Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last word to my Summer students

Hi all,
You are done with the Educational Technology and Design course. Congratulations! It was not an easy task, and I am full of respect for you. Take a last look at your grades and comments. Few of you still have some unresolved issues, perhaps I overlooked something. Please make sure that everything is done soon. I need to submit grades tomorrow by 11 am.

Looking back
  • You had an opportunity to think about current technology trends, 21st century teaching and learning, visual, information, and media literacies.
  • You analyzed the audience and designed for them a unit of instructions based on the Iowa Core standards.
  • You created a website to host there a collaborative, inquiry oriented, multidisciplinary activity that provides students with the complex task and a guided internet search (WebQuest).
  • You put yourself in your students' shoes and walked trough an experience of creating the digital video from script, storyboard, peer revision, through the gathering or creating the digital resources, to editing the audio and video and publishing ready video to the world wide audience.
  • You grew your digital footprint by engaging in social media as a professional (Twitter, blog, Pinterest).
  • You are pretty much a pro in Google apps AND
  • You gained new colleagues! 

Quite an accomplishment in six  short weeks!

I would like you to remember four acronyms/phrases from the course that will add to your professional language and guide your future:

  1. TPACK - http://tpack.org/ Remember the TPACK model from the first lecture? The big Venn diagram that shows Technology, Pedagogy and Content knowledge should be always your guide when selecting methods, content and tools for your instructions. You need to aim for the sweet spot, which is an intersection of the three.
  2. 4Cs for 21st century http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/4csposter.pdf- Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity - everything in your class should somehow support the development of at least one of them. Otherwise it is just a bunch of busy work. 
  3. CARP - this one is related to how you design all the wonderful resources for your students, and also how you can teach them the principals of visual design to be educated creators. The acronym stands for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition and Proximity and it was explained in detail in our Visual literacy lecture. 
  4. Transformative Learning approach - http://www.uni.edu/coe/TransformativeLearning - This model was created by UNI professors and is quickly becoming a hit around the country. Look at the text in each petal of the transformative learning flower. Can you align it with what we did in this class? Can you envision your own class and teaching aligned with this model? Perhaps you can blog about it? 

You professional digital footprint and your PLN should grow beyond this course. You are the new generation of educators and you will teach kids to be ready to face the global culture, where the critical thinking, flexibility, ability to collaborate, create and think outside of box is a must. Do not let your students down.

Good luck to you and thank you for the class.

As an inspirational cherry on top I would like to leave you with this short but great talk by Rita Pierson, because it is true that Every Kid Needs a Champion:

Magda Galloway

Thursday, March 10, 2016

An Hour of Code

I finally got my hour of code certificate!

I procrastinated it for a while, even though my own kids started to play with a coding some time ago. And guess what? It was super easy. I have no idea while I was demonizing it for so long.  I had to finally do it because I wanted my C-TELE (Creating Technology Enhanced Learning Environment) students to complete it as well.

Lucy's school uses code.org activities. At home she played with Cargo-Bot  last year but she got discoraged when it got more difficult.  Lilian went through The Code Studio acvities for little kids and she loves The Foos
Vivian prefers Toca Builders, which is more in the flavor of a Mindcraft for preschoolers

Here are my awesome C-TELE students and their certificates <3 nbsp="" p="">

Saturday, February 27, 2016


I introduced OSMO to my girls.
I gave Lilian (5) the Osmo Tangram and observed how she will deal with the new product:

Quickly she became comfortable enough to teach her twin sister.
Then it was Lucy (8) and her friends to crack the rules of Osmo Numbers and it too went very well. It took a team work and you can even hear Lili voice giving them advices:

One of my CTELE students volunteer in a tutoring center. She has a boy with ADHD and is behind in his reading abilities.  I gave her OSMO words to see if that will help with his attention... And it worked!  The boy was engaged and intrigued!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Information Literacy - resources for a workshop

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Information literacy is more than possessing information. Information literacy is the ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information." (ACRL, 2000)

Resources for the activities during the presentation:

PollEv.com/maggda or text keyword to 22333

Scrutinize the websites below. Can you find an argument to support or discredit the legitimacy of your website? How can you prove it? Can you see the purpose behind the website? Could you use it in your classroom?

Exhibit A: Save the Octopus!

Exhibit B: Vaccination Gateway to Drugs

Exhibit C: A Kid in Need

Exhibit D: MLK Homework

Exhibit E: Save a Buck

Exhibit F: Zombie Attack?

