Monday, May 31, 2010

Opportunities in Second Life: Learn More About PBS This Emotional Life

You are cordially invited to attend an overview session by Kimberly Flack (RL)/Kimmer Jameson(SL) on the PBS series, This Emotional Life, hosted by Virtual Ability Island:

Monday, May 31, 2010 @ 1:30 pm SLT
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @ 5:30 am SLT
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 @ 6:30 pm SLT

Click here to hop into the virtual world of Second Life and arrive at Sojourner Auditorium.

NOTE: If you do not yet have a Second Life account, this is a wonderful reason to create one! Virtual Ability offers a safe and supportive area to help you learn how to maneuver inside the virtual world. Find out more about how to create a free account here.

Not available at any of the above times to join a presentation?

There is also a 24/7 display you can explore on Health Info Island, also hosted by Virtual Ability. Learn more about all the topics in the online resources in more depth and explore at your own pace.

The highlights below give you a taste of what you will find if you attend a session or explore the interactive exhibit about PBS This Emotional Life:
  • Incredible video segments online
  • 24 hour crisis hotline
  • Resource Finder - Local, in your community
  • Blogs & Forums
  • For parents & educators of children birth to toddler: Early Attachment Toolkit
  • For families & individuals connected to the military: Military Family Toolkit

✿The Emmy Award-winning team of Vulcan Productions and the producers of NOVA have created a three-part series that explores improving our social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals.The series was produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions.

Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert, talks with experts about the latest science on what makes us “tick” and how we can find support for the emotional issues we all face.

Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Richard Gere.

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Learn more about Eight Educational Outreach-ASSET's efforts to promote This Emotional Life here: 

Learn more about Eight Educational Outreach-ASSET in SecondLife by clicking here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Avatar Academy! Join us this Summer for a NEW kind of camp...

The Avatar Academy! starts with a 4 hour face-to-face workshop (June 16, 2010 10am–2pm) to help all participants create Second Life accounts and begin to learn basics about the online interface. The face to face day ensures individuals feel comfortable with basic tools including moving, chatting, searching and exploring within Second Life. After the face to face day together, participants will meet online in Second Life to continue the learning! Professional development options online include activities with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), Virtual Pioneers (Social Studies Education), NPR Science Fridays, NASA, Virtual Abilities, and dozens of other professional organizations, colleges and universities offering online workshops. This model ensures in-depth learning focused on new teaching and learning methods. Participants will be asked to participate in an online environment to report on their events and travels in the virtual world. For participation in this professional development, participants will receive a certificate for 35 hours of professional development after completion of the online professional learning community. Click here to download flyer.

Take a peek at What Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo was providing in Colorado. ASSET is ready to provide this to you starting this Summer 2010 in Arizona! Join us! Click Here to Register. Believe me... you have never been to Summer Camp like this!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is a very special day in a very special week. Have you sent a note today to YOUR favorite teacher? How have you honored the teacher who made the biggest impact in your life? PBS Parents offers some wonderful ideas in their SuperSisters blog for helping your children creatively honor their teachers! Take a peek by clicking here.

A mom I work with received this note from her daughter today on Facebook and I asked her if I could share it:
"You are still the most important and my first teacher. I use the caring and wisdom I learned from you every day in my teaching! What better legacy?!
                                                                                     Happy Teacher's Appreciation Day!"

While we send thank you notes and hugs and appreciation to all our classroom teachers this week and today especially, don't forget to also thank your parents who were your first teacher. If you are a parent, I hope you will take time to think about what you teach your children - directly and indirectly. Explore the PBS Parents Child Development Tracker and give yourself some praise for helping your child or children accomplish the many milestones it takes to finally reach preschool and kindergarten! Celebrate the steps along the way and make sure you thank the teachers who helped you become who you are!  (Thanks included in the picture posted above to my dad reading with his grandson, my son!)