Remote Learning/Digital Projects Reflection

During this pandemic, many workplaces and companies have had to change the way they do business; the same can be said for schools. In our area, we are still fortunate enough to be able to go to school face-to-face, even if it is part-time. I think that this hybrid year has been very difficult for some, but has also benefited others. It may be easier to concentrate at home when you’re in your personal space, but it may be the opposite for others. Personally, I’ve always learned better in the classroom; it’s hard for me to focus at home, where there are so many things I could be distracted by. Additionally, with the challenge of technology, which in and of itself is a major distraction, it’s hard for me to focus on an assignment when distraction is just one click away. I would say that this hybrid-style school year has been more of a struggle for me than a benefit. Not only did I have to adjust to the challenge of entering high school and the Talons program, but it was also harder for me to connect with my teachers and peers when they were through a computer screen half of the time. With that said, I don’t think I’ll miss this school year; the only thing that I was grateful for was that there were no final exams (although I think that keeping that part will be unlikely).

But along with the many adjustments made to the curriculum and school system, I am very glad to have had technology. For my eminent project, I set up a website for my learning centre. It was a lot easier to make than if I had to had made a poster by hand. It’s also a lot more visually pleasing and easy to navigate.

https://emmawatsonlearningcentre.weebly.com/

 

I was also pretty grateful for the time I had to make a project for my Mandarin elective; being able to research and put together a powerpoint at home was a lot less stressful than having to do it in class in the same amount of time.

https://sd43bcca-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/125-ahuang1_sd43_bc_ca/EUw3QGsXZKZEnmexyfGv6P4B3aA4xwwGue7_8fuj2AuX0w?e=KN7qPk

 

Remote Learning Reflection Digital Literacy

· What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

I think it really depends on the class that I’m in. For some classes, the hybrid method is hard for keeping up, such as drama, which primarily needs to be in person to work, but most are fairly suited for it. In terms of schedule and getting to and from school, the hybrid learning at the same time as a learning group is very difficult to maintain because it’s a lot of back and forth and it seems unnecessary to be in class for only two hours, so the mix of both is not great in my opinion. The learning groups are good because we’re constantly learning and it’s easier not to forget things in between, but it’s also important to take breaks between that to not get burnt out and lose focus. I really like the hybrid learning because we get the chance to work on assignments on our own time and in the comfort of our own home instead of being chained to a desk, and we also get breaks from in-class lessons, like mentioned above. For these reasons, for the most part I prefer the hybrid learning on its own.

· How has technology benefited you during the hybrid learning experience?

Technology has benefited me with hybrid learning because it allows me to very easily work on any digital assignment I have whenever I’m at home. I have a laptop, which means that it’s a lot easier to do most of my assignments because many of them involve lots of writing, which is difficult to complete on a phone or other small device. Having this technology also means that I can easily contact my teachers and peers to ask for information or help with work using multiple platforms, which has helped me get out of a few difficult spots.

· How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

There were multiple times when I had an assignment that involved using specific aspects of technology, and I either couldn’t figure out the program, or it malfunctioned. For instance, there was a project that I was part way through, and my laptop crashed out of nowhere, meaning I lost all of my data. I had to restart the project from almost scratch and memory, which was stressful for me. Technology isn’t always perfect, so putting all of my faith in it was my downfall in certain situations.

· Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

I hope that teachers still use certain aspects of Teams as part of their learning materials, such as the Assignments tab. Not that the entire program needs to be as integral a piece of our learning as it has been, but I do appreciate that feature on Teams because it gives all the resources and information needed for that assignment, as well as the due date, which helps me because I sometimes forget due dates. It’s also very present on Teams, and it’s a very convenient way to hand in work, rather than hard copies in person or emails, so I would like if that was still a primary way of completing work in the future.

