And just like that it’s November. With the first Friday, it’s time again to share some great writing from Ontario Edubloggers.
There’s a little more reading than normal with the post. There are a couple of bloggers who contributed their thoughts in two posts rather than one.
Why not use this as a chance for two coffees this morning?
From Rolland Chidiac, a couple of posts describing how he’s using sports software in his classroom. There’s a great deal of gaming and application of the concept throughout these posts.
In the first post, Rolland describes how he used a piece of software in his class with a bent towards going beyond the game and making a connection to Mathematics. All games have some way to keep score of your progress in the game. That’s what they’re all about. How else would you know if you won or not otherwise? In this case, Rolland’s students capture their scores and create their own collection of data to analyse. It reminds me of the time clocks kept during Formula 1 auto races. Then, based on this data, students predict how they could make their scores better.
In the second post, Rolland gets a little bit constructive with an unused Xbox from at home that arrives at school. The Xbox is an amazing device; I recall once at a Microsoft event where some students from Seattle had created a Fish Market simulation.
Rolland’s post, in this case, gets a bit technical about how he actually sets things up in his classroom. He provides an interesting list of the expectations that he has in mind.
I wonder if there might be a third post where the focus turns to students writing their own games.
From Diana Maliszewski that actually could become a three parter by itself. It’s a collection of stories about kindergarten use of media due to Diana’s guidance.
One might expect that the whole focus could be on electronic technology but that’s not the point. Diana analyzes the interest of the three classes and shares activities involving…
- making stuffed dinosaurs
- skinny pigs and connection to literature
- creating a Mystery Box video
Above and beyond the activities, it’s clear that Diana honours student voice in these activities.
And it sounds like a great deal of fun.
I think that you’ll really enjoy and be impressed with the project described in this post. Fair Chance Learning partnered with Seven Generations Education Institute to create virtual reality content to help preserve community traditions. Personally, I spent a great deal of time doing some background about the Seven Generations Education Institute so that I could truly appreciate what was happening.
The context is the Fall Festival which traditionally celebrates how the Anishinaabe prepare for the winter. The post talks about:
Like years before, local elders, volunteers and SGEI staff demonstrate wild rice preparations, tell traditional stories, sing at the Grandfather drum and cook bannock on a stick. Unlike in years passed, Fall Harvest 2019 incorporated virtual reality to help preserve these vital cultural teachings and enrich the education of our students.
I’m intrigued and will try to follow the results from this initiative. Hopefully, Fair Chance Learning will document it all on their website so that other communities can enjoy the benefits and do something on their own in other locations.
If you’re going to the Bring IT, Together Conference, there might be an opportunity to see this first hand?
So, here the other two-parter from Irene Stewart and her work at St. Clair College.
In the first post, she talks about those favourite teachers and how they become a model for you. It was quite an easy process for me and two teachers most certainly sprang to mind. I have no question about how they were models for me as I became a teacher. I felt badly though because what I remember most is their lecturing approach. I like to think that my classrooms were more of an activity based environment. I do struggle to think of activities from these teachers. I know that they were there but they’re not what first springs to life.
The second post describes a pilot and then ultimately an implementation of a course, THRIVES, that delivers on the awareness of the college environment and what it will take for students to be successful. The numbers she describes blew me away. 1 000 students in a pilot. Then nine sections with a total of 6 000 students.
There is an interesting reflection about activity in the course and the quizzes involved in the timeline throughout. It’s a nice reflection and I’m sure helped move her thinking as she went from pilot to implementation.
I check in with Lynn Thomas periodically as she works her way through the alphabet and shares her insights on the work she chose. In this case, the word is “Patience”.
Is it a requirement to be a teacher?
I’d go further than that … it may, in fact, it may well be the best attribute that any person who aspires to be a teacher should have. After all, as teachers, we absolutely know the content. The students, not so much, or not at all. Success comes as a result of the transfer or attitude, knowledge, and skills.
Every students proceeds at his/her own speed. There is no one speed fits all. The best teachers recognize this and exercise patience to make everyone successful.
Education, as we know it, can be counter to this at times. We have defined times for courses and grades and an assessment has to be given whether you’re ready or not.
As I noted last week, I’m not necessarily a fan of PD at staff meetings because it isn’t always applicable to all. This concept, however, would definitely be worthwhile doing.
I’ll bet this post gives you some inspiration for thought – both as teacher and as student.
If you are in need of a weekly shot of inspiration for Mathematics, then David Petro’s blog is the place to head.
This week, look for ideas about:
- Desmos, turtles, and graphing
- Autograph graphing software
- Polar co-ordinates and patterns
- MakeMathMoments podcast
Even if you don’t use the ideas right away, there’s just the beauty of Mathematics to enjoy.
Terry Greene uses a Blondie song to set the stage for a professional learning session.
I would have gone with Supertramp.
Terry got the chance to run a keynote address to staff. My guess is that this doesn’t happen all the time so he decided to make the most of it. (His slides are available here)
In the course of his talk, he addresses:
- Learning Technology Bank
- Digital Learning Allies
- Ontario Extend 2020
- Ontario Extend but for Students
- Alternative Assessment Bank
- Open Badging
- Collaborative Word Spaces
- Lecture Capture
- Open Educational Resources
- Design Sprints
- The Teaching Hub
- The Open Patchbooks
- Always Open Digital Meeting Room
I’m tired just assembling that list! Of course, I wasn’t there but I can’t help but believe that any one of those topics would be keynote material.
I’m still pondering Lecturcizing.
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