DS106 Daily Create Assignment 1

DS 106 Daily Create Assignment 1, Name That Movie

Twitter Tweets:

@ds106dc Once upon a time a girl was going to be the first cop of her kind. One day she met a fox. Suddenly she needs the fox’s help
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The hero solves the case with her new friend but the city is thrown into chaos.

Finally the two friends fix everything and the city at peace again.

Answer: here

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The Three Different Natured Men

This week I read about the three different types of men, or that is, the three different types of natures that make them who they are. There is the Prophet or Visionary man, the Priest or Steady man, and the King or Command Man.

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The Prophet, also known as Mr. Visionary, is just as his name states. He is often fixated on visions that he comes up with in his mind. He gets several ideas and tends to start working on those ideas/plans but may not always follow through on them. While they are always trying to find ways to better a situation or an object, like Thomas Edison with the lightbulb, they have to be careful to not overfill their plate, which they sometimes have a tendency to do as they get carried away trying to fix or work on too many things at once. The type of women for a Prophet or Mr. Visionary, needs to be flexible for him. As his wife her most important job is keeping an innocent and commonsense attitude and conversation (not bad-mouthing folks) and bringing her husband up when his ideas don’t always work out.

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The Priest, or Mr. Steady, is the soundest and most easy going and laid back of the three different types of men. Mr. Steady being the laid back guy that he is, often takes the time to throw ideas around and really think about them before making a decision. He is rarely ever quick to make a choice. Because of this, these types of men do not always find a wife early on in life because he is waiting for the perfect one so that he is positive he had made the right choice. Because they are so patient and down to earth, the wife of a Priest natured men will rarely ever feel hurried, pressured, pushed, or forced to do something. Priest natured men often live practical lives and tend to be a people person; just about everyone likes them and wants to be around them due to their friendly yet calm, nature. A Priest type man loves to help others and may sometimes become distracted by doing so. Thus he needs to be careful about getting caught up helping others and pushing his family aside. The wife of a Priest type man needs to be as active helping others as her husband is; as it will bring him honor. Because of a Priest’s desire to please, a wife of one needs to be patient and thankful otherwise she could easily destroy his vision for serving others, and possibly even his health.

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The King, or Mr. Command Man, often see life as if he were on top of a mountain. They look at the big picture rather than individual personal needs. Kingly men show little tolerance for those around them who are dragging their feet, making excuses, or whining about their lot in life. Kingly men want to move forward now, and they have a plan. Generally these type of men tend to end up in places of high authority. There are often two kinds of kings. One is a good, mature king while the other is an immature, bad king.  A good king sees the bigger picture and strives to help the greater number, even if it costs him his life. A good king would be someone like Captain America (if he were real). A good king is a leader who people want to follow. A bad king, is often only bad because he is immature and therefore has a tendency to be selfish and only care about is own thoughts and desires. In his mind his way is always right no matter what. The wife of a Kingly man must learn to serve him with honor (often a kingly man will expect his wife to wait on him hand and foot and to follow his lead and do as he says). The wife of a Kingly man needs to understand that she shouldn’t be offended at her husband’s lack of serving or helping her in mundane things of life, such as house chores or always helping with the kids.

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(John playing and helping my second cousin put her shoes on)

My fiancé, John, is definitely a Priest natured man like my own dad. Though they both also have a touch of King natured men in them, Mr. Steady is their dominant nature. (Men can have more than just one nature but they usually always have a dominant nature that stands out more and easier to see) People love both John and my dad because they are so friendly, outgoing, social, and helpful. So much to the point that they sometimes become forgetful that they have a family who also desires their attention. As the future wife of a Priest natured man, I know that I need to be more outgoing so that I too can help those around me as John does. We can work together.

I have always been more of a wall-flower myself, I was never anywhere close to being the popular kids who everyone wanted to be friends with. But that never bothered me. After I met John and we started dating, I saw what a social butterfly he was and all the people that he knew (I still don’t have all their names down). Constantly being around a variety of different people I have forced myself to become more outgoing.

I feel that I have come a long way and I really like who I am today. John has really helped to bring me out of my shell and he is super supportive. He has told me how much I have changed and how proud he is of me. However, there is still room for improvement and I have every intention of becoming an even more outgoing, helpful person. The way that I plan to do this is to continue placing myself in uncomfortable situations, like around big crowds and forcing myself to go and visit and talk with people who I don’t know. I also benefit from this in getting to hear some really great stories!

