10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


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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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


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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Weekend Ed. Quotes ~ April 24

“Let your research problem shape the methods you choose.”  ~Kathy Charmaz



Source: Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing Grounded Theory. Sage.

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 18

…Learning is not merely the acquisition of knowledge. It is the becoming of a person who inhabits the landscape with an identity whose dynamic construction reflects our trajectory through that landscape. This journey within and across practices shapes who we are.” ~ Etienne Wenger-Trayner, et al



Source: Etienne Wenger-Trayner, et al (2015). Learning in Landscapes of Practice. Routledge.

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Model-eliciting Activities Current Research

Discursive positionings and emotions in modelling activities

W Daher – International Journal of Mathematical Education in …, 2015
In addition, Kaiser and Sriraman add the cognitive modelling as ‘meta-perspective’
which can be combined with each of the previous types. In this research, we study
seventh-grade students’ work in model eliciting activities.


[PDF] Realistic ModelEliciting Activities Based on IBSE. An Experience to Repeat

A Baioa, R Borges
Abstract. This paper aims to illustrate how teachers can implement mathematical modelling
activities in classroom using hands-on mathematical experiments based on Inquiry Based
Science Education (IBSE). Ciência Viva de Tavira Centre promotes an in-service training


[PDF] Second-Graders’ Mathematical Practices for Solving Fraction Tasks

Page 59. -57- Second-Graders’ Mathematical Practices for Solving Fraction Tasks
Patricia S. Moyer-Packenham Utah State University patricia. moyer-packenham@


Formal Learning via The Aging Simulation

What do these things in the picture have in common?

In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month, the Pruett Gerontology Center along with volunteer students in the Gerontology Department presented an inter-departmental, interdisciplinary, formal learning opportunity known as the Aging Simulation. OT students at ACU participated in the Aging Simulation.

The objectives of The Aging Simulation are 3-fold:

1. Differentiating between social myths and realities of aging within the United States society.
2. Understanding the aging population through personal experience and personal involvement.
3.  Including  faith and learning task through learning the conceptual perspective that aging is part of God’s plan for his creation.


The Aging Simulation is a transformative experience because students see through a social justice lens how the aging population experiences life and how they are treated by the general population. Aging is more than just confronting and adjusting to the effects of loss. Frames of reference for students expand as they learned empathy, strength, and resilience-based approaches.  This activity echoes George Hein’s supposition that tranformative learning occurs when the mind is engaged in experiences of “cognitive uncertainty” that challenge previously held beliefs in environments that are structured yet open enough for real discovery and exploration.


Photo by Helen Teague



Hein, G.E. (1998) Learning in the Museum (New York: Routledge, 1998), p. 38.



Social Justice and Informal Service Learning

Giving the Gift of their Time, the members of Sigma Phi Omega, sponsored by The
Pruett Gerontology Center threw a “Nail Day” party for happy residents at a
local assisted living center.

Click the picture below or visit this link to see the video:


Formal Learning A Place to Hold Resources


To keep the formal learning materials in an online portal proved a challenge because our current eLearning platform called OpenClass will be retired at the end of this school year.

While in Singapore our cadre had seen Coursemology demonstrated by Lawrence Loo Kang during our visit to the Singapore Teachers’ Academy.

I inquired about using it to create our Aging Simulation material in a course and received approval.


Coursemology Course List


Average score comparison Singapore and U.S.

Singapore and U.S. Average Scores

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