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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Following through on resource summaries. What does this all mean?

Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Good morning. It is about 6:45 AM now, and we have been up for two hours. So far, we've just been doing our normal startup exercises on the Internet. We will have to remember taking our medicine in about 15 minutes and Rich is now up. We will have to adjust that he's able to listen to everything we are saying because he doesn't have the TV on to distract him. He says this is okay so now it has to be okay with us too.

After going through all the tweets from individual columns and then going back to the timeline feed, I am disappointed to say that I haven't found anything that I was more interested in this morning. It seems that there are not too many serious things going on early Saturdays. There's a lot of conversation about what is happening in the Olympics. They had its opening ceremonies last night. We're getting a lot of complaints online about either the coverage from NBC or the actual opening ceremony. I myself have to say that it was very confusing to us and long. I found more interested in watching the parade of nations than the performance. I loved seeing the different scope of clothing and faces. I wasn't so sure about the outfits of people carrying the country's name, and I didn't like the costumes worn by the younger persons carrying what looked to be a replica of the flame. I didn't see its purpose.

We signed on this morning to follow the Olympics just through Michelle Obama on Twitter. We figure that if anybody was going to have some good behind-the-stage pictures it would be her. Another surprising find this morning was that Connie Sue, my sister, seems to be following twitter for the last two days. We will probably remind her about TweetDeck today and offer to share lists with her.

As to last night, we have to reboot that information – let me think. I remember watching the Olympics.  We’re ok here on that.  For dinner we had leftover Chinese because Rich was still out grocery shopping at that time, and we knew he’d be eating something different. It seemed to take us the majority of time yesterday in writing and editing. We had two entries that were important to us.

Rich is going to be out today between ... Okay, will come back to that because he's not sure because his information is conflicting. 

We will be doing the normal things today nothing unusual. I don't think we got a chance to talk to Linda today so will make sure that she is on our scope. I don't know if TPony will be doing anything over the weekend, but I know Linda has some sewing projects for customers this weekend so she might be busy.

Maury called yesterday and he's asked that we babysit on the 11th so that gives us two weeks’ notice. Apparently somebody has given him very good Cubs seats, so he and Nikki are going. It sounds like the Garvey girls are going to be over at his ex’ place, and Jade might be with friends, but he doesn't have anyone to watch Jasmine. So we figured that it would be nice and maybe it would allow her to get some sewing needs met.  We did remind Maury that it's a school day for us and he can’t really stay out after the game because we will need those hours. We repeated that our assignments are due at midnight on Saturday, and so even those few hours after seven or eight o'clock are important to us. He seems to understand and stated they wouldn’t be out drinking or anything. I'm really surprised that he asked because they've gotten along so far without asking,so that is a changeup. It should be fun. We did ask him to give us closer to the date some idea on the kind of food Jasmine eats. Maury says everything. But we don't want to shock her system or ours.

Okay 15 minutes is up.  I'll be right back - time to take medicine.

Okay that's all done. We stopped in the washroom and got ourselves a cup of coffee too, so I figure we'll be well for a while.

We went through a little frustration with the new group this morning. We're talking about the dissociative talk group. We had noticed in our mail that somebody had written to us and they had used Upper case LETTERS, and so I'm not sure if they were all upset with me or that is just the way they write. When we went to the group to sign-in, we couldn't figure out the sign-in information. We are not used to using Yahoo and we tried signing in through our Google e-mail, but they assumed we were a new person and didn't have rights to the group. Then when we signed up for the group again then it said that we had to update our Yahoo profile, so it was like quicksand. We were going nowhere fast. We sent a mail to get our screen name, or password through the AOL account, but all we got was a blank white screen, and at that point, we were so frustrated that it was like no we’ll come back to this later. We did write an email note to the group from the last post. I think that they will understand why we aren't responding to the comment made. We haven't been following the account close enough through our e-mails to know if anybody else has written to us. I had thought from the one line messages that we were getting that nobody had talked to us directly, so we’d set it aside. We'll just have to check this out when we get back into the room.  We don’t want to be rude.

I was just looking at our Diigo account. And it seems that we’re going need deciding whether we are doing something with the room earlier or whether we should wait till later, but usually Saturday is the day that we do the Roundup. I say that tongue-in-cheek because usually means that this is a week old task.*Silly grin*. It looks like we've got about 17 links that we collected throughout the week. Maybe it'll be a good Saturday morning thing to do to finish the old week so we can start the new week. I'm pretty sure that nobody wants to read the post on a Saturday night. So might as well put it now and see if anybody's interested. I have to take heart.  My new favorite person Paul Dell seemed to have a very good blog feed, but there's not a lot of current traffic and we’re thinking he gave it up under other time priorities.  We’ve been through this before and know it's not about who reads it's more about writing for purpose that is personal - just the door is open.  It is your Internet real estate and you need to keep mowing the grass.

