My Zen Presentation

So as I begin this process of “zenning” the presentation I wanted to share my thoughts on the process and the product. Firstly, it took me a long time to think of images that fit what I was trying to say.  My old powerpoint or “death by power point” gets all my information across in Read more about My Zen Presentation[…]

Infographics vs Video

Our class is having Salva Dut of Water for Sudan come and give us an assembly this coming week.  Part of his visit will be individual visits to classrooms with him spending about 10 minutes in each room.  He will challenge the children at the end of his assembly with the question: “How can water Read more about Infographics vs Video[…]

Thoughts On Becoming Screen Literate

Many times we think of literacy as reading and writing.  However, we now know the importance of our children acquiring a new kind of literacy: Visual Literacy.  This is something that we must teach them and it is becoming ever more apparent that these skills are embedded in our teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom.

I appreciated reading the article by Kevin Kelly, Becoming Screen Literate, in which he breaks down this new generation of screen viewers and the cultural shift occurring in what it now means to be literate.  We are being bombarded daily by screens.

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Reflections on Powerpoints

We had our back to school night about a month ago and I remember having teachers from the school share examples of powerpoint presentations they have used with parents and thinking quietly that there has got to be a more effective way of communicating.  Back to School night presentations are usually full of information, details, Read more about Reflections on Powerpoints[…]

Using Maps to Teach Visual Literacy

In my class this month we are learning about Maps.  Our big ideas are: How can maps help us learn? How can we learn to use maps and understand direction, position, size, etc…? Traditionally, this unit has used globes, maps (paper) and atlases.  There is nothing in our unit plans and content that use the Read more about Using Maps to Teach Visual Literacy[…]

From “Design Challenged” To “A Challenge To Design”

I am design challenged. From the way I decorate my apartment to the way I take pictures and think about layout out of my blog with colors and widgets I really have a long way to go.  I would like to think that I am communicating a message and engaging my audience.  I truly hope Read more about From “Design Challenged” To “A Challenge To Design”[…]

Course 2 Child Friendly AUP

A group of educators (Vivian, Sibila, Mick, Devita, Verena, Carlene, Donovan) came together for this final task of Course 2 in the COETAIL program.  We met each other through Vivian’s initiative of using the #CoetailAUP on twitter.  We are all elementary teachers who did not know each other but desired to collaborate and discuss issues Read more about Course 2 Child Friendly AUP[…]

Down The Rabbit Hole

The Internet is the amazing place of discovery.  I love how the folks at Curator’s Code term the infinite discovery of the internet similar to that of going down a Rabbit’s Hole.  When you think about it, that is exactly what we are doing.  Here is what the rabbit’s hole looks like for me on Read more about Down The Rabbit Hole[…]

Whose Got The Power?

I was really struck with the article by Danah Boyd (2010) in which she talks about how bullying and the programs we put in schools just don’t resonate with the average teenager or child for that matter.  It’s true.  Think about the multitude of anti-bullying programs and plans we put in place in schools to Read more about Whose Got The Power?[…]

Right Click, CTRL C, CTRL V

Ok, this is what my brain does when I think of the topic of copyright, piracy, fair use, and whatever else you want to call it. Why does nothing make sense?  Why is this issue so confusing? My mind has been going back and forth on this issue and questioning why it all matters and Read more about Right Click, CTRL C, CTRL V[…]