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  1. Jul 2016
    1. not just the single answer that the teacher or curriculum designer intended.

      Again encouraging that cultural shift in education that the teacher is the holder of all knowledge

    2. When designing curriculum, the enjoyable part is to have activities that reinforce the knowledge being studied with applications that are age appropriate.

      This article does a nice job of making statements about what classrooms need to be doing to support technology in the classroom. It backs it up with explinations but it would be nice to have the additional resources of which activities or programs to use.

    3. tudents need to learn about the basic principles and operation of these tools and related systems and it is our unique responsibility to teach students how to use them.


    4. better prepared to design and build innovative products to keep the U.S. economy moving forward

      I don't know how much I agree with this statement. Henry Ford and Steve Jobs were innovative and neither of them really developed those skills in a school setting. So is there a connection between education and innovation?

    5. he days of having students do technology activities in which they all come up with the same solution to a problem are gone.

      Jenkins also addresses this change in classroom design, or rather the importance of not falling into the trap of using technology to replace other forms of assignments that "becmoe one more thing we grade, one more way of measuring whether everyone in the class has learned the same material and mastered the same skills."

    6. Finally, the environmental impacts of technology are topics that have been viable since Earth Day was established in the early 1970s. Although technology can make for a better life, it can also destroy the earth if its impacts are not assessed.

      Even young students have ideas about how to balance the needs of the many with the needs of the few. Using this type of approach to classroom instruction can generate many solutions to these serious issues and connects learning to students lives.

    7. There are many objectives and activities that could be included such as the creation and elimination of jobs, the outsourcing of work, the building of urban centers, the loss of non-English languages, and country economic status.

      I'm impressed with how this process created very specific goals like this one, that address a wide variety of issues and encourages further discourse and more indepth investigation

    8. he fewer and more succinct goal statements are, the better it is for the learners and teachers

      Important to remember as we help students set their own goals

    9. Clear program focus cannot be achieved without goals. If standards and benchmarks are used in the absence of goals, there will not be a unification of purpose and assessments will result in “teaching to the test” rather than assessing the extent to which the overarching goals were reached.

      This is an nice clarification on why goals are important to any process.

    10. Become a wise consumer

      I hope this is one of those things we can start to change about American culture. I appreciated how Jenkins addressed this danger by pointing out that "seeing students as consumers rather than participants within the educational process" is developing attitudes/ behaviors that limit a students participation.

    11. Uncover and develop individual talents

      I love goals like this. Creating a classroom environment that asks students to take a risk and try something new, because it might be an undiscovered talent, is engaging and promotes growth mind-set.

    12. develop attitudes

      How does one develop an attitude in someone else?

    13. To establish beliefs and values based upon the impact of technology and how it alters environments

      Beliefs about affinity spaces and participatory cultures

    14. develop tool and machine skills, creative abilities, worthy use of leisure, and technical skills.

      To see the purpose of education and its goals spelled out in these lists is very enlightening. But one wonders who decides what is a worthy use of leisure?

    15. To discover and develop talents of students in the technical fields and applied sciences.

      Participatory learning.

    16. began to examine their effectiveness in preparing future generations after the launching of Sputnik I,

      Interesting to see the key events that have been shaping education laid out like this. (the Commission in 1918, America 2000, the Space Race). To take into consideration all the different pieces that have made education into this mismatched quilt of good intentions.

    17. Governors used goals as tools to guide the improvement of U.S. schooling

      How successful was this program?

    18. the U.S. Governors in 1988 to devise a plan to improve the schooling of American youth. The plan, America 2000

      I'm afraid I don't know much about this.

    19. will start school ready to learn.

      The story of Sesame Street was very inspirational to me in terms of deciding to go into teaching. They were so successful in their goal of bringing basic literacy awareness to preschool age children that 25 years later they had to lower the demographic for their viewers.

    20. This Commission based their aims for education on the important life principles and citizenship. Thus, they would be considered as empirical sources

      This early influence on the aim of public education continues to be part of the mythology that public education prepares students for the responsibility of adulthood when in fact many of the practices of public education don't promote this type of thinking.

    21. they would have little ability to apply this knowledge to the technological challenges and decisions they will make in everyday life

      Book smarts verses practical experience.

    22. We must seek goals that take curriculum designers and teachers beyond the limits of these specific professions toward the goal of technological literacy for all

      In order to change education into a more participatory culture we will need to shift the hierarchical and pre-structured relationship between teachers and learners.

    23. This would also include the federal government’s view of setting goals that all learners need to meet

      I would have believed that the Coomon Core came from an empirical source with its ideals of economy, citizenship and democracy giving direction to our goals, but part of the problem with the educational system is how certain philosophical ideas about students and their abilities have influenced benchmarks and tracking - people and ideas that often bias.

    24. derived from the thoughts of the great thinkers of the time and their beliefs of what schooling should be.

      Caution must be used here: who are these "great" thinkers, what are their agendas really like?

