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Archive for February, 2010

Ten to one

Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody.  ~Jane Austen

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21st Century Literacy

It’s a good time to be a librarian, even if you’re not in a library.

In this week’s assignment for the Adobe Youth Voices online class, we’re talking about the skills and learning needed to create media.  We’re also looking at advertisements and dissecting them. Many of the same principles I covered with students in library classes are included; but the difference here is that we’re also incorporating aural and visual messages from both consumer and author’s perspective.

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Wisdom

I used to think that wisdom comes with age. Kind of like a natural by-product of living. It doesn’t. You have to work for it everyday.  A good place to start is with your thoughts, holding each one captive, examining them, asking if these are the kinds of thoughts a wise person would generate. Do you want to continue on this course into old age and end up in a place this kind of thinking manifests? It takes work, but you have the capability of simply and mindfully pulling yourself out of whatever thoughts imprison you.

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Peligro

¡PELIGRO! Alta tension

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Santa Rosa and back

After getting the idea from Isang, yesterday, Fernando and I took the bus to Santa Rosa and then walked back on a dirt path. It took us about 4 hours to walk back and it was a perfect day for perambulating: sunny, windy, and not too warm. We stocked up on tortas and drinks, had a picnic, and basically enjoyed the closeness of the mountains as we descended into a valley, next to the water which sang to us on the way back. We found an ancient mine and crossed through Mineral de Monte, a tiny town with homes as old as the hills and a huge cathedral. Then we saw the guys in the photo rounding up a couple of cows to put in their truck.   We finally emerged at the same Presa we were at last Sunday, Presa Esperanza. Fernando said his legs felt like those of a marionette when we finally got back home.

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Back in the classroom

I’ve completed the first of eight weeks of the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) online course.  The course is designed to help educators support youth media making. Topics include media forms; process and presentation; community collaboration and exhibition, and technical skills necessary to use Adobe media making software. It feels great to be in the classroom again and I look forward to putting my learning into action with the girls at Buen Pastor.

What’s most striking this first week is the wonderful diversity of students! I looked at the Participant list, and there was one person from the United States, and many from Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Egypt and the Russian Federation. Next to each student is a flag so you can immediately identify their country. The class is conducted in English.

These are the list of countries represented:

  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Japan
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Mexico
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United States

The diversity and reach of this online class revolutionizes what we think of in terms of the traditional classroom.  I truly believe if Higher Education is to remain relevant, they must work harder on virtual learning environments.

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Relax


She laid prone on the table, talking like a water fountain you can’t turn off. The table was drenched in words. Her parents kicked her out. Her mother was mean. She’s almost 40 going on 12. She won’t look you in the eye. Her head won’t stop hurting. It’s hurt for months. Maybe a year now. I looked to the Virgincita for compassion and grounding.

I asked her to turn supine. I asked her to imagine her mind a clear, blue sky, and wherever there is pain, there are dark clouds. Bring a small, steady wind to clear those clouds so that she can return her mind to clear blue. As she closed her eyes and visualized, she began to relax. The fountain stopped, her breathing deepened, her body loosened. I held the sides of her head for 20 minutes while the world stopped and transformed and released and renewed.

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