Any handout that is not attributed to another originator in print on that handout or in its listing on this page is my own original work.
I use these materials to get students all on the same page at the beginning of a semester. If the image text on the videos is too small for you to read, use your browser settings (under the “View” drop-down menu, probably) to make it bigger. The Windows shortcut to make the image bigger is Ctrl-+.
Things I Used to Know, a song by James Casto illustrating the fluidity of knowledge in a way that college students can easily relate to.
As we get older, what we perceive as ‘correct’ changes, and in turn, life gets harder. Yes, when I was younger, I thought about things completely differently than I do now. For example, ‘dying’ didn’t make any sense to me. But when my uncle died when I was 7, I quickly learned he wasn’t coming back.
- YouTube video for Sensory Diagram with Brain Glossing
The idea that brains filter all sensory information that is taken in makes perfect sense to me. This comes into play often in my life, especially when I am learning something. If I am interested in a topic, I remember much more about it than if it’s something that bores me.
- YouTube video for Social Knowledge-Making Diagram
People cling into groups with those we share common interests with them and only let others assimilate if they provide information or services that benifit the group. One example is politics. Everyone groups together in a way that gives them the most gains.
The reason we have to do group work is because we learn from each other. Everyone picks up things a different way. The idea makes sense to me. I can see the concept being used in my Psychology class. Different people view concepts differently and when they disagree or agree you learn new aspects of something.
- YouTube video for The Problem and Opportunity of Language
Over time communication changes and sometimes not everyone can understand you because you come from different times. I do agree with this, an example would be when I talk to my mom about something and she doesn’t quite understand. It’s because she was raised different at a different time and she doesn’t do exactly what I do.
- YouTube video for Don’t Be a Sheep
- YouTube video for The Making of Knowledge
- Higgins, Alexander. “How to Cross the US Mexico Border Illegally.” Alexander Higgins Blog. 30 Jul. 2010. Web. 30 Aug. 2010. <http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/07/30/how-to-cross-the-us-mexico-border-illegally-2567/> (Blog currently down. Snapshots available at the Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/)
- Singer, Audrey, and Douglass Massey. 1997. “The Social Process of Undocumented Border Crossing.” 1 Dec. 1997: i-28. Paper presented at the Meetings of the Latin American Studies Association, Guadalajara, April 19, 1997. Working Paper #27. Working Paper Series, The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, UCLA School of Public Affairs, UC Los Angeles. Web. 30 Aug. 2010. <http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/9gn7988r>