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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 26

“I’ve learned to balance my personal and professional lives like a nurse triaging emergency patients: by determining which role requires my attention right now. Borrowing an analogy from author James Patterson, I imagine that I am juggling a set of balls representing work, family, friends, and spirit. Each ball is made of either rubber or glass, and the material changes with the circumstances. If I drop a rubber ball, it bounces back. However, a fumbled glass ball may chip or even shatter. The trick is knowing when a ball is rubber and when it’s glass.” ~ Emma White, The Art of Triage




White, E. ( 2017, August 11). The Art of Triage. Science Mag. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6351/618


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Graduate Class Google Meet ~ with Special Guest Gwendolyn Best

Digital Media expert Gwendolyn Best will share effective practices with instructional use of social media grad students and teachers Tuesday night, February 23rd!! Gwen tweets from @ilovechalkdust




See Archive of selected Google Meets



Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 19

“Someone wrote, ‘But first, be aware of the energy in the room.’ This is an attribute that can be cultivated with practice and intention. Feelings and emotions are contagious and provide us with so much needed information.” ~ Michael McKnight






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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 12

“It is no great secret to anyone that without work, without education, and without hope, people get into trouble… They get into destructive activity or self-destructive activity.”              ~ Senator Bernie Sanders





Russell, J. (2015, July 8). Sanders says government jobs can solve the school to prison pipeline. Washington Examiner. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sanders-says-government-jobs-can-help-stop-the-school-to-prison-pipeline



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Media Literacy Musings made with FlipSnack

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Link to this FlipSnack: https://www.flipsnack.com/DrTeague/media-literacy-musings-1.html 


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 5






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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance



Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 15

As I see it, code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world. When we acquired language, we didn’t just learn how to listen, but also how to speak. When we acquired text, we didn’t just learn how to read, but also how to write. Now that we have computers, we are learning to use them but not how to program them. When we are not code literate, we must accept the devices and software we use with whatever limitations and agendas their creators have built into them – Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Literacy Advocate – Codecademy



Leave a comment suggesting some of your “Go-To” resources to teach coding!


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New Year’s Literary Resolution ~ Part 2

Yesterday’s post addressed a literary New Year’s resolution practice of setting a specific number of books to read for 2021. This is a fund, collaborative class project too. 

Today’s post includes a review of one of the books on my reading list from the end of 2020 and the first few days of this year.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust BowlThe Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made such an impression, that I ordered it mid-way through the audiobook (audiobook via Hoopla through my library). Yes, one dismissive point-of-view can be that it is depressing. Another point-of-view also is the resilience of spirit of Americans. I choose the latter p.o.v.


New Year’s Literary Resolution ~ Part #1

Improve upon the usual New Year’s Resolutions to forego carbs and embrace exercise, by setting a reading goal of books for 2021. According to the Pew Research Center, the average person in the U.S. reads about 12 books per year. You may decide to vary your Literary Resolution with more or fewer books, include audio and e-book titles as well. MentalFloss (2019) has a fun “test” to speculate the number of books to read.

Goodreads has the most effective reading challenge support. Goodreads combines analytics with book descriptions, reviews, community encouragement, and reviews. (See tomorrow’s post for a book review activity for you and your class.) Already, Goodreads has over 2 million readers participating in the 2021 Reading Challenge!



My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2021


Please consider a Literary Resolution for 2021!



Debczak, M. (2019). This Test Will Tell You How Many Books You Can Read in a Year. Mental Floss. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/570929/how-many-books-to-read-year-test

Perrin, A. (2019). Who doesn’t read books in America? Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/26/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america/

Who doesn’t read books in America?


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