Dare to Be Different…. Be Inspired!!

 

When it comes to learning and teaching there shouldn’t be a cookie cutter plan as to how it should be taught or interpreted. The problem with the Educational System today is that too many teachers are becoming “Comfortable” especially once they become tenure. Going through the videos and images of Jim Groom, he expressed his passionate views on that through many blog post and videos.

This passage in “Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle” stood out to me the most because it holds so much truth and passion behind the words:

Ed techs like to claim that the Internet represents a revolution in human communication, one with profound effects on how we produce, consume, share, and value knowledge.20 If that is the case, maybe the ownership, control, and structure of these environments should be more than an afterthought. We strongly believe that higher education should embrace a mission to create, cultivate, and promote “safe spaces” that are not only open but also free from overtly commercialized interests. Educators are currently at a crossroads. The choices we make now will decide what sort of online environment will be available in the future. And despite all the current anti-institutional talk21surrounding today’s higher education that proffers corporate mindsets in the name of efficiency (we sense a hip neo-liberal party with the public paying the bill), institutions remain relevant to us if only because they represent an idea of a publicly-accountable alternative. We see a place for colleges and universities that are more supportive of and integrated with the wider public beyond the institutional gates, drawing on the lessons of successful open networks for inspiration.

I agree so much with this statement because I feel that Higher Education really needs to embrace and create a safe space for students to express themselves and learn through realistic views. Open Education is brilliant idea that should be embraced especially by Higher Education institutes, educators and students can both learn through this process. Straight textbook teaching is not working anymore, students of this day and age is technology driven and is eager to go online to find their answers to things that have tweaked their interest. Educators are at a crossroad and if they don’t challenge  themselves to “bare to be different”, they’ll just be another professor who is known for reading directly from the text and giving multiple choice exams instead of giving the students the freedom to research and come back and teach the class something from their finding. I’m not speaking of the traditional research but navigating through videos, images and blogs on the selected topic and relating it to their everyday lives as well as their future profession.

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Results from David Cooper Moore – Ignite Talk Thursday

 

The responses that I received to my post “David Cooper Moore: The Love Hate Relationship with Media” were pretty much what I expected coming from other future educators.

I asked the  (2) questions as followed:

Should Students be allowed to express hate for media in the classroom? 

 (4) Responses were given  (thus far):
  • Yes i think so
  • Yes i think so
  • yes but like he said in a safe space, students are always going to express themselves whether we as teachers want to hear it or not so why not incorporate it in your lesson and get students involved. As long as it is monitored correctly and students have an understanding that everyone is entitled to their opinion and deserves respect they should be allowed to express their hate for media and also see the other side like the video said why others might disagree and like what they hate
  • Yes I believe that every opinion is worth something, just like no question is a dumb one.  
The second question asked was:
By allowing students to reflect on what they hate about media, do you feel this will allow them to empathize and reason as to why they feel that way? Please explain why. 
 Responses given (thus far):
  • Yes i do because i feel that it creates a world of expansion and expression of true emotion and feeling.
  • Yes because students like to share their ideas and feelings, especially when it is dealing with someone other than themselves. Also students will be able to learn from each other and from that be able to reason better. I am a firm believer that students learn better from their peers
  • This will definitely allow them to empathize and reason why they feel that way. For example, I would understand them because maybe they feel that way because they think its too hard to understand, or even anything can go viral.

As you can see when asked to explain their answer, I was given various reasons as to why students should be allowed to express themselves in both a positive and negative ways. It all ties back to “Reasoning” and “Empathy”. I will update when more results are posted.

 

David Cooper Moore: The Love Hate Relationship with Media

The video I was assigned was one presented by David Cooper Moore, he  is Associate Director of the Media Education Lab and Program Director for Powerful Voices for Kids, a partnership between Temple University’s Media Education Lab and the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia.He also has taught media production to a variety of age groups including K-12 and undergraduate students.

David started off the video by referring to a teen named Rebecca Black who become an overnight sensation, when her youtube video “Friday” went viral, but not because people loved it but because they hated the song. He goes on to further discuss that when it comes to love vs. hate the 2 almost go hand and hand. In education, students should be allowed to express their dislike for something as long as they give a valid reason why, and also explain as to why others may like what they dislike, by doing its giving them the chance to reason between the two.

The quote that stood out the most to me was “Love spreads but Hate spreads too”  this statement is so true because if students see their peers disliking something that may deter how they feel about the same thing.

Another quote that stood out was “Give students time to reflect on what they hate, ask them to use their reasoning and empathy”, I believe that this strategy can be beneficial in the classroom because students may not have a “real” or “valid” reason as to why they may hate something.

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#TeamMakers – Decisions, Decisions …. Rocket vs. Heater

For the Makers project me and Rey teamed up and went through many different ideas as to what we can make that also be an assignment we can teach to our future students. We didn’t to just build anything we wanted our “Maker” or “Tool” to serve a purpose.  The first idea we came up with was to make “High-Pressure Foam Rockets” as were seen on the Make Project website, we felt that it was fun, creative and fundamental for our future classrooms but it wasn’t challenging enough. So we stumbled across the “Altoids -Tin Heater”, and we thought it was perfect, challenging, creative. The project even though it seems rather easy it was a bit of a challenge especially when it came to cutting and punching holes through the sheet metal.

The objective of this tool is to teach our future students how to build a portable heater for survival kit purposes possibly to use when camping and needing to roast marshmallows or to simply boil water as suggested on the web-page. Stay tuned for our final finished product!

This is the link to Reyawesome’s post of our 2nd attempt of building our Heater.

“What Do People Think…. About Teens?

The storytelling assignment that I would use in my future classroom would be themed around “Turning a Negative into a Positive”. I came up with this idea when browsing through the design assignments on the ds106 website and I came across the “What People Think I Do” meme. It consisted of different images of sterotypes of what people thought about college students and the final frame represents the actual person.

The objective of this assigment would be to teach my future students about various sterotypes and how they can change a negative sterotype into a possible positive one. This will also teach them that a picture can be worth a 1000 words when different people give their opinions. I also created a meme myself of “What People Think of Teenagers”. I really enjoyed this design assignment and look forward to doing this with my future students.

 

Bumper my Course

This class/course is far from tradition and it makes it feel like a breath of fresh air. I know that I will be able to take so much away from this course after its over because it gave me a new found love for blogging. Also as a future educator I know that I can take the things I’ve learned and incorporate it into my own classroom. I like to learn and to be able to teach with little limitations as possible. I come to realize that every student will learn and grasp things different when it comes to learning.

 

This course has given me the freedom to express myself and to tap into my creative side. I know once I’ve put my mind to it I can put together great ideas and future assignments. I’ve also learned from my classmates through their post. The bumper stickers I chose to tag to the “Honk If You’re a Maker”  so far (will post more) was the “Creative Eye” which I felt was necessary throughout the course. The other bumper sticker was the “Creative Genius” picture. I felt both describe the course perfectly.

 

Video Assignment – Last Friday Night Montage

So upon doing the video assignment from ds106 I hit a few bumps in the road trying to make sure the visual matched the audio as close as possible. Despite all else I did enjoy using my creative mind to do this assignment. I decide to do the assignment “Make a Montage”, where I had to take clips that matched what Katy Perry was signing about in her song “Last Friday Night”. I worked diligently on this and hope that you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

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As a future educator assignments such as this one, my students can   their favorite TV shows or songs into their own Montage of funny clips of themselves and friends.