Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
There are four steps prior to answering this final blog that you will need to complete:
I. Please download the following two documents from our Drop.io site: http://drop.io/multipleliteracies#
(Note: This is the same site you will upload your graphic novel one-pager for the final class)
Document 1: The abridged version of "A Conversation with Neil Gaimen" the author of Coraline
Document 2: Coraline Discussion Questions
II. Read through the shortened interview with Neil Gaimen for background knowledge. Read through the list of discussion questions provided for the novel Coraline. This is a resource for you to use with Coraline in the classroom.
III. Browse through any of the four sites listed below to get a feel for some of the resources available to you regarding graphic novels in the classroom. The first two links are from the author and illustrator of Coraline. The final two links will get you to Will Eisner's site and another contemporary expert in the field of comics, Scott McCloud.
IV. Finally, apply the same set of questions we used in our last post (Will Eisner) to look at the graphic novel, Coraline:
(1) What surprised you?
(2) What challenged you?
(3) What frustrated you?
(4) What do you appreciate?
Bonus: What themes emerged for you in reading Coraline that would be applicable to using with students in the classroom?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Please follow the link below to our Drop.io site and upload your document:
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities, and social trajectories of individuals and groups.
• Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
• Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
• Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
• Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
• Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Over the weekend I spent some time learning how to embed videos and hyperlinks into our class blog from YouTube, Animoto, VoiceThread as well as posters from Glogster.
Thought this YouTube video I was sent over the weekend by a colleague resonates with this weeks readings and the themes that emerged from your initial reflections. Hope you had a beautiful weekend and looking forward to seeing our first round of presentations this Tuesday night.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
According to Martin Scorcese, "we should make room for film in curriculum. What you are doing is training the eye and the heart of the student to look at film in a different way by asking questions and pointing to different ideas, different concepts. You're training them to think about a story that is told in visual terms in a different way, and to take it seriously. It is so important, I think, because so much in today's society is communicated visually and even subliminally. Young people have to know that this way of communicating is a very, very powerful tool."
In an ideal educational setting where (a) there were no restrictions on what type of movie you could show students and (b) you are able to facilitate the discussions regarding the movie without constraints, which movie would you recommend that students must view BEFORE they graduate high school? Please consider any movie regardless of genre, violence or sexual content. Why would you recommend that movie?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
In your introduction post please include your name, teaching experience and choose ONE of the three questions to respond to in your own blog response:
(1) What is the most interesting trip that you have taken thus far? Why?
(2) We interviewed the person in your life who knows you the best. What do you believe they listed as your top three attributes as a human being? What evidence did they provide?
(3) What is a tradition from your own childhood that you believe should be passed on to the next generation?