· Link to 2 Projects in school/TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

In-Depth Learning Centre: My topic was ASL (American Sign Language), so it would have been very difficult for me to present my learning without signing. But, because of the deaf culture I can’t actually “teach” it. This would have been an issue, but since I was using a digital presentation, it was a lot easier to work around it. I chose to also show proof from an official dictionary alongside videos of my own signing, and this was very easy to do because using technology I could very easily place them side by side in a convenient fashion for the viewer.

Ella Fitzgerald Learning Centre (Eminent): Using technology to complete this project was beneficial because it allowed me to easily organize all of my information in a way that I could see clearly how I had laid it out. Also, in this project I used a timeline, and using a website to create it was much easier than it would have been to make it by hand, and it was also very clean and even, making it look really nice, and it was so easy to just move an image of this to my presentation. So, technology made the important part of this project really easy to complete.

Digital Literacy Final Reflection

  • What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

It has been slightly challenging to adjust to the quarter system of half online, and half in person. I personally prefer working at school, in person. I prefer to work in real life because it is less easy for me to get distracted, which I tend to do often. There is more structure to in person classes as well. I also get to socialize with my peers which makes me happy, and its easier to work when I’m happy. I think overall I like working at school more because it is more engaging.

 

  • How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Without technology the hybrid learning system would not be possible. Seeing as how half of class is online, technology was more than 50% of my schoolwork. I personally think it helped me with writing a lot. Compared to writing more traditionally, typing is easier for me, and more efficient since it doesn’t take as much time. Adding to that, when writing on something like word, there are automatic grammar and spelling corrections which were very helpful in making my writing sound more professionally.

 

  • How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Anytime that we were on a Teams meeting or another kind of online call, we had to rely on our technology to stay on and connected. I know that there were many instances with my classmates as well as myself where our computers died or disconnected from the call. Then we would have to reboot, and it takes a long time. In that time the lesson was still going on, and we were missing it. Additionally, I personally found that learning on my computer provided lots of distracting material. you can access many things on the internet in a snap. It was hard to not get distracted, and many times I did.

 

  • Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

One thing that I wish would stay the same is the subjects. That sounds vague, so in more depth, I really enjoyed how there were only two subjects to focus on at a time. Even though there was a very large workload, it was easier to study knowing that there were only two things to focus on at a time. I liked that a lot. I think it will be more stressful in the semester system when we have four classes at a time.

 

  • Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

https://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/kirae2020/2021/05/31/in-depth-learning-centre/

 

Simplicity Steakhouse Branding Project.pptx

 

 

DIGITAL LITERACY: REMOTE LEARNING / DIGITAL PROJECTS – REFLECTION

Justin C.

  • What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

I personally unlike many liked the hybrid system of learning. Although there were some cons, the hybrid system worked quite well for me. At home, there are no shortages of distractions, from my phone buzzing to computer games. But I was often more productive at home than I would usually be in school. This was probably due to the fewer social distractions rather than digital aspects of how I got distracted. I was also able to complete other pieces of homework early during lighter courses when I had that course’s work done. An example of this attribute was when we had a heavy load of TALONS work, and I was able to work on them more at home when my other course work was completed. Due to many leadership project reflections and not much in-class time we were expected to work on them on our own time. Hybrid learning allowed me more time at home to work on these independent projects more than the normal system would. 

 

  • How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience? 

Technology has helped me in a variety of ways. Applications, such as Microsoft Teams, guided us through the school year. We received our homework as well as our instructions for materials needed for in-person classes. Without the use of applications and programs like Teams, it would have made my grade 9 learning experience far more challenging.  An example of how technology benefitted my learning is in both of my Humanities courses where we were expected to type far more than usual. From September to June my typing speed jumped from a maximum of 50 to getting 90+wpm (words per minute). Because of this, I was able to take write my assignments for humanities and other courses much faster than it would be done by hand. I personally took full advantage of autocorrecting on word and Grammarly so that I would receive no marks off for any grammar errors that are spread throughout my work.  

 

  • How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience? 

