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100 ways to teach with twitter

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

100 Ways to Teach with Twitter
by K. WALSH on FEBRUARY 7, 2010

These resources actually provide over 110 ideas for, and examples of, using Twitter in the classroom.

It’s been almost 8 months since I published the post, “6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom”, about uses of the popular micro-blogging tool in the instructional setting. This post generated a lot of traffic, and continues to attract hundreds of viewers every week.

Since that brief posting, I’ve come across a lot of articles containing examples and suggestions for using Twitter in instructional applications. I’ve combed through many of these and tried to boil down the redundancies to create a rich set of idea-laden resources. While there’s still going to be some overlap in the concepts presented in these articles, they clearly meet the goal of providing a thorough set of ideas and examples for leveraging Twitter in the educational process. (I follow this new listing with the original set of articles cited in my June ’09 post).

Here we have 25 Ways to Teach with Twitter from Sonja Cole.
Here’s 10 great ideas on how to use Twitter in the classroom, from blogger Steve Wheeler.
This extensive list provides 50 ways to use Twitter in the College Classroom.
This Twitter for Academia post suggests 13 different ways to use Twitter in the classroom.
In this post, teacher “Fernando” offers his Top 10 Uses of Twitter for Education.
Lastly, this PDF file discusses the experience of teacher Ana Dominquez using Twitter in the Kindergarten classroom.
I also want to mention these 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics, which are worth reviewing to learn more and plan your approach to using Twitter in (and out of) the classroom.

Here are the original “6 Examples” from last June’s post:

I’ll start by providing links to two articles (here is one, and here is the another), about teacher Monica Rankin using Twitter in instructional application at the University of Texas at Dallas. These are a few of many stories about Professor Rankin’s efforts (this highly covered case is what really triggered my perception that there were a lot of articles about Twitter in the classroom in recent weeks).
Here is a video about Twitter (and other technologies) being used at Roosevelt HS in Minneapolis.
This article from The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses instructor Cole Camplese’s use of Twitter, streaming Tweets from students on screen during lectures, as part of the instructional process.
In this Vlog, Christine Morris explains how she experimented with the technology with her higher ed students, tapping into Tweetdeck to get the most out Twitter.
In this blog posting, David Silver explains how Twitter replaced three other technologies he was using in the classroom.
Last, but certainly not least, here is one of countless articles about Professor David Parry’s work with Twitter, from early 2008. This is the first Twitter in the classroom story that I came across and it has been discussed and posted about many times on the Internet.
Intro to Twitter
Just to round this posting out, for anyone who is new to Twitter, here’s a nice introductory video on how to use Twitter (a short ad may play before the video, but it’s worth the wait – this is a nicely done 4 min. video from “Howcast”).

  

In closing, I must thank the authors of the posts that I cite here – this article would obviously not exist without their previous hard work. I hope this posting raises awareness of their excellent efforts.  

Related posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about
Education Technology Twitter Post Weekly Summaries
6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom
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Makeup & Hairstyles Trends

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Indian Bridal Makeup & Hairstyles – Wedding Trends for  Ideas for South Asian Bridal /  Indian Brides

South Asian Brides / Indian Brides are always looking for new and refreshing ways to infuse their style and personality for their wedding day. Whether they are looking for the perfect Indian bridal hairstyles or Indian bridal makeup or just some inspiration for the latest in 2012 bridal trends. Here are some of my favorite Indian bridal looks from some of my favorite Indian bridal makeup artists.

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One of our very talented makeup artists Anita Hundal and jewellery suppliers Zairas Canada. culturalweddings.com

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Love the green and pink colour combination perfect for an engement or mehndi party. Love the green liner as well. Really makes the eyes pop. Make up by Studio 26 Raquel Lacson. check out more amazing makeup trends and artists at culturalweddings.com

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Traditional Indian bridal ceremony hair and makeup. Evening or reception look. Hair & Make up by super talented Radha Sarn of Salon Picasso. She’s been the featured makeup artist on the cover of The South Asian Wedding Planner 3 years. culturalweddings.com

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10th Anniversary Edition of The South Asian Wedding Planner cover shot.

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Here’s the cover shot of the 9th Edition of Canada’s First South Asian Wedding Planner in Vancouver BC. Excited to post the 10th Anniversary Edition cover soon at culturalweddings.com

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Renuka Wow, she looks incredibly thin!

