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Let’s Get a Little Bit Creative (Again) Part 1

Today is Sunday, and I am facing the arduous task of deciding whether to work on a philosophy essay that is going nowhere anytime soon, or creating something self-directed and creative for a much more enjoyable class that may actually help me in my future endeavors as an educator. So….estoy aqui!

I am not technologically sound by any means. My strengths have always resided in the world of words and sentences. However, in an INternet that praises terse responses and pictures to thought-out replies and comments, where so-called ‘Trolls’ can call even a multi-clausal sentence “TL;DNR”, which stands for “Too Long; Did Not Read”, words and sentences can quite easily fall into the background and into obscurity. But why? Due to the magic of copyright laws, especially the ones that state that a work enters into the public domain 75 years after the death of the author, most of the world’s best works of poetry and literature are available for free on your computer, in any language. For instance, here is a link to one of my favorite poems of all time: T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. Here’s another to my favorite classic novel, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. If the Internet allows for so many opportunities for reading, why do so many people believe that the Internet is full of smut and not to be trusted?
The simple answer is this: the Internet IS FULL OF SMUT. We can’t change that, but we should be able to point ourselves away from the gross and unintellectual grottos of the Internet and into the creative and bright fields of the intellectual side of the Internet. Now, I don’t always practice what I preach. Sometimes I find myself in a comment war in the YouTube comment section that I should’ve avoided., and other times I find myself perusing content on a certain website that features pictures of animals with text over their faces.

I think I just went a little too metaphysical on the topic of creativity and free expression on the Internet-I guess I did write a form of a philosophy paper anyway…
On another note, Today I counted my change that I keep in my two piggy banks. one is an actual piggy bank that is green, and I only put pennies in that one,. the other is a yellow duck that I put all of the other coins into. My grand total? A whopping $62.07, which included 1 gold dollar, 128 quarters, 154 dimes, 67 nickels, and 532 pennies. I need a life. Oh God, I need a life

On Copyrights

Since I missed Friday’s class, I thought I would contribute an idea to the conversation about Copyrights. This is my current favorite author, John Green, talking about my current favorite book “The Fault in Our Stars” and how the Internet has changed how fans react to literature.

Learning and Leading

 

 

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This is Mason, our pet rabbit. I drew him using Queeky.com!

The four creative aspects are Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration. Together, they form the FFOE model presented in J.P. Guilford’s classic model of divergent thinking.

 For me, the hardest aspect of this model is Originality. I benefitted strongly from the ‘plug-and-chug” and “fill-in-the-blank” models of testing because I was always able to parrot the information back to the teacher. However, when it came to writing essays (especially in-class essays), I wasn’t always able to formulate my ideas in a coherent fashion, even if I knew the information.
In the Article, the author mentioned the site we used today-WallWisher. WallWisher is good for collaborative projects that require many people updating the project simultaneously in real time. So, the site is good for building Flexibility in the classroom because it allows many people to throw different ideas into the discussion at the same time, which opens the door for in-depth thinking. The site would also be good for the Elaboration part of the discussion-students can comment on each other’s posts and build upon the thoughts of the other students.
 had a little too much fun playing with Queeky.com’s drawing applications. I could see how it could be implemented in a literature classroom, especially because it requires no physical art supplies and the drawings can be shared easily. The article listed it under “Originality” and “Elaboration” because it really wouldn’t help students with the knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the subject or turning the concept around in their minds. AS an SLP I could see myself potentially using this site mainly as an Artistic outlet-I would ask the kids to draw out the Frustrations that may stem from people not being able to understand them. I could also use Queeky.com for a group art project where everyone contributes to the multi-layered painting.