As I mentioned earlier, at home there are no shortages of distractions, from my phone buzzing to computer games to communicating on Discord. There were many cases in which I would get tired of working on an assignment so I would message my friends or browse online for new YouTube videos to watch. I knew that it was not beneficial but, it helped me to take a mind break and gain further focus when the time came where it was absolutely necessary to focus on my work. 

 

  • Is there anything that you hope remains part of a school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?  

Here is a list of a few things that I hope remains a part of school when everything returns to normal: 

  • Quarter System 

I personally liked the quarter system over what I have heard the semester system is like. I prefer having two courses over a shorter period of time so you can focus on them more and don’t forget what you learned in the beginning during a final exam. 

  • Online Learning 

It was quite nice to have a choice when to wake up and get to work rather than being on a schedule on when you had to be at school and when you were finished. As I stated earlier I was often more productive as I didn’t have as many social distractions which allowed me to work more independently at home. 

 

  • Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects… 

 

This year, both my In-Depth project and Photography course used plenty of digital technology in many different formats. For example, in my In-Depth project I was constantly using Zoom to meet with my mentor to learn ASL. Using zoom was essential due to Covid as it prevented us from meeting in person. In Photography 10 I got to learn how to use a camera in all of its functionalities such as learning how to properly balance ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. I then learned how to use Photoshop to edit photos and create cool images which you can see below. (Keep in mind that it was my first time using a drawing tablet for the tracing image and combining photos in photoshop.) Technology was able to enhance my photos using the advanced cameras we have today and programs like Adobe Photoshop. 

 

http://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/justinc2020/2021/05/30/in-depth-final-blog-post-justin-c-asl/  

http://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/justinc2020/2021/02/25/photography-post-tracing-and-layers/  

http://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/justinc2020/2021/03/09/selection-and-combining-images-photography-10/ 

Digital Literacy: Remote Learning / Digital Project Reflection

  1. What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

In my opinion, I quite enjoyed the hybrid learning model. I would prefer the hybrid learning model over learning groups format because although I could find myself distracted while at home, I also saw the complete flip side to that coin. More often than not, I was far more product at home than I would usually be in school. This was probably due to there being fewer social distractions rather than digital. I was also able to complete other chores around the house while during a lighter course which most likely helped me become more productive since it gave me more time to complete my assigned homework. A perfect example of my productivity increase is shown through my reflections TALONS learners had to complete in our Leadership course. Since this was an additional task that was far more independent, we were expected to work on them on our own time to eventually return it on a given date. I always received good grades on these reflections which was due to the abundance of time I received to complete them.

Three day trip reflection for TALONS 9 and 10

 

  1. How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

For obvious reasons, technology has benefitted me during the hybrid learning model since it was through applications, such as Teams, that we would receive our homework as well as our instructions for materials needed for in-person classes. Without such technology, it would have made my grade 9 learning experience far more challenging. Furthermore, my spelling really improved because of technology due to receiving far fewer written assignments, rather, I was fortunate to rely on autocorrect and other grammar-based tools. An example of how technology benefitted my learning is in both of my Humanities courses where we were expected to type far more than usual. Because of this, I was able to take full advantage of autocorrect so that I would receive no marks off for any grammar errors that are spread throughout my work. It also allowed for me to use more experimental words to better illustrate my thoughts.

Glen Gordon’s Poetry Project

 

  1. How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Although I was quite efficient in my learning during this past year, I did run into a few speed bumps relating to technology. The main one being the distractions I faced while becoming bored of an assignment. I would message my friends or look online for YouTube videos that interest me in order to take my mind off what I was working on. I knew that it did not always help me, however, I believe it helped me gain further focus when the time came where it was absolutely necessary to focus on my work. An example would be using Discord to message my friends or enter servers to look at a new funny meme to take my mind off the homework.

