Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

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    Amazon vs. Netflix the Streaming Debate

    Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

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    Amazon vs Netflix the Streaming Debate

    “Amazon vs. Netflix. Which would you choose for #streaming?”

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    Amazon

    The Big Bang Theory!  Amazon was the place to go to get all the back seasons.   However, not being a  Prime member,  Amazon is starting  to  restrict sales of some items to its members.  Will shows like the Big Bang Theory be one of them?

    Creating another level  within Amazon, will not  increase their sales. The Prime-exclusive membership is just a copy cat of what Netflix has been doing all along.   Except Netflix doesn’t have all the hidden costs.

    The restricting of the non-Amazon produced items is troubling.  Since other online outlets have the non-Amazon items, why would Amazon want to resist them?  It makes me think of the quote “if it isn’t broke – don’t fit it”. 

    Netflix

    Being able to watch as many movies as I want, and the ability to share with up to three people –  Netflix got my attention.  With busy lives, and kids going here and there – it has saved me more than once.  The truth however is, that Netflix doesn’t have the latest and greatest hits rolling out as fast as some of their competitors  (neither does Amazon), but Netflix is at least consistent, and there are no restrictions.   Netflix still has their DVD options to buy, but it is easier to go to Google Play, or a host of other locations  if you want to augment your viewing on demand preferences.

    Unlimited Data

    As someone who uses their mobile data for everything, streaming is important to me.  It doesn’t matter if it is checking my mail, watching the news, downloading/streaming movies, or making a purchase -I want my online experience to be seamless.  The whole opt in/opt out, or become a member / super-prime-mega-star member  scenario is just bad mojo to me.  I don’t want to deal with a business marketing strategy that is built on a copy cat system made up by your competitor, except yours includes hidden fees you added as some kind of bonus.

    Sign up here NOW for a full year!  Other fees and charges may apply!

    Amazon might be cutting off its own foot despite itself.  Amazon doesn’t  control  non-Amazon products.  That is a serious turnoff to a buyer like myself.  The non-Amazon producers should also consider this when they allow someone to lock-up their product.  Or at least have the good sense to list in a variety of other online locations.

    • The Amazon list of movies isn’t any different than Netflix.  They are basically the same, except for their own in-house developed programming.
    • You have to pay for a full year up front with Amazon.
    • Amazon also makes you pay extra for prime shows.   Why, when you can view them elsewhere without a prime membership?
    • Amazon’s recent and popular TV episodes run you an additional  $1.99 to $2.99 per episode.

    With  the upfront  yearly fee, and the addition prime charges, that doesn’t equate to a bargain Amazon.

    Both services allow for watching as many movies as you want , on any number of devices.  Just about the only good thing about Amazon is you can download a movie for later viewing offline, and you get a two-day free shipping on some items.  Which neither are relevant to me.

    One Stop Shopping

    I like one-stop shopping as well as the next person, but I would say buyer beware if Amazon thinks they can control all the markets by shutting out potential buyers.

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    There are a host of other online streaming services, like Hulu, and iTunes and HBO,  but they all have some quirky setups and costs that haven’t proved to be of much value to me.

    Getting back to Netflix, I do have some issues with their service.  Netflix could use an upgrade to more current movies and shows.  To be honest I’m not much into the shows they have developed on their own.  Same with Amazon, the shows aren’t all that good.

    Netflix probably has my vote as far as streaming entertainment. You can watch as many movies as you like and you can do that on a host of different devices in your home.

    • Netflix’s new releases for TV are a bit outdated (about a year).  But you can view them without having to have a Prime membership.
    • There is no yearly membership.  It’s monthly and you can easily drop or add service as your budget allows.

    I don’t want to pay an upfront yearly fee to join a service like Amazon  (who also has hidden prime costs).  I will continue to utilize Netflix who has the same shows, but allows me to cancel and re-subscribe anytime I like, and has NO hidden prime costs.

    Television – what’s that?