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A DS106! A what???

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DS106 stand for Digital Storytelling. It is a digital resource that people can use for free to create a variety of neat short stories that are creative and full of imagination. Or they can be true. Audio, video, writing, drawing, and photography can all be used to help create these intriguing fun videos. DS106 sounds like a great source for building creativity while becoming familiar with a variety of digital resources.

The course objectives, or purpose of this course are;

  • Develop skills in using technology as a tool for networking, sharing, narrating, and creative self-expression
  • Frame a digital identity wherein you become both a practitioner in and interrogator of various new modes of networking
  • Critically examine the digital landscape of communication technologies as emergent narrative forms and genres

These objectives sound like they will be real eye openers for me and I feel like I will learn a lot. Part of me is excited to get started while another part of me, (knowing how bad I am with technology in general and what a slow learner I am when it comes to using technology), feels very overwhelmed and fearful.

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What I think I like most about is being creative and using imagination. I love doing that, ever since I can remember I dreamed up wild fantasies and played out little stories in my head as a means of entertainment. Though I do not think that I am a very creative person, I love to try and see what I can come up with. And I think this resource will open a few more doors for me in building on my creativity and give me fresh new ideas.

I think that ds106 can be used to inspire creativity in my own life by opening my eyes to fresh new ideas and providing me with the resources to create some really cool stuff; once I learn how to use those resources that is… I think keeping an open mind and having fun with the project will help me out too and getting out of my comfort zone to see just how far I can go and what I am capable of creating. I really hope to be surprised and get some great ideas!

As for using ds106 in the school setting, I think it would be a great resource for digital classes, writing classes, and even English or history classes to help build creativity. For my own personal class use, I could challenge students to make videos of themselves exercising or explaining something about health, like how sugar or exercise effect the body.

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Podcasts and Digital Stories in the Classroom

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Wow! I would have never thought of incorporating podcasts into the classroom with mystery storytelling! I think this is so cool and I totally wish I could have experienced it when I was in high school. We read the usual requirements like Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Very boring, and long, readings that were extremely difficult to get into. One thing that our teacher did that made you have to follow along and pay attention was we either had characters assigned to us to read or we popcorn read (called on a person to read after we had finished). It made us have to follow along and pay attention like I said, but it was still boring. I love listening to podcasts while in the car, and living in the country I have to drive to get anywhere.

I think it is such a great idea to use podcasts in the classroom for learning. Like the article said, students are much more engaged when they are able to listen to something that they are interested in, and who doesn’t love a good mystery? Also like the article, “What Teens Are Learning From ‘Serial’ and Other Podcasts” said, there are a variety of Common Core Standards that are met when using these podcasts for teaching/learning. The students practice good listening skills, comprehension, communication and social skills as they hold discussions with each other about what heard on the podcast. They also work on organization skills as they gather information/facts and draw conclusions through research.

I have the same feelings towards using digital stories. I think they are a great way to encourage students to be engaged in learning and developing critical skills like; social interaction, holding professional conversations, gathering facts, performing research, using teamwork, and becoming more familiar with a variety of different technology resources as pointed out by “Teacher’s Guide to Digital Storytelling“. Skills that are focused on when it comes to meeting the Common Core Standards. The benefits of using both of these tools for learning is that students often become engaged, due to curiosity and using creativity, and don’t view or realize that they are learning as they partake in the activities and homework.

I was surprised that as teachers we have that much freedom to use these interesting resources, like mystery stories, to help us teach our students. I had in mind that we had to stick to what we are required to teach and use the common resources, like Macbeth and Shakespeare, but now I think we just have to make sure we are meeting the Common Core Standards and we can do that in just about any way we want. I think a disadvantage to using these learning tools is how time consuming they could be to prepare for.  The teacher has to be super organized to keep everything flowing and know where the class is at in the story or on the project. They need to understand how to use different forms of technology for storytelling, and they need to have the podcasts charted out ahead of time so that they can guide the students with meaningful discussions and other research projects.

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Indepedent Learning Project Here I Come!

