First Day of DP2

Welcome back! 

Hopefully you had a relaxing summer and are ready to go full force through January.

SUMMER BUSINESS:

You should have completed your “Summer Expectations” (curation plus TED ED lesson). Please access this spreadsheet and paste the URL to your lesson there:

OUR FUTURE:

Here’s what we will be exploring in TOK II –

1 presentation (Ethics issue)

1 presentation (free choice)

TOK Presentation (choose 1 of 3 to submit by mid-January)

TOK essay (“prescribed title”) prep (questions are posted by IB Sept. 1)

TOK essay draft (by Dec.)

TOK essay finish (by end of Jan.)

Reasoning

Ethics

Areas of Knowing: Arts, Maths, History, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences

***AOK will feature specific lessons, but also simultaneous independent exploration in specific groups responsible for curating and creating a web site, activities, and presentations.

BETTER COMMUNICATION and GLOBAL CONNECTION:

In an effort to communicate more effectively we will try these strategies-

1. Sign up for REMIND101 (for text announcements and reminders)

2. Smaller “TOK tribes” within each that will serve as blog buddies and Google+ Hangout groups

3. More screencasting on my part

4. New TOK digital magazine (Themeefy) for parents

5. Idea board (“Hmmmm”- see video below)

6. Possible connection with an Australian school via Learnology

7. Participation in “dslja” and TILTOK in collaboration with Jim Groom’s ds106 at the University of Mary Washington and the Mulgrave School’s TOK class in Vancouver

8. Better use of Diigo accounts and collaborative annotations in Diigo (tutorials to follow)

9. More effective use of the backchannel (TodaysMeet and Twitter) during films /presentations/ discussions.

10. TOK YouTube Channel for archiving all TED talks and other videos seen in class.

NEW FEATURES IN ROOM

 

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SOME THOUGHTS TO START THE YEAR

 

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For a synopsis of Mr. Fry’s video “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 18”, CLICK HERE (some amazing knowledge issues!)

***make your work “more fun than fun”

LINK TO THE TODAYSMEET BACKCHANNEL FOR MR.FRY’S TALK


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3 FUN THINGS I’D LIKE TO DO IN THE FIRST FEW CLASSES

1. Make a group music video with the VIDRhythm App (I’ll upload to our YouTube). See this: http://www.vidrhythm.com/howto


2. What’s Your Sentence? How would you define yourself in 1 sentence? Check out this video from Daniel Pink’s experiment:

http://www.danpink.com/archives/2011/01/whats-your-sentence-the-video

or from the kids at Shanghai American school

3. VOX VISIO: Your Story in 3 Images – Thinglinked. Part of LJA’s goal with the Schools of the Future grant is to encourage student and faculty “VOICES”. While checking out the new tech tool Thinglink, which allows you to annotate images with hypermedia (making them “come alive”), I thought it would be interesting to see if we could distill our life, our story, our “us – ness” into 3 images, and then add media-based annotations (which could be vlogs, text, audio, etc.). And wouldn’t it be interesting to change them into QR codes and place them around campus so everyone could check out your story?

a. brainstorm with yourself or a partner what the 3 parts of your story are

– where you come from, or what makes you who you are

– where you are right now (perhaps something about your summer?)

– where you are headed (immediate or long-term visions of your future)

b. decide what 3 images you will use. (e.g. original or appropriated photography, hand-drawn or digital images that can be uploaded; paintings)

c. decide if you want to make 3 separate Thinglinks or merge the 3 images together in a photocollage program first (like photovisi , shapecollage , or picmonkey). ***Max size is 25MB!

d. Check out these resources on Thinglink

– http://thinglinkblog.com/2012/06/04/thinglink-rich-media-tags-an-overview/

– Video: 

blog with samples and discussion of the QR code

e. Sign up – recommended: The EDU VERSION with your Twitter account…and start creating. Try to have AT LEAST ONE AUDIO / VIDEO- like a voiceover perhaps)

For an example check this out http://www.thinglink.com/scene/269449954164998146

f. A really cool QR generator is http://www.qrhacker.com/, which allows you to customize your QR codes like this, then use something like Qrafter on the ipad or iPhone to read it. 

Qrhacker

 

 

Summer Post #8: What Should Learning Look Like…NOW?

Please view this and recall our “Nature of Knowledge” unit and your “Rethinking Education” videos. What do you think?

 

Watch Full Show on PBS. See more from Digital Media – New Learners Of The 21st Century.

Mrs. B’s Summer Post #2

Future Learning

 

Rethinking Education Project

PROJECT: video blog (vlog) or movie (4-6 minutes for either) demonstrating your understanding of the changes in education, media and books, and the acquisition, transmission, collection, curation, and archiving of “knowledge” and information in the 21st century due to rapid technological change AND your vision for the future.  What will/should school, libraries, and work look like and be like? What will happen to our traditional means of gaining, sharing, and saving humanity’s knowledge? What are the implications?

SOURCES: “Knowing Knowledge” book (pdf); socratic Twitter archive; previous blog posts on libraries, harnessing world knowledge, etc.; this blog post; other resources you might find. You need to CITE SOURCES (at least 5)

***handy Diigo Lists:

“tech and society: http://www.diigo.com/list/amyburvall/Tech-and-Society

“Gutenberg parenthesis”: http://www.diigo.com/list/amyburvall/Gutenberg-Parentheses

“Pedagogy”: http://www.diigo.com/list/amyburvall/pedagogy

Article: “My Teacher is an APP”

Article w/pics: “Defining the Designer Workspace” – may provide inspiration!

What do yout think of Miami’s iPrep Academy?


A Great site for Quotes and TOOLS to use to make video mashups

Here are 2 pdf files to check out: 21st century Schools and 21st century Libraries:

21st_c_schools.pdf
Download this file

21st_c_libraries.pdf
Download this file


Father Guido’s 5 Minute University


Changing Education Paradigms (Sir Ken Robinson and RSA Animate)

 

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Michael Wesch (Kansas State University Digital Enthnography)

 

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Information Revolution (Wesch)

 

The Machine is US/ING Us (Wesch)

 

Watch Wesch discuss “THE MACHINE IS CHANGING US” (33 min)- YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity

We THINK (Charles Leadbeater’s book)

 

“Goodbye Knowledge Workers- Hello Insight Workers” (article)

Demanding Google 20% time at school? (article)

iClasse – How one MOntreal company envisions Schools of the Future

Secret Powers of Time (scroll to about 5 minutes for the school part)

 

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Why do 60% of students find their lectures BORING? (article)

Where have all the Geniuses Gone? (Wired Magazine article)

Where do Good Ideas Come From? What kinds of patterns and environments are needed?