It’s summer time but the blogging doesn’t stop! Here’s some of the things that caught my reading eye this week.
Storify: CaneLearn summit for K-12 Online & Blended Learning
This past week was the CANeLearn Summit in Toronto. While I couldn’t be there, the next best thing is to keep an eye on those who were fortunate enough to go and share their learning.
Fortunately, Alanna King got to go and she created a Storify of the thoughts and sharing coming from the event.
Using Social Media as a Teaching Tool
I like how Kristen Wideen has shared her philosophy of using Social Media. More than that, there’s a great message in the title of this post. Social Media is not a pedagogy; as she notes, it’s a Teaching Tool.
It’s good teaching that makes all the difference in the world. Social Media easily extends the reach beyond the classroom. Read on to find out at least one benefit of being connected.
A few weeks ago we were working on writing a persuasive letter. I wanted to make this an authentic task so as a class, we brainstormed a list of things that we could persuade our principal to buy or let us do. My students agreed that they wanted to persuade our principal into buying us a bird feeder to put outside our observation window. My students came up with the idea to post the letters on their blogs and then tweet them directly to our principal on Twitter. Students tweeted their letters and got responses from not only the principal. We received a bird feeder and birdseed on behalf of our Director of Education, a bird house that one of our students made and a humming bird feeder from my mom.
The classroom teacher will tell you that the bird feeder is chump change in the big scheme of things. Read past the bird feeder to see the process followed and how social media facilitated the process. That’s where the huge value lies.
Learning Something New
Angie Harrison describes nicely the process of inquiry to lead into this post.
Then, she turns the tables. She wants to take on some personal learning – crocheting – using the same principles as in her classroom. Where do you turn to learn in the 21st Century? How do you learn? Check out how she’s approaching things this summer.
Is Fear Good or Bad? “21st Century Learning” and #edtech Can’t Make Up Its Mind
Royan Lee takes on the concept of fear and addresses a couple of things that we seem to take as given…
He’s promised not to talk this way anymore. In the post, he explains why…
I hope to follow up this discussion with Royan at the BringITTogether Conference. By that time, he’ll be a few months into a new gig and will the opportunity to deal with this first hand.
I Dream Of Desks
So, Aviva Dunsiger got a chance to visit her new classroom for the fall and now she’s dreaming of desks. The things that makes teachers old before their time!
In all my teaching career, I think the only time I fretted about desks was the one class of Grade 9 Mathematics that I taught. I had 35 students packed into my room set for 24. In the computer science classroom, sitting in one spot consistently just doesn’t happen after the first couple of days, and only then for attendance and learning names.
What I like about the picture that Aviva shared in the post is that she appears to have pretty close to a blank slate. Once she gets through dreaming or nightmaring about things, she could make it anything that she wants. More importantly, she can make it whatever works for her and her students.
I hope there’s a followup post coming so that we know how this story ends.
What a wonderful collection of sharing this week. Thanks, Alanna, Kristen, Angie, Royan, and Aviva. You’re really demonstrating how to keep the bar set high!
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