Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast 17

Happy May!

Today’s episode of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features an interview with Sue Kwiecien, the inspirational lead of Cube for Teachers (  https://cubeforteachers.com/  ).  In our conversation we explore the history, philosophy and upcoming new features for the site and ever growing international user community.

You know the drill … grab a cup of your favourite brew and enjoy the conversation.

 

~Mark

Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast 16

This episode of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast welcomes guests Anita Brooks Kirkland and David Loertscher. Our podcast conversation explores the Virtual Library, collaboration and some design ideas.

Grab a cup of your favourite brew and settle in to a comfy chair and enjoy the conversation!

~Mark

Music Prompts

The COVID-19 situation is certainly a unique scenario for us all to experience. I hope you are healthy and safe where ever you are.

I have been impressed with the amount of positive sharing of suitable activities for families and children. I also have noticed the generosity of many companies who have offered free or reduced price access to their products. Of particular interest to me is in the music arena, where Moog, Korg, Roland, Arturia and many others have provided an interesting selection of apps as an example.

As I have been learning the apps and enjoying the wide range of capabilities and sounds, I decided to create some 1.5 to 2 minute musical soundscapes that could serve as prompts for drawing or painting a picture, telling a story,video, creating movement/dance, or perhaps using it in a new creative musical context.

There are 3 samples currently available for listening/download and I will continue to add 1 or 2 more samples each  week.  [Click here]  to access the files.

If you would like to share your creation with me, please leave a comment with a link to your creation.

Happy creating!!!

~Mark

Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast 15

This post features a podcast with Anita Brooks Kirkland, a wonderful friend, colleague and fellow clarinetist. This podcast is the first in a planned series focusing on Canadian School Libraries.

 

 

 

 

Pour a cup of your favourite brew and enjoy our overview conversation to kick off this topic.

Resources:   Canadian School Libraries

~Mark

Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast 14

This podcast features an interview with Ontario principal Derek Rhodenizer where we explore an on the ground action plan for personalizing teacher professional learning.

Grab a cup of your favourite brew (the virtual coffee shop) and soak in the information and perspectives from Derek’s experience.

 

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Take time to reflect on Derek’s journey and planned path forward.  You may wish to follow Derek on Twitter

~Mark

Putting Your School on the Map

For the past 2 and a half years I have been fortunate to work with the staff and students at Mamawmatawa Holistic Education Centre at Constance Lake First Nation (2 Musko Rd, Ontario P0L 1B0) in a variety of capacities.

Last year I was honoured to team up with Melissa Lavoie with the Walk With Us project and bring together many interesting learning elements together.  It was an amazing experience all around and will always be a very special memory for me.

Have a listen to the podcast to learn about Walk with Us and our process, then check out the the student work and elder interviews by clicking the Walk With Us graphic below.

Podcast with Melissa Lavoie

 

 

Resources: 

MHEC school tour

CBC news story on Walk With Us

About Walk With Us

Melissa’s Blog

Follow Melissa on Twitter:  @MelizzaLavoie

~Mark

The Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast – session 12

This episode of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features an interview with Shannon Clark and Stephen Hurley. I hope you enjoy this conversation outlining my happenstance meeting with Shannon, her research and plan to impact health and well being in Canada – adults and students!

With 12 years experience as a physiotherapist working with diabetics, Shannon Clark, owner of ‘4 the Luv of Food’, has developed a tool called the Balance Factor to teach North Americans the nutrient value of food and how to properly balance meals and snacks.

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The Balance Factor teaches consumers how to stabilize blood sugar resulting in less insulin use, less body fat and a reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Make a cup of your favourite blend of coffee, settle into a comfy chair and enjoy learning about this initiative.

Podcast:

Resources:
Follow Shannon on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter
Shannon’s Web Site: 4theluvoffood.ca

~Mark

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