    For those who don’t watch a lot of television, or do not subscribe to a paid television service,   Netflix does a better job of speaking to these online buyers.  More people are going the route of not subscribing to a paid television service – if  for no other reason than to escape the crappy ads.  If people aren’t watching television, they aren’t going to appreciate the hard sales coming from Amazon, Netflix, or anyone else for that matter.

    The turnoff from high pressured sales  and ads are  just too much for this group of viewers.  They don’t get into to politically run media talking point programs, nor the constant deluge of negative ads about the sick and dying.  That is one reason  why many are dropping out of paying for television services – “it is depressing”.

    While my vote does go to Netflix for offering a steady and solid product, nothing will ever replace a night out at the movies.  Yes, it costs more to go out and see a show, and the popcorn isn’t cheap either – but the benefits are a plus.

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    Basic Education – DeLorean Style

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    The Technological Wave and The Stones

    The Technological Wave and The Stones

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    The Technological Wave and The Stones. 

    It looked rather harmless, and it was slow moving.  But what we didn’t see was the monstrous wave it was ushering in.  Technology blanketed the land like a giant snow storm that would never end.  Technology has so transformed the business and educational environments, that a whole generation has grown up around it. It’s like the elephant in the room, you can’t ignore it.

    Learning & Instructional Design in the Digital Age

    Moving rocks

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    Digging ourselves out of a digital storm on a daily basis has become the business norm. Shovel a little technology here, and pile a little over there. I listen as the newbies to the techno scene weigh in with their memorized quotes and rhetoric, yet they have never really dabbled on the dark side of technology, that place we can the “Back End”.

    “Front End” users navigate a keyboard with words, numbers, dashes, and pics, not noticing the back end code running swiftly and silently out of their view. They don’t see the people working the magic to keep their systems running fast and network error free. Nor do they see the developers, instructional designers, and engineers as they design and redesign systems and platforms. But let one piece of code or a hiccup happen on the network, and those same front end uses become instant rocks – unable to roll.

    But let one piece of code or a hiccup happen on the network, and those same front end uses become instant rocks – unable to roll.

    SOLUTIONS TO SUCCESS

    In front of me is a pile of rocks. You may be a small pebble, or you may be a huge stone. But together you and I are no more than a pile of rocks. That is our total sum. It is now time to get this pile of rocks rolling.

    How to develop your online instructional course and get your students learning (stones rolling) is challenging for all us in education. What we do know is that it’s about helping guide students through the learning process. We as instructors become the guides (the back end developers) allowing the student to work through the problem to an end solution. Students don’t want to hear that they can’t use technology. For those that say “they don’t know how to use technology”, my answer to them is “Let’s show them how”!

    For those that say “they don’t know how to use technology”, my answer to them is “Let’s show them how”!

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    We don’t necessarily have to know all the back end details and design of a system to be able to use the product. What we do need to know is our students will rely on us to show them how to use the system wisely, and with a purpose.

    * Guide a student, and help them gain the skills they will need to be successful, and they will remember you.

    *Direct a student, and control the outcome, and they will forget you.

    The Technological Wave and The Stones. If technology is going to blanket the land, we need to make sure the designs that come from this never ending storm are beneficial to all the rocks in the pile.

     

     

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    Bring on the Fall – Moab Utah Style!

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    Bring on the Fall - Moab Utah Style!

     

    Fall is always a favorite time of year for me.  I like the mildly cool mornings and warm afternoons.  Sunshine is generally in abundance in this part of Utah, Moab.  Autumn leaves occur normally on the high La Sal mountains in September, but in town they don't start to turn in all their glory until the end of October.   

    The Red Rock and Sand Stone cliffs that border Moab Utah offer lots of extra months of fun and activities for the  like-minded recreationist.  Hiking, jeeping, biking - rock climbing - it's in full swing this time of year.  The temps don't dip down until mid to late December.  Living the dream?  You bet. 

    dd Bring on the Fall - Moab Utah Style!There is a glow in the evenings that seems to have a calming effect on the senses here in the valley.  You have to live here to appreciate the desert seasons.  Not your typical winter, spring, summer, fall.  The seasons in Moab are more like winter (really short), then spring, hot spring, summer, hot summer, hot fall, mild fall, and back to short winter.   We are still in hot fall.   I had roses growing outside my office window one year in January.  It's just an amazing desert. 