Okay, so it seems we start the new list from here … The last entry had been on the 86 productivity tips. We have not reviewed that or any of the other posts that were made last week. The first article saved this week was 20helpful things my therapist said by Caroline Spring. Now looking at that story I'm thinking it looks like it was said to younger multiple’s parts. Apparently, Caroline writes from PODS, which is positive outcomes for dissociative survivors in Cambridgeshire, must be the UK. Yes, that has now been confirmed. I think that Caroline Spring is one of the authors in the dissociative book. I'm not sure, it just seems that way, and maybe it was another Caroline. I'm thinking now there was a Carol Steele and I'm getting the two confused.  Her first thing item on her list of 20 was that she likes pineapple. Let me read that for a second, it does seem silly, but we saved it. It seems to be that the 20 things comes from a client with dissociative identity disorder and she's reflecting on psychotherapy.  I'm thinking Caroline Spring is not dissociative, so it's not her talking, but maybe her talking about something a multiple said in her office setting? I'm not sure here. It seems confusing.

Anyway the reference to pineapple was that somebody liked pineapple and blueberries for breakfast, but it was the different parts that had been out, apparently there was a lot of avoidant-fearful apprehensive problems in trusting the psychologist. So, with the mention of fruit, it gave her a chance to believe that she might be trusted because this was coming from younger part and they were now on equal ground.  It didn't say that directly, but it might've been a good switch-over for her. We might need to do a couple more of this list of 20 things to get this.  The second helpful thing the list covers was that someone thought sex was yuck. Apparently, that was said by a part that had been repulsed, perhaps an adolescent.  The adolescent seemed to be making generalizations about everything to do with yucky sex.  It then seemed that that part had gotten validation that it was okay that she thought it was bad, that she had  hated it, and had a right to hate it, but also that it was something that could be clean, wholesome, lovely, etc.

This is a little bit confusing if it's not better by this next third one – we are going to disconnect from this saved link. I think maybe we have saved this one because we did want to read all of it because it might be interesting. The third one is called, “it's not happening now,” and apparently here the client had been irritated by those words because it made her feel stupid because she wasn't comprehending whatever would have been going on that somebody else was interested in, but it might've been a lead-in to flashbacks as if opening the door to another part who said okay.  Let me rethink this more clearly. It also might've been some kind of a reorientation for her that she could disengage from the trigger stuff because it wasn't actually in today's time at that very moment she was sitting in the office or wherever she was. It sounds a little bit like grounding. I remember grounding with Dr. Cooper was ages ago. We’re thinking about the years 1984 through 1987, He had a way of putting his thumb in the middle of our forehead, and he would back us up against the wall so we could feel the hardness of the wall and then make us concentrate on feeling the wall and being in the room with him at that very moment. It sounds like this might be what was happening in the therapists room of this writer – she was being called into the present.

It's very hard to go through this entire list one at a time, because it doesn’t make easy sense and there are just too many to get through in this confused state.  It would be frustrating to continue. I guess we'll keep it on our saved list and hope that we get back to it later with better results.

The next article was also written on the 22nd which would've been Sunday last week.  It was on “understandingdisassociation,” by Paul Dell. Dell had written his blog on disassociation and he called it “stalking the wild dissociation.” I'm not sure what that meant yet, but he had elephants charging across his opening banner. I wanted to go back into that at a later time to see if I could understand the articles that he had left, and to check for sure to see if he really had discontinued or not written in it for quite a while, or if that's is the interpretation we gave going through the blog too quickly.

It seems our initial thoughts have been confirmed that he had written only sporadically. He had started the blog in September, 2010 and had continued it for five months. And. then he skipped to January of 2011, and then he skipped to January 2012. So that makes me believe that he would like to do something like this in a blog, but he runs out of time. Because of his January entries, we'd like to think the writing was still a goal or New Year's resolution. I think at the time since his book was published in 2009 that he might think it would be a good appendix, but most likely he got too busy for it. I think writing would have put him in better touch with the community.  He had 34,853 hits from that time till now so obviously people have looked at his work. I'm noticing also that he had a couple things on this blog roll and one on Sidran Institute, which was formally a foundation. We had been familiar with Sidran before because they write a lot of books on dissociative, trauma, and PSTD. I just stopped to look if Sidran had a twitter account. Shoot, they don't seem to have anything. This would be something I would like to follow but it doesn't list either Facebook or twitter. There's no way then to remember that all - wait a minute we could just bookmark it on Diigo - that'll help. Okay, that is done. I guess at this point it is there, so we will move on.

