Monday, September 26, 2016

Digital Citizenship Week is Coming Soon

October 16-22

It seems every student has a smartphone, a tablet or both, so we need to talk about managing their use and educating students in digital citizenship.  Ignoring the devices or banning their use is not a realistic approach and overlooks a teachable moment.

This October, Common Sense Media is sponsoring Digital Citizenship week on October 16-18.  Here's some resources to help you plan for the opportunity.  Remember that digital citizenship week is also an opportunity to educate parents too!

Join us on Twitter and Facebook as we share some thoughts about Digital Citizenship.  Use #teachSDA on Twitter or find us on Facebook at teachSDA.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Adventist Learning Community Announces R.A.I.N. Art Resource for 9th Grade!

Each letter of RAIN refers to a stage of learning that the curriculum will address.
Rediscover- Looking with fresh eyes at God, His creation (yourself, your environment, and others).
Appreciate- Stimulating thankfulness for God’s acts of love.
Immerse-Going deep into a state of creativity and focus. Investigating ideas that the Lord places on your mind.
Nourish- Art-making as enrichment for your life and for the lives of others.

Contextualizing art education in a Creationist and Biblical worldview leads to awesome potential, encouragement, validation, mission, and companionship in the art-making process. Seeking to work with the Creator God opens our minds to the possibilities that He can orchestrate to inspire new works, whether it be through people we meet, or experiences that we have. It also brings purpose and meaning to our work as we aim to glorify Him and communicate His messages to others. As we obey Him, He also promises His help.

The image of rain refers to God’s blessings and nourishment for our creative endeavors and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. It is a reminder to ask for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the creative process, allowing God to use us and influence our thoughts. The fluidity of rain is also a symbol of flow in creativity. May our work be  a blessing to others as continuation of His outpouring in us.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1”
R.A.I.N. is an art resource for Grade 9 consisting of 36 weekly lessons with video.  

Grade 9 is a critical stage for continuing to focus on art education. Many may have already stopped their instinctive creative expressions by this time. Art educator Betty Edwards writes, “Age nine or ten seems to mark the abrupt end of children’s artistic development in terms of drawing skills. At this age, children confront an artistic crisis, a conflict between their increasingly complex perceptions of the world around them and their current level of drawing skills to depict what they see”(64). Grade 9 then, is a wonderful opportunity for developing advanced skills in perception through drawing instruction and other art activity. Edwards also explains how improving perceptual skills has great potential for problem-solving in any field (XVI).

This resource includes opportunities to use art as a means to connect with and serve others and bring hope to communities. Artist Charlie Peacock writes, “Other-centered living (after the model of Jesus) is at the very heart of good art-making” (246).

Monday, August 29, 2016

Share Your Favorite Projects!

Share time....

This week lets share our favorite projects and resources on Facebook and Twitter (#teachSDA).  Great projects are fun and involve everyone, but they can be hard to set up right.  So take a moment and let's share some ideas on great projects.

Online Professional (Personal) Learning Networks, can use any form of social media as long as they provide a way for you to share ideas and meet individuals with a passion for learning.  Your network doesn't have to include just people from your field of interest.  As a matter of fact the best networks are ones with diversity.  The other beautiful thing is you create the network; no one but you adds people to your network.  We learn best when we follow the various paths our interests and serendipity lead us to.

It's time to wonder again!

Professional Development for Teachers on Adventist Learning Community: Creating a Positive Digital Footprint!

This continuing education course provides learners with information on the opportunities and risks associated with regular internet use, and advice on how to manage a positive online presence or "Digital Footprint".  Focus is also given to Digital citizenship.  

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Adventist Learning Community Announces a New Course: Copyright for Teachers and Pastors!

A course on copyright for teachers and pastors.  Sounds boring, right? Copyright law is extremely relevant to what you do every day. In the modern era of readily-available digital and online content, it has never been more important to understand copyright.  

As leaders, we must recognize the importance of fair use as well as the need to protect the rights of content creators. And, despite what you may have been told, acknowledging the source of the material is no substitute for getting the creator’s permission to use it. This course will provide easy-to-follow information and real-word examples to help you use text, image, music and video materials with confidence, knowing you are well within the limits of the law.