New tech tools are released every day to enhance education. What are some best practices and easiest-to-use applications?
Are you in the Greater Cleveland area? Bring Your Own Device to join me on Friday, February 16th for a FREE workshop hosted by The Literacy Cooperative. Register ASAP to attend (limit 30 participants). Bring your own device to this workshop and add some new solutions to your toolbelt.
Not in the Greater Cleveland area? Sign up for the online version of the workshop and follow along LIVE from home or work, anywhere with an internet connection.
Both in person and online, our focus will be on interactive technology: tools that can improve communication and build relationships. In particular, we will play with creating online courses, polls, short instructional videos, and live quizzes. Meanwhile, we will learn about transactional distance, formative assessment, zone of proximal development, and blended learning… in a fun environment of exploration.
New book review available! I’ve enjoyed KK.com for a while, and finally finished this longer work on the verbs that HUMANS will be doing in our new digital age. I’m having a little trouble with YouTube Live, so there’s a delay in posting, but I have a third book review video hopefully processing now on Little Book of Conflict Transformation by John Paul Lederach. I’m also in the process of reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, and Laudato Si by Pope Francis.
Please support this read-a-thon by subscribing to the YouTube playlist and sending a donation to Henderson Library Association, 54 E Jefferson St, Jefferson, OH 44047.
As you know, I love books, and I love serving my community, which leads to a natural love of my local public library. So this year, I’ll be joining Henderson Memorial Public Library’s 100 Book Challenge…with a twist.
I’m going to vlog my book reviews on YouTube live, at the pace of 2 books per week. This read-a-thon is also to raise funds for Henderson Memorial Public Library Association: a small town library with a big furnace problem.
Check out my first edition, and subscribe to see them all:
Let me know: What are your quick reading suggestions for 2018?
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Learn about key differences between the tests, consider how they will impact your adult education classroom, and ask your questions or comment to share with other online participants.
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Each of us has a very real choice of being “tricked” into hatred, vice and death or choosing to “treat” one another as loving neighbors.
You see, Christianity is in many ways the least original religion of all time. It comes in to new spaces, and says, “Oh hey, tell me more about that. That’s pretty cool. Here’s how I would do that in light of my relationship with Jesus…”
Christianity tends to be counter-cultural…
…but that doesn’t mean culture-destroying.
Not all Christians have been gentle, but I would argue that Christianity has largely spread as an organic force, just as Jesus described: a seed that grows, a yeast that rises within. Organic cultural contact is an irrevocable element of being human, and an inevitable part of being religious.
Still, there are limits when “organic” turns to “toxic.” Christianity can only grow as long as it values and redeems the lives and symbols and societies it touches.
But that change comes by transforming our lives with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, not merely by external traditions (or their rejection).
I get this idea from the way Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven as:
Because not all the dead are holy.
YOU have the choice between good or evil, between love or hatred of neighbor, between worship or mockery of God.
I haven’t been posting much about the racism, violence, and controversy that have enveloped our nation. I have become convinced this is an historic time, and that we are seeing what the US was like in the 1960s all over again.
But as a white person growing up in a white community surrounded by structural racism, I know my knee jerk reactions tend to be ill-informed, even if they are well intentioned. And quite frankly, who needs to hear from one more “born again” white anti-racist about how holy I am now?
The ugly truth is that I have to constantly question my sub-conscious responses built as a child.
Like any other type of recovery, I do anti-racism work one day at a time. Most days I will have internal voices, and often external voices, flooding me with images and words and feelings that I know are damaging. My job is to identify what is untrue and hurtful and say no… over and over again.
But I have hope for myself, and want to share my process with you.
To rewrite my internal script, and resist the racist vortex I live in, I try to take the advice of this week’s Sunday reading:
“whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.” –Philippians 4:8
It is so hard to find reliable sources that are gracious and just. Lately it seems you can’t get a following if you’re not rude and crass. I try to follow and support and understand black-led efforts for justice and peace, particularly ones I learned about while I was living in the Hough neighborhood for 8 years.
Here are a few sources of information I follow on Facebook (and before that, in real life) that help me focus on what is true, honorable, just, and excellent:
Equal parts history, news, and inspiration, this page is full of heart-warming content
“Why don’t black people talk about black on black crime?” Oh wait. They do. All the time. It’s just most white people don’t listen until it’s about them.
This Cleveland-based organization is one of many similar ones in the country trying to use arts, public forums, outreach, political action, and dialogue to address the underlying issues causing high crime rates in our city/cities. If you’re not in Cleveland, find and support an org like this near you.
I’m Catholic, and was a member of an amazing Afro-centric parish. Our quiet Mass was 90 minutes of spirituals, and the big service was 2 hours with full Gospel choir, African drums, praise dancers… Talk about lovely and praiseworthy!
“I give you praise / I give you praise…” Oh, sorry, did I wander off into worship again? Just thinking about it and I am transported.
The US Black Catholic Conference is a wonderful place to learn about Black Catholic history, news, and how to support justice efforts aligned with Catholic social teaching.
Though this isn’t solely about Hough, I find it to be the most positive and realistic source of news on the neighborhood. Neighborhood Voices used to be my favorite, but it looks like it went under. Sad.
If you want to hear about what’s honorable and excellent in Cleveland, check it out. Support local media that shares positive and honest information about people of color.
Otherwise all you will see is memes and mug shots.
What are your favorite sources for just and true media? Comment with links!
In August 2017, Ohio Department of Education approved all three national exams as official assessments to earn a High School Equivalency Credential:
Save yourself from wasting time searching, and spend it getting hands-on with the best resources to get you started navigating all three HSE exams.
The Literacy Cooperative has generously sponsored a live training to help Cleveland-area educators learn about working in a multi-assessment environment, and become more familiar with the TASC and HiSET exams.
The workshop filled up quickly, and we have had interest from all over the state. To help spread this vital information, I developed an online version of the live workshop.
The video-based lessons are full of curated links to save you time and help you understand key differences in the exams.
In addition, you can still gain the value of networking by commenting on the lessons to share insights and resources.
I look forward to diving deeper with you into the three exams, and reflecting on what this means for us as adult educators. Hope to see you in Keys to the 3 HSE Tests!
Like many of you, I love my local library. I also love parody videos.
What do you get when you put them together?
For a laugh, watch “Heat and Cool Our Library,” a parody of “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast. Pay attention for a familiar voice and face!
I live in the most rural county in Ohio. Our small town library is the only one in the county open 7 days a week, but has occassionally closed for furnace repairs. The whole HVAC system needs replaced, plus some ductwork and a reconnection to the boiler. Our lowest quote was $79,500. For all the bells and whistles, the highest price was $120,000.
This once-in-a-generation repair will keep our library functioning for decades. With Ohio’s hot summers and snow-belt winters, we NEED our HVAC system to continue offering:
And as a public library, those services are free for anyone–especially important for our neighbors most in need.
Henderson Library transforms lives by partnering with community organizations to offer adult literacy classes, tax preparation, meetings for home school families… the list goes on and on! Along with a warm place to stay, our library is a critical resource for individual and community development.
AND… we continue a 200 year tradition of libraries in small town Jefferson, Ohio. This year we have been celebrating our Bicentennial with fun (free) events for all ages.
As a Bicentennial Birthday Present, I have set a goal of raising at least $500 to help keep our library open and comfortable for years to come.
But I need your help.
Henderson Library needs your help.
Jefferson area citizens need your help.
You can donate online, or send a check to:
Henderson Memorial Public Library (HMPL), 54 E Jefferson St, Jefferson, Ohio 44047
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