One Sunday morning as I was lying in bed just looking around and thinking of the chores, homework, lesson plan that has become my life for the last two years now. Concentrating on schoolwork avoiding the other life stuff just letting it piling up, and if not careful might bury me. I sent a few desperate text messages off to a few special friends, which said I have to Zen my life. I am finding that hard to do as I am an artist and see potential in everything. I have collected books, which are obsolete and have many sketchbooks full of poems and drawings. Then I had a Eureka moment when I stumbled across this article titled 15 reasons why you should blog:
- You might become a better writer.
- You might become a better thinker.
- You feel connected with a more international life and a boarded scope of the world.
- You will develop filters to only share the most important things.
- You may even develop a deeper meaning of self.
- You will meet many people.
- You might increase you income.
- You can inspire others.
- You can become more rounded person and their for be able to be enlightened by many things.
- It is free and it can serve as a journal
- You will get positive feed back along with thought provoking ones.
- You could become more confident and more comfortable being known.
So like everything in life blogging has some etiquette to follow in trying to find what they were I found the 10 Commandments of Blogging;
- Thou shalt write every day
- Thou shalt publish once a week
- Thou shalt build an email list
- Thou shalt track everything; tip was offered Google Analyticator is a Word Press plug in and is easy to use.
- Thou shalt sell something, not sure about this one for education but maybe some art works.
- Thou shalt use social media wisely
- Thou shalt look great
- Thou shalt ask for action
- Thou shalt love and use SEO
- Thou shalt remember that your blog is only a marketing tool, or a way to share information.
Now that my prayers are answered I think I can start minimizing my life, while striving for the understanding of the power of Zen.
I am wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and encouraging everyone I know to take a Digital Detox. I have deep need for computers, cell phones, tablets and lap tops, they have all helped me; attain a goal, would never be reached without them. My mom was told when I was young, not to buy me books with pictures because I was not reading the books anyway. The teacher said, ”She looks at the pictures and then imagines the whole story”. I have dyslexia and sometimes demands of school, writing notes and reading aloud still make me cringe and feel sick. I understand the need to be plugged in and connected however at what price. Since I have started with this degree I have gained many new insights, but everything has a price. I have become a person who is “always on”. I have become a person who is one with a computer; family, friends, my dogs and even myself have paid a price for be coming an “always on” person.
After looking around I am not alone. I see many of my friends have joined this “always on” community in which we live. Many have occupations that compute only by airplanes hosting several meetings in different time zones on the same day. Theses people work from their homes most of the time. Their day starts with conference calls, client calls they are hooked on and plug-in 24/7. In this environment one never gets a chance to appreciate the people or the world around them, even things that were once enjoyable become something they just do not have time for. Instead terms like “I wish everyone would just leave me alone,” is said yet not meant. These people become so task originated that they lose sight of the best part of being human, which is the need to relate and be loved by others. In reflecting on this holiday I am thankful for the technological advances made and I am going to invest in time to digitally detox, no computer, laptop, smart phone and e-reader. I do realize that I have many family and friends who live far away. I am planning to send texts and e-mail the day before. This Thanksgiving I just want a break from the life that has taken over and ruled my every awaken moment. I am also hoping that my imagination will one day return. Allowing me to want to draw and paint the things I see, just as I did when I was 9 years old.
Ever changing face of technology and the way in which we use it in education virtual avatar for children who are too sick to attend school. I saw the article on the ABC Nightly New York news about a boy in Staten Island who uses this robot for the same reason that this teenager in Texas uses it. To listen to his story is amazing and awesome that technology in the classroom has come so far. The down fall to this is it cost about 6,000 dollars which for some districts is a lot of funds. However to listen to this youngster talk about how much he feels really connected and not so alone worth every penny. It is a 4 foot robot which he controls through a key board at his home. He does say that walking through the halls is difficult at times when doors are shut, because he cannot knock or open the door he must wait until someone walks by and try to get his attention. He is able to walk and talk to friends at lunch, in the hall interact with the teachers and class.
The Avant-Garde Movement in art was defined as works of art that was experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics, this movement happened in the early 20th century and is happening again in the early 21 Century in education. The movement is the use of video games and games in general for educational use.
Why one might ask is education pushing for the use of gaming? Well students today are entrenched with the gaming society and the hope is that education will meet the student’s interest engaging them in learning. There is much information that puts gaming for education in a bad light, but should educators be so narrow minded in this global society which we live today. The gaming that are proposed for educational use are linked to standards, have built in rewards for the students who need motivation. Even if the student is highly motivated they will still benefit from gaming because students advance at their own pace. Games can build self-esteem and help the student succeed. Anyone who has or seen a child play a video game know that a child wants to win and beat that level to get to the next level. The trick for designers will be can they build games with this type of enthusiasm for education so students will be engaged in their own learning and want to improve. This movement is upon us and it is called Gamification.
Let’s start by defining what Human Performance Technology (HPT) is: The H = to the individuals and groups that make up an organizations, P= Performance activities and measurable outcomes, T= Technology as a systematic and systemic approach to problem solving. In a nutshell HPT is a specific process of selection, analysis, design, development, implantation and evaluation. HPT uses the most effective ways to influence human behavior and produce favorable outcomes. Wait isn’t that what education is doing? HPT is based in the behaviorist theory of learning and is closely related to the instructional theory. By mixing these two theories and the advances of neuroscience people have changed their ideas as to how humans acquire knowledge. Teachers who use this method are ones who:
- Use clear defined objectives
- Maintain that everything must be in measurable terms.
