Meme: Passion Quilt

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Ask “what if?” and experiment to find out


Dana Huff tagged me for the Passion Quilt meme.

The rules:

  • Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative
    Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most
    passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short
    title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

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Social Networking in Paperworks

Lee LeFever over at CommonCraft has produced another great “in plain English” video: social networking. I always enjoy these videos because they distill a huge, confusing topic into easily understood ideas.

LeFever has produced several videos using this format, which he calls Paperworks. Apparently a lot of folks have asked him about the limitations of this format — about the constraints. He explains:

The lesson is that constraints work to limit the number and depth of decisions we have to make. By eliminating the decisions about technology, presentation, music, etc. we have time to focus on the core of what makes Paperworks work: the ideas.

I think that’s a great lesson I can teach students.

I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER Meme

As internet phenomena go, lolcats is generally safe for school. The idea: take a cute kitty picture, add a cat-talk caption in a large bold font, then submit to I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER. For example:

LOLcat syntax could be the perfect vehicle for grammar lessons. LOLcat grammar tips provide lots of teaching moments. Check out the grammar possibilities in this list of “how to speak kitteh”:

1) Mis-decline verbs, especially misuse the verb “to be”
2) Misuse gerunds
3) Overuse prepositional phrases
4) Blatant rearrangement of syntax
5) Incorrect plurals and past-tense verbs
6) “noun” your adjectives. (For instance, the adjective “blue” can become the noun “blueness”)
7) Improper pronouns
8 ) Drop the articles (”a”, “and”, “the”) in favor of adding “-age” to the end of a noun
9) Use “younger” words (”kitty” versus “cat”, “fuzzy” versus “furry”, etc.)
10) Use the word “with” inappropriately.

Oh hai! You like make lolcats now? K thanx bai!