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Oh, what a controversial post title… Welcome, fellow traveler of the #UWinDig seas. Please, grab a seat. Stick around. I did a twitter essay – two actually.




Part 1 – in which I come to the conclusion that the technologist module is mostly fine, but also maybe useless.

Part 2 – in which I talk about design thinking being a sham and make 1 VERY good joke (CW: NAUGHTY WORDS)


Reflection… (a lot of reflection is in the twitter thread, so I’ll try not to repeat myself too much here)

As stated in the first twitter thread, I did not find the module to be that useful.  Though I understand that it would definitely be helpful to a lot of teachers.  As I mention in the thread, their are a ton of great links to useful tools for the classroom.  It’s just that most of it seemed like common sense to me. I’m curious how many others found the module to be mostly common sense. Am I crazy? Am I too cynical?

Anyways, because of this I had a hard time figuring out what to do my reflection on at all. I ended up doing what I always do: complaining.  It was a lot of fun!  I had already been reading about education fads a lot over the last few months, as well as instances of education misrepresenting things from other disciplines (psych and neuropsych mostly).  So this topic kind of lines up all my current education related interests.  If I had more time I probably would have made a silly video, but I’ll have to save that for another day.




Here’s some good links I posted in the twitter thread that I’m going to post here as well, because I’m such a fun guy.

  1. This Vox video on doors that is very interesting

2. This video form a conference that is also very interesting and gives some history of design thinking and the perspective of a designer (Natasha Jen: Design Thinking is Bullshit)


3. This very appropriate (and not at all edgy) Medium post (Design Thinking is Kind of Like Syphilis – It’s Contagious and Rots Your Brains) – *this guy is probably being a little harsh

Design Thinking will mess up your brains. Decline sets in. Enthusiasts embrace sexed up platitudes as profundities and believe smooching lipsticked pigs is innovation. If you manage an organization, you do not want individuals infected with these mental models in your meetings. Their ignorance and gullibility are not assets but liabilities. But for all these issues, there’s an even deeper way in which pushing the DTs in education is problematic.


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But I’m Ready to Learn of the POWER of Technology! (Yes, it’s a Celine Dion Reference)

For the second multimedia reflection, I chose to analyze the perspectives of Henry Jenkins, who created this notion of participatory learning (you can view his video here) as well as Dr. Michele Jacobsen who looks at all the possibilities that technology brings to teachers/people (you can view her article here).  They both view technology as a very important resource in the teaching world in today’s society.

Technology is beneficial in more ways than one, as it is such a powerful resource.  It is a useful tool in order to collaborate ideas with people. This can be student/student collaboration, teacher/teacher collaboration, or just sharing ideas for others to utilize.  Social media and technology allow for this to occur on a global scale.  As well, using technology helps students to become more engaged in classroom activity.  Students are glued to their phone (this was seen during placement), and any lesson that incorporates the use of their phone/computers of any sort becomes so much more interesting to students.  They can use it in a positive way, which in turn makes them feel like they are contributing so much into the classroom.  Teachers need to integrate more things that students can connect with on a personal level, and what better way to start than with technology.

Technology allows for the support of autonomous learners.  Students have the ability to become more creative and individualize their work.  It allows them to learn in a way that best suits them; they can utilize information given to them and form it into a learning model that works best for them.

However, there are some problems that can come up when dealing with technology.  One problem is most teachers are uneducated in how to use specific platforms.  Jenkins quotes “don’t build something like YouTube, use YouTube”.  It is very true in the sense that don’t build something to be used, use the tools that you have in front of you, but use them properly. There are many resources that can aid teachers, but some aren’t willing to adapt their teaching methods to best suit these students.  Also, most students have some access to technology, whether it be through a phone, computer or even iPad.  A problem that we are faced with is that students aren’t using it properly; in inappropriate ways.  We as educators (in training) need to teach students how to use technology in the best way for them.

My blog post (which you can view here) shows how useful technology can be, how teachers need to be willing to adapt and it looks at the tools that digital media bring to the table.

A lot of things came into my mind while absorbing all of this information.  In my opinion, it’s crazy that some teachers were defiant to the idea of incorporating technology into their pedagogical methods.  Why not use a resource to make your life easier?  I understand that in 2014 technology and the internet were still relatively foreign concepts, but it is an easy tool to learn.  If my teachers in high school incorporated more technology, I think school would be a lot more enjoyable and allow more connections to be made.  As well, I personally think that being able to connect with people all over the world and share ideas is such a cool concept.  Why not help each other out with becoming better teachers?  Why not share ideas, or lesson plans?  I know I will be reaching out to see what I am able to utilize for my teaching.  I can also show students what other schools/teachers are doing in their classrooms on the other side of the world and compare learning strategies between them.

