Tuesday Evening and Music #zerotohero day

Our challenge today, Day 6,  for the #zerotohero WordPress blogging challenge is to embed something new into our post. I chose to learn how to embed SoundCloud into a WordPress site. Note: Day 5 was theme — I spend a lot of time choosing this one, so I’d already accomplished that.

Pause…

Stop to smell the roses — that ‘s the expression. And today I pause on Tuesday, busiest day for Scott at the newspaper. In fact, he even wrote a melody about it:

Play…

In a civilized society people have time for art and music. I wonder how civilized we are, today, in schools, where art and music are pushed aside for test prep and posted objectives so we all look just the same, as Pete Seeger would sing [this one is sung by trendless]:

And what if we don’t learn the important songs? Martin Luther King Day is coming soon — how many students will sing “We Shall Overcome.”

And what is the history of “We Shall Overcome?”

And are we doomed to repeat history because we don’t have time learn the beat of the history, the songs that carry forward our feelings and our beliefs, and bring us together through music?

Pete Seeger has some words about that…

Amazing!

So take your time, smell the roses, listen to your favorite music, and share music together. And call your local school boards and let them know you want music in schools. Do it on Tuesday.

Day 4 #zerotohero Use the Reader

Our challenge today for the #zerotohero WordPress blogging challenge is to find new blogs to read and follow using the WordPress.com Reader. [ info here and tutorial here ]

I connected my Twitter account and found the blogs for many of my Professional Learning Network.

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I discovered I could click the LIKE button, and then in  the reader find those posts I like:

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You can see the comments you’ve made:

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Amazing.

Try it. You’ll love it.  NOTE: You can even use the reader to read blogs on other platforms, such as Blogger.  So, really — try it.

Day 1 Zero to Hero #zerotohero

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Pause to reflect…

Zero to Hero is a WordPress.com blogger’s challenge for newbies or veterans to jumpstart the new year with a good habit of writing and working with your blog.

Day 1 Questions:

Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?

If I wrote in a journal, I couldn’t read it tomorrow — I’d want to get the words written down fast and fast writing is illegible. I wonder if others feel the same way today. Typing on the computer brings clarity to my thoughts. Why do a personal blog instead? I have family and friends afar, colleagues here and there — so what better way to connect ideas than with an online venue?

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

I’m an educator and wonderer. Here I can write about the things that make me pause and think, to play around with the ideas and get feedback from others. My original purpose was education, but there’s so much more to the world.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

The  family and friends afar, colleagues here and there.

If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?

One thing I’ve written about for my students is how blogs are conversations to add value to others’ ideas. I hope to do better at that, learning from and sharing with others on many topics.

Play to Learn…

And that’s why I re-committed here with a non-education challenge, to engage in conversations on other topics because, quite frankly, I’m tired of the attacks on teachers. Perhaps, I just need a different focus after twenty-eight years in the classroom.  Don’t get me wrong — I don’t want to stop, and I’m an engaged, connected, geeky teacher who wants the best for her students for their opportunities for their futures. And I work with an amazing group of educators who should be recognized for their hard work. I also connect with some of the best teachers and educators in the country. But to stretch a little into my own passions beyond education would also benefit my students. As you can see, it’s hard to stop thinking education and teacher because, that is what life is: “Life is for learning.”

Will you join in the learning? Come on!  It’s 30 days! You can do it!

Connected Learners: Visions

Pause to Reflect…

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In the Connected Educator’s Book Club, for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s The Connected Educator, we are discussing our personal and shared visions of connected learners. We discussed these questions:

???What are our guiding principles for how we should operate and work together?
???Why do we exist?
???What do we want to create?
???What should school look like to support the needs of today’s learners?

We created our personal visions with images and words that reflected our personalities, which you can view here. To answer those questions, I created the image above and a poem to gather elements of a connected learner together:

A Vision as a Connected Learner

Guided 

by collegial acceptance and respect 

in a transparent dialogue 

of continual learning, 

we educators discover 

with our students 

how to live, 

always learning. 

 

Always learning, 

living learning, 

we create 

personalized understandings 

and globally connected collaboratives, 

and through these, we pave the paths 

to personal, productive, and peaceful futures. 

 

Always learning,

living learning,

schools provide 

a meeting point, 

a guide, 

a way forward 

from a place we are 

to the place we dream 

in face-to-face, 

connected, 

and virtual spaces,

conversing,

creating,

communicating,

contributing,

considering,

cooperating,

collaborating,

curating,

with access by all 

to the ideas, tools, and conversations 

that are also ongoing 

in the connected points 

of the global school

to live learning.