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQXAAAAJDhkOWQ5ZDQxLWZlOTMtNGYxYS1iMTVmLTA5ZGEyOGNmOTMwNw Bring on the Fall - Moab Utah Style!We Moabites do live in a pretty place.  Tourists come  to visit us regularly and are from all  walks of life, rich and poor.  Some even know the local dialect "RELAXED".  

    I'm going to enjoy the fall for a little while this year.  The rains will knock the leaves off the mountain brush in a hurry.  But in town I plan on kicking back and enjoying the last big hooray of  the dog days of summer (mild fall). 

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAARTAAAAJGY4OTVkNTY3LWEyZTEtNDQ5Ny1hMTA2LTUzOWY0YThjYWJjNA Bring on the Fall - Moab Utah Style!For sure there are other things I should be doing - but life only goes around once, so it is good to make the best of it.  Nature gazing is one of my favorite hobbies. 

    With five natural parks in the area and several state parks - there is no limit to the fun one can have here.  But for me, sitting on porch, and enjoying the afternoon fall sunset - it's priceless.  

     

    Happy Fall!

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    Mad and Weird Science

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    The Way Forward Starts Here - What Went Right

     

    Let's face it, unless you add some type of entertainment into your science lesson, students are going to wane on you. Dr. Fly's Reviews offers some unique science related games and sims .   You can find more on Edtechteacher .  They have a great list of programs and informative content to keep the busiest of students motivated and engaged.

    Adults too.

    Trying to stay on top of the latest trends in science and mathematics is never ending.   MIT  has a great listing of courses to help keep the old brain frisky to learn.  There are other free online science courses being offered at a lot of different universities across the country.  I was surprised to see my own stomping grounds  Utah State University,  on the list. Go Aggies!   

    Terminology  - say what? 

    I was split-teaching between  the high school  and the middle school science departments last week.   I am not a science major by no means - but I like science.  So filling in for that department is always fun for me.  Just picking up the books and observing the surroundings is fascinating.  I probably couldn't give you an on the spot review of meiosis vs. mitosis, but I get the concepts.   If you can get your students to understand the concepts, you are halfway there.  By the end of the week, I had the terms down to a science (pun intended). 

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPfAAAAJGI2Y2RkODAxLTA0NzAtNDI4YS1hZWYyLTAyYmM0MGNlZTNlOQ-1-214x300 Mad and Weird ScienceSurprisingly there are still a lot of people who envision Science as some stale environment where everyone is wearing white lab coats, donning four inch thick rimmed glasses, while gawking into microscopes, and filling petri-dishes.   Nothing could be farther from the truth.   Believe it or not, learning about the elements can be an adventure all by itself.  Terminology must be taught.  In order to effectively teach science requires a teacher who can get into the hands-on-teaching aspects, and inspire students to pull up their sleeves and get their hands dirty!  

    Science 101!  

    The lesson we were involved with at the high school  had to deal with agriculture science, and the nutrients in domestic animal feed.  Yep, we were learning about all things "Cow". That included elements going into the cow, chewing the cud, and the final excrement process.  I can assure you those students will never forget the lesson on "Cows".  Nor shall I!  Luckily, for this lesson there were no hands on contact with any part of the "Cow".  AAEAAQAAAAAAAATDAAAAJDgxNWFhNGMzLTQ4ZjAtNDEzOS1iYWQxLTZjMTVhMTA3YmIwNA-300x225 Mad and Weird Science

    Cleaning the guinea cage and feeding Mom.

     Somewhere between "Cow" intestines, and gut, there were other classroom duties that needed tending to.  In the back of the classroom  were three furry little guinea pigs.  Butter who is the fat one, and two others who were not hurting in the fat department.  Sorry I'm not  discriminating due to Butter's size, she was just the most lovable.  There was also an oversize fish tank with one slightly older goldfish named "Mom".  One of my duties for the week were to feed and tend the living quarters  of these highly sensitive and not so rare creatures.  

