This Week in Ontario Edublogs

There’s a lot of great reading from Ontario Edubloggers this week.  Perhaps everyone is blogging during commercials in the Olympics?

And Where Is Canada Again?

And yet somehow Aviva can find the closest coffee shop.

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WHEN LEARNING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT

On the heals of Aviva’s post, check out the latest from Donna Fry.

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Now, lest we put all of the pressure on poor Aviva, haven’t all of us who have gone to university learned how to play the game?  After all, we all went through a system where “getting in” meant obtaining high marks and “staying in” meant continuing with the higher marks.  Did we learn a bit of probability when we thought “There’s probably only a 5% chance that she’ll ask that on the test so I won’t waste my time studying that”.

I would like to think that we’re evolving to what Donna describes as “rethinking what schools are for, how to nurture natural curiosity, and how to use focused innovation in our teaching in the K-12 sector. ”  But, there has always been that disconnect between elementary and secondary school and between secondary schools and colleges/universities.  The traditional route has been increased class sizes and less opportunities for educators to know their students.  The result means that the mark at the end of a course is the only feasible way.

It is a good question to ponder – will K-12 schools be the start of new thinking?


Tumbling in (for 3 voices)

I really enjoyed this post from Lisa Noble.  What really struck me about it was that she verbalized so many things that we want to see in our students.

  • Inquiry, based upon a good question;
  • Collaboration with a colleague she’s never met face to face;
  • Expanding her inventory of skills and Read/Write Web tools.

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When was the last time that you went out on a limb and shared your current learning for the world to read?  Way to go Lisa, Diana, and Sarah.


Keeping Track of My Assessment

I think this post could have been “Putting It All Together” or something just as well.  From Mr. So’s Classroom, it’s a task that I’ll bet that most of us would have a colossal fail.  After sharing some great ideas, the question was put “Do you have this written down somewhere?”.  I know that the tools that I use regularly easily come to mind and what I do is sprinkled throughout this blog.  But, in one spot to share with someone else?

So the post was about Evernote and Twitter and Storify and Wikis, but more importantly specific examples about how they are actually used.

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It’s definitely a good sharing and reflective activity for everyone to consider.


How to Use Google Calendar as a Class Website

Kyle Pearce isn’t shy about sharing his learning and thoughts online.  In a recent post, he takes an interesting spin.  Google Calendar as a Class Website?  I’ll admit; I didn’t see that coming.  Google has an incredible suite of tools.  I gave up creating my own website from scratch and just went with Google Sites.

What’s so valuable about Google for the resources is that you sign in once and you’ve got everything.  You don’t have to log in here or log in there and move around like some other solutions.  From an use perspective, all of the menus look the same so moving to a different tool doesn’t mean learning everything from scratch.  In that respect, Kyle’s approach makes sense.

Like I said, I still didn’t see this coming but class sites can be summarized by dates.

If you check the reaction on Twitter and in the comments to Kyle’s posts, a lot of people were intrigued with this approach.


Thanks for some great reading, folks.  Please check out the complete blog posts at the links given.  You can find my complete collection of Ontario Edublogs here.   There’s always some great reading to be done.

 

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