Thursday, March 8, 2018

Diversity in the Classroom and Media Influences

Begin by analyzing short “State of the village report” from 2005 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.

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

Read a short article about challenges in defining Multicultural Education and also about the areas of social transformation.

Read about “Key Characteristics of a Multicultural Curriculum” by P.Gorski

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:

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: 

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 watch: Worlds Apart’ An Experiment by Heineken. Can two strangers with opposing views prove that there’s more that unites than divides us?

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

Controversial artist Olivero Toscani on ad influance 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Digital Citizenship

Begin by watching the short intro and download the NMC Horizon Report 2017  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:
  • 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

Check this resource collection related to youth & Internet safety put together by Scott Mcleod
  • 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?
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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: -  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

Follow our Digital Citizenship board on Pinterest

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

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)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Visual Literacy / Digital Storytelling

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.

Read this very short intro about  Learning and Visual Literacy 

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

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: 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:

Digital Storytelling

To conceptualize the importance of digital storytelling begin by taking yet another look at the ISTE Standards for Students
While completing the rest of the RWLD's try to answer the following questions:
  • How digital storytelling aligns with ISTE Standards for Students?
  • How could you as a teacher use storytelling and digital media in content areas in your classroom?
Explore the website from the University of Huston devoted to the educational use of digital storytelling. Focus on 7 elements of Digital Storytelling
image by Magdalena Galloway
Read 7 things you should know about Digital Storytelling (.pdf document created by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative)

Resources for our labs:

Before you even start to think about the video production, you need to create the narrative script.  Learn the screenwriting process in this video: 

You will also need a storyboard to create a video. A storyboard is a visual representation of your sometimes complex ideas and a tool to map the flow of your future video. The storyboard is your blueprint and, it removes the guessing game from the process, helps collaborators, and in the long run, it will save you a lot of time.  Watch the video that best explains the importance of  storyboard:

Additional resources:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Technology Trends and Education

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

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?

Many of you attended the event where a few Middle Schoolers from Hoover did a technology presentation for us in January. From what I read in your reflections, many didn't know about these technologies and the fact that they are being used in K-12 schools. And that's OK! That's the nature of technology and by the time you graduate, there may be other new things in trend. By the way, their school's media staff created this video. Enjoy!


What is STEM:

Drones in Education 

Examples of Drone Usage in Education: The Washington Times (

7 things you should know about Makerspaces

Transformative Learning Approach

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?
3D Printing:
3D Printing at the Rod Library!


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?