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Blog entries are solely the opinions of the authors, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of any organizations or individuals associated with Oz Technology Company GBC.

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Equity & Diversity

Equity & Diversity

All things being equal… or not.

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Learning

Learning

Bits in… bits out…

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Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

What kind of world do you want to leave for the future?

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SPAR Network

SPAR Network

SPAR is Suicide Prevention, Awareness, & Response

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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Reality is on stage looking back at us.

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Thoughts

Thoughts

Ideas that need a place to go.

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Youth Development

Youth Development

Teach our children well… we can learn a lot from them.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015 17:12

Paragraphs of Social Skills

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Social skills must be ingrained in the lesson plans. There are four steps to social skill mastery: awkward, phony, mechanical, integrated. This reminded me of a chart I saw back in early 2000s: unconsciously incompetent, consciously incompetent, unconsciously competent, and consciously competent. In other words, (1) you don't know what you don't know, (2) you know what you don't know, (3) you don't know what you know, and (4) you know what you…
Friday, 27 March 2015 17:04

OED #8: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

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WIIFM. What's in it for men. This Office of Equity and Diversity workshop was about women and the glass ceiling. As is tradition, it is pointed out that the portraits on the wall of the Presidents Room is white men. We did a variety of exercises to discuss and demonstrate the glass ceiling, and what men and women can both do to overcome the negative drawbacks of a university run by men. As…
Friday, 27 March 2015 17:03

OED #6: Educating about Equity and Diversity

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There were five tips for educators of equity and diversity: Assess the situation. Model the behavior you want. Model active listening behaviors. Use yourself as an example. Reframe. Reframe. Reframe. We identified some challenges and strategies for addressing those challenges: Challenge #1: Saying the right thing. Strategies include: having a discussion versus proving right, keeping relationship, and be open minded & listen. Challenge #2: Building Confidence. Strategies include: practicing with friends, family, and…
Audience. Who are you speaking to? Who will see your message, and who will be affected by it? You don't always know how far-reaching your message will be. This workshop talked of communication. Messages and strategies used to convey brand, design, media relations, social media, and crisis management are discussed. A person with a highly visible position, such as a Public Relations Representative, is encouraged to use extreme caution whenever they publicly post, regardless…
Saturday, 07 March 2015 17:13

A Paragraph of Cooperation

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Cooperative Learning is a collection of theories and practices that encourage learning from positive interdependence and promotes individual accountability. Learning groups may be formed by formal and informal means, for long and short term assignments, respectively. Retention and achievement both improved as cooperative learning was integrated into the learning environment. Cooperative learning improved social skills of both students and teachers. I find it striking that cooperative learning is directly related to improvements in…
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 17:01

OED #3: Working in Committees

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This workshop was not as insightful. I never like meetings and committees. Not to mention, early morning is not my thing. The other workshops were afternoon sessions. Those who know me know I need my sleep, or I check out for the day quite soon. As it is, I usually need a nap to get through the day. Those are the facts of my own documented barriers to education. I know these, but part…
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 21:55

Embedding SoundCloud

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For Climate Generation’s Climate Minnesota program, we’ve embedded SoundCloud audio clips into the Webpage to allow for quick access to oral story telling.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:00

OED #2: Today was an It's-A-Small-World Day

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Today, I attended the second of ten workshops in equity and diversity. I sat next to a woman who knows the Executive Director of the Will Steger Foundation that I am Webmaster for, with whom I had just met with that morning. On the other side of me sat an Associate Dean. When I got home, I logged into a social media site to see a post from the former Executive Director of…
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Blog entries are solely the opinions of the authors, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of any organizations or individuals associated with Oz Technology Company GBC.