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So, what am I supposed to do now?: Mixed Messages on How to Combat Fake News

1 year ago

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Wednesday was a confusing day in regards to media literacy. This is not necessarily a bad confusion. It’s more of a cognitive dissonance which one of my professors in teaching school told me was exactly the state of mind in which the best learning occurs. Danah Boyd’s keynote address, “What Hath We Wrought?” was about…

Raspberry Pi: Texas considers Mac-and-Cheese a vegetable

1 year ago

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What a week! SXSWedu has expanded my horizons through thoughtful discourse with colleagues, inspirational keynote speakers, and new technologies for the classroom. Not only did the conference encourage me to step out of my comfort zone and perform a rap with professional artists, but also provided strategies on how to incorporate hands-on learning, improv, and…

5 Easy, Engaging and Effective Classroom Protocols

1 year ago

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CUE Crafted Protocols Several California Teacher’s presented 5 Useful Classroom Protocols: The Eduprotocols.com website includes these protocols and and other related materials Iron Chef EduProtocol Teams of students spend 10 minutes creating 4-slide, two minute slideshows. Keys:  Quick, Formative, Builds and routinizes research, creation and presentation skills Iron Chef Protocol Description for Teachers Iron Chef Slides…

Ready to Code: Libraries Supporting CS Education

1 year ago

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One of the sessions  I attended today at SXSWEDU was  “Ready to Code: Libraries Supporting CS Education.”  I was really interested in learning more about this because the little bit of CS ed I’ve done in my libraries has always felt like just a small taste of something that could really nourish our students as…

Hip-Hop in the Science Classroom (not just for science

1 year ago

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A creative and relevant approach to Project Based Learning in the classroom through Hip hop culture. Students build an inclusive community, make connections, create a usable public product with high stakes and ownership. This tactic incorporates the “Love for student culture + Respect their genius = collective effervescence.” Tom McFadden teaches 8th grade science in California Examples of student work Get…

Media Literacy: Do we teach this, or do we teach and model empathy?

1 year ago

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 The answer may be all of the above.  Danah Boyd was our keynote speaker today.  A very smart woman with a load of insight into media literacy, which was mostly terrifying (mild exaggeration).   It was too much to summarize in a blog post, or maybe it’s just that I’m still processing.  When her talk is…

Self Navigating Technology Resources for Students and Teachers Alike

1 year ago

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Founded in 1996, the Tiger Woods Foundation (TGR Foundation) champions breakthrough transformations and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in school and beyond. “We have humble beginnings and a universal vision: giving students in need the right resources for lifelong success in school, their communities and the working world. We don’t…

Using Videos for Instruction and Assessment

1 year ago

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One of my personal technology goals is to incorporate the use of teacher-created videos for instruction and student-created videos for assessment. This morning I was able to attend two sessions that addressed each of those respectively. The first session was called “Taking Educational Videos to the Next Level”. It involved a panel of presenters each…

Designing Lessons: Tips from Improv & Engineering

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MAR 6, 2018 | 11:00AM – 1:00PM Amar Dev ImprovPD Rachel Fahrig @rfahrig Education Consultant Pius Wong @piuswong Engineer & STEM Instructor Pios Labs Activator Question Descriptive activity – with pictures Planting daffodils Nacirema activity American spelled backwards When Designing Lessons Engagement of Students Creating Community – Culture of Learning Real Life Application Rigor Not…