Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here's the presentation:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We are planning on making our classroom virtually paperless with the purchase of a class set of ipod touches, netbooks for all of the students to use and recording equipment so that we can have our own weekly podcast show. Stay tuned to see what we will create with all of our new technology. We are very excited to go shopping and to get started on our new learning adventure in 2010.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
You can view the presentation here:
You can visit the links to the information in the presentation here:
Monday, December 7, 2009
The keynote this morning was very well done. It was presented by Joyce Kasman Valenza and was entitled "The Wizard of Apps". This presentation featured "a sing-a-long" portion where high school drama students sang songs about the importance of web 2.0 applications to the tune of songs from the Wizard of Oz. The presentation itself is full of great Web 2.0 apps available for teachers to use in their classroom and Joyce does a great job explaining how these apps have been used in an educational setting.
The presentation can be seen here:
The slides can be found here:
For more information and links mentioned in this presentation, visit: newtoolsworkshop.wikispaces.com
For more information on the K12 Online Conference 2009, visit: http://k12onlineconference.org/
Monday, November 30, 2009
I just finished watching Kim Cofino's pre-conference keynote: "Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence and the Future of Education" which you can watch here or in the embedded video below:
Kim's 10 years of experience teaching at 3 different International Schools around the world. Her exploration of culture shock as well as her inclusion of perspectives of educators and students from around the world at other International Schools is a great way to start off this online conference. Well done Kim!
Check out the sessions over the month. There is something for everyone.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
In viewing and interacting with these gadgets and websites, students start asking numerous questions. I find that these types of counters always generate good discussions and inquiry opportunities. We tend to question the creators and their purpose for creating such a counter. We question motive and point of view such as: How are these counters used to illustrate the author's point of view? Can we believe the sources of their statistics? How have the statistics been manipulated to create certain results?
One of our favourites to leave up on the SMART Board while students are working on other things is the Breathing Earth which simulates the birth rate, death rate and C02 emissions around the world and displays current world and country populations. Students always generate interesting questions about the human impact on limited world resources while viewing this website. They are also fascinated when they start to compare their country's population and CO2 emissions with other countries that are smaller in geographical size but have much larger populations.
Another interesting tool to look at the impact of Social Media is from Gary Hayes' blog Personalize Media. One of his latest is this Mobile Industry counter:
He also has a Social Media counter:
Another interesting live statistics website depicts Real Time World Statistics on Reeko's Mad Sciencest Lab. This site has a number of different types of statistics from the general interest "How many McChicken sandwiches have been sold since you began viewing this site?" to the more detailed Science and Energy Consumption statistics.
One website I've found that illustrates the use of real-time counters for a lesson or discussion on the author's point of view is the website Immigration Counters.com. This website shows how statistics can be used, displayed or interpreted to illustrate one point of view on immigration.
Do you have other gadgets or websites that you like to use with students to demonstrate live statistics? I'm always looking for new and interesting websites and gadgets with live statistics. I would love to hear about the ones that you use or that you have come across.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here's the video:
Here's a link to the SMART Notebook file I created to make my video in my Dropbox: C'est l'Halloween
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
From: Emma J. Williams Emma Williams
Subject: Schmap: Washington DC Photo Inclusion
I am delighted to let you know that one of your photos with a Creative Commons license has been selected for inclusion in the newly released ninth edition of our Schmap Washington DC Guide:
12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue
If you use an iPhone or iPod touch, then this same link will take you directly to your photo in the iPhone version of our guide. On a desktop computer, you can still see exactly how your photo is displayed and credited in the iPhone version of our guide at:
12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
Finally, if you have a blog, you might also like to check out the customizable widgetized version of our Schmap Washington DC Guide, complete with your published photo:
Please enjoy the guide!
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides
Even if I'm not the world's best photographer, it is always exciting to have something published, even if it was unintentional. I also think that it is funny that a Canadian can take a photo that later appears in a map program for the US Capitol.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Earlier this week, I was jealous to hear that the University of Saskatchewan was offering a course in creating an "app" for Smart phones. Now why couldn't I take a cool course like that when I was in University? Even if it wasn't for money making purposes, I think it would be interesting to design applications to enhance your lessons to use on your class set of iPod Touches. You can listen to the story on the CBC Saskatchewan's Morning Edition Podcast that aired on September 14th here.
While reading my Twitter Feed today, I came across this video about the use of the iPod Touch in a classroom in England on the Learn 4 Life blog. I had to share because I found it quite interesting.
Maybe one of my future projects will be to invest in some iPod touches for my classroom. I think that with the number of applications that they have available now for the iPod Touch, it would be an interesting investment in student learning, especially given the new approach we are using in our school right now based on cooperative, inquiry based learning.
