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Lesson Six: Motivating Accelerated Learning Outcomes


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Required Submissions Checklist for Lesson 6:

1.       REVIEW updates on the  C2C project at http://connect2compete.org

      Email your instructor that you would like an invite to Dropbox.
Review the social media resources in our shared dropbox, and review the dropbox features via their online help links.

      ____Post your advice via our class listserv on directions and innovations the C2C should consider for Alaskan pilot projects . Include “FCC Lesson Six” in the subject line of your message! (One hour)

2.      READ the lesson and explore the resources highlighted within the time available for this lesson, noting you will be speed-dating many topical resources for consideration integrating them into your future curriculums and community outreach activities. (Two hours)

3.         ____Create and Share a Jing showing 3 minutes of your best innovations related to info-diet inputs and outputs; specifically what you think others would find most interesting about your own “best practices.” Facebook users please consider this your key opportunity to share what you like most about Facebook and/or Twitter with emphasis on using Facebook and/or Twitter for community outreach.

____Post your Jing link as a reply
to the Jing Info-diets forum at our Ning social network site;
http://loneeagleacademy.ning.com  (One hour)



No one knows as much as all of us!

This course is a living example of the exponential benefits of effective peer sharing process in action. Many of the resources used in each lesson come directly from the participants the week before, with the Connectivism video and the following links as examples. Please keep the contributions coming!


VIEW: Connectivism: The networked student  (5 minutes)


An excellent explanation of the new roles for teachers as modeler, learning architect, change agent, synthesizer, learning concierge, connected learning incubator, and network Sherpa. Thanks to Adell Bruns for sharing this resource.


Note many excellent related videos are presented on the same page, and that’s where I found this one from the Univ. of Alaska Fairbank’s Skip Via:


VIEW Skip Via on personal learning networks for educators   (5 minutes)


As Skip shows you elements of his personal learning network, think about your own ability to use graphics 

and sound to hold the viewers attention in your own videos and jing presentations.


VIEW Sara Hepner’s Jing Describing the Alaska Future Problem Solving Program  (three minutes)


Teaching kids how to think, not what to think. Community and Global Public Problem Solving programs are available at http://alaskafpsp.org

Create your own multimedia magazine:  Scoop.it  at  http://www.scoop.it/


Scandinavian Standards Suggest New Priorities for America


Read U.S. Educators Seek Lessons from Scandinavia: A Scandinavian alternative to No Child Left Behind:  (15 minutes)



Read Teaching 2.0 – Are We There Yet? (5 minutes)

CoSN’s observations speak volumes about the current state of US public schools. In Scandinavian schools, students begin formal education at 7 years, having spent the previous several years in preschool programs aimed at personal responsibility and social development rather than on academics. By the time they get to formal schooling, the situation looks like this:

[CoSN] found that educators in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark all cited autonomy, project-based learning, and nationwide broadband internet access as keys to their success… Grading doesn’t happen until the high-school level, because they believe grading takes the fun out of learning. They want to inspire continuous learning.

What the CoSN delegation didn’t find in those nations were competitive grading, standardized testing, and top-down accountability—all staples of the American education system.


Immaculate Integration

Teaching the “Love of Learning” to be sustained lifelong by our students has been a challenge in the past. Today, smart use of mobile learning will reap rewards as personal mobile devices are becoming more interconnected, more powerful and central to the daily lives of us all. “The New Normal” is learning to do more with less, and out of necessity the economic scalability of mobile learning and smarter collaboration will produce “solutions of necessity.” A constructivist approach, where students build their own knowledge while developing multimedia skills, is likely to be more motivating than sitting in a traditional classroom. This is true for educators, too.

STEM: Global Citizenship Applied Science Real World Public Problem Solving


Now that we have established everyone and everything is becoming increasingly interconnected and integrated, and that everyone must somehow adopt the “love of learning” as a lifestyle choice, let’s review our opportunities for innovation.


1.         Integrated units allow us to “do more with less” while meeting required standards, and the more standards we can address in a single unit, the better.


