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Interested in speaking at this year's Silicon Valley EdTech Innovation Summit? Submissions close soon! http://edtechinnovation.sccoe.org #edtech Please Share!
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Join KQED at the STEAM Colloquium this Friday, January 30th in San Ramon.
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The wait is over! Head over to http://www.pbslearningmedia.org for the debut a brand new educational music video, "I Wanna See the States," performed by singer Forrest Kline from Hellogoodbye. Learn about the 50 States and discover a free all-inclusive learning module; complete with lesson plan, annotated lyrics, and blank maps. The song is also available to purchase on iTunes. Which is your favorite state?http://to.pbs.org/1AWl12R 
Grades 2-6: Pop band HelloGoodbye sings the about 50 States of America.
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#December-Assignment

An interesting theme in the news recently is how the US responds to kidnapping of US nationals and/or other threats. This came up earlier in December with the US raid in Yemen where two journalists (one American, one South African) were killed.  The South African may have been close to being released having raised ransom money while the US decided to use military efforts to release the American. As the month has moved on, we now have Sony being hacked and consequently pulling the movie The Interview. While one deals with the US government directly (the US raid) and the other deals with the US government indirectly (since Sony made the decision to pull the movie), both are controversial foreign policy decisions.

This is relevant to my students' study of US history as they read about and debate the merits of early American presidents' foreign policy, looking at decisions that led to the XYZ affair and decisions around the Barbary pirates. The debates that happened during those early years are the same debates that are happening today--what does the country do when threaten by an outside force? The movie being pulled especially is of interest to my students who are still forming their own ideas of what the freedom of speech means or doesn't mean.

Good media example of the story:

PRI: Seth Rogen, 17 days ago: I hope North Korea won't screw up 'Interview' release

https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-12-19/seth-rogen-11-days-ago-i-hope-north-korea-wont-screw-interview-release

Youtube of the interview: http://youtu.be/834gO3BYU2E

KQED: Did North Korea Benefit from the Sony Cyberattack?
http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/12/21/152208/did_north_korea_benefit_from_the_sony_cyberattack?source=npr&category=technology

NYT
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/22/business/media/hacking-at-sony-over-the-interview-reveals-hollywoods-failings-too.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=mini-moth&region=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0

The PRI recording is especially interesting since it includes clips from Seth Rogen who is asked about North Korea and it happened the day before the Sony hacking.

4.       Briefly brainstorm how you would use this story in your classroom. In thinking about this, describe how the story could align to a specific unit you’re covering (and/or state/CCSS standard). How would you make it accessible for your students? And what additional information or background context would you need (that’s not provided in the media example) to better understand the story and thoroughly explain it to your students? 

As my students have already completed our unit on early American presidents' foreign policy, they have some background on some of the nuances when making decisions. As they debate the discussions made, I am sure that they will need more context and information, which will be great push for students to research the background of their different arguments. 

The lessons I am envisioning involve the CCSS Speaking and Listening standards for 8th grade, specifically standard 8.1 (Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led, with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.) 

Students will read and listen to the different media options, taking notes to answer the question, "Did Sony make the right decision? Why or why not."  They need to support their decision with evidence from the given sources. Students will meet in small groups, discussing the question and supporting their statements with evidence. Students will record their discussions (as podcasts) so that I can analyze their discussion skills for all four sub-standards. 
Just day before the Sony hack, Seth Rogen was light and funny at a Harvard preview of the "The Interview." Now Sony has shelved for the film's release, a move President Obama said that was a mistake..
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Registration is now open for a new Solano County GAFE Summit! Both Napa and Roseville sold out so EdTech Team is hosting a third summit in Northern California. Please feel free to share these event details. We would love to see this event sell out as well! http://ca.gafe.com/solano
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I am passionate about educational reform, technology, literacy, disruptive thinking, the environment, and teaching students to be global citizens. Google Certified Teacher (MTV 2014)

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