Something Creative I Did Today

Today is a rainy and sad day to say the least. The rain didn’t fuel much creative spirit, but it sure helped with the napping portion of the day! So, since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching (much to the disdain and joy of singles and non-singles alike), today I did something creative and made valentines for my family and my boyfriend. I’m not much of a romantic by any sense of the word, but I had lots of fun creating these cards and filling them with my love
For my family’s card, I took a large piece of red construction paper and instead of folding it either hotdog or hamburger-style, I used both sides of the sheet so that I could have the maximum amount of surface area to work with. Since you can’t wrote on construction paper all too well, i cut out squares on white computer paper and wrote my message on them for the front half. The front part reads “Dear Family, (including but not limited to) Mom, Dad, Kelsey, Cal, [siblings] Cupid, Stella [my cats] and Zach and Kell [my sister’s and my boyfriend respectively] I guess?” followed by a simple “This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to say….” Oh, and did I mention that there is a love-struck dinosaur on this side? Because, why not? The Back of this card is really cute. I cut out letters from black construction paper and spelled out the words “I love y’all and Go Dawgs”. It is important to keep UGA a part of every holiday, right? Anyway, since I won’t be able to see my family on Thursday, I’m going to use my computer’s camera function to make a e-card to post on Facebook so that they can see it. I hope they like it!

Now, I’m not going to mention much about what i wrote in my boyfriend’s car,d, because it contains a lot of inside jokes and a little bit of sappiness. But I hand-drew a bunch of cheesy puns on the cover in hopes that he will laugh-and actually laugh, not the pity laugh I hear a lot from my friends! On the envelope that I made from some leftover butcher paper from another project,
I drew a Valentine’s flowchart to explain exactly who the card is for-in case he didn’t get it. if there is one thing I have learned in my college career-never underestimate the stupidity of people, especially guys. (Just Kidding of course!)
And I couldn’t forget my dorm-mates! I made a wall decoration for the area outside of my door to help (hopefully) brighten everyone’s day-Valentine’s Day is a morose day around here for the Forever Alone Club, which is what my friends and I call ourselves.
So that’s all of today’s creativity! Happy Valentine’s Day and of course, Go Dawgs!

 

Following A New Blog

The Nerdy Book Club

A blog about nerds and books. Oh happy day. Those are two of my gosh darnedest favorite things!

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Another SLP Blog

You can never have enough resources for your major, correct?

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Communication and Collaboration

Welcome to Pinterest, where anyone can create a bulletin board of ideas to share with the world.
You can use Pinterest for anything-the sky is the limit, and the ideas are endless!
You can watch my commercial for the site here
See what others are saying about the site here

Horizon Report’s View on the Future of Education

How do you think some of the trends, challenges, and future technologies will impact the future of education? Will 21st century classes need to change? If so, describe how the learning environment might look different

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Education is an organism like any animal or plant. And just as plants and animals have to adapt to their changing surroundings and evolve, so does our educational system. In a few generations, lecture-style classes will seem as boring, inefficient, and ineffective as they feel to students today (a little joke-although there are undoubtedly better ways to relay information than simply shouting at students). With the advent of Web 2.0 technology pertaining to informal and individual education, most notably MOOCs (massive open online courses), formal education will need to strive to compete with informal education. Classrooms in the 21st century can still function as a viable learning tool, but only if teachers focus on using the classroom not to teach the subject matter, but to elaborate on it.

The new classroom would be more akin to what we know now as a ‘flipped’ classroom. Students will use the technology available to them (Skype, WebAssign, something similar to eLC, YouTube, blogging/forum sites like WordPress or Edmodo, etc. etc. etc.) to learn the lesson on their own time. They will watch the videos that their professors will send them on their own time, and when the class meets as a whole, the students will work on ‘homework’ problems and  discuss harder concepts together. In effect, there will be no silent lecture classes with projects out of class-the classroom will be lively and full of chatter as the students help each other out.

To accomodate this change in learning and teaching styles, the classroom will have to have an arrangement that is conducive to learning, such as movable desks for rearrangement or a circle format for Socratic seminars. The classroom will need to ditch the big chalkboards in the front of the room, and instead opt for individualized boards that many students can write on in their small groups. Gone away are the days of hand-raising-everything from attendance to class participation to sharing ideas would be done through the use of clickers or beeper systems. While these changes may come as a shock to the teachers of today, education has made may leaps and bounds from its humble origins-remember when one schoolmarm tried to command a one-room schoolhouse of dozens of students of different ages? We will move forward with education, and make sure that no child is ever truly left behind.

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