Tweets as Prompts

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

When I saw this tweet  it reminded of a recent conversation with Rod Lucier  where the point of discussion centred around the ideas that:

a) all positions have leadership components and
b) perhaps the best leadership position is the one you are in.

Using this tweet as a prompt, I think it is time worthy to reflect on the leadership traits described here.

Leadership-Fullan

What changes will you make to your practice?

~Mark

Sharing Your Learning CATC Camp Style

In recent months,  I have taken note of emerging strategies for sharing your learning.  One example that really struck me as powerful is the making of a story telling video where participants share an important learning, experience or perhaps credit someone for supporting learning or changing thinking.

I personally enjoyed participating in the video made after Dean Shareski’s session at Connect 2014. Check out two good examples shared by  Donna Miller Fry  in her blog posted titled  What did you learn? Who did you learn it from?

Watch our #catccamp14 sharing video.

Related Resources

CATC Camp Storify Day 1
CATC Camp Storify Day 2
CATC Camp Storify Day 3

Reflection by Kimberly Flood.

Keep the learning and sharing going!

~Mark

Audio Feedback for Students

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

Earlier this summer, this tweet from  Andrew Bieronski  caught my eye. Providing appropriate and frequent feedback to students is a critical part of the learning process. I like the idea that feedback happens in different forms, and I can think of a variety of reasons why recorded feedback is a benefit to learners.

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Check out the audio feedback “how to” guide [here].

How would you see this working for your students? or staff?

~Mark

Learning at CATC Camp Day 3

~Mark

Google Classroom Goes Live at WRDSB

This has definitely been a week of anticipation.  I am always excited for CATC Camp,  our summer self directed, self paced learning opportunity for staff that focuses on technology enabled learning, effective use of digital tools and digital resources.

The first two days of camp have been awesome!  Based on an email I received from Google on Monday of this week,  I also knew that we were getting close,  REALLY  close on the activation of the Google Classroom feature of our GAFE (Google Apps for Educators) environment.  I had been sporadically checking all week … not yet … not yet. I tried once more just before supper tonight – not yet. I was beginning to feel like this was the watched tea kettle that wouldn’t boil.

As we were setting up for our post dinner newstime, I thought why not try one last time for today. YIKES – there is was – installed and active. It felt like Christmas in August, and was SO MUCH FUN making the surprise announcement to our CATC Camp attendees. I wished I had thought to record the reaction in the room – instant energy, excitement and applause.

Well, this was a perfect opportunity to offer a quick tour and orientation for interested staff. No problem –  Andrew Bieronski jumped into action and provided a nice spontaneous workshop.  In the 75 minutes following the announcement, staff were tweeting, re-tweeting about the announcement, sharing and exploring.  Some went ahead and set up their 14/15 classes and added the first student assignment.  My initial observation was that Google Classroom  was easy & intuitive to use,  and that support needs would be minimal.

Andrew Bieronski

A reaction shared by many!

Making Discoveries

 

I am looking forward to implementing this tool for classroom educators in our system.   Now, I wonder what the next WRDSB hosted GAFE Summit will look like?

~Mark

Learning at CATC Camp Day 2

~Mark

Learning at CATC Camp (Day 1)