I'm looking for other educators who are using iPod touches in their classrooms. How do you use them and why do you find them useful to enhance students' learning? If you have any experiences or insights to share, I would love to hear from you.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
One blog that I like to visit on occasion is called Teach Paperless. In June, Shelly wrote an interesting mission statement and personal mission statement about 21st Century Skills that all teachers should check out. Along with their mission statement, the writer also included a great list of 21st Century Skills that students require to become lifelong learners ready to take on an ever changing world as future workers. Here's the list:
• Critical Media Network Skills: the ability in a networked environment to recognize when you are being taken advantage of via special interests and the ability to argue within the dominant paradigm of a global network with acuity and accuracy based upon the application of historical, philosophical, creative, and intellectual skills grounded in the history of human thought and applied to the spontaneity and immediate global impact of 21st century networked communications.Another blog that I like to read is David Warlick's. On August 24th, Warlick wrote about a definition for What is 21st Century Learning? I found his definition interesting because he juxtaposes it with what skills a pre-digital learner required (listening, watching and remembering) compared to what skills a 21st Century learner needs now. Here's his definition:
• Participatory and Networked Information and Communication Skills: the ability to take part in one’s global society on equal footing with any other human via the immediacy and power of digital networks. Long-term, this may mean sharing any variety of networked consciousnesses.
• Collaborative Social Meta-Thinking: the ability to learn from and give back to both local community-based and global-based digital social networks. This may extend in future environments to nanotechnology merging with on-demand personalized virtual reality.
• Creative Network Confidence and Digital Community Stewardship: the ability to use the global network for both the purposes of creative problem solving and for the benefit of peaceful co-existence between peoples, animals, ecologies, and environments.
• Digital Cunning: students will learn that merely ‘using technology’ does not mean that you are either educated in or are a contributing member to the global network. Drawing on a strong Liberal Arts background merged with Digital Age critical thinking skills, students will be able to distinguish between participatory media and authoritarian media even when the latter cloaks itself as the former.
• Awareness of Digital History and Digital Divide: the ability to understand historical analog modalities and to recognize the value of pre-digital and non-digital media as well as the temporary nature of specific technologies within historical evolution; the ability to understand and through social action compensate for and help to eliminate digital distinctions based on economics, politics, geography, and race.
In the digital age, where information is abundant (overwhelming) and the future is always a BIG question, I think that learning expands out of listening, watching, and remembering to include:
- questioning your learning experience,
- engaging your information environment,
- proving (and disproving) what you find,
- Constructing (inventing) new learning and knowledge [added later]
- teaching others what you have learned
- being respected for the power of your learning, and
- being responsible for your learning and its outcomes
I also found Warlick's point about the term "engagement" interesting. Instead of making it the responsibility of the teacher to engage the students, he makes it the responsibility of the learner. "...attach the verb to the students. The students will engage with their information environment (textbook, whiteboard, Internet) to learn through questioning, experimentation, discovery, and construction)."
Since this is exactly what I'm trying to do this year while working within my new school structure, I think Warlick's post came at just the right time to help me to reflect and to reafirm what I'm trying to do in my classroom. More to come this weekend when I have the chance to reflect on the first 10 days of the school year under a new structure.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
What I discovered was an easy to use, free website that allows me to insert characters, bacgrounds and objects into scenes and then animate their movements using a simple list of posibilities. I inserted their own music and some text. Then, voila, my first short animated feature!
For my first attempt, I created a writing prompt that would allow my students to create their own animated productions. The premise is simple; two students named Rosie and Jean are enjoying their last week of holidays before school starts and they want to experience one last adventure. What will this adventure be? They are asking the Grade 7s at Wilfrid Walker to help them decide what to do with their last week of freedom. Here is the short animation I created:
GoAnimate.com: Les aventures de Jean et Rosie à Wilfrid Walker by bobiashj
Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!
I hope they enjoy this activity. I can't wait to see what they come up with! My hope is that this is a successful writing activity that the students will want to revisit during the year to produce more adventures for "Jean and Rosie". I will post the results so stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here's the first one I made. It is pretty easy with only 16 pieces. You can make them as easy or as difficult as you want!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Freedom Writers: Erin Gruwell
Gruwell is a teacher from Boston who's work with a group of troubled students was made into a movie in 2007 called "The Freedom Writers". Here is Gruwell's recount of the Freedom Writers' journey.
Talks about making connections to students by getting to know them: who they are and what their history is (background).
Believing in students that everyone has a story to write about in their marble journal.
Tell me your story. Every student has a journey. It starts somewhere – where will it go?
Anne Frank's Story
Toast for change - Teach to me, not to a test.
Meaningful assignment – raise enough money and write enough letters to get Mead Geese to come from Amsterdam to LA to meet the students.
“It's a win win because we did it together – but if she does come, your lives will never be the same.”
And then she came. Student prepared best cultural dishes.
