Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sanders Bobiash keeps passion for technology in perspective, Saskatchewan Bulletin, December 2011

A recent article was published about me in the December issue of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation's newsletter, The Saskatchewan Bulletin after I received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, Certificate of Excellence this fall. You can read the article on page 2.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Three Regina teachers nationally recognized

Joanna Sanders Bobiash teaches her class at Wilfrid Walker school in Regina on Nov. 22, 2011. Bobiash was recently awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for teaching excellence.

Photograph by: Bryan Schlosser, Regina Leader-Post

Regina Leader-Post, November 22, 2011:
Three Regina teachers nationally recognized

Page: A5
Section: News
Byline: Kerry Benjoe

Regina is home to not one but three nationally award winning teachers.
Last month, Joanna Sanders Bobiash travelled to Ottawa to receive the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Randy McLeod from Campbell Collegiate and Dean Vendramin from Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High School each received a Certificate of Achievement.
"It was a very exciting experience," Sanders Bobiash said. "But also very humbling at the same time because I was nominated by a number of parents, colleagues and students to receive the award."
Sanders Bobiash has been teaching at Ecole Wilfrid Walker for the past seven years, where she is a part-time teacher librarian and teaches Grade 6, 7 and 8 social studies and science. She received the Certificate of Excellence for her innovative teaching methods.
Sanders Bobiash uses the latest technology and finds ways to incorporate blogging, Skyping, webquesting and Googling into her classroom lessons.
Her interest in technology has created unique learning opportunities that benefit her students.
"I actually went to Google this summer and became a Google-certified teacher in Seattle, (Wash.)," said Sanders Bobi-ash. "So I use that with all my students - they all have accounts and websites. I also use YouTube to integrate video."
She was one of 50 teachers from around the world selected to participate in the Google teacher program.
Sanders Bobiash chooses to use technology in the classroom because it gets students excited and keeps them engaged.
"We are learning in a whole different way than we used to," said Sanders Bobi-ash. "It's not just the traditional pen and paper. We are sharing our work with everybody. We leave a lot of our work open for people to comment on and we do different projects with different classrooms around the world."
McLeod teaches math and calculus for Grades 9 to 12 at Campbell and about 25 rural communities. His method of teaching has proven successful - about 95 per cent of his students both online and in class successfully complete his calculus class.
After 12 years as a regular classroom teacher, he helped to pioneer the distance education model. In 1990, he began teaching calculus and trigonometry via satellite television throughout the province. McLeod then worked to improve outcomes.
Vendramin teaches new media and social studies for Grades 9 to 12 at O'Neill. He's also Google-certified and worked as a technology consultant with his school division before returning to the classroom.
He introduces the communications production technology course which teaches web, graphic design, audio, video and multimedia production and is working on the new media campus articulation program. Like Sanders Bobiash, he's always looking at new opportunities for students to learn.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Making Your Library Googlicious

A joint presentation by Joanna Sanders Bobiash and Terry Pon, Regina Public Schools
RPSD, RCSD and PVSD Teacher-Librarian Professional and Learning Day
Regina, SK - October 25, 2011

Here is our presentation. (link) Please explore the links in the presentation and provide feedback using this form.

Regina TLs Day of Learning: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Transitioning Toward 21st Century Learning

Keynote Resources from: bit.ly/SaskTL

Anytime,Anywhere, Anyone (Resources) - #SaskTL

Dr. Alec Couros
skype: aleccouros

Websites in Order of Appearance:
  • About.Me - Alec’s About.Me page (as an example).
  • EC&I 831 - Open graduate course, “social media and open education”.
  • The Open Doctrine - My own personal attack ad (video).
  • Stephen Downes - Downes’ wise commentary on the Best Job in the World.

  • The Typical Teacher Network - This diagram attempts to visualize the typical network of teachers.
  • The Networked Teacher - Increasingly more teachers are developing rich personal learning networks (PLNs) through the use of social media (sometimes called Web 2.0 tools).
  • PLE Diagrams - Scott Leslie has compiled comprehensive list of individuals who have visualized their personal learning environme
  • nts.
  • What Does the Network Mean to You? - I asked the question of my network, "what does the network mean to you?". As a result, dozens of people responded via Voicethread (through text, audio, video) to explain their thoughts on networked learning and professional development.

Examples and Information About Open Courses

21st Century Learning in Practice (videos):

Communication/Networking Tools & Tutorials
  • Wikispaces (one of the most popular wiki tools, adfree for educators)
  • PBWorks (another popular wiki tool)
  • LinkedIn (important, career-based social networking tool)
  • Schoology (free learning management system, course communication/creation tool)
  • Posterous (very easy blogging/communication tool)
  • Tumblr (media-friendly blog platform)
  • Skype (most popular video/audio conferencing tool)
  • join.me (video/audio conferencing tool)
  • Tokbox (similar to skype but nothing to install, free for videoconferencing)
  • Chatzy (free private chat rooms)
  • TinyChat (live video chat rooms - beware of some inappropriate content)
  • Today’s Meet (easy to setup chat w/ tags)
  • WizIQ (virtual classroom for online teaching and learning)

Productivity & Collaboration Tools

Screencasting, Video, Photos, Audio
  • Jing (free software for screencasting and image capture)
  • Screenr (free, web-based software for creating screencasts)
  • Animoto (easy way to create engaging videos from your imagery)
  • Flickr (popular photo-sharing site, great for finding copyleft images)
  • Aviary (popular media-editing suite)
  • Jaycut (free video editing)
  • Handbrake (rip and pull DVDs (Mac)
  • KeepVid (download videos from Youtube & other sources)
  • Zamzar (online file conversion)
  • Lightworks (free video editing software for Windows)
  • PhotoStory 3 (story maker for Windows)
  • One True Media (create slideshows and share)
  • Soundcloud (audio hosting & embedding)
  • uStream (free live video streaming)
  • LiveStream (another free livestreaming service)
  • Blip.fm (social music service)
  • GrooveShark (social music service, allows shared playlists)
  • fd’s Flickr Toys (number of ‘toys’ for your images)

Presentation Tools
  • Prezi (popular alternative to Powerpoint)
  • Slideshare (great way to host slide decks & create screencasts)
  • Glogster (alternative presentation format tool)
  • 280Slides (similar to Powerpoint, but online)
  • SlideRocket (another popular Powerpoint alternative)
  • PhotoPeach (easy, sharable slideshows)
  • Wordle (easy way to create word clouds)
  • Tagul (another way to create word clouds)
  • Stupeflix (another slideshow creation tool)
  • Dipity (timeline creation tool)
  • Voki (creating talking avatars)
  • Xtranormal (create movies via text)
  • GoAnimate (create cartoons and animations easily)
  • Voicethread (create interactive presentations)
  • VuVox (create great presentations)

Collaborating Thinking/Writing Tools

Referencing/Attribution Tools
  • BibMe (online referencing tool)
  • EasyBib (another online referencing tool)
  • Plagium (plagiarism detection)
  • Zotero (great research tool for organization, citation, bibliographies)
  • Mendeley (a free reference manager and academic social network)

Polls & Surveys

  • Netvibes (personal, dashboard-like aggregator)
  • Symbaloo (another popular dashboard-like aggregator)
  • Weblist.me (easy way to quickly share links with visual interface- great for elementary)
  • Feedly (Browser plugin to aggregate RSS magazine-style)

Media Resources

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