 

  1. Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

In all honesty, I somewhat liked learning online and I hope that will have some influence when we return to school in a normal fashion. As stated plenty above, I found myself far more productive than I would usually be in class, and I also enjoyed it because I was able to work in my pyjamas while still in bed. Although that might not have helped me as much, it was still nice to have a choice when to wake up and get to work rather than there being a strict schedule on when you had to be at school and when you were finished. If that’s not possible, I would not mind there being far more online assignments and not have to go in school rather than more in person assignments where we are forced to attend. An example we could use to create a better educational system is by using a similar one to this year’s. We could have it so that half of our courses in the first semester would be online and the second half of our courses in the first semester would be in person, giving us the lunch hour to travel to and from.

 

  1. Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

In the TALONS program this year, both my In-Depth project an Eminent project used plenty of digital technology in many different formats. For example, in my In-Depth project I was constantly using my camera to take my macro photos which was the skill that I was working towards improving. The use of my camera was completely necessary for my In-Depth project since I had no other way of taking macro photos. The camera that I used probably enhanced my project the most since it was a fairly good quality camera that I had bought the previous year. For my Eminent project, I also used my camera to videotape the final presentation which I also edited on my laptop using an application called Final Cut Pro X. In my opinion, the editing process enhanced my project the most since it was where I cut out a lot of the imperfections in my speech as well as put together all the other aspects to create my final product which I was extremely proud of at the time.

(One of my favourite macro images I took during my In-Depth project)

Digital Literacy Reflection

 

This year was interesting to say the least, our learning was split between online and in class. I liked the hybrid system this year, I got to put more thought into each subject which helped me retain more information. However, some of my electives had absolutely nothing for me to do at home, for example, Culinary Arts. 3 days a week I do nothing in the morning, which is good for me but, it seems kind of weird just having school for 2 hours a day. Technology played a huge part in our learning this year, I used my laptop more than in any year partly for homework but also for meetings and online classes. Without Teams I’m not sure what would be happening this year, maybe we would be fully in class which probably wouldn’t be good for Covid. The other option would’ve been that we got a ton of homework at the start of the week which wouldn’t suit my style of learning and I think I would’ve gotten a lot less from this year and I probably wouldn’t have done as well. I think that technology also made learning harder because I was doing so much on my laptop which has google and my phone was often close by as well.

I wish that the quarter system could stay because I find that I have an easier time focusing when there are fewer subjects even if there’s less time to learn them. However, I don’t like online learning. It is nice when there’s no online class but in science, the two-and-a-half-hour science classes are way too long and it’s so hard to stay focused. So, I want the online part to be gone, but I did like the quarter system even though it probably will not come back. The other thing that I liked was being able to bring my backpack into class. I know most people liked lockers more, but I liked having my bag beside me even if it meant having a 30-pound backpack in science. Even though I hope those will happen, I doubt anything will stay from this system and it will just go back to the old ways of learning,

One project where technology came to my benefit was eminent. I had to do a ton of research on Jigme Singye Wangchuck, and he hardly exists on the internet which made my project tricky. But, I can’t imagine doing that through books if it was that hard online so I’m really glad I had those great resources that I found. I also filmed myself explaining everything which I had to use a camera for and editing software. The learning centre can be found on my blog.

The project where I used the most technology this year was by far In-Depth. First, all of my meetings with my mentor were on zoom which had a ton of technical difficulties, but it worked out in the end and I got a recording of each meeting. I had a great editing software called Davinci which was free but still better than most of the paid ones. Without it, In-Depth either would’ve been very expensive or not gone well at all. I used a lot of camera gear from my house and from my friends which was a huge part of my project as well and using good quality cameras made a huge difference in the video quality. In the end, I put it all together by making a website which was a lot of fun to learn how to use. The final post for In-Depth is also on my blog already.