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A refreshing take on traditional Indian bridal colours – try coral for a pop of colour and freshness. Wedding Reception look by Anita Hundal – Professional Bridal Makeup Artist Surrey BC. Jewellery by Zairas Surrey BC.

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Loving the colour combination of this Indian bridal lengha and the finishing touch of the neatly braided hair. So elegant.

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Indian bridal hair and make up trends for 2012. Check out Anita Hundal Surrey BC for the latest in Indian hairstyles and makeup. While you are there get a custom designed jewellery set to match the colours and stone work on your wedding lengha. Check out Zairas Surrey BC for more details.

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More Red Rich Indian Bridal Makeup & Indian Bridal Styling by the talented Indian Bridal Makeup Artist Raquel Lacson Surrey BC. Notice the red is complimented with hints of pink in the jewellery and lips. Love how very traditional red can look so different with variations in colour palettes used in the makeup.

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Another traditional burgundy Indian bridal look. Love the eyes and lashes. The colour on the lips looks bold and beautiful in the picture. Brides have a choice of using neutral tones or going with deep reds and burgundys. Makeup and Hair and Styling by super talented Vancouver makeup artist Radha Sarn of salonpicasso.ca

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I love pink on brides. We’ve done a few shoots with it for the cover; it’s soft but you might want to add some variations in the shades to really make it pop your pictures. Notice the hot pink bindis and the darker shade on the lips. It’s not all about monotone but variation in shade that really adds the final touches to the overall look. Love the make up and hair by Vi Sekhon.

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I love Neena’s Bassi’s work. She’s such an artist and meticulous when it comes to make up application. She’s done my hair and makeup many times for our shows, tv interviews, cover shoots. She’s got this way of creating timeless looks that are soft and endearing. Neena Bassi Make-Up Hair & Mehndi Artist. Gorgeous Model: Chrissy.

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Burgundy bridal attire will always be instyle; the key is finding the right balance with a polished look. Notice the neutral lips and the soft shimmering eyes; adds that simple sophisticated, polished look. Nice work Gurv Bal of Purple Haze Artistry.

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May Kohtala I love their formal wear and the embellishments, so vibrant and beautiful

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All about the eyes in this one. Photo by Amrit Photography. Loving the border the dupatta; in a very dramatic black. Not the usual colour choice for Indian bridal but a subtle hint will add drama to most pictures.

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Another orange bridal attire (burnt orange) but noticed it’s paired with red sequins and crystals.  And the red rose adds just the right about of  vintage to the overall look; in my opinion better suited for a reception. Make-up by Bal Bhatti of Gorgeous Glow.

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I don’t know but Orange seems to making soft spot for me with Indian bridal these days.  Teamed with fuschia or hot pink. We used the colour scheme for a recent photo shoot and paired it with hot pink (pictures posted soon). For me; it depends on the my mood some days I love it and other days a little less but I do love the energy that the colour orange portrays; happy & youthful. Makeup by Sandy Clair of Skintones.

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Clean sophisticated Indian beauty. You need the right amounts of makeup and jewels done by someone who knows what they are doing. Love how Joyti Gill of Lipstick Beauty Lounge focused on the eyes but still added colour on the lips. Just the right amount of everything to create that perfect overall look. Photo: Cosmin Danila.More details visit culturalweddings.com

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Jody’s absolutely timeless look of elegance! Definitely a regal Indian Bride.  There’s something about black and white images I love but my personal opinion is they don’t do justice to the vibrant colours associated with the richness of the fabrics and embroideries of Indian bridal lenghas. I’m going to search for this in colour as her wedding was featured in the Cultural Wedding Planner. Make-up by Drama Queen – Kiran Purewal. Good work Kiran!

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The rich red lips are balanced with the jewel tones of (ruby & emerald) in the model’s jewellery. Perfectly offset with a Gold Crepe Lengha. Model: Shivani. Cover Shot Make-up by Universal Faces Make-Up – Alla and Uma Esthetics. Outfit by Made in India. Photo: Craig Mutch. Cover Shot 7th Edition of Canada’s First south Asian Wedding Planner.

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Love the soft sophisticated look of this Indian bride created by Gurwinder Gill of blushstudioz.com. Love the big loose curls neatly tucked away into a bun. Love this look!

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Love the eye make up and colour choice. Make Up & Hair by Racquel Lacson Studio26

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Love, love the fresh look of this indian bride. Makeup by Contoured Studios and Photo Amish Solanki; AS Photo.

