Final week of DS106

Day 22: My happy Place


Day 23: Cartoon yourself


Day 24: Bokeh background Senior Pic I took of friend’s daughter


Day 25: Put a poem on your fridge


Day 26: Filtered Selfie



Day 27: Something crazy on my walk…. Snow in AprilIMG_0461 (1)

Day 28 Leave a stack of books somewhere…. My May Day basket was a stack of books at a neighbors house.


Day 29: Can’t you hear me knocking  This is my Audio create. I used voki

Click me voki

Day 30: slogan mix up Sea World and Disney World



An Animated Tour of the Water Cycle and Water Treatment — Free Technology for Teachers

**** This is shared, I did not write it, just wanted to share it. ~Amy

The US Environmental Protection Agency offers some nice resources for teaching about the water cycle and water treatment. Thirstin’s Water Cycle takes students on an animated and narrated tour of the water cycle from water, to vapor, to clouds, to rain. Thirstin’s Tour of a Water Treatment Plant takes students on a narrated tour through a…

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Breaking down the walls using Innovations

tfhI really liked that these two items were paired together for the last assignment for this semester because, I believe they work together. Our whole lives, well mine anyway, we were really taught one way and there was not much straying from that. I am a non traditional student which means I am “old” or older than some of the other students in the class. When I was in school technology was not a thing, we literally used the computer to play games, educational of course, and for computer related classes, like typing. We also had to go to a computer lab to do so, as the computers were not in the classrooms. When I was in high school I did an advanced creative writing class and that is the first time I remember in a class doing most of the work on a computer. All my teachers taught the same way and we were all expected to learn the same way. there was no deviation or differentiation. If you couldn’t keep up it was off to resource with you.

I share this because I feel it is the prime example of the wall that were talked about in the article we read about the unlearning curve. It was the rules and regulations set on education at a young age that I personally need to unlearn. This concept to me is not hard because I always fought against the status quo of learning. I always wanted to find a better and easier way to do something. I wanted to understand it more but, in my own way. It is because of this that I believe I am and always have been an innovative learner. As George Couros stated, I question thinking, I challenge ideas, and do not accept “this is the way we have always done it” as an acceptable answer for our students or myself. We need to get away from this mindset, we need to stop taking things at face value and we need to dig in and find out for ourselves why we do the things we do.

Too many times people take the easy way out and just do what the person before them did and in education that will not work. There is a couple reasons why. The main one is, no two students are the same. You can not expect what worked for one student or one classroom of students to work for everyone. You need to re-examine your thinking, look at what has been done and figure out what you can do to improve it. Connect to your students and find out who they are and what they need to learn, gain insight from the educators around you, share ideas and resources. Do not get tripped up by the obstacles that you encounter but instead work towards a solution and keep moving forward. These things make you an innovative educator.

I chose my career path as a special educator because I want to break down the wall, I want to tear a part the status quo in the education  of students who have significant disabilities. I feel that society and even the education system has counted them out. They are unable to learn, so they just bring them to school and give them color sheets, have them trace their name, let them watch “educational cartoons” and then send them home at the end of the day. I believe these students can learn and can grown and will develop. I think they are smarter than they are given credit for and can teach us a thing or two. As mentioned in the Steep Unlearning Curve, “We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well.”  I believe students can serve many of their educators a nice helping of humble pie. I want to go into my special education classroom and be and innovative teacher and help those teachers around me do the same. I want to break down walls and unlearn old norms of what education looks like. It is time for change… Be that change!


The Meataphors of Teachers

For my story I decided to use several metaphors that describe teachers. As we have learned and will continue to learn, teachers are many things and this video that I made on Kizoa is only a few of them. I struggled with this assignment because I had so many metaphor floating around my head and I just could not decide what I wanted to do. It took me a little bit of time to decide what direction I wanted to go. As everyone turned theirs in I noticed classmates talking about the classroom and about live and few about learners but, of the ones I looked at I did not see one that specifically spoke of who a teacher is. I think people forget how many hats a teachers wears, and I decided to use my digital story to give them credit for all the jobs they actually have. I hope you enjoy my digital story.



DS106 week three

Day 15  click on the day

Day 16 the Zen of Adult coloring books


Day 17 Marshmallow Snow People


Day 18 write a tongue twister This is my writing create

Brianna bought bananas before babysitting babies at the ball field.

Day 19 Close eyes and draw a cactus. This my drawing create Click on the day.

Day 20 where are my feet click on the day.

Day 21 my theme song click on song This is my video create



You can teach an old dog new tricks!


Well believe it or not, the time has come and the end of the semester is here. With that, it is also the end of the Independent Learning Projects. So now I get to spend some time reflecting on my time with this project to share with you wonderful people a self analysis of my time. So, here we go.

As you know I decided to learn ASL or American Sign Language for those that hate acronyms. I started my ILP with a basic knowledge of ASL. I knew the alphabet, minus a couple tricky letters that I just made up each time I needed them, and I knew some basic words. My goal was to become more fluent in it so that I could actually use it in my classroom and even teach it to my students to open up more avenues of communication. I do not feel I achieved that goal but, I would not say I was unsuccessful. I have developed a decent list of words that I now know, along with the colors, body parts, a couple songs and I no longer have to make up those couple alphabet letters. So I am not fluent, but I am also not done learning. So, I am hoping that in a couple years when I am in a classroom, I will be more fluent.

The thing is, this assignment was never about what we wanted to learn or if we mastered it or not. This assignment was about self discovery. To show ourselves we are capable of learning something new and getting us to step outside of the box and try to do something. It was about being accountable to ourselves because in the end, we are the only ones that really knew if we were doing out ILP or not.

So, what did I learn about myself? I learned that I am capable of learning a new language and that if something is important enough I will make time for it even if I think I have none to spare. Time, that seemed to be my biggest obstacle on this venture. Just like everyone, my schedule is packed, some of what it is packed with is important stuff that needs my attention and the rest is meaningless stuff that steals my attention. I had to learn what belonged where and make my “needs my attention” list a priority. At times I was on the ball and  had no problem whipping out my hour or ILP but other weeks it was taxing and I just really did not want to. That is where the accountability came in. Lead by example right? Well, if I just chose not to do it, what was I teaching my daughter who was sitting in the same room not wanting to do her homework or how could I stand in front of my students in my future class and tell them the importance of doing their homework when I couldn’t be bothered with my own. Life is all about choices but those choices make who we are. I want to be successful so I need to make successful choices so I did my ILP. Even on the weeks we got a break from ILP, I decided to do it simply because losing a week did not seem productive to learning a new skill.

The best part of the project for me was knowing I was learning a skill that would help me teach my future students. Going into special education, it is very possible I will encounter a child that communicates by sign and to be able to talk to him/her myself without needing to have someone come in and communicate for me is very important to me. I want to become fluent in ASL so I can not only communicate with my students but so I can teach other students to communicate as well. ASL is a language that I think all people should learn.

Will I implement ILP in my classroom? I think so, I will need to modify it a bit to meet the needs of my student’s specifically but, I think there is great value in it. Overall I am happy that this was given as an assignment and I am really hoping I can keep moving forward on learning ASL.