User:Vtaylor/here be dragons/Y2012

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  • important and interesting, collaboration, outdoors, other places / spaces, time value - 13mar
  • teaching and learning, BYO..., school volunteer, social / purposeful, water-centered, cool summer weather, long sleeves - 2sep
  • kids & phones, ladies meetups, boating, flying, summer - cooler, physical activity, Bay Area, Seattle, Vancouver, Anchorage, Halifax, Kingston - sailing, race committee, sight-seeing, hiking, visit PEI, NS, NB, Maine, Rome/Amsterdam/Cambridge, New Zealand, China

projects, quotes


  • Five States of Mind 1. efficacy: identity, competence, learning, self-empowerment, mastery, and control. 2.consciousness: monitor and reflect on their own and others' thoughts and actions. 3. flexibility: developing repertoires of response patterns to create, adapt, and change. 4. craftsmanship: clearer, more elegant, precise, congruent, and integrated. 5. interdependence: grow in relationship to others, social beings in need of reciprocity and community.
  • unteachables incompletely socialized. Ignorant even of things that they might be expected to know, they do not care to learn. They lack an object in life, they are unaware of the joy of achievement. They have been allowed to assume that happiness is a goal, rather than a by-product.


  • Inge Ignatia/Inge de Waard Institute of Tropical Medicine, MobiMOOC organizer - interview about social and mobile interactions in online learning
  • Creekside 7th grade science - layer curriculum activities - byo, personal learning, "path"
  • Burns - portfolio - overview, background - need program summaries with evaluations to map to student learning outcomes. Tech committee, mobile tools for teachers > improvement plan data collection - program / theme summary template
  • We have seen how Content delivers learning resources such as textbooks and media files and how Capture and Compute play a role in practice activities to apply the knowledge; now social learning is the fourth C: Communicate. Mobile tools facilitate interaction, supporting not only convenient access but also coordination and communication regardless of location. --Quinn in Tomorrow's Professor, emphasis mine


  • Bonnie Powell's six questions to solving everything 1. Where am I/we now? 2. Where do I/we want to be in a given time period? (ie: 6 months, 1 year) 3. How do I/we get from here to there? 4. Who benefits? 5. Who controls? 6. Who pays?
  • He rarely uses the word “but.” Instead, he says “Yes, and ... ” — an improv principle that allows people to discuss something without disagreeing. He also says improv taught him how to see things through to the end. [1] In case of fire Exit the building BEFORE Tweeting about it [2]
  • Library 2.012 virtual conference - Nikki D Robertson - curation. Mike Stephens 23 things library 2.0 tametheweb transformative learner. Mary Jordan library leadership training integrity, customer service, political awareness, communication. Willyn Webb [3] cell phones in library enhance literacy, Teaching Generation Text, texting is my favorite subject, basic phones, Celly, text story. Cell phones in education [4]

2012.09 - school newsletter

  • easy to write / publish / distribute - web site, email, tweet, Facebook, calendar, articles / posts, ads / partners, multiple contributors, editor
  • WordPress - widely used, easy, multiple authors, editor, magazine look "theme" option - domain, ad-free $35/yr, Tweet widget
  • Edmodo - blog - note Tweet feed; community eg. Science - could add each newsletter article as a "note", limit who can write; calendar - printable
  • tinyURL - By entering in a URL in the text field below, we will create a tiny URL that will not break in email postings and never expires
  • tweet - hashtag, account, feed, retweet, app - many blog tools provide
  • Volusia - blackboard ? links to individual articles, ads, format restrictions
  • constant contact - emails, social media, tweet - think of it as a marketing campaign for a non-profit ? 500-2500 email addresses $21/mon prepaid 12 months ** free trial, no web site


  • 2012 - notes from 2012 - online courses, comments mostly

guiding framework boils down to four questions: -- Samuel J. Palmisano, CEO IBM

  • Why would someone spend their money with you — so what is unique about you?
  • Why would somebody work for you?
  • Why would society allow you to operate in their defined geography — their country?
  • And why would somebody invest their money with you?

@ONE Designing Effective Online Assessments

  • "In too many classrooms, work is assigned, handed in, receives a grade … and any opportunity to engage students in thinking about and learning from their work is lost. In a classroom devoted to meaningful, timely, and effective feedback, and to assessment for learning, not mere assessment of learning, we engage students in conversations that provide them with the support and guidance they need to be successful. These conversations and the feedback we give also provide us — the teachers — with valuable information on how well we’re reaching and supporting the learners in our classrooms. And yet, in many classrooms around the world, assessment for learning is just not present, which begs an important question: what’s stopping us from providing this kind of ongoing and meaningful support to our students? Why is it so challenging to implement?" [6]

Performance assessment

  • personal SLO - research / understand / propose / apply performance assessment strategies to k-8 learning experiences facilitated the pocket computing - not only the student’s know-what but know-how and even know-why. [7]

? test - no words - India ? apps - subject, content, skill / process as well as correct answer - Brain Turner (math), Whirly Words (vocabulary, roots, strategy)

  • assess knowing how - detail the skills that went into doing that work and assess the student on the whole product and performance as well as its component parts. A teacher might also know how much new learning occurred since the previous assessment occurred and how the student acquired that new learning. Such assessments authenticate for the student what she knows and validates for the teacher what the student knows and how she knows what she knows—not only the student’s know-what but know-how and even know-why. [8]

Learn more...

