The task this week was to create a blog post that relates to one of the 9 elements of Digital Citizenship. As you can tell by the title of this post I have chosen to learn a little more about Digital Etiquette. I believe this is one of the things that students struggle with the most when it comes to using technology. In my experience I find that students do not realize what they do online has a real life impact on the people around them. That was the case when I was in school and is the case now. Students, and even adults, are often willing to say things online that they would never say to someone in person. Cyberbullying is a major issue in schools and is often something that is hard for teachers and administration to spot and deal with because it does not happen so explicitly in front of their faces.
I believe that if technology can be introduced properly and students learn how to use it appropriately they can become better learners later in life. I personally have a hard time not looking at my phone every few minutes and getting incredibly distracted by different technology. If however students are taught from a younger age that technology should be used for educational purposes they may not have these problems.
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So one thing I learned this week is that there is a difference between the shuv-it and the POP shuv-it. I’ve spent about 10 hours this week working on perfecting my shuv-it but I can’t seem to get it down quite right yet. It seems that I can only ever land one foot on the board. I found a really cool video series by the Ride Channel that is helping me improve my tricks. The video I found on how to shuv-it is especially helpful.
I also found a video made by the same people that will help me work on my ollies. Ollies are the basis of all tricks that I will learn in the future so it is imperative that I improve my skills.
For my learning project I decided that I would like to learn how to do a kickflip on a skateboard. I chose to do this because it is something that I am interested in. I snowboard and wakeboard so I decided I should learn to skate. I already have a skateboard so I do not have to spend any money on this project which is always an added bonus. I know how to ride a skateboard and I use to know how to do an ollie but now I only seem to use it for walking my dog.
While my goal is to learn how to do a kickflip there is a lot of progression that needs to happen before I get to that trick. The Internet can’t seem to agree on the best way to go about learning the kickflip. So I took the list in the previous link and sent it to a friend who gave me some advice: learn to ollie then shuv-it. Then if I want I can learn to 180 both frontside and backside before trying a kickflip.
So for the first week I will be conquering the ollie. I have a video of myself landing a few ollies but I can’t figure out how to splice the videos together in iMovie so I will update this post when I have the video ready to go.