 

Digital Literacy Reflection – 2021

What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

The hybrid system is when you go to school in person while also doing online class from home while learning groups are when you go to school for all classes. If I had to pick one that I preferred, I’d pick the hybrid system. I actually liked the hybrid system a lot more than I thought I would’ve. While hybrid is a bit more messy and awkward with the timings and schedules, I liked the online portions of the hybrid system a lot because it felt a lot calmer and more relaxing than learning groups were. Plus, I also worked more efficiently at home and I had more and better equipment to assist me in doing my work. While learning groups are more fun community-wise because you get to see everyone and get to participate in class more often, sometimes it’s just a bit too much and having the ability to be able to work from my room back home away from the classroom is a really nice luxury to have.

How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Technology has benefitted me in a lot of ways during hybrid learning this year. Technology can provide you with nearly all the information in the entire world, and having that resource at my fingertips was really useful during long projects and assignments that required a lot of research and inquiry. It also allowed me to connect with my classmates more easily this year as I’d be able to find nearly all of them on social media and be able to ask them for help regarding work more easily as well.

How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

A way technology impeded me during hybrid this year was definitely how often it distracted me. I can get off task quite easily, and having online work in front of a computer that has access to millions of games, books, and shows can be quite tempting. I often found myself being distracted from my actual work while online, and that really impeded my work efficiency this year.

Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

I hope only having less than 4 classes (often 2) every day is something that they’ll include. I feel like having more time in one class is great because you get to cover more material and get more time to go over and practice it. Though, I’m sure I’ll like having a lot of classes in one day too, because that’ll be more like middle school (which I’m used to) and it’d be more fast paced and you’d be taking more subjects at a time, thus also learning more.

Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

My Bread Talk

This project involved me completing a ton of research regarding an inquiry question I created for myself that had to do with the science 9 curriculum. For my question, I asked myself “how is the smell, taste, and look of bread affected by the amount of yeast and type of flour added?” Digital technology really helped to enhance my project because I had so many credible and informational resources available to me on the internet. Through digital technology, I was also able to polish and make my presentation look better through video editing and audio recording!!

My In-Depth Project

This project involved me picking another inquiry question, but this time it was to be centered on a skill I wanted to learn. I chose game design using Unity because I was pretty interested in game making, and using digital technology, I managed to enhance my project a whole lot. Using the internet, I was able to find many courses and resources online to help teach myself the programs I wanted to learn to make games. Also, I used the internet to polish my final presentation as well using websites that allowed me to post my own games free of charge for anyone to play. Finally, I used technology (specifically the Unity game engine) to help me make my game itself, as without it, I wouldn’t have been able to even make my game and to enhance it.

Thanks for reading, and have a great summer!
Dylan

Digital Literacy: Remote Learning Reflection

What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

Since COVID happened, we have had to rethink a lot of the ways we go about life, including school learning. We have all gotten a good taste of remote learning this past year, but to be honest, I’m not sure which I prefer. There are a lot of ups and downs for each! Remote learning let me schedule work how I wanted when I didn’t have to be physically at school and was a lot more flexible, but there were some days where I didn’t do any work for the class I was at home for. Learning at school is very helpful because it’s a lot easier to get feedback from teachers and classmates, and I personally would rather do most work at school than home. That said, I do hope we keep a bit of the hybrid learning style for next year! It was very different from what we were used to, but I think it’s quite useful. I wouldn’t want to do all learning at home though; that was not very fun. I think the hybrid model was a great alternative.

How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Technology was very useful because even when we were at home, we could still learn on zoom (though, two hour long zoom classes were a nightmare and I’d much prefer to do that stuff at school!) and communicate with our teachers and peers through emails, teams, and discord. Even through tough times like these, we still managed to stay connected, and technology was helpful with that.

How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Though technology brought us together in many ways, it still kept us apart a bit. It’s hard to connect with people solely through technology, which is why the hybrid model, being able to go to school as well, was so important this year! Also, the way some people used technology impeded our connections. I guess people might think that they need less of a filter online, and say things that they might not have in person, not realizing that their actions can still be really hurtful. Another way technology made it harder to learn is that on a digital setting, it’s a lot easier to get distracted. When you’re always doing your work on the same device that you watch YouTube and use Discord on, there’s a lot of distractions that can tear you away from your work. There’s a lot less distractions when you’re learning and doing work at school!

Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

I hope that after the pandemic is over, we might still get to do a bit of learning at home. I think it was nice to have the freedom to spend however much time we needed to on a project, instead of being in class for a long time. For some classes, like guitar, it was hard to practice guitar for a full 2 hours, especially when we were first starting out. The hybrid classes were helpful with that because we only spent as much time as necessary on it and weren’t dragging out the class!

Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology, and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

Some of my favorite memories around technology this year were with Eminent and In-Depth night. It was fun to take a look at what everyone had learned, and leave comments on their blog! During In-Depth night, I also called my friend so we could look at people’s blogs together. Another project with tecnology was way back at the start of the year, when I was doing Animation class! We did all our work digitally, which I really love because you’re less limited in the supplies you use for your art (like, I don’t own a spray paint bottle or fancy pens but I use them all the time in digital art!) and you can also undo things really easily, which is extremely helpful. I posted some of my projects on my YouTube channel as well, which is great because it means I get to show my art to more people!

Here are the links to my Eminent blog post (Eliza Hamilton Learning Center) and my In-Depth blog post! (American Sign Language)

https://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/xyliag2020/2020/12/11/eliza-hamilton-learning-center/

https://mygleneagle.sd43.bc.ca/xyliag2020/2021/05/31/in-depth-learning-center/

Online Learning and Digital Project Reflection

Hybrid learning this year has completely changed what school is like for me. Of course, there are many cases where online learning will never be able to fully live up to the standards of in-person learning, even with the best technology, and for this reason I still prefer in-person learning in most cases. For example, this year we couldn’t do a lot of science experiments online because most of us didn’t have the necessary equipment at home. This slowed down our science class a bit. Also, there’s just something about MS Teams meetings that makes me feel very “disconnected” from the other people in the meeting, making the environment feel oddly formal to the point where I become much more hesitant to speak. However, there definitely are some advantages of online learning and lessons that the pandemic has taught us.

Managing my work digitally is almost always much easier for me than having to keep track of lots of papers; everything is just really easy to access with a couple clicks of a mouse, and typing is at least two or three times as fast as writing on paper. When working independently, my productivity is much higher using a laptop.

Even when working with other people, I find it really helpful to be able to send messages to my classmates outside of school time through email and MS Teams. Nevertheless, in terms of productivity, nothing compares to working with my classmates in-person; it’s just much easier and more effective to talk in real life than to talk in a virtual meeting.

I also find it very easy to get distracted by YouTube or other activities when working on a laptop, which is one of the disadvantages of having everything at your fingertips. I tend to get stuck staring at a screen for long periods of time without moving around, which is probably not the best for my eyes or for my health in general.

I found technology to be really useful for my in-depth project this year. It was really helpful for communication between me and my mentor. It was extremely effective because my topic was learning how to code. Zoom allowed me and my mentor to share our screens with each other and show our code. We also used GitHub to upload code to a remote repository where both of us could easily access it, which allowed us to collaborate well. For this project, there really was no need for anything in-person.

I also used technology a lot for group presentations I did with other classmates in marketing/business class in term 3. We usually talked together in call while working on the PowerPoint together. Since the group was usually only three for four people, we didn’t really have to worry about muting our mics, so we just left them on all the time. We were able to meet on the weekends, outside of school, which was really useful because the due dates of the projects were usually on Tuesdays.

Hybrid learning has taught us many lessons and has given us the opportunity to try out new technology. After school returns to normal, I think it is a good idea to keep using our laptops and to do most our work digitally whenever possible. I also think it would be beneficial to continue using technology to communicate with my friends and classmates outside of school, but only when necessary, as I find I sometimes get distracted from my work.