2012.09 @ONE moodle

Curiosity, culture of innovation

Harold Jarche writes: In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit:

  • Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer?
  • Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to new ways of thinking.
  • Observing: Watching the world around them for surprising stimuli.
  • Experimenting: Consciously complicating their lives by trying new things or going to new places.

2012.06 - Cultivating curiosity - as motivation, innate / cultivate - discovery / challenge learning - Apple guidelines, TEDx Puget Sound speaker - Simon Sinek - Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action - why, how, what - I believe / I have a dream - law of diffusion of innovation - inspire us


  • not grading character - strength of character in seven areas — self-control, optimism, grit, gratitude, zest, curiosity and 'social intelligence' (sample).

Simplest Experiential Learning Cycle

  • DO IT. (Act)
  • What? What happened? What were the results? (Reflect)
  • So What? What do these results imply? How did I influence the outcome?
  • Now What? (Conceptualize) What will I do differently next time? (Apply)

  • metacognitive knowledge - knowledge of thinking in general and your thinking in particular (create, evaluate), procedural (analyze, evaluate), conceptual (apply, understand), factual (understand, remember)
  • * I notice… Focuses on subtle facts or details which are related to key understandings.
    * I think… INSIGHTFUL…identifies key understandings and their significance clearly, sees connections between ideas, supports opinions with persuasive, clear evidence, sees subtleties and ironies in alternate points of view.
    * I wonder… Question invites discussion promoting more than one point of view, personal connections, and understanding of the story or topic.
  • OCL4L mooc - Open Content Licensing for Educators, FSILT - First Steps into Learning and Teaching massive open online course (MOOC) will run from 21 May to 22 June 2012.
  • AITR @ SCHS, Creekside MS, Burns * The Hub - iPhone art * BSF Apr 5-7, 2013
  • walk-to / urban density, educational opportunities, cultural dynamic, community - neighbors, groups of interest, civil society, library, cinema, performances, swimming, hiking, public transit - 13mar

30 Goals

  • Goal 11: Feel The Weight of Your Impact - impact DeAnza 600-700 CIS2, CIS50, HTML, JavaScript, faculty 50-100 Catalyst, TSL, Evergreen, WE ??, LookUp 60 Ed Day Oshkosh, ?? Diigo, Come Fly With Me 20 Burns, ?? online, BSF ??, Robotics ?? Gunn, ?? AITR. Positive - changing I think to I wonder in CIS2 12M
  • Goal 9: Teaching Ourselves & Them to Overcome - engineering process, positive outlook - these things have a way of working out, finding a solution, pragmatic - perfect enough, rarely one right answer, understanding possibility of unintended consequences or first and second order effects, CIS2 - Stephen Downes what you need to learn/know
  • 8: Share an Activity - with Alyssa, had kids talk about mobile phone learning tools and activities -- 22 April 2012
  • 5. Feed Yourself Inspiration - motivators, lists, reminders - podcasts on morning walk, email lists, RSS feeds from great resources, interaction with other inspiring educators - Dana, Nancy, Sally, questions for students about things I want to know - they come up with the most amazing stuff -- 12:27, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
  • 4. Reveal their strengths - “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” ~ Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne) - 3 words - self descriptions - will change to reflect strengths. -- 16:50, 9 February 2012 (UTC) Describe yourself in 3 words. These three words should tell us about your best traits, things you are good at and are proud of.
  • 3. Ask a learner [about their learning styles, ...] - VARK, brain color icebreakers, thinking about learning, CIS50 W12 personal learning environments
  • 1. Create Your Me Manifesto - Advocating universal access to science and engineering education. Promoting open education, personal learning networks and educator collaboration.
    learning - self-serve, connection, collaboration, open, mobile, global, engineering, discovery, imagination
    eg. picture book, glogster

30 Goals - 2010, 2011 - including Be a Beam Re-evaluate Value What Do You Believe About Learning? Leave it Behind! Reflect, Step Back, Act Invite Them In! Play and Have Fun!

