10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


As New Summer Terms Begin…

Welcome to all those taking summer term courses! This is a time to learn new concepts and applications to your educational practice! This is a time to leave old, outdated, non-productive ways of learning and coping behind with the last term. It is a time to try new study strategies! 

Best quote for beginning new endeavors…

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain


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Our Dad use to tell us that, to earn a top grade in any class that it was important to begin work on new reading assignments within 4-6 hours of receiving them. Try this Organizing Action principle today! (preferrably within 4-6 hours!)



Chiong Sie Jing (2015). 30 best motivational quotes for research students. Word Press. https://www.edithumbs.com/motivational-quotes-for-research-students/

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Saturday STEAM Engineer Jeopardy


The A in STEAM – Artisitic expression as a result of Imagination or Nature?

Note: This post is a supplemental resource from a recent professional development session for educators.

Does Artistic Expression Emanate from Imagination or Nature?

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. As a friend and colleague with fellow artist Vincent Van Gogh, in 1888 the two artists parted company after a conceptual argument that could not be resolved. Gauguin argued it was important in artistic expression to work from imagination, while Van Gogh maintained paintings should be based on nature.
Imagination versus realism remains a distinguishing topic of discussion today.

What is your opinion? Personally, would you tend to agree with Gauguin’s viewpoint or Van Gogh’s viewpoint? As an educator working with students does your view change on whether art is based on imagination or nature?
Have there been instances in your professional practice in which you have had conceptual disagreements with colleagues? 

In 1891, Gauguin and his wife, artist Mette-Sophie Gad moved from France to Tahiti. Among his works created in Tahiti was a three-paneled work of Symbolism called “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” Painted during a period of poverty, obscurity, and intense grieving over the death of his daughter, Gauguin’s work asks questions that are universal.

Image Source: KazoArt

Gauguin’s work featured artistic experiments in Synesthesia. According to Wikipedia, “Synesthesia has historically referred to a wide variety of artists’ experiments that have explored the co-operation of the senses in the genres of visual music, music visualization, audiovisual art, abstract film, and intermedia.”



Bouye, L. (2021). Gauguin and Van Gogh, an explosive friendship. KAZoART. https://www.kazoart.com/blog/en/gauguin-and-van-gogh-an-explosive-friendship/#:~:text=But%20it%20was%20above%20all,should%20be%20based%20on%20nature

Synesthesia in art. (2022, August). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia_in_art


Engineering Fields

Engineering Fields


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 18

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ~Leonardo da Vinci, artist-scientist


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EDP Cycle – Crowdsourcing the Beta Test!

The EDP Cycle remains relevant! There is one phase of the grade 5-12 EDP cycle that every classroom participant can relate to, whether student or teacher, and that is “Build a model or Prototype.” In the K-4 EDP Cycle, this component is labeled “Evaluate.”

EDP 5-12 model EDP K-4















The “Build a Model or Prototype/Evaluate phase is continuously being applied in business using the word Beta test. Here is an example from current business news that fits with all of the snow of the Winter season. 

The Snowbot is a square robot that shovels snow! Here it is in action! 



Currently in development and Beta text by the company – https://www.thesnowbot.com/pages/become-a-beta-tester

STEM/STEAM Application:
Have you ever participated in a Beta test?  It might be a fun class activity to show the Snowbot videos to Students who would serve in the role of Focus Group participants! What do you think about this and/or what other EDP applications come to mind when viewing the Snowbot videos?


Best Field Trip Since 1969!

The Best Field Trip Since 1969!

On this day, 52 years ago, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (born 1930) landed on the Moon in the greatest engineering accomplishment of the 20th century!

Today, just outside dusty Van Horn, Texas a small team of private citizens blasted off in the Blue Origin rocket called the Alan Shepard. The rocket was named after Alan Shepard (1923-1998), the astronaut who, in 1961 became the first American and the second man to travel into space. Ten years later, Shepard also walked on the Moon.


New Shepard Blue Origin Crew

Field Trips or Field Excursions have been a foundational component of educational and instructional practice . Two notable Critical Thinkers, Friedrich Froebel and John Dewey encouraged educational excursions (Woods, 1937). The Existentialist Henry David Thoreau and his brother John are considered to be the first teaching pair to include field excursions in their Concord curriculum circa 1839 (Lunsford, 2019).


The Blue Origin private citizens Jeff Bezos, Mercury 13 aviator Wally Funk, Mark Bezos, and Oliver Daemen became astronauts when they took an 11-minute field trip, including 3 minutes of weightlessness in the first Field Trip 66.5 miles (351, 210 feet) above Earth!

What are your thoughts on today’s flight?

Read More Here: https://www.space.com/blue-origin-jeff-bezos-first-astroanut-launch-crew

Taking a Field Trip from PBS Learning Media: https://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/educators/technique-guide/taking-a-field-trip/  (Links to an external site.)Oregon Public Broadcasting,   (Links to an external site.)2014.



Lunsford, M. (2019).  Lunsford Column: The Real Value of Field Trips. Indiana News and Tribune.  https://www.newsandtribune.com/opinion/lunsford-column-the-real-value-of-field-trips/article_e4b9c688-2b37-11ea-a88c-e38452f95e29.html  (Links to an external site.)

Woods, H. (1937). A study of the origin and development of the educational excursion and field trip. https://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4940&context=etd/  (Links to an external site.)

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Happy Fibonacci Day ~ November 23

Happy Fibonacci Day! Leonardo Pisano Bigollo (aka Leonardo Fibonacci) (1170-1250) created the Fibonacci Sequence in 1225 to solve the puzzle of rabbit breeding rates. It has since been found to occur widely in nature.

Today’s date corresponds to the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence – 1 1 2 3

This video offers a exposition of the patterns recurring in the Fibonacci sequence

This video synergizes the number sequence to music.

There is a lively discussion already on Twitter at the hashtag #FibonacciDay and #MathMonday


FindingFibonacciOne book that approaches Fibonacci and his life and work is the extremely interesting book called Finding Fibonacci by Keith Devlin


Children’s Storybook Project in Abilene, Texas – Excellent STEAM Activity

The ATEMS Children’s Storybook Project is a collaboration between students, teachers, and the Abilene, Texas community which loves reading, storytelling, and art!!

Learn more at this link: https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/columnists/ronald-w-erdrich/2020/10/24/atems-students-collaborate-childrens-storybook-project-niccil-abilene-reading-texas/3739933001/




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