The three assigned video texts constructed by Eyse Eidman –Aadah, Henry Jenkins, and Charles Leadbeater, examined the role of participatory media on society, politics, and culture. At the heart of each video text was the underlying perception that we are on the cusp of an emerging new era of enlightenment brought about by the tools of our age. I would disagree.
Eyse Eidman Aadah reminds us that although we have incredible new technological tools for…Continue
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Elyse Eidman-Aadahl was right about one very important thing that I think is a centralized theme throughout these videos, “Humans have and will always need a way to communicate.” It seems we have expanded technology from something that was originally built to make our lives easier (for example the automobile) and into something that is generally used as another facet of communication (like Facebook, Myspace etc.) I liked how she pointed out that in the past it would take several different…Continue
The lessons of history
1) Despite the importance of doing so, we do not learn from history. (those that do not learn the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them.)
2) Science and technology cannot immunize us from history's lessons. (see Carl Sagan and the dangers of 21st century technology v 14 century mindset)
3) Freedom, which Americans believe is longed for by people worldwide, is not a globally shared value. By contrast, desire for…Continue
we keep each other alive with our stories. We need to share them, as much as we need to share food. We also require for our health the presence of good companions. One of the most extraordinary things about the land is- that it knows this- and it compels language from some of us so that as a community we may converse about this or that place, and speak of the need.
Sense of Place
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Well, since I don't see any questions posted about the immigration articles, I guess I'll post some thoughts here.
I recently attended a conference in which we (the participants) were advised to avoid the trap of "whose water is colder?" This relates directly to the idea of competition between different ethnic minorities or immigrant groups. Rather than supporting each other in the quest for equal rights and living/working conditions, they competed with each other for individual…Continue
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After my first year of teaching in rural Alaska in 2001, I knew I had to add some things to my reperotoire (sp) if I was going to stay. A friend recommended a class with Ray Barnhardt in cross-cultural studies. I soon learned what a great teacher he was and how mcuh he wanted to empower teachers in rural Alaska.
One of the highlights of his class was to travel out to old Minto (down the Tannana River from Nenana) to spend some time with a group of Athabaskan Elders. We spent…Continue
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After reading the David J. Voelker's article, "Assessing Student Understanding in Introductory Courses: A Sample Strategy," I began to reflect on some of the assignments I've given this third quarter. Voelker argues against the "fact first" coverage model, that is, that students need to learn the facts and chronology of history before we can begin to have them think critically and analyze events. "That before we can learn to think, we must first absorb a large body of facts." Sample…Continue
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By Mark J Biberg
One of the highlights of my undergraduate education at Bemidji State University was having the chance to take part in an overseas study experience in England.
Europsring is the name of the program and it included 8 weeks of study at Oxford University in Oxford, England follow by a 3 week tour of the continent.
As a teacher I could not have asked for a better experience. I believe in experiential learning and this was…
Today I am going to plug for my web site on Manifest Destiny a bit by introducing some of the artwork that was included on the site.
Manifest Destiny was the basic notion that the United States had a destiny, a divinely sanctioned destiny at that, and it was the responsibility of the leaders, both political and intellectual to make this destiny manifest, to make it real.
One of the strongest and most effective aspects of Manifest Destiny is the artwork that goes along with…
Added by Mark J Biberg on January 19, 2011 at 10:38pm — No Comments
How important is culture in education and in our everyday lives?
By Mark J Biberg
By culture I mean a lot of things: language, religions, celebrations, art, music, stories, laws, dress, among other things.
In this short essay I would like to examine the question of culture in education and how important it is to be "culturally inclusive" as teachers, students, and anybody else involved in education.
I think everybody's story, culture, traditions are…
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On Desert High School
By Mark J Biberg
Ten years ago, the 1999-2000 year, was my first year of teaching.
I left home in Minnesota and drove accross country to Edwards Air Force Base, where I had signed on to teach Senior High history.
To say the least this was a learning experience for me. It was not only a long way from home, my first year of teaching, but also a environment that was both hostile and unforgiving.
I did not enjoy living in…
compiled by Mark J Biberg (from Gerry Schnabel's lecture)
In a somewhat overheated editorial in July of 1845, John L. O'Sullivan, used in the Democratic Review a phrase that was to become the most potent phrase of the decade and a key word in Us History in general.
He coined the phrase Manifest Destinly to describe the ongoing expansionistic activities of the US in its first 70 years of existence.
The most basic definition of…
I would like to share an excerpt from an essay that I just read. The essay is called: All the Fish in the River: An Essay on Assessment.
As anybody who has been in education, the term assessment or assessment movement may bring back flashbacks.
This essay was a very valuable way for me to think about "what works" as far as assessment goes.
Below is the excerpt I would like to…Continue
by Mark J Biberg
When I was in high school, history seemed like a "go through the motions" class; that is, I went to class, took notes that went along with the textbook and every other week we took a multiple choice test. It was not hard to ace the test and required very little thinking.
I enjoy history and sensed that there must be more to it than the fairy tale approach as offered by the soon to…Continue
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I am learning a new language. It is going OK. I try to keep it simple: simple vocabulary, short phrases, etc. I also try to use cognates: words that have a common root or common usage that transcend languages.
My wife is from Peru and she teaches me a lot. One of the key things is immersion: a person has to spend a lot of time hearing the sounds of a language and you have to make an effort to use what you have learned. Obviously it is tougher to…Continue
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a take on what I study
by Mark J Biberg
In my field of History, a person must be on constant guard. Why! For folks who try to write history in a way that does not jive with the evidence. I do not have a problem with history changing, it happens all the time.
But there must be standards for that change; and one…
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