Always a Family
Story Corps is a non-profit organization making recordings and animated stories of personal conversations. First, let me say that I listened to many of the stories and they pretty much all made me cry. They are very emotionally loaded, as people are talking about where they first met, war veterans talking about their experiences overseas, or family secrets being revealed.
The story I choose to write about is Always a Family. This story is about the phone call Monique got from her ex-husband, Michael, on September 11th, calling to say goodbye. He was in the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center.
The story is heart breaking, as we all know how this will end. Though they were divorced there is no doubt in my mind they were a wonderful loving family. They had two kids together and Michael wants Monique to tell them that he loves them.
The visuals make the story seem more real. Though it is a cartoon the images of the family together makes the story even more touching. The audio, which is the heart of the story, is a monologue of the surviving ex-wife and mom. I believe it is the combination of audio AND the cartoon images that makes all of these stories so moving.
After reading Coding in Elementary School Classroom by Janice Mark, I have some mixed feeling regarding utilizing coding in the classroom. I can see there are advantages of learning how to code, as most learning is beneficial. However, the amount of time spent on learning how to code, the brainstorming that goes into it, and the trial and error that is necessary to be successful, could be valuable time spent elsewhere. Are there valuable lessons from learning by trial and error and collaborating with other students? Absolutely! Can those who are interested in coding equally learn this at home? Absolutely!
Not all children are mesmerized by how to code computers and building computer games. So let it be an elective in middle school. I’m sure it will be appealing for most students. But I know my daughter wouldn’t touch that with a ten-foot pole and would be very happy in her interior fashion design class instead.
See the article I am referring to, published in Learning & Leading with Technology (2014): Coding in Elementary School
After reading the poem EYES by Lisa Maldonado and watching her reading her poem, I was first of all surprised at the differences in the tones of her reading than what I was anticipating. She read the poem as a very sad and angry poem. Which I guess it was kind of sad. Her poem is about how she notices all the kids have their eyes glued to their screens when she is out traveling.
My daughter showed me this picture a month or so ago, and Lisa Maldonado’s poem EYES, made me remember it. It is so true in today’s society, we often see people walking with their eyes clued to their personal screens. Even as friends and families are “spending time together” they are ALL ON INDIVIDUAL DEVICES.
Personally, I am guilty for sure at staring at my phone too much. BUT I am trying to correct it. We have incorporated no cell phones during meals together as a family. I am known to take away the kids devices when visiting, as the kids some times all just sit and glair at their own devices instead of actually communicating and spending time TOGETHER.
After watching the short videos “Everything is a Remix” part 1 and part 2, by Kirby Ferguson, I’ve been reflecting on the idea of plagiarism vs. remixing. When students write papers, they are essentially finding information online, in the news, in articles, or through videos. A considerable amount of the papers are paraphrased and quoted, but it is essentially acceptable as long as it is cited correctly and credit is given where credit it due. Even research papers and theses with literature review sections are filled with other people’s ideas or findings.
It might be frowned upon to have students’ solely write papers where they paraphrase other peoples’ statements and ideas. However, some research consists of interpreting other people’s findings. The internet consists of a multitude of incorrect information as well, and young people today need to learn to sift through the World Wide Web, to fact check and do background assessments to identify the sources for the statements they write. As stated in Everything is a Remix “creation require influence”.
The ultimate way of remixing literature is writing a literature review for a thesis. As I was writing my Literature Review about The Impact of Various Diabetes Devices -Such as Continuous Glucose Monitor, Insulin Pump, and the use of Cellphones- on Hemoglobin A1c in Youth, I must have read almost one hundred articles on the topic to narrow it down to the forty-three articles I chose to reference. I learned a whole lot on the topic of ways to lower A1c in youth by summarizing peer-reviewed articles. I think it is essential for youth to be able to utilize existing information and they need to learn early on how to use it effectively and responsibly.