Or, maybe moving back – we still haven't read anything from Dell's work let me try that again. We decided to check under de-realization since we have been feeling our educational world especially is very unreal. The link brought us back to his first post listed on September 6, 2010. Here it seems that he's going to associate dissociation to trauma and he stated right away that he was looking forward to comments which is an excellent start. He was really looking for an audience of researchers on trauma and dissociation and graduate students. Perhaps adding “insiders” was an after-thought, although very much appreciated. He references a movie called, “the kids are alright” because he thought it portrayed disassociation. We might have to look that up later with Rich, but it stars Annette Benning and Julianne Moore. I've heard of these actresses, but I wouldn't be able to pick them from a crowd. It doesn't seem like his first entry is very long or in-depth.  He does ask the question when is dissociation not dissociation? He notes a Chinese curse that says "may you live in interesting times!" His refers to Ellert Nijenhuis, Onno van der Hart, and Kathy Steele.  These are people listed in his book. He then says that the derealization from the movie isn't really dissociation because it was not a manifestation of a dissociative part of the personality.  It isn't caused by structural disassociation, so it can't be disassociation at all. He also notes that this is something that was controversial.

Okay, not a lot of good information there, but I assume that he gets better. Let's move on. I know his content is too strong not to come back to later, but I want to get to the Diigo list still this morning. By the way, it is now about 7:45 AM.  Missy is starting to do her meowing. It's still quiet at this point but were going to start with the water right away and see if we can nip it in the bud before she gets worse; it seems to be her normal thing to do about 8 AM. I'm a little disappointed on reading the first article by Dell, but it seems that he was just trying to keep it casual. And, I can't fault him for that.  He hadn’t figured out yet how to address the audience - he was just testing the water.

The next article comes from an e-learning site, and I'm seeing here that the first story is on constructivism and online learning. I'm not sure why we collected this particular article. It seems very short and just a basic list with some basics such as andragogy – six principles by Knowles and Jerome Bruner stating technology is a powerful tool for instruction and that technologies are cognitive tools that help learners elaborate on what they're thinking and to engage in meaningful learning. This is helpful because it is not - wait a second there it is - he's got full text. Apparently, the real article is written by Nancy Rubin. I think that she is one that we connected to through twitter.  The article was written on July 21, 2012. I think that we were excited about this because it emphasized things that we'd already been learning about, especially the first course we had taken from JIU. Now looking at it - it seems that she's got a few of her key topics and she summarizes what they mean, or why it's important and she's got seven issues of constructivism for online educators. The first issue is "the issues of humanity and learners’ isolation,” since individual learning at a distance is a basic design for online learning. Because online learning constrains us by allowing communication through computer technology, not a real person, it loses some humanity leading to social isolation." Wow! That's pretty negative. But, it states some of the more obvious things with online learning for adults which might be good if we were looking at doing a paper on andragogy, but for the time being it is not really essential because we know the basics of these terms.

The next article is called bittersweet Gestalt: creeping onthe creeper. I think we've gone into this one in a previous post but it is basically by a multiple who relates to an experience she had talking to somebody on the Internet who was asking her about the multiplicity. She had become upset because she had figured he was basically a letch who was keying in on one of her younger personalities. It was strange to see how quickly she had come to this conclusion, where it had not been as obvious to us. From there her reactions were abrupt and discontinuing.  We enjoyed the blog entry because it was very clear at describing her disgust with her subject matter which was a real emotion, and we applaud all efforts of multiple speaking out in their own behalf. I don't think there's any general link to that particular blog entry and what we’re looking for now, but it was a good marker point. We would like to say at this point that the article was written by Marisa and she tweets from the account of “I am the crew.”  She doesn't tweet often, but it appears that her posts are meaningful. This particular post was written on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Her previous post was June 19, so again not real often writer. She appears to have had seven comments from this post and we had left one also, but there was no response after that. Our note related to not being able to catch the creeping part as quickly as their system had, and that we had thought it was an excellent communication.

The next article was on Adobe Captivate 6: the Essentialsskills and drills workbook. There was a note left to ourselves that it was a step-by-step book but it had cost $39 which was too expensive for something we had figured that we could do ourselves, but that if we really get in trouble it would be available. This is the hottest program we have to learn - or at least near the top.  We also left a note here because they had this book offered as a beginning tool, but they were coming out within a couple months with a more advanced info-book which seemed more interesting to us. This had been put out by Iconlogic and not Adobe which was another reason to suspect the price, but it was noteworthy. Again, we can't say enough that we dislike cost on the Internet. They also offer courses but they were way too expensive. This particular class on Captivate 6 cost $600 per person and it was a two-day class and apparently the class runs about once a month. It seems that the course outline is the same as the chapters in the book. Obviously, the book is much cheaper than the class.