My momma wants to read about the little girl who changed my life. - Maria
I have never had a hero in my entire life but you're my hero – Darius
No I'm not a hero. I simply did what I needed to do because it was the right thing to do. Please make sure that Anne's life was not taken in vain.
Stereotyped kids will begin to believe what others say.
Turned their journals into a book to give to the Secretary of Education.
Freedom writers go to Washington (150 kids) (They named their book "Freedom Writers" after the civil rights leaders from the south in the 60s)
They may not change the world, but they would change themselves.
#1 on NY Times best sellers list. Book funded these students to go to college – the first in their families
I got out because education was the only way to equalize an unfair playing field.
The blank screen gave them the power to be immortal.
Start an organization to help teachers learn what they need to know about what they need to know to connect to each of their students – the Freedom Writers Teachers' Bootcamp.
Why kids do the things that they do. Because doing dumb things doesn't make a kid stupid. Imagine what would happen if you told them that they are brilliant.
Leave a legacy – tell people what they need to know about our profession.
Education is about believing that every single kid can make it.
NECC Session: Totally Cool Google Tools
by Tammy Worcester
- iGoogle page – personalized portal for information
- Blogger – as many blogs as you want with push button publishing customized to your style and needs or wants.
- Gmail – use to log into your google account
- Google Documents – allow anyone to edit, share or use the document
- Google Forms – make up questionnaires or gather information and have it input directly into a spreadsheet. This form can be located on a website or embedded on a blog,
- Show summary – google spreadsheet will graph or count your information and display it for you. Use one form with blanks and a name blank
- Backwards Google to prank a colleague – elgoog
- Google Maps – type in an address and use the “search nearby” to locate hotels and restaurants and have it send it to your phone's text
- Google Calendar – Use as a day planner for lessons and assignments – view as agenda
- Google Alerts – search your name as it appears on the web.
by Bernie Dodge
Dodge's Outline from NECC website:
"The purpose of this session is to describe a lesson structure called place puzzles. This structure is designed to be simple enough to be used by novice teachers and flexible enough to cover a wide range of learning outcomes. It takes advantage of the growing availability of hand held devices with GPS capabilities and internet access. Place puzzles represent an improvement over field trips as typically implemented because 1) they require prior reading of web-based resources before going into the field; 2) they include 2 to 5 puzzles or riddles that combine knowledge from prior reading with close visual inspection of the environment in the field; 3) they assign roles to learners to create interdependence and involvement by all participants; and 4) they require creative problem solving, analysis and synthesis rather than just factual recall and visual recognition. The format can be applied to learning from the elementary grades up through graduate study. By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe the place puzzle concept, identify areas in their curriculum to which it can be applied, locate existing place puzzles online and use freely available templates and guides to create their own lessons in this format."
My notes from the session:
Google Wave – the next Google
Tricks to writing good clues and riddles:
Will write the clues for you:
Distance, area, shapes
Field trip prep
Timed Special Event
Setting the Place: Interface to build place puzzles
Launch of website by Dodge will take place later this summer: placepuzzles.org
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
by Karen Fasimpaur
Handouts and resources at www.k12opened.com/necc2009
Due to the nature of the session, I did not take many notes. Please visit the website for full session notes and resources.
Free Reading – K-3 free reading resources (state adopted by Florida)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are:
-free and open – open source is best (i.e. blogger vs wordpress)
-tools, content and implementation resources
-for teachers, students, and lifelong learners
by Gary Stager
21st Century Skills – creativity, curiosity, collaboration
We need to build upon the possibility of our kids. Foster their spirit and develop their deep understanding of why we use technology and how we use them.
Solving Problems: distance, scarcity, skilled educators
reduce personnel costs
deliver standardized content
anytime, anywhere learning
expand image of online student
students take online courses for a variety of reasons
we need the best teachers teaching online classes
Can I see your class?
Principles of OMAET
Knowledge is a consequence of experience
What do students do in your class?
Collaborative projects, knowledge sharing and Socratic discussion
Knowledge lives on the Web
Learning occurs best in a Community of Practice
Expertise is distributed
A blend of synchronous and synchronous communication is required
Simulating Intimacy Online via volume & velocity
Be open to emerging technology
-including free, low-cost and decentralized tools
Simplify the user experience
-avoid false complexity
-multiple places to save or submit work
I don't need to manage a class
Don't count clicks
-What is participation?
-The cocktail party metaphor “This isn't a cocktail party” - What kind of cocktail party do you attend, come and go when you are engaged in the conversation.
