Throughout this semester, I successfully taught my-self about the art of cross stitching. As stated in my previous blog, I always wanted to learn how to cross stitch but never really got around to doing it. As a child, I remember watching my older sister cross stitching on her sofa and thinking, “How can she just sit there and stitch for hours at a time…she must be so bored”? Now, as an adult I understand why she enjoyed it. Cross stitching is a skill that requires a steady hand, dedication and above all patience. Cross stitching can also be very relaxing as its process is not designed to be fast paced, although I can see experienced cross sticher’s cruise through patterns. Moreover, as an elementary teacher I can appreciate how cross stitching also includes numeracy skills as it involves counting and patterns. In fact, its original name is “Counted Cross Stitch”.
As an adult learner, I have learned that through the use a of social media sources and online sharing, you can just about acquire anything, really. Within today’s digital world, social media can be a useful tool for educational purposes. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of social media sources that act as valuable learning tools. For me, I relied on the use YouTube, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Screencastify and Instagram to assist in my learning as well as to showcase my work. Specifically, I learned about stitching techniques, threads, aida fabrics, and the assortment of cross stitching patterns available online. Utilizing these social media tools in order to learn about cross stitching was relatively easy for me, simply because I use many of these tools on a daily basis, for both personal and professional use.
Overall, I am thankful for social media and open networks for being so resourceful. At first, I was somewhat hesitant about relying solely on social media to teach me a new skill. Why? I suppose it is because I have always learned best by hands on instruction. Moreover, I absorb more when I am able to communicate through face-to-face interaction. This experience has lead me to contemplate, “What does it mean to be an online learner”? To me, being an online learner is to understand that you have options to learn beyond traditional instruction practices. It is becoming skillful at selecting and filtering digital content and applying it. Furthermore, to recognize that there isn’t only one way to receive information.
In conclusion, I am grateful for EC&I 831 and its content as it presented me with an opportunity to discover a skill that is enjoyable and meaningful to me. Without the major digital project, I would not have had a reason or perhaps any motivation to learn about cross stitching. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’d ever take time to learn. As a wife and mother, my priorities have changed and it is difficult to take time for my-self with such a busy schedule. However, I am thankful for this project as it challenged my ability to learn using open networks and to share in my learning. Also, I would like to thank all of my EC&I 831 colleagues for being so supportive throughout my cross stitching journey. Your encouragement and kind words inspired me to keep on stitching, even when my eyes were tired and sore.
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