Collaboration and Technology

Readings for Week 2 were thought provoking:  First, reading the Edutopia article on ‘Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom’ reminded me of a student lesson converting the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony scene to a WhatsApp conversation, series of tweets or instagram messages. It got students excited engaged and…

Visual Literacy – Are we ALL designers?

The BEFORE Screenshots This makes me wonder whether REALLY are designers…. For me a blog seems to be more of a place for MY reflection and whether it appeals to others or not has been immaterial. Learning From Readings: I have not done the following for my readers: varied the size of font used font…

Peacekeeping and Poetry – A Humanities Unit

How did you find your group for this project? I did not really find a group for my project. There are probably a few reasons responsible for that. First, I started the course late and a little reluctantly due to an increase of personal responsibilities. Second, the workload at my school increased due to planning…

How can I ignite curiosity within my students?

This week’s readings do not all fit into the compelling question “What role will you play in promoting curiosity and truth?” as we also encompass compassion when using social media. I like that. I align with Butler University’s CARE acronym (Concern, Assume Responsibility, React, Evaluate and Follow up) as it strips our incognito internet personas…

Privacy on the Internet : Are we overreacting?

The most thought provoking reading for Week 3 for me was the article Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture by John D. and Katherine MacArthur Foundation. The ideas of three challenges that we will face in the future i.e. the Participation Gap which means that not everyone will be able to access digital knowledge is…

Course 2: Week 1 Blog Post: Among the readings, I find it amazing that all the young students in middle school and high school were able to accomplish as much as they did in the article Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. However, the more sobering observation is that…

Final Project – Course 1

Embedded link for Word Document with Final Unit Plan for Human Rights (Social Studies) 8th grade: Link to Final Project Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS_Lwj_ElG49p3uZBpd3l5h1wNqcocz7xV9v9hxMY-1AiclBhmn6vDJzClDvC8ekmarqz1JF3OaCqKW/pub   Topic Selection: 8th Grade Social Studies C3 focus is Conflict under which we have covered a Human Rights unit for the last two years. I taught this unit last year but realized many…

From Theory into Practice

As I look at the reflection questions for Week 5, I realize that I do not consciously use learning theories in everyday practice. However, I have been discussing with students how to make linkages between abuses of human rights in countries that perform badly on economic indicators such as inflation and unemployment. They are unable…