Formal & Informal learning takes place
-voice & plagiarism – you get to know the student's voice through their comments and chats
learning and technology
-at same time as formal learning theory course
-can you go through an entire educational technology degree problem without computing?
model constructivism & project based learning online
coercion-free (intrinsic motivation)
Encourage risk-taking & collaboration
-Feature an element of surprise
-the teacher's focus is on process
-supports reflective practice
-uses a range of skill & technology in rich ways
-Does not create winners or losers (no bell curve)
"If it were up to me, I would only give two grades... an "A" and "incomplete." ~@garystager
"The cocktail party is a brilliant metaphor for a good learning environment." ~Gary Stager
"Blackboard is great for taking lunch orders and ratting on kids." ~Gary Stager
"simulate intimacy online is done via volume and velocity of discussions" ~Gary Stager
-element of surprise
-space for sharing personal reflection
-multiple synchronous sessions
-cook a turkey until its done
Authentic problem, real construction materials – Learning Adventures
-must be in a position to figure it out and no fear of failure
-Lady MacBeth Composition (understand the character to compose her theme song)
-Where the Chicago Seven martyrs?
Literacy is the problem – no one reads, no one takes a note, etc.
Teachers should ask for more than one source to support the theory, not limit the sources that can be consulted. (Peer reviewed Journals vs Wikipedia)
Is Ned Kelley a hero? (from Australia)
International example before country example so that biases don't enter into the discussion right at the beginning of the research prompt.
A good prompt is worth 1,000 words
1.a good prompt, challenge, problem or motivation
4.supportive culture (including expertise)
community vs. community of practice
overlooked features of a C.O.P.
Elders, experts, newbies
Shared history, mythology, heroes, self-importance
Common commitment to progress
Entry into the community is based on a willingness to imitate the behaviors of the masters.
The Critical Role of Expertise: community of practice
Technology matters = makes memories
Monday, June 29, 2009
Uses story to start math lesson about Renee Descartes – animated using Smart Board
Lesson: Coordinate Plane
Review: Warm up on number lines (animated)
Had students fold paper – demonstration on SMART Board with virtual paper photos or graphics. Paper cut to leave room for notes on paper on sides of Coordinate Plane.
Visual Lesson – have students come up an interact with the Smart Board – auditory and visual supports with animation
Used airliner to draw on quadrants (denoted by different colours) enables classroom management by the teacher and allows for student involvement.
Test knowledge using senteo handheld asking questions.
by Obe Hostetter
My notes are limited due to checking out his website for the following resources and tips. Check it out! It is fantastic!
Embed movie clips
Social Studies Resources
Smart Board Resources
Good resources for finding animations to use in Notebook software.
Use Notebook gallery to find all the multimedia – type flash
by Jennifer Uhl
- Layering -text reveal using a magnafine glass, hand drawn table
- Hand recognition system - knows difference between finger touch (move text) or fist
- Koosh Ball game – pop balloons, circle reveals
- Notebook Math Beta – download math toolbar – links equations, graphs and table www.smarttech.com/NotebookMathBeta
- Paint – use paint brush to reveal painting – http://jacksonpollock.org
- Smart Response System – Interactive question answering systems
- Lesson Activity Tool Kit 2.0 – Flash activities, group generator, pull tabs
- Shape Recognition Pen – Concept map, brainstorming
- Jeopardy – review game- use pull tabs to reveal answers (or hints)
- Notebook – Student Edition – object animation – fade in – erase and reveal – can run on a bracelet USB drive
- Creative Assessment – use SMART recorder or page recording to demonstrate how problems are solved
- Embedding Video into SMART Notebook pages: Any Video Converter, Zamzar, Download Helper (.flv is the only kind of document that you can embed in Notebook)
- Math videos to use with lessons: www.mathtrain.tv
- Use "groups" to help reveal answers - Notebook function
- Interactive website: Make your own puzzles with photos (http://jigsawplanet.com)
- Edublog with lots of resouces: http://ilearntechnology.com
- Interactive website using Flickr photos: http://taggalaxy.de
- Edublog with SMART Resources: http://smartboards.typepad.com
- Teaching with SMART Board http://smartboardrevolution.ning.com
- Smart Exchange: http://exchange.smarttech.com/Language.aspx
- Blog with SMART Podcasts: http://pdtogo.com/smart
- YouTube (keyword "SMARTClassrooms"): http://www.youtube.com/user/SMARTClassrooms
Rachel Yurk (Gr. 6) and Tony Heinowski (Library Media Specialist)
My notes on the session:
Example-engagement of students- using Smart Board to present about themselves – What happened on your birthday?
Presenters used pull tabs during presentation
Understanding by Design
Begin with the end in mind
Engage students so they can uncover ideas
Stages of Backward Design (Grant wiggins and Jay McTighe)
Six Facets of Understanding (when students are reading or doing research)
Student Research Tools of Today:
Jog the Web – (Start lesson with) uses screen shots so students know what they will be looking at when they go to the Library Media Centre website. (http://jogtheweb.com) Shows students what they will be doing on the web. Can provide passwords, recommended websites, how to log-into world book, Royalty free music for schools.