    I quickly delegated the task of guinea pig cage cleaner to one particular student.  He promptly re-delegated the guinea pig cage clean up duties to two other students, who expressed their concern with him dealing with the animals.  He was forthright in his duties of feeding Mom.  However, it did require that we strain the excess goldfish flakes  from the tank.  He dumped a 1/4 of the bottle into the tank.  We moved on from there.  

    When in doubt stick in a movie!  

    The Lecture

    While I don't mind ditto sheets for teaching, there is a lot to be said for leaving the answers for one to be able to teach on the topic.  With a 47 question and answer session in front of me, I spent the better part of three hours researching and preparing for a life science  lecture to help student with an introductory chapter.  Mind you, I'm no science major, so they only got what I was able to research.  There was another science teacher in the room adjacent to me, so I was able to get some of the simpler concepts out of the way, thanks to her help.  

    Yes I opted for the movie option.  But not completely.  I only did a 12 minute movie, and then I took the challenge - I taught science.  Students who didn't have a clue about science, nor were they willing to sit still in class for 10 minutes,  were writing for me!  They were writing and taking notes, they were asking questions.  The kid who over fed Mom, was my main bright and shining star!   His grade just hit a D- I am sure.  He was proud to turn in the 47 questionnaire with all the answers. He exclaimed, I know what "CHONS" stands for!

      Together, I took those students  on a science journey - one that gave them a glimpse of what real MAD COW science really looks like.  It was WEIRD.  They liked WEIRD.  But they learnt that science has value, and that their thoughts matter, no matter how MAD or WEIRD those thoughts may be.

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    If you don't remember  the elements of CHONS from your science years, go look them up.  It's a challenge!  Better yet, create your own puzzle and give it out to your staff  or students to solve.  CHONS has  to do with "Cow", and the nutrients "Cow's" need. 

     

     Middle School

    If you can image 25 to 30 students all between the ages of 12 and 13, each  given a laptop, and told to write about an animal of their choice; hope to God that the choice is not a "Cow". 

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    AAEAAQAAAAAAAAj6AAAAJGMwMDk3NTdlLTAwYWMtNGUwOC05NmM2LTk5MmYwMzNkMTEwNw-300x200 Mad and Weird ScienceComputer technology has come a long ways in the halls of education.  These 7th grade students were easily navigating online power point  programming, and linking web addresses for citings and other research materials.  Embedding images in my day weren't taught until I was in college!  Students today are so digitally savvy it is almost bionically creepy.  WEIRD MAD science. 

    Pre-test - whose the real scientists in the group?

    I did give a pretest quiz to the 7th graders.  It was one of those quizzes where you had to look up the answers in the book.  That was a sleeper assignment.  I decided to make it a winner take all event, and hand out treats to those who could answer the questions verbally.  But first they had to do the following:

    1.  Research the topic

    2. They had to spell the word to the class

    3. Read the definition to the class

    Since it was all open book, it allowed those students who weren't hard core academic's to get involved!  They were!   Students after my own heart. I will do anything for chocolate.  Well, almost anything within reason. 

    Science technology has grown over the years.   So have students, in how they learn and acquire science knowledge.  They aren't going to just answer  ditto sheets  and have that  become the building blocks of knowledge.  Who teaches that way anymore?    Actually I would personally like to burn all ditto sheets as a rebellious protest!  Let them learn "Cow".   Hands on! 

     

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    But I Like My Rose Colored Glasses

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    But I Like My Rose Colored Glasses

    Not that anyone would notice, but I kind of like my rose colored glasses.  Ten years ago maybe not, but  today - you bet.  I look at the world around me and I find myself at times wanting to shut it out.  Being a normally happy-go-lucky person, saying I want to shut the world out is a big statement for me.  

