10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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STEAM Icebreakers, Deep Space and Tolkien!

Let’s look at a few Icebreaker connections from Math… J.R.R. Tolkien… Deep Space!

The most distant individual star ever seen has been spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA said Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The star is believed to be 12.9 billion light-years from Earth and about 50 times as massive as the sun. The new star, coded as WHL0137-LS, was found on March 30, 2022 using gravitational lensing of a galaxy cluster.

In a wonderful STEAM connection, Dr. Brian Welch, lead researcher of the team of astrophysicists and astronomers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore gave WHL0137-LS the star name, “Earendel.” (Remember our Tolkien Reading Day Icebreaker from March 25? )

The star’s name, Earendel, is inspired by J.R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy writing!
In Tolkien’s book, “The Lord of the Rings,” Eärendil is the name of a character, ahalf-elf mariner who travels the seas carrying a jewel, or “Silmaril,” called the morning star. This star “has the wonderful name of Earendel, and that’s actually from Tolkien,” NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller explained. “It means the dawn star, and it’s an Old English word. It’s lovely. And this is a star, literally, from the dawn of time, the dawn of stars forming. This is the first star, the farthest star we’ve ever seen, and I think Earendel is a beautiful name for it,” Thaller said.

Now, it’s your turn! What Icebreaker questions would you create? Consider the “7 Pieces of Art Inspired by the Night Sky” website and/or numerical data.

Artwork Resource: Show students some artwork from digital sources:

7 Pieces of Art Inspired by the Night Sky: https://www.darksky.org/7-pieces-of-art-inspired-by-the-night-sky/

From Space.com: https://www.space.com/hubble-most-distant-star-tolkien-name-earendil

Super short movie from the Wall Street Journal – https://www-wsj-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/hubble-space-telescope-spots-most-distant-star-ever-seen-11648655351

From NetAtlas: https://newatlas.com/space/earendel-most-distant-star-hubble/

Here is some of the numeric data for the star, Earendel that would make great class Icebreakers!

  • 12.9 billion light-years from Earth – how many miles is this? (for an approximate result, multiply the length value by 5.879e+12). See more https://www.calculateme.com/astronomy/light-years/to-miles/
  • 1000 times brighter than our Sun.
  • 50 times the mass of the Sun
  • 2nd brightest star is Icarus, 9 billion light years away

 

 

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Tolkien Reading Day, Friday March 25 – Activities and Scavenger Hunt

Tolkien Reading Day Art and Math Integration Icebreakers/Early Finishers Activity/ Extra Credit Scavenger Hunt

Personalized, shortened link to this post: https://tinyurl.com/HobbitTeague


Tomorrow, March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day, sponsored by The Tolkien Society. Tolkien Reading Day has been organized by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans of all ages “to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages.”

 

Icebreaker How-To’s: 

Project this book cover and, as students walk on (or after the bell, whatever is your instructional practice), ask students to go on a mini-middle Earth scavenger hunt.

Hobbit Book Cover

Image Source: https://www.dustjackets.com/pages/books/49742/j-r-r-tolkien/hobbit-the

 

Students find the following: 

  • All the triangles in the book cover (by number or diagram)
  • All of the circles in the book cover  (by number or diagram)
  • One other geometric shape (give the shape and the number)
  • An item represented 13 times
  • In what year was The Hobbit first published? 
  • Using our current year, how many years ago was The Hobbit first published? 
  • How old was J.R.R. Tolkien when The Hobbit was first published? 
  • Your Choice (consider sharing as a Reply to this post)
  • Your Choice (consider sharing as a Reply to this post)
  • Students write their own question and provides the answer

 

*****Be sure to honor the purpose of the day and read your favorite section of The Hobbit! Click here to go to the Library of Congress to see an excerpt of The Hobbit: http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/samples/hm051/98102207.html

 

Happy Tolkien Reading Day!!

via GIPHY

 

 


For More Information

Education World Hobbit Scavenger Hunt – https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/internet-scavenger-hunt/the-hobbit.shtml
PDF file of the Scavenger Hunt: https://www.educationworld.com/sites/default/files/Internet-Scavenger-Hunt-Hobbit.pdf 

The Tolkien Society ~~ https://www.tolkiensociety.org/

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SQ4R – Learning Strategy for Adult Learning Andragogy

The SQ4R active learning strategy and reading system provides scaffolding for textbook reading and taking notes.

The letters in theSQ4R acronym stand for five steps:

Survey
Question
Read
Reflect
Recite …and…
Review

Some versions change words four and five for the key words: Survey, Question, Read, Respond, Record, and Review.

These key words will help all students, but especially busy graduate students learn more from textbook reading with better preparation for assignments, posts, and quizzes. SQ5R also helps identify gaps in understanding, which is very helpful for online learning, since most of the initial concept acquisition is completed during solitary study.

The most effective way to implement SQ4R is to think of Before Reading, During Reading, and After Reading. 

SQ4R

Image Link: http://mhcedls.weebly.com/sq4r.html

Let’s go granular with the five components.