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I have firmly decided to base my independent learning project on preparing myself to be a good, honest, helpful, loyal, committed wife for my future husband. John and I are getting married this December and I am super excited! But, I know that marriage isn’t all sunshine and rainbows like they display on TV and happily ever after movies.

I truly believe that marriage is a great gift from God that takes place between one man and one women; a gift which should be cherished. But it is not something that is just handed to us. Even when we are absolutely positive that we have found the perfect one, not everything will simply fall into place. There will be arguments and disagreements and debates. Tempers will arise after a long draining day and we will lash out at our partners or become annoyed or frustrated with them.

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I want to avoid these unnecessary, regretful actions/disputes as much as I can in my relationship. John is easily my best and closest friend. We talk about everything; personal thoughts, work, school our families, politics. We often share a lot of the same views on subjects with is nice. (Except for my cat who John strongly dislikes but whom I adore).

From talking to other older couples who have been together for years, I have learned that most of them cannot remember what their first fight was about. It seems like its usually dumb things that really aren’t that big of a deal which we tend to fight about. And even then, I have been told that those fights could have easily been avoided and calmly discussed had the couple taken a step back to cool off and considered their values and true love for each other. This is what I want to avoid as much as possible.

To help me along my learning journey in developing into a helpful, patient, caring, supportive, considerate wife I am reading the book called “Preparing to be a HelpMeet” by Debi Pearl. The term “HelpMeet” is defined as, a helpful companion or partner, especially one’s husband or wife. Eagerly I dove into reading the first chapter of this book; full of excitement and curiosity! 8434934649_8e7312ac60_o.jpg

From the first chapter I read that the power of prayer goes a long way. God is willing to help us and satisfy our needs and desires. But we need to ask Him for those things and then trust that He will hear and answer us. God really does care for all of us, but we need to talk to Him and have faith that He hears us. God, being the merciful caring God that He is, wants us to be happy and content in our lives. And He can help us accomplish that. There is nothing the He cannot do. But we have to ask for His guidance and His help.

From the first chapter I learned that I need to commit to praying for John and our future together. Yes, on a regular basis I pray for John’s safety and I thank God for him multiple times a day, but according to my readings, I have learned that I need to pray for God to guide John in his actions and thoughts. I need to pray for God to help John continue to be a strong, honest, hardworking man. I also need to pray for him to walk faithfully along the path that God has chosen for him, and our relationship in general.

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Cultivating a PLN

There are 8 tips on how to cultivate your Personal Learning Network (PLN).

  1. Explore: It’s not just about knowing how to find experts, co-learners, but about exploration as invitation to serendipitous encounter.
  2. Search – Use Diigo, delicious, listorious, to find pools of expertise in the fields that interest you.
  3. Follow candidates through RSS, Twitter. Ask yourself over days, weeks, whether each candidate merits continued attention
  4. Always keep tuning your network, dropping people who don’t gain sufficiently high interest; adding new candidates
  5. Feed the people you follow if you come across information that you suspect would interest them.
  6. Engage the people you follow. Be polite, mindful of making demands on their attention. Put work into dialogue if they welcome it. Thank them for sharing.
  7. Inquire of the people you follow, of the people who follow you. But be careful. Ask engaging questions – answers should be useful to others
  8. Respond to inquiries made to you. Contribute to both diffuse reciprocity and quid pro quo

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Cultivating the Personal Learning Network is basically building it up and encouraging activity. We need to explore other peoples’ pages and organizations that are available to us. We could Google who to follow based on the subject we want to build our PLN around. Which is what I did. I simply googled top PE and Health blogs and Twitter sites to follow. Then I checked out their pages to makes sure they looked legit and had appropriate content.

After choosing a few different people and/or organizations to follow, we need to keep tabs on who posts what and if what they post is accurate information that we can benefit from. It is also a good idea to ask specific questions to those people/organizations and have meaningful conversations. If those who we are following never post anything of interest or anything that we find helpful and the website turns out to be a waste of time for us or simply bland, then all we have to do it unfollow it and search for another source to follow; one that we can hopefully benefit from.