    I think age changes how we spend our free time, and who we choose to spend it with.  While a few of my friends could still be accused of running around with a lampshade on their head,  a larger number of them have graduated to being a bonified home body. I find myself stuck in the middle of my friends -   I'm not a wild child, nor a doormat.  But when the two sides get to be over-whelming for me - out come my rose colored glasses.  Glasses needed to be able to fit all those around me into that neat little mind box.

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    Glasses needed to be able to fit all those around me into that neat little mind box. 

    Age (and my glasses)  makes  tolerance for others easier.  It also makes me more aware of the little things that often get overlooked.  But with my rose colored glasses that is all I am searching for anyways - the little things

    From Monday to Friday, or whatever the workweek looks like - finding those spare moments to look at the positive and not focus on the negative aspects of the job are important.  It is okay if you take a peek through your rose colored glasses if you need a pick me up once in a while.  What they help you understand is: 

    1. You have a job 

    2. Maybe you have a great position or work with others on a wonderful project

    3. Maybe you have the ability to do what you want on the job, and people trust you. 

    4. Maybe you are the employee morale builder. 

    Whatever your circumstances, see number one above if you on the bridge of your nose and look forward.  I don't understand how people can be so dissatisfied with just having enough.  Maybe until people begin to  understand what it is like to not have enough -that  they will begin to see things through a different lens.  

    If you have something, something you earned - then life is good.  If you have nothing, and you haven't earned anything, make personal changes in your life.  Do whatever it is to help yourself feel satisfied.  Not too much, not too little, just enough to afford a set of rose colored glasses.  You'll need them. 


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    Down the Rabbit Hole

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    Down the Rabbit Hole

    As teens, we all needed validation for our actions. Especially those actions  that lead to some form of academic success.  The truth, if fully known, was that as a teenager, that path was often riveted with rabbit holes. Many times in the process of learning, our foot would slip and down we would go.  The best thing we could  hope for was  a caring/forgiving teacher  waiting for us at the end of that hole, to help us get back up on our feet again. We also hoped our parents would be there to support us as we tried again to master the tasks we were being asked to do.

     The real teaching starts at the bottom of the hole.  It begins when you have a student or group of students who have given up.  Given up on education; the system that is supposed to be there for them.  They have given up on attempting to better their place in society.  Some have even given up on their families because the home environment is so toxic.  That is where the real teaching begins.  I want to put this out there:   validation – kids you are worth it.

     Validation – kids you are worth it

    You cannot plan for a student to fail - not unless you are a monster.  There is so much going on in a students  world that helps contribute to the process of failing, flunking out, acting out, and not caring about how their behavior affects others.   Sometimes their behavior is off the charts – but a good teacher will not react.  A good teacher knows that you have to slowly bring your student(s) back up the rabbit hole.  It is okay if you  spend a little extra of your time to help them dig out – those kids need your time.  That is what they are missing “time”.

     That is what they are missing “ time”.

     With time comes consistency.  With consistency comes knowledge.  Each student will have a different perspective when it comes to learning.  As with discovery learning which  utilizes the techniques of a variety of instructional methods.  For example: just using the basic terminology of Problem Based Learning (PBL), Discovery  Learning (DL), and Inquiry Learning (IL) you have to have some type of a knowledge base for your student(s) to  start from.  

     Direct instruction or step-by-step learning is good in many cases, but if the students already have a solid knowledge base, then a constructive learning environment with some scaffolding tools can become an effective learning environment.  You have to meet your students where they are. Some are stuck in a rabbit hole, and they keep digging deeper.  It is your job to help them turn back up the hole. 

     Not all learners will be same.  A good instructor and/or designer should be open to the differences and adjust methods accordingly.  You need a good knowledge base within a constructive learning environment for  your students.  A beginner  student, can and will run into cognitive overload very quickly if  they don't have a good knowledge base. That overload is subject to  increase exponentially when the student has already experienced education in a negative way.  

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    Students who have experienced  overload, can and will form a pack – a disruptive pack if left to their own devices.  Students  will act out alone and/or together, and you will find your classroom out of control because of it.  

