Dial Up the Fun of Online Learning!

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Meet the Maker

Amber Hardy Soto
Copyright by Renee Bowen (reneebowen.com)

Amber Soto, Director of Mathematics Instruction, Implementation and Improvement

What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve traveled?

I would have to say that Egypt was by far the most intriguing place to visit. There is so much history and culture there. Aside from the pyramids, we got to take in so much of the country. We took a short plane ride to see Abu Simbel and a cruise up the Nile River to see many of the different ruins along the way. We got to do a hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, which was phenomenal. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go when I did. I made memories that will last a lifetime.

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous? And if so, who was it?
Back when Full House was in full swing, I was told that I looked like Candace Cameron a lot. Then Clueless and Aerosmith both put Alicia Silverstone into the spotlight, and people began telling me I looked like her (I think it was mostly because we essentially had the same hair). Then, as I got older, JLo was a comparison made a lot. These days, I mostly hear that I look like Topanga from Boy Meets World (Danielle Fishel). I was even at a birthday party in Los Angeles (for my son), and someone actually asked for my autograph. They thought I was her! Ha!

What would your dream house be like?
Sadly, we recently had to move out of a home that I loved because the owner decided to sell. I decided at that moment that one day, I would like to own a home with the same view and landscaping. For me, the home was less about the house and more about the outdoor space. I love nature and views that are breathtaking. I love to watch birds gracefully play on the gentle breezes. I love watching sunsets, sunrises and just enjoying the calm that comes with it all. Maybe I could live somewhere like Switzerland or New Zealand, a place where natural beauty is showcased in all that it has to offer.

Do you collect anything?
Money. I know that it sounds like I’m joking, but what I’m referring to is unique money: old, foreign currency. I even have a five-dollar bill that was printed incorrectly, and you can see both the back and the front of the bill on both sides! I got that one back when I worked for Bank of America. With that said, if any of you would like to donate to my collection, I am happily accepting!

If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why?

This is an easy question for me! I love all things involving SUNSHINE: sunflowers, sunsets (and sunrises), the color yellow and Funshine Bear! If there were ever a time to amplify positivity, hope, warmth, joy, love and to strive to look for the bright side of things, it would be now. Funshine Bear would not only be so fun to hang out with but would provide such an incredible example of what I would like to strive to become.

This Week’s Focus: Making Online Learning Fun

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How can we make our curriculum fun and engaging for online learners?

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Here are a few videos on the effectiveness of using game-based theory as a tool to increase online engagement:

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There are some WONDERFUL articles on bringing fun and games to your online agendas:

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For more resources that include games, and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN (specifically for math), feel free to check out my web page:

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Also, here is a training that was given last year on creating your own virtual escape rooms! screenshot of Creating your own Virtual Escape Room web page

Enjoy!

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