Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teachers: Make time to collect the reflections of a near-peer for your students. Here's a procedure for gaining a Virtual Mentor for your students



I have written about the importance of virual mentors -- adults who can have impact on students without visiting the class.  More than two dozen students have read words by John, who cooperated with submitting materials for the Virtual Mentor book... and John never visited that school. 


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  3. Here's the procedure:  Look for a university student who can explain a decision, such as "Why I decided to study vet medicine and become an animal doctor."
  4. This young fellow has turned his back, at least for now, on university. He's just not ready.

    I heard that a fellow (19 years young) wanted to leave university...

    On Apr 22, 2014, at 9:00 PM, David C. Lloyd wrote:
    Good to hear from you Steve, below should be all that you need and if there's anything else just let me know.

    Audio Script:
    Hi, my name is David Lloyd and at the end of this year I will be leaving university to serve in the United States Coast Guard

    What were you doing when it suddenly hit you that you could do something else besides university at this moment?
    Since the start of college I had changed my major many times, according to what I couldn't do, what others thought I could do, what might help pay for school, and what I thought I might want to do

    What helped you make the decision?
    The thing that drove me to this ultimate decision was two fold, the first and most pressing was that economically I felt as if college was not a good path to be taking as secondly, I wasn't entirely sure of what I wanted to do and was just wasting precious time and resources maturing in a setting which may not have been right for me.

    What did you read or see on TV that gave you the balls to be true to yourself?
    What got the ball rolling was when payment for second quarter came rolling by and I just thought to myself, "my lord, I can't keep doing this"

    How scary is it to be on a path that is not traditional?
    Although it may feel scary at first, Im the type of person that enjoys having a plan laid out for me and now that I know what Im doing and where im going, for a few years at least, it puts me at ease.

    Cheers,
    David Lloyd
    E-1 DEP USCG


    That's what teachers of the future do...  we get "near peers" to give a mini-lecture.

    Here's what I wrote to David:

    I love what you’ve written.

    I took a gap year between high school and college and then, even at 19, I wasn’t sure.  I did the same as you, changing focus, so at 20, after one year of college, I went to learn French in Provence.  Oh, yes…  many delays after that … I was 29 before I got my bachelor’s degree.  

    Thank you.

    Would it be possible to give your email address to my students?


    I will tell them “No more than one email per month, only one question per email."
    visualandactive@gmail.com

    It is so cool to see USCG...


    I encourage you, reader, to send me a letter addressed to David and I'll forward it to him.

  5. PROCEDURE
  6. a.  ask questions
  7. b.  post the response on a blog (so that students can find the information)
  8. c.  collect the questions and mail them as a group to the near peer mentor (so he can sit and answer the group of questions in one sitting).
  9. I'll chronicle here the types of questions that they ask David.

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