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Daily Create: Off-Beat Inspirational Poster


Assignment | Digital Ethnography Interview

How can educators create authentic, motivating learning experiences?


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Favorite things from the week:

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This cracked me up! I am glad that I am not the only one feeling overwhelmed and unsure sometimes in this course. There are some really awesome folks in INTE5340 Summer 2017!


We got this amazing card from my grandma in the mail for our anniversary. Isn’t it hilarious!? #snailmail



I loved this from @bradhinson. I am going to make it into a poster for my classroom and staff training room.



This is perhaps my favorite digital treasure of the week:

“Can you trade a smiley face for a Picasso? The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has given you the chance to try.

Over the last few weeks, the museum has invited people to text the number 57251 with the phrase “send me” followed by a word or an emoji — send me a robot, for instance. The museum texts back with a related image from its collection.”

For example, here is one reply I received:

When I sent:

“Send me 🌊 .”

I got:

Hiroshi Sugimoto, ‘Sea of Japan, Oki V’, 1987

When I sent:

“Send me 🎸.”

I got:

William Eggleston, “Untitled, Memphis, Tennessee, from the portfolio William Eggleston’s Graceland’, 1984


And then this:

Shall I go on…..?


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Mis reflecciones de semana:

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  1. I am trying to think about how I can use some of these really wonderful digital media with my students in an efficient way. During the year, time gets really tight and some of my creativity and inspiration get eaten up by the millions of things that are asked of teachers in any given moment. But as I learned this week and throughout this course, it is imperative that I give my students the opportunities to choose different programs and technologies to experiment with and explore in order that they develop this new form of literacy. But I also want to use more of it because it increases motivation and kindles a love of learning and discovery. It promotes agency and helps students see their own capacity to invent, create, learn, explore on their own without someone telling them exactly how. I am just worried that I will become consumed with the stress and forget or give up. Any ideas?
  2. We must do school differently as to enhance children’s natural curiosity, motivation, and imaginations and not suppress them. Exploration, trial and error, time, and collaboration do wonders in a classroom. Learning must include these! But how can we make these sorts of changes in schools when we have test scores to worry about? One ever-present stressor working in low-income schools is the lack of time. There is never enough time. How do I plan units and lessons that tap into students’ innate curiosity and still get through the required curricula that my boss says I must teach? Can I, as one teacher, make changes in my classroom without changes first coming from the district, state, and federal level? I will certainly try.
  3. I want to try blogging in my classroom for my students and their parents. Do you think Medium would be good for this or should I use one of the more education focuses platforms?
  4. “Old knowledge and skills need to be unlearned with each innovation in order for the learning of new skills.” I love this quote from the article. This reminds me of the importance of teaching flexibility, persistence, resilience, and the idea of failing forward. We must teach our youth to see change as inevitable and good. I also love what one of the videos or articles discussed from one of the weeks past: learning and discovery comes from being less and less wrong each time you try. This is the kind of learning we need to promote in school. Process as learning, project as learning not project as dessert. Revision. Trial and error. Growth mindset. Grit. buzz word. buzz word. buzz word.

Reflection Questions & Answers:

What are some of the new literacies that you believe you have developed as a result of new technologies? What are some of the new literacies you recognize you lack?

I feel that I am literate in:

  • Several social media platforms including Instagram and FB
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Gmail, Outlook
  • Photos
  • Mimio
  • Using apps on my iPhone to read, play, write to people, take pictures, edit pictures, find recipes, exercise, get from here to there with the least traffic possible, listen to favorite music, discover new music, listen to smart people talk about pop culture or politics, buy shit, communicate with my peeps, meet new peeps, send pictures and messages to students’ parents, etc. etc. etc.

I am working on becoming more literate in:

  • The blogosphere
  • iMovie
  • Audio apps like Garageband and Soundcloud
  • Twitter
  • Photoshop and other photo editing programs
  • Using the above programs with kids with more ease
  • Finding more free programs/apps that can enrich my life and/or my students’ lives and learning

Some literacies I recognize I lack, but am eager to try:

  • Programming

How can schools support all members of their community — teachers, administrators, students, parents — in developing these new literacies?

Oh boy! Ain’t this the million dollar question! I would say we need to start by modeling. If we want teachers, parents, students, etc. to use digital media to communicate, create, learn, we must use it with them for trainings, lessons, conferences, etc. We must show them that it isn’t scary or out of reach no matter their age, socioeconomic status, culture, etc. For adult members of the school community, it must be communicated that using technology is not optional and one cannot opt out because “they aren’t good at it” or they didn’t grow up with it. That is no longer an excuse.

Next, we must provide the resources necessary to develop these new literacies. How can you expect students to become literate using computers if they only get to use them once a week in a lab? Schools need to put their money where their mouth is if they expect students to excel on digital standardized tests, at the very least, and be 21st Century learners in ever-changing digital landscapes. Take the leap and get one to one technology for all kids. We need to provide home computers or tablets with wifi for students to use with their families if that isn’t something they can afford on their own. Or at the very least, we need to make families aware of the community resources available like computers and internet at the public libraries or programs like this.

Finally, we must train educators and parents and teach our youth to be flexible and resilient in the face of change and newness. A growth mindset goes a long way when trying new things and failing. This will help them develop these new literacies more than anything else.


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