Google Earth Investigations -
Skype Conferences (video, chat and interviews)
Library Print Media
Collaboration Tools for Teachers
Google Docs – (Use Understanding by Design template to collabrate with teachers to add questions and resources based on expertise of contributor)
What “ends” do you have in mind?
Lets Play American Idol! - Student led presentations:
SMART Notebook Presentation
Power Point Presentation
Teaching Copyright and Plagiarism
interactive document you can use to demonstrate the rules
You quote It, You Note It! - http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorial/plagiarism
using a screen rewriting copy and paste into own words
Make step-by step directions for instructions that students can refer to.
Insert questions into the document for students to test their understanding of the document.
Tips for Smart Board and Web Searching:
Searchasaurus for younger students to search on the internet.
Balloon popping to reveal information and pictures.
Hide and cover text on Notebook slides.
Make up multiple choice questions on cards to answer during presentations.
Turning blocks to answer questions.
Integration of Excel into Notebook
NECC09 Presenation: The 10 Best Free 2.0 Tools for Educators
by Steve Dembo, Discovery Education Network
Links to his presentation, notes and contact information:
My notes from the presenation:
What is Web 2.0?
Entirely Web Based – you don't need to install software
Interactive – something to do when you go there
Plays Well With Others – allows you to move content (mix and mash)
1) Bloglines (http://bloglines.com/)
keep track of all your favourite blogs, news, searches and more
all the news comes to you and you don't have to waste time going to check out all of your blogs
Plays well with others – see what others are reading
2) Delicious (http://delicious.com/)
Put your bookmarks online
Keeps it simple and does this well – that is why it is possible
Look at other people's bookmarks and see what they have saved and subscribe to their bookmarks
Use tags to categorize topics or subjects
3) Share Tabs (http://sharetabs.com/)
share your links as tabs
type in a number of sites and then gives you a page with the tabs to click on
preview a number of websites with thumbnail photos of the website
4) drop.io (http://drop.io/)
Online drop box – phone it, fax it, email it, text it, upload it, share it
100 MB for free
use for podcasting by phoning in your audio
gives you the embed code and link
5) JayCut (Beta) (http://jaycut.com/)
Full video editor online
publish behind a firewall and keep private and you don't have copyright issues
you can download it to your computer or online
unlimited space is available
multiple users on one account
http://mediaconverter.com/ is a favourite converter
6) Edmodo (http://edmodo.com/)
twitter or microblogging for educators to be use for school
can be behind a password – can be public or private
can organize it by class
send messages through filters to any number of classes or users
can have a public or private calendar
version 3.0 will let you embed audio, video or online tools/plug-in
zemote on twitter
7) Poll Everywhere (http://polleverywhere.com/)
mobile phone supported classroom polling
use text messaging to respond
30 votes for free per poll
account polls – use 10 at a time to download as a powerpoint and have live slides
you can have a computer or laptop to respond to poll
twitter integration for more feedback
8) xtra normal (http://xtranormal.com/)
online animator in 3-D
supports different languages by changing language settings – you type in the language and it pronounces it in that language
establishing shot enabled – choosing a camera angle
choosing animation of the movie
rendering (creating) takes some time before it is ready
publishing then allows embed code
9) livestream (http://www.livestream.com/)
allows for live online streaming video and computer sharing
10) prezi (http://prezi.com/)
easy to interact
no slides, just a list of windows linked through a tag cloud.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Gladwell's keynote to NECC delegates talked about the importance of creating meaningful learning environments in our classrooms.
So what does it take to create these Meaningful Learning Environments? Here are my notes from his keynote:
When we look at someone who masters something, we tend to “telescope” how long it took to learn or master that skill. Meaning we skip over how long it actually took for them to really master a skill. Gladwell said it is important to talk about how long it actually took to master a complex task or enjoy success. Throughout his speech, Gladwell used the example of Fleetwood Mac. This band was not discovered overnight, nor did it enjoy instant success. It wasn't it's first album that was its first #1 hit, it was its 16th album.
1st lesson: Effort, Attitude and Practice:
Gladwell talked about his book Outliners where he discusses the idea of the 10,000 hour rule. His theory is that it takes someone 10,000 hours or 4hrs/day for 10 years of practice before they can be masters of a particular skill or talent.
- Bobby Fisher – 9 years of practicing chess before becoming a master.
- Mozart – first big Concerto: #9271 when he was 23 years old after 14 years of practice.
- Beatles – Practicing in a club in Hamburg 12,000 times live. In the end, the band played together live before coming to America 7 days/week for a number of years.
Implications of this rule:
Even with talent, you need to have a great attitude about effort. An approach that says that effort is crucial to me being successful.