    So what can you do to help  as a teacher,  to stop your student from  running down a rabbit hole?  The first thing is to admit that you might have something to do with the problem.  Once you can admit that - then you can start looking for what went right.  That is  the answer - what went right.  When we start to examine the things that went right, no matter how small, that gives us a starting point. What went right  is your strength. 

    I am not a collaborative learner by nature.  A lot of students I know aren't either.  I prefer to work from my own little sphere; minimal collaboration is best for me. But, at the same time I have learned to work with others and collaborate very well.  It took time, and  I didn’t change overnight,  I wouldn’t expect my students to change overnight either. 

    Cognitive overload is such a real concern for me - but if left alone I discover what needs taken care of - and I do it.  Sometimes we need to give our students time to figure out the problem(s) too.  Time – it’s what it takes.

     The scaffolding techniques that I use are of course - are the computer and the internet.  Everything is online. I need to have access to terminology and quick reference definitions. I have to understand what I'm reading.  Take for instance the three basic constructive learning models.  Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Inquiry Learning and Discovery Learning.  One could take a cursory look at these and assume they are the same, but they are not.   Our  students cannot tell the difference  either,  yet many instructors attempt to make them do so right off the bat.   Our student, are all uniquely  different.  They can fall within any  combination of all the learning models listed above. The can also fall down a rabbit hole. 

     Problem-based learning attempts to provide the learner with self-directedflexible knowledge,  and fundamental incentives.  The outcome of PBL is to have students learn the process and content together.   Whereas, Inquiry Learning, which includes PBL, is often a facilitated approach to the investigation of problems or questions dealing with research or projects.  Discovery learning utilizes the techniques of a variety of instructional methods.    The learner already has a knowledge base from which to pull from, and they use that base in more of an experimental capacity to explore and manipulate data or objects.  

    They use that base in more of an experimental capacity to explore and manipulate data or objects   

    Not all environments need to be highly controlled.   Minimal guidance learning environments can be just as effective, especially if given the right scaffolding tools  with the student learned knowledge base.

    While all the models proclaim to do basically the same thing – some models contain more built-in guidance, than the other.    Direct instruction is not always best over PBL, IL or DL.  Scaffolding can make tasks easier, reduce the learners cognitive load, and helps to point out complexity.  A lot still depends on being able to examine the context and students whom you are working with.  Each will have a different perspective.  

     As we begin to help our student climb back out of the rabbit hole – we need to make sure we are back-filling  that hole with a strong knowledge base.  Sometimes back-filling means we have to try a different approach and give it time, while examining what went right - and keep doing it. 


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    Native American Studies – Reflections

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    Creative and Inspirational People


    When you ask, be prepared for an answer
     

    I approached the group with a short question pertaining to the movie. "If you could ask one question after watching this movie what would it be?" One young women responded by stating "How do you read white people?"  

    Others in the group were shocked that she would boldly state that to me  - but I thought it was appropriate.  She and I have an open understanding.

     I asked, she responded  

    We talked about the challenges of a number of different cultures and how the traditions of each of these cultures have suffered through the ages. 

    I then had the group write a brief paragraph expressing how the movie made them feel.  I wanted them to explain in their own words 1) the best parts of the movie, 2)the worst part of the movie, 3) and what they learned by watching the movie. 

    A Students View Point - Loss of Buffalo

    • The worst part for many was watching as the children were being forced to go to the white man's school. Losing Identity, Integrity,  Spirit and Pride. They were proud people, not deserving of the pain and suffering that was afflicted upon them.
    • The best part was when it was over.  Student's were saddened by the loss of many things, including the Buffalo which the white man slaughtered.  Grieving for a generation of elders who fought to hold onto the traditions - traditions they practice today.  Conviction on a personal level. A renewed spirit to find their own destinies. 
    • The Most Interesting was learning about the traditions. Wanting to know more, to learn, to absorb, and to make proud those who came before them and those who still walk the earth.  A real thirst to learn about who they are as people. 