Exhibit G: Black People Love Us

You may use steps from the Internet Detective website the Detective Work section and Stephen Downe's Principles for Evaluating Websites  (resources below)

What kid of practical steps can you and your students take to critically evaluate information found on the Internet?
Big 6 and Super3  models of how people should solve an information strategies. Super 3 is a simplified model for the youngest students.  Here is a handout (developed by two educators, Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz)   http://big6.com/media/freestuff/Big6Handouts.pdf

Additional resources:

ISTE Standards for students connection:  Standard # 3:Research and Information Fluency:
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
ISTE  Standards for teachers connection:  2 d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning

Siemens and Downes theory of connectivism:
snopes.com -Reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation
truthorfiction.com - Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.
hoax-slayer.com - dedicated to" debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues"
sourcewatch.org - collaborative resource for  documented information about the corporations, industries, and people trying to influence public policy and public opinion
domaintools.com - collection of domain name ownership records in the world (also look easywhois.com)
sweetsearch.com -  a research based multimedia tutorial that teaches effective web research skills to both educators and students

EDUCASE article  Information Literacy: A neglected Core Competency 
Dulcinea Media - A student friendly suit of search engines and web resources
Proclamation by president Barack Obama (2009) establishing October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Snicker of Magic and Twitter

Check this out
Lucy and I are reading for her battle of the books and reading challenge a Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.  We both LOVE the book so much that I started following an author on Twitter.

I sent her a tweet with us reading and Ms. Lloyd responded  thanking us and then tweet that she loves picture “times infinity” and then repost it with her memories added. How Awesome is that !?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bucket list - revisited again

Time to revisit my bucket list. I revisited it in December 14, so I think it is time for some updates:-)

I was able to check a couple of items on my list , but not too much. I was able to fulfill my other big dream, that was not a part of my bucket list. We about to purchase a beautiful house with a large yard and a trampoline -which made my kiddos very happy :-)
The list is not in order. I think Tokyo, Havana, TED conference, and live long enough to spoil my grandkids are still my front-runners! 
  • Listen to a good music in Havana, Cuba  - with the plan of opening of the US Embassy in Cuba in July 2015 it just become more real! 
  • Experience Tokyo with Rob
  • Walk with Lucy on a Great Wall of China
  • Show kids Paris from the Eiffel tower
  • Eat Crabs in Main
  • Visit Alaska
  • See the Stonehenge in England
  • Eat again sourdough bread and seafood at San Francisco’s Fisherman's Wharf
  • Visit Olympic Peninsula
  • See the Presepolis in Iran
  • See the old city of Jerusalem
  • Visit New Orleans (We did that in 2012 on our 10th wedding anniversary! )
  • Take kids on an African safari
  • Visit Kremlin
  • See original Kiss by Klimt
  • See the Les Miserable  on Broadway
  • See Mama Mia on Broadway
  • Visit the Salvador Dali Museum is an art museum in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • See Blondie on stage
  • See Madonna in Concert
  • Attend Pitbull Concert (Rob gave me a ticket for Christmas! I went to see Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias on Feb 21, 2015! I went with my nieces Emily and Elyse. We had VIP tickets and had a blast dancing right next to the stage)
  • Become sustainable member of NPR and IPR 
  • Become a Google certified Teacher
  • Become a Google Certified Education Trainer (as a teacher of EdTech&Design, I kind of am, but not certified)
  • Know at least a little about every marvel listed on the UNESCO's World Heritage list 
  • Finish Doctorate
  • Read all Terry Pratchets
  • Buy an  RV camper 
  • See the performance at Sydney Opera House http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/
  • Fly for a date with Rob to Hawaii
  • Visit Every Continent!
  • Visit Salvador Dali Museum in in Catalonia, Spain.
  • Send my girls to college
  • Learn to ski (started winter  2014-2015. We went a few times to Sundown and put together the ski sets for the whole family. It is a good start. We could not continue this past winter because we were planning to purchase the new home)
  • Learn to swim
  • Own a piano
  • Learn to play piano 
  • Ride on a horse in some scenic location
  • Participate in a carnival in Rio - I do not have to worry about ZIKA virus!
  • Have my brother visiting me in the US
  • Visit my brother in Ireland
  • To have my parents visiting me here again - My mom will come in May for 3 months and my dad will join us for a few weeks! 
  • Tour CNN -I did that partially past summer (2015)! We went to Atlanta and visit the CNN building built, but our destination point was to tour the set of The Walking Dead so we did not have time for the CNN tour
  • Be in a live audience during Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show (too late)
  • Be in a live audience during  Colbert Report (too late, but there is still a Late Show option)
  • Organize my attic - Ha! That got solved with the move to the new home. I finally opened the old trunk that I purchased with the house. It was full of  old linen and a sailor uniform.  I need to take it to The Grout museum- perhaps they will find it valuable to them. 
  • Attend TED conference
  • Put a little free library in front of my house
  • Spoil rotten my grandchildren  :-)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Google updates logo again

This time the change includes a sign and also a "G" . 
On a the Google official blog they announce
"We’re bidding adieu to the little blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo."

I wrote about previous change here
Here is a revolution of the Logo by google

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Last show with Jon Stewart - #JonVoyage

1999 - 2015  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his daily impact on our culture come to an end.  I am pretty sure we will hear from him soon. Activists, whistleblowers,  and creative beings like him cannot stay quiet too long, not in a crazy pre-election world! It would be cool to see him as Trevor Noah's  special guest or even correspondent. Speaking of correspondents. I wonder if Trevor will keep them. My favorites are Jessica Williams and Jason Jones.

Here are a few comments from social media