On Friday, March 16th I had the opportunity to meet actor and author, John Amos. Most know John Amos for his famous acting roles in Good Times and Coming to America but he is also known for writing a children’s book called A World Without Color.
Thanks to the Shaka Franklin foundation, my classes got to meet Mr. John Amos. The foundation purchased a copy of his book for each of my students. John wrote a personal note in every book and autographed each one!
After reading his book to my students, John shared his personal journey with us. We learned about his life as a student, his acting career, and his journey becoming an author. He spent over 2 hours with my students! They enjoyed listening to him read and engaging in personal conversations with him. It was fun seeing my kids become so engaged in his book and have deep conversations about it with each other.
Students were so excited about his visit. “I have never had anything so precious before in my life” says one student after reading her copy of the book. “I will never forget Mr. Amos. He has inspired me to want to write stories about my life!” another student writes after listening to Mr. Amos share his personal journey.
This is certainly an experience that has created a lasting memory for me. The day I got to meet a celebrity was such a special day!
WELCOME TO THE SEUSS CAMPGROUND!
This year I celebrated Dr. Seuss in style! I participated in my first classroom transformed inspired by my favorite book The Wild Card (written by Hope and Wade King).
Most of my students have never visited the mountains let alone been camping. This made me really sad seeing as how we live an hour away from the Rocky Mountains!
For Dr. Seuss day I turned my classroom into a campground. I set up tents, built a fire, hung lights to act as “stars”, and brought snores. Students spent the day reading under the stars and in tents in flashlights. I put on campground sounds in the background and kept the lights off all day. Kids were so excited when they entered the campground! It was fun seeing them use their imaginations and enjoy reading!
The kids were so engaged and excited about reading! I am so inspired to do more classroom transformations now!
To celebrate Valentines Day we played a tax game! Before diving into the American Revolution in Social Studies I thought it was important for students to understand the idea behind taxation.
The King called out laws and our tax collectors collected the taxes. Students learned an important lesson about taxing! The taxation laws put on the colonists were VERY unfair! After the game I asked students to reflect by asking them the following questions . . .
- What was so unfair about the way the game was played?
- How could King George III handled the taxation laws differently in order to make it a more fair process?
The student responses shocked me! Most of my students replied saying that the King should have taxed the people of Great Britain or used his own money to help pay his war debts.
All in all, this was a great activity and helped keep my students in engaged and excited about our learning on a very candy filled holiday!
This course has really flown by! As I look back on my journey through INTE5340 I can’t help but reflect upon my learnings.
Check out my Twitter story of best moments from this course!
In this last module I completed 2 Daily Creates.
As we come close the end in this digital story telling course I continue to push myself and a impressed with my final outcomes!
I completed 2 challenges this module, one week 13 and one week 14
The first challenge I completed was Blast from the Past! This challenge was really fun! I had to recreate an old family photo and attach a story to it. I instantly drawn to this challenge because of my love for photographs. It was easy for me to select a photograph that had a strong memory and story. What wasn’t as easy was figuring out how to combine the two pictures together with audio. It took me some time to find a new application I hadn’t previously used to complete this challenge. I ended up using an application called Speaking Photo. It was easy to learn how to use. I used a photo collage application to combine the photos and then used Speaking Photo to add my audio story
Check out my Blast from the Past
The next challenge I completed was called Don’t Stop Believing. This challenged allowed me to tell my professional career journey. I used Google Tour Builder to do this. I found this site easy to use and was able to add different types of media to my story. I used internet pictures, a youtube video, and video of myself. The most important learning I got out of this project was how I can use this with my 5th grade students. I intend to use this at the beginning of every school year to help students tell their story of where they spent their elementary years and where they are from. I can teach them how to search the internet for images and record video to enhance their tour. This was such a fun challenge! I felt as if I stretched myself by adding different types of media. Check it out
This module was one of my favorites! Lots of learning and struggle!
This #inte5340 module was all about remixing. According to Google a remix is a verb that means to mix again. However, our article from week 11 refers to remixing as taking cultural artifacts and combining and changing them into new creative blends. I had always thought of music and music videos when hearing the word remix. Now, I think of other things as well.
I found this modules readings very interesting. Week 11’s reading was a bit difficult for me to get through. I found it wordy, long, and confusing. It was interesting learning about the different types of remixing. I found photoshopping remixing to be the most interesting. This is a type of remixing that I plan to share with my students. I hope to have them remix book covers when writing book reviews. I think they’ll blow me away with their photoshop creations!
Reading about the copyright laws scared me a bit. The example of the mother posting a video to youtube of her child sadden me. Seems like copyright laws are taking the joy out of sharing pictures and videos with family and friends. This article made me think hard about whether I am breaking copyright laws. I am now going to be more careful about how I use music when I make presentations and use it in my classroom. I also plan to share this article in a kid friendly way with my students. I can see the power of sharing it with kids. They should be aware of these at a young age. It is so important to give others credit for their work when you use it and alter it in any way. I know how a tool (attribute builder) to do this. It was interesting seeing this and I will be using it in the future when I use others work.
I continue to challenge myself to add meaningful and insightful comments to hypothes.is as well as adding to others ideas and comments. I am finding it helpful to ask questions and enjoy reading others connections. It helps me connect to the reading in a more personal way. I did find it a bit frustrating that I made some meaningful comments week 12 but then couldn’t view them. I will now add comments through the direct link instead of the canvas site.
This module I only completed 2 Daily Creates. I spent most of my time and energy on the readings and remix challenge.
I also used the attribute builder included in our class outline to give Heather Kraus credit for her work. I included it at the end of the Adobe Spark slides.
This module of inte5340 has been interesting.
I found the readings to be very entertaining and interesting. I never realized how much fake news really does exist and how it impacts us. I have already begun creating some lessons for my 5th graders based around this topic. I enjoyed the conversations on Hypothes.is about this topic.
I chose the Sketchnote Something challenge. To complete this I used an app called Paper53. It was hard for me to illustrate a timeline of my life using pictures. The app was easy to navigate. I became frustrated when I tried to export my sketchnote into a shareable link. It would only allow me to email myself a PDF. I reached out the to inte5340 community on Twitter and learned that I needed to first post the PDF to my blog and then I could easily share it out. This was an interesting learning for me that I can easily apply to other projects in the future. I stretched myself to try a new app and learned something in the process!
This week I completed the optional dialogue on Killing Kennedy with Shar and Melanie. Below are the main talking points of our conversation
- We discussed the layout of the website. We all noticed how visually pleasing it was. It was great seeing both men compared to each other side by side throughout the presentation. We did find parts of it distracting though.
- We agreed that it was really interesting learning more about the killer. His life growing up and it compared to Kennedy’s helped us understand the story. We agreed that we gained a bit of sympathy for the killer.
- We noted that while it is a great story and cool website it was VERY time consuming. We won’t revisit the site and found it to be very long. You can view our dialogue here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b7AbgNOc7c&feature=youtu.be
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