Archive | January 2012

TELLING A STORY: Using no words!

For this assignment i wanted my students to come up with a dance number where they are telling a story, they would not be able to speak… body language is the only way they can express themselves. The point of this assignment is for them to practice working together as a team and being able to express themselves without using words. This may come difficult to them but thats what i want,, i wanted to challenge them in using different techniques to send a message across.


HOW TO: Maintain healthy!

I chose to show you all how to make a healthy shake! I decided on this because

taking a fitness course made me realize that we need to be very careful with

what we eat especially as we get older. This shake is a great energy drink before

hitting the gym or as breakfast on the go! As you can see on the video above i

took about 2 minutes making it so there are no excuses, go ahead try it, it does

not contain sugar so i dont promise it tastes amazing, but i do promise its very

healthy for you!

Ingredients: 1. 1/2 cup of oatmeal and ice

2. 1 cup of water

3. A banana

Preparation: After having all your ingredients simply put them in a blender for about 1 minute, pour into a cup and enjoy!


Edupunk An Open Education.

According to the edupunk guidebook, edupunk is the learning we do with the help of internet resources as well as ourselves. Reading through Wikipedia I came across this quote that better defines what it is:

“Is an approach to teaching and learning practices that result from a do it yourself (DIY) attitude.[1][2] The New York Times defines it as “an approach to teaching that avoids mainstream tools like PowerPoint and Blackboard, and instead aims to bring the rebellious attitude and D.I.Y. ethos of ’70s bands like The Clash to the classroom.”[3] Many instructional applications can be described as DIY education or Edupunk.” – wiki.

 I also came across this website below where it stated more information on what edupunk and DIY was:

“I saw them as part of a storm of disruption invading one of the most entrenched institutions in Western civilization: The disintegration of state support for public higher education both here and in Europe; the inexorably rising worldwide demand; the inflation of the student debt bubble; the proliferation of both large publicly traded for-profit online colleges and VC-funded edtech startups that were reinventing everything from lectures to flash cards to textbooks; Creative Commons and the global open educational content movement; and above all, the explosion of disorganized, unaccredited, totally unsupervised DIY learning that makers and hackers and users of social media are engaging in every day.”  – website

According to what I have been reading I can see that edupunk helps us educate ourselves more however, using internet resources in the future may not be to useful for us because the information may not be accurate. What we as students learn today to teach our future students may not be needed because they might already know how to use and do certain things on the internet. Technology continues to expand, we always have to keep reviewing and updating for better lesson planning.



Summary of my poll

Three people have answered my poll and based on that information I can overall summarize that all three poll answers agree that participatory culture influences the way we think and how we gather information.

“I believe that participatory culture does expand the way we think. Many times, when we work alone we can not get ideas together, but while working in a group makes it easy to gather information. there are people who do not like to share their information, but i believe that if we do not share, we never get to improve our work.”

However, one poll answer stood out with the following statement:

“Yes, I do think participatory culture expanded the way we think, but it’s outdated in the 21st century. It was helpful, but not anymore due to the arise of new technology. technology is now taken over the world…”

I do agree with this because not all of us really keep in mind others ideas because we now depend more on technology, as well as the new methods and devices invented to help make our lives easier. Although my outlook on Jenkins speech hasnt changed my mind i do agree that technology helps us however; i do believe others can helps us acheive what we cant do ourselves. I do think the way i explained participatory culture was made clear for my classmates to understand.

The Future of Education – Henry Jenkins

In this video Henry Jenkins speaks about participatory education where everyone who has internet access contributes to the media being published. Jenkins focuses on the creative expression and views technology as making a difference in informal learning. He speaks about how people communicating through the web can help modify your ideas.

“Someone had taken my white paper turned it into a image better than the one i would have used and so ever since then i use it in my presentations and that’s precisely why participatory culture works we throw ideas out into the world and we bring them back in an improved way.”

Listen here for quote above.

“Young people took ownership of resources in their own community” – Jenkins

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Representations of us.

The grade level targeted is first grade, The point of this assignment is for them to create a icon or picture that relates/ represents them, aside from the picture they would have to pick 2 words that best describe them. With this assignment the students can get to know one another and see if they can relate to one another. At the same time it would allow myself being their teacher to get to know my students a little better.

I edited this picture using pixrl i united two pictures together and added a small text where 2 words describes who I am. The idea of this assignment is from the design assignments.

A limited world.

The grade level targeted is sixth grade, their assignment is to think about living in a world with no computers or advanced technology where Xbox, Wii, YouTube, facebook, twitter and Google didn’t exist. They would have to think about a “limited world” where they would explain if they were home what would they be doing and how they would spend their extra time. The point of this assignment would be to help the students see how technology affects us.

I used pixrl to edit this picture where i united three different pictures in one, and added a text to describe the union of all three pictures. I took the concept from Ds106.