Also, while reading the article/watching the videos, I was trying to envision how I was going to incorporate more technology-based platforms into my teaching methods when I go back on practicum at the end of November.  Standing at the front of the room and seeing all of the students on their phones is disheartening, but if I come up with ways to positively utilize them, then the students will be more engaged.  This is where platforms like Kahoot will come into play, especially in a science-based classroom.  As a student, I enjoyed activities that allowed me to be engaged and get involved. Now, with the big technology epidemic, what better way to involve students.  I know that if I was a student, I would have been able to get a better understanding of certain topics with all of these platforms at my fingertips. Even the addition of Edsby in the classroom is such a valuable, useful resource.

For this multimedia assignment, I decided to try a new platform.  I chose to utilize Piktochart.  It was an overall positive experience, that I was not expecting.  It was easy to use and right at my fingertips. They have different graphics, icons, shapes and pictures that can be added right to your piece.  Changing fonts, sizing, and backgrounds was also user friendly. However, the only downside that I came across was colour schemes; you need to upgrade (pay) for the version to be able to pick your own colours.  This meant that I had the option of choosing between dirty brown or unpleasant green as my default (I went with the green!).  I would definitely recommend this platform for anyone who is doubting using technology, as I was hesitant during the first Multimedia assignment.  I am definitely more open to using technology!

P.S. The Piktochart itself is a little blurry… I tried to add close up shots of it in different frames, but they seem to be blurry too.  I inserted a link into the post above, but here’s another link if you want to view in better quality!





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This multimedia reflection serves to emphasize the article on Teaching in a Participatory Digital World and the online video with Henry Jenkins It is important that educators understand that “digital technology” has changed our perception of education.  I believe teachers and students must work harmoniously with one another and create environments that allow for an exchange of learning on many different digital platforms.  Jacobsen suggests the idea that teachers matter too, their practice matters, and the classroom environment they teach in should be used to foster knowledge.  These ideas make me think about how I use digital media in a purposeful manner.  When I begin my practicum experiences, what affordances will I have? What connections will I make with curriculum and with the technology I choose to implement? Most importantly, can I make learning effective through digital media platforms?

Before reading this text, I must admit I was hesitant to choose this topic, as I was unsure about this article would come across.  I assumed it was my duty as a millennial to know and understand the digital realm–after all, I grew up in it!  After reading, I was amazed to see how this can be implemented into my own practice.  After my own practicum experience, I started to get a sense of working in conjunction with students and how important it is to use technology in a representative way to deliver curriculum.  I believe this can connect me to relevant world events, solidify connections with students and augment lessons to be creative and effective.

For this multimedia reflection I decided to create a PowToon along with a music video.  I found this to be the most effective platform to use while reading this article and watching the Jenkins video.  I had a great experience using PowToon and believe this form of media provides me with the confidence to deliver powerful and influential learning objectives and outcomes.  As I have used this before, it was nice to be comfortable in a platform, while still learning new ways to add creative texts, fix tiny timing errors and implement intricate details and subtle allusions to material.  I hope to use this in my own class one day and maybe it will spark a vested interested in classroom material.  I hope you enjoy this video and please leave a comment—(constructive feedback is welcome!).

In addition, as Henry Jenkins explains, we must not “safeguard” any of these digital media sources, but use the technology at our finger tips.  I hope to use media itself, not use alternatives to these sources.  I want to use Twitter, Facebook and PowToon sources to redefine my teaching practices.  I do not want to look for other versions that are “second best,” but instead use the technology that is already given and make good use of it in a classroom setting.  I want to be a good role model to students and demonstrate how to use technology appropriately and represent uses for it within the classroom. I value the importance of learning new skills and do not fear technology, but embrace it.  Will this be easy? No! But I like the uncertainty.  I hope to create a forum for collaboration, create conducive learning spaces and open sources that are accessible to all. I am ready, the world is too!

This is a music video I have created, and it was not an easy task.  I did not fully understand what concepts I wanted to pull and what I needed to do to show from the Jenkins video.  When I first viewed the video, I pictured a go-getter, an individual who was a media agent for social change in a positive way.  I was walking around the house aimlessly with my laptop in my hand and was trying to figure out something relatable to this.  Well… my sister had on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” I was enlightened and extremely anxious to begin.  I ran to my room and knew I had to create the theme song with my own version of the words. It was a revolutionary experience, because I had found a connection to the material that truly resonated with me. Henry Jenkins is a media agent for social change and I considered Will (the main character) to be an individual who initiates change and pushes boundaries.  In class, we focused on being model learners as educators, looking at our artifacts with a revision lens.  I believe this form of reflective practice helps initiate conversations that inform education and develop new insightful learning techniques.  This was my inspiration behind the video… and I hope you enjoy it!


Anthony Pisciuneri

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Critically Critiquing the Core Concepts of Critical Pedagogy (Say that 7 times fast!)

