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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 29

Asked once if he would have done things differently if he could live life over, he replied with characteristic candour: “All I can say is, I did my best. This was the job I undertook, I did my best, and I could not have done more in the circumstances. What people think of it, I have to leave to them. It is of no great consequence.
What is of consequence is I did my best. ~Lee Kuan Yew



Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/lee-kuan-yew-singapores-founding-father-dies-aged-91-201#sthash.Wjea408c.dpuf

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Reading on the Web~Is it really reading or scanning?

This post by Jakob Nielson, titled “How Little Do Users Read?” explains the distinction between reading (as done with books, papers, and magazines) and scanning (as done with webpages)

Nielson cites the empirical research of Harald Weinreich, Hartmut Obendorf, Eelco Herder, and Matthias Mayer in their paper,  “Not Quite the Average: An Empirical Study of Web Use,”

In his insightful summary, Nielson discusses the following points regarding web scanning:

  • 10,163 page views (17%) that lasted less than 4 seconds. In such brief “visits,” users clearly bounced right out without truly “using” the page.
  • 2,615 page views (4%) that lasted more than 10 minutes. In these cases, users almost certainly left the browser open while doing something else.
  • 1,558 page views (3%) with fewer than 20 words on them. Such pages are probably server errors or disrupted downloads.

Source:How Little Do Users Read?” by Jakob Nielson, May, 2008. From the Nielsen Norman Group Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting. Retrieved from: http://www.nngroup.com/articles/how-little-do-users-read/

See also:

How Users Read on the Web by by Jakob Nielson, October, 1997. From the Nielsen Norman Group Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting. Retrieved from: http://www.nngroup.com/articles/how-users-read-on-the-web/


Weekend Ed. Quotes ~ May 22

“You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.” Seymour Papert, MIT mathematician, educator, computer scientist.

From Designing Digitally, Inc.: http://www.designingdigitally.com/blog/2015/03/10-fascinating-quotes-about-online-learning#ixzz3YSZTKR2M



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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 15

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. ~Charles Baudelaire


Singapore Botanic Garden Video




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Of books and frigates and school change

Can you write something today that will be referenced in a future technology that you can’t even fathom?

Emily Dickinson did.

In a letter she wrote in 1873, she included the lines that would become known as her poem, “There is no frigate like a book.” This morning, 142 years later, I heard Dr. Jack McManus, professor in Pepperdine University’s GSEP, reference it in his TED Talk, “Schools of the Future: Time to Develop Your Metaphor.” It is so interesting to me that Dickinson’s editors “fixed” her poems and published them after her death in order to conform to more “regular” language usage of the time.

The curriculum-based lesson connection is: How would you retool Dickinson’s metaphor for technology? or life today?

But, the enduring value question rotates back to the question Dr. McManus’ posed at his TED talk:

How do you and I change the metaphor for schools?

Read the poem. Listen to the talk. And help start / continue the conversation.

There is no Frigate like a Book
By Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –


Schools of the Future: Time to Develop Your Metaphor: Jack McManus at TEDxManhattanBeach

If you are an English teacher and would like more of the history of Emily Dickinson’s poems and the revisions they endured after her death, click to Tim Gracyk‘s You Tube video here
Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999). Retrieved from: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182908


Happy Mother’s Day!

“‘Can anything harm us, mother, after the night-lights are lit?’
‘Nothing, precious,’ she said; ‘they are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children.'” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Source: http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–TafzqDLE–/18s0wkrd152wfjpg.jpg


Lessons featuring Academic Vocabulary

ReadWorks collected and features lessons that teach critical academic vocabulary words in the context of authentic passages with our newest collection:

K-12th Grade Passages with Academic Vocabulary


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 8

Appreciative Inquiry


From the book Appreciative Inquiry: Practitioners’ Guide for Generative Change and Development by Neena Verma


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“A Book That Shaped Me” Library of Congress Essay Contest

“A Book That Shaped Me” Essay Contest: The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is “I cannot live without books,” a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2015 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10, 2015.

More information available at this link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-080.html



Weekend Ed. Quotes ~ May 1

Imagination is everything in this world. ~Blaise Pascal


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