Friday, April 18, 2014

snippets to remember to review


here are some snippets of our conversation that we can review sometime.

The DOMINOS Youtube Channel can get VIDEO UPDATES
ABC Dominos has an email address that you can use to UPLOAD a vieeo.

if you are not in a wifi zone, the video is charged on your data limit

the idea is to encourage a teacher to record himself and then upload the highlight to a youtube channel… this is using internet to the fullest potential.


upload to a youtube channel to allow students to review the lecture

the handheld device is planned to give the blog and the youtube account updates immediately.

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My focus is making a digital portfolio

my focus is to show others how to show others.



We are valuable to an organization if we can train them.


there is even a way to upload  a blog post … 

this message could be mailed to a blog… 

For example:
freeenglishlessons.withsteve@blogger.com,  goes directly to the FRe English blog

visualandactive.florida@blogger.com  goes to the Chronically Curious blog… 





this is the workshop.. How to become an effective blogger

A teacher can use an iPad or a smart phone to send a post with homework or a list of books or articles to read.



GoodReads is another way to get students following the teacher.




How to add a post  to a blog via email.


Step 1  set up a blog.   Get a GMAIL account and go to BLOGGER.com to set up the blog.

Step 2   Go into settings   scroll down … click on SETTINGS





You want to get to this screen where the EMAIL "Posting using email" asks you for SECRET WORDS





HERE'S WHY…  you can have the blog go to other teachers or to key students.






Here is what I will use to update and add to my Chronically Curious blog.  If someone wants to cause havoc, they will sue this code.  (Which is why I changed the address to visualandactive.france1@blogger.com


TO FIND THE SETTING, you go to MY BLOG and then look down the LEFT COLUMN.   Look for SETTINGS and then scroll to MOBILE AND EMAIL.








Here are the settings for some other blogs…



THIS WAS NOT ALLOWED because it is already the name of the blog   my365posters.blogspot.com












Here is the FLORIDA CITY school… I can email my daily message to the students








Here is the EMAIL setting for my JOURNAL exercise, where I try to share with Davi my day… with the hope that Davi will take time to write to me.







snippets to remember to review


here are some snippets of our conversation that we can review sometime.

The DOMINOS Youtube Channel can get VIDEO UPDATES
ABC Dominos has an email address that you can use to UPLOAD a vieeo.

if you are not in a wifi zone, the video is charged on your data limit

the idea is to encourage a teacher to record himself and then upload the highlight to a youtube channel… this is using internet to the fullest potential.


upload to a youtube channel to allow students to review the lecture and to give absent students a chance to attend the lecture.

a typical address is  jmrx8nx67rgjanda@m.youtube.com   THIS IS THE ADDRESS I use to upload to a youtube channel

the handheld device is set up to give the blog and the youtube account updates immediately.

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My focus is making a digital portfolio


The shortcut for the DIGITAL PORTFOLIO page is http://tinyurl.com/howtodp  

EXAMPLE of a Digital Portfolio:  tinyurl.com/exampleDP  =  Ben Staley's DP

More SHORTCUTS
TinyURL.com/Lawrence6     websites and DPs by my students at Lawrence Academy
TinyURL.com/Lawrence7 =  Videos that my students recommend
TinyURL.com/globalTIU     free online course at Trinidid International University
TinyURL.com/Lawrence1000  =  how to write a term paper
TinyURL.com/team530 =  A team of students at Lawrence Academy
TinyURL.com/writing530 = What do you feel about writing?

my focus is to show others how to show others.



We are valuable to an organization if we can train them.


there is even a way to upload  a blog post … 

this message could be mailed to a blog… 

For example:
freeenglishlessons.withsteve@blogger.com,  goes directly to the FRe English blog

visualandactive.florida@blogger.com  goes to the Chronically Curious blog… 





Before You Go To Sleep Tonight: 365 Posters to Think About -- Thoughts after a discussion with Mario Llorente

This is a post about "how to increase blood flow to the brain."
The purpose of school is to create blood flow to the brain.  The result is a change in the brain's structure.  There will be more complex relationships in the brain.  The wiring is changed.  If there is no change in the long-term memory, then there is no learning.  If something is placed in the WORKING memory, I often stop, thinking, "Oh, good, I did my job, I got the students to learn something."

If the students can't produce that thing six months later, do I get penalized?  Not often.  There are no real consequences.  "Oh, we need to review that... the students appear to no longer understand... they have forgotten six of the ten points that you taught them in the fall."


1. John Vornle and EMAIL messages


2. Richard Clark


3.  Blood Flow to the Brain


We talked about these topics today.

1.  John Vornle and multiple EMAIL messages
John Vornle viewed my barrage of email messages as "Steve is just sharing what he is currently working on.  He doesn't intend for us to read all of it closely.  If something catches your interest, then you can read it.  But there's no requirement that we have to read everything that he sends and no need to reply to him.
-- John Vornle, reported by Mario Llorente

Some people might wonder why I send the CONTENT of the website as well as the WEB LINK to the web page.
When you get around to reading one of his emails, it has the full article there so you don't have to worry about a dropped link.

2. Richard Clark:  Mario and I are two people who have deeply studied Richard Clark's work.  There are five billion people who have not heard about Clark.  Mario and I are on a mission to let others know about the essence of Clark.  That's why we make posters.  The book "365 Posters for you to look at before you go to sleep" is a project to present these quotes from important books and videos, including the work of Richard Clark.  You can visit cogtech.usc.edu and see Clark's articles.  You can also just look at some posters.

Cultivo una rosa blanca is part of Versos Sencillos.  The Cultivo poem is a gateway, a door to learn about other pieces.   The same can be said for the Edgar Guest poem:  "Courage comes from the soul within..."  I've memorized that poem and I hope others will share in Guest's lyric.

3. Blood Flow to the Brain
I hope people will enjoy the posters...


The form of the book can be a blog with a different post each night.  The web pages are simple:  365 posters January 1
my365posters.blogspot.com

You can find it here http://tinyurl.com/my365posters

Monday, April 14, 2014

Is the teacher willing to stop being a preacher? Can the teacher shift? A talk with Dr. Fischler and Jason Trinidad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvLWL38JozY



Teachers have to be willing to change from being the preacher to being the communicator of the setting, … not necessarily being the person who is all-knowing.

-- Dr. Fischler
January 2014




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bring a photographer and videographer to a classroom.... It's an easy way to get students to engage

This poster was
removed from my
classroom at a previous school.

"Where do you want to go?"

Here's a simple call to educators...  bring in a photographer.   Then put a globe on the table and see what happens.  
I asked my students:

"What languages do you want to learn to speak?"
"Where do you want to visit?  What countries?  What cities?"



JK McCrea came to make photos.  Here are the results

The student on the left
wants to create a digital
portfolio.  I'm ready when he
wants to meet
(954) 646 8246
VisualAndActive@gmail.com
In short, there's a certain "theater" to a lecture that is increased when a professional photographer is present.  The students appeared to view the lecture as more important because someone was documenting the event and then the interaction became MORE intense and interactive when the photographer asked, "Where in the world can you get a free subway ride by doing 30 squats?"
thenewscocktail.wordpress.com
She gave tidbits from a news column called theNewsCocktail.com and it was fun to see the students ask more questions....  


She also took this video with Jawaan.   

Dr. Fischler has a comment about the role of the instructor... but not to lecture (flip the classroom)
The class is the place to interact and demonstrate their learning and practice talking about the material -- the active learning environment, role playing, interacting with colleagues, games, practice.

The teachers have to be willing to change from being the preacher to being the key communicator of the setting, but not "all knowing."  
-- Dr. Fischler

Friday, April 11, 2014

How can we create a project that involves INITIATIVE, COLLABORATION, and the other five survial skills that Tony Wagner promotes? Start a computer refurbishing project

Here's a website that deserves more attention


I"m reproducing the About Us page:

About Us
In an environment with numerous large computer refurbishing firms charging money to people in need for their refurbished computers, eGreen4Need was founded in 2012 to alleviate the costs of information access and education and provide refurbished computers to schools in need for free.

Who Are We

eGreen4Need (eG4N) is a nonprofit computer refurbishing organization sponsored by Whitney High School in Cerritos, California.  eG4N is certified as a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher.  As a small but growing organization of student volunteers, eG4N provides free refurbished computers with the latest software to other students and schools in need with limited to no access to technology.  Our services help both the environment and recipient communities by lowering the amount of electronic waste pollution and providing computer technology to those who need it most.

Our Mission

eGreen4Need understands that computers are a vital part of modern society.  Computers not only provide ease of communication; computers play an very important role in education due to the vast amounts of useful information available on the Internet.  For these reasons, eG4N believes that everybody should have access to a computer, and that means that those who have difficulty in affording one should be able to have one for free.  Therefore, we are committed to providing free computers for those who need it most, and we have found a simple way to do that - one which benefits both the environment and our clients.  By refurbishing computers that would otherwise be disposed and donating them to those in need, we aim to better the world with a resourceful approach.

CLICK HERE to read their standard contract

After reading that mission statement, I want to create a similar project at my high school.   Who wants to get started with me?

I recommend that students contact the current head of EG4N  eGreen4Need leader, Proud Heng, who might share with you some good ideas. whseg4n@gmail.com    WHS = Whitney High School