    Culture and Traditions

    At what age group  in our American culture do you see  the most activity and enthusiasm for cultural studies?  When I asked the students this, I found that  they were way ahead of me.   

    Navajo Class

    One of the young ladies spoke of the clubs at the elementary level, but noted that the real learning comes in junior high (middle school) during Navajo Class.  In Navajo class the studies are more personal, and much detail is added.  The club structure allows the students to participate in events that are related to their culture, by building upon the foundations of their beliefs.  They embrace the cultural learning experience - this happens in middle school. 

    Native American Studies

    Native American studies at the high school level is more about all of the cultures combined.   Thus you see a more diverse group of students who have a yearning to learn the historical knowledge and gain their own perspective from the historical study.  

    Student Writings

    Raising a generation of young people that  will lead our society and pass down the cultural heritage of their forefathers is important.  When asked to collaborate on what part of their culture and traditions they most appreciated,  all were in agreement that family was of the first importance.  The following information was provided by the  Native American Studies students. 

    Language

    One student noted that when she was little, her mother would speak Navajo to her and her siblings.  While she cannot speak the language fluently, she understands the meaning of the words when she hears them speak.  Yet, not as much as she would like to understand.  There is a Navajo Language & Cultural Perpetuation Project that has gain momentum to try to preserve this language of the people.

    Dini Bizaad - Navajo Language & Culture A project to create comprehensive and accessible language learning materials for the web and mobile devices by collecting the spoken word of Navajo elders

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    Churches 

    The Native American Church leadership as told to me by one young women consists of:

    •  The Road man
    • The Cedar man
    • The Drummer
    • The Fire Chief

     

    The leaders of the church  perform the sacred ceremonies.  Ceremonies that last for days. It is an honor to learn the songs of the Native Americans.  Students want to learn peyote music in church, as well as drumming.  Some songs take a very long time to learn, but they are very important.  

    3-300x245 Native American Studies - ReflectionsOne student spoke about how her father learned drumming as child.  She expressed with great pride by stating ,"it is beautiful to hear my parents singing together.  My father taught my mother the songs. I love to hear them sing together".  

    Pottery

    Another student spoke openly about his adventures with his family who lived a long distance away.  Family,  grandparents, are very important.   Being able to travel and visit his family is important.  Help his grandfather with making traditional pottery;  not just making the pottery, but also going on trips to sell them with him. It's an art that is passed down from one generation to another. 

     Loss of Buffalo & the Anger

    One young student was angry, and I allowed her to write out her anger over what she had experience after watching the movie.  The love of the land and nature are  embedded into the caretakers of tomorrow.  The very fabric of their existence is  interwoven into the earth.  The Native Americans don't just learn the lessons of the past, they learn the stories - they enact the stories into their daily lives.  They continue with the ceremonies and traditions that others would seek to steal from them even today.  "The stories about the Loss of Buffalo are important.  The stories need to be told from one  generation to the next".  

    I believe she will tell those stories! 

    Totem Poles

    The art of building animal totems is a laborious one, yet rich in symbolic cultural and traditions.  Animal Totems. Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians and the meanings of the Animal Totems used by different tribes

     

    Teaching for the Future While Holding onto Tradition

    How we teach our children about other cultures is important.  The younger we teach them, the more influence we have with molding and shaping responsible relationships. 

    As I sit with my 6 year old granddaughter watching the movie Into The West, she hasn't said a word.  Already I can see she is a history buff.   She requests to view more of the series.  She is excited to see history unfold before her.  Once in a while she will look at me in amazement, or  place a hand over her mouth during a scene that elicits emotion.  We stop the movie, we chat, we move on, we learn, we grow. 

    There is a wealth of information that may be of interest for those who want to learn more about the Native Americans.  One study  on the Navajo Code Talkers  gives a fascinating look at probably the most famous use of the Navajo language outside of the Navajo Nation was during World War II. 420 young Navajo men were recruited and became Marines codetalkers during the war in the Pacific.  Their story is just one of many wonderful stories of Native American people.  

    Enjoy! 

     


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