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Alas…. April 24, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — grannynannycook @ 11:32 pm

Nature’s fractals: Romanescco Broccoli

For the final class project, I am working on math with a third grade home schooled young man. He is striving to discern patterns, understand the composition of complex structures, and checking answers for reasonableness. He is a fantastic artist: pencils are his media of choice.  Hopefully, he will choose some form of technology to create his project and show case his talents.   He has a laptop, not sure about connectivity.  I have a couple options for him as well: ipad, computer, or iphone, to name a few devices.  He will be given some choices of apps as well. He might want to take photos, do a voice recording, or make a movie.  The young man is one of six children, so a challenge might be whether it will be his project or that of the whole family!  He has three older sisters who love to “help”, and two younger brothers who are very creative as well (four of the kids go to public school and two are home schooled).  Time will tell what kind of support he will receive from others.  I envision a lot of one on one instruction while he learns the apps.

As the MOOC comes into the final lap, it feels like I have hit a wall and cannot overcome the obstacle.  Anne Kurland gracefully overcame the project stumbling block of not being a classroom teacher, while I am creating and then tripping over lots of  hurdles.  No broken bones, just no motivation.  Being disconnected during my absence created a bigger challenge than expected.  Somehow, the wind left my sails and am still in the doldrums.  That said, it is the fault of no one but me for not being as successful as hoped in the long run.

Do not misunderstand, much has been learned and learning is still occurring.  Today I mustered the courage to learn Prezi and I investigated Screencast-o-matic.  I was pretty sure I would not be able to manage these programs.  Prezi is not exactly clear to me, but I did manage, with great difficulty, to produce some semblance of a presentation which is posted HERE.  Hopefully, I will find the Screencast-o-matic easier to use.

This class has definitely made me think about teaching and learning in a new perspective.  In turn, I have grown a lot in the techno arena.  Geez, I now have a gmail account, know how to tweet AND blog!  Not to mention all the other cool things I have learned to do with the tools at my fingertips.


Sons and Daughters April 15, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — grannynannycook @ 9:44 pm

Photo: It's official. Age 6. Maturity abounds.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy cover.jpg

When we arrive
Sons & daughters
We’ll make our homes on the water
We’ll build our walls aluminum
We’ll fill our mouths with cinnamon now

These currents pull us ‘cross the border
Steady your boats
Arms to shoulder
’till tides will pull
our hull aground
Making this cold harbour now home

Take up your arms
Sons and daughters
We will arise from the bunkers
By land, by sea, by dirigible
We’ll leave our tracks untraceable now


Adjacent to lyrics: Book recommended by six year old grandson on right (abundant maturity does not run in the family). Above caption: fam foto in Portland, OR at Easter.

Because of the sunny weather, it has been very difficult to focus on class work. However, there is still lots of learning going on in grannynannycooks world. Had my first Google hangout tonight!  So, now I have learned to skype and hangout!  Watched the WebEx videos.  Interesting communication tool.  I reckon the  advantage of WebEx is the exchange can be recorded for posterity, an option I’m not sure Google hangout offers.

Kind of getting the hang of Pearl Trees.  It is similar to Diigo, but obviously with a graphic component.  Although it is easier for me to bookmark into pearl trees, not sure I comprehend the organization structure of the orchards yet.  I have little to no structure in Diigo either, but it is more linear than what I am calling the random orchardization of information I’m experiencing in Pearl Trees.

Found lots of good rubric models thanks to a suggestion from Tomas in the March 28 WebEx, so am trying to use the MatSu models he mentioned.  Still fine tuning Assignment 3, but am feeling more comfortable going forth with it.


Unplugged April 9, 2013

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Been unplugged for a while, in Tennessee with the Amish.  Always a mind boggler, living with no modern conveniences – NONE.  Similar to camping with a permanent roof overhead, perhaps.  The Amish education process is fascinating.  German is the language of the family.  Children speak only German until they attend school, where they learn to speak English.  Schools, as with all aspects of Amish life, have no electricity. Formal education stops at Grade 8.  No special programs and each child carries a lunch to school.  “Because the Amish lifestyle is a deliberate effort to separate from the world and maintain self sufficiency, they believe that linking their homes to electrical wires would constitute a connection with the world and would violate the Bible’s instruction not to be conformed with the world. This decision protects the Amish community from outside influences which would come from radio, television and the Internet.”

When I did return to the real world in Washington State with brief access to internet, struggled with the Pearltrees on the ipad.  Just found the ipad tutorial today, now that I’m back to a windows machine!  Am sad I missed the WebEx meeting.  Have identified a math standard for project. Need to narrow down an English standard also.  Will probably work solo to not hold anyone back.  Plan to diligently work on rubric as well as pre and post assessment.

Helped a daughter move to Oregon.  Even if there had been WI-FI, neither of us had time to use it! Finally, spent a couple days in Angoon.  Didn’t get to check out the technology at the schools, but the wonderful local folks I spent time with were certainly part of the head down society: cell phones galore and in constant use.



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