Friday, December 19, 2014

The Final Colbert Report

The last minutes of the Colbert's Report last episode were nothing short of great and very in an "over the top", Colbert style! He said goodbye, singing "We'll Meet Again" with Randy Newman at the piano and the impressive crowd of the "friends of the show".  I am not sure how many famous people they managed to squeeze in a studio. To name a few: Jon Stewart, Tom Brokaw, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Barry Manilow, Big Beard and Cookie Monster, Tom Friedman, Cyndi Lauper, Ken Burns,  Keith Olbermann, Katie Couric, Andrew Sullivan, David Gregory, Ariana Huffington, JJ Abrams, Alan Alda, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Toby Keith, and Christiane Amanpour. Even Mike Hackabee was there!  I was surprised not to see papa Bear Bill O'Reilly.
#‎ColbertFinale was trending on Twitter in the US. 
President Bill Clinton made it to the final song while twitting:
President Obama remarked:
 Nancy Pelosi posted

 In Stephen's own tweet:

You did Stephen. You and Jon Stewart.  One show at the time. 



We will meet again Stephen. Colbert had been chosen to succeed David Letterman as the host of the Late Show in 2015. I have hard time to imagine him hosting the show out of the character.

You can catch up or reminisce  the best  Cover Report moments at thecolbertreport.cc.com. My favorite moment from the show?  I love when Colbert was singing with John Legend "The Girl is Mine"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa's morphology and Happy Holidays

I  explained who is Saint Nicholas and described the tradition of celebrating his Name Day on December 6 in my previous years post . But this picture is a perfect addition. Not that I want to pick a fight about the jolly dude with "Santa Purists", but common,  really, Santa Claus?

Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle (?!)..., is a fascinating partly historical, christian, partly legendary and folkloric, and mostly highly commercialized morph.  People all over the world call him different names and celebrate him in different ways. Now the newest fight is about his skin color!  Wikipedia entry on Santa Claus summarizes his phenomena pretty well.

Christian Meme

It is rather fascinating how traditions change!  After all, even trivial everyday stories are told different depend on who is recalling the event.  Flip between Fox News and MSNBC and you won't believe how political lens can distort the vision.

  My take on it? As long as the effect of the traditions will put a smile on ones face, help to bring people together, and help someone in difficult times I'm all for it! Happy holidays! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Bucket list - revisited

I think it is either the omnipresent spirit of the holidays, or  the fact that Pitbull will be on tour near me that made me think about my bucket list:

I consider myself VERY lucky. I traveled, I am educated, I have a job I like, I have a great hubby and beautiful, smart, and healthy kiddos. I have my big dining table and many opportunities to host my friends and family around it.  So part of me is a little ashamed that I am making "list of more". But given that we only have one life, why not squeeze from it as much as we can? My bucket list is my dreams and goals. Not what I need, but just what I would love to experience/see/acquire before I kick the bucket.  I noticed as I was revisiting my dreams and goals that some of them changed.  For example "Visiting Paris" became  "Show kids Paris from the Eiffel tower",  or I added "Walk with Lucy on a Great Wall of China" because she raised an interest in doing so.  I am not quite ready to remove  Madonna's and Blondie's concerts. I think Tokyo, TED conference, and live long enough to spoil my grandkids are my front-runners.

My list is not well organized or prioritized it just a fun reminder that you never should say "I am done! "

  • See original Kiss by Klimt
  • Visit Japan
  • See the Stonehenge in England
  • Experience Tokyo with Rob
  • Walk with Lucy on a Great Wall of China
  • Show kids Paris from the Eiffel tower
  • Eat Crabs in Main
  • Eat again sourdough bread and seafood at San Francisco’s Fisherman's Wharf
  • Visit Olympic Peninsula
  • See the Les Miserable  on Broadway
  • See Wicked on Broadway
  • See Mama Mia on Broadway
  • Visit the Salvador Dali Museum is an art museum in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Attend Pitbull Concert
  • Become sustainable member of NPR and IPR 
  • Know at least a little about every marvel listed on the UNESCO's World Heritage list 
  • Finish Doctorate
  • See Blondie on stage
  • See the Presepolis in Iran
  • See the old city of Jerusalem
  • Take kids on an African safari
  • See Kremlin
  • Buy a  RV camper 
  • Read all Terry Pratchets
  • See the performance at Sydney Opera House http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/
  • See Madonna in Concert
  • 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
  • Learn to swim
  • Learn to play piano
  • Ride on a horse in some scenic location
  • Participate in a carnival in Rio
  • Have my brother visiting me in the US
  • To have my parents visiting me here again
  • Tour CNN
  • Be in a live audience during Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show
  • Be in a live audience during  Colbert Report (pretty much gone)
  • Organize my attic
  • Attend TED conference
  • Put a little free library in front of my house
  • Spoil rotten my grandchildren  :-)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Exorcist . Brilliant Ad!

