Communication Affectedness

Integrating Experiences & New Knowledge

/əˈfektid/- influenced or touched by an external factor.

11/03/2014 - Thought of the Day

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On Your Device, using #wheretheyare14, reflect and post.

Did you know that companies have a system called "Planned Obsolescence"? It means that companies plan on when their devices become "outdated" for the consumer and push you into new products-- think of the iPhone craze. READ MORE

How does this make you feel with regards to technology?

Follow Your Answer Here:


Introduction & Stuff

Handy Links to Follow Along (Digitally, of course)

If you aren't on Twitter, please do so. Think of it as a personalized-digital-magazine. If you aren't sure where to start, ask a neighbor or ask a friend. It is an invaluable resource and means of connecting with other brilliant minds across the globe.

Today's Meet -

Our Hashtag - #wheretheyare14

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My Email -

My Twitter - @teachem2fish

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About Me

Angela Impellizzeri

1994 - Graduated from Eastern High School

1994-2009 - A Little Bit of College & School of Life (Auburn, UL, WKU, KCTCS, UL...)

2009 - Became a Teacher - Career & Tech Ed (CTE) - Alternate Certification

2013 - Graduated from Western Kentucky - Alternate Certification

2013 - Present - Still Teaching, Mentoring and Loving It

I teach 9th-12th.

Computer Technology & Multimedia Technology
Eastern High School - Louisville, KY

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Here's to the Crazy Ones, Think Different - Apple

Communication: Meeting Kids Where They Are

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. How could I be more present to what is happening in the classroom?
  2. How might being mindful change the nature of what my students and I experience here?
  3. How might mindfulness affect the ways in which my students and I communicate with one another?

Create a Space of Calmness

Starting class with a little down-time can be beneficial to some classrooms. This could be just adapting your current beginning-of-class practices with a more intentional or mindful approach.

People always tell us "not to stress out" but no one really tells us how to "not stress out" when a situation arises.

  • Music
  • Dimmed/Natural Lighting
  • Thought of the Day (Bellringer)
  • 6-second Meditation/Focusing
  • Mindfulness in Lesson Delivery
  • Fake it 'til you make it.
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"If we treat men as if they were as they could be - we bring them to where they can be brought."


Communication & Tools

Social Media is Changing the Way We Live & Learn

Haiti Earthquake & Tsunami - January 13, 2010

Red Cross + Technology

--pledging via text, email, Facebook groups, sharing, online donations


--sharing, cooperation, collaboration, collective action

Our Classrooms - Present Day

How can we harness social media platforms to better engage our students in ways that are beneficial and promote sharing, cooperation, collaboration, & collective action?

ISTE Standards - Easy Alignment

Students -

Teachers -

Informational Experiences

  • Fueled by Questions
  • Provokes Conversations
  • Refines Identity
  • Rewarded with a Currency (gold, coins, powers, permissions, attention)
  • Personal Investment - A Commodity
  • Guided by subtly made mistakes. Self regulation and modification.

Participatory Culture


What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media
Edited by Scott McLeod, Chris Lehmann, David Warlick

Excerpt by Henry Jenkins, 2006
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Find Out What Works for You

Which Tools?

Stormboard, Edmodo, Moodle, Schoology, Canvas, GoogleDocs, Office365, Angel, Blackboard, Twitter, Wiki, Evernote, EduBlogs, TeacherTube, KidBlog, Pocket, Remind101, Podcasting,, Lync, Skype, Animoto, Glogster, HaikuDeck, Smore, Wix, Prezi,, etc.


If it doesn't work, it was an experiment.

Document, especially when successful!

Deployment Schedule.

Develop a schedule for use. Will you update it daily, weekly, monthly, as needed? Set this in advance.

Parent Communication.

In most cases, these tools allow parents to easily follow students or your class, depending on how you use your online resource.

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(5-10 minutes discussing, sharing, and adding tools to list of engaging things to use in the classroom)

Add Resources Here

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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of a true education."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a very deep belief now that students do not do well academically unless they feel cared about, that they’re included, and that there’s a climate around them where they can take risks. When you create that kind of safe place, students are better able to learn. They’re better able to work with peers. They’re more comfortable in the classroom. There is a process where we can consciously create, both through curriculum and through the way we structure our classrooms, a place that enables students to feel that sense of community."

