Mobile Learning with OSSEMOOC

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.

Additional Resources
Listen to the  archived recording of  Mobile Learning .


EdCampWR: What next?


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.


Connected Learning: A Virtual EdCamp Experience

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!


OSAPAC Software: A SAMR Perspective

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.


Relate Resources

A list of my SAMR blog posts.

A New Device, A New Learning Opportunity

In the last few months, I must have run across at least an article per week that begins something like this:

“How to replace your old computer with __________”.  You fill in the blank with a device of your choice — laptop, netbook, tablet, iPad, smart phone … what ever.

What strikes me in the typical article,  is the focus on this question:

How do I do take the list of old tasks and approaches on my old computer and duplicate them on my new device?

OK.  Lets spin 180 degrees and land on a growth mindset perspective.

Why not explore a new technology device with curiosity. What can it do:

      • that my old computer couldn’t?
      • differently?
      • more efficiently?
      • easily?

Are you leveraging a opportunity with a new device?  Maybe it is time to unlearn some old habits and be a curious explorer and learner.



SAMR: Fuelling a growth mindset

The SAMR model has taken the technology enabled learning world by storm. Based on long term thorough research the model offers a new strategy to look at the relationship of technology and learning. The model describes four stages of using technology to support student learning as summarized in the chart below.


Let me say up front that I am a big believer in the SAMR research and methodology. You can read my other SAMR related blog posts  here.  However, I am concerned about the circulation of SAMR charts that slot apps and web tools to a stage on the SAMR chart.


The SAMR model is based on the notion of using technology to support learning in ways to deepen learning through opportunities not previously possible – that is, a change in practice.  To my way of thinking, the SAMR framework needs to be internalized in one’s thinking so that you independently examine your lesson, practice, approach etc.  It is NOT about just picking an app from the ‘R’ level and assuming “that is it”.

I think SAMR is a lens, a way of thinking about self improvement.  It is a journey of reflection and getting to that better technology enabled learning place of practice consistently.  As learning contexts change, reflection through the SAMR lens is necessary to keep one’s practice sharp.

Technology is changing at a torrid pace.  New web based tools and apps are born every minute.  Each choice of technology, app and use MUST factor in the context of the learning at hand and the needs of the students.  Recognize that a learning moment is simply that – a moment in time, and worthy of professional reflection. Tomorrow, there will be new hardware, new apps and new web tools.  The SAMR model will see us through these changes by helping us focus on best practice, reflection and a moving through a personal journey.  Sometimes, being at an ‘S’ level might be just the right place to be – part of the journey.

Take the SAMR challenge today.  Become familiar with the model and how it relates to learning and excellent instructional practice. Examine new possibilities for technology enabled learning.  Challenge yourself.  Reflect.  Share what you experience and learn. Internalize it – make SAMR part of who you are!


Educon2.6 Reflections


Once again the annual  Educon  event was an amazing learning experience.  I decided to share a couple of  learning points by bringing a few reflection points through this video.

On a another note, it was great to have a opportunity to try out Google Glasses too!!!


Happy pondering and learning.

Related Resources

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