10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

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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.

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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!

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My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2021

 

Please consider a Literary Resolution for 2021!

 

References

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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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 2, 2021

“The foundation you stand on today was built yesterday to reach toward tomorrow.”
~Joe Bastardo, meteorologist

Dazzling diamonds of Trumpler 14

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the star cluster Trumpler 14. One of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way, this cluster houses some of the most luminous stars in our entire galaxy. From “What Did Hubble See on your Birthday?” https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/what-did-hubble-see-on-your-birthday 

 

 

 


 

 

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Merry Christmas!

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Congratulations to my GCU scholars

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 18

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What if you just want to draw?

In this TED Talk, “How a Boy Became an Artist,” Jarrett J. Krosoczka tells how he grew up to create beloved children’s books.

As one of my grad students wrote, “Jarrett Krosoczka mesmerized his audience…and me…as he picture talked through his life from the addicted artist that was his mother through the punctuated moments his teachers and grandparents made, to significant events like art lessons and a video camera, to his first publishing, and beyond. It appears that the teachers who impacted him were the ones who gave him the skills, his first grade teacher, and the teachers who gave him the opportunity to use his creativity in authentic ways, such as the cartoonist for the high school paper.”

Hope you agree!

 

 

TED Talk Video Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/jarrett_j_krosoczka_how_a_boy_became_an_artist?language=en

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ December 11

“I often tell young kids… don’t ever count yourself out. You’ll never know how good you are unless you try. Dream the impossible – and go out and make it happen. I walked on the moon. What can you do?” ~Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. 

 

 

 


 

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