Thursday, October 19, 2017

Diversity in the Classroom and Media Influences

Begin by analyzing short “State of the village report” from 2005
http://www.odt.org/Pictures/popvillage.pdf originally created in 1992 by Donella H. Meadows

Ask yourself: Could I be racist? How to tell if I am?  Racism is when you draw conclusions about people based on racial stereotypes and believe that some races are better than others.  Consider the questions, answer to yourself.

Take a quick visual "snap judgment", gender bias, test on lookdifferent.org  Explore resources there

Read a short article about challenges in defining Multicultural Education and also about the areas of social transformation.
www.edchange.org/multicultural/initial.html

Read about “Key Characteristics of a Multicultural Curriculum” by P.Gorski
www.edchange.org/multicultural/curriculum/characteristics.html

image source: benettongroup.com

Read a short article “Transforming Myself to Transform My School: with the special attention to “Ten Critical and Self-critical Things I Can Do to Be a Better Multicultural Educator:
www.edchange.org/multicultural/papers/edchange_10things.html

The following video was posted in 2011. Are men and women really equal today?





Watch the kids reaction to the Cheerios ad.  In the ad, a white mother tells her bi-racial daughter about Cheerios' benefits to the heart. The little girl grabs the box and leaves. The next scene shows her sleeping African American father awaking to finds Cheerios piled on his heart. Unfortunately, many people thought the video was offensive. It received such a large amount of angry and hateful remarks on YouTube that the comments section was shut down. Fortunately, when the commercial was shown to the kids, they did not see race in a  family as an issue.



Watch the videoMisconceptions; Do’s & Don’ts of a 1st Year Teacher” created by Mississippi State University students about racial stereotypes (4 min)

Pin and Browse the Kid World Citizen organization on Pinterest  for a variety of multicultural activities and resources

Additional resources (not required):

ISTE Standards  for students connection: Standard #2 c: Students develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures

ISTE Standards for educators connection:  


#3a Citizen: Educators create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.

#3b Citizen: Educators Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

# 4d Collaborator: Educators demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.


To read: We use media in different ways. The same media content may gratify different needs for different individuals. The resources below explaining the effects of the media from the point of view of audiences.
Needs and Gratifications model of the Media by Blumler &  Katz)

Books Matter! See the list of titles collected by ADL with the power to instill empathy, affirm children’s sense of self, teach about others, transport to new places and inspire actions on behalf of social justice.

To read: 10 ways Youth can Engage in Activism

To watch:  the An Anti-Bullying Message From the NOH8 Campaign (2.27 min)

To watch: 10 Misconceptions about Muslim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUvnD5GVAXg 

To read: Information for Teens: The Media &Your Life - How the media affects Teens & Young Adults

To watch:  The digital story about the depression and issues faced by Asian American girl - pay attention to the poem in the story (also typed under the video) (5.29 min)

To watchElders React to Nicki Minaj - Anaconda  (Age diversity)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Digital Citizenship

Begin by watching the short intro and download the NMC Horizon Report 2016  K-12 Edition:


  • Write down the long term, mid term and short term terms
  • Think, how the new trends and challenges may impact your future as a student and a teacher?
See what are the 9 elements of  Digital Citizenship:
 http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html 
  • Are you well versed in all of the elements? 
  • Will you be able to help your students?
The latest incident during our lecture's back channel revealed that not everyone, even on a university level, EVEN someone in a teacher preparation program understands the rules of ethics, netiquette,  and responsibilities that come with being a digital citizen.
Read Principle V of Model Code of Ethics - Responsible and Ethical Use of Technology 
  • According to this list, are you an ethical educator?
Netiquette: Browse and bookmark for later  resources related to the common do's and don'ts of online communication http://www.albion.com/netiquette/

Check this resource collection related to youth & Internet safety put together by Scott Mcleodhttp://storify.com/mcleod/overblown-fears-regarding-youth-and-internet-safet
  • What do you think about resources collected there?
  • Do you think that some of the common fears related to youth and Internet safety are overblown?
  • maggda weeworld.com

Check resources at WorldSavvy - an organization that helps students develop 21st Century skills for Global Competency - browse the resources and opportunities for schools around the world. Bookmark for future use!