 

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Play to Learn…

So my goal is to continue sharing and connecting, with my PLN and students to grow and learn together, living learning as we 

 

converse with each other for ideas

create demonstrations of our ideas together and independently

communicate the ideas clearly

contribute to the ideas of others

consider others’ and our ideas to 

cooperate towards a goal or

collaborate to solve an issue or create a service or product, then

curate our efforts for others to consider.

 

These authentic choices live in learning, more than the standards, and create digital and real citizens for our future.

 

What is your vision?


Photo Credits:

Credits: Images Flickr CC by teach.eagle

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I want to do it all… and remind me…

Pause to Reflect…

My Friend Joy Kirr, 7th grade LA teacher from Illinois, wants to do it all — learn all the time and apply that learning in the classroom to inspire and encourage her students. Read what she says here:

Our Genius Hour: I want to do it all…:

‘via Blog this’

I agree; I want my students to live learning… not just love learning, but “live learning.”  It reminds me of a quote my students chose a few years ago as their motto:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

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This quote was attributed to Gandhi, but he did not actually say it; others have had similar views. (see here). Whoever started it, it is a great way to live.  I want my students and my family to “live learning.”

So, I want to do it all…

I want to learn all I can to share with my students and family so that they may do the same, adding positive words and actions to our world, which is why I say, “Go boldly, and scatter seeds of kindness.”

I want my students and family to know about the people and things that have changed the world for the better, and to add to those resources so that they too may create to change the world to be better.

I want my students and family to share, to collaborate, to invite, to consider, and also to find time for the quiet reflection that helps put the world into perspective: Live and let live. I am small, but I can make a difference in the world around me.

 

Play to Learn…

I need to remind myself to take one step at a time, and to remember this:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely…” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not perfect, but I can live learning…

How about you? What do you want to do? And what do you want to remind yourself?

And thanks @JoyKirr for reminding me…


Note: this post will be cross-blogged at What Else, Ask What Else,  Sheri42, and What Else 2 Learn

Digital Literacy for literacy today and onward…

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Pause to Reflect…

 

Digital Literacy: It’s now.

As soon as a child can reach, the choice is clear: the iPad has changed the world. 

Digital Literacy: It’s Today.

Joe and His Non-NetBook

Click to view the entire source video:

Joe and his non-netbook (an excerpt):

 

  • Joe

“I can’t double click on the image for more information. I can’t find the System Preferences to enlarge the small text.”

  • Expectations

Joe is frustrated because he knows a better way to access the information relevant to his learning. 

It’s not just middle school students. 

A one-year-old knows that “a magazine is an iPad that does not work.”  

See the source video:

The remix: 

 

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Digital Literacy: It’s now.

Look in your pocket or a person in the room. Listen in the room. Wherever you go, you see and hear it: we have  instant access to information and people. We are a connected world.

Digital Literacy: It’s Search and Connect.

How fast can you find information on Google? How valid and accurate is the information? How relevant is the information to your needs? Do you Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? Are you connected to people around the world with similar interests? Do you collaborate with these people? If you don’t, you aren’t “literate” by today’s terms.

Source: Lucy Gray Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/elemenous/search-at-isummit

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Digital Literacy: It’s now.

If we have the tool, do we have the knowledge to be sophisticated and serious users of information? Do we  have the knowledge to be creative and critical authors of relevant and important information that helps not only ourselves, but others? Are we digital citizens?

Digital Literacy: It’s Research and Create.

Do you know how to apply a “digital alert?” Do you follow RSS feeds? Do you understand Creative Commons? Do you gather and analyze information, consider its import, collaborate with others, and remix to share to make a point, make a change, or make a difference? Do you engage as a digital citizen? If you don’t, you’re not literate.

Source: Lucy Gray Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/elemenous/search-at-isummit

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Digital Literacy: Traditional concurrent with the future.

Why not stay the same? Reading and Writing with paper and pen?

Have we ever stopped progress?

Think about It: Source:

 

Digital Literacy: Consider. Act. Connect.

Consider:

The costs of digital exclusion are rising … Offline Americans are missing out on education opportunities, health care opportunities, and, yes, job opportunities..

SOURCE: PC WORLD 2012-07-16 18:50:00

 

Connecting all Am
ericans and teaching them digital skills is critical to reducing unemployment … There is growing evidence of a skills mismatch in America..

