Category Archives: 21st century learning

CNIE 2017 Presentation Resource

I enjoyed