The next article was on the site on Creative people clustering– neighborhoods – the Atlantic cities. The article was written by Richard Florida on June 19, 2012 and apparently has 28 comments and it was published by the Atlantic Cities - Place Matters. The article discusses creative people in literature by job type and referenced another study indicating five major personality types across states. He then talked about people who were open-to-experience, which seems like a liberal Democrat though noting that San Francisco was still the nation's largest concentration of these "types" of people. It is interesting to note that the opposite lowest end of the spectrum included Minneapolis. But, we won't go into our history with that city right now. Okay, yes, we were born there.  *Sigh*  The author comments specifically on Rentfrow who was somebody he and his team had done research with.  Rentfrow is apparently a psychologist who states that personality involves the capacity to accurately perform certain tasks competently and effectively, and that personality predisposes people to acquire certain skills. He notes people that are in roles that are highly skilled empower regional economic growth, but as well they pursue their personal interest which is a positive attribute to the community. He writes, "the jobs at the center of innovation were design, engineering, science, painting, music, software development, writing and acting, and appeal to individuals who are curious, creative, intellectual, imaginative, inventive, and resourceful. Yay writers AND designers!

"These professions are primarily concerned with exploring, developing and communicating new ideas, methods, and products." He goes on further to state that people who are open, are also adventuresome and generate new perspectives on old issues. They are comfortable with and adaptable to change. He also states that these kinds of people are more likely to pursue interests and follow their dreams and that they don't do this by design, but the process occurs gradually in an ad hoc way over time. They seek out other personalities that are similar to them and hence cluster in particular communities. He states that these communities take on a certain level of openness which draws even more open people and enhances the openness to new people and ideas and the ability to harness creativity and generate innovations. Openness comes to be imprinted on their psychological and cultural DNA.

Some of that was quoted, but I missed a few direct quotes.  Think if its a list it probably should have been quoted.  If we use this information somewhere else, we’ll clean it up. Sorry just got sloppy. But, in general this information comes from a book from Richard Florida called, "the rise of the creative class – revisited: 10th anniversary edition – revised and expanded." The book is $17.26 and the second edition came out June 26, 2012.

Florida's book description states, "10 years ago, Richard Florida published the past breaking book about the forces that were reshaping our economy, our geography, our work, and our whole way of life. Weaving story telling with reams of original research, he traced a fundamental theme through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity. In the decade since, we have endured a series of world shattering events – from the collapse of the tech bubble to 9/11 to the economy economic meltdown of 2008 – any one of which might have been sufficient to derail the forces he described. Instead, the drive toward creativity has only intensified both in the US and across the globe.

"In late 2011, the social media site LinkedIn reported that the word most often used by its members was to be creative. In this newly revised and expanded edition of his now classic book, Florida has brought all of his statistics up to date (and provided a host new ones); further refined his occupational, demographic, psychological, and economic profile of the creative class; Incorporated a decade's worth of his own and his colleagues quantitative and qualitative research; and addressed his major critics. Five completely new chapters cover the global effects of the creative class and explore the integral features and factors that shape "quality of place" in our rapidly changing cities and suburbs. Florida delves into the roles played by technology, race, and poverty in perpetuating an exasperating income inequality and the pervasive influence of class throughout every aspect of society. Throwing down the gauntlet, he proposes a dramatic new social compact – one that can turn our emerging creative economy into an enduring creative society."

It is interesting as a good source for creative information that is current, and it also ties in some of the context work that we had done on cultural identity back when we were in Norway some 30 years ago. Right now , it's just an interesting reference, but we don't plan to go anywhere with this soon. We are interested in things that are creative just a small sub-topic at this moment.

The next article is from Educause Review online. It is written by Ellen Wagner and Phil Ice, and is called "data changes everything:delivering on the promise of learning analytics in higher education." In this article the authors talk about the digital breadcrumbs that learners leave behind and that researchers study what learners have viewed, read, engaged in, and assess their behaviors about their interests, and about their preferences providing a ton of information about personal learning experiences. The authors then talk about the new methods and technology tools that are assisting them in understanding this work. They discuss consumerism tracking for marketing and mining data to assist another decision-making They then consider lessons from Major League baseball and learning from the PAR framework. PAR framework is predictive analytic reporting. Its first usage goes to marketing universities and now they are aggregating data. The center of this conversation was on the ability to make decisions and shift patterns of behavior in desirable ways which seem to lot like behaviorism. They do touch for second on using the analytics techniques for teaching and learning processes, but they don't go into this in depth except to say that in the future, researchers will have greater responsibilities. They conclude by stating that in the future decision-making will continue to alarm, provoke, seduce, and intrigue, but that it will also enable learning experiences that are more personal, more convenient, more engaging, and have a direct impact on student retention.