SOURCE: PC WORLD 2012-07-16 18:50:00

 

We have a case to make, I think, for valuing the immeasurable over that which can be easily measured, and that the powerful role that schools can play now is not delivering that narrow curriculum (which is now in a million places) but in developing the skills and dispositions or the “opportunity to participate in civic and deliberative discussions” which, at the end of the day, is kinda hard to machine score.

SOURCE: Will Richardson http://willrichardson.com/post/27223512371/valuing-the-immeasurable 

 

In every great struggle, there comes a tipping point, that critical moment when an infusion of resources – people, effort and assets – is necessary to prevail … For the school district, we believe that tipping point is now..

SOURCE:: ACTION NEWS 6 ABC 2012-07-17 19:57:00

 

Play to Learn…

 

Digital Literacy for literacy today and onward… as literate, digital citizens.

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Source: Flickr Creative Commons by by mikefisher821

 

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Act:

What opportunities do we want for our students?

How will we connect their world to ours?

 

Connect:

One example: Personal Persuasive Project: science and language arts with student choice incorporating Google Apps for Education.


 


ePub: Digital Literacy 4 Us by Sheri Edwards  Download and Open in iBooks

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Note:

This post

-an ePub on iPads-

was my presentation

for the school board

on the importance of digital literacy

P2PU: A Reflection on Digital Literacy

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Pause to reflect…

 

Peer 2 Peer University: Making Writing and Literacy Learning Connections is a reflective group I have joined to become a better teacher of digital literacies.

 

P2PU | Making Writing and Literacy Learning Connections | July 12: Writing in the “Real” World

 

 

This group of educators has been discussing Digital Literacy in terms of a transition of the teaching and learning of reading and writing in today’s classrooms.

 

I highlighted in Diigo the words from our second task and considered why they resonate as powerful possibilities.

 

1. Goals

 

“collaboration, shared writing, community building, and relevant and clear communication”
 
These ideas we have discussed as important to digital literacies, and are goals on which we can continually improve both our process and product. When we embark into digital literacies, we have the opportunity to build a better world, a world where diverse voices are heard and recognized, where they can come together in an online space and build a community of learners and citizens to solve problems anywhere. We could.

 

These fourth grade students grew into a community that provided lessons within their school and without:

 

Fourth Grade Service Learning Project:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/366


2. Purpose

“help students to understand the ways in which the choices they make regarding when, how, and why they use writing to communicate to particular audiences can have a profound social impact”

 

When we communicate and collaborate, when we work together, we build a community. What we think, say, and write impacts ourselves, our communities. Our purpose is to help students find a voice, join voices, and act with those voices to impact their world — choosing the most effective words and presentation to convey that voice, their purpose. Using audio, sound, text, images, video, diagrams, interactives, and more, students constantly consider TAP: topic, audience, and purpose. We’ve just expanded the repertoire of choices in “how” we share; critical thinking and planning in creative ways will be the norm, if we help students understand their choices in “digital writing” (multi-media) and in reading those choices by others. We guide them to see the impacts of media on their lives and how their media can impact the lives of others.  Now more than ever, we help students “touch the future” and build that better world.

 

These students show how that power of choice through critical and creative revisions of their vision do just that.

 

Literacy in our Lives:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/2783

 

3. Impacts

“student choice, online responsibility and ethics, social justice, and real world change through communication”

 

By expanding the choices in how students read and write, we encourage more engagement, and therefore more learning. The internet is filled with questionable content as well as the enormous wealth of helpful information. Through our classrooms with more choice and engagement, we promote the online responsibility and ethics of good citizens and encourage students to work for social justice. These are real world issues students can now become the powerful voice of change.

 

The example below transformed a traditional unit on Shakespeare into a message of understanding and clarification of identity that transcended their own classroom and reached out to build that understanding for others.

 

Redefining Romeo and Juliet: Reclaiming the “Ghetto”:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/2248

 


Play to Learn…

 

4. Implications

“teaching and learning practices and writing in the real world”

“use Digital Is to help focus, enrich, and complicate our interest in authentic writing/writing in the real world”

 

Do you see how projects such build a local and global community with reciprocation of sharing? Do you see how  students and teachers applied these skills: creative and critical thinking with reading, writing, and producing strategies?

 

Do you see the need to find the ways to build the foundation in pedagogy, curriculum, and infrastructure to implement projects?

 

How do we start?

 

A good example that also started with the traditional history curriculum, but built a community of help and history is:

 

Students Doing History with Voicethread Technology:  http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/415

 

Now more than ever, digital literacy bridges the schools and the “real world.”

 

What projects have you considered or implemented that also demonstrate the need for more projects like this?

 

How about joining the discussion at P2PU  and Digital Is ?

 

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