Monday, July 10, 2017

New Blog Platform




I have started a new blog - https://21stcenturylearning.blog

This blog will be available for a short time before it is archived.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Favorite Professional Reading 2016-17


Favorite Professional Books


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Challenge Updates



Drawing Challenge:

Young adults continue to enjoy the 10 minute daily drawing.  We talked about why that was today and young adults shared the following:


  • Great way to get settled
  • Don't want to do it, then I start and then I feel creative
  • Helps me focus on the work I do next
  • I really like drawing and like having time to do that
Check out our blog bit.ly/21stLearning for the challenge collages

 Creative Communication:

We have had created a few Tweets.  Mixed feeling about the responses (retweets/favorites) - two young adults really are excited with that kind of feedback and others are not sure it matters to them.  We are all in different places in our learning.  Young adults really enjoy Apple Clips and we are having a device back log for the iPad that can do both (see Noteworthy New below)

Artifact Guidebook:

We have not had time to begin building our tutorials for the guidebook yet.  That is on our list for later in the month.


Noteworthy News:

Swift Playgrounds has taken off with this group!  I have three young adults taking turns using my home iPad.  Young adults are working to understand and complete the tasks presented in Swift Playgrounds.  One young adult completed over 20 tasks in Learn to Code 1 in 2 hours.  Another young adult worked through Commands in 90 minutes.  Another young adult finished commands in about 2 hours.  All three young adults say that these tasks "makes sense" and not too hard all of the time.

Friday, April 21, 2017

30 Day - Days 1, 2 & 3





Day 1 - Circles:
    First day of Rotation 5 and young adults not seeing the "value" to such a task.  Using their art to create their first Apple Clip was a different matter.  Everyone enjoyed using this app!




Day 2 - Squares:
     Gratitude was the feeling when no judgement is made about "artistic talent."  Young adults are fascinated that both advisors joined for both days so far.  Decision was that it wasn't the worst way to spend 10 minutes.



Day 3 - Triangles:
    Today was met with more enthusiasm!  Walking in to look at the screen to see the object of the day.  Off to work without a struggle.  There was at least one groan when our 1-Click-Timer sounded.  Talked about how triangles were a bit harder for some to make decisions about.  Someone reflected that "maybe this isn't about drawing, oh wait maybe it is."  I think that this is a great grounding activity for this group!  So much more than the drawing :)


Next week:
  • Arrows
  • Clouds
  • Technology
  • Lightbulb(s)
  • Door(s)



Monday, April 10, 2017

3 Challenges




Looking to try something different for the blog and the ideas of challenges intrigued me.


Challenge 1:  Daily Creativity  - 30 Day drawing/writing challenge for young adults

Challenge 2:  Creative Communication - trying new, interesting & safe ways to share their voice

Challenge 3:   Artifact Guidebook - creating a book that will support this and future groups independence in creating their learning artifact


Over the next week each challenge will be outlined and then finalized next week when young adults are back to collaborate!!