Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lunch n Learn on Blogs, In Praise of Wasting Time, and Trivia ~ January 23, 2020

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On Saturday, March 7, SVCUE will be hosting their annual professional development event at Harker’s BUCKNALL campus! It’s like home court advantage for PD (if there was such a thing).

This event offers a wide range of workshops, and I’m sure that you will find a couple sessions that are interesting and applicable to your classrooms/subject area. AND there are five Harker faculty who will be presenting: Eileen Schick, Larissa Weaver, Cindy Proctor, Lisa Diffenderfer, and Diane Main (yay for Harker’s Learning Leaders)! Lastly, the event is only $40 and includes breakfast and lunch!
 If you are interested in attending, here is the registration link.

Bring your lunch, and learn online! 
If you missed a previously held session, you can still avail yourself of the materials here:

September – Remind
October – Chrome Extensions
November – Productivity Tips & Tricks
December – Google Drive Tips & Tricks

Here are the topics for the remainder of the year:

  • January
    • Blogs 101 - Mon., January 27 @ 11am - 11:40am
      • Blogs are great ways to communicate, empower your students to improve their writing skills and to open the doors of your (virtual) classroom. Learn about blogs (and how they differ from Google Docs or websites) and how they have been used in schools and classes.
      • Join the video conference

  • February
    • Outlook Tips and Tricks for Inbox Zero
      • Just as it says! Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the email influx? Learn some strategies and logistical ways to manage your inbox and never (ok...rarely) feel overwhelmed by email again!
  • March
    • Google Slides / Presentation Tips & Tricks
      • This session will focus exclusively on Google Slides as a presentation tool and explore its functionality and collaborative features.
  • April
    • Chrome Extensions Part Deux
      • There's NEVER enough time for all the wonderful, time-saving features of Chrome extensions.
  • May
    • Social Media for Professional Learning Growth 101
      • Learn and explore the ways you can engage with professional learning networks online to push your thinking, creativity and expand your professional learning network, as one way to connect with other educators worldwide.



I (Liz) recently read In Praise of Wasting Time, by Alan Lightman. 

Alan Lightman is a physicist, essayist and novelist, as well as Professor of the Practice of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

His research about the speed of our lives and how that manifests itself in our children and in our own current psychology gives much to consider and act upon.

So what does this have to do with Learning, Innovation, and Design? Everything. 

Before we can grapple with how to best design lessons and innovative projects, we must first identify the reality of just how much has changed and specifically identify the effects of these new realities. Only then can we determine the best antidotes and subsequently, nurture each whole child and our own selves. If you'd like to discuss this further, send me an email and we can chat about its implications for innovative learning and design.



Photo Credit: Vitor Antunes via Creative Commons License

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And now, for the questions...

1. One of the first electronic computers, located in Philadelphia, occupied 167 square metres, weighed 27 tons and consumed 150kW of electricity. What was it called?

2. Which general term refers to all kinds of harmful software, including viruses, worms, trojan horses, and spyware?

3. What Mac keyboard shortcut can you use to bring up a menu of emojis? (Bonus points if you can write a sentence in emojis.)