It’s still summer time and reading blogs is a nice break from the heat. Check out some of the things that I’ve been reading from Ontario Edubloggers lately
Summer is an interesting beast. Even when you go into your favourite stores, there’s no guarantee that it’s business as usual. Your favourite workers may not be there and instead are away on holiday.
Of course, as Sue Dunlop notes, don’t drop into a school and look for the regular crew.
They’re away doing things that aren’t connected to specific time slots and specific places. They’re on their own time and in their own place. Sue points out some great reasons why this “break from the bell” makes it a perfect time to reflect.
It’s not advice for others – she’s doing a bit of reflection on her own.
After you’re done reflecting and you want to create something, the STAO blog has this little gem.
How about creating your own projector?
Is this a project for your makerspace in the future?
I really enjoy reading conference reports and this one from Shelly Vohra is no difference.
Lots of activities and learning seemed to be the theme coming from her in the post. She provides a complete and detailed report on her various activities.
Of real interest was a quote that she attributes to Debbie Donsky (see my interview with Debbie here) about her keynote. It surrounds the word Ubuntu. It’s a philosophy on many levels – including an operating system! But, its roots go back to connecting people…
She also talked about the term “Ubuntu” – “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.” How are we sharing in a way that connects us all? How are we leading and connecting from the heart?
Doesn’t that describe the human teaching condition?
Paul McGuire may be on the other side of the Atlantic climbing for kids but if you’re connected to Paul, you’ve been seeing some spectacular pictures of his summer adventure.
So far, he’s provided one blog post of “how I spent my summer holidays” and check out the scenery.
On top of this, he’s raising money for kids. Talk about the best of both worlds.
Like Paul Gauchi, one of my favourite places to visit while in Ottawa is the Canadian War Museum. Even visiting the local cenotaph can be a humbling experience.
I attribute it to a vet that I had as a teacher. He walked with a permanent limp and would often share personal stories when there were those 10-15 minutes of dead time at the the end of class.
Sadly, there are fewer and fewer people who have this sort of experience and memories. The Museum helps ensure that we continue to remember and to honour.
Yet I say, “To truly understand our present we must first understand our past”; the good, bad and ugly sides. I cannot tell you how many adults do not know or understand the current Canadian issues that we face today, started many years if not decades ago. But they keep on complaining and in my opinion whining about these issues without knowing the history of them.
Well, Anne-Marie Kee, no I haven’t. Although now that I’ve read the title to this post, I am curious…
tldr; You won’t find the answer in this post.
However, you will find a summer reflection from a principal. In a private school, in addition to the sorts of things that you might expect anywhere, there are additional things to think about. Concerns about sustainability would be among them although that appears to be under control.
The final thought is something that I think so many are thinking and wondering about this summer. It’s important and the answer might make for a better school year.
How can we prioritize student voice in our programs?
Finally, from the Association for Media Literacy blog, another conference summary and reflect by Neil Andersen.
What a collection of sessions that he shares some notes and thinking about.
- Teaching About Genocide Through A Media Literacy Frame • Jad Melki
- Refugees creating documentaries in Greece using visual ethnography • Evanna Ratner
- Eco Media Literacy • Antonio Lopez
- Criminal minds and Looney Tunes: portrayals of mental illness and therapy on television
- Pushing against online hate: MediaSmarts • Kara Brisson-Boivin
- Media Literacy Pedagogical Practices With Children: Engagement, Learning And Home-School Community Knowledge Exchange • Vitor Tomé
- Critiquing advertisements with teens and their families: video literacy intervention in Jamaica • Rachel Powell
- The United States Institute of Peace Thinktank
- Visualizing Media Literacy • Theresa Redmond
- On The Air: Elementary Student Adventures In Podcasting And Radio Broadcasting • Diana Maliszewski
- What Does The Internet Know About You? • Julie Nilsson Smith
- Panel: Media Literacy And The Tech Industry: Exploring Collaborative Ways To Navigate Rapid Technological Growth
- Panel: Trust, Journalism, And Media Literacy
- The Future Of Media Literacy Requires Starting Early: “Ulla” The Little Owl In Kindergarten • Eveline Hipeli
- Media Literacy Across The Pacific: What’s Happening In Australia • Amy Nelson
I hope that you can find some time to click through and read all of these posts at their original source. There’s great thinking there.
Then, make sure that you’re following these folks on Twitter.
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