Kelly Wallace

Mathematics | Secondary PDPP Candidate

November

Today I explored the symmetry tool on procreate! This was not part of the tutorial course I have been following, but I was inspired by a post I saw on Instagram earlier this week.

This tool cuts the canvas into 2, 4, or 8 equal slices to perfectly mirror any brush strokes. This first image was an exploratory doodle, so I hadn’t turned on screen casting; however, I really like how it turned out so I wanted to share it here!

The symmetry tool is incredibly satisfying to watch so I created a similar doodle with a screencast for your enjoyment.

MineCraft

Today Minecraft was unleashed on our Ed Tech class. We were fortunate to have some middle school students join us as our experts for the experience! I found that this was crucial, both because we needed the guidance into this virtual world, but also because these students were able to genuinely demonstrate some of their takeaways from using this in their classroom.

I am interested in the educational resources catered to different core subjects in school, and am particularly interested in how Minecraft can be used to introduce coding and computer science with our students. It appears that Minecraft has some coding options that are similar in fashion to that of Scratch, where the framework has already been developed and students can code by dragging and dropping code blocks.


Minecraft also offers a program called the “Minecraft Hour of Code” which seems similar to a virtual escape room where you can search for treasure by solving virtual puzzles with code. SO FUN!


Both of these images are screenshots from education.minecraft.net .

Shape Tomorrow…

I decided to customize the second tutorial in the Watercolour Lettering series by choosing my own quote to letter and texturize. As the federal election took place yesterday evening, I chose to use this as a theme for my project.

I chose a quote that was meaningful to me, and to my future as an educator. Exercising our democratic right is an important step in having a voice for the future of our country.

Shape tomorrow by voting today.

The tutorial I followed was focusing on blending different colours throughout a quote. My colours chosen in my video represent the proportion of the vote that went to each of the prominent Canadian parties last night.

I think this is a colourful representation of the outcome of the election, and it would be neat to re-do this project with the different proportions from previous elections.

Thank you to everyone who voted in this years election!

FADE.

I did it!

I followed my first real tutorial for Watercolour Lettering in Procreate! To add to that, I even used some of the skills we have been taught so far this semester: I did a screen recording of the process AND edited it in iMovie so that it was a reasonable video length with a pause of the final product at the end.

This was a fun first project to get comfortable with Procreate. I look forward to using my brush lettering skills, instead of an existing font, on the next project!

I hope you enjoy watching!

What Does Data Privacy Mean to Me?

For our Ed Tech Inquiry project, Acacia, Mark and myself have chosen to investigate data privacy and how it should be translated to our students and our future role as educators. However, to begin this inquiry, we want to start by defining what data privacy means to us.

Personally, I’ve been on the fence as to what data I am willing to share with the world. Let me start by saying that I’m a part of a number of social media sites and I am aware that my data is being used by these entities for purposes such as advertising and marketing. And I’m okay with that – honestly it can be rather convenient when Facebook reminds me, through targeted ads, that I was looking for a new rain jacket for the season. At this point, I’m under the impression that this form of data collection is nearly unavoidable as we continue in age of information.  What I’m not okay with is confidential content, such as personal and financial information, being collected and held on to by big data companies around the world.

I am willing to admit that I am currently rather naive about my own levels of data privacy – and that’s a large part of why this question of inquiry intrigues me. I use the internet and social media in a fairly innocent way, therefore I have nothing to hide, right?

At least, that’s how I felt before I watched “The Great Hack” on Netflix. This documentary followed the use of data in the 2016 US election as well as the 2017 Brexit campaign and demonstrated how our data is being used for far more consequential reasons than advertising. This opened my eyes to the importance data, and therefore data privacy, in our future. If this information can be harvested and analyzed in order to target the “persuadables” in any given election or political campaign, I don’t see a conscious line that is keeping those in power from manipulating us with our own, freely given, data.

Watercolour Letting in Procreate

I hinted, in my last free inquiry post, about starting a new course on Watercolour Lettering in Procreate (iPad), and I did it! I was feeling overwhelmed with the lack of guidance for my inquiry so I decided to take the plunge and enrol in an online course to teach me the ways.

At first I thought I was cheating. An inquiry project should be fully self taught, am I right?!

I was very wrong.

I had absolutely no clue on where to start… I knew procreate was the app to use if you were lettering on an iPad, and I knew you could download free brushes and fonts, but how were you supposed to get that from a computer to an iPad? Is it even legal to download new brushes? What are the licenses on that?

That’s when I came across an advertisement on Facebook that was marketing an All-In-One, Beginner Friendly, Watercolour Lettering Course. Thanks Zuckerberg. I was wavering back and forth at first. This wasn’t a free course and I had to decide if I was truly invested in letting enough spend a little bit of cash.

The course was on sale, $77 instead of $99, but only for a limited time. What really hooked me was the inclusion 4 different digital watercolour papers, an entire pack of procreate watercolour brushes, individualized colour palettes for each of the 8 projects, video instructions on how to get everything started in procreate, and an Extended License that allows me to sell anything I make using the brushes included.

Now, let’s be honest; I don’t plan on selling any of my lettering “art”, but after learning about copyright laws since starting the PDP program, I have been more intentional about trying to course properly licensed products.

The course is part of Teela Cunningham’s website called “Every Tuesday”.

Every-Tuesday is an education resource for ambitious graphic designers and hand letterers. Why ambitious? Because if you’re someone who’s ready to take action and are willing to put in the work to get there, *you* are my kind of person.

Improving or beginning any professional skill takes time, but it doesn’t have to take forever if you know where to focus. This site was created to fast track design and lettering education into 4 separate offerings, allowing you to dive as deep as you’d like into any topic.

