Just reading this post after the L2 chat.
I like your idea of posts as containers–to be filled with whatever feels appropriate for the topic/mood, etc.
I do find it hard myself to move away from the narrative style…but Coetail–and reading your blog have certainly helped inspire change!
The video with your former…[Read more]
Okay, Coetail, here we go, course 5.
Hey again Tricia,
Yes, I plan on attending Kimberly’s session. I attended her smaller session last year and found it very useful in thinking about how to best document and share student learning.
Yes, sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves, and sometimes we don’t even get to fully see the fruits of our labour. (FYI-the blogging…[Read more]
I definitely think it’s possible to work together and bounce ideas off one another, share best practices, sample posts, pitfalls to avoid, etc. I am always looking for ways to share good examples of student learning and learn from others in turn.
Just reading your timeline reminded me to follow up with parents using a survey…[Read more]
Thanks for your comment and your interest, Shane. I like your sentiments–‘first time out of the classroom and I feel like a grown up.’
I agree–I need to embrace the discomfort more often myself, if I am to expect that of my staff.
Good luck with the Seesaw implementation. We used our plan as a rough guide, but so far have stuck with it…[Read more]
I’ve done a lot of inward and outward groaning this past week trying to grapple with my final course 4 project–and ostensibly my course 5 project. ‘Why did I do such ambitious final projects in the earlier cour
Will education as we know it change because of technology?
I certainly hope so!
Where and how will you be teaching in 5, 10, 15 years time?
I understand your struggles– so much effort and classroom management time goes into just simply getting the young ones to understand how to use an app/tool, that often there is little time left to explore the possibilities they provide (beyond perhaps, those that the class teacher has specifically asked you to help with –like ‘use…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing the CBL Framework Resource. It really does look like it strongly supports and complements the PYP (I’m less familiar with the MYP-but assume there are strong similarities) approach.
I’m also reminded of Apple’s increased efforts at Educational Support (beyond apps/Apple Classroom.)
You prompted me to revisit the Education…[Read more]
Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Linda. I do sometimes struggle with those “butterflies…” but I do think they do need to move through that phase…reminds me a little of Teacher Tom’s post on “The second 15 minutes” http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.ch/2015/09/the-second-15-minutes.html. (I think you ‘liked’ the twitter post.) Students need…[Read more]
Young students Making Meaning using Makey Makeys
Playing the “playdough piano”
Good speakers are key for using makey makeys in a loud class!
I’m a bit stuck at the moment. Like Matt, I am not a classroom teacher able to redesign a unit and to follow through with plans, and am really figuring out my role as Ed Tech coach for teachers of younger grades.
That being said, I have had a large role in implementing digital portfolios and how they are a tool of/for/as learning…[Read more]
Sorry for the delay in replaying, but thanks so much for your comment, much appreciated. Thanks for the video recommendation. I only wish I had those same kids this year–they would love the recycling aspect. So cool how it shows the specific parts and what they are made of.
Yes–definitely get your younger students…[Read more]
“They’re just playing,” is a sentence I hear again and again. I’ve uttered it myself, despite my own beliefs in its importance.
Thanks for your thoughts. Your questions (“Is, for example, literacy learning linked to the fine motor skills of our fingers? Is visual literacy linked in the same way? In order to process visual information effectively, do we likewise need to learn to draw with our hands?”) are definitely worth considering.
What is gained vs what is…[Read more]
“The first thing you have to do is to give up the idea of curriculum.” – Dr. Seymour Papert
In my opinion, “Best practice” for Tech Integration is when it is natural and authentic, used to teach digital citizenship & literacy skills, embedded in all/many aspects of curriculum, developmentally app
Thanks for your comments and I am glad I managed to inspire some thinking about how to apply the google maps in the classroom. You’ve also got me thinking–Some of the kindergarten classes will be involved in a Traveling Teddy Bear project and this is another great application–similar to your idea. Thanks!
Thanks for your comments. Yes, I didn’t in the end keep much of the original template. I also enjoyed viewing yours–you’ve done a good job highlighting the other areas of interests and expertise (writer for various publications–wow!) I think I almost used it to sort out my own thoughts as to my new job description and current…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing your process and your thinking. I’m glad to see you played about with Adobe Spark Video and incorporated some multi media into your presentation. The additional visuals should make things clearer and more interesting for the viewer.
I am wondering at the amount of information–I know parents are always…[Read more]