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 discouraged when it got more difficult. Lilian went through The Code Studioactivitiesfor little kids and she loves TheFoos
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="">
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:
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?
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
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
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.
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Lucy and I are reading a Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd for her Battle of the Books and the Reading Challenge. We both LOVE the book so much that I started following an author on Twitter.
I sent her a tweet with the picture of us reading and... Ms. Lloyd responded! She thanked us and then tweeted that she loves our picture “times infinity”. She also reposted it with her memories added:
How Awesome is that !? Lucy was beyond happy. We rarely think that authors of our favorite books may not only be still among us but also are happy to connect with their fans. How cool would it be if teachers in Lucy's classes connect with the other authors? Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, L.M.Montgomery, R Kipling, E.B. White, Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, H.C Andersen are fantastic but they are all dead! How empowering for the young people to see that regular, contemporary people can also become the famous authors?
I also follow on Twitter J.K. Rowling - Author of the Harry Potter John Green -Author of “The Fault in Our Stars” Peter Reynolds the author and illustrator of famous "The Dot" and illustrator of Judy Moody series. Mo Willems' Pigeon feed Dana Claire the author of comic Phoebe and Her Unicorn
and much more
Look up your favorite authors! Some of them have also a digital presence on Facebook (Eric Carle, Shel Silverstein, Markus Zusak, Gillian Flynn... )
Remember, if the authors wish to remain private they would not have open public accounts on social media! Connect with them, and if you are a teacher, connect your students with them.
August 2017: Time to revisit my bucket list. I created first post in 2014 and I revisited it in 2016. It is time for 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 though, that was not a part of my bucket list: 1. We purchased a beautiful house with a large yard and a trampoline -which made my kiddos very happy :-) 2. Lucy (10) is an avid book reader and now I am able to actually enjoy some her books (A Snicker of Magic, Connect the Stars, Phoebe and Her Unicorn) and she reads my recommendations (She just finished first two Harry Potters)
The list is not in order. I think Tokyo, TED conference, and live long enough to spoil my grandkids are still my front-runners. I am adding visiting Scotland my husband, and my children roots
Listen to a good music in Havana, Cuba - with the opening of the US Embassy in Cuba in July 2015 it just becomes more real! Update: I watched Anthony Bourdain show about Cuba and I am somehow disappointed with how run down everything looks there this days. Did I romanticized it too much?
Experience Tokyo with Rob
Walk with Lucy on a Great Wall of China
Show kids Paris from the Eiffel tower
Put a little free library in front of my house - COMING SOON! My friend Justin agree to build it for me for a reasonable cost
Eat Crabs in Main
See the Stonehenge in England
Eat again sourdough bread and seafood at San Francisco’s Fisherman's Wharf
Visit Olympic Peninsula
See the Persepolis in Iran
See the old city of Jerusalem
Visit New Orleans (We did that in 2012 on our 10th wedding anniversary! )
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 - done
Become a Google certified Teacher
Become a Google Certified Education Trainer (as a teacher of EdTech&Design, I kind of am, but not certified)
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 :-)
Learn to play guitar - I am not sure if I learn it, but Lucy started her guitar lessons in Spring 2017!
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.