30 Goals 2012 - Dare to Believe - lots of different things to use to improve teaching and learning, ongoing 2/week and 7000 participants sharing ideas and experience


  • .pdf - Consider that today China and the U.S. have about the same manufacturing output. In China there are 100 million manufacturing workers. In the US., fewer than 12 million. China knows full well the trajectory they must be on. We’ve been through this before. Roughly a century ago, 40 percent of American workers, 12 million of them, toíled on farms. Technology has enabled a 600 percent rise in agricultural output, and America today has only three million people who call themselves farmers; barely two percent of our workforce.
  • 1929 - investment trusts, margin buying, public utilities, increasing stock market prices, speculative bubble manufactured by the mistakes of the Federal Reserve, Galbraith "Early in 1928, the nature of the boom changed. The mass escape into make-believe"
  • potential instability - US demographics, population density, government assistance, wealth distribution; middle east, Africa / China

2012.04 - Fat kids

  • kids can be overweight and under-nourished - Economist
  • links to antibiotic treatment and obesity
  • fecal transplants to restore normal gut fauna - after C. diff treatment, in horses
  • observations, possible cause / effect
  • treatment options
  • how could this happen? knowingly causing / failing to intervene to prevent serious health problems
  • 2012.05.23 from John Mauldin - Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power), demonstrates how Europe went from being a fractious, disease-ridden fourteenth-century backwater to global dominance, through the development of six "killer applications": competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic — and is now experiencing a precipitious decline

  • apr - global education - delicious - global k-8 ed4all
  • Challenge 20.20 - Richard Mwenyi and I have worked together on a NAIS Challenge 20/20 project. I ran an after school global connections pilot program to address the challenge of “Education for All”. My group consisted of third grade students that met twice a week for about a month. The rest of the project involved integrating lessons into my regular computer classes.
  • 21apr What a great perspective on change: that people embrace it where they need variety and resist it where they need stability. [12]
  • 21apr - language is used not as means of transmission but as a means of communicating, which allows the teacher to constrain and guide. ... learning as an act of knowing which takes place through a process of action, reflection upon action, and new action. Friere's describes the educator's role as being that of helping the learner to criticise her view of reality, and re-adjust it. This seems to me to be a better model to follow since it focuses on the educator/learner interaction, does not get bogged down in descriptive dichotomies, and does not task the learner alone with determining the viability of her knowledge. ** K-12 schools cf higher ed and MOOCs[13]
  • 12mar -- No learning is easy and some people have tremendous self-discipline, but most in my experience do need structure and deadlines and scaffolding. There is also another meaning of ‘discipline’ and that is an organised body of knowledge with certain requirements for ‘success’. [14]
  • 12mar -- As Gibbon said, history is little more than a chronicle of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. ...
  • Curatr - content as objects that one could choose – from ‘primer’ to ‘case study’ to ‘definition’ to ‘research study’ to ‘video’ to ‘webcast’ to ‘benchmarking data’ to ‘training and development’ to ‘ask the expert’ question responses. [15]
  • Problem based learning PBL is both a curriculum and a process.[2] The curriculum consists of carefully selected and designed problems that demand from the learner acquisition of critical knowledge, problem-solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies and team participation skills. The process replicates the common used systemic approach to resolving problems or meeting challenges that are encountered in life and career
    Documentation 1 Problem Statement 2 Team Members 3 Summary by Documentor 3.1 Day1 ... 4 Flow diagram of Process 5 PoBL Learning Story 6 Resources used 7 Learning --Valerie Taylor 11:42, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
  • ...a home is a consumption item, not an investment item. Government laws goosing home purchasing through many privileged lending agencies and homeownership through tax breaks created the temporary, though prolonged, illusion that a home is an investment. In fact, real home prices (factoring out inflation) stayed within a range for over a century until breaking out of that range in 1997. That's when the government and commercial lenders alike started lowering borrowing standards, and when potential buyers started thinking of homes as an investment.
  • SqueakLand - Etoys is . . . an educational tool for teaching children powerful ideas in compelling ways, a media-rich authoring environment and visual programming system, a free software program that works on almost all personal computers
  • Digital Differentiation - The goal is to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths.
    . . Essential Questions: Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. These questions should be open-ended to allow for flexible learning paths. Devise question by looking at the standards that determine what we teach. -- 22 February 2012
  • mobile learning projects - sponsored by Nokia (Nokia Mobile Mathematics, Nokia Education Delivery, Nokia Data Gathering and FlashCard application for literacy); LIVES from the Commonwealth of Learning; Intuition Mobile learning; M4Read from iLearn4free; openEyA from ICTP; T Smart Learning from SK Telekom
    the mobile learning no-brainer is phones and content... for kids who don't have schools.
  • autonomy, connectedness, diversity, and openness
  • LIFO - Last In, First Out - Many years ago, a some personal development course presenter suggested that there were many filing systems, but personally, he favored the LIFO system. I tried it and it works for me...
  • annoyed with delicious - whatever they are doing is not helpful. This has been my repository for links of interest to me and now it doesn't work very well, if at all. (I use Diigo for other groups [LookUp!], [Burns SciTech] because that's where the groups I subscribe to are located. Teachers Without Borders, Science, Math) -- 12:33, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
  • "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life," wrote Bertrand Russell in the prologue to his autobiography: "the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."
  • A culture of entrepeneurial self-starting self-direction [16]