Learning and Teaching with Technology
Differentiation - some reasons, some ideas, and some good details.
Wow... this is such a powerful poem with intriguing visuals about the power of bullying, and what it can lead to. The ending is a great wrap up with motivation written all over it.
Thanks Shane Koyczan.
I was bullied as a child. Because of that, small things make me feel like I'm still being bullied. The effects are long lasting. I've talked about it, done counseling, etc, yet it still affects me.
What is bullying? It's more than just being rude or a jerk. It is deliberate, disrespectful and repeated behaviour targeted to an individual or group.
Bullying takes place all over the place. Online, at home, in school, at church, at work, even in the senior's home. It appears to be getting progressively worse. It unfortunately even ends up in severe depression, suicide, or fighting and related crime.
If you know of a situation where bullying is taking place, talk about it with a trusted professional. Document the "evidence". Seek proper advice. Often, the advice will be to confront the individual. Never will the advice be to be a bully back by fighting. **I am not a professional anti-bullying-advice-giver.** If you're a teacher, go to your teacher's union (like the ATA).
Bullies are often victims themselves from other circumstances, and their bullying behaviour results from their emotional imbalance. They need their own love and support, as well as the victim of the bully.
The solution is this: Stop It!
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"Seymour Papert, the creator of the Logo programming language, argued that by learning a programming language children learn to think logically and independently." (Santrock, 3rd Can. Ed. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. 2010. Chapter 10).
I was able to dabble with a new programming language yesterday and today in playing with the Fibonacci sequence. The language is similar to C/C++, and is called "Processing". There is a website which allows some playing with your own code, including the visual/rendering aspects of the language at www.openprocessing.org.
It definitely helped grease my logical thinking gears, and I am sure it will help others achieve interesting results. I'm not sure if it is usable in a physics curriculum, but certainly in a math class.
Here's my program output which creates an n-sided polygon with n equal to the fibonacci number: Of course any polygon beyond 13 starts to look mighty circle-like, especially on a computer screen.
I am relative new to MS Office for Mac, I've got the 2011 version now. Previously, I was a Libre/Open Office user. I felt forced into conforming to be compatible with the rest of academia (unfortunately). I do, however, enjoy Smart Art (though it's slow on my 2008 Macbook pro). This image about Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development was created using the "stacked venn" relationship type SmartArt.
If you're unfamiliar with the ZPD, it's an interesting concept: it's a way to visualize the potential of a student/learner. It shows the growth, and limitation of growth. But once a learner has sound knowledge up to the ZPD limit, that now becomes the smaller "what I know" zone, and growth and understanding continue onward.
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