Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chapter 8

Lots of great resources today!  We discussed Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World by Heidi Hayes Jacobs today. We attacked it as a jigsaw activity and it is such a thought-provoking book.  Too bad we only had one day to delve into it.  If you haven't read this book: YOU SHOULD!  Emily and I (thanks for being my partner, Emily) discussed chaper 8.  It focused on the importance of recognizing that our students will come to us teach ready.  As educators we need to embed technology across the disciplines to make students more media literate (as they come in with a fund of tech knowledge already). They need to learn netiquette and the permanence of the internet and how to critically process all of the information they are exposed to in order to filter for credibility. They need to become critical thinkers and consumers in an information stream that is fluid.   Kind of like with this quote:

We alsoused a video from a series I really like to illustrate how quickly tech is changing and making information literacy so much more important (click on the link below to view):

Did you know 2011--Social Media


This is a link to a prior version which also has a lot of interesting information:

Did you know? - 2009

On another note we also used a website called "Tagxedo" to create a word cloud.  It's a more spiffy (yes, it's 2012 and I used spiffy in a sentence) version of Wordle.  We chose and apple to represent education. The words are key points from our chapter:

You like???   Make you own @  http://www.tagxedo.com/app.html

Phew!  Lots of stuff to ponder for one day. Happy 4th of July!!!!!


  1. Hi Susan! I just found your blog through the bilingual teacher clubhouse. So glad I did - I teach bilingual 1/2...and it's always good to find other bilingual teachers. I'm your newest follower! Stop by my blog when you get a chance!
    Mrs. Castro's Class 2nd Grade...Spanglish Style

    1. Hi Laura,

      Thanks so much for finding me and for signing up. You're one of my first followers! I just visited your blog. It's awesome! As I'm just getting started in the blog world I really appreciate your blog post on basic blog design for dummies. It's very timely. I love meeting other bilingual teachers, too, so this is very exciting.
      Happy 4th of July!