Browse and bookmark for future use: http://www.aplatformforgood.org -  A vision for a  Platform for Good is to start a dialogue about what it means to participate responsibly in a digital world. While recognizing the potential risks, they celebrate technology as a vehicle for opportunity and social change.

Bookmark for future use the blog with great cyber safety tips and resources http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-do-i-help-my-child-learn-to-use.html

Follow our Digital Citizenship board on Pinterest

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live


Standards Connection: 

ISTE Standards for Students connection: 
  • Standard #2: Digital Citizen: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
  • Standard #3: Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
  • Standard  #7: Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
ISTE Standard for Teachers (pdf) connection
  • Standard #3  Educator as Citizen inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world
  • Standard # 4d: Educator as Collaborator demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
Additional resources (not required):


To Read: Five Myths About Young People and Social Media - Five Myths About Young People and Social Media  - article based on book by Danah Boyd "It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens"

To Read about : Second Screen Culture 

To bookmark: Free ebook from Promethean Planet in PDF format: Play and learn: Being online 

thetrevorproject.org -  The Trevor Project -  The leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

itgetsbetter.org - It Gets Better Project -  video website created to sent the message and to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. Created in response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school.

To watch all 7 segments of the pbs feature “Growing Up Online” (56 min), and consider the questions below. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/view/


Questions to ponder after watching "Growing Up Online":
  • The program describes social networking sites as places where kids post pictures, accumulate friends, post messages to others and describe themselves. Social networking also allows young people to express themselves, experiment with different perspectives, and play with aspects of their identity. Do you think it would be possible to use social networking in the classroom to better facilitate students learning? Can you imagine an example to support your opinion?
  • Who should be responsible for teaching about cyber safety-- parents or school?
  • What is or should be a teachers’ role in students' online life?
  • Do you think that we should restrict (block) students from using Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter, Ning...) and other user generated websites (YouTube, Wikipedia...) or rather teach them how to use them wisely.
To Watch:  the pbs follow up to the “Growing Up Online” video: "Digital Nation - Life on the virtual frontier" (90 min) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/view/

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Visual Literacy




Color matters! Read about color symbolism in different cultures and explore other parts of this website to learn more about the significance of color in our lives.



As you design your WebQuest website, it is very important to make conscious decisions about how you present the content of the pages.  What makes page user-friendly? How to present the text so it is useful to the learner?  What are the most common design mistakes made when creating educational websites?  To help you answer that , I created a short video about the web design considerations



Browse these  great resources collected by Frank W. Baker. Note the lesson plans ideas. Bookmark (Pin?) the links that may be useful in your future.  

Image: Ray eye reused here in accordance with a creative commons license
Visual Diagraming, Concept mapping, Mind Mapping - all of these phrases apply to the way we may visually brainstorm or organize the ideas. This video explains the benefits of it:



Resources related to a Digital Storytelling (our next big assignment): 

Please read the resources organized in this sub-post. Bookmark the links to the two videos about script and storyboard

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Additional optional resources:
ISTE Standards for students connection:  Standard #2b Communication and Collaboration:  Students communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats  and #2c Students develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

25 of the most iconic photographs (according to CNN) - How many can you name just by looking at them?

Play with colors on a professional level: Paletton.com- The color scheme designer

The Smithsonian Institution Archives. The lesson plans and resources with ideas about how to use primary sources (including diaries, letters, and photographs) in the K–12 classroom.


Is visual literacy an academic skill? If so, how do we define it and how do we learn? Studium Generale asked ten researchers from various fields to think about pictures, how we see them and what we need to know about the way they are made and interpreted. Watch their explanation (7min) . I will talk about it more in my lecture:


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Technology Trends and Education

Iowa Department of Education - Educational Technology Plan 2009-2013
word cloud created via wordle.net

Are you ready to write your lesson plan for the next 10 years? I hope this blog post changes your mind if you said yes!