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Mehndi by Iti of Mehndi Designs.com. I absolutely love the the precision and clean hand of her henna application. Notice that the lines of the mehndi designs are not super fine; translating into better visual appeal when the henna stains.

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Cover Shot used for 8th Edition of Canada’s First South Asian Wedding Planner. Hair & Make-up by Le Sonne Bridal. Love the softness and colour choice for the bride. Looks fresh.

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I worked with Radha Sarn the owner of Salon Picasso for Kris & Aman’s wedding here in Victoria, BC. They are based out of Vancouver, BC but travel over to Vancouver Island frequently for weddings. It was a pleasure to work with her and as you can see the final results were fantastic!

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ABA ALLIED Beauty Association

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

VANCOUVER 2012 – COMPETITION WINNERS

Congratulations to our Winners!

Glamorous Evening Makeup
1) Radha Sarn, Salon Picasso
2) Jenn Smith, Freelance
3) Victoria Ho, Freelance

New Talents: Women’s Trend Cut & Style
1) Desirae Cardinal, Vancouver Community College
2) Matix Etminan, Vancouver Community College
3) Ashley Paquette, Alberto & Co.

Women’s Trend Cut & Style
1) Lindsey Wilhelm of Verve Hair Lounge
2) Kristin Musial of Alberto & Co.
3) Melanie Houlker of Utopia Academy

Men’s Trend Cut & Style
1) Kyli Ellson, Freelance
2) Khishigt Gonchig, New Image Threading
3) Adam Bird, Eco Chic Aveda

 
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Thirty cultural and technology trends which shape the e-learning environment

1) Video (flip camera, mobile devices, skype type communication)
2) Mass Customization + Software as Service (Saas)
3) 2 Way Communication (We the Media via blog and podcast)
4) Social Learning (Facebook + Ning + Wiki) John Dewey
5) Hands On Learning + Virtual Project Management
6) Information overload
7) Mobile and iPhone (Handheld)
8} Fundamental cultural and generational shift (Digital Natives)
9) Real time distance learning (Skype + Oovoo)
10) Findability for academic content
11) Entirely new communication + interaction + business models
12) Outsourcing in the labor force (Guru)
13) Simulation (World of Warcraft)
14) Crowd power and crowd sourced education (News Assignment.net, Digg, Yahoo Buzz, Threadless)
15) Short attention spans
16) Distributed content
17) Global/Local
18) Really Simple Syndication (RSS)
19) Widgets (Sprout)
20) Personalized + Socialized experience (Google)
21) Personal branding and slash careers (micro-enterprise, micro-sourcing)
22) New Organizations and Movements (Unconferences of every shape and variety, Tweet Ups, Coworking, Jelly, Tech Stars)
23) Micro-movements
24) Social sharing (delicious, Digg, Stumbleupon, DocStoc, Scribed) and social media optimization
25) Rapid pace of change
26) Freemium and hybrid business models
27) Corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship
28) Flat earth + Spikyness
29) User generated content (Amazon, wikipedia, flickr, Threadless)
30) Re-mix culture

Summary: How social media platforms can be used as a learning tool – and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are.

The debate surrounding social media as a learning tool is unlikely to abate any time soon. Is it just a distraction, or do the interactive educational tools available outweigh any disadvantages?

Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, are becoming steadily more integrated within a variety of apps targeted at learning. Real-time news feeds and instant accessibility make them a tool that can be used quickly and efficiently — but due to its changeable nature, it can be difficult for school systems to keep up and compensate.

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using social media in the classroom?

The pros of social media as a learning tool.

1.) It is a familiar tool.

Most of your students are on social networking platforms, and these services are already tools that students are generally comfortable with — and they can probably show you a thing or two in return.

2.) Improve your own knowledge and skills as an educator.

By learning how to use these platforms as a teacher, you are making yourself more aware of issues surrounding students today. If a student tells you a classmate is harassing them over Twitter — doing something called ‘tweeting’, how can you investigate the situation unless you know how to search profiles and send messages yourself?

3.) Resource availability.

From current news feeds, following public figures, learning a new language or improving software skills, there is an endless range of free resources available through social media — both linked and hosted. If you are looking for a debate, a video or commentary based on a recent news report, Facebook and Twitter’s search functions make them a valuable and free set of tools.

4.) Improvement of research skills.