- Chunk information presented to distract with the non-relative information.
- Assess student out comes and use that data to analyze what might have gone wrong.
- Reflect and make changes.
- With the student being able to clearly and concisely communicate their findings and ideas.
This method of problem solving is based on data and analyses are completed at each level. With the 21st century upon us we are living more globally connected, information is at our fingertips and multimedia is everywhere, we all must become better communicators and use filters to process knowledge quicker to live in this competitive connected world.
E-learning and a whole lot of MOOC’s! Ok what is a MOOC? It is a Massive Online Open Course known as a MOOC. These (MOOC)’s invest in the idea that everything is done collaborative and the old saying the more one puts in the more one gets out. The MOOC’s are an on-line forum and are free. However the student may the university for credit in come cases. Most MOOCs today involve the learning in the fields of computer technology and teacher education and learning theory. Rather then just summarize another article about E-learning which all of us knows is the future of higher education. Instead I found a site that reported the pros and cons of this type of learning community from two different individuals, in an attempt to illustrate the good, bad and ugly for participating in a MOOC. The two participants themselves say that the MOOC format is not for everyone.
The pros discussed were: the global scope of the participants, Participants work together to help achieve greater understanding of presented materials, Credit is only given if the participant wants to pay, otherwise the courses are usually free from charge and one gains valuable knowledge, There are live chats and classwork presented weekly, Q& A sessions and feels like a face to face setting.
The con side of participating in a MOOC were: Participant experienced missing out on important information because of site navigation difficulties, Sometimes the participant felt that students who were receiving credit had been giving different privileges and went against the MOOC philosophy, the MOOC method of delivery is sometimes not conducive for the disabled learner, because the pace of the conversation is very fast and the amount of people talking at one time is at times very hard to follow.
The MOOC forum is relatively new and much research is still being conducted so as they say the verdict is still out. However, this appears to be the new wave of the future for the higher education system and many big name university
The first thing we must establish is that the term is relatively new it only began with a Harvard Business Professor Theodore Levitt in1983, he defines the term as the integration of nations, people politics, economy and cultures moving and molding into one large community. He points out two main drivers for this movement: 1) Technologic advances and innovations that changed the way we trade with the world, which changed the world economy. 2) Technologies such as the satellite telecommunications, Jet Planes, and the main use of the Internet which opened communications in minutes or even seconds eliminating the barrier of time. Education must change because of these advances and make every effort to prepare the youth of all societies to understand they have a responsibility for the “Global Mind” a mind that thinks of global issues and cultures. A mind that has an awareness of the bigger issues facing everyone today worldwide. Education needs to cultivate skills for the students to be innovators and move technology in positive adventures such as renewable energy. To make them people of society, which can understand the differences in the diverse cultures for which they live. Generate business people, which are to able to handle the demands of a global economy. Scientists to use technology to make advances in the area of global health, human rights. Educator’s, who will help guide the youth to be able to navigate this complex society which and be able to handle the changes in the way we work and live. Education is hoping that the 21-Century Learning Goals will prepare our students for the globalization they are going to be learning and living in in the future.
21st Century. So then what is it and how should I go about making one you might ask. PLN’s are networks based on connecting learning environments with a more diverse audience. I started researching this and found two very good articles that will help create my educational PLN. Here some reasons to create a PLN: It improves teaching, helps to create new projects, and helps connects the educator to a global intelligence .The article points out 10 tips for using PLNS:
Learning Networks (PLN’s) are important for the
- Keep the spirit of collaboration
- Join an on-line community
- Join a meet up group
- Become a beacon of light
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Be an active participant
- Remember to be polite and acknowledge contributions to the rightful owner
- Create a landing page
- Designate a professional and personal account
- Engage new user
This article answers basic questions about why teachers and students may use PLN’s. Offers advice on making them personalized and offers thoughts on different web tools to build PLN’s. These PLN’s are made with people of like minds and there are many web tools to help make creating a PLN enjoyable!
At first the term “meme” caught my eye because it looked and sounded like a Dr. Seuss word, when I looked it up, it meant an idea or behavior that spreads person to person within a culture. The culture we are talking about is the higher education culture. For years traditional education had a strong hold of how students and the public believed and viewed on-line education. That view is changing thanks to the phenomena known as “meme”. With ivy league colleges such as MIT and Harvard offering free online classes the very core of college seems to be a volcano waiting to erupt with a brand new fire for education. Free on-line classes, these courses have all the realtime feedback, offers self paced lessons along with video lesson and the high standards of curriculum and quality professors one often associates with the name of these prestigious colleges. The only difference is the name on the certificate and the price tag. The certificate of completion and the grade will come with the edx logo on it. Spokes persons fro both colleges said that the only way to still obtain a free from these schools is to be accepted, pay the bill and psychically attend face to face classes. However if one wants a certificate and a grade along with the knowledge to build their portfolio, without the debt then this program would be for you.