ED6777 #F5F Week 6

1.)    The first item that I found was Susan Lytle’s faculty webpage.  I am noticing a trend Christina that many of the authors in our class have a WP connection or Arcadia connection… 😉 I think what I liked most about learning from Lytle is the volume and the quality of her research to connected learning and urban education.  With my previous graduate background focused on post-secondary education administration, I enjoyed hearing about her research in school/university partnerships.  I am happy that I have made this connection.

2.)    Another item that I have found for this week’s search is the #HipHop education group.  I think that this focus is an interesting application to the HipHop education Emdin clip.  Specifically, the #HipHop group talks about the decline of STEM interest amongst underrepresented students (including African-American and Latino students).  What I find fascinating was that #HipHop attempts to incorporate and motivate students (in the way that Emdin mentions), “… in their own [discourse]…”  With the free nature of HipHop, the idea that educational content such as science and technology could be adapted to meet students at their interests is a powerful pedagogical concept.

3.) I also enjoyed this discussion of learning outcomes and competencies.  When I was listening to that first youtube clip, I felt that I heard alot of buzzwords from talking about making classrooms and letting students explore their individual outcomes.  However, I feel like it enters a trap where administrators and policymakers have a difficult time both assessing a student’s final product or the success of educators without clearly defined objectives.  I believe that there is a middle ground where we can let young people achieve their own outcomes, but in a structured way to determine achievement.  That is why I appreciated this article, I think by label and concisely defining outcomes and competencies, administrators can achieve that independence that the first youtube describes regarding HipHop.

4.) I grabbed this from one of my classmates (thanks g0rg0r!).  I think the idea of a Kickstarter matches that HipHop mentality-literally creating capital for something out of nothing (but in this through interpersonal relationships).  

5.)  And in the spirit of HipHop-I have found this website (a little old… almost 8 years old exactly) of the NWP celebrating music in the classroom.  Within this section-there is an analysis of Wellington using Hip Hop to promote literacy within her classroom.  


My Analysis of Wobbling as a Technology Educator

My posture and wobble I analyzed this week was maintaining positive attitude and neutral bias when interacting with our Arcadia staff members and their technology issues.  I want to first stipulate, that my student workers and I are not being polite or appropriate with community members that call into describe and report their issues.   My awareness was that often, when we resolve technology tickets that come through the Help Desk, we may not be fully approaching these issues with the requisite open mind as people would describe their problems.  This could mean that in an effort to solve a staff member’s desktop or LMS issue quickly, I may make false assumptions or not ask the right questions to get to the real source of the problem.  The insights that I have found is that it is easy to become absorbed in my mindset of viewing a staff member’s unique needs through my own perspective.  The sign of a good technology educator is to have the self-awareness to know when I am not open to an educator’s issues.  When I stopped and took the time to really listen to what the educator describes, I found that I experienced the flow of stronger interpersonal communication.

For my student workers, judging their capacity to have a neutral bias is a little easier.  One pitfall that has befuddled our help desk has been incorrect ticket assignment/incomplete details.  It is a common enough issue that mostly all of our student workers experience poor ticket details or will triage in an incorrect way.  The way that I determine my student’s success is the frequency that an individual student will top assigning incorrect tickets.  I often ask myself, how am I addressing this student worker’s performance?  Have I communicated in a way that my message is received?  What I have found throughout this process is what I determine as growth from my student workers.  Ultimately, what wobbling has shown me is that it has results for education practitioner, it is just how it is applied.

Seek 6 Saturday #s6s Ed677 Spring 2018 Week 5


1.)    I decided to go down the rabbit hole, I decided to do more research on one of this week’s authors Bob Fecho.  While I found it neat that he went to Arcadia, I also appreciated seeing the consistency in his research.  In particular, I found it awesome that Fecho describes the larger complexity of the classroom and the opportunities for change.  Personally, I feel like this was cool to have the wobbly message reinforced throughout multiple mediums.