We took a little bit of a break. It is now 9:18 AM and Rich has left for a good portion of the day. He is expected to be back about 4 to 5 PM. He is going to pick up his boat first, and then haul it to his moms and there it will get recharged, and then he has a game. He had three games, but two of them got canceled so he'll be home earlier than he had initially expected today. He had 20 minutes to talk before he left and we took full advantage of that. After he left, we got a Herbalife shake and that reminds us that were going to have to reorder the Herbalife. I don't know if they saved her bank card. We better take a break right now to look at that before we run out ... it seems we were scraping bottom this morning.

That was a good thing. They remembered our card. Still had to enter the CVS number, but I didn't have to go downstairs to get the card from the car. The expense wasn't as much this time although we ordered one new product; because they gave us a 25% discount. We took a general break and decided that we should try the tea that had come in the last order, but we hadn't used it all. Tastes pretty good hot, I hope it stays good as the water cools off. I'm a slow drinker and I'm a little nervous about the tea because it's supposed to be an Energizer. And, I really don't know if I need that much of an energy boost in the morning. But I did want to give it a try so...

One more note is that we did watch the Olympics last night. I think that was stated at the beginning of this entry, but we're realizing now that before Rich left he must have turned on the Olympics for us so we could at least listen to it in the background; just hearing there is a bike race. I didn't tune-in to see who had won, I don't even know which countries were involved or which country was winning.  And, now it seems that we have switched over to swimming, but again, I like the sounds in the background. I really don't want to pay attention to it directly. I don't mean to seem unpatriotic, but I just get too much to do to start preoccupying myself with TV in the middle of the morning.

Okay back to work. We are only about a third way through the links that we had created throughout the week. Maybe we can expedite this a little faster. Some of the work I've commented on earlier in the week, but we do want to pull from its collective point at the end of the week. The next one says that if you aren't social, you'll shrink: 10 steps to becoming a socialbusiness and this is by Vala Afshar for Forbes.  This article discussed the blueprint for transforming our business into a social enterprise. It described social enterprise as being "a vibrant high communication, high collaboration enterprise that uses social tools (chatter, twitter, Facebook etc.) to accelerate business via connection and collaboration and he also states that social enterprises should have a marketing budget, expand customer relationships beyond sales, sustain exceptional customer service, credit culture of internal advocacy, ensure full utilization of resources, shift from defense to offense, bring headquarters closer to customers, and promote lateral sharing of best practices. 

He gives us 10 steps.  We’ll go through a few. The first one is to define a meaningful purpose. He quotes Peter Drucker is saying "management by objectives work if you first think through your objectives. 90% of the time you haven't." He then states that it utilizes social collaboration and execution and continues saying that a strong culture has transparency, accountability, execution velocity, and mass collaboration. The second step is to ensure simplicity and that the key is user experience. Here he quotes Steve jobs as saying "simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." Okay now looking at it generically it seems like the pattern is to leave a quote from a famous person and then just a couple words about what that meant. I can see why I marked it but, I'm not really interested in it right now. We will take a pass and go onto the next section.

The next section is an easy way to build brand scenarios for e-learning: the rapid e-learning blog. I think I remember that this one is about storytelling; at least we have related it to storytelling. It is written by somebody named Tom. This article discusses building interactive scenarios to move projects from linear thinking to meaningful interactivity which includes utilizing real-world environments to make of real-world impact. Right now this seems like an interesting article to read so let me skim through it. This first subsection is called simple structure for scenarios and he considers this to be a 3C model. He uses the three terms challenge, choices, and consequences. The challenge is to engage the learner and challenge her understanding. It is also to present a situation, get some general information, reflect, and then let her make a decision. Choices are – that once the learner is challenged, she needs to make a decision or series of decisions. Providing choices means utilizing viable and realistic options. And then for consequences, he writes each challenge produces a consequence. Sometimes you get immediate feedback, but sometimes you just get additional challenges that compound the situation. He then explains how to use the 3C’s to develop complex type branching.

This next section he titles for complex decision-making interactions. He considers like Wiggins (2005) that the business of education is to improve performance. He states that there are two performance-based courses. On one side you have procedures that are like steps from one to gazillion, and then the other side is to teach principles that guide decisions. He considers teaching principles to be soft skills training. He then lists pros and cons of complex branching. Most decisions are nuanced and the solution for one situation, may work, but not in another – it just depends.  He does state that the branch interactions are great for getting to the heart of the principle you are teaching and this might correspond to Wiggins "big ideas." He notes that challenges are to provide situations and decisions that force us to demonstrate understanding or the need to gain by learning more about the situation. That's a really good point, and then the second part choices assist us in collecting information to know what's right, or we may just make a decision and work through the consequences. He then explains that complex branch scenarios is like telling a story, and that a few tips to doing this would be to keep this scenario simple, review what makes a good story, take a creative writing course, and read some books on storytelling and scenario-building.