    25. Goals provide direction so content can be delivered for long-term impact to students who study the subject.

      This is true for the individual goals students may have to create a podcast, up to the goals the classroom may have to create "public service announcements", to district goals for teaching persuasive writing, all the way up to nationally recognized common core practices.

    26. goals need to be in place to direct the outcomes of curriculum development and teaching

      Was recently reading an article by Henry Jenkins talking about "breaking down the walls that isolate classroom teaching from the larger learning ecology surrounding schools, incorporate outside perspectives" etc. by incorporating technology and affinity spaces in the classroom.

  2. Jun 2016
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    1. e I have found other like-minded colleagues who enter into dialogue withme about my work on a regular basis. This new type of networking has been and con-tinues to be, for me, an invaluable force in shaping my thinking and my career choic

      When I look at my classmates blogs and posts I see this discovery of community but I don't feel I have found mine yet.

    2. offence.

      Will we be opening Pandora's Box on this one?

    3. Riverbend,” t

      Check this out. It's been 3 years since her last post but read what she had to say about her final blog. (It's been 11 years since this report). Fascinating

    4. teenaged girls’ blogs or homepages as providing spaces where these girlscan self-present and explore aspects of their identity.

      As long as there is some protection from preditors I am okay with thie exploration and discovery taking place online.

    5. 005)

      And these studies are 10 years old. What's different now?

    6. local and global discourses with thenotion of participating in a network of bloggers being a strong drawcard for bothreaders and bloggers themselves

      I think this ties into a classmates comments about wondering who these people were - the strangers following us on Twitter. Why us? Who they?

    7. New blog technologies provide new affordances whichcan be at once both simple and complex; simple because they share some of the char-acteristics of paper-based texts (such as typographical conventions, spelling, para-graph, layout and so on) and complex because of the capabilities offered byhypertext.

      As a writing teacher this is helping me see how I can make grammer reliavent to students today.

    8. o publish on the web,

      Virginia Woolf was a self publisher. If you ever get a chance to look into how artists over time have funded their own projects it might amaze you have how socially active those actions can be.

    9. the second withthe nature and fabric of blogs as texts

      This is what interests me first, self-publishing second. But I don't really get excited about networking. That's what makes these new social spheres so interesting is how they do expose us to things we otherwise wouldn't be considering.

    1. We have to override the defeatism we feel and find ways to assert control.

      Rally the troops and restrategize

    2. For many other tips on how to overcome failure check out, Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure and Other Everyday Hurts (link is external) (Plume, 2014).

      Books to reaad! You know I love that <3

    3. feedback

      So very important to have the right kind of support. Remembering that sometimes when we talk to our friends and they tell us how awesome we are we are less likely to be successful (because the brain mistakes the talking for the doing). But the right kind of support can hold us accountable and help us replan and learn from our mistakes.

    4. building in incentives and plans to manage them—planning ahead

      Like I said earlier, sometimes we put a lot of effort into making our goals but when at first we don't succeed we rarely reflect and come up with Plan B and try again. This process of trying a second time, and learning from our mistakes, and planning to avoid those things. Will help us out immensely.

    5. get tripped up by the same situations and temptations

      Yes. Dieting is a frustration of mine. I feel athletic and strong on the inside but my outside doesn't match that image and I do get discouraged and down on myself. But changing routines and rituals will help me stay on track.

    6. Figuring out what your boss values

      Even in our own goal setting, figuring out what you value so you stop wasting energy on goals you don't care about will help you be more successful all around. If you don't care about your weight or hiking every 14er isn't really important to you, take them off your to-do list. If writing your lesson plans in a certain format is important to your boss then figuring out how to align more with their values will help you meet your own goals of doing well on your evaluations.

    7. you must find ways to regain control of as many aspects of the task or goal as possible.

      This idea of regaining control is important for anytime we feel helpless or hopeless, and I'm going to look for more ways to create this in my own life. "Food works for me, I don't work for food," is a good example of one of the attitudes I need to adopt to gain control again over my diet.

    8. little control over their disease were much worse at self-care than patients who perceived themselves as having more control

      I'd like to keep this in mind while working with students. There has to be a way to give students a feeling of being more in control of their goals so that they feel they can do more to help themselves.

    9. Failure distorts our perception of the goal itself such that it seems further out of reach.

      I like to believe I have a very healthy growth mind-set but I know their our goals I've had that I've moved away from because they just feel so far away. Reading this I am going to revisit those ideas and see what can be done.

    10. We all know failures are demoralizing, but what we don’t realize is they constitute a form of psychological injury in that they literally distort our perceptions

      I had never really thought about this before but this connects back to fixed mind-set. We internalize our failures, we internalize the unconscious ways we hear others or ourselves talk about ourselves, and it changes what we think we can or can't do.

    11. a time you failed at something meaningful or important to you

      Resilience and grit are two of my favorite words, and this article grabbed my attention from the first line because how often do we focus of setting on what happens leading up to a big event or goal and not enough on what we will do if we are not successful?

