First dish on ISTE Standard for Students

I never knew that this organization existed. It’s great to know that there is an international community coming together with the goal of linking a community of likeminded folks that share a goal of improvements in educational technology. I appreciate that there is a mission statement that includes values and goals of these 4 major components:

Creativity and Innovation
Communication and Collaboration
Research and information fluency
Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

There is a basic membership fee of $125 that will get you webinar library, discounts on conferences, networks, access to job board and also newsletters. Sounds like a great deal for all that you are getting. There is also a free resource if you cannot afford to join. Another helpful free resource for teachers is the EdTekhub which contains latest articles about digital education. I checked out the regional directory for our state and it looks like it is the Washington Library Media Association.

I love getting professional development and learning about the latest educational products and tools. The ISTE conference will be in Denver on June 26. Conference rate is about $500 for non members (includes 1 yr membership).
The program looks like a huge list of great sessions. Who wants to go with me to Denver?


Successful Slate

I enjoyed working on this project so much and did not want to stop. The process of mediated conventional writing seem easy incorporating pictures and links to explain my story. It made the writing process fun because I am writing a story about me and explaining what I know firsthand. The topic is exciting and something that I am very interested about. I didn’t feel like I lost anything during the writing process. I did not have to be too wordy and didn’t feel like I have to explain  every detail because I inserted links and showed images. Visually I hope it looks inviting and colorful to the reader.  I hardest part for me was organizing my content, topics and ideas. This type of writing is more interesting to me than the conventional writing. It is interactive and more informative to the reader. For me as a writer, I gained more insight on how to deliver better information using other ways to tell a story.

My Career Goal

My new culture of learning

A month ago, I did that dreaded physical appointment with my doctor. After some urging from my doctor, I went ahead and allowed some lab work to be done. They did a complete blood count test and one of the results said that my  Ferritin levels were too low. Mine #s were 4ng/mL. This meant that I was anemic, super anemic! The regular and normal numbers range from 12-150ng/mL for females.   This meant that I didn’t have enough iron and prone to be tired all the time. My doctor called me up and wanted me to start an iron fusion where I would be hooked to an iv and given a liquid dose of iron. The news that I am now anemic was surprising to me just because I have always eaten meat and leafy greens. I was never a vegetarian and definitely not a super athlete. The reason I brought this up because this reminds of Tom’s story in our book, “A New Culture of Learning”  who had diabetes. He found a community of others going through the same ordeal at a website called Diabetes Daily. It was a valuable resource for him that provided a wealth of information that was even more helpful to him than the pamphlets given to him. I also utilized the internet to find more information about anemia and also to locate an online support group. My doctor is with UW Medicine and they  have a great online system that also provided great information too. I can log onto their system and email my doctor, set appointments and  review all my lab results. There is also a tab that lists my current condition that I can click on. When I click on Anemia, it pops up a video of what it is, the condition, symptoms and treatment. It’s definitely a great resource for me.  I am glad that hospitals and doctors are utilizing technology to help, educate and communicate with their patients better.

Resource for new teachers

Many of us will be graduating soon and will be working as new teachers in the K-12 setting. One individual that I think that new teachers should rely on for assistance is Shannon Holden. Follow him on twitter or check out his website.  He believes that students should have fun in their learning.  The reason why he resonates with me is the usage of a “flipagram”, similar to vine,  incorporating videos in lesson plans.  Some samples here. He has great resources for new teachers and offers free help.   I found his website very helpful. He will be offering a free webinar soon about the best 10 applications that teachers need to know in order to help their students learn. Besides offering recess time to play, I believe that teachers should provide more “fun play” using technology for students to learn. A great example of this is the Tabletop movie making that we got a chance to review.   All students learn differently and as teachers we should definitely considered all methods of delivery. Schools should provide Ipads for students too. As a parent, I think I will reach out to the elementary school that my kids attend to see if they are interested in having a demonstration of the Tabletop. I am going to see if I can also volunteer and be more involved. Teachers, what else can parents do to support the work that you do?

Successful Vine!

Creating this Vine was so much fun for me. I was about to give up after uploading the personal video to Vimeo and trying to use Amara for subtitles. Glad that I had help from Jane and fellow classmates to keep on trying. It felt like a collaborative effort to make this vine a success. This weekly play really stretched me to the max because I wanted so badly to add a text or subtitle, “how I survived grad school”. Honestly I am not even sure how the fire eating guy got in the video. I was cropping and clicking. After it was already uploaded it was too late to remove it.