Digit Lit Reflection

REMOTE LEARNING DIGITAL LITERACY REFLECTION

  • What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

I think each learning schedule has its own benefits and it really depends on what classes I’m partaking in, or how motivated I am to be in that class. Overall though I liked hybrid learning more this year for the sole reason that I had time to sleep in when I didn’t have online class and being able to make lunch at home.  I find myself also working more efficiently at home compared to at school (excluding all group projects.) As I can freely move around and take breaks on my own time, and because I’m not distracted by any of my peers. Though I can’t compare this high school year to previous ones because as I’m writing this as I’m only a grade 9 but having shorter school days does put less stress on my body. Though some cons to hybrid learning are that I do get to spend less time with people I meet at school and some of the courses I took this year kind of only worked if I was at school in person, such as woodworking and foods.  Hybrid learning days also sometimes messed with my school schedule as I had a Y block when I didn’t have a B block, or if I had volleyball practice after school and I didn’t have a B block, etc. But I do prefer the hybrid learning days. One last thing is that hybrid classes also do reduce the risk of covid transmission.

Learning groups are great for getting to spend more time with everyone and it gives myself and everyone more time to get to know everyone, and this really helped in the TALONS program. However, learning groups did have the number of people in some classes halved which did make getting to know everyone difficult. Learning groups also works best for the more in-person focused courses. But after experiencing the hybrid classes, you do sometimes miss the extra free time at home.

Overall, I think both are fine with me, but I do prefer the hybrid learning days. However, a good balance of the two (this year it was half-half basically) is way better than just hybrid learning days by themselves or full days by themselves in my opinion.

  • How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Without technology I wouldn’t be able to do any work at home, nor partake in any online classes, so without them the hybrid learning experience wouldn’t even be possible. I guess technology has benefited me in making hybrid learning possible and giving me the opportunity to spend more time chilling at home on the couch and on my chair. Without technology I wouldn’t be able to complete half of the assignments given to me at home, or just made most of them easier (I mean I’m not going to be writing essays by hand and looking through thousands of books for research does seem overkill.) I also couldn’t be a part of online meetings without my laptop.

And having technology during your other block at school also makes learning easier and more efficient as there’s more writing essays by hand there, and also, I’ve seen that TEAMS has been very useful overall at home and at school as you can hand in assignments there and your teacher can share important information at any time and it’s just convenient thing for everyone to have.

It also let me chat with my peers and friends while I was at home.

  • How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Even though technology were the thing that made learning from home possible, it does offer a lot of great distractions from what you’re supposed to be doing. I find myself playing games, texting others, watching movies, and browsing my phone during supposed school hours while I should have been doing schoolwork. Funny how technology made working from home possible but also impeded the same job it created.

At the school part of hybrid learning I also found myself not doing my work and doing something else on my electronics, but not as bad compared to at home as I didn’t have as much freedom, and I did have a teacher watching me.

Basically, it helped me procrastinate (a bit.)

  • Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

Shorter school days, or school starting later so I may have more time to sleep in. And maybe some half days because some days you do go to school, and you think to yourself “This could’ve been an email” or “I could have just done this at home”. I like the idea of packing the same amount of learning or even more into less time at school if that makes any sense.

The new use of TEAMS and those little programs that make learning a lot easier should definitely stay too.

  • Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…

For my zip project I drew a short little illustrated story, digitally. I thought doing this project digitally instead of on traditional paper would not only help me learn digital art, but it would also be easier to share this assignment with others. So, I got my drawing tablet, and I used a program called Krita to create this mini story, and I think it turned out pretty well, and gave me the opportunity to add some colour to my story. Doing the project digitally on Krita also let me download a comic page template which made it way easier. Overall, I think deciding to do this project digitally really saved me some time, let me learn and gain more experience about digital art, and it let me add a bit of colour to the story.

For my in-depth project I did character design and drawing, digital technology let me meet with my mentor online and learn from her, and without all the online tutorials I wouldn’t have learned as much as I did, and I wouldn’t have improved as much as I did. I was also lucky enough to expose myself to the art of many other artists that shared their work online so I could learn from them and add some style or components that they incorporated into my art.

Thanks for reading!