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I need a Tech Break

Since devices first began ‘streaming’ into the classrooms, teachers have been continuously dealing with new and more challenging ways to manage the classroom. The phones were the first issue, but that seemed very simple. “Just don’t let me see them or hear them”, was how I first dealt with this and it worked for the…

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Does the Curriculum Limit Learning?

I think the big question regarding this week’s topic is not, ‘will education change due to technology?’, because I think it surely has and that it is. The question in my mind is, ‘why is it changing so slowly?’. In the video below, Dr. Madhav Chavan makes a very good point by suggesting that we…

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Information at your Fingertips

This week’s topic is one that I have become very interested in, not only because of its logic, but because it is now how I experience a much more effective way of learning personally. Over the course of a year I learned how to play guitar well enough to play in a band that is…

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The More Ways to Learn, The Merrier

In order to understand how to apply Problem, Project and Challenge based learning it is important to understand what the three are actually looking to achieve in the classroom. In their article, ‘Introduction to Problem Based Learning’, BEI’s definition of Project-Based learning is that it is a teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge…

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Technology as a Catalyst in Learning

As an educator who feels like they are working hard to keep up with using technology to enhance both student and teacher learning, I feel that the SAMR model is a great evaluation tool towards my efforts and effectiveness with technology integration. Also, as stated in the 2011 summer technology blog, ‘Beyond Substitution: The SAMR…

In with the New!

  For my final project I decided to use what I have learned in course 3 to upgrade a presentation I have already used, but will need to use again with what will most likely be a much larger and more critical audience. Earlier this year, I did a presentation on a professional learning day…

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Learn Smarter not Harder

The metaphor used in the article, Towards a Framework for Visual Literacy Learning, about how ear to brain being dial up and eye to brain being broadband is a great way to summarize what I have been learning in this course so far. It also discusses that we have to teach our students the power…

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I think I need a Visual Makeover

This week’s assignment comes with great timing, since I am at the beginning process of reexamining a presentation I did during a professional learning day at my school that will be further on display at the annual NESA spring conference at the beginning of April. This will be my biggest stage yet as a presenter,…

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Is Visual Representation the Key?

Very recently, my colleagues and I began working on what we were introduced to as a “passion project”. The purpose of this project is to give us involved the opportunity to dedicate some of our professional time at school towards a project that we think will help our students and the learning culture at our school.…