Some Myths Revealed...

Some Myths Revealed...

I like to read blogs as a way to relax and unwind and I came across 10 Myths about Introverts.  I would like to give create to the author, but I am not sure who the author is but the user that posted it is Stealth521. 

As I was reading this post I thought "Wow this so discribes me to a T".  Incase you didn't realize it I am very much an introvert.  I find peace within myself and think a lot.  Some times the voices in my head have really good ideas.  I also like to solve problems or puzzles.  Give me a challenge and I thrive at trying to solve it. Below is copy of the post I stumbled upon.

10 Myths about Introverts 

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

In Front of the Green-Screen...

In Front of the Green-Screen...

Today we started our recordings in front of the green-screen.  My Social Studies classes are currently studying Ancient Greece.  The 1st part of our Ancient Greece project was the Greek Language and students had to create a name tag of their name in Ancient Greek writing.  Then over Spring Break they had to pick a project to create.  I had several from which they could pick from.  They not only had to make the item but they had to do some research about the item they made.  They were required to write a paragraph or two describing their project and the facts they found out about it.  They were also required to use to cite their resources.  When we returned from Spring Break my students were then instructed to take several photographs of their project.  They are also required to record themselves in front of the green-screen talking about the project they picked.

We will take their green-screen recordings and overlay them on top of the photographs they took, so it will look like their project is showing behind them.  We will use their video to make an Augmented Reality project that will also include their name tag and their presentation over Ancient Greece.  We will hang their name tags on the wall with instructions on which app to use to scan and see the Augmented Reality.

We are just starting so I will have tips and tricks for you later after I figure out a few things.

My Recording:

Student Recordings:

Dynamic Presentation with JUX...

Dynamic Presentation with JUX...

What is Jux?  Jux is away to showcase your stories. You share words, photos and videos for a dynamic effect. It works with Desktop/Laptop, iPad and iPhone.  This web tool would be great for a presentation, creative writing project, showcase a video project, or anything else you can dream.  To test out this dynamic tool I wrote a little note to my sons "Superpowers".


  • Try it out 1st before presenting it to your students.
  • For longer stories or projects add several pages.
  • Use bold dynamic photos to capture your audience. 

Ethan in the Clouds....

Ethan in the Clouds ....

I recently attending the MACE 2013 conference in Manhattan, KS.  One of the session I attended was Digital Media and the use of Green-Screens and Digital Storytelling.  During Spring Break I took a portion of one of my classroom walls and painted it green.  My son Ethan had to be my 1st victim, I mean volunteer to demonstrate the use of a Green-Screen.  Using iMovie I made a 50 second clip putting Ethan in various scenic photographs.  

You can use still photographs or video clips and overlay on top of either another photograph or video clip as long as your main subject is in front of a green or blue screen.

My Goal: 

I teach my students how to draw using Google Draw.  This nine weeks they will be working on a creative writing project were they will use Google Draw to illustrate their story. Once they are done with their story they will tell their story infront of the Green-Screen.  I will them show them how to overlay their video of them telling their story on their illustrations.  My vision is to have my students become apart of their story.

Tech Tips:

  • If you are wearing green don't be in front of the Green-Screen.
  • Use a lot of light to get rid of shadows.
  • Turn on Advance Settings in iMovie.

Sparking Ideas....

Sparking Ideas ....

Pinterest is wonderful for sparking ideas.  I really like looking through Pinterest to see what other people are making, baking, or saving for later.  I have board in Pinterest of some of things I've made thanks to other people either creating and sharing or finding it and saving it for later.  For Easter I saw that someone made a wreath using plastic eggs.  I spent $2.00 on a bag of medium plastic eggs and $1.00 on a bag of small plastic eggs.  A hot glue gun, an unfinished wreath, and 45 minutes later I had this cute Easter Egg Wreath I can hang in my classroom.


  • Follow people in Pinterest that have the same interest as you.
  • Keep your boards organized.
  • Share what you are making, baking, or saving.
  • Make sure the link you pin is not broken.

Some of My Boards: