In It to End It!

Today is the 27th of February.

There are 27 million slaves in the world today.

Every minute, two children are sold into slavery. Slavery still exists. It is estimated that human trafficking alone generates annual profits of around $32 billion. (ILO)  In 1850, the cost of a save was around $40,000 in our current currency. Today, the price of a slave is $90. (Free the SaveS) “The victims most vulnerable are children and women who are sold, bonded, trafficked, subjected to commercial sexual exploitation, recruited into armed conflicts and forced to work as domestic workers.” (Anti-Savery.net, End It)

What can you do? The first step is to take action and be a voice – END IT. Draw a red x on your hand, take a selfie, and post it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag #enditmovement . Help spread the word through social media. Read more about it here.

Here are a few links so that YOU can be more informed!

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End It!

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Strive to Free (Sacramento based)

Origin Coffee & Tea (Rocklin based)

Agape International Missions

Next, once you are informed, find out how to can help END IT. Volunteer your time? Give of your money or resources? What can YOU do?

 

iPad Mini Winner!

Congratulations goes to… Sandra Schmatjen, adjunct faculty in Mathematics! She attended several of our on-campus tech trainings and I know she was super excited to win! “I am definitely looking forward to finding all the fun and educational things I can do with the MINI…I have my work cut out for me!”

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What should she do next with her new iPad?  Head on over to The Instructor’s Toolkit  and 24 of My Favorite Apps for some great ideas. 21st Century Skills will also have a mixture of web 2.0 and app ideas. In fact, if you didn’t win, these tools are for you, too, as many are web based! Go ahead…check them out!

Congratulations, Sandra!

Searching with Creative Commons

Do you have a hard time finding pictures, music, or videos that you can use? Try the Creative Commons Search Tool. 

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Just type in a word that describes what you would like to find, and then whether you intend to use it for commercial purposes or to modify or adapt it. Click the name of the search engine you would like Creative Commons to use. As an example, I typed in the word “bicycle” and chose the Pixabay image engine. It came up with 400 results. I narrowed the results down by choosing “photo” for image type rather than clipart or vector and that narrowed it down to 266 images. I chose this one because I thought it was unique!

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Please note that Creative Commons does not control the content returned. It is still up to you to verify that the work is under the CC license. But it is a great tool and helps find Creative Commons resources easier than without it!

Coming this Summer – Digital Storytelling

I am giving you a little peek into what is coming at WJU – Digital Storytelling. What is digital storytelling? It is telling a story through digital means. Everyone has a story to tell. It may be a life-story. But digital storytelling can mean so much more: scholarly storytelling (sharing research in a given field), documentaries, narratives, and essays. Digital storytelling combines the story with multimedia – graphics, audio, and video. It helps the story come to life. I know our faculty has stories to share – whether it is course content, or memoirs. Imagine sharing your content from a particular point of view – how impacting that would be!

ACU has been very successful at training their faculty in the art of digital storytelling. Watch the above video as a faculty member from the Theology department discusses how he has used the training in his course.

Adonit Jot Script + Heart

You know you’re a teacher when…you love paper products. It may sound silly – but I love paper products…sticky notes, pens, pencils, journals, paper clips, fasteners!  You may not agree, but I’ve been told that most teachers enjoy paper products! That’s one reason I love this technology tool ~ Adonit Jot Script. I am a big Penultimate fan because I enjoy handwriting notes using my iPad. I like the feature of being able to write by hand, as well as sync to my computer or send off quickly in an email. But one thing that bothered me in the past was  illegible writing with my finger or clumsy stylus.

No more! Adonit Jot Script (watch video here) is a fine point stylus for iOS. It boasts a 1.9mm tip. photo (4)

It does require Bluetooth, but works on all iOS devices.  I enjoy it because writing is so much more precise.

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Thinking about a cool Valentine’s Day gift? This is a great choice!

 

First 3 weeks of Flip

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Today was the first class of week three of my flipped classroom. One reason I enjoy teaching is because I enjoy

working with students.

As a three week take-a-way, one thing stands out…I have more time to get to know the students. Now, I must forewarn you, I have a very small class and so it is easy to get to know just a few students. But I am really enjoying the interaction time! Instead of getting up in front of the class and lecturing, I am using the time for discussion and work on projects.

The students in the course last semester had a hard time with our Digital Portfolio assignment. Students became frustrated because they were unfamiliar with the tools, and I presented “how to” only once during class as a part of the lecture. I then created a screencast after I received so many emails with questions.  This semester was different. We worked on the Digital Portfolio

during class time.

What a difference! It was so nice to be available to help the students  hands-on.

On the down side, some students had problems with the streaming of the video lectures. I am using a web-based program that allows me to insert questions within the video content. They stated that they had problems with the questions zooming by without a chance to answer them. This week I have moved the content to another platform that asks questions at the end of the video. Both sites allow for analytics and I am excited to hear their feedback.

So far it is a positive change!