In keeping with my developing website for INTE 5665, I’ve renamed this blog site to “Inklings” and below is the picture I created for this feature. Is that right, feature? Section? The blog name? Dealio? Domahitchy? So my picture…my visual…rest assured there is a visual lurking near my work and they come usually with symbolism, too. If you’re remotely interested, read on. The background for the scroll is a portion of the photograph below the scroll, taken at Carmel Valley, January 2016. I was blessed to be with a group of widows where were doted upon with meals and sightseeing; wine tasting, massages, conversations that left us laughing and crying, opportunities for creating with markers and colored pencils and paints, and some of us worked on and ‘smoked’ an intricate puzzle. It was an amazing and restful time, and I almost did not go thinking ACCESS, (English language proficiency assessment) was m more important. So glad I went. As I wandered down to the river behind our host house I found myself in this quiet slice of heaven. This view was amazing. It was all so clear. It was all so crisp. The colors were unbelievable. The photograph is now one of my favorites. The scroll was created with Notebook software (used with SMARTboards). I thought about myself and decided on the three nouns: observations, contemplations, insights. The “footer” from the heart is me. I am a heart person through and through. That endears some and unnerves others. I positioned the scroll on the lower left corner of the photograph. It is the ground, and to me symbolic of where I am, firmly on the ground. The heart is my heart. The scroll is symbolic of special parchments carefully penned, sealed and bound with cording. I love the history of print. I am not a product of the digital age, as such, I feel in many ways I have a foot in the past and a foot in the future. I used the pen tool to draw the scroll and changed the ink to brown, like parchment in my mind. It was fun to create. So there are my “Deep Thoughts” (#Deep #Thoughts #by #Jack #Handey #American #Humorist #SNL #90s).
Between 1991 and 1998, Saturday Night Live included Deep Thoughts on the show as an interstitial segment between sketches. Introduced by Phil Hartman and read live by Handey (neither actually appeared on screen), the one-liners proved to be extremely popular. Hartman would intone “And now, Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey…”, and peaceful easy listening music would play while the screen showed soothing pastoral scenes, much like a New Age relaxation video. Handey would then read the Deep Thought as the text to it scrolled across the screen. They became an enduring feature of SNL, which often had multiple Thoughts in each episode, and made Handey a well-known name.

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INTE 5665 Assignment

The other online course I have this semester is INTE 5665, Social Media and Digital Culture. I am being stretched with understanding and using more social networks. I have been comfortable with fb since about 2008, then came the Smartphone in the mid-2000s. By late 2013 I was purchasing a Smart TV with my childrens’ advice. Here I am a few years later and I’ve begun to explore Tumblr. It is not my norm to promote myself, so this is  even more out of my comfort zone than perhaps figuring out technology, believe it or not! For the sake of learning, I would LOVE for you to explore my very basic Tumblr site and tell me what you’re thinking. Some of you are pros, I know, so I welcome your young, but sage, advice. I’ve also let my Twitter and fb world know about my steps into Tumbling!
I have to say that I do like the creativity that pulses through the technology that I am making part of my world. It did begin before my graduate studies with my school district. I was a recipient of a Macbook and tech time with colleagues. Our cadre wrote a grant for SMARTboards and we were fortunate to be the recipients of 8 SMARTboards. I LOVED the Notebook software and am still not only a fan but a regular user of Notebook software. It is again, the creativity that sparks my interest! That Macbook has gone by the wayside. I acquired my current Macbook Pro with a retina screen (I’m not sure I totally understand it, but it is visually exquisite). So the evolution of technology continues with me! So.MUCH.to.EXPLORE. 😉

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Week 6 Response to Scholar Article & Digital Story Critique

