After hearing about this intriguing classroom collaboration project at EdCampWR, I was delighted to meet with elementary teacher Alison Bullock to learn more about this cross panel collaborative project with secondary teacher Andrew Bieronski.
The Learning Framework
The project framework is based on the new Ontario social studies curriculum. Alison’s grade 4 French immersion students will be partnered with Andrew’s grade 10 students. The grade 10′s will be mentoring with grade four students as they progress through a summative project which requires students:
- create a physical structure of a museum artifact
- produce audio guided tours in both English and French
- generate a QR code linking to the audio files and
- share about learning process
The grade 10 students will provide mentorship to the grade 4 students as they research, plan and write the scripts needed for the audio guided tour files. Students will be collaborating through the WRDSB Google Apps for Educators (GAFE) environment. The role of the grade 10 students will be related to their civics and English courses.
All students, in both grades, will share about their experiences in this collaborative learning project through their blogs. Blogging platforms may include Google, WordPress or Weebly.
Bringing it all Together
As a conclusion to this learning process, the class museum will be created in the physical space in library, where all students connect for a grand finale. Projects will be displayed and the students of both classes involved will meet face to face.
This project is just getting underway. I look forward to following along this learning journey.
Note on the Title: I thought is was interesting that the two teachers involved in this project have the same initials. Given their interest in technology enabled learning and passions for forward thinking, I thought the notion of
was quite appropriate
I happened to come across Aviva’s
post yesterday, titled
. Aviva makes that point that “students need a safe place to make mistakes, and I don’t know that social media provides this safe place.” Check out the comments from some of the readers [here]
We do live in interesting times for sure. Perhaps this is all a lesson in media literacy (& life). From my perspective, there are a few important points in the mix.
In my view blogs are indeed a social media tool. In today’s world, you DO have a voice through a variety of social media tools. One’s actions in a social media environment have reach and impact. This begs responsible and ethical use: do good, ask good questions, ‘poke’ at things in a respectful manner. It is likely safe to say that not all real life experiences will have these characteristics, and from this perspective, Aviva’s blog post raises a great point when considering the learning environment.
In response to Aviva’s post, Doug Peterson wrote a great blog post this morning called Learning about Social Media in which he makes a strong case for using blogs as an excellent entry point into this world. I certainly support Doug’s view that blogs are indeed an excellent starting point. I also think that the K12 educational experience needs to move beyond this. Our students live in a world where new online tools and platforms are ‘born’ all the time and having some appropriate experiences in new arenas is also important. I like the idea of gradual release of responsibility (age appropriate), and I am excited about the positive experiences I am seeing WRDSB students having within programs such as the Futures Forum Project (FFP).
I don’t think one can underestimate the power of positive role modelling. Do you see this as an opportunity for educators? or perhaps a responsibility? Either way, social media is here to stay. Reach, impact, connections, relationship building and establishing trust are all important aspects of this digital world in which we live, and important areas to develop in young people.
Great topic. Please weigh in. I welcome your thoughts on this discussion. Leave a comment or connect in some other way.
Over the last few months, I have had the chance to participate in, listen to, and record a variety of discussions on digital citizenship. In each case, the discussion was rich and though provoking.
On Monday March 3rd, I am pulling 3 of these discussions together into a ‘remix’ for an internet radio broadcast 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EST.
Why not sit down after dinner with a warm cup of coffee or tea, relax and listen to the conversation.
Join the radio broadcast [here] .
Last night I enjoyed the mobile learning session presented by Rob De Lorenzo as part of the OSSEMOOC professional learning series.
After the session I went the the chat transcript and picked out a few phrases that resonated with me. They are:
- it is so important that community creates the learning
- the “any’s” — anytime, anywhere, anyone, anything learning
- love that idea – learning languages on social media.
- The need for administrators to be involved in the process is critical.
- technology empowerment of teachers is critical to reach our tech hungry students
- The computer lab is an artifact. We’ve moved beyond the need for it.
- Wifi is a game changer.
- No need for uniform platform anymore – different tools for different tasks
- let them bring the devices they are comfortable with.
- You choose the device that will best let you do that”
- No tech can replace carefully thought out lessons and teaching strategies!
- mobile productivity
Which phrase(s) resonate with you? Why?
Now, an invitation, or perhaps a challenge depending on your viewpoint. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this post or consider writing a blog of your own to share your thinking. If you choose to blog, please share a link to your post.
Listen to the archived recording of Mobile Learning .
Ed Camp Waterloo Region, held yesterday – Feb. 22, 2014, was an amazing day for many reasons. First off, a special thank you to organizers for arranging the day and bringing so many passionate educators together. Each of the sessions I attended had deep, meaningful and thought provoking discussion. I appreciated the openness of the educators who attended to share their thinking and insights with confidence.
The day also turned out to be a great example of connected learning. Many thanks to the educators who joined remotely and contributed to the discussion via twitter and text messages.
The day after a successful event like this always begs the question: So what next? I hope each of you will turn “what next?” into “what can I do?” Please consider:
- how to keep the conversation going
- demonstrate your connected learning
- share through blogging, G+, twitter etc.
- continue asking questions
- nurture someone around you, bring them into the conversation
- promote and attend other edcamps
Check out my Storify of EdCampWR tweets
Read Where to now? by Donna Fry
Join in the free professional connected learning with OSSEMOOC
Keep the learning going.
Why not make your Saturday a great opportunity to learn. Would you like to learn from where ever you are? You just need an internet connection.
EdCampWR is happening Saturday Feb. 22 2014 at Ryerson PS. I will be attending in person and sharing my experience through video broadcasting of sessions and interviews.
Here is how you can learn virtually.
Learn more about Ed Camp Waterloo.
Sign up for a free account to access the video stream here.
Where to watch: click here.
Follow the Twitter conversation
Make it a great learning day!
Classroom educators working in publicly funded Ontario schools have access to a wide variety of provincially licensed software and digital resources. Full listings are at the OSAPAC web site.
The SAMR model describes four stages of using technology to support student learning as summarized in the chart below.
The SAMR model provides a well researched framework for planning and reflecting on the use of technology to enable new possibilities to support student learning. To this end, the OSAPAC committee is currently running a project to gather examples of using the SAMR approach specifically with OSAPAC licensed titles. Click [here] to learn about the details. I hope you will consider being involved in this project.
A list of my SAMR blog posts.