Not only do we follow and get information from those who we follow, but it also kind to share our own information and knowledge with them; things that we think would be of interest to them and grab their attention like their sites grabbed ours. Speaking of kind, this is another huge part of this social networking process. We always need to make sure that we are polite, courteous and considerate of what we and others post. We need to make sure that we are not rude, and over opinionated. It’s ok to have different opinions on topics, which we probably will every now and then, but it is important to keep things mature and professional in our conversations and have appropriate discussions that are respectful of others views.

I think that the biggest challenge for me with my PLN is going to be finding or sharing information that is interesting to others. I don’t have a lot of experience, just a lot of questions… So trying to find or think of something interesting to share with people or organizations who already seem to have everything figured out, makes me nervous.

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What’s a PLN?

PLN? PLN?!? What in the world is a PLN??? Some other type of technology piece that I’ve never heard of and that will probably frustrate and confuse me!?! Dread.

That is how I first felt when I saw in the assignment page that we had to research and learn how to use a PLN. I was not at all excited to research the definition and I must admit that I worried about how long it would take me to master using it, whatever it was. Wow was I surprised! When I first read what a PLN is, I was still kind of confused and thought it sounded way too simple. But after watching the video with pictures, all my confusion disappeared.

PLN is the abbreviation for, Personal Learning Network. A PLN is a helpful source that people can use to find or even share valuable information with others. The ‘P’ in PLN stands for Personal. Personal meaning that we are able to make the source our own. We can choose who we decide to follow on Twitter or Blogging. We also have the freedom to reach out to those who we have followed and ask them questions or share information with them if we so desire.

The ‘L’ stands for learner. Because a PLN is exactly that, a learning tool. Through having a PLN, we have the ability to learn so much great information and tips from other people who we are professionals, experts, doctors and so on. It depends on what we decide to base out PLN around. Naturally my own PLN is based around Physical and Health education because I am going to school to earn a degree as a Health and Physical Education teacher.

The ‘N’ stands for network. The PLN is a network because it consists of so many different people, usually professionals or professors of some sort. It might even have retired people in it who can share their knowledge from their own past experiences with us. Then those people in turn are often following others who are also professionals or who have experience that they may have taught to the people who we are now learning from. Organizations also play a role because we can follow them too and learn or get tips on a variety of topics or discussions and get our questions answered. We might even be able to answer someone else’s questions and give them tips from what we know.

The steps that I took to build my PLN was to research and follow what I felt were legit people and organizations based on education that I think I can benefit from. I have already discovered several great sites with interesting information that I can use. One site I found concerning health gives lots of great tips along with resources that can be used to teach MyPlate and how to teach kids to make smart healthy choices when it comes to food. Another site that I found, is called PE and ME by Mr. Mallen. He has a blog site that is really interesting as well as inspiring.

The Power of Passion!

There are two ways to get a child passionate about something:

  1. Find out what each child is innately passionate about.
  2. Be an instructor that exudes passion for the topic, and infect your students with that excitement.

I completely agree that these are two ways to get youth passionate about something. I think today, teachers often lack passion about teaching. They just go through the motions and lecture and hand out homework and put in the grade. They are ok with the students only learning the content long enough to pass the test to make the teacher look good and then they move on. Teaching just kind of becomes a job that pays the bills.

There are, however, still some teachers out there who are super passionate about teaching and getting their students engaged in a variety of ways. Going back to the discussion on creativity, teachers go out of their way to find new ideas on how to make learning fun and encourage their students to participate in the learning activities.

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Mike Wazowski

In the article, “Passion-Based Learning”, an example was given about how a teacher was so passionate about what most would deem a very boring field of study, that he passed his passionate attitude down to his students; thus engaging and encouraging them to take interest in the topic and to even pursue it as a career. Another great example of the opposite effect that just came to mind, is in the movie “Monsters University”. When the main character Mike Wazowski gets kicked out of the scaring program and goes into can design. The teacher of the class is super monotone when talking and he sounds as if can design is the most boring thing ever to be teaching. Mike’s slumped down in his chair about to fall asleep reaction also portrays that thought to the audience. If the teacher had been excited and enthusiastic about the class, his passion would have most likely spilled over to his students and actually made the class interesting.

Metaphorically, this is where passionless educators leave their students — perhaps safe, but bored and un-engaged 21st Century Educating.

