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Inundation/Distraction

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I will highlight this more in my PechaKucha tonight but The economist has been doing a series on why Trump tweets need to stop and how they are causing effects on the actual world. 

 

 http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/03/45th-president

 

Online Safety-For kids (FBI kids safty game included)

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So I was curious to see what . gov websites have for kids safety and ran across this website, and from there I ran into truly the purest gem online, this game hosted by the Federal bureau of investigation. Im not going to lie at first I thought it was hilarious, but once I started playing with it. it's actually very well structured, has very nice graphics, and is sort of fun to play with and such. I actually do recommend visiting it here

below is a screenshot of one of the lessons.

 

 

Teacher Tidbit Blog

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I came across this blog from a teacher on twitter and I thought it was a cool idea. He basically just posts all kinds of different things and thoughts he has about teaching and education. My favorite post is his new years resoulutions as a teacher, learning one new thing about a student each day, committing to change, things that make a teacher better from a live perspective of a teacher. 

Teacher Tidbits

 

Website Evaluator Tool

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During the twitter chat this past week, one of the topics we discussed was how to teach students to shift through trending topics and quality content on social media. It's important for students to be critical and skeptical thinkers, especially when looking at online content. EasyBib is a free website credibility checker that allows you to discover whether the website you are looking at is reliable. It guides you step-by-step through 6 criterion points that will help you to determine credibility. Hope it can be a useful tool for middle and high school students!  

 

Components of a quality program

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This week I decided to share an article that taught a lot about serving English language learners.  The different services they may need in order to be successful in our school systems.  Here is a brief summary of Handscombe 1989 article called; “What are Components of a Quality Program?”  The states a program that works must include the following components; an orientation program that acquaints ELLs into the school culture, expectations and requirement.  It should also include a monitoring program; this program will ensure that ELLs are not falling behind in their classes. Another component of the program should be a parental involvement program, students benefit when the whole family is involved in their learning.  A quality program needs to have language program, the language program has to be an additive approach to language, meaning students are encouraged to keep their home language while learning English.  Lastly, a quality program should include an academic upgrading program for ELLs, an academic upgrading ensures ELLs are, academic upgrading is a program that identifying areas ELLs may be exhibiting weaknesses and addressing them in an individual basis.

 

Technology enhancing, mannrrs declining.

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This week's reading found here was probably my favorite article that I have found this far. The article goes into detail about how kids are not praticing their manners while talking to automated technologies that answers questions like Alexa and it is then being carried out in their conversations with their parents or peer. Because these technologies do not respond in a way to correct the lack of please or thank you or even name calling these flaws continue on without any sort of punishment. Mattel is planning on creating a device that enforces kids to say please and thank you but should kids really have acess to this type of technology? This type of technology could really make the kid a know-it-all and resort to technology for calling out their parents when told that they need to put a jacket on or other smart responses based on what the technology provides them with.

 

The Currency of Love

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This week I am participating in a Twitter chat called , in this chat they talk about uncommon problems that educators face. I think it is very important for me to look at the hashtag and see what sorts of things were discussed the week before. I found this amazing article about a problem many of us as educators may face in our classrooms or work environments. They discussed how some students may feel after the result of the election and how some may feel hated or discriminated against. The article discusses how some teachers may feel like this is a time of crisis. I have included a link to the piece. I feel that it resonated with how I have been feeling.

 

The Currency of Love

 

 

An End to Trolling?

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In a universe where people can be different online, have different monikers and hide behind a keyboard, there is almost no online accountability whatsover. Because of this we have many trolls. People who spew hatred and vile things just because they feel like it. It's absolutely terrible However we may have found a possible solution to end/ or hinder trolling on the internet! Check out the artice here.

 

The SAMR Model

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I want to speak to the SAMR Model that Jane introduced to me a while back. This has redefined the way I think about technology in the classroom. For those unfamiliar with it, the SAMR model is a way to evaluate your use of technology within the classroom. It addresses the issue that computers should never be $300 pencils and worksheets. If you are only using computers or other types of digital technology to substitute for a worksheet, you aren't utilizing the digital tools in ways that are authentic or meaningful. 

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

This article provides a good explanation of each piece of the SAMR model. I honestly believe that this is an excellent place to start when considering how to integrate digital tools into your classroom curriculum. But I would also caution that there are a couple of aspects of the SAMR model that could cause hang-ups for educators. This article addresses those concerns and how to move past them! The SAMR model is more of a mindset for me, don't get hung up on the specifics. Just make sure that you're teaching intentionally and reflecting on your work with digital tools! 

 

Got short time to present?

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Before I start working on PechaKucha, I wanted to research a little bit about presentation in short time because I have never had this kind of presentation in 20 seconds! So I found this article, How to Deliver Powerful Short Presentations, and it tells you how to make your short presentation powerful. I personally think the use of strong and clear visuals rather than having text on slides is what I have been hearing from people and professors as well. It also says to have at least one rehearsal, but I think I might have to have more practice than once... So check this article if you want your pikachu to be more effective and stronger!