Try to guess what it is about. I bet you can't. No cheating!



http://vimeo.com/22984504

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween AND good Saint's Day

 As usually Google did a great job putting their halloween Google logos galore:




They even offer you a help to get into the Halloween spirit by "Halloweenify" your google plus profile photo:


Tomorrow is All Saints' day(All Hallows day, or lately just All Dead day). That holiday we celebrate in Poland, and most Western Christian countries. That one is much more reflective, sad day in which we remember all the people that are gone. We visit the graves bring flowers, and light the candles for their souls. Prior to that day many organizations taking on themselves to clean up the graves of those whose families are lost, or unknown, such as fallen soldiers of World Wars and old historical cemeteries.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Information Literacy - resources for my presentation during the ITEC conference

meme by imgflip

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?

group 1 (elementary):
http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
group 2:
http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/hierakonpolis/zombies.html
group 3:
http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/index.html
group 4:
http://www.uni.edu/coe/ci/240-031/documents/mail_SlowDance.pdf
bonus:
http://www.tomsoutletstore2014.com

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

itec-ia.org

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. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I am looking at the NMC Horizon Report Europe 2014 Schools Edition

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report Europe 2014 Schools Edition is out!
The report describes the trends, technologies and challenges for European schools over the next five years. Although the report was issues for Europe there are many similarities with trends and challenges in the States. I am not sure if it is the fact that I am from Europe or is is simply better visualized but I found the HR European edition easier to read.



The trends from fastest to long range:
  • Growing Ubiquity of Social Media
  • Rethinking the Roles of Teacher (as a result of ICT- Information and Communication Technology)
  • Increasing Focus on Open Educational Resources
  • Increasing Use of Hybrid Learning Designs (emphasis on P2P collaboration at school and online resources to extend learning to home - flipped classroom? ) 
  • Evolution of Online Learning (rich media, more interactive features, better-defined outcomes. Increased consideration of how both students and teachers are impacted)
  • Rise of Data-Driven Learning and Assessment - (data for personalizing the learning experience, for ongoing formative assessment of learning, and for performance measurement)

Challenges in order from easily solvable to more elusive

  • Integrating ICT in Teacher Education - Well, we can help with that: Become EdTech minor or pursue MA in IT  people! :-)
  • Students’ Low Digital Competence (kids are lacking critical skills how to analyze and evaluate the authenticity of the increasing amount of messages they encounter everyday).
  • Blending of Formal and Non-Formal Learning (attention toward self-directed, curiosity-based learning that can happen in non-traditional, non-formal educational environments).
  • Creating Authentic Learning Opportunities (Use of learning scenarios that incorporate real life experiences, technology, and tools that are already familiar to students, and seek interactions from community)
  • Complex Thinking and Communication -  which bring to my mind Siemens and Downes theory of connectivism
  • Students as Co-Designers of Learning - the role of the teacher is shifting to being more of a mentor and advisor in the learning journey.
  • The US version also had  listed  Increased Privacy Concerns; Competition from alternative schools, especially those with online programs.

Here is a wiki that was put for european schools to discuss the trend  http://europe.wiki.nmc.org/Trends

UNI IT - helping with an integration of ITC in Teacher Ed since the beginning of its existence :-) 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Changes for Foursquare

First Foursquare moved the check -in option to a separate app called Swarm. Now I noticed it changed its logo. Personally I was using the app sporadically mostly to check-in - which is no longer part of the foursquare. Hmm..
The welcome message stays:
“The new Foursquare is all about helping you find places you’ll love, anywhere in the world. Swarm: Your Swarm check-ins will continue to teach Foursquare about the places you like, but your location will never be shown to anyone in Foursquare"  
So, to my understanding, Swarm became old Foursquare and Foursquare became…Yelp?

New logo and add on app
Old logo

Friday, July 11, 2014

Why Big 10 Conference changed their logo

Let me preface with the explanation that I am extremely ignorant when it comes to sports. I was using the old big 10 logo for years in my Visual Literacy class as a good example of the negative space used in design.  So naturally, when I discovered that they changed the logo I decided to find out why.

The Big Ten Conference (B1G), formerly Western Conference and Big Nine Conference, is the oldest  (120 years) Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States.  In 1990 the conference added 11th member, Penn State, which was honored in the logo in a very clever way: The designer hid a number 11 in the negative space around the letter T. Brilliant, right? Now the problem arrived in 2011 when they added 12th member.

The new Big Ten logo was developed by Michael Bierut and Michael Gericke of the international design firm Pentagram. Looks like they designed it in 2010 in anticipation of the changes. The new logo, B1G , can be read two ways - BIG and IG may be read as a number 10. Clever design that combines word big and number 10 in a single word.  Timeless! They honored the old name but don't have to worry about changes in the number of members in a future.


Old logo - notice the number 11 created by the negative space

The new logo combines word big and number 10 in a single word