As teachers it is our duty to make learning fun for our students. I remember when kids used to say that they loved going to school. But today, I hear more and more of them say how much they dislike it and have no intention of going to college. Another thing that I noticed, is that the kids today who tell you they enjoy school, are the younger kids who are still in elementary. From Junior High up they don’t want to be there because they think school is too hard or boring. I think that if teachers were more creative and found a variety of ways to engage their students, and showed a little passion for what they were teaching, the students would have a lot more fun and really enjoy going to school because they would look forward to what they were going to learn next.

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Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

For my TED Talk video I chose “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html“>

” by Amy Cuddy. I chose this video because I often take my body language into consideration. I want to look confident and sure about myself on a daily basis. I don’t want people to see or look at me as a scared timid unsure little person though sometimes I feel that way. When out in public with my parents I watch their body language. My dad kind of struts when he walks and always looks like he has everything figured out. He is very confident but doesn’t come across as being a high ego, “I’m better than everyone else” type of guy. Which I admire because that’s who he is; a confident, yet very chilled, hard-working man. My mom on the other hand, when we go out in public she hunches over and folds her arms across her body; she gets very small and looks like she wants to hide from everyone. My parents are super opposite.

I used to be like my mom where I wanted to hide or blend in to my surroundings and I didn’t want anyone to look at me because I was afraid that they were judging me. But after taking notice of the difference between my parents postures, I knew that I wanted to appear like my dad did, even if I didn’t have things figured out and wasn’t confident; I wanted to at least look like it. So, I started watching my body language and posture and trying to change it. I became aware of when I trying to be small and I forced myself not to be.

I thought it was interesting how Ms. Cuddy pointed out the increase and decrease in the levels of testosterone and cortisol based on how we felt about ourselves. I was surprised that it only took about two minutes for us to be in or hold a power position pose and it increased the testosterone level to make us feel more confident. I also liked how she talked about faking it, “Fake it til you make it”. And then she took it one step further in saying, “Fake it until you become it”. I myself feel like I have done that. I have gone through that change of faking it until I make it. I am still working on faking it until I become it but I feel like I have made great strides from the past up to the current day.

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My dear cat clearly has his body language figured out as he demands to be the center of attention 🙂

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Exploring Thinking About Learning

Skyler Ryan

Digital Learning Summer Class

Exploring Thinking about Learning Project Blog 4

Due-Sunday, June 19, 2016

I think that taking the time to learn something new is a very good idea; especially if it is something that we are interested in. Naturally when we are interested in learning a new thing the motivation to stick with it and put forth the time and effort is way easier to find as opposed to being forced to learning something that we are not interested in. I understand that there are things we have to learn that will not seem or be fun, but I also think that staying positive and finding a fun way to learn that boring subject or topic can make it much more bearable and entertaining if not interesting. Such as studying for a strongly disliked subject in school, a student could study with a good friend which might not only make the task more enjoyable, but also, possibly more rewarding in terms of remembering what was studied because the friend might have a way of pointing out the problem in a way that the other student gets and therefore remembers.

If I had the freedom to learn anything without any restrictions like lack of time or resources, I would learn how to water ski. I think it would be a lot of fun plus a great body workout. I would be playing while getting in a full body workout; a win win! I know that skiing take a lot of strength in the legs, arms and core of the body, and it also requires delicate balance for being able to shift your weight accordingly. Unfortunately, I do not live around water or have a boat or a Jet Ski or a pair of water skis. I also do not have someone who would go with me on a regular basis so that I could practice and get better at water skiing.

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      Another thing that I would really like to learn, and that is especially important to me, would be how to be a good wife. Though I am not married yet, I think it is a good idea to get some good tips and plans so that I can practice them before I am married. That way, once I am married I am not starting in a new step of our relationship trying to learn how to live together and dance around each others schedules plus try to be a good wife to the best of my abilities. I think that if I can start practicing now, then I will be more ready for that part of my relationship once we are married. I want to learn how to be supportive even when I don’t feel like it. I want to learn how to listen and offer positive, as well as constructive feedback on a variety of topics and situations without coming across as rude or bossy or nagging. I also want to learn how to be patient and forgiving; both with myself and my husband. I think that I have come a long way since I first started dating my now fiancé to this current day. But I also feel like I could do more for our relationship and once we are together full-time, and no longer dealing with the long distance that is between us now, I want to do the very best that I can do for our relationship to help keep it strong.

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