- Attend an event in your area
- Ask your representatives the tough questions
- Write to your representative about NSA reform
- Download the Reform The NSA app on iTunes
- Share on social media.
- Use the #stopthensa hashtag on Twitter to help spread the word!
As decided by a vote of hundreds of bloggers, Human Rights is the theme for Blog Action Day this year. This will encourage bloggers around the world to learn more about this important subject including
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights which applies equally to every man, woman and child in the world regardless of where they live or their beliefs or interests. Watch videos about our theme Human Rights and Blog Action Day 2013
Big Names supporting Blog Action Day 2013 include Amnesty International, an organization protecting people’s Human Rights for over 50 years. Also: ONE, Help Age International, Walk Free, Article 19 and many more.
Get extra credit for participating in Blog Action Day!
Follow Blog Action Day on Social Media
I am in support of Anonymous’s internet boycott. However, at this time I do not know how to install the code to make my site go dark; in fact, I may not be able to unless WordPress, my blogging platform, makes it available.
Dear citizens of the internet,
We are Anonymous.
The United States Government is again attempting to control and censor the internet. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has just recently passed the house.
This bill would allow major internet entities such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google to voluntarily share your personal information with the U.S. Government. This will not only affect users in the United States, but also anyone with an account with these companies.
This upcoming Monday, April the 22nd, we invite you to join Anonymous in an internet blackout. We encourage all web developers and website owners to go dark on this date. Display a message as to why you are going dark, and encourage others to do the same.
We hope, just like the successful protest over the Stop Online Piracy Act, we can encourage the senate to stop this bill.
Spread the message, and inform the world. We are Anonymous. We are the people. We are the internet. Knowledge is free.
- CISPA Blackout on Monday, April 22, 2013 (joyunderwood.wordpress.com)
- Stop CISPA: A Week of Action to Oppose Broad Cybersecurity Legislation (eff.org)
- Opposing CISPA This Week (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Reddit Co-Founder Asks Google, Twitter to Fight CISPA (mashable.com)
While my students and I agree that Valentine’s Day SHOULD be a school holiday, it’s not. (Why did they give us Tuesday off for a President Day when they could have given us Thursday? We would have loved those Presidents even more!)
To encourage my students to make it to class today, we’re having a small party with food (Shh, don’t tell!), we’ll do some writing practice, and, well, there’s an in-class writing activity too called an in class essay exam.
PS Can you help ME go on an adventure? Just vote here for me to go to Chile where I will blog my heart out for you!
- ‘Adventure Time’ actor Tom Kenny on Ice King’s loneliness, tragic past (herocomplex.latimes.com)
- Toy Fair 2013 Exclusive: Marceline’s Guitar and Jake-To-Cake! (geek-news.mtv.com)
- Adventure Time & Regular Show (znculturecast.wordpress.com)
Most semesters, I require my students to start a blog. For the past two semesters, I’ve asked students to create a blog for a group presentation related to their book club book, and to use that blog during their presentation. That way, the materials they collect to present are all in one place and available to anyone who would like to know more about it.
In the comments below, I’ve asked students to post links to their personal and group blogs from Fall 2012 so we can all go check them out!
Happy reading, commenting, and liking!
- Peer Tutoring Seminar: wrap-up (swosuwrites.wordpress.com)
This semester, as in many terms past, my students are learning how to blog.
Yes, they each have a blog on a topic of their choice where they can post writing on topics that they choose as well as select assignments from me which they can delete after the semester is over. They are required to have an about page that introduces the writer to the reader as well as the conceit of the blog. They are encouraged to create a gravatar and to have a tagline.
So far, many of the students LOVE blogging! Yes, they are finding they love to write if it’s on a topic of their own choice and where they can express themselves in creative ways. Yay! In fact some of the students have already created a second blog on another topic!
In the coming weeks, students will be creating a group blog related to an issue raised by their book club book. They will use their blog in their presentation to the class about the issue—using the blog to store and organize their presentation. They can use the blog to post videos, interviews, powerpoints, slides, and other information that they want to share with the class. This way, we can all go back to their blog to learn more about their topic—and what they learn is also available as an online resource for others.
|Coming soon, to a blog near you–BLOG ACTION DAY! I’ve participated on several of my blogs over the years, and encouraged my students to register and write as well. This year, I hope you will participate too! It’s easy–the directions follow from an email I received from organizers:|
|This time next week, thousands of bloggers from around the globe will come together on October 15 to talk about one topic – The Power of We.We would love to see your blog, once again be part of Blog Action Day as an official participant. All you need to do is:
What is the Power of We about?
We thought that the “Power of We” highlighted the many incredible efforts we have witnessed of communities coming together, from local groups to global movements.Your Blog Action Day post might be about a group or movement for change from the past who inspired you, or an issue that you have had personal involvement in, or even tips and suggestions about how groups of people can work together for change.
If you are not sure what to write your blog about, our partners Greenpeace, HelpAge International, Oxfam and Heifer International have provided inspiring content and resources that you can use in your posts, including videos, photos and much more.
We can’t wait to read your Blog Action Day posts on October 15, so make sure you register your blog and take part in one of the unique blogging events of the year.
To my Ventura College students, I look forward to seeing your responses!
Making the Grade in Group Presentations
Group presentations are often necessary in the classroom and in the workplace — working as an effective member of a team is a skill that can be essential in work and life. To be successful, all members must work as a team to deliver a consistent and memorable presentation to the audience. In Becoming a Master Student, author Dave Ellis outlines three key strategies that anyone working with a group can follow as a path toward successful group presentations. Read on for your own benefit, share with your students, or both!
Reference: Content adapted from Ellis, Dave. 2013. Becoming a Master Student, 14th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
These useful ideas are reblogged from Cengage eLearning Newsletter.
I suspect my students will find these tips helpful as they prepare for their group presentations related to their Book Club Books. Each Teaching Collective will create a group blog which will host any of their presentation materials as well as their group’s book review. Read more details on that assignment.
Rachel Carson’s landmark book Silent Spring turns 50 this fall (read an except here of the chapter “The Obligation to Endure”).
The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society just launch its blog, Seeing the Forest: http://seeingtheforest.org/ to demonstrate the relevancy and importance of humanistic and historical perspectives in discussions about today’s environmental challenges.
By providing context to reveal the bigger picture, or “the forest,” the blog shows the
long and complex relationship between humans and nature, and serves as a resource and forum for those invested in and curious about the environmental humanities.
The blog welcomes contributions from scholars, students and professionals in the environmental humanities field.
- NYT: How Silent Spring Ignited the Environmental Movement (bespacific.com)
- Book Forum: “Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson” | September 20 @ 12:00 pm (cato.org)
- An Environmental Scientist’s First Read of Silent Spring (nature.org)
- 50 Years After Silent Spring [Casaubon’s Book] (scienceblogs.com)
Ever since it came out in March, I’ve been meaning to blog about Seth Godin’s manifesto on education, Stop Stealing Dreams.
But I’ve been too busy teaching. And learning how to be a better teacher to write about why it is so important to read that I gave a copy of the following highlights to my spring classes, and I’m assigning it to my summer classes!
It’s a quick read and you can download it for free. Or you can just read the following excerpts and tuck his ideas away for a later perusal…
If you’re more the video type, check out this TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson: “Do schools kill creativity?”
From section 16:
What is school for?
Here’s a hint: learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.