2.         Motivation comes from what we can learn to do, not from what others do for us, or “tell us to do.”


Bill Gates wrote in his book “The Road Ahead” ten years ago that there were three big emerging industries; entertainment, social services, and education. If we integrate these three big money-makers we get “Fun, Social, Learning.”


Explore: Peer 2 Peer University

http://p2pu.org from diyubook.com

Learn anything with your peers. It's online and totally free. At P2PU, people work together to learn a particular topic by completing tasks, assessing individual and group work, and providing constructive feedback.  "Browse groups and courses; Start your Own." Note the four schools of study referenced at the bottom of the screen.


Explore: PBS Kids Design Squad: Start a Challenge, and Build and Share Your Fidgits.  http://pbskids.org/designsquad/games/fidgit/index.html


250,000 students enrolled in virtual High Schools last year, up 40% from 2008, as reported by NBC Nightly News, Nov. 27, 2011.
Optional (Video online at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619 )


VIEW: Did you know 4.0 – social media  (4 minutes) *Another version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8&feature=related

(Note all the similar video “mashups” on the right sidebar) The sheer number of similar videos is testimony to the imminent evolution that social media is undergoing on a minute-to-minute basis. You might begin to think about developing your own music and graphics capabilities, starting with broader use of Jing’s image capture feature, and Jing Pro’s editing capabilities.


Xplanevisualthinking  (Optional)


Here’s a company specializing in – what do you think they are specializing in exactly; Visual explanation similar to Commoncraft.com?


Starting Your Own Global TV Broadcasting Station – At No Cost

Anyone can create their own youtube channel in a couple minutes. You can upload videos up to 15 minutes in length. But, did you know you can join Youtube’s partner program which offers enhanced roles that allow you to post longer videos and learn how to monetize your videos? Google is a global Internet advertising company, owns youtube, and will make money if you make money. For Free, you are offered your own global broadcasting station. As all video will soon be available online, this will prove to be an outstanding opportunity for educational entrepreneurs with a video for positive world change.


READ: YouTube for Profit (15 minutes)



Youtube.com/edu is their educational division, but there are many competing video sites who would also like to help you make money from your creative videos. The more you learn about how others are profiting from their creative and instructional videos, the better you will understand your own opportunities.

More links are at our class wiki’s video resources pages.


Facebook as International Platform for Innovation

Facebook, a curiosity in 2006, is now the largest (yet) online phenomenon valued at $100 billion. Like it or not, Facebook is the leading global platform for social marketing with hopes to become the leading platform for meaningful collaborative activities of all types. Their strategy is to move fast, and innovate aggressively, in direct competition with the other tech giants.


Like it or not, already most businesses and government agencies invite you to follow them on Twitter and Facebook, if not an additional listing of similar social media feeds.


Assess the level of valuable information and interaction that is, or is not, taking place on this important Alaskan Library project’s Facebook page. Click “Info” on the left sidebar to read a short summary.


Review: Alaska OWL Project Now on Facebook  (15 minutes)

The Alaska Online With Libraries (OWL) project now has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-OWL-Project/286626654693376 . This page is intended for project participants to gather and share success stories, project ideas and any other information they please about the project. The public is welcome to drop in and see what’s going on.


As of this writing, the OWL page has stories about how OWL bandwidth and equipment are empowering research and homeschooling in places like Lake Minchumina and Hollis. Pictures of people receiving OWL equipment and training sessions are also available.


More at the OWL web site: http://www.library.state.ak.us/dev/owl.html


READ: The Great Tech War of 2012  (30 minutes)

https://www.fastcompany.com/1784824/great-tech-war-2012   This article is a good demonstration that the pace of change is accelerating, and change is happening in such a way it is integrating technology, society, education, the economy, and more. Literally, our daily lives and info-diets are undergoing constant reinvention. But, are we in control of our own lifestyles? Are we thinking for ourselves or are the media tricksters in more control over what we think and believe than we are?


