Thursday, February 23, 2017

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
Before you even start to think about the video production, you need to create the narrative script. (No, it will not kill spontaneity and fun of creation. It will enhance the professionalism and better align with the standards mentioned above) Learn the screenwriting process in this video: 

You will  also need storyboard to create a video. Why? In a nutshell, a storyboard is a visual representation of your awesome ideas and a tool to map the flow of your future video. The storyboard is your blueprint and, in the long run, it will save you a headache and allow you to create the video masterpiece you've always wanted :-) Watch the video that best explains the importance of  storyboard:

Read 7 things you should know about Digital Storytelling (.pdf document created by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative)

Additional resources:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Digital Citizenship

Begin by watching the short intro and download the NMC Horizon Report 2016  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 help your students? 
Read Principle V of Model Code of Ethics - Responsible and Ethical Use of Technology 
  • According to this list, are you an ethical educator?

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 - 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.

Netiquette: Browse and bookmark for later  resources related to the common do's and don'ts of online communication

Follow our Digital Citizenship board on Pinterest

Bookmark for future use the blog with great cyber safety tips and resources

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 #4: Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility - Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practice 
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 9, 2017

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

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

Take a quick visual "snap judgement" test on  Explore resources there

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

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- Read 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 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 video “Misconceptions; Do’s & Don’ts of a 1st Year Teacher” created by Mississippi State University students about racial stereotypes (4 min)

- Browse and Follow the Kid World Citizen organization on Pinterest  for a variety of multicultural activities and resources

Additional resources:

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 teachers connection:  Standard #4.d. Teacher develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools.

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)

How to Tell if You Are a Racist? Consider the questions, answer to yourself.

Watch the An Anti-Bullying Message From the NOH8 Campaign (2.27 min)

Information for Teens: The Media &Your Life - How the media affects Teens & Young Adults

Video “Tellin' Stories” about program designed to increase parental involvement and student achievement in America's public schools.

- 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)

Elders React to Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Visual Literacy

Color matters! Read about color symbolism in different cultures and explore other parts of this web site to learn more about the significance of color in our lives.

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 (7 min) . I will talk about it more in my lecture.

As you are going to design your WebQuest website, it is very important what makes page friendly, and how to present the text so it is useful to the learner.  To help you with that I created a short video about the web design considerations

Browse this 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

Additional 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.

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.

Visual Thinking Strategies

25 of the most iconic photographs (according to CNN) - How many can you name just by looking at them?