Finally, I am able to post my interview with Cheryl Lykowsky, where she shared her work in raising monarch butterflies at home. This interview was recorded over a week ago but family and work events prevented me from posting this sooner. I enjoyed talking with and learning from Cheryl. We found that we had this common interest in monarchs during a WCA chat. I'm hoping that this particular show will be beneficial to others wanting to know more about monarch butterflies, particularly as they relate to classroom work.
This was my second show. My guests were Cheryl Lykowski and Jennifer Wagner. Jose Rodriguez joined us after about a half hour. This show ended up editing to almost an hour. I tried to edit more out of the conversation but it was all so interesting, at least to me, that I left it all in. I ended up just taking out dead air, ums, and the start up chatter and ending chatter.
This was a Webcast hosted by LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) in an Elluminate Session. I simulcasted on Webcast Academy Sandbox A. My co-hosts for this event were Henry Anker and Mathew Needleman. Henry talked about the development of Mr. Anker's tests. He walked us through a couple of his flash programs in math and in reading comprehension. We had a great discussion on how teachers use these web based programs for practicing of skills and review on learning standards. Mathew talked about his work as webmaster of Videos in the Classroom and Open Court Resources Sites. How he has used digital media to give his students access to learning success. He talked about the correlation between using these tools for learning and production of content by students and the ongoing debate on the digital divide. I talked about the Web 2.0 classroom. The different tools available to us. I talked about my plans for 2007-08 and making connections with other classrooms. Our conversation continued as Martha Valencia spoke about professional development opportunities in the UPDATE program. We had discussion about other tech happenings in LAUSD.
This was a Spanish Webcast. Join us as we
discuss Pre-Columbian Folklore. The Rodriguez Clan; Jorge Adrian
Rodriguez, Don Rosendo Rodriguez and I (Jose Rodriguez) are joined by
Kevin Sandridge. Special thanks to my It's Elementary Webcast buddies
Lisa Durff and Alice Mercer (AKA stream checkers). Yes Alice; There
was a story about Giants. I had a last minute change in computers after
simplecast crashed on me. The skype gods stayed on my side. Only
difficulty was audio on my mic was really low. Special thanks to Jorge
Rodriguez for his superb storytelling; you can contact him at
Stories referred to on show below;
Llorona; The Weeping Women a women that drowned her children and now is
cursed to look for them for eternity. We talked about the different
versions popular throughout Mexico. Many people claimed to have seen
her, even today. Rosendo shared his experience. One night his wife
sewing late into the night when she heard her wailing down the streets.
Duendes/Chaneques; miniture goblins that create havoc. Don
Resendo gives us examples of how the goblins would hide their sandals
and throw them in the prickly pears. Don Rosendo talks about duendes
appearing near the Laguna where he lives now.
Tales from the Belen Cemetery in Guadalajara Mexico. El nino que
le tenia miedo a la oscuridad.(Nachito) The boy that was afraid of the
darkness. When he was left at home and his night light went off, he
died of fright. When he was buried the next day its tomb was open and
the body outside. The grave digger reburried the body. Each night for
the next 10 days the same would happen. It wasn't until his body was
put on an outside grave with the body exposed so that light would it
rest in peace. Visitors still routinely leave candy and and toys to
him. Many believe him to be a guardian angel.
Tales about Giants.
The Mountain of dead in the state of Aguas Calientes. How Giants that
lived on Earth were called back to the heavens. When they refused to
go they were turned into Mountains. There was a certain romanticism.
About a couple of Giants that still walk the alleys of Aguas Calientes.
Jorge shared with us a story about the great Volcanoes. The son
of the Sun and the daughter of the moon come down to Earth. An Adam and
Eve story and how they lost their divinity. When She dies he is so
heartbroken he stays at her side until and filled with sorrow the cries
his hear out (literally) the Sun God so endeared decides to keep them
together forever as the two great Volcanoes outside of Mexico City.
Kevin shared with us his trip to Puebla. The Folklore he
learned while there. Jorge tells us of the Creation of the Sun and
the Moon. How the Sun is put in the sky. and how when the Moon is
created it was just as bright as the Sun. The Aztec Gods decide this
could not be. The Aztec Gods thew a rabbit at the Moon. It's
impression is still there today. And with impact it starts the Moons
rotation around the Earth.
Finally, Don Rosendo shares his
personal stories of the bracero life in El Norte. The times he shared
with my grandfather Tomas Rodriguez.
This show was a discussion about planning for teaching technology to primary students. I asked for input to my lesson plans from Maria Knee, since she teaches kindergarten. Notice the forceful patience that Maria uses in pointing out how I need to let the children actually use the computers on the first day. Notice how tired I am talking at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
A book talk with Susan van Gelder and Sharon Peters
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
Knowing Knowledge by George Siemens
Empowering Students with Technology by Alan November
The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen
The Long Tail by Chris Anderson
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel by Lisa Zunshine