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Storytelling offers us an opportunity to relay information about the events that have defined our lives.

Clouds of Despair: How An Artist Beat A Villain

Cloud-eating Cloud

Cloud-eating Cloud

Clouds of despair loomed over the heads of each person who lived in a land on the other side of the world. This is the story of a villain and a hero.

The people in this land had learned how to turn off their feelings and pretend everything was alright.

Those brave or foolish enough to speak out for change were exiled to the remote corners of this land, often never to return.

A villain was controlling the free will of the collective.

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Reflection #8 MM4: How to Make Videos for the Flipped and Blended Classroom

MM4: How to Make Videos for the Flipped and Blended Classroom

This presentation was given by teacher-trainer and English language instructor Vicki Hollett on June 17, 2014.

The presenter has written many text books but recently has migrated from print to digital media. Her goal was to take the students out of the classroom and into the real world where the English language is presented in context. Inspired by the Ted Ed site, she created her own site with movie trailers which also includes the transcript. She says that anyone can use public domain videos such as:

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MM4:The Value and Process of Creating Collaborative Learning Communities in Technology-enhanced Teacher-training Courses

This presentation was presented by Dr. Lyudmila Smirnova on June 16, 2014. It took place online where it was recorded. Due to a conflict in schedules I could not attend the live presentation but I was able to watch the recording. I did not connect with the other attendees or the speaker.

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Reflection #6 Setting Up and Using Facebook Groups

I was not able to attend the live recording due to a conflict in scheduling and thus was not able to communicate with the attendees of this presentation. This is my reflection based on the recording. I did connect with Len later on and he accepted my request to join the Facebook group that he had created for the attendees of his live presentation. I have also asked him for resources pertaining to the use of games used in Facebook groups to better engage students in learning.

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Reflection #5 Beyond the MOOCs June 4, 2014 Presenter Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson

This was a recording that I watched on June 30, 2014. Ii couldn't attend the live presentation due to a conflict in scheduling.

Dr. Ossiannilsson is very passionate about open education and practicing sharing and caring. This is an educational model that is significantly different from the hierarchical or linear education that most of us were a part of during our formal education years. The turning point in this scenario has been the onset of the digital revolution. The European Commission has claimed that Europe needs to be more competitive in education and in the labor market and wants to see the revolution of digital technology brought into education. The presenter provides us with a brief overview of the benefits of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and points out where there is room for improvement.

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“To change the printout of the body, you must learn to rewrite the software of the mind.” – Deepak Chopra, M.D.


 MM4: DNA of a 21st Century Educator June 2, 2014.

Presented by: Zaid Ali Alsagoff . This was originally presented live, online.

2. This presentation focused on what educators of the 21st century need to do to become as effective as they possibly can in a century where the traditional teaching-learning paradigm, Bloom's Taxonomy, has been replaced with a Revised Bloom's Taxonomy.

With the plethora of online resources and tools available to educators and students alike, the definition of both teacher and learner is undergoing a transformation. The printout of the body, of what we produce, needs to change, and this is done by learning to rewrite the software.

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