Revisiting your ‘Friend’s’ perspective – making the old new again

Friends

If you spent any length of time in North America in the 1990’s watching TV then you’ll know the show Friends.  You’ll also likely have the opening song resonating somewhere in the dusty recesses of your mind.

Prepare to haul it out & take a new listen.

It’s lovely.  Somewhat haunting.  Evocative.  And new.

Perspective.  Revisited.

What’s something you can haul out & revisit with new eyes?

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Take comfort in this sweet sweet sheltering

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Photo Credit: jeffreyw via Compfight cc

We all need shelter.

And …

We all provide shelter.

Whether through a helping hand, a kind word, a smile or even a belly.  Yes belly.

Love both the comfort this pig takes in the dog’s shelter & the dog’s kindness in the video below.  Check it out..

Chuckle & enjoy.

P.S. I’ve been away from blogging for a bit.  Miss me?  I’m back with all sorts of refreshing tales including, wait for it, I’m headed to Jonathan Field’s The Good Life Project Camp in New York this summer.  (Insert big, sloppy grin here)

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Replacing the grinding & gnashing of teeth that technology can induce with some chortles

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Photo Credit: Elsie esq. via Compfight cc

If you’ve ever found yourself grinding your teeth during a conference call then prepare to chortle while relating to this short video below.

I teach a course on using social media for learning & development purposes & one thing that most of my participants have in common is frustration with technology.  It’s an inclusive club.

Enjoy the video, it’s a completely different perspective on something we’ve all likely experienced.  Enjoy.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Using ICTs to enhance teaching & learning

 

ICTs to enrich teaching learning

You may recall that I was the instruction designer for & taught one of the modules of a recent MOOC (massive open online course) on using ICTs to enhance teaching & learning.

Spiffy new news – you can get the whole course right here.  Simply click on the links to download the pdfs.  Enjoy!

Course overview

Using ICTs to enrich teaching & learning Module 1

Using ICTs to enrich teaching & learning Module 2

Using ICTs to enrich teaching & learning Module 3

Using ICTs to enrich teaching & learning Module 4

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Hidden gems in Google Maps- learn how to scroll through time

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Steve Dotto is a tech guru who regularly films easy to understand videos.  I stumbled across his video on hidden gems in Google Maps, like this one…

1. Go to a place where you think Google has mapped by street view (hint: not in Kenya).  I clicked on London & bingo.

2. Click on street view

3. Click on the little clock like icon (seen in picture below).  If it doesn’t have a clock it means it won’t work for the area or address.  Try another place.Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 4.47.34 PM

4. Toggle the date below to shift your view.Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 4.48.31 PM

5. Sit back amazed as you scroll through time. Literally

See more tips from the adorable tech guru Steve Dotto in his video below.

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Creating social videos with your smart phone

Social videos with smart phoneThere’s no end to creative tools to teach, communicate, listen, learn, leverage & have fun.

Here’s a great round up of how to create a social video with your smart phone via Social Media examiner which I came across through Bonnie Sainsbury.

3,2,1 action…

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How to get people to stop peeing on your walls…

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Photo Credit: lindaaslund via Compfight cc

What do you do if you’re sick & tired of having drunks pee on your house wall after the bars  have let out?

Check out this uber creative response.  Talk about thinking outside the proverbial box or in this case, paint can.

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The Good Life Project via Jonathan Fields

Good Life PRojectI love listening to podcasts.  When I’m working out, somehow learning about something new makes the sweat easier to bear.

One that’s caught my attention recently is Jonathan Field’s ‘Good Life Project’ where he interviews diverse folks about, well, what makes for a good life.  The image above is his ‘Living Creed‘.

Good stuff here.  Illuminating perspectives.

Grab a podcast. Take a good listen.

Grab his Good Life TV. Take a good look.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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90-year-old Priscilla Sitienei is the oldest primary student in the world

Oldest primary student

 

Check out the following post from Mighty Girl.  To have such a strong, unquenchable thirst for learning is powerful & inspiring.  Check out Priscilla Sitienei, who goes to primary school with her great-great-grandchildren.

At Leaders Vision Preparatory School in Ndalat, Kenya, one student stands out from the rest — 90-year-old Priscilla Sitienei! The nonagenarian, who attends school alongside six of her great-great-grandchildren, is believed to be the oldest primary school student in the world. Although she never had an opportunity to learn to read and write as a child, Sitienei now hopes that her example will inspire the children of her community to understand just how valuable education is.

Affectionately known as Gogo, which means “grandmother” in the local Kalenjin language, Sitienei has been a midwife for 65 years and she even delivered several of her 10 to 14-year-old classmates. When she first applied to the school, they refused her admission until they realized how committed she was to getting an education. Five years after she began studying, Headmaster David Kinyanjui says “I’m very proud of her. Gogo has been a blessing to this school, she has been a motivator to all the pupils. She is loved by every pupil, they all want to learn and play with her.”

Now a class prefect, Sitienei participates in all of the classes, including math, English, PE, dance, drama, and singing. And, she also teaches her fellow students about local customs and traditions. Expectant mothers still seek her out and she assists with deliveries when needed. Part of her motivation for reading and writing is to pass on her midwife expertise and her knowledge of herbal medicine to further generations.

Sitienei told BBC News that she will confront children she sees who have left school and ask why. “Too many older children are not in school… I see children who are lost, children who are without fathers, just going round and round, hopeless. I want to inspire them to go to school.” she explained. “They tell me they are too old. I tell them, ‘Well I am at school and so should you.’” She hopes that her example will also inspire children around the world: “I want to say to the children of the world, especially girls, that education will be your wealth, don’t look back and run to your father. With education you can be whatever you want.”

To read more or watch a video about Priscilla Sitienei’s inspiring story on the BBC, visit http://bbc.in/1yLGIkD

For a classic Mighty Girl book about a grandmother proving it’s never to late to learn, check out “The Wednesday Surprise” for ages 4 to 8 athttp://www.amightygirl.com/the-wednesday-surprise

For more stories about girls and women fighting for their right to an education, visit our “Educational Access” book section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/…/social-issu…/educational-access

To help children and teens better understand the challenges many children around the world face in order to go to school, we’ve also put together a post featuring our favorite books for young readers on children’s educational access issues: “Honoring Malala: Mighty Girl Books on Children’s Fight for Education” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog/?p=4057

 

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A Debate Between An Atheist And A Christian Has Quite A Surprising Result (via Upworthy)

These small clay hands & found stone 'heart' sit on my desk.  For we all simply to hold & be held with love.
These small clay hands & found stone ‘heart’ sit on my desk. For we all want to hold & be held with love.

I originally found this illuminating video on Upworthy. It’s a debate between an atheist & a Christian. Check it out. Especially at this time of year, we could all do with a little more tolerance & understanding.

If you’re religious, think about the last time you had a talk with an atheist about religion. If you’re an atheist, think about the last time you talked religion with someone who was devout.

Now think how you would have liked that to go.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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