2.)    So today, I guess I am going to have a yoga theme Select 6 this week.  Perhaps with this week’s readings, I feel a special sort of connection.  In my undergraduate education, I took a year of Tai Chi.  From this experience, I feel an awareness of the concept of “wobble” that is described in this week’s.  Perhaps given my life circumstances, I need to have a reminder of growth and self love-this is why I have selected this article.

3.)    Again, keeping in mind the yoga theme this week, I find this website pertaining to incorporating yoga into the K12 classroom.   I will be the first to say, given my own educational background, I may not have the same understanding of the classroom such as my classmates.  However, from my own experiences, I enjoy the connections that this website tries to incorporate with the classroom.  From yoga poses for teachers to lesson plan ideas, I believe that this website is a fantastic find for any educator.  (Another great example of Connected Learning!!!)

4.)    Sadly, given the events in Florida, I think this article about the power of Yoga is very important.   With the focus on finding positive solutions to aggressive emotions, this article describes how yoga helps teenagers find non-violent solutions to their issues.  Given the description of wobble this week, I feel that this is an unfortunately timely addition to my selection.

5.) I went down the rabbit hole on the Iloveteaching.  When I was searching through it, I found teacher2teacher.  O.M.G.  All I can say is that it is the epitome of Connected Learning and Teaching.  

6.) And last but not least… (thanks to my classmate Kristin…) I am going to link to one of her posts… In a recent post, Kristin describes how she attempted to play using an unknown recipe.  For me, how she describes “progression”, and how to be reminded of how her students are learning.  This awareness of one’s self and one’s limitations is wobbling.  Thanks for the application!

ED677 #F5F Week 3

  1. Thank you Christina for the trip down memory lane… When I was in high school, my sister and her friends, used to play The Game all throughout our high school. So to have you mention it again… Whew talk about Déjà vu.  I had to text my sister and one of my best friends last night to remind them… I lost the game… 😉
  2. I have multiple members of my family that are MIT alumni. I will not lie, I tend to have my own initial thoughts about them when I hear about others describe them… So it was quite a refreshing change for me to read Resnick’s work and remember to move beyond my own biases.  I especially enjoyed hearing how Resnick collaborates and works alongside Lego toys.  It
  3. I am a big NPR fan… (and WHYY member). For a long time, on many of the podcasts that I would listen too, Edutopia would be a sponsor of the podcast episode.  I have included a link to their Latest website article about how Reading Digital Games can be utilized.  In a way, I think this Edutopia section nicely encapsulates our class up to this point.  On its face, this article clearly about games in a classroom (thus incorporating ED677’s Play weekly theme).  However, this article was found in the Edutopia Latest section.  This learning section is an awesome application of how connected learning can be applied to enhance the classroom for teachers!
  4. One of my classmates (shout out to Questteach blog!) found an amazing TED talk that I think incorporates an advanced application of the concepts that we talked about this week. This Australian speaker uses sports games metaphor, and it reminded me the idea of coaches as educators.  In order to master the open-ended “play” classroom, teachers have to morph their mindset, and consider themselves mentors or “coaches”.  I think it is really tough to adapt this hands off, encouragement approach for many educators.  The idea at the end of the day is to encourage and let students come to their own outcomes (even if that means “losing” or “failing”).  I think this is a difficult element for any educators, since it is easier to tell a right answer, but much harder to let students learn on their own.  Awesome talk…!
  5. I really like this article from the NYTimes. I think it encapsulates the video game discussion that we had last night.  I like this article, because even though it is almost eight years old, it still reminds that the debate is not really settled.  As both the classroom and the educational technology evolve, there is still room for interpretation on what types of educational media can be utilized to convey content.