Being able to find information online is a skill that is now important in the workplace — and one that can be taught through lessons designed around social media platforms.

5.) The improvement of communication.

If conducted within a controlled environment, then social media can be a way for students and teachers to communicate effectively. This could include sending out reminders, posting homework notes and organizing projects or events such as revision classes.

6.) Relevant, real-life learning.

Teaching students how to use social media in order to improve their job prospects can be extremely valuable. How do you find a job through Twitter? Who do you follow? Why do I need a LinkedIn profile?

7.) The promotion of digital citizenship.

Students have to learn about how to conduct themselves appropriately online. Not only do they have to face the consequences if they behave in ways that are considered cyberbulling, but it is also necessary for them to understand privacy policies and the transfer of data online. By using online platforms, these lessons can be integrated within a more traditional school curriculum.

8.) Engaging your students.

Gen-Y and younger generations are stereotypically portrayed as being glued to their gadgets, and are known for using such devices for social networking, games and entertainment purposes. Use this to your advantage.

9.) The ability to share learning material.

Social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are full of user-generated content, links and shared items. This can be used to your classes’ advantage. Why not create a Facebook group dedicated to your class, or set a task to research something across these networks?

10.) The potential to appeal to different learning styles.

Whether a learner naturally prefers kinetic, audio or visual learning, the varied types of media and information found on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can appeal to a wide range of learner styles.

11.) Ease of access.

Social networking requires no expensive equipment or modern upgrades — all you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

12.) Assisting shy students.

There are some students that find social interaction or contribution difficult — and engaging students through an online project can make this easier for them.

The cons of social media as a learning tool.

1.) The gimmick factor.

Unless the use of sites such as Facebook and Twitter are incorporated into a class plan in order to contribute towards an objective lesson aim, then it could become nothing more than a waste of time.

2.) Distractions.

Unless teachers properly supervise their students — and maintain control if the novelty of YouTube makes them too excited — it can be difficult to follow through with a lesson based on Internet research.

3.) The risk of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is rampant on social networks, and it is something teachers need to be aware of. Social media projects may not be confined to a classroom — and if this is the case, teachers (and potentially parents) need to monitor student activity for any signs of bullying.

4.) Limiting face-to-face communication.

If a balance is not maintained, then too much technological input can have a detrimental effect on social skills that children need to learn.

5.) The need for schools to research, understand and implement.

Educational establishments are slowly making their presence known on social media for advertising and information-based purposes. However, it requires a good level of technical understanding to use and maintain social media effectively.

6.) Continual social media change.

There are constant changes to platforms themselves and their security settings — of which schools and teachers must keep up to date with and act accordingly.

7.) The need to manage multiple sites and keep updated.

If schools decide to make use of these platforms, pages and profiles should be updated in order to prevent them becoming stagnant.

8.) The possibility of malware infections or phishing scams.

Social networks are now a breeding ground for scam artists to lure both children and adults to exchange personal information or in order to gain access to a computer network. Educational establishments need to be aware of this risk and monitor their usage accordingly.

9.) The need to filter and plan.

Schools have a duty of care to their students, and as such, the use of social media platforms has to be planned and executed appropriately in order to protect children from inappropriate communication, images or video. Several options are available, such as YouTube for Schools.

10.) Inappropriate content sharing or exposure.

It is important for children in school to be protected from inappropriate content; but it is also necessary for teachers to monitor what they are sharing between themselves. It is not only a matter of duty to students — but protecting yourself as the teacher responsible for them.

11.) Controlling device use in class.

Teachers have to grow eyes in the back of their heads — and when mobile devices are used in class, the need for continual monitoring and regulation increases.

12.) Exposing the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Once you introduce social media use in to a classroom, then unless the school has the facilities to supply each student, it is sometimes the case that students are asked to bring their own device. This in turn can highlight divides between students who can afford certain devices, and those that cannot.

Social Media in Education

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Social Media in Education: The Power of Facebook

As a teacher and a new mom, it didn’t take long for me to find Facebook(1) as a supplement for my stunted social life. And as any FB user knows, once you join, you become inundated with photos of new babies, comments about friends’ recent bodily functions, quiz results, and mysterious requests for farm equipment or mafia weapons.

But beyond the posts I saw that made me laugh, cry, and wince, I soon learned that Facebook was also a place of professional learning and development.

