PBL: Where to Start

This post is a cross post from my original in the  OSSEMOOC  June 2014, 30 days of collaborative blogging “Picture and Post” series.  I am reposting it as I think raises a point of consideration.

I spotted this Twitter post from  Lisa Neale  this morning.  My initial reaction was why wouldn’t you start with a question?

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Perhaps we shouldn’t limit ourselves with a starting question.  Read this  interesting insight  from Peter Skillen’s  Construction Zone  blog.

~Mark

Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders

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Todays connected learners need connected school and system leaders.  Further to the presentation prepared for  TEDxKitchenerED about the work that is/needs to be done in the area of personally owned,  self directed learning opportunities for school/school board leaders to build awareness and capacity in this area,  Donna & I are pleased to announce that the  official TEDx video is now online.

 

~Mark

Telling Tales

This post is a cross post from my original in the  OSSEMOOC  June 2014, 30 days of collaborative blogging “Picture and Post” series.

I always enjoy opportunities to connect with  Stephen Hurley  or read his blog. I have recently enjoyed opportunities on both fronts – wonderful professional discussion and learning!

In this tweet, Stephen directs readers to a wonderful blog post where he reminds of the importance of telling our stories.

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Check out  Telling Tales  from Stephen’s blog, and feel free to leave a comment here about what resonates with you in his post.

~Mark

K12 Summer Reflection Challenge

I typically listen to  Craig Norris on CBC KW 89.1  on my morning drive  into the office and yesterday was no different.  I happened to catch an interview Craig did with Roger Farwell, the new CEO of Creative Enterprise Inc.

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What caught my attention in the interview was the idea of one’s “change stance”.   In a time of rapid change you can sit back and see what happens OR actively ‘play in the space’ to position yourself for the best possible outcome.

Lets apply this notion to education.  This is a time of rapid change in many areas of the K12 environment.

  • instructional practice: facilitated, inquiry based, PBL, collaborative etc.
  •  assessment practices
  • technology enabled learning
  • SAMR
  • TPACK
  • owning your own professional learning
  • sharing
  • reflecting
  • collaborating
  • making your thinking visible
  • mobility
  • technology trends
  • bring your own devices (BYOD)
  • etc.

Summer reflection challenge:  What will your approach be to educational change?  Will you sit back and see what happens OR actively ‘play in the space’ to position yourself for the best possible outcome?

Read the CBC  Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI)  post.

~Mark

Note: cross posted to OSSEMOOC.

Sharing your Learning: Collaboration

This year, WRDSB  teachers  Alison Bullock  and  Andrew Bieronski  ran a very successful cross curricular and cross panel collaborative project with grade 4 and grade 10 students.

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Full project details may be read [here].   A “quick peek” overview of the  project  is included below as a point of reference.

The Collaborating

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.

As part of the professional learning with this project, Alison and Andrew met with me for a live streamed interview to share their learning and reflections on collaboration, student voice, engagement and professional practice.

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~Mark

 

UnGoogleable Questions

Today’s post is a reblog from my original “picture and post” on OSSEMOOC.

Part of my weekly routine is to check out the Twitter  #cdnedchat hashtag stream.  I have learned that there is always something interesting to check out.

The words “UnGoogleable Questions”  in this post seemed to  jump right out at me.   While Google is a great tool that provides almost instantaneous access to limitless information,  it is important to pause and recognize that this is just the beginning in the context of a learning journey.

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What does the notion of “UnGoogleable Questions” mean to you in terms of asking,  inquiry, probing and going deeper with learning?  How might this impact your professional practice?

Resource: Link to Nancy’s full  blog post.

Ask great questions!

~Mark

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