Welcome to Session 4: Negotiating Diverse Cultures

23 06 2011

VuVox is the name of the tool that I use to create the slide show chronicling our course work. I finally got smart and placed everything in reverse chronological order beginning with the latest. My hope was that this will serve as a class portfolio of sorts. When I was teaching middle schoolers, long before the Web, I used to do something similar with old technology. It’s a good way to keep parents informed.

Btw I will create a link at the bottom of the Bookhenge2011 site where you’ll be able into the foreseeable future to find links to everyone’s blog and the projects we completed. We need to curate this valuable stuff so that we can use it in future courses and teaching.

Class Portfolio on VuVox

Please do be sure to register your project at Action Learning Project Synthesis and update your progress. This will serve as a handy summary of everyone’s ALP for future reference. Everyone’s creativity and innovative inquiry makes a lasting contribution.

ALPs at a Glance


If you have been meaning to get around to Diigo or Zotero, then this is your last chance. Please be sure to at least Diigo the articles that you use in your Lit Review Lite. It will be helpful to have them in our ECI 541 collection. See #3 below for a review of Diigo and Zotero.

Heads-Up — Session 3 Synthesis: “The Promise and the Peril of Young Adult Literature” is posted to the Course Blog

Topics:

1. Session 4: Negotiating Diverse Cultures — 06/23/2011 – 06/28/2011 – and End-of-Course Checklist
2. Genre Book Clubs Process & Product
3. Diigo for Bookmarking & Tweeting /Zotero for Lit Review Lites
4. Feedback on the Course Weekly Updates

1. Session 4: Negotiating Diverse Cultures — 06/23/2011 – 06/28/2011

In Session 4, we’ll have three Essential Questions:

How can we create the conditions so that we learn to have empathy for others and value diversity in a global community?
What is our responsibility to our students, our profession, and our world when it comes to students’ right to read and the intellectual freedom to both consume and create media?

Here’s a synthesis of all of the assignments for the session – you’ll also find these in the Syllabus and on the Course Calendar:

Action Items/End-of-Course Checklist:

____ Complete “Whose Face Do I See” Multicultural Collaborative Critical Inquiry — read, blog, tag & tweet, participate in Second Life (Blog, Twitter, Second Life). Read and blog by Mon., June 27, 8 am. Comment by Tues., June 28, 8 am.
____ Complete “Bold Choices” Intellectual Freedom Collaborative Critical Inquiry — read, blog, tag & tweet, participate in Second Life (Blog, Twitter, Second Life). Read and blog by Mon., June 27, 8 am. Comment by Tues, June 28, 8 am.
____ Meaningfully participate in LIVE Class, Tues., June 28, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
____ Complete and publish your multimedia report for your ALP; Post to your blog, tag & tweet; Tues., June 28, 11:59 pm
____ Complete your Post-FOKI (Final Exam) and post to your blog (Blog, tag & tweet); Wed., June 29, 8:00 am. Remember to simply update original Pre-FOKI.
____ No Final Personal Conference is due. Nor is a RAP required this week. I’m happy to meet any time after the course to follow through on projects.
____ Complete ClassEval –Thanks so much for completing the ClassEval. I promise to use your feedback in working to continuously improve the course. ClassEval is open now and closes Monday, June 27 at 8 am. Here’s the link:https://classeval.ncsu.edu/
____ Stone Soup — Generous sharing of connections made, articles, research, resources, etc. via Twitter, Diigo, Zotero, blogging and commenting . . .

2. Genre Book Clubs Process & Product
Please consider the value you found in your book clubs experiences and any take-aways you can share about how to make them successfully in your classroom.

3. Diigo for Bookmarking & Tweeting /Zotero for Lit Review Lites

Here’s where those Dr. Seuss-like named tools come in. When I find something relevant to share, I bookmark it in Diigo and tweet it from there in one smooth motion.

Diigo for bookmarking

For more formal articles that might be used for a Lit Review Lite, I’d opt for Zotero because it provides the citation information. Btw This is a fascinating article about the neuroscience of stories and empathy – two of Dan Pink’s elements of creativity.

Zotero for more formal citing and notetaking


4. Feedback on Course Weekly Updates
Please take this guaranteed no longer than 2-minute survey to give me feedback on if these weekly updates were valuable to you. Many thanks for your insights.
2-minute survey

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