Another example given by Gladwell was a story about a questionnaire consisting of 120 questions before doing a complex math assessment. Results of countries who are successful in teaching math are those who are successful in teaching or reinforcing the attitude of effort. To do well at math means you need to have a positive attitude and need to demonstrate an effort towards math.
Another statement, the only way to catch up when you are behind is to work hard and to put in the time to learn.
2nd lesson: Compensation Strategy vs. Capitalism strategy:
The band builds on their failures. Compensation strategy is where you compensate for your weaknesses. Capitalism strategy is where you build on your strengths.
Hunger and effort are better gauges for measuring success than height, strength, looks, etc.
Leadership skills are important. Compensating for skills that people are missing or struggling with develop problem solving skills. Gladwell gave the example of someone with dyslexia. When they delegate to others reading and writing they are developing their problem solving skills and they are learning how to talk and be persuasive with others. In other words, they are developing their oral communication skills. Dyslexic entrepreneurs are those who managed to compensate for their disability.
Class size – students learn to compensate for the lack of teacher attention in bigger classes therefore they develop compensation skills.
Question: How do we create learning environments that encourage the practice of compensation skils?
3rd Lesson: Learning strategy- It is best to zigzag not follow a linear path – the best learn through trial and error over a period of time before becoming great.
Gladwell gave the example of an experimental inventor who finds their way to genius through trial and error.
Cezanne is an example of an artist who practices this type of learner.
Incorporates the idea of feedback – timely and targeted feedback.
Trying something and then the feedback helps make this a success. How the learning takes place is more important than where the learning takes place.
If you would like to watch Gladwell's keynote yourself, you can do so by creating a free istevision account. The link to the video is: Gladwell on ISTE Vision
I'm in Washington, DC!
After a long day of flying, and thankfully little delay, I arrived in Washington, DC for the NECC on Saturday afternoon.
I had a great start to my NECC experience by starting off my Sunday morning with a tour of Washington, DC. I signed up for a bus tour and enjoyed visiting the different monuments around the city with an excellent guide. I got to visit a number of famous historical monuments including the memorials for Lincoln, FDR, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. I also got to see the Capital building, the White House and the Washington monument. All in all it was an informative tour that makes me want to come back again to explore the city's other monuments and museums. Check out my Flickr album for some photos of my tour and other sights around Washington.
I am very excited to see the conference get underway. I'm looking forward to hearing the keynote tonight, Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers. My goals for this conference are to learn as much as possible about the integration of educational technology into my current practice. I will be starting the new school year with a SMART Board and I look forward to learning more about this amazing classroom tool. I also look forward to meeting a number of people that I have connected with over the year on Twitter and other networking sites. I'm guessing this will be a life changing experience and have a great affect on my current teaching practice. Stay tuned as I write about some of the sessions I will be attending this week.
Friday, June 12, 2009
"After our community school was hit by a Tornado, the staff and students had to relocate for two years while a new school was being built. In March of 2008, this school, Lawfield, was constructed with a Universally Designed Vision. By
reallocating resources and using recycled furniture, principal William Demille made a commitment to transform this new school into a universally designed environment with Speaker systems in every classroom, Smartboards, document cameras and much more. The staff and students will always feel a sense of connection after experiencing such turmoil and change. The transformation has just begun."
Here is their video. I hope to make one about our school next year after we have gone through "Structural Innovation". I find a lot of what they are talking about similar to what we will be doing at our school next year.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
If you want to know more about this book, Amazon you can read the description on the Amazon website. Amazon has also included two videos from Gladwell on their website. Video 1 and Video 2. I always find it interesting to hear authors talk about their books.
Two concepts that Gladwell discusses in his book that I found to be thought provoking are:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This week, I made the effort to attend three days of after school presentation blocks about what the committee members had seen during their travels. In all, I sat through 10 Power Point presentations. All, but one, were bullet-point style presentations. (The exception being a video made by students in a school in Australia talking about being independent learners.)
By the third day, I had seen enough bullet points to last me a lifetime. I'm guessing by the style of the presentations, the presenters were limited in what they could say or were asked by the division to produce a Power Point that could be officially approved and then be distributed. For me the end result was a blur of information and an inability to recall what school had what structure. The only exception was the school in Australia. I can clearly remember what the students said in the video.
The fact that the video was the most memorable part of all of these presentations says to me that the presenters would have been better off presenting photos or videos taken of their schools and then constructing their presentation around that. They could still have had a hand-out to distribute with more information, but more visuals would have been helpful.
In reflecting on this experience, I think that more time needs to be spent in teaching the art of using presentation tools, such as Power Point, to educators and students in general. I don't mean this to be a criticism of the presenters themselves, I just think that there has to be a better way to support presentations then projecting handouts up on the big screen and then reading them to me.
