Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Saturday TCEA Robotics Competition- Post 1

It’s 20 degrees outside on a frosty Texas morning and I am on my way to the CISD Robotics Competition sponsored by TCEA. I am a judge for the competition in the “Inventions” section. I keep hearing the “Here Comes the Judge” jingle in my head.

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In the Inventions Contest, teams will create and develop a unique robotic invention that will solve a problem.
Student teams will need to approach their problem, working together like real team of engineers, to solve a
common challenge using the Engineering Design Process. The Engineering Design Process is a particular course
of action and sequence of operations intended to achieve a result or produce an outcome. The Engineering
Design Process consists of the following steps:
 Research
 Plan
 Prototype
 Document and Test
 Commercialize.

 

We are judging with a rubric correlated to the key words: Research, Plan, Prototype, Document and Test, and Commercialize.

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 12

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Facilitating the PBS TeacherLine course: Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World

I am excited to have the opportunity to facilitate Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World an undergraduate and graduate course from PBS TeacherLine. This is the 7th time to facilitate this course and every time, I learn something new from the dedicated educators who take the course. Click here to learn more about the course and see the other course offerings from PBS TeacherLine.

PBS Digital Reading course

 

Hope to virtually “see” you in class!

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Free professional development events for PreK-1 teachers!

Free professional development events for PreK-1 teachers!

Learning with PBS Kids

 

Learning with PBS KIDS is a virtual PD series specially designed with PreK- 1st grade teachers in mind. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for early childhood classrooms, this series will highlight key themes including the arts, social and emotional learning, playful learning, and meaningful screen time. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each 1 hour virtual PD event. Explore Webinar Series.

Learning More at this link: http://www.pbs.org/education/blog/learning-with-pbs-kids-professional-development-for-early-childhood-educators?

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(First) Weekend Ed. Quote of 2018~January 5

To move the world we must first move ourselves. ~Socrates

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year Tech Checklist ~ January 2018

One of the fortunate things about a career in education is the yearly ‘Holiday Break.” This holiday break was punctuated with a prolonged cold, frigid, FREEZING weather system. For this native California-to-Texas transplant, the cold was especially menacing. After attempting many work-arounds and brave attempts at navigating in these temps, the only acceptable solution was time by the fireplace and Amazon Prime deliveries of hot chocolate.

Time by the fireplace included time with my favorite channel: The Food Network. I became a binge watcher of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and “Guy’s Grocery Games” which are both hosted by Guy Fieri.

After a few episodes, I was treated to the inside nomenclature of each show. It seems that, like many things in technology, the inside lingo for “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and “Guy’s Grocery Games” is “Triple D” and “Triple G” respectively.

So, in keeping with the triple alpha lingo, here are my Triple C ideas for your New Year Tech Checklist:

C1: Check your links on your homepage, blog, and other social media: Make sure they work. Links can be hear today and gone into cyberspace tomorrow. Your homepage, blog, social media is the first greeter of your work.

C2: Change your passwords. If your workplace does not have regular password change protocols in place, please use the start of the new year to change your password, and please make your password alphanumeric/symbol without a natural language word (i.e. “daisy1). Even though all the places I work have a regular schedule of password changes, the start of the new year is the symbolic “changing of the password guard” for me.

C3: Clean out old emails. A proper digital diet of up-to-date email storage is just good cyber wellness. We use the Canvas LMS for our online courses and I receive emails regarding student attendance, announcements, updates, etc… I save these during a semester and clean them out at the start of new semesters. You probably have other email accounts and folders where emails accumulate. Deleting these emails can feel so cyber-slimming!!

So, that’s my Triple C ideas for your New Year Tech Checklist. What else should I include? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Weekend Ed. Quotes ~ December 30

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent Van Gogh

 

May all the small acts of kindness, instructional outreaches, and participatory spontaneity that you and I engendered this year follow us into an exciting New Year! #2018!

 

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Library of Congress to Cease Continual Tweet Archiving

Assign it the hashtag of #bahbye, Mediate reports that “Even the Library of Congress can’t keep up with Twitter anymore. The Library of Congress has been archiving every single public tweet for many years. But now it’s announced the process for archiving tweets will be more limited starting in 2018.” (Source: Mediaite)

The Library of Congress says that going forward, “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.” (Source: Deadline)

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quotes ~ December 23

Cleverness is not wisdom. ~Euripides

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 8

The importance of instructional design for learning:

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Instructional designers carry out “the practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources” (Januszewski & Molenda, 2007).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citation: Boling, E., Alangari, H., Hajdu, I. M., Guo, M., Gyabak, K., Khlaif, Z., Kizilboga, R., Tomita, K., Alsaif, M., Lachheb, A., Bae, H., Ergulec, F., Zhu, M., Basdogan, M., Buggs, C., Sari, A. and Techawitthayachinda, R. “. (2017), Core Judgments of Instructional Designers in Practice. Perf Improvement Qrtly, 30: 199–219. doi:10.1002/piq.21250

 

 

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