First vine ever!

My first video and it took me forever to get it up.  Decided to use Vimeo which is great because it’s free. Thought it would be easy to add subtitles but it looks like I need to install Amara (free) which is another app that is suppose to work seamlessly. Created an account for Amara and going to Settings>Advanced and launching the Editor. Typed in subtitles, synced/reviewed it but my Review and Complete button is grayed out. Having issues and stuck here. Googled any help videos and cannot locate any. Right now, just got the video up. See below.  Will continue working on the subtitle and maybe adding music. This video describes how I will feel after the Winter quarter is completed.

My video


How to work with traumatized students

Read the story.  “Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, K–5 ” by Susan Craig looks like a great book for teachers. I believe that if teachers know their students and connect with them the chances of them succeeding are higher. Craig offers valuable research and helpful information why students might be struggling due to their background.  I like that her perspective is from a teacher and not a mental health counselor. It looks like a great resource for principals to train their staff on how to help students succeed by using a trauma sensitive approach.

This book looks  interesting to me because I come in contact with students that are traumatized. It affects their attendance at school and impacts their health.   I worked in a college setting. I have students that are recent immigrants or involved in an abusive relationship.  Everyday I hear their sad stories and connect them with school resources such as counseling. I am looking forward to reading this book so I can better serve them.

Using Twitter and Facebook to save $

I admit I am pretty frugal. Being a student and having a family with 3 kids I am always buying things on sale or finding ways to save money.  I have utilized Craigslist for furniture and used appliance. I have the Entertainment and Chinook coupon books. I subscribed to Thrifty Mom and Queen Bee. Yes, I am one those people that do line up for Black Friday deals too. I was also fortunate to win a scholarship for my tuition last quarter. It’s easy to get discounts by using Groupon and Living Social too. I liked to use them before the expired date to get the best value.  This weekend, we happened to be in Las Vegas and finding a deal is essential because being on vacation is expensive. The only way I could afford coming here is using my miles to purchase the airplane tickets. For hotel, I took the Hilton Grande vacation presentation so I can get the $158 for a 4 days/3 night stay. My husband wanted to go to a club and listened to some music, cover charge was $35 a person. That was too expensive for me. I went online, liked the club on Facebook and followed one of the promoters. Via twitter, I messaged him and he got me on the guest list for free.   Even though I try to get the best deal on everything,  it was still pricey. I appreciate having Twitter and social media as another resource to find ways to save money. If you know other ways to save $$$, please let me know. Thanks!

Networks are important to me!

I really enjoyed belonging in different and many social networks. I think it is because of my personality. The thing about me is that I hate being alone and also I hate standing still.  At work I am constantly chatting with coworkers and students. It is important for me be in a network and connect to others. At home, I am addicted to Facebook. I found Rheingold’s chapter 5 about using Facebook  very helpful especially the part about accepting a friend request. You want to set privacy settings,  review what you want them to see and also to set boundaries.  It makes me want to review my profile picture and posting pictures of my kids since it will be available on the internet. Facebook is both good and bad. The bad is that I spend too much of my time on it. The good is that it has enable me to connect with family, friends and also interact with them using the instant messaging. Other networks that are of valued to me are parenting groups and other networks that shared my hobbies and interests.



Thoughts on the Dream Act

I was fortunate a year ago to hear about a student’s experience as an undocumented student at UW. She was so fearful of being deported that she was having anxiety and panic attacks. She was able to get help by joining a secret support group for undocumented students just like her. This club is not a sanctioned or official student club is called the Purple Group. It provides a safe space at the college for her so she did not feel alone. She is able to connect and share with others her struggles of being undocumented. More about the Purple Group here.

It was really eye opening to also read about this in Zimmerman’s article, Document Dreams. Reading the stories of the undocumented individuals gave me insight about the power of Facebook to help. In one example, Naelley was facing deportation after being stopped for a traffic infraction. She was released after her supporters and friends used Facebook and blogs to gather support, resulting in her being released. I know a few of undocumented students at my college experiencing the same struggles too. In the counseling department that I worked in, we try to connect them with on campus and off campus community resources of food and housing. Since these students have a hard time getting a job, they have less money and resources. The Dream Act gives a lot of our undocumented students hope for a better life.

Dream act