Reflect on your efforts to put together an Executive Summary, Capstone Video and Defense Poster:
Although seemingly from the 80's, this track was released in 2009. My sister and I were in Novato at a DSW and we were like the only ones in the store when this jam came on. She was in one aisle and I was in another and we looked at each other and started bustin' a move. It was like we were the Kardashians. Anyway, I thought I would insert that song since we are being asked to reflect and the title is "reflections are protection." Plus, now that I finally got a grasp of Weebly, it is kinda fun to put this kinda stuff in. Back to the question. My greatest reflection is that I wish we would have spent more time at the onset focusing on the poster and capstone. I cannot say I have had an epiphany, but everything we have done up until this point makes much more sense, whereas it lacked coherence when we were assigned items in the beginning. I almost think the courses should be taught in reverse as I think I would have been more selective and narrow in my focus which would have enable me to conduct tighter research, making it more reliable. Akin to the specific items being asked about, all seem much easier at this point, so there is not much to reflect on. I am considering my 2nd video for NapaLearns and how to make it something meaningful - I am not there yet.
Touro University California is dedicated to the following:
At its core, this project has been based off of a belief in individual student's value, his/her life-long course in learning, acknowledgement of intellectual diversity and variety, compassion for the the historical wrongs that have been done to students, and the understanding that learning happens best through collaboration and within a community - packed it all in. No seriously, truth be told, our goal to improve student mindset and achievement in maths was borne out of those beliefs and missions. With decent test scores locally and regionally, the pressure did not come from some hierarchical source, but from out of a desire to get and do better for kids. In terms of sharing, that is all that I do. This has been a project developed in conjunction with teachers and district administrators. I, however, was the lucky one to collect the data and deliver presentations about progress and outcomes. I say lucky, not tongue-in-cheek, but because it enabled me to be in the know at all times, something I rarely get to do given the breath of my administrative position. I have since shared our project with other teachers, schools and districts given the impact it has had, but I also preface it with it was right for us when we needed it, which is very different for each and every school. In terms of doing something practical, I and we will do what is most practical...continue down the road we began. Many times educators are guilty for trying too many fixes and failing to fine tune or give "it" the time "it" needs for full impact. This is a disservice to our work. We will carry on
Give us an honest appraisal (venting?) of your next journey steps around trying to produce your Capstone Project video. What problems did you encounter? How did you solve them?
Adobe Spark, the free version, is pretty easy, but not all that dynamic. As I did last semester, I hijacked the audio by playing music over my phone. Probably not the best as it does not translate as well, but it works nonetheless. Saying anything of substance in a 90 second time frame is a definite challenge. My appreciation for advertisers and commercial efficacy is heightened knowing their profits are directly related to such. I cannot say I encountered any problems as it is something we have engaged with over the course of this program in Semesters 1 and 2, but I am still working within my comfort zone. I know there is more and better out there but I am desperately strapped for time since I am currently still working as a site administrator until the close of June. That said, the only problem I am solving is my lack of time, hence the lateness of this post. Cheers.
Give us an honest appraisal (venting?) of your journey around trying to produce your Capstone Project video script. How did you decide what editor you might use? What problems did you encounter? How did you solve them? The intent is open a useful discussion that can help raise the bar for everyone.
In full disclosure fashion, I am more lost than I have ever been. My journey is similar to an experience I had while traveling with a friend in Spain. The boyfriend to the gal he was staying with had to travel to Valencia to take a plane to Poland. We were traveling to Valencia later that day and volunteered to drive the car back to Albacete, knowing GPS was not exclusive to America. Once we located the car, which took 3 or 4 back and forth trips on the subway, we ventured back to Albacete. One problem. Our GPS was on bike mode. We saw the freeway from a distance, but our ignorance had us committed to the commands of our iPhone. Yes, we finally figured it out, but we were clearly without our own direction. I feel much the same in this program. I can see that the pieces are leading to the freeway, but I am stuck on bike mode. I think I am just a different kind of learner and as much as I might like to think I am innovative, my desire for clarity and precise direction has led me astray and or left me behind. Video script? Not even. Unfortunately, I need everyone else to lower the bar. Maybe it is my own density, but I have not been able to even wrap my brain around my capstone.
1) How does transliteracy change your current thoughts on the content you deliver?
Apparently the content is irrelevant per M. McCluhan, so I guess the content doesn't really change. As much as I would like to get off easy with that answer, I should consider other possibilities. We recently sent out a request for parents to complete a survey about their experience/take on our schools and had the most responses ever since we sent it out via text. What does this tell me? It tells me parents want to know what they are engaging with quickly before investing themselves. They want information on their cell phones which makes it convenient and portable. Brevity is king, rendering effective messaging all the more important. Whether good or bad, it worked from a quantitative standpoint. What it means qualitatively has yet to be determined.
2) How do see the incorporation of transliteracy teaching methods increasing student inclusion and engagement?
The obvious answer is that it opens the door to other methods for students to demonstrate their literacy as well as for teachers to engage students by delivering instruction in a manner that is appealing to all. Again, that is the obvious answer, but digging deeper we know that all students are becoming more and more adept at receiving information. If we fail to present information and accept alternate forms of literacy, we are allowing parts of the student brain to atrophy from the monotony of our practices. Hell, no wonder they turn to youtube and snapchat, it is always something new and re"freshed." Another way to look at it is through the lens of value. Many students see what they learn as semi-antiquated or at least not relevant to the professional world. Changing the frame of reference from learning to becoming literate is an interesting next step.
3) Your own thoughts...
Thanks for the wide open prompt. Here goes: Evolution and Survival of the Fittest have scientifically been defined as mere adaptation and the subsequent proliferation of the adapting entity. These universal concepts to the scientific world transmutated themselves in the historical analogs in the form of Social Darwinism and Civilized versus Primitive cultures at the benefit of those who applied the labels. Despite the preposterous historical end to the near irrefutable scientific means, science has potentially wronged humans by applying a fixed definition to evolution, excluding progress and humans as the right tail of development.
We know life began with the most simplest of forms and that humans are recent additions to the animal kingdom; to this I have no qualms. But what is adaptation? If adaptation is the rudimentary ability to acclimatize, acculturate and/or physically morph, which when partnered with Darwin’s concept of a struggle, then why can we not term survival’s current end product as progress, the winner in the struggle for life? I can understand that numerically speaking humans pale in comparison to their bacterial brethren, but as supply and demand determine, the value associated with bounty is less than items of scarcity. To simply flip and extend this argument in terms of other, less represented members of the animal kingdom who possess even longer gestation periods with fewer offspring would be a disservice to the analogy, for there is a point at which a balance occurs, both economically and in terms of survival and progress. Granted, it is sapiens-centric to consider humans as the point where having gone any higher marginal cost would exceed marginal benefit and where marginal benefit, having gone any lower would lose out on the prospect of progress, but why not?
Adaptation is verified in both scientific and historical journals, but I propose that mere adaptation has been surpassed. We have transformed unintentional adaptation to deliberate modification and manipulation.