I enjoyed watching this stand-up comic as he talks about "How Not to Use Power Point":
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This is an interesting idea as the school's founder, Zeke M. Vanderhoek has decided that excellent teachers, not small classes, the latest technology or talented administrators make a school great. It will be interesting to see how these 8 teachers make out next year with extra responsibilities, longer hours and more students then the average NYC classroom. The principal, Mr. Vanderhoek himself, will earn less than the teachers, $90,000.
Photo by JonDissed on Flickr.com
Friday, May 8, 2009
I'm most excited to be moving into a classroom with a SMART Board. I will be moving into a larger classroom that will have room for students to work on project-based learning opportunities in the afternoon. I will also get to use the SMART Board for my literacy and numeracy blocks in the morning.
The structure we proposed is outlined in a Power Point presentation I created to present to our staff and parent council. I have posted it to Slide Share to include it in this post. I have also included the draft of the handout we produced to distribute at our Board's Annual General Meeting last week. I don't have a digital version of the final draft.
As we embark on this new structural innovation, I would love to hear from others regarding our plan. Have you implemented similar plans in your school or division? How have you used SMART Boards in your classroom? Do you have other ideas or suggestions after reviewing our plan?
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Our Heritage Fair Podcast Website (in French): WWHF Blog
The document used by students to complete the audio scavenger hunt (in French):
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Session Link: http://gssd.ca - k-8 online resources - Presentations
Three parts to the portfolio:
- to show growth
- to show a achievement
- to show competence
Sharepoint was used to host the eportfolios.
If a teacher logs on, they see all of their students.
If a parent logs on, they only see their child's work.
- Provides a richer view of a child's learning.
- Provides an explanation of learning expectations.
- Increases communication with parents.
- May assist in the providing information to Student Services Coordinators.
- Assists in the assessment for and of learning.
David used Prezi.com to make his presentation. Definitely something I'm going to check out for making future presentations.
Backchannel at: http://davidwarlick.com/knitter
Teacher must be a master learner and practice these skills in front of its students. Share something you learned in the last 24 hours.
Handout of the presentation: http://davidwarlick.com/handouts
Second Life Office: http://davidwarlick.com/sl/
Second Life allows us to create a library without constraints.
David is a result of a "perfect education" who performed repetitive tasks, in straight rows. Preparing a workforce who would work in a career for 30 years and then retire.
The telephone has changed the way we do things. It is now an example of redundancy where technology has changed to not require it anymore. Print newspapers are migrating to the web because they are too expensive to print anymore.
We are spending too much time teaching children on how to use paper. It is important to teach them how to manipulate digital information.
Webcams & Skype are breaking down the walls and allowing people to participate even when they can't travel or afford to go to a workshop, conference or class.
Conclusion: We need to stop integrating technology to teach how to use tools, but we need to teach literacy to be able to process and understand information landscape of the future. We need to be able to ask questions and be skeptical of any information that is provided to us. We need to question where it comes from. We need to develop critical thinking skills.
We need to be "digital detectives" and backtrack to see where our information has come from. Collect digital clues to see the source of the website. example: http://martinluthrking.org/ is really published by a white supremacy group called Storm Front. We were brought up in a generation where teachers gave us information and we could trust it because they knew the source. Digital information is different because we don't always know the source.
Exposing what's True!
- critically evaluate
Writing: audience is wider by the way that final product is presented. Video is very powerful and shared with the world on the web. To whom are we communicating?
Expressing ideas in different ways: schools who don't prepare students for their future are sweatshops preparing students for our pasts.
We must include ownership of information in our definition of literacy... respect of ownnership, accuracy and infrastructure.
Definition of Contemporary Literacy:
- exposing what's true
- employing the information
- expressing ideas compellingly
- using information ethically.
For a great concept map of his presentation, see it in Warlick's Conference notes.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Dean did his presentation using Cooliris. Definately something I want to check into.
Links to videos and items presented at this session:
Inspiration for the presentation:
- Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen
- Horizon report 2009 edition from the new media consortium
- "Experiment of anarchy" Eric Schmidt
- "The future has already arrived. It's just not evenly distributed yet." William Gibson
- Microsoft commercial "How they see the future" video
- Smart Phones and other mobile devices - video "iphoneu" "tonchidot" "poll everywhere"
- Low cost computing - netbooks (what do you spend on textbooks?, kindle on Amazon
- Cloud Computing - everything is housed on the web, Google Apps
- Live Streaming - ustream, Brian Crosby: Sparks Nevada teacher to include students using Skype, qik video, Mr. C's Class Blog
- Back Channels and Micro-Blogging - Sharing, public chat, K12 Conference.org for video, Twitter, social networking
- Immersive Environments - video games, teen second life environment, applying new knowledge and allow for collaboration, online engaging environment
- Privacy - idea of privacy is changing (outside interaction between teachers and students)
- Time Shifting - What is Face to Face good for? - taking lectures out of school time and spending the time working together at school.
