LP Update: Third Video

Hey guys, I got my third video up for my learning how to contact juggle.

I realize that it’s not even been a week since the last one, but I thought I’d give you guys an update anyways.

Thanks for watching guys.

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ECMP 355 Summary of Personal Learning

Hey everyone.  As the year is coming to a close, so is the semester, and with that, there are final exams, and final projects that are due.  That being said, for ECMP 355, we were assigned to create a summary of what we learnt during the course.  I decided to go with a screencast video.  So, here is my Summary of Personal Learning.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed looking back and seeing how much I had learned over the semester.

Thanks for watching.

LP Update: Second Video

Sorry it took so long to get this second video up

It’s been really fun learning how to do this.  And one thing that I’ve found interesting is that, even when it feels like I’m just botching the whole thing and that I’ll never be able to learn how to do it, I’ll watch the video and think “actually, that looks pretty cool”.  So, that part is really encouraging.

Thanks for your support.

Blog #5: The Forgotten Slaves

Hi everyone, today is a little more solemn.  I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while, and I still don’t even know what to say about it, other than that it’s just horrible, and even more so that we didn’t know about them.

Sorry, I’ll explain further.  I was in my History 116 class at the U of R, which is revolved around Indigenous peoples, and so we got on the topic of colonialism and slavery.  The professor that was speaking (he was a guest) was going on about it, and then brought up that not all the slaves were from Africa, but in fact, especially in the early years of enslavement, most of the slaves were Irish.  I was shocked by this, and so I looked it up, and found this link.  This is a brief article on the horror that the Irish slaves faced, and at times it was even worse than the African slaves; partially because they were Catholic, partially because they were plentiful, and partially because of their history of conflict with Britain, and the subsequent hatred that developed because of that.

I really don’t know what else to say.  The article was really good at opening my eyes, and I haven’t read the book that the article is based upon, but it looks interesting.

I guess I’ll leave you guys with this: slavery, at this point in European history, wasn’t because of ethnocentrism, religious intolerance, or any other host of reasons.  These were just the tools used by people to fuel their own personal desires of greed, both personally and nationally.  I’m not saying that that other stuff didn’t exist, racism and intolerance have always been prevalent throughout history, it’s just that these weren’t the why it happened, they were just part of the how, the why was, as previously said, was greed.

Thanks for listening to my thoughts, and like I said, I’m still trying to comprehend this right now.  Feel free to comment, and state your opinions.  I’ll talk to you guys later.

Computer Programming… for Kids?

Hey guys, in ecmp355 class the other we talked a little bit about computer programming.  Now, I know that this topic can seem a little bit intimidating, but it’s not too bad.  We used a software called Scratch, which allows for the user to use various objects, or “scripts”, and manipulate them in various ways, such as move them across the screen, or change their colour.  I’m not doing it justice, if you click the above link and then click Try It Out it’ll give you a tutorial to the program that I couldn’t explain here.  Anyways, I did one, and though it’s pretty basic, and only about 6 seconds long, I think it’s pretty cool.  At least the whole concept of the program is.

So like I was saying before, the idea is to get children interested in programming their own ideas, characters, stories, games, etc.  and this program allows for them to get a good basic understanding that things need to be meticulously set up for everything to work properly, and all in the name of fun too!

So, though it’s not something that I think I would get to at this age, it is definitely something that I could have benefited from as a child, and I think that other children would enjoy, given the chance.  What do you guys think, do you think it’s good to start kids off at such a young age, or do you think that by influencing them so early, it could be warping them with unfortunate yet-to-see consequences?  I’d love your feedback, thanks for reading!

A Childhood Walk

One of our assignments for ECMP355 is to go on a ‘childhood walk’ on Google Maps, where we go along a route that we regularly took as a child using Google Street View.  It was actually pretty interesting going back to my childhood.

So, I’ve decided to follow the route that I took to school everyday back when I was in Grade 1.  Now, there were two starting points, my house…

Home

or my babysitter’s house.

Babysitter's

My house and my babysitter’s house were just a few houses apart, so I took the same route to school either way.

We (my babysitter’s husband and I) would walk down the street from his house everyday.  The street was quiet and peaceful, at least until we came to the one busy intersection.

Clarence+Cascade

Here we had to be careful when crossing the street, but we always made it.  When we reached the end of the alley, we could glimpse the school.

First glimpse of school

A low one story building at the end of the park.  It should be noted that there was once a sledding hill here, so we couldn’t see the school until we had passed by/over it.  It was nice to be able to walk through the grass, it made for a pleasant morning.

School

Here was my school.  It had a different playground when I was in Grade 1, but it was definitely the same building.

This was a really cool exercise, it invokes emotions where you never thought you had, or would have them.  Memories are all we have when we get older, but it’s good to look back and see yourself in a different place and time, back when things were simpler (weren’t they always).  I encourage you to try it.  The instructions are here, so have fun reliving your childhood.