The open sharing and exchange of ideas was AWESOME. Here are a few comments that resonated with me.
I am already looking forward to our next Twitter sharing session.
In large scale wifi network deployments it is often necessary to implement peer-to-peer blocking protocols in order to stop devices interfering with each other. While this does provide a much better, and arguably safer, end user experience, the approach does restrict the use of screen sharing devices such as Apple TV or Chromecast.
There is good news on the Apple TV front. The latest iOS and Apple TV software now provide added functionality which solves this challenge. Lets zero in on the needed settings.
On the Apple TV end you need:
and an newer iPad/iPod/iPhone running iOS version 7.1
This combination of devices and settings will let the “iDevice” connect to the Apple TV through bluetooth. Once connected, all of the display functionality works as you would expect.
I was able to successful test this functionality in my WRDSB office.
Happy mirroring and sharing!
Last week I became aware of an interesting approach to learning about Ontario communities with grade 3 classes. The idea is to involve people from around the province to submit picture clues about the community they live in. The clues are shared with the students, and student responses are tweeted (posted) back through a class or teacher based Twitter account.
The project takes on another level of connectedness by using a hashtag (Twitter conversation label) to collect all of the tweets on this topic into a searchable stream which can be viewed [ here]. What a GREAT way to bring a personal and connected context to the classroom.
I enjoyed an afternoon walk this weekend to take a few pictures to participate this week. I wonder how many clues it might take the students to guess where I live.
Here are some sample tweets from last week.
This will be a great week in the connected learning world.
This point from the Twitter stream of EdCampSWO resonates with me.
How thoughtful are you about choosing apps for use with your students?
Do you choose apps that support the “C’s” in a technology enabled learning environment: Communicate, Collaborate, Create, Citizenship, Critical Questioning/Answering? Perhaps your app choices facilitate inquiry or project based learning.
Where do you stand on app selection? How many is too many? What do you use as app selection criteria? I would be interested to know your ideas on this. Please comment or get in touch via @markwcarbone on Twitter or +markwcarbone on Google +.
Today’s blog post is a simple question to ponder that came up in an insightful conversation with Ken Whytock.
Rather than ‘handing in’ assignments today’s students should:
“The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was established with the generous contribution of Dr. Ken Spencer to recognize and publicize innovative work that is sustainable and has the potential of being taken up by others; to encourage a focus on transformative change in schools; and to provide profile for classroom innovation within school districts, schools, and the media.”
The Waterloo Region District School Board’s Futures Forum Program was recognized for for innovation today at a ceremony hosted at Forest Heights C.I.
Ron Canual, CEO of the Canadian Education Association presenting the aware to Chair Ted Martin.
WRDSB Director John Bryant
Perspective from CEA member Marty Keast
See the amazing work in these Canadian schools.
The 13-14 Ken Spencer Award finalists
Full press release: CEA_PR_KSAward_2014
Last Thursday (April 10, 2014) I had the pleasure of attending the meeting of the London MISA PNC group to serve on a panel discussion with
Joe Sisco of the WECDSB did a nice job hosting the event and moderating the panel discussion. My role on the panel was to share some ideas concerning technology planning.
I enjoyed the variety of questions the panel addressed. Two conversations really stood out for me. First, some excellent dialog around the notions of professional sharing:
and secondly, examining comfort with change:
In a rather timely fashion, this tweet from Donna Fry was posted just two days later while she was participating as a virtual learner by following the Twitter conversations of Edcamp SWO and Edcamp London which ran on Saturday April 12th. I think the tweet captures the essence of the panel discussions in a nice concise way.
Related Resources: sound clips in a local format
I had a chance to chat with Brandon Grasley at the end of the OTRK12 conference following the OSSEMOOC “Getting Connected” session. Somehow we got onto the topic of new social media users adapting to the “fire hose” information flow of services such as Twitter.
You can’t get caught up in reading endless material. One must become comfortable with jumping in and out as time permits. Information can be tailored to your interests by using dashboards such as tweetdeck to follow topics of interest.
I decided to put the “jump in” theory to test, so one morning this week I looked at my twitter dashboard to see what could be noted in just a couple of minutes.
… an insightful blog post
… a digital citizen/digital literacy tip
… and a PD opportunity
Excellent results for just a couple of minutes of reading I would say. Here are a few ways to “jump in” that work for me.
– breakfast & twitter – I enjoy an interesting read to start the day
– tea & twitter?
– a few minutes between meetings
– lunch break
– waiting in the car to pick up your kids
– standing in lineups
Well, you get the picture. Jump in when you can and leverage on the go connected learning .
Note: My article for today is cross posted from OSSEMOOC: Day 1 of 30 days of learning.
I recently enjoyed a family trip to China in the context of “the journey home” for my adopted daughter. The trip in of itself was simply amazing. I enjoyed going back, seeing the changes and once again experiencing the culture in such an amazing and historic country.
Given the 1997 timing of my first trip we essentially survived on landline calling cards as public internet access and early versions of email were just springing up around the globe. On this 2014 trip, of course the internet as matured and there are many amazing and often free collaborative tools available, so in that sense the trip felt less isolated.
At the same time, I had a chance to experience the “internet culture” in a much more locked down and filtered government controlled environment. Tools that we celebrate, use and promote here in North America were simply not available. Most social media tools were not available including Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. Of the Google suite of tools, only gmail and search were available and even these had seemingly limited use. Gmail seemed to respond very slowly and not all search result web links were actively available. I also noted the some, but not all, blogging sites were blocked. Facetime and Skype worked OK (band width dependent).
The notion of public free wifi as we experience here at locations such as McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s and Starbucks etc. was not wide spread. Yes, the wifi was free but you needed to text your phone number to a service in order to obtain an access code which would be texted back to you. This is a very different approach to walk in free access for any device culture that is enjoyed in North America.
Here in Canada, we are blessed with a very open culture and full access to a wide variety of web tools. The bottom line is YOU have a voice – and a choice of tools to use. Please do not take take this for granted. Leverage this privilege! Take time and make time to connect with other educators to develop your network and make your thinking visible by sharing your learnings and reflections. Ask questions, pose scenarios, collaborate. Give yourself a rich experience by starting a blog today!