- Open and Connected - free stuff online - MIT Open Courseware, online courses how to offer distance learning.
- Outsourced Instruction - Differentiated instruction and grouping students based on need and interest (ex. Clarence Fisher teaching with a school in L.A.)
with Dean Shareski, Kathy Cassidy, Clarence Fisher, Darren Kuropatwa
The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman = Great Book!
I like how he is using the Identity 2.0 presentation format with lots of pictures in his slideshow.
Conversation format is interesting. Darren is live on a TV and not here in person and the others are sitting on chairs at the front of the room.
Clarence: making global connections made him aware of the world being a big place and needing to connect with others.
Kathy: started blogging and someone else commented meaning that someone else was reading it. Connected globally with New Zeland. Importance of getting kids getting globally connected.
Dean: nothing like getting kids to talk to other kids about what they are really living instead of learning everything from a book.
Darren: Alan Levine BloggerShop was inspiration for getting active online with students. Now blogs with students and professionally.
Sharing of their classrooms: what a day looks like in their rooms. Tech is integrated as part of what the students are doing all day in the classroom.
Authentic, real learning is done through sharing and world partnerships.
I like the idea of having students "writing their own textbook" that is good enough that learners can educate themselves reading the book. Darren has a "How To" for setting up the online textbook in the class.
How do you find the time? Everything is a choice. Making online learning a priority. You have to give some things up in order to change the classroom.
IT Summit: Morning Session
with Milissa Gavel, current administrator and former teacher using Smart Board in the 5/6 classroom from Davison School in Melville, SK
Notes from presentation on Smart Boards:
Davison is a “Smart School” where each classroom has a Smart Board
Senteo Interactive Response System demonstration
SMARTboard resources on website
Demonstration of using numbers board to demonstrate the use of the smart board to represent a number.
Demonstration of how to do collaborative editing
Demonstration of slides, flips and turns
Demonstration of collective sentence building
Demonstration of doing location on a map of Canada – naming the provinces and territories and making Canada into a puzzle
Demonstrating Locking feature of Smart Board and screen shade and spotlight use on web.
Demonstration of use of virtual protractor to measure angles available in gallery feature of Smart Board
Smarttech.com for resources
- smart education shortcuts to lessons.
Presented by Kimberly Brown
My notes from Kim’s presenation:
Reason to build collaborative projects is to make friends outside of the school or classrooms. Enables students to learn how to network. Join Ning Groups and put your name out into cyberspace.
Interesting Nings to visit:
When blogging, students need to develop their network to get feedback and hits on their blogs.
Find a topic that really interests you because you are going to be spending a lot of time working on it.
Develop a project by networking with other teachers that have a similar interest. Idea suggested by Kim to network with last year’s Heritage Fair teachers from Nationals and set something up.
Uses wikispaces for unit planning and collaborative project planning.
Demonstrated some of her projects right now such as the Iditarod project.
Websites mentioned include:
We need a broadened conception of reading. Movement from traditional comprehension of a text to comprehending a wide variety of objects and materials. "Students must be able to read a face as well as they can read a book."
Different kinds of information literacies:
Dove commercial on "What is beauty" campaignforbeauty.ca "Dove Evolution"
Discussion questions after watching the commercial:
- What is real?
- What impact does the media have on our perceptions of beauty?
- Natural beauty vs. person created beauty?
- Can we trust Dove? What is in it for them? They make AXE too.
Student made parity. "Sloth made" Student synthesis which works in reverse of the Dove commercial to show a model becoming "ugly".
Students need more than just traditional literacy and numeracy. They need:
- information literacies: see above list
- considering processing
Comprehending, Considering, Wandering, Wondering, Pondering all all forms of thinking that are woven together in the thought process when "Thinking"
Visual and Artisitic Literacy:
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
It is French, English but a paid site. I think it is worth the money.
Discussion about photos: Which one is more beautiful?
-being able to function in nature reading the signs of nature to survive in the wild (ex: "Beware of the Bears") Having the capacity to "read" the information in that forum and being able to understand it.
Link between natural literacy and scientific literacy: the capacity to learn from observation and interpretation of what we see.
Scientific literacy used to encompass: natural and environmental literacy and they didn't stand on their own as important forms of literacy.
Emotional Literacy: Link between social and cultural literacy
How are we working to understand our differences and to work past them and learn from each other?
Numerical Literacy: nochildleft.com
- the argument against standardized testing in the US.
-trouble with text literacy - being able to interpret what the question is asking for
-tied to financial crisis: being able to read a mortgage document
-curriculum: students need to know how to interpret the paper to know what it means
"Corporate Head" sculpture image.
"Wikkilobbying" Google search: Steven Colbert on Comedy Central