The books he lists are designed for how people learn, scenario-based learning, performance consulting, designing successful e-learning, made to stick, and learning by doing. We have gotten the made to stick book and have an interest in the book on design for how people learn. It seems very interesting. Made to stick was written by Chip Heath and Dan Heath and they question why do some ideas thrive while others die, and ask how to improve the chances of having worthy ideas that stick in your brain. In made to stick, the authors reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro theory of memory, and creating curiosity gaps. They further suggest that the book will transform the way we communicate ideas through successful stories and winning ideas. I'm not sure why we picked up this book, but most likely we felt we were forgetting things that we were reading, learning,  or hearing.

In looking at design for how people learn, we note that it is a $24 book 272 pages and it states that it will help us discover how to "learn the key principles behind learning, memory, and attention to create materials that enable our audience to both gain and retain the knowledge and skills we are sharing. Using accessible visual metaphors and concrete methods and examples, design for how people learn will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design, and improve your own learning and gauge your audience." This book allows me to "look inside," but the book might get written-off because it isn't giving enough information to make it interesting although generically this book could be helpful. This book seems to have beginning level information, but sometimes we can jump over this stuff because we have enough generic talent to bypass it. They cover where do we start, who are your learners, what's the goal, how do we remember, how do you get their attention, design for knowledge, design for skills, design for motivation, and design for environment. We only need these few notes at this time for the book. There are examples and cartoons and other visual aids.  Okay, moving on.

The last article we added on the 25th was an article saying, " brick-and-mortar education going to be left in the dust by onlinelearning and flipped classrooms rapid e-learning Adobe captivate blog." This one is from Partridge and had no he is my favorite superstar beside Dell at this moment as to not only how to use Adobe processes but how to teach e-learning with the tools and philosophy of education. Partridge is the one that does so many of the videos for Adobe. This article was written on July 25, 2012 he starts by noting that e-learning is where online music is to be five years ago with an emphasis on learning rather than teaching. He then touches on the constructivist approach routing from John Dewey in the late 1800's He promoted active learner-centered approach that led to Montessori schools with the teachers as facilitators. He notes (1993) Allison King publishing an article entitled, " from sage on the stage to guide on the side." This is a quote that I've heard often even in the context we are reading for our present course. The author stated that many of the constructivist ideas are being reintroduced by using educational technologies to free teachers from what they considered as the chains that bound them to PowerPoint lectures, worksheets and overheads.

He then introduces the term flipped-classrooms. This seems to be an idea centering the classroom around the learner by creating a blended environment. I believe he defined this by saying they were in moderation by application of methodologies and common sense education. I think he might've been okay with this but he wasn't really ready to give a big yay for compromise. He talked about one of the problems to flipped classrooms is that future teachers are generally highly focused and they are high-performing machines, but unfortunately, they have limited ability to adapt and this was due to decades of positive reinforcement, list following, note-taking, an info dump of only observing behaviors that have left them as mostly masters of drill and kill didactic instructional methods and other approaches that replicate failing classrooms.

On the positive side of flipped classrooms, Partridge states that the didactic elements of the instruction have been moved to a better medium. At this point, he plugs Adobe products. He states that the teacher has opportunity to provide individual instruction as they are beginning to discover key concepts. He recommends positioning these things in the form of nearly impossible challenges asking critical questions of students as a means of kicking off a particular topic which forces them to the discover new ideas and build on their prior schema. He also recommends this approach be placed in lectures made into short video snippets because often students tune out during a long lecture. He thought that shorter snippets reduce the chances of that happening and give the students and opportunity to replay anything that is unclear even outside of class. This theory states that the teacher then has opportunities to provide individual instructions at the moment the students are learning key concepts. He thought in this manner, one could build powerful theoretical architectures that students can rapidly apply and synthesize, evaluate and then invent new concepts based on the key ideas.

Moving onto July 26, we have two articles. The first one is by Marcia Wieder “five principles that will change your life.” We have already summarized this one pretty well before, but will try to do it quicker. She had five important practices designed to change your life and help achieve dreams. The first one was intentions and here she was talking about things that we intended to create or accomplish calling on resources, opportunities, and people. Our lives with purpose assist us in learning, growing, loving, and being kind. She advocated deeper and more meaningful intentions which allow us to live better and contribute more by risk – taking.

The second practice was integrity and here she considered the ability to keep your word and deliver on your promises. She thought this amount of honesty and assessing your entire life would make it come alive and be imaginable, and it would allow us to live in the present.

The third practice was sharing your dream and here she talked about the freedom you get from intention and integrity which would make your world rich like an oyster. She thought you could speak about your dream or vision and that people would relate because you would be more visionary and show clarity and passion that others could understand, and then they would ask to participate with you in making an impact on the world. 