Immaculate Integration Activity: Speed-dating for Integration Ideas  (one hour)

Consider the following explorations activity as speed dating with new ideas and themes to integrate in your K12 topical units. You have been commissioned to innovate with social media for building closer Alaskan school and community ties to make Alaska THE national model for the FCC Connect-to-Compete initiative.


Service Learning

Read (optional): How to reduce student dropout rates: link volunteering to studies

http://lone-eagles.com/cosnarticle.htm  (15 minutes)

Educational service learning not only may engage students in their community but also help keep them on track for graduation, according to a Civic Enterprises report. John Bridgeland, the nonprofit's president and CEO, says 77% of students in service-learning classes reported the experience as strongly motivating them to work diligently, and 64% credited such classes with playing a role in keeping them in school.


Review (optional) Rural Revitalization in New Mexico: A Grass Roots Initiative Involving School and Community (Optional) 



Explore (optional) Working Together: School-Family-Community Partnerships
A toolkit for New Mexico school communities  


Read: (optional) Online Bullies Pull Schools into the Fray  



Mentoring Models

Explore the Mentoring resources http://lone-eagles.com/mentor.htm with emphasis on your preferred topic areas. Consider searching for additional resources on online collaboration and mentoring to see the extent of available resources. Hint: search for “mentoring manuals”  PhD science and math mentors from India are available online to mentor your students for $10/hour.

                        READ: (optional) http://lone-eagles.com/mentoring-mission.htm


Character Education Web tour, and other topical webtours for integration.



Citizen Schools


 Enlist the expertise of local citizens and businesspersons as guest presenters in your school.


Youth Entrepreneurship

Youth Entrepreneurship sites applicable to both educators and students at  
http://lone-eagles.com/entrelinks.htm and http://lone-eagles.com/entrelinks2008.htm


Electronic Student Portfolios

Explore the merits of student portfolios as a means of sharing student performance with parents; at http://electronicportfolios.com
see what you can find searching for "electronic portfolios" 


Electronic Democracy

Explore the Electronic Democracy WebTour http://lone-eagles.com/democracy.htm The highlights are the Virtual Activist Curriculum found on the homepage for http://netaction.org specifically www.netaction.org/training  The Thomas Jefferson Government Resources http://thomas.loc.gov is your window into the workings of the U.S. congress. Look at each of the four community networks listed at the end of this web tour.


STEM: Global Citizenship Applied Science Real World Public Problem Solving
STEM Immaculate Integration Themes for NSF, USDOC, and all Stewards of the Earth


Citizen Scientist PPT

The Rise of Citizen-Scientists in the Eversmarter World - Alex Lightman - H+ Summit @ Harvard
Note similar powerpoint presentations on the right sidebar, and elsewhere at Slideshare.com

Facebook Basics: (15 minutes)


Explore: Facebook Top Level Help:



Look over Facebook Basics


Look at Ads and Business Solutions


Explore: Give and get help by connecting with others on Facebook


Facebooks “Causes” are now called groups.


Optional Facebook Resources

Facebook Connect is the software by which most online systems can interface with Facebooks growing number of features. Facebook recognizes their future hangs on demonstrated meaningful applications in both the social outcomes areas, as well as the money making activities.


Review Integrating Websites with Facebook:


Facebook Connect won’t use that name anymore, as everything is changing quickly. Here’s their latest update:


Facebook Insights are analytics to show you how effective you are creating a following – for either your social good, mercenary, or combined social enterprise goals. READ “What are Insights?” http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=116512998432353&ref_query=insightes


Book: “The Facebook Effect” is a look at what is going on behind the scenes at Facebook.


Facebook Power Tips for Businesses
http://www.fastcompany.com/1796284/5-facebook-power-tips-for-small-business?#   Fastcompany.com is a thought leader and good sources for short, timely articles on Facebook and tech startups and hot trends.


Facebook apps for education


            Video announcing new Facebook App for Ipad


            The Facebook Blog http://blog.facebook.com  


Facebook app article:



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