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Global Learning, Pt II

Our CCA class had the opprotunity to Skype with Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher), one of the founders of the Flat Classroom Project.

In EIF2011 I blogged about the flat classroom a few times, so if you want to know more about that, check out those links. I hate repeating myself 🙂

Our meeting with her was really fun. We talked about the flat classroom, how she and her colleagues came up with the idea for the project, and how the project worked. It was eye-opening to see the global learning we had talked about in class in reality, and to look at it again as a 3rd party, rather than being part of the project as we were in the fall.

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Collaborative Tools

In CCA, we have used collaborative tools frequently.

We began by taking notes collaboratively using Google Docs, which was overwhelming at first. When we tried this again in smaller groups, it was much more manageable!

Since then, we have done every project in Google Docs. This format allows for everyone in the group to type their part of the project at the same time, in real time. This really speeds up the work experience, and allows us to work on the projects when we are not in class.

I’ve even began using Google Docs in other experiences. For my Special Education field experience this semester, my partner and I did every paper and lesson in Google Docs. This allowed us to collaborate when it fit in our schedule, and easily edit and share our work. I will definitely use this in other experiences when co-teaching is necessarily, as well!

Lists

Call me crazy, but I think lists keep the world moving in that nice little orbit and not crash into the sun. At least that’s what it feels like to me. For the life of me, I am horrible at multi-tasking, and my short term memory, well, sucks for lack of a better term (ask Nic how bad I am with names, for example).

For me, lists keep me focused and on track. There is no reason why not to use them.

Now, does anyone know if I can buy stock in Post-It Notes?

Hello 2012

Now that 2011 is over, I can set some goals for 2012. Nothing too “out there”, but a lot of things I’ve been meaning to get around to do or make a part of my day. Here we go

  • Learn to cook

    I have a minimal knowledge of cooking, and being 23 years old, I need to expand this knowledge. I have found myself snacking on junk food more often than I would like. This is unhealthy for me, and my wallet, and needs to stop

  • Be more frugal

    Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of money on food when it looks good at the moment, or little things that I really don’t need. I do need to stop doing that.

  • Read more

    I’ve read quite a few books lately, thanks to my Nook. I just want to free read more. Side note, read The Hunger Games. Now.

  • Start a workout habit

    Working out really didn’t happen last year, and I really need a little more working out. (Idea goes to Zenhabits)

  • Clean at least once a week

    This will help me stay organized, and just give me time to clear my head (and my room).

  • Cut out clutter!

    This is the reason my room can look like a mess, and cutting out the clutter will make cleaning oh so much easier!

So those are my goals. Please, help me work towards them!

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

2011 is coming to a close, and 2012 is just about to begin. Before I set some goals for 2012, I want to look back to see how my resolutions for 2011 shaped up:

1) Blog at least once a week

  • Once a week was kind of pushing it, but I’m still here, right?

2) Work out (in some shape or form) once a week

  • This didn’t really happen, unfortunately. I went to the Rec Center once, and tried to run a mile outside (and ended up hurting for a week). Hiking has replaced running for me, and I’m going to keep that up.

3) Eat healthy

  • I haven’t had “doubles” for pizza for quite awhile, and am making sure my meals contain something from each food groups. I’d say I’m working pretty well at this one.

4) Be more organized

  • Still working at this one, but that’s a good thing! I’ve definitely become more organized with getting work done (post-it notes are a godsend!), and am working harder at keeping the room neat and tidy. I call this one a success too!

So that’s how 2011 shaped up. I think it was a pretty darn good year, and can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

Stay tuned for my goals for 2012 tomorrow!

My SL History Tour

For class, we were tasked with creating a Second Life tour. I decided to put a historical twist on mine, since I am a Social Studies minor.

Here is the list of places I recommend visiting in Second Life:

 

So there it is! My journey through time (and a little bit of space) from the comfort of my own computer chair! Check it out and let me know what you think!

Trying to take a tour…

I took the Ancient Civilazations tour, which consisted of:

Apollonian Empire – Recreation of a Roman Empire type city, complete with ruins and chariot rides (which I couldn’t find).

Hittite Empire – Recreation of the Hittite Empire. I was surprised to see how closely it resembled recreations I saw in my textbooks!

Museum Island – One of my favorite places in SL. The Ruins of Petra are worth it alone! Especially to any Indiana Jones fan, who will recognize them as the temple where the Holy Grail is found!

Artwork Gallery and Mall – Part of the Apollonian Empire, this is a collection of artwork on display! A pretty neat way to display ancient artwork.

Roma the Roman Market – Reminded me of a gift shop in a museum! Great place to find a toga (why you would need one in SL is beyond me).

Blues in the Night – There was nothing but grass here… Definitely no Woodstock or Bonnaroo

Four Directions World Bazaar – Wasn’t available. Guess that’s world economic problems for ya!

Minoan Empire – Another no go. Too bad, I was hoping to fight a Minotaur!

Egyptian Emporium – No go

Nubian Empire – No go

 

I guess my Visa had expired or something by the end of my tour. Too bad, I was hoping to see Egypt!

 

2 More Weeks!

That’s right! 2 more weeks until I’m back up at UNI in my “loft” of a Dorm! And I can’t wait! There is so much I’m looking forward to!

  • Seeing all my friends, and living next to them (not to mention 2 floors below my girlfriend)
  • My own place to myself!
  • Lots and lots of yogurt!
  • A desk!
  • Listening to whatever music I want through my nice speakers
  • Arranging my room (possibly having a futon for a bed may change things up, or not work… We’ll see what happens as the 17th approaches!)
Overall, I can’t wait. So in the meantime, it’s just finishing my chores and getting ready to move back!

Via the music plays you » So Much More Than Hot

 

» So Much More Than Hot the music plays you.

I love Nic’s point of view here. Something he’s always tried to fit in my thick skull, and something I’ve been striving for in my life here. Also: the ideology behind my setup in the dorms this fall!

Back in Business…

Ok, we’re back here yet again! I found a simple theme that makes sense to me… Phew!

More fun things to come this week, I promise!