The next practice is taking action. She states that everything that we have learned, we have to put into action, and that is the steps we take that are more important than just having the thoughts. She emphasizes the words learning and to progress and that power was found through action not just dreaming.

And then, last, her practice was to build the dream Circle. She stated once we know what we have to accomplish, we could experience the ease and joy from sharing the dream with others like-minded people. They would support you and your ideas. She said to start small and build one at a time conspiring with passion and vision and showing seriousness every day. She also noted that when you invite people, encourage them to dream their bigger dreams. The author also encourages that we stand up for things that matter, speak up and be heard, and that we will have an impact on not only our life but the lives of others.

The next article is the elemental structure of social media. The overview includes an infographic. This article was written by Richard Darrell one month ago. Richard writes a lot of things but they're always short. I remember this one being in-depth because it explains social media so well, but we had already summarized it in another entry. It was a social media periodic table in a visual presentation. This article is very much attached to a company called SocialOomph, which wasn’t inspiring and it was far from a complete list. I did like the categories.  The first were elements, and then the other one is element states. The elemental categories would be reviews, social deals, Facebook – related, nontraditional social networks, blogging tools; management feed generators, mobile devices, Google planet, content aggregators, article sites, twitter-related, visual tools, and photo sharing, and tools. The element states considered were website, tool, platform, hardware, social network, app, and social bookmarking. I do want to take a special note here.  I'm seeing the word "platform" and need to see if I can understand the term. Okay, it looks like Darrel includes as his six platforms the familiar entities such as WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Pastorous, Angie's list, and Vimeo. The term is still fuzzy because the platforms aren't distinguished from others that are like them but categorized differently.

This last article by Darrell is also a part of the bit rebel’s social media blog. Darrell discusses the ethical system of social media as being on a complex online infrastructure. He claims that it is built on websites and entities coming from people's minds and he thought that the Internet was this close to inspiration as one could possibly get, because it was so valuable as a place to develop ideas. I would like to add here, it is also a place to leave markers ... all human contributors reference their thoughts and collaboratively the knowledge is to infinity and back. He suggests that one could not only browse, but exist on the Internet and that just a few websites are what we really consider social media though allowing there are many startups. The world is basically looking for powerful tools to increase their influence especially on the Internet directly. He states that crest media Incorporated was the one that created the periodic table. He thought positively that networking services would be offering more and more provisions for stronger and more sustainable platforms that we will find successful.

There are three more sites. The first one of two collected on the 27th was anxiety and evasiveness: Aman asks, "is there a point," and the work is listed within her Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog.  Before when we went into this blog, we went into the author's secondary topic she offered an info booklet for signing up to her newsletter that discussed being down and changing the down into an up. It seemed to say that instead of getting fixated on the negatives, that we look for the positive attributes that had gone into that situation and then follow that more inspired experience. Aman’s work was to commercialize for our sake, but she said some steadfast, logical statements. In looking at her article on anxiety and evasiveness, we see that she is saying anxiety is a way of shooting down the point of everything positive, and that we’re trying to do that because of anxiety being physically and mentally uncomfortable. She theorizes that sometimes activities left us feeling there's little point because we figure we probably won't succeed anyway. She stated then that this became an excuse or a way of rationalizing the things that we don't care to do because they make us uncomfortable.

Aman states that evasiveness is a sign of anxiety, and that it was easier to think about what we don't want to do, than accept the anxiety not letting us do the task.  She then asked is this the truth? She asked if we would do something if it didn't have anxiety, what our response then be different? She asked that we imagine ourselves being afraid to travel on Expressway, but if our child was in the hospital on the other side of that expressway would we get in and just drive. The answer is probably yes we would. It seems to be almost a paradigm shift.  This is especially true for us right now with school with school, and that we’re feeling a lot of anxiety to not doing it. It's so much that it is causing us to stagnate which is very dangerous. I am sure this is why we picked up on the article. She concludes the article by saying that we needed to find a point when we recognize anxiety and then produce a comfort response as our top priority.  I think she meant find a comfort response being hidden directly by the negative feelings. She said everything else besides finding comfort will pale in comparison. She then states that this is the most important thing ever, because if we think we will be ready to overcome anxiety by running from being uncomfortable, then we will forever miss reaching our goals.

So far she's following a pretty straight path. though we might have to reread to assure ourselves, we have what she intended to say.  Aman says that we need to find a point to be doing what we need to do. We need to find something more important than anxiety. Something to motivate us, take priority, but allow us to do something that might feel uncomfortable. She then says when we do something which might not be fully comfortable, we realize that we can do it, and the next time it becomes easier.. She also states that there is a point to doing things such as happiness and fun. I don't think this was such a spectacular conclusion and I think this is why we skipped over the article the first time but she also has a link to entitlement and work ethic: anxious kids needing skills and doing hard things. I believe we read that one too, and it had to do with teaching kids to face there un-comfortableness in doing work. This particular article deserves another look.

