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July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

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Week 4 Edm 613- Chapter 11 and 12

May 2nd, 2009 · No Comments


Ch 11 – Creating Frameworks for Possibility

I believe that it is necessary for us to reaffirm our philosophies and create standards for ourselves. In order for us to create more meaningful possibilities and create an environment for ourselves that is rich in possibilities.

12 – Telling the WE Story

Throw out the “Black” and “White” rules and motivations… think not as an individual but the possibilities that can be accomplished by sharing with others.

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Week 4 Edm 613- Chapter 9 and 10

May 2nd, 2009 · No Comments


Chapter 9 – Lighting a Spark

The practice of “enrollment” is giving yourself as a possibility to others and in turn being ready to catch other’s sparks. I intend to listen more carefully to others and their sparks. I plan on taking a “no” as a possibility of enrollment instead of feeling rejected that someone said no to one of my ideas.

Chapter 10 – Being the Board

When compromise and all other avenues have been shut off to you. You need to bring the board from the external environment and internalize the board and view all possibilities. Internalize…Internalize and react accordingly.

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Week 4 Edm 613- Chapter 7 and 8

May 2nd, 2009 · No Comments


Chapter 7 – The way things are…

Roz tells a story about skiing on snow and ice in New England. She was afraid of the ice until she realized that there would always be ice and snow in New England. I remember driving in Buffalo and being afraid of the ice and snow. When, we moved to the Poconos it was more ice instead of snow. I had to overcome my fears because, I taught an 1 hr away in New York State and I needed the job. She equates ice with mistakes and states that you can’t resist mistakes. I totally agree if you are afraid to make a mistake or resist making mistakes, you might have missed a golden opportunity to be successful.

Chapter 8 – Giving Way to Passion…

In chapter 8, Roz believes that giving way to passion will enable you to participate in life at a higher level. I agree that “passion” can be the leading force or desire to be successful. I find that when the students are “passionate” about something it can be a driving force in the classroom. I’m thinking of having a contest to see who can create the best “spore” creatures/avatar and displaying the student work on a word wall. For instance, if a vocabulary word was reflection… I would have someone draw 2 characters that are refections of each other. Inequality…I would have 2 different characters. etc.

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Week 4 Edm 613- Online Class Magazine…Winter Issue

May 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

We just finished collaborating with Mrs Abrams class on our online magazine “Our Lives…Our Stories 2009″.

The following link is to our class website. I hope that you enjoy! You need to open link in a new window (right click on your mouse)


The online fall magazine using “Issuu”

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Week 4 Edm 613- Final Project

May 2nd, 2009 · No Comments


For my final project… I really liked the interview with Ron Smith. Although, I disagreed with the idea of using powerpoint for demonstrations…I created a lesson using Powerpoint on Malawian houses (African nation where Madonna adopted a child) to be built using Google’s Sketch-up.

Here is my powerpoint lesson…

Here is the link to…Tutorials on how to use Google Sketch-Up

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Edm613 – Week 3 Readings…

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

rosben.jpgPhoto from Benjamin ZAnder’s webpage  The book “The Art of Possibility” by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander is a truly inspirational book. It is one of those books that you want to read bits and pieces so you can get the full impact of their messages. But, on the other hand you don’t want to put it down because you want to see their next insight on a the next topic. This book has been an inspirational read for me and I hope to put some new “possibilities” into my professional teaching life as well as my personal life. The book reminds me of the analogy is the glass “half full or half empty”.The first “practice” is one of invention. I learned that there is a world of discovery… you should think outside the box… stretch yourself beyond your limits.The “second” practice is the universe of possibility. This practice will become my basis for more ”inquiry” based learning in my mathematics class.The “third” practice is Giving an A. I am a lot like Roz, I will leave everything to the last minute and even if I have to stay up all night… I produce. I cannot do my projects in bits and pieces. I produce better work if I’m under pressure. I am having a difficult time trying to do the thesis that way. As a grader, I tend to lean towards giving A’s for those who had spent time making an effort to grasp the material. I don’t like tests… I like projects where students can show their creativity with the content delivered.The “fourth” practice is Being an Contribution. I agree with Benjamin’s father that you can’t live a life of bitterness. I had many apprehensions about beginning a Master’s program at 59 and teaching full time. I have found this remarkably uplifting that I have been successful in this program only downfall is that “thesis” ugh!The “fifth” practice is Leading from any Chair. The message is that you don’t always need to be up front and in the spotlight to have leadership qualities and be a great leader.The “sixth” practice is Rule Number 6. I break rule number 6 constantly. I tend to take everything very seriously and dwell on my short-comings or mistakes. Truly need to re-read this practice over and over.

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Week 3 Edm613 – Ron Smith Interview and Interactive Questions…

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments


1.     Who is Ron Smith?

2.     What are some of the technology devices used in his classroom?

3.     Were they (the devices) successful?

4.     What are his feelings about “powerpoints” being used for presentations?

5.     How does he accommodate the varying interests of students in his classroom?

6.     What did he mean by the statement that teaching digital is all “front-loaded”?

7.     What is “Scratch” and is it free?

8.     Explain “Sketch-Up” by Google?

9.     How was it (Sketch-Up) used in his classroom?

10. What is “Blender”?

11. Personal thoughts on Interview…





1.     Ron Smith is lead Media teacher at Hollywood High in Hollywood, California.

2.     He has used podcasting, cell phones, video, and digital cameras. He tries to be on the cutting edge of technology.

3.     Students have different interests therefore some devices were successful for some students and not for others.

4.     He doesn’t allow powerpoints. Students should be creating animation or flash videos.

5.     Students have different interests therefore he allows a variety of digital media in the class. He allows the students to expand on their interests and creativity.

6.     His class is major “prep” at the beginning and then the rest of the semester is their “project” time. He gives all the necessary tools needed to be successful and lets the students go out on their own and explore and create.

7.     Scratch is a free program by MIT to create games.

8.     Sketch-Up is a program by Google that allows you to make 3-d models. You can incorporate Google Earth backgrounds into the program.

9.     He had the students create a new city block in New Orleans after Katrina.

10.  Blender is 3-d animation software.

11.  I plan on checking out his 3 programs. I liked the way he had students create city block. I could definitely relate that project to a math classroom (scaled drawings).

     Picture is from Ron’s blog .


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Week 3 Edm613…Student Project on Youtube and Animoto

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments


Another student created videos on


Animoto #1

Animoto #2  

Student cited graphic from

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Week 3 Edm613- Smilebox / Student Work and Video

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Our Students have been working on their “Hunt for Pythagoras Projects”…

They came out fantastic!!!

We created a scrapbook on Smilebox…

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Video may be viewed here…

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