I began sharing with other teachers and educators what were working, what news I’d read, what blog post I’d written, my indignations, and my victories. Soon my small pool of professional friends bled into my small pool of personal ones. And so I also discovered that Facebook was more than just a means to learn about friends professionally and colleagues personally: It became a way to publicize the issues each of us felt deserved advocacy.

Potent Proof

A couple recent models of this education advocacy on Facebook that come to mind may be different in intent, but they both have something in common: the use of 21st century tools to move mountains.

Example One: Buffelgrass shall perish

To say the Buffelgrass Shall Perish fan page(2) is the mastermind of Tucson teacher, Brian Kievit would be inaccurate according to the enthusiastic middle school science teacher. It was, he admits with a smile via Skype(3), “one-hundred percent student created.” In true problem-based learning format, the science teacher asked a group of eighth graders at his school to pick a problem in their local community and solve it.

They picked Buffelgrass, that fast-growing, flame resistant menace which is cheaply imported by some states (listen up Texas!) as inexpensive erosion control and cattle feed. But, like something out of a B-horror film, it devours the natural habitat, stealing water and sucking the nutrients from the ecosystem, and has a shelf life seemingly longer than a Twinkie. In other words, after we’re dead and gone, it will be Twinkies, cockroaches, and Buffelgrass left behind.

But once the students had discovered the plague-like weed, they weren’t sure how to spread the word of its horrors. One student declared that they “needed to get the word out.” After all, “knowledge is power.” Which was when they decided to create a Facebook page devoted to the threat. They soon posted a a rap song(4) on YouTube(5) and using Facebook, the small group of grime fighters update on their progress in educating the nation about this ground cover of evil.

Brian Kievit’s project was all about student choice, the scientific method, and getting the word out to different states — courtesy of a little 21st century know-how. In so doing, he created a learning community, and nurtured what many teachers scratch their heads to achieve: students who love the learning process.

Using the social networking tools of our age, this one Tucson teacher and his small group of students began to educate politicians, farmers, and Facebook fans like me. Using 21st century tools, they have become advocates for their own local community.

Example Two: Teachers’ Letters to Obama

And then there are those who are using Facebook to be advocates for their larger educational community.

Anthony Cody(6) began his Teachers’ Letters to Obama(7) Facebook campaign as a personal outlet, a diary entry that soon grew into a movement. And as a result of that movement, twelve of us have been granted a conference call with Arne Duncan himself to discuss concerns and suggestions for Obama’s blueprint(8) for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Teachers’ Letters to Obama campaign. Perhaps you’ve even submitted a letter. If you have, you should know that you’ve become a part of a chain that has led to Arne Duncan’s office itself. For from the time you added your thoughts to the discussion post, your drop in the puddle joined with others to create a pool of possibilities.

What began as a discussion page for teachers to write their experiences, concerns, and suggestions, soon found their way to a congressman and bada-bing, bada-bang, a door opened and a conference call was scheduled between Duncan, Cody, and company — a small panel of teachers representing all walks of education life from all over the country.

The group doesn’t represent a particular political group, union stance, philosophy, or agenda. We come from different educational backgrounds and paths, from all regions and economic brackets. Some are award-winning teachers and some represent everything from rural to urban, from high performing to “failing” schools. In all, we are a slice of the teacher profession in a snapshot.

But while twelve teachers will be speaking, it is almost 2,000 educators whose voices will be heard. And it’s all due to the use of 21st century tools. On Facebook, Cody sent out a survey using SurveyMonkey(9) asking teachers to help whittle down the list of topics most frequently brought up on the Teachers’ Letters to Obama page to the ones they found to be the most important. The group formed a ning(10) to help hone in on issues, to analyze the phrases from the ESEA blueprint together, and discuss the most innovative solutions from teachers in order to suggest to Duncan. They used Elluminate(11) to meet each other on a virtual platform, planning this collaborative conversation with the secretary of education, bringing the voices of teachers to the policy table.

Our discussion is waiting to be slated, and I assure you, Edutopia reader, that I will update you with its results.

Advocacy in Action

We are no longer “just teachers.” We each have the power to change our small and greater worlds by using social networking to get our voices heard. The power of social networking can at times be unforeseen, but it is clearly a tool for advocacy at every level in education.

The bottom line is this: Anyone can be involved in solving the problems of our era. With 21st century tools, a small group of students can stand up to the devastation of nature, and a small group of teachers can be strengthened by the shared opinions of a larger group and take a stand against the devastation of certain policies that may control our practice.