot to send in schoolwork (leadership reflections) or other longer assignments. There were a lot of times when I used my school email to reach out and communicate with other teachers that I didn’t know or couldn’t visit their classroom.  


How has technology impeded you throughout hybrid learning?

I found that technology was also a hinderance this year. I had the most problems with connections and Wi-Fi at school and at home. I was only able to work on online assignments when I was at home, so when I had to work in the car while waiting for my brothers, I wasn’t able do much. There were also multiple problems when I thought I had saved or because I was offline it didn’t save my word document and I had to restart. That was really frustrating because there were many times when I had almost finished the assignment but then made a mistake in saving it, which had caused all my progress to be lost. I also remember trying to collaborate or work in a group with others online being very frustrating. The communication online was difficult at times because of the barrier of having screens in front of us, and social cues when talking over video were also less evident. 


Is there anything caused by hybrid learning this year that you hope o keep next year?

One part of hybrid learning that I want to keep next year is the freer/longer deadlines. When we were given online assignments for the week, many teachers told us to complete them by the end of the week. This meant that we could complete the on our own time and pace. I’m not completely sure how it works in high school, but I know that in middle school we didn’t get a lot of weekly assignments that we were able to complete at our own pace. I found that it allowed me to prioritize other homework when needed and forced me to learn to schedule my week out so that I was able to get the homework done. I hope that this is something that stays next year. 


Two projects in school that utilized technology~

Prom Queen  – Beach Bunny~ a cover by Kalayla 

My In-Depth Project this year was bass guitar, and I used a video to showcase my learning. I used a phone to film my videos and then used my editing experience to overlay the music onto my bass guitar so that you could still hear the bass over the music. I found that it was an engaging and fun way to show people what I’ve learned and it seemed that people really enjoyed my covers as well. The YouTube platform also made it much easier to share my videos so that I could monitor and upload them as I wanted. I feel that overall, this was much more entertaining since covid prevented me from preforming live, I was able to share my music even in the event of an online In-Depth. 

When we were working on the Confederation debates with my group, we used Google docs to collaborate with each other. It was an extremely useful tool because we were able to leave and share resources with each other through the doc. We could look at each other’s notes as we progressed and could ‘monitor’ the progress of our group so that we could support those who we saw struggling. Another great feature that we utilized in Google docs was when we were writing and editing our final speeches. The editing mode allowed us to suggest edits to the writer without changing the original text. This definitely made it easier to give feedback and support each other when looking for improvements. I found Google docs to be very helpful when working on a group project. 

Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

Your digital footprint is something that is permanent, and because of that it can come back to haunt you. For example, when you’re older and looking for a job. In one scenario, your digital footprint reflects a good person and tells the employer or anyone looking at your footprint positive things about yourself, making them more likely to hire you. In another less-fortunate scenario, your digital footprint shows a not so good side of you and tells anyone looking at it that you make not-so good decisions. This would obviously cause employers to be less inclined to hire you as their employee.

Another example might be a school you’re hoping to attend in the future. If your dream school looks at your social medias or posts and they see someone that they would trust to represent their school, you would have a greater chance of getting in. If your social medias and posts reflected a person who is irresponsible and makes bad decisions, the school will then probably reconsider you as a candidate and your chance of getting in drops dramatically.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

There are many different ways to keep your digital footprint safe and appropriate.

One way you can do this is by asking yourself if this is appropriate before you post. Sometimes you can post something in a flash of anger or spite, so it’s always good to take a moment before posting to ask yourself if what your doing will hurt anyone.

Another way you can keep your digital footprint safe is by being aware that posting something to a private account doesn’t ensure privacy. People who you’ve approved to see your private posts can still screenshot or capture your post and it can get out into the internet. So being aware of this before putting something up is always good to have in mind.

Thirdly, You can also keep your digital footprint appropriate by making sure the things that you say and show on the internet reflect you as yourself. Making sure that what you’re saying and showing online is something that you would do in your everyday life is a good filter to have on your internet presence.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything that you would do differently online? Think of what advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students.

If I had to give advice to my younger self or the younger generation about a digital footprint, I would say don’t be afraid to have one. Of course being safe about what you do online is is really important, no doubt about it. However up until a few years ago I was way to scared and intimidated about the consequences of your digital footprint to do anything related to myself on the internet. If I could go back in time, I maybe would’ve at least not been scared of the internets power and learned how you could have a safe and appropriate presence online. While a lot of not so good things can come out of having a bad digital footprint, a lot of good things can come out of having a good one!

Training Post

You are now going to create your very first post. In a separate tab or browser window, go to your Dashboard on the left and go to  Posts -> Add New.

1) Title – Create a title for your blog post. Your title will be: Digital Footprint Assignment

2) Body – This is where you place your content of the post – text, videos, pictures, etc. Follow the instructions on the Digital Footprint Assignment page to see what questions you need to answer here.

3) Tool Bar – In your toolbar you can “Add Media” and “Add Documents” into your posts, this is the best way to create visual representations. You can also change fonts, hyperlink, etc.

4) Publish – Here is where you control what items are public and private. You can also control when they are published to your website.

5) Categories – Here is where you choose where you want your post to go. This is your digital binder with all of your subjects. Make sure to categorize each post with the relevant subject. E.g. Categories -> English

6) Tags –  Here is where you tag posts with one or two of the most readily applicable Core Competencies. These tags can help you find things quicker on your blog and help you stay organised. E.g. Tag -> creativethinking

7) Publish – When you are done, simply “Publish” it. If it has been edited, press “Republish” to update with the latest version of the content.