The next article is called, "heal now and forever okay." This is the one that we just talked about. I cannot go into this again because we had mentioned it so thoroughly the other day and we had left examples. I leave one more marker here to show the seven steps. Her steps are to first note and understand that we are feeling down, and then look at what it suggests to us about what is up, then we are to name and understand what is up, and then we are to trace the history of the up and link it to positive people and events from the past.  We need to then connect with the people that have been in our journey, and lastly, we have to promote this up in our future. Again were not going to go through this now but it was really hot stuff!

Okay that leaves me with only one more article which was collected this morning on PTSD and disassociation resources for survivors, supporters and professionals. Sidran Press is a long-term organization that supports dissociation and posttraumatic stress disorder. Most of the books are professional. Unfortunately we remember this to be an expensive site.  They seem to talk about current events, training, resources, and they leave the store and help desk as well as listing our current projects and other regular things. Whoops, we are going to correct ourselves.  Their news IS NOT kept up to date.  For example, there was nothing listed between October 2009 and May 2012 and it only includes things that are happening within the Sydran Press. On the resource page they list about30 articles put out by the they would like you to link to through them to Amazon, but again most of the articles about posttraumatic stress disorder and PSTD. There was one article on dissociation which was “what is a dissociative disorder?” They have other resources for people dealing with the disorder, not directly for people with the disorder. Their definition on dissociative disorder includes questions and answers. Responses are generic and are overly-simplistic, like suggesting that when children go through trauma that they may simply "go away" in his or her head. Yuck. I'm thinking at this point we won't come back to the source unless were looking for book on multiplicity. And they do have a few out there. I look at this as somewhat of a sterile environment.

On the positive side they do have one section that deals only with dissociative disorders and the books are tied in with Amazon. The books they recommend are:

Well that is it is – it is certainly not a complete list on dissociation, but it is a list. This disappointing part is that there is only five books listed after 2006. Hello people it is now 2012! That means the majority of Sidran’s recommendations are over six years of age? It is hardly current.  I think Sidran Press is terribly behind the times as to new books out on the market. Of course, were saying thisin part because our book is not listed. It wasn't meant to be a first-classbook with great psychiatric significance; it was an ancillary book on someone withmultiplicity which gives a clear narrative experience. But, I won't demean myself either. It does talk about multiplicity in a nonemergency manner. And that is a positive difference from all the multiples’ books placed on the market that primarily sensationalizing the field and make the DID seem unreal. I'm really thinking that my appraisal of this company's knowledge in the field has gone down significantly. I still know that dissociation is a hot topic in psychiatry or psychology now, in that the industry is centering on trauma and PSTD. But my understanding of those things, are that they are anxiety disorders and not dissociative disorders, though I can stand to be corrected.  I'm territorial ... I want to hear about multiples and their adaptations and in learning from their human stand on what is both right and wrong with life ... The horror of sexual abuse by close members of their families is just insane.  NOT the multiples!  

Okay, we have to get to some point of summarizing here because I know that with all this anxiety highlighted that we are still avoiding our coursework and this could take us a while to edit before we can place it in the blog for the day. I'm hoping for a school start soon after dinner.  But, we do have to summarize somewhat all the stuff that we had just written because we are not holding it within our minds.  I'm assuming that you are not holding it all either, but it has been an adventure of thought - If you happen to have made it this far. You would've needed a lot of concentration and forward momentum.

I think we’re going to do some classifying.  AHA!  The Diigo program does this for us.  This is a list of the site’s tags we placed on the material.  Ok, been messing around with the system for a few moments.  I think we’re going to list our top FIVE categories and the words/terms that are associated to each.  My top five are education 6, e-learning 6, Adobe 5, psychology 4, and socialmedia 4.  I believe it is going to work as a hot link so that if you’re interested in the links to original articles, you can tap on it.  WOW!  That really works for me.  Ok, we’re going to put a little more here in just coming to our written conclusion.  It is about 1 PM and we’re about 20 pages or 10,000 words into this project.  Some of it is spread out, but I’m thinking for most readers this is still thick content.  Not to say it is great, or not great … just that there are a lot of things we’ve thought about this morning.  It really helps having Dragon.  PLUS, maybe we’ll get over it, but we are still really liking what Diigo is doing for us and thinking we have to continue our work on processing it.  I think this is going to be our second entry … we’ll first place in the blog the current references.  I like having the round-up. 

As you know, the last thing I want to do is stop writing, but we really have to do school too, right?  That’s what all the best minds are saying.  Let’s demand we get into it.  It be nice to do a paper this evening and two would be great, BUT ONE today would at least make us smile :-)  Happy Reading!!!  Keep us posted with your thoughts!

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