    1. prioritized, organized, and ultimately accomplished.

      Understanding what we are actually spending our time doing and how that work actually moves us closer (or perhaps away from) our goal is important in organizing ourselves.

    1. I still wonder if I am writing too much or too little


    2. Pollock spent a short eleven years working with his now famous technique before his death, I feel like 8 weeks is not nearly enough time to become even a budding digital story teller

      Time. Again, so well said. It does take time to develop a talent. If I can help 6th graders start this process maybe by the time they are in college they will have a voice they are confident expressing.

    3. I still feel that I am missing the world around me as I surf through the countless posts

      You have just the right way of saying things, I totally connect with the feeling you are expressing here.

    4. in my classroom in the coming year,

      Isn't it amazing how this shift in focus happens, the event I went to at the library has dominated my imagination in terms of using it in class next "year".

    5. most people look at Pollock’s work, they see only splatters of paint

      I may know some books but you know so much about art. You help me see art past the splatters of paint, and I'll help you see past the typing to the literature.

    1. next week

      One week down, seven more to go

    2. Let’s see what else I can do

      I imagine anything you put your mind to ;)

    3. I am not always going to get it on the first try

      Thank you for your honesty, I think it helps to hear that we all struggle when we start something new. Your hard work shows.

    4. redid two of my blogs from earlier this week

      I think your blog looks really professional. It's clean and easy to follow, I need to play around with some of my settings too (I hadn't even really thought to before).

    5. 20 tabs on chrome open at once.

      Glad to hear I am not the only one. I have been stressing about this class since before it started but after ten days of getting use to Twitter and a messy desktop I also feel more confident.

    6. Week 1 Reflection

      I have to tell you, I love the cat. And I've felt the same way many times this week too. Glad we are in this together.

    1. We want student to buy into what we are selling in order to inspire them to learn and take their learning in their own direction.

      Yes we do, we know if its meaningful to students they will do their best, but if its not they are disengaged.

    2. transform the way I teacher reading and writing.

      An interesting discourse, looking for ways that incoming information can benefit us. I often have my students in the back of my mind, not just at the museum but also the grocery store. I'm always looking for a way to help them understand too.

    1. I realize personality has a large role in this.

      Awesome insight. Thanks for sharing (and for being willing to take a risk).

    1. Things don’t always go as planned.  Good things can’t always be planned.  Be flexible and open to life’s twists and turns.

      This is what I love about the reflection part of goal setting. How did it go, did it work out just like you thought it would? What was different? What could we change? And then setting out on another voyage.

    2. Tame your inner critic; let go and move on productively.

      Getting students to get this, life goal.

    3. Regardless of what you’re trying to accomplish, it’s always easier if you have a group of people who understand what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and what challenges you’re facing. 

      Truth. It's our Tribes that help us, support us, get us. (Oh and I'll have to finger snap for #ilt5430 because this is straight up what they are saying about this whole internet thing bringing us closer together)

    4. Take a breather and regroup

      Reflection and Revising Goals is such a forgotten or overlooked part of being successful.

    5. raise your consciousness and effectiveness.

      Interesting way of looking at things. Collaboration. Delegation is such an interesting thing to look at in terms of prioritizing and goal setting.

    6. Keep your efforts aligned with your purpose.


      Remind myself why am I doing this.

    7. urgent and what is important.

      This ties into intrinsic motivation, if its important then its worth doing.

      As a teacher how do you connect 52 individuals to these ideas within themselves?

    8. Family and close friends

      We need to show people through action what they mean to us. Putting them at the top of your list shows that. Knowing your name shows that you matter, putting you on my list shows that you are important; students, teachers/coworkers, friends, family.

      Somewhere there is a book (it maybe this one but I can't remember right now) that has you focus on your roles (career, wife, daughter, artist) and select goals that way. Helpful to have a wife goal, you'd be surprised what you learn about yourself.

    9. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

      Love this.

    10. Focus with your full attention

      "A person rush-ing an email message to head office as she hands her boarding pass to the airlineattendant at the entrance to the aircraft boarding ramp is recognizable (to othersand herself ) as a particular kind of person ."

      That was from my required reading for a class I am taking and it reminded me of a few things.

      Being busy is not the same as being productive.

      Where we focus our attention and how is important.

    11. focus our attention on the right things, in the right ways

      Have you ever focused on the right thing in the wrong way? I know I have, and it only made things worse. Self help books offer a variety of ways to prioritize or organize your day but you have to experiment with the method that works best for you, that focuses on the things that matter to you.

    1. Produce your second DS106 Daily Create

      Trying to get rock my daily creates, here's Numero Dos The creative parts are starting to flow but the technical issues continue to concern me. Am I getting around to all the different posts, am I tagging everything correctly? Did I remember to spell check?

    2. annotate this text right here with your creative media!

      Nightmare! But here is my first Daily Create