Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~December 14th

“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity… It’s as simple as that.”
~Tove Jansson, Moomin Creator, Swedish writer, who lived in Finland, in Fair Play

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 7th

“1,2,3,4…just a moment… a little interruption…” ~Reporter describes the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

 

Today is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Click on this link to listen to excerpts of the live radio transmissions.

 

 

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James Billington Digitized the Library of Congress Online

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington put a priority on digitizing the entire collection. He was the lead for putting the Library of Congress resources online at http://loc.gov. During his tenure the library’s analog collections increased from 85.5 million items in 1987 to more than 160 million items in 2015. Librarian Billington retired in 2015. He died last week.

 

James BillingtonRead more about Librarian Billington’s life at this link: https://www.loc.gov/item/n80020417/james-h-billington-1929/ 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 23

“The best teachers tell you where to look, but not what to see”
– Prof Annemaree Carroll

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from Abe and me

Happy Thanksgiving… What Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, …, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him …, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”~October 3, 1863

HappyTeagueThanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reference

Lincoln and Thanksgiving (2016). Retrieved from: https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/lincoln-and-thanksgiving.htm

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Pre-Thanksgiving Fall Leaves STEM & STEAM Lesson Ideas- Lesson Deliverable

In yesterday’s post, ideas and resources for STEM and STEAM integration for lessons on seasons were explained. Here is the Thinglink resource described in the STEM lesson integration on “Why Do Leaves Change?” Scroll over the image and click on the little black and white circles to view curriculum components.

 

#HarnessingImagination

 

 

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Pre-Thanksgiving Fall Leaves STEM & STEAM Lesson Ideas

 

We returned from #CCEFinland to full-out fall leaves courtesy of a sudden freeze while we were away. Keeping to our presentation theme of #HarnessingImagination, we brainstormed some lesson ideas while we raked the leaves and gathered components for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Teachable Moments, like turkey giblets, are never wasted. For a STEM connection, I can use the photos along with information from ESF State University of New York to form the basis of a ThingLink scavenger hunt on the science behind why leaves turn different colors in fall.  ThinkLink Inc. is a Finnish-American in-image app created in 2010 by Ulla Engeström and Janne Jalkanen. Depending on time limitations (and how compelling the Black Friday sales are), I can ask students to either complete the Scavenger Hunt that I create or they can add their own components. 

Question 1: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 2: What standards does this lesson address?

Please leave a comment with your ideas.

The leaves transformed the lawn to a carpet of color. For a STEAM connection, I can use the photos of the multi-color lawn as a palette for student composed poetry/haiku. After reading and discussing the technique of haiku from the Australian Writers’ Centre, student teams can take turns writing alternating lines of the poem or haiku. Alternately, students can choose to work solo on their poem/haiku.

Question 3: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 4: What standards does this lesson address?

Please leave a comment with your ideas.

Tomorrow’s post will feature the STEM lesson Thinglink deliverable. Click here to view.

All of the outside color found a place on our Thanksgiving table with our Fall Centerpiece of Safflower blossoms, garden parsley, rosemary, and chives. A little glitter spray paint glammed up some of the outside English laurel leaves.

 

 

References:

#HarnessingImagination

Australian Writers’ Centre, (2018, April 19). 19 Haiku poems about Autumn. Retrieved from
https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/19-haiku-poems-about-autumn/

College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (2018). Why Leaves
Change Color
. Retrieved from: https://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm

All photos by Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ November 16

“There is nothing so practical as a good theory” Kurt Lewin (Lewin, 1951, p. 169).

 

 

 

 

 

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Source:
Kuhn, M. H. (1951). LEWIN, KURT. Field Theory of Social Science: Selected Theoretical Papers. (Edited by Dorwin Cartwright.) Pp. xx, 346. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science276(1), 146–147. https://doi.org/10.1177/000271625127600135

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Harnessing Imagination through Digital Storytelling in History & Science: CCE Finland Presentation

Today at 11:30am, our Creative Classroom Presentation Features a “How-Focused” approach to Digital Storytelling and its implementation in your classroom. The location is the Library at the Tampere University of Technology (TUT).

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The main idea of our presentation:

  1. All learners benefit from the opportunity to harness their imagination through the creation of a story using digital tools
  2. Creativity Should Be: *Unique *Useful *Task Appropriate
  3. Pedagogical constructs connect Socio-Cultural, Cognitive, and Affective Learning cognates

This presentation has instructional and pedagogical application for K-12th grade. It is scalable for global audiences, which is good because our venue, #CCEFinland features participants from 21 countries.

PBS Learning Media has thousands of lesson plans that embed creativity and digital technology. Go to https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ to explore the full library of lesson plans and resources.

Confined on the XR train traveling to Tampere? Stuck in the States without a travel budget?  Follow our presentation via QR Code or shortened link:

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https://tinyurl.com/Stories4Me

 

 

 

 

A question and answer session will follow. Questions from the onsite audience and via the #HarnassingImagination hashtag will round out our session.

Our Session Twitter Hashtag is #HarnessingImagination

 

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CCE Finland: Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on Assessment Part 2

CCE Finland: Panel Discussion and Twitter Chat on Assessment


Yesterday, I participated in a panel discussion at CCE Finland. #CCEFinland
The panel discussion addressed assessment. For my pre-panel post from yesterday, click here

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L-R: Helen Teague, Craig Verdal-Austin from Capetown, South Africa, Harun Bozna from Turkey, Heramb Kulkarni from Finland

Here are my Top Ten Key Take-aways and my post-panel reflections:

1.) Every one of the 17 countries in attendance struggled with the concept of assessment.
(2.) When the topic of assessment is mentioned, most folks jump to the “summative” aspect when really there are at least 7 additional types of assessment.
(3.) In many countries, according to attendees, it is parents who are driving the standardized scoring. They want to know their child’s percentile number from the test and assign a heavy value on this numeral. IMHO: students feel this as pressure and not evidence of caring.
(4.) I advocate that there are five necessary forms of assessment, well really 6 forms of assessment that form a holistic representation of student learning.
(5.) Most testing /student assessment around the globe involves regurgitation of facts at lowest level of Blooms and with no inclusion of Krathwohl.
(6.) The push for Teacher assessment is gaining momentum (again) (but I question its overall value).
(7.) My recommendation is to teach the language of the test – this is not teaching to the test is it decoding and deciphering.
(8.) Most of what students are tested over is not rememberd by the students after the test.
(9.) Experiential learning and storytelling is a hook that helps memory
(10.) Educators are very interested in helping students achieve their very best learning snapshot through assessment.

Assessment Word Cloud by Teague

Assessment Word Cloud by Teague

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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