This mind map serves to illustrate the significance of Amy Collier’s Hybrid pedagogy (which you can view here). As discussed in this podcast, critical pedagogy refers to the constant analysis, review and critique of our own individual practice. As future educators there is no “best practice.” Technology helps us develop, build and innovate our own educational pedagogy. As an educator studying in the field, I wish to incorporate the use of many technologies through roles of substitution, modification and perhaps redefinition in order to evaluate, engage and enrich the learning styles of my students. This “not-yetness” to learn is important in understanding how educators must strive for uncertainty and risk in their practices. We must never stop learning, growing and implementing new and effective practices into our own teaching modes. Be willing to feel uncomfortable, fail and implement the impossible. The future generations of our educational system depend on our uncertainty now to lead them to better things. I believe I am willing and open to new technologies and will do my best to critique my own practices for the sake of my development and my future students. I am not afraid to immerse myself into this new world of media, reflection and ambiguity. My “not yetness” is my key to braving a world full of media and new advances. I am ready to begin… I hope you are too!

Please enjoy this illustration.

The platform I chose to use to summarize the article was a sketchnote. I personally did not feel comfortable using online technology that was new to me. As well, as I was listening to the podcast, more and more ideas popped into my head about what to draw/create in my sketchnote. In my sketchnote, the different ideas/topics that are touched upon in the podcast are connected by links.  I incorporated illustrations, with the least amount of writing. If you can see the second idea is eyes, an at symbol and a light bulb. This is to represent us “looking at her thoughts and feelings” on the topic of not-yetness. I also threw in the SAMR model (literally, the letters SAMR modelling on the runway…). Amy touches upon this in a way during the podcast and how to use this to better our pedagogy. I enjoyed making this sketchnote as I found it relaxing to colour and draw things while working on an assignment.


Here are more zoomed in photos of my sketchnote! Just want everyone to be able to see it! (I didn’t realize there was not a zoom in feature of the blog!)

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Questioning Our Pedagogy

I choose to do the Hybrid Pedagogy podcast with guest speaker Amy Collier. The program I decided to use for my digital expression of the podcast was padlet. The podcast was very interesting and Amy Collier made many good points about the way educators think about their pedagogy in today’s education system. During the podcast we learn about critical thinking and how it can change the formulaic expression of pedagogy by teachers. It is very important that a instructivist model is changed and modified to a more constructivist model through the process of learnification. The education system needs to be as personalized as possible. The constructivist approach changes the way students think and instead of mass producing students that are all the same we can have students that want to ask the inherent questions about things they are interested in.

Lastly, learning outcomes are not always a bad thing but they are usually generalized to the whole class being at some specific point in the curriculum. These types of learning outcomes are forced upon the students and brings them to a point where they all know the same knowledge usually learned the same way. These types of pedagogy and learning values need to be re-evaluated. Evaluation by the use of critical thinking when done correctly can create a more individualistic learning experience that will spark inherent questions leading to new ideas maybe never seen before.

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the reason we dont have flying cars or hover boards (the answer is not what you think!)?

I hope there’s bonus marks for next level clickbait titles, because I nailed it!

This is my multimedia response to the Hybrid Pedagogy podcast.  I try to tie in ideas about bureaucracy and technological progress into my response with limited degrees of success.  it was my first time using Adobe Premiere in a long while, and it definitely shows.  Also, I’ve learned not to use a condenser mic to try to record audio in quiet rooms because all it does it destroy the audio.  I wish I had not posted this right before it was due so that it would be buried in all the other submissions, but alas, here we are.  It gets a little silly. I’m pretty happy with that default thumbnail though.  Hope y’all enjoy.  Umm follow my UwinDig twitter I guess?  It’s sure to be a hoot.

Here is one of the bad pictures I made to put in the video.

what a hunk

Also, I’m sorry.  I accidentally did a swear but it was like my 15th take, and I just wasnt having it (its censored though, please forgive me).

Also, technically the meat and potatoes of the video is only like 5 minutes (from like 0:25-5:30) so its sort of within the time limit.


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Edit:  I did a twitter thread as a reflection of sorts… click here for that… or maybe i can embed it? we’ll see…

yaaaay, sort of…

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NOT YETNESS IS A-OKAY!- Anthony Pisciuneri

This multimedia reflection serves to emphasize the Hybrid Pedagogy Podcast with Amy Collier and the importance of critical pedagogy within a classroom setting.  It is important that educators understand that there is no “best practice” for teaching, especially in a world where technology is changing how we access, understand and deliver information.  Amy explains the importance of “not yetness” and how we must encourage teachers to be willing to grow and create new ways of reaching students using the present-day technology.  Uncertainty, risk and discomfort is okay—for it is what motivates us to keep searching for effective educational practices.  As a future educator, I value the importance of learning new skills and gaining information using multimodality platforms.  In addition, this inspires me to use these methods within a classroom setting and relate curriculum to student experiences through forms of substitution, augmentation, modification and perhaps redefinition, in order to delivery curriculum efficiently and with the utmost enthusiasm.

Link to Podcast is below


I hope you enjoy this POWTOON video. The link of the video is listed below.


Anthony Pisciuneri


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