Survey: Scan the titles and subtitles. Study the pictures, charts, or graphs.Read the chapter preface,summary and any chapter questions.

Question: Turn each title, section title, and the first sentence of every paragraph into a question

Read: Read only one section at a time and look to answer the questions that you created.

Reflect: Connect what you’ve read to the Discussion Forum prompts and the assignment instructions. Also, consider connections to your professional practice. 

Recite/Record: Speak out loud the questions you created and the answers you’ve found. Read outloud the bolded or emphasized portions of the text. My daughter used to use the record feature on her iPhone to record important components of the readings and her impressions. 

Review: Keep notes out and visible for quick review. Several students have shared that they take a photo of their notes with their mobile phone and/or take a screenshot of digital notes. Many students have shared that they email their notes to their work email address so they can see them at work. Look at notes first before each new study session. 

 

To learn more, please see the information at this link from Educational Learning Strategies. http://mhcedls.weebly.com/sq4r.html 

 

Additional SQ4R Resources: 

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh: https://www.usu.edu/academic-support/files/SQ4R_Reading_System.pdf

Utah State University:
https://www.usu.edu/academic-support/files/SQ4R_Reading_System.pdf 

University of Guelph:
https://guides.lib.uoguelph.ca/c.php?g=697430&p=5011752

Queen’s University: http://sass.queensu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Reading-2020.pdf

Image Link: http://mhcedls.weebly.com/sq4r.html 

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Curriculum Mapping Scaffolds for Workplace Adaptation

Curriculum Mapping Scaffolds for Workplace Adaptation

Wk 4 CurrMap-1.png

Image Source: Hale, J. Curriculum Mapping Overview. https://www.curriculumdecisions.com/curriculum-mapping-overview/

 

 

Not in the Classroom? No Problem! PBS Learning Media offer Work-place mapping videos.

 

Loom Video Link: https://www.loom.com/share/028cfd9225c7462781eaa4ebb1057de3  

 

Notice the transferability of terms:
Needs Analysis is termed Task Analysis in the workplace
Curriculum Mapping is termed Mapping with work-based competencies.

 

 

The PBS Learning Media series has five workplace videos. All videos available for download.

PBS Learning Media Link: https://pbslearningmedia.org/resource/jff16-pd-competencies/mapping-work-based-competencies-with-curriculum/  

 

 

  

 

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Veterans’ Day 2021

“In this life . . . only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you. Christ and the American soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.” 

Teague flag

photo by Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ October 8

Fisher Frye, and Hattie Quote

 

 


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Technology in Practice Model by Orlikowski

References

Orlikowski, W. (1992). The duality of technology: rethinking the conceptof technology in organizations. Organization Science, 3(3), 398–427.

Orlikowski, W. (1993). CASE tools as organizational change: investigating incremental and radical changes in systems development. MIS

     Quarterly, 17(3), 309–340.

Orlikowski, W. (2000). Using technology and constituting structures: a practice lens for studying technology in organizations. Organization

      Science, 11(4), 404–428. https://www.dhi.ac.uk/san/waysofbeing/data/data-crone-orlikowski-2008b.pdf 

Orlikowski, W., & Iacono, S. C. (2001). Research commentary: desperately seeking the ‘IT’ in IT research—a call to theorizing the IT artifact.

      Information Systems Research, 12(2), 121–134.

Orlikowski, W., & Robey, D. (1991). Information technology and the structuring of organizations. Information Systems Research, 2(2),

       143–169

See also

Week 4 Technology In Practice Model_copy
https://4oops.edublogs.org/files/2021/09/Week-4-Technology-In-Practice-Model_copy.pdf

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 27

“Math literacy is the key to 21st century citizenship.” ~ Robert Moses, The Algebra Project

 

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th has fallen on a Sunday 34 times since 1776. The first July 4th Sunday was 1779 and the last was 2010, while the next will be 2027. Seward began continuously celebrating on Saturday, July 4th of 1868 and has done so 22 times on a Sunday. The bi-centennial July 4th celebration of 1976 was on a Sunday.

CSPAN rebroadcasted a May 17, 2021 Book Chat with Patrick J. O’Donnell who discussed his book, The Indispensables

Here is the link: https://www.c-span.org/video/?511872-1/the-indispensables The Indispensables

The Indispensables follows O’Donnell’s previous book, Washington’s Immortals, also an exceptional read of an important period of history.

Washingtons Immortals

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ Poetry for Independence Day

Good Night

Carl Sandburg

Many ways to spell good night. Fireworks at a pier on the Fourth of July

        spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes.

They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit.

Rockets make a trajectory of gold-and-blue

        and then go out. Railroad trains at night spell with a smokestack

        mushrooming a white pillar. Steamboats turn a curve in the Mississippi crying

        in a baritone that crosses lowland cottonfields

        to a razorback hill. It is easy to spell good night.

                                     Many ways to spell good night.

 


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day by the Academy of American Poets.

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