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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

New iPad Literacy Program

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Just came across this resource on Twitter: iPad Literacy Program Increases Reading & Writing Ability: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2011/10/ipad-literacy-program-...

It mentions a program called, "Footsteps2Brilliance." More on this program:

Footsteps2Brilliance (F2B) is an impressive educational game platform that supports students in prek - 3rd grade in learning to read and write. Their Academic Language Program for Students (ALPS) teaches young children the 1,000 key words they will need to develop a powerful reading and writing vocabulary through animated ebooks and games. There is a back end management system tracks mastery of each child's vocabulary and comprehension development as well as standards-based concepts. The program was developed in response to the landmark Hart-Risley study on language development that shows that an underprivileged child enters school with 25% of the vocabulary they need to succeed academically. This program helps to rectify this situation by creating a language rich environment for all children.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

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Hi Allen -

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. I also watched Jobs' Stanford Graduation Speech and was very inspired. You're right..it was a speech of a lifetime. Your ideas to engage the classroom are also really useful.

All the best,
Elana

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Dear Elana and Aubrey,

Thank you! You are both right on about using Steve Jobs and the huge public response to his passing, as teaching tools in the classroom. That is exactly my intent by posting at our Arts Group and STEM Group immediate online resources.

His 2005 Stanford University Graduation speech on youtube (15 minutes) is one of the most profound and real and accessible and understandable graduation speeches of all time. There are already over 10 million views of it and for good reason... It truly is a Speech of a Lifetime! (and full text is available online also from Stanford, just type it at google...) It has just 3 simple yet profound true stories from his extraordinary life and works.

In college (and in high school) we call this a "personal essay or speech" - just make a simple outline of it and you will see its brilliance and humanity - pure.

The link to his 2 portraits (from my wikispace) show a young yoga-sitting Silicon Valley inventor/entrepreneur (he had already lived in India for a year)and then the elder CEO "in memorium" Apple Logo design portrait by a 19 year old graphic arts student from Hong Kong.

"Compare and Contrast" and discuss "composing" and "creating" the students' own portraits (of Steve Jobs or other people), using images, cameras, words, symbols, actions, goals, accomplishments, values, etc.

"How can and could you "portray" a person you know...?"

So many students own Apple devices and/or these are in your classrooms/school,

that they can consider using them to "make media" and/or creative expressions/responses to Steve Jobs' life and impact on their daily lives...

The New York Times obituary article from October 5, 2011 is a complete amazing biography of Steve Jobs... My link is already "timed-out" by the online newspaper--as is their policy--but you can probably find and copy the "printer-formatted" text by going to the NYTimes website ans going to the Obituary Page and then scroll down till you find his article. It will surprise you with extraordinary details of his life as a child, etc.

okay, enough for now... keep the conversation going..You both are wonderful teachers, thank you for posting your blog and message(s)...

Sincerely,

Allen

ps: Time magazine will have a special issue this week about him...

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

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Thanks for your comment and really great idea Aubrey. If you haven't seen this, I think you might enjoy it. It's with Martin Scorsese talking about media literacy: http://www.edutopia.org/martin-scorsese-teaching-visual-literacy-video.

Thanks again,
Elana

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I find that these last few days Steve Jobs has been at the forefront of conversations both public and private. But what's most interesting is that students are so consumed by his passing. How we use his technology is so important. This weekend we're talking about taking the media coverage of Jobs and using it to teach students writing, rhetorical analysis and media literacy.

http://wheretheclassroomends.com/weekend-tech-steve-jobs

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Teaching Media Literacy (and lots more...) with Steve Jobs

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Dear Elana and Aubrey,

Thank you! You are both right on about using Steve Jobs and the huge public response to his passing, as teaching tools in the classroom. That is exactly my intent by posting at our Arts Group and STEM Group immediate online resources.

His 2005 Stanford University Graduation speech on youtube (15 minutes) is one of the most profound and real and accessible and understandable graduation speeches of all time. There are already over 10 million views of it and for good reason... It truly is a Speech of a Lifetime! (and full text is available online also from Stanford, just type it at google...) It has just 3 simple yet profound true stories from his extraordinary life and works.

In college (and in high school) we call this a "personal essay or speech" - just make a simple outline of it and you will see its brilliance and humanity - pure.

The link to his 2 portraits (from my wikispace) show a young yoga-sitting Silicon Valley inventor/entrepreneur (he had already lived in India for a year)and then the elder CEO "in memorium" Apple Logo design portrait by a 19 year old graphic arts student from Hong Kong.

"Compare and Contrast" and discuss "composing" and "creating" the students' own portraits (of Steve Jobs or other people), using images, cameras, words, symbols, actions, goals, accomplishments, values, etc.
"How can and could you "portray" a person you know...?"

So many students own Apple devices and/or these are in your classrooms/school,
that they can consider using them to "make media" and/or creative expressions/responses to Steve Jobs' life and impact on their daily lives...

The New York Times obituary article from October 5, 2011 is a complete amazing biography of Steve Jobs... My link is already "timed-out" by the online newspaper--as is their policy--but you can probably find and copy the "printer-formatted" text by going to the NYTimes website ans going to the Obituary Page and then scroll down till you find his article. It will surprise you with extraordinary details of his life as a child, etc.
okay, enough for now... keep the conversation going..You both are wonderful teachers, thank you for posting your blog and message(s)...

Sincerely,
Allen

ps: Time magazine will have a special issue this week about him...

Teaching Media literacy via Steve Jobs

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I find that these last few days Steve Jobs has been at the forefront of conversations both public and private. But what's most interesting is that students are so consumed by his passing. How we use his technology is so important. This weekend we're talking about taking the media coverage of Jobs and using it to teach students writing, rhetorical analysis and media literacy.
http://wheretheclassroomends.com/weekend-tech-steve-jobs

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