Intentionality. This is a term that we have been using in our building, among ourselves and with our students, K-5th. Seemingly small shifts, are in fact, HUGE shifts for many students. Here is an example: instead of saying and settling on the phrase, “I can’t do this” or “I don’t get this” we educators are being proactive to flip the switch and change the students’ language to say “I can’t do this yet” or  “I don’t get this yet“. By adding the small component of “yet” we are saying that it is not impossible or insurmountable. This past week our district’s gifted and talented differentiation coach (that’s a mouthful) came to share with our staff. Ideas we know were revisited in a fresh way as we continued with The Growth Mindset.
So this week  I am looking deeper into this topic. Carol S. Dweck, PhD., and colleague, Lisa Sorich Blackwell, PhD.  are the researchers and fuelers of The Brainology online program. Their mission is to look at success and what helps students achieve at high levels.  As a takeaway, I give you an activity that we did this past week. It can be done with any age in any group or individual setting.  Our presenter read the book, Beautiful OOPs! to us, and then we were given a piece of paper with “mistakes” on it. We then went to work to fix the mistakes. Finally we shared our new pages. Here is a duplicate rendering of my page. This activity literally took about 10 minutes. I highly recommend it regardless of your setting. 😉
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When considering the rubric to grade the articles we read, I would rate this article with the highest points in most categories: content, economy, flow, and audience. This is a educational science site that expands on the brain, it’s importance, functionality, etc. so much of what is published is original to their research and findings. It draws the reader in, it gives concrete examples, it informs with what we do know about being negative vs. being positive, it gives succinct information. The article is a page on the website Brainology. I opened several URLs by typing in Brainology and different articles came up, so this is not necessarily the main page when you search the website. It is broken down into an easy to follow outline, with the “why” and “what”and then other sources are given for triangulation. I am such a visual person, but it is interesting to me that until I reread the article I actually did not notice that there were no visuals. The information is perhaps so well laid out and communicated that visuals were not needed.
And now, on to a video. Students’ perspectives on Brainology and Mindset  This has a bit of a different critique for me. I understand that it is students, but I felt like having them lined up in desks speaking out one by one in order is so NOT our school. It was published in 2011, only 5 years removed. Am I too harsh? For me, the classroom setting was fine, but I would’ve preferred to have seen a more relaxed atmosphere, perhaps all of them in a common area either on the floor or circled up with chairs like a socratic seminar. There is not much diversity either with regards to students and culture. To promote the idea of Growth Mindset, which is excellent, I would suggest they pull this video and create a newer, more authentic video with a broader range of students. Show, for example, students in really tough neighborhoods, speaking to how Growth Mindset has helped them to focus, to learn, to achieve, and to have confidence in themselves. That would’ve been more powerful to me. Now that I’ve sliced the video, I should say it wasn’t horrid…but….well on a scale from 0 – 10, I’d have to go 2.34321.   🙂  Not even a “slice of Pi”



Audio Assignment What a Song Might Mean to Me

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Touch the Sky: personal video done for an INTE 6710, Creative Designs for Instructional Materials, through CU Denver. NOW revisited via INTE 5340, Learning with Digital Stories and the affiliation with the open online ds106 course through the University of Mary Washington. I landed on this assignment, and remembered the video I made.


Week 5 Reflective Summary Part II

Somewhere I missed the memo that obviously said to rate ourselves 1-10…? As I’ve read some reflections of peers, I see them giving a number…having missed the cue, I’m left to say 8 of 10. Just when you think you’re getting it…there’s more. My dad told a joke about mules that I can’t in full remember, except that you get many ‘atta boys…only to be undone by an ‘awe shit. Keeps you humble was his message to us. I had a few ‘atta boys. 😉

Week 5 Personal Reflective Summary

Let’s just say I hope I never am without a paper/pencil or laptop…or some magical way to create that hasn’t been invented yet! I felt OVERWHELMED at the outset, thinking that this was completely over my head…I now see that it is not. A quote from our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) night at school resonated with me, too. I know from encouraging students that you have to keep trying and asking for help and overcoming. Why does it seem different when it’s yourself? And then there is the one about the more you do not get it right means that you are getting closer.
imgres I had people Tweet to me, “Thanks for the follow” so then I thought, …OH, we’re supposed to thank people…so then I tried to figure out how to do this, and finally found out how to respond. I wonder though, for someone that might get a bazzilliony tweets, that seems a bit absurd to thank everyone. As I read what we were to accomplish this week, I began my reflective snippets early on, so I’d remember. I’m sure there must be more, but these are what I wrote. I also went to my other course, INTE 5665 a bit ago, and I received full marks for my base camp beginning webpage. That literally made me cry because so much of the work I see is so polished and beautiful. I’m going to continue working. As I ponder what lies ahead for me in education or beyond, I kind of think I want to move toward design for language learners. We shall see. I want to try the audio this next week. I rely on images and text, probably because I am comfortable here, but also I am very visual. I hear people explaining or speaking or sharing and I have visuals in my mind. Early in the week was my impromptu visual digital story about my family. That was unexpected, as I was truly concentrating on uploading another GIF of fuzzy Bartok. The story evolved and I guess I needed to relive very stormy times. My kids tease me that I make the “Beaker Face” when I tear up. Beaker it is. I found a creative digital story about pop-up technology that in a way veered from my chosen theme, however, I am always hunting what can be done with kids in the classroom. I am enjoying this course. I am enjoying reading and seeing what others are creating and thinking. Kind of weird since we do not see each other except for digitally…I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be in a HUGE HOUSE with all of us…probably more weird.
Here are my images that I created for my reflection. I use Notebook a lot for my creations. I learned it for our SMARTboards and love it. Maybe one day I’ll have photoshop, but for now, I’m good.


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                                   THIS would be PRETTY SWEET!