What are the technologies that are affecting K-12 education? This infographic by Corey Murray,  from Envisioning Tech shows that many grade school kids will have jobs that have not been created yet. It also shows 40 ways that education and technology are moving towards in the next 30 years.

How will you intertwine your Content knowledge, Pedagogical knowledge, and Technological knowledge, to best engage the students with what they are learning?

Resources:

What is STEM:




Drones in Education 

Examples of Drone Usage in Education: The Washington Times (http://tinyurl.com/jzb55n4)

7 things you should know about Makerspaces


Transformative Learning Approach

http://www.uni.edu/coe/TransformativeLearning




Additional Resources:

This blog introduces 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know. Those tools includes social learning, learning tools, lesson planing, and some other useful tools. This blog post is 2 years old now and there are additional tools that you can add to each category. How many of those tools are you familiar with, and how many of them sound educational to you?
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3D Printing:
3D Printing at the Rod Library!

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Watch some of the following to know more about some technologies that you might find at your school.

Augmented Reality


Magic Books (Augmented Reality)


There are more videos available in the EmergingEdTech  about the new technologies and their application in education.

How do you think these technologies will impact your future classroom?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Global Collaboration

Global Collaboration is an empowering opportunity for students and teachers to connect and engage in authentic, meaningful experiences.  It is an opportunity for students to learn about people from different cultures and backgrounds.  These connections don't need to be with learners in other countries.  You will find people of different cultures and backgrounds in different states, cities or even down the street.

This Primary Sources video talks about our world without global collaboration.  While this video is an advertisement for the services they offer, it provides a thoughtful opening for our exploration into global collaboration.




Empowering a student to become a Global Collaborator is one of the seven ISTE Standards for Students. This standard includes indicators where students use digital tools to connect with distant learners; they collaborate with others to examine issues and problems; they challenge them to contribute to these collaborative projects, and they use collaborative technologies to explore local and global issues.

You won't have the opportunity to actually engage in a global collaboration project in this course, Ed Tech and Design, but learning about the various projects/strategies, resources and digital tools will help prepare you for turning your students into global collaborators.


Write Our World

We will have to an opportunity to Zoom with Julie Carey at the University of Colorado Denver.  She developed the Write Our World project where she is building a digital library of ebooks that have been written "by kids for kids" that document their languages and culture.  The best part about this project is that the kids write the books in both their own language and English so that it will be a way to preserve their language.

Visit the Write Our World website and read a few of their books. Explore what kids are writing from around the globe.


Global Read Aloud

The Global Read Aloud project involves students around the world reading one or more of a set of selected books during a 6-week period and then they try to connect with other students who have read the book so that they can share their ideas and thoughts. Watch the What is the Global Read Aloud? video and then visit the official website where they have identified a set of 10 books from which they can select their reading material. These books range from picture books to young adult.   Envision how you could do something like this in your future classes. 


What's Possible?

This 13-minute video provides an overview of what is possible with Global Collaboration.

How to Connect with Another Classroom

These ideas are great, but how do you find another classroom of students?  There are many resources but consider Classroom Bridges website. This is a website that was actually created by a classroom teacher, Katie Siemer, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She created an online database where over 250 teachers from around the world have signed up because they want to connect. 

Visit the Classroom Bridges website. Click on the Find a Classroom link and see if you can find a classroom or classrooms that you would probably want to collaborate with when you have your own classroom.   


Here is another website that provides the resources, including several organizations and facilitators of online spaces, that can assist in your future efforts.  


Finally, it is important to know how to manage a global collaboration project. The following graphic gives some ideas about the steps that you can follow for implementing global collaboration in your future classroom.  To fully integrate global collaboration into your classroom curriculum is is not a one-shot process.  It is a process that is most effective if your first project begins at the bottom of the Global Connection Taxonomy (see below) and then your following projects progress up the taxonomy throughout the year. 



Lindsay, J., Davis, V. (2012). Flattening classrooms, engaging minds:  Move to global collaboration one step at a time. Chicago: Pearson Publishing. 

Begin your dreaming here . . .