Excerpt from Dr. Sheldon Berman, former superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville. Published on

Social & Emotional Learning

The Greater Good Take on Education

"Over the last 20 years, our scientific understanding of human development has skyrocketed—and it’s creating a paradigm shift in how we educate our children. Scientists are now suggesting that cognitive development is only 50 percent of the education equation. The other half is social and emotional development."

-Greater Good, The Science of a More Meaningful Life

University of California, Berkeley

Core Themes:


You Probably Already Experience These:

Math: perseverance, hope, optimism

English: empathy, relationships, communication, awareness, mindfulness

In other words, be cognizant of these subtleties when students are working in groups and document where these emotional breakthroughs are happening.

To be successful in life, you need:

Communication + Concept + Connections

Violence in School Ends Thanks to David Lynch & Meditation

The Law (Effective: March 25, 2009)

KRS 158.6451 Legislation Declaration on Goals for Commonwealth's Schools - Model Curriculum Framework
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KRS 158.6451 in English:

  1. Use basic communication and mathematical skills.
  2. Apply core concepts in STEM + Arts to various situations they will encounter in life.
  3. Be an ethical, altruistic, responsible, and knowledgeable human being.
  4. Responsible and effective in community service.
  5. Critical Thinking Skills
  6. Connect and integrate experiences to acquire new information through various media sources.
  7. Express their creative talents and interests in visual arts, music, dance, and dramatic arts.

Eliminating Technology Frustrations & Creating Silver Linings

Research + Integrate + Observe + Repeat

There will be:
  • Miscommunications
  • Connectivity Issues
  • Username/Password Issues
  • Learning Curves
  • Impermanence of Technology
  • Success - Diversity of Delivery

You'll Need:

  • Puppies and Kittens
  • Tolerance, patience, & acceptance.
  • Organization
  • A Map

Use Statements Like:

Every day I'm going to ___________________________.

Each week I am going to _________________________.

In creating patterns with the use of technology, students will come to "look for" or expect this routine. They enjoy the consistency and patterns that develop inside and outside the classroom.

SESSION CHALLENGE: Linking it All Together

The Law + Common Core + Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) + Technology
Time: 15 minutes


  1. Think about your content area and how you teach what you teach.
  2. Think about your current opinions on Common Core and how approach them.
  3. Research and find online your Common Core guidelines.
  4. In the Common Core, find all 7 of the Goals as outlined by the state law (KRS 158.6451).
  5. How can you incorporate media & technology in your classroom to fulfill both Common Core and KYs law regarding educational goals?
  6. How much more exciting do the Common Core guidelines now seem?
  7. How much more enriching could your classroom be?
  8. Share at least *one* project idea you have for your content area with the group and which portion of the law you are addressing -

Putting It All Together - Collaboration + Technology

January 2013 - The following video and article, written by Eastern High technology teacher Angela Impellizzeri, highlights a fun collaboration between her video students, the language arts students of Carol Bryar, and the art students of Theresa Anderson. The three classes worked closely in November and December to produce a stop-motion animation video based on the students’ original story. This project is an example of how some schools integrate Core Content with Career and Technical Education.

Link to Full Article:

Link to Report:

" creating movies, students can participate in a highly engaging medium that has existed for more than 100 years."

- Matthew Needleman

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The King of Kings - A Collaboration
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Final Thoughts

"What do our children need to be learning today to be ready to succeed, prosper, and seize the opportunities of an unpredictable future - and how do they need to be learning it?"

-David Warlick

“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”

-Sir Ken Robinson

"Creative courage is the discovery of new forms, new symbols, new patterns on which society can be built."

-Rollo Mayo, The Courage to Create

"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
-Mary Oliver

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

Uploaded on Mar 17, 2010 Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world
Thank you for being here, showing up, and changing the world with your ideas.

Links I Love

5 Tips to Help Teens Manage Technology -

5-Minute Film Fest for Teachers -

BIE (Project Based Learning) -

Canvas (CMS) - (sample course)

Challenged Based Learning (Apple) -

Creating Lifelong Learners -

Design Thinking for Educators -

Edmodo (CMS) –

EdPuzzle -

Educators for Social Responsibility -

Edutopia -
Online Timer -

Film English -

Free Tech for Teachers -

Greater Good -

Haiku Class (CMS) –

ISTE & Common Core -

ISTE Standards for Students -

ISTE Standards for Teachers -

KETs Arts Resource Page -

PadLet -

Planbook -
PBS Learning Media -

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Schoology (CMS) -

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STLP Kentucky -

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TubeChop -

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Video in the Classroom -

Wix (website creation) -

Word Sift -

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