  1. Resource Library
  2. Online Courses
  3. Video Tutorials
  4. Digital Products

So far, I have followed the first video in the course. 10 minutes dedicated to a class overview, and how to install the bonus procreate brushes, colour palettes, and paper texture files! And I am getting super excited to start the first project!

If you have any interest in checking out watercolour letting on an iPad, check out the Every Tuesday website. She has a collection of “freebies” to get you started without spending a dime!

3D Print Workshop

So far, I have really enjoyed the various workshops we have been able to participate in through our program. Our Ed Tech and Multi-literacy classes have utilized the Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) at UVIC to help facilitate understanding of audio/video editing, Twine story telling, sketch-noting and graphic novels.

Outside of our course structure, however, some of us have found the time to sign up for additional workshops though the DSC. On September 27th, I attended a 3D printing workshop, where we were guided through the design process of creating a 6-sided-dice using the software TinkerCad.

Unfortunately, we were not able to print our dice during the workshop (due to the time each piece takes to print). We were, however, given the steps to take if we did want to print our own 3D models! We were also introduced to a website, Thingiverse, that provides design files for 3D printing projects, for free! All of the free designs are licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution License.

My only critique for UVIC’s 3D printing service is the lack of colour choice for trinkets – they explained that for small projects they will generally use what ever is currently installed in the machine at the time. I had found a keychain design for geometric pug ( https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2800898 ), however I did not want to print it in a mystery colour. They do allow their customers to request a colour if it is an important feature for the project (they have a bone colour for printing skull replicas!), but I didn’t think my pug preference was enough to warrant a colour change 😉

A Change in Inquiry?

Well… We were told that our questions could, and likely would, morph as we dove deeper into our Free Inquiry project. I’m not here to say that I am changing my topic because it was too hard, but rather, because my guided inquiry needed a little more guidance.

So I am here to announce that I have switched from the broad world of “Typography” to focus in on “Watercolour Lettering in Procreate (iPad)”. I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated to start on this project because I just didn’t know where to begin. I have expressed interest in learning brush calligraphy, and started by downloading some drill sheets to practice on my iPad. Well, this has been a lot of fun, and great practice! So great, that I’ve distracted myself during a number of lecture over the last two weeks. Oops.

When I searched Pinterest for free templates, I came across an artist by the name of Kelly Sugar Crafts – anybody by the name of Kelly must be worth listening too, right? I decided to stop searching and see what free goodies Kelly had to offer me!

I know I have a long way to come. Would you believe me if I told you I never learned cursive in school? I think that is part of what inspired this project – I have always found loopy letters to be so captivating, but I could never get the curves to flow out of my hand.

I will continue to practice, and document my journey. I will soon be starting a course that will guide me through water colour techniques to bring my brush letters to life!

Here are some links to the (free) Brush Lettering practice sheets from Kelly Sugar Crafts:

Brush Lettering Practice Basic Strokes Worksheets

Free Bounce Lettering Worksheets ver. 2

Most Likely to Succeed

For EDCI 336, Technology Innovation in Education, we were required to watch the film Most Likely to Succeed. This documentary, produced by Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner, walked us through a new education system that has been adopted by a California high school, High Tech High.

This film highlights that the school system in North America has not been upgraded to account for changes and developments in the 21st century. They claim that students need no longer study for knowledge, as all information and hard facts can be reached instantaneously through devices that are kept in our pockets. Rather, school should be a place for learning skills and motivation to drive learners to successfully pursue their passions.

In this model, students do not study the full range of the current curriculum. What they may lack in breadth, the will make up for in the depth of one or two core subject areas. For example, there were two groups of students highlighted in the film. One of these groups chose to write, produce and perform a play that demonstrated a social and cultural view into the Islamic movement, the Taliban. Contrarily, the other group focused on a large hands on engineering project, involving connecting gears and switches.

My question is this: How certain can we be that a grade 9 student will choose to be involved in the project that truly caters to their interests, rather than those of their peers? Personally speaking, had someone presented these two projects to me at the age of 14, I likely would have chosen to partake in the theatre project. For many, school is a chance to exercise one’s social muscles and groups are often formed based on social connections rather than content interest. For this reason, I do believe that schools must work to develop student’s individual sense of self, something that the BC curriculum is really developing with the Curricular Competencies. I would have then proceeded to spend the term focused on a theatre production, rather than using mathematics in a hands-on, engineering project.

The latter of these two projects identifies with who I am as a person today. But, maybe, if I had been given the chance to explore my inner actress during an impressionable time in my youth, my life could have been a lot different than it is now.

Why Typography?

I have always found myself drawn to the art of stylistic and unique printing. I was the student who took neatly organized and colour coded notes all throughout high school and university. Along the way, I have been intrigued by the different font types and styles that can really personalize and convey emotion in print work. Now, thanks to this free inquiry project, is my chance to develop the skill for myself.

I know I am not the only student in our program who is utilizing this project as means to develop a skill or hobby that they have always wanted to try. In September 2018 I purchased and iPad and an Apple Pencil, since this time I have played around a bit and explored some elements of graphic design.

My biggest project to date has been designing a mathematics graphic/logo.  The mathematics department at Simon Fraser University to used this as a T-shirt design since the SFU bookstore didn’t carry any math related merchandise.

Given my affinity to typography, I chose to use my math notes from my undergraduate degree as my inspiration for the logo. My homepage showcases the math equations in a higher quality format, but it is easy to see that this project took me a very long time. This was designed using my personal mathematics typeface, and the goal of my inquiry project is to gain appreciation for and to increase fluency of other fonts.

We all develop a natural font with our own handwriting over time. I intend to explore and practice different fonts and typefaces throughout this project in the remainder of this semester. This page will document my success and my struggles, but mostly will be a space that I can showcase my work.

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