ED677 Make Play Contribution

So… I decided to use Panopto recording software to record my analysis on using Panopto creatively for educators.  Not to give too much away from my analysis, but I recognize that in an equitable Connected Learning Classroom, my familiarity with technology is a privilege.  My ability to see the unlimited potential in Educational Technology is something that may not necessarily be shared by many other educators.  However, it is my responsibility to help overcome initial reservation and bias against this technology to come to an informed outcome.  I will be the first to say that Panopto and its tools may not be the right medium for every educator or in every area, but I relish the opportunity to engage with educators to help them make that determination for themselves.


So with this in mind, I have included a link for my Panopto recording… I have tried to leave open so that anyone can view it (and you do not need to put in your Arcadia credentials…)  I look forward to hearing feedback from you guys!



ED677 2.4.18 Fill the fourth Box

For a long time, I ruminated on this 4th wall box assignment, and I wondered what I would place within the fourth box.  However, as I was reading the Dewey Democracy speech, Connected Learning gave me my fourth box idea.  As Dewey was describing schools and how they compare/contrast with “society”, Dewey describes the social fabric where learning takes place, “held together because they are working along common lines, in a common spirit, and with a reference to common aims”.  These equity boxes describe some part of the common spirit, but they lack a crucial dimension as well.                               While obviously stacking the boxes to help others who cannot view the activity is important, what if some of our equity participants did want to be at that game at all?  What if the social definitions or norms of the community spirit included being forced to be at that game?  What if these equity viewers did not like this particular game or did not even want to be there at all?  A fantastic example of this maybe the Super Bowl this evening?  (For the record, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so I am rooting the Eagles this evening.)  I am sure that we all know local Delaware county people (and you could be one) who no matter what, even if it means a local team like the Eagles winning a pivotal sports championship, do not care about football.  As a society, we should be able to help these individuals with their own likes and wants, even if it is contrary to our own norms.                                                                                                                                                        This is why I created my fourth box, Empowerment.  We are away from the baseball game, and we are away from other people.  My viewer is doing his/her own thing, whether that be going for a walk or viewing another sports activity at home.  Empowerment for me is allowing people to participate in society in their own way so society can receive everyone’s contributions along the common lines that they feel most comfortable participating.




ED677 Week 2 2.2 #F5F

  1. I really do love this discussion of a meme. I think that the analysis and examples that follow are almost example of connected learning by itself.  By both defining the concept of how memes reflect cultural concepts, but then also including multiple examples of the forms that contemporary memes take, this meme definition relies on meme examples written by others (peers) to convey the meme definition.  I think this connected learning approach by encouraging readers to click and participate in researching memes is effective.
  2. I realize that this may become a bit of a broken record with me, but I love this quote Educational Innovator blog describing how “…technology and innovation, in general, reproduce inequities unless there is a proactive agenda to not let that happen..” As I mentioned last week, when technology and connected learning is enacted, having a strong and cohesive policy helps to ensure that the connected learning/educational technology will have the most equitable results possible.
  3. Overall, I love the outstanding Kuttner article critiquing the equity meme. While I did agree with all of Kuttner’s points-I do believe that he addresses the idea of deficit thinking.  Again, as I have mentioned before (and will more likely afterwards), connected learning offers the ability to enhance the equity of all learners.  However, if the boxes are not divided accordingly, these boxes can diminish the positive results that connected learning offers educators.
  4. I also loved my classmate Mary’s reflections on the equity meme. I think her example of working with student’s with ASD illustrates Kuttner’s point better than Kutter.  While Kuttner limited his written analysis to economic mobility and racial discrimination, there are so many other forms of discrimination (including developmental and intellectual disorder discrimination).  When one engages in deficit thinking, it can make the oppression harder to address for others.
    Thank you Mary for reminding us about more forms of fairness!
  5. I also love the various definitions of inequity within the edglossary. I think that the various definitions of inequity help to remind us that inequity exists in a variety of forms and that it essential that as we are focusing on using Connected Learning to create that equitable classroom, we do not have tunnel vision on certain components and remember that inequity can exist in a variety of capacities!