F5F week 10.

1) I appreciate the gift of patient & understanding teachers.

2) I appreciate the gift of amazing students & teachers that share some really motivating and amazing videos that truly make me think of ways to change and how i can use connected learning, and my passion for reading as a gift to help someone else.

3) I appreciate that shared interests make for more amazing learning experiences and that I can share my shared interests with new people all of the time and meet new people everyday.

4) I appreciate that Spring has Sprung, it’s almost April and the showers have started to bring us those May Flowers. My Tree has little buds on them.

5) I appreciate that through-out this semester i have met many amazing people from many walks of life and they are all pretty amazing.

6) I appreciate YesPhilly and what they are doing for young adults, and the Video Pushouts & Dropouts.

7) I appreciate Joy Kirr’s Passion-Based Learning Video because I am passionate about reading and I want to let me students teach me what they are passionate about.
Enjoy your weekend everyone,

Amy

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Connected Learning Week 10

Wow, Week 10! It seems like the semester just started and we are already past the half way point. When I started this Journey into connected learning I definitely felt like I was taking these classes to not only get better at teaching computers, but helping my students do better work with technology.  Technology is a friend, not the enemy, and I find as I work with other teachers that are not tech-friendly they decide against using technology in their own classrooms. Heres what I have learned. Technology is an amazing way to connect with each other in so many lessons. I love the fact that in my class I’ve met several people from the many different Writing projects, as well as people who use Games to teach their classroom. ( I just lost the game)!  I am finding that when I was younger and wanted more than anything to just make different things whether it was cooking or baking, or a bead bracelet/ necklace, Now i can use technology and search for different communities of practice. Take for example author Jane Austen. If you type into your Google search box: Jane Austen, there is a Jane Austen Society. You can also search for Jane Austen groups on twitter and Facebook and meet new people that way. I love that technology gives us freedoms to express ourselves as well as connect with amazing people. Connected learning is an amazing tool to have in every school and classroom.

Amy

Pushouts & Dropouts in Philadelphia Schools. (response)

Today I was able to sit down and watch this video. To say I was surprised was an understatement. First off, I want to thank Lizzie for sharing this video with us. I feel like these young adults are right. We need to be the adults to help them. As someone studying to be a reading specialist I find that we are responsible for helping these young adults with whatever they need, we need to be the advocate for them.  There is no reason that a high school student should be reading on a 3rd grade level. These young adults want to turn their lives around and we should help them. This video opened my eyes to many problems, but also many solutions to things in the future when I have my own classroom.

Amy

Guest Post: Learning to Talk About the Power of Stories – 5 How-To Guides for Innovative Literature Circles

Kira J Baker-Doyle, Ph.D.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ekvall_Knut_The_Reading_Lesson.jpg#/media/File:Ekvall_Knut_The_Reading_Lesson.jpg ” The Reading Lesson” by Knut Ekvall – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

In this post, we share five How-To Guides for facilitating literature circles that help learners uncover the power of stories. The guides range from grades Pre-K-6th grade.

About Literature Circles: Literature circles (sometimes called book groups or literature groups) are book discussion groups organized around a book, theme, genre, or author. Students must learn to be independent, critical thinkers in order to discuss the text with their peers, so it takes a lot of scaffolding and support to help them to develop these skills. These guides will help teachers to get started on literature circles. We hope you will be able to make use of them and share them with others.

About Us: We are graduate students at Arcadia University’s School of Education. We designed these guides by researching a range of models and…

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Manic Monday Fine 5 fun day?

Hi Everyone this is my f5f.

1) I appreciate all of our hangouts. That we get to meet, and chat and truly come together, and discuss Techquity, and clequity, as well as connected learning.

2) I appreciate that my classmates post thoughtful articles and stories that we can all respond to ( Eric’s post) and have a good discussion.

3) I appreciate that Connected learning is creating so many different jobs, as well as creating a purpose for students to come together as a group and share their findings.

4) I appreciate that we have been able to hack our own hacks, that when I write my S7S or S6S or F5F that we have been able to change that.

5) I appreciate our connected learning network as a connected learning discussion board. I love how we can come together online and just talk about connected learning and how we can help our students.

Happy Monday,

Amy

What am I passionate about?

Hi Everyone hope everyone has had an amazing weekend.  My prompt this week was what am I most passionate about with connected learning, and I have to say that truthfully I am most passionate about the fact that in my time as a teacher I will be able to give my students a way to connect with each other in class and out of class. I can create group chats, and hangouts and also a way to connect with their parents. Connected Learning is the future, and I think that being able to connect with the students parents is just another way to make sure that the parents stay active and involved in their child’s education. I also find it truly amazing to teach my students that with one google hangout they can speak to someone in China about one thing our class is discussing. I think that being able to remind our students that America is not the only country in the world, as i said previously the world is round, and I love being able to teach that to my students.

Enjoy your Monday

Amy

REMINDERS FOR MYSELF!!!

Hey Everyone I really really really need to set some reminders for myself to remember to blog. Sorry this is so so so late. Our prompt was: What are you making? And what you noticing about your making? What questions does it raise re: connected learning, equity, and teaching?

I am currently crocheting  a blanket. I have noticed that as I make it, I wonder what it would be like to teach my students an activity. For example, I would love to teach them how to make  potholders, and connect it to making how to videos, I would also love for them to teach each other one thing that they know how to do. I want them to connect to each lesson and take from it that they are able to succeed in each lesson that they are given.  I want to discover how I can teach children to use safe searches in the classroom to locate information for their classes. I want to teach my children #Techquity, #clequity, and teach them to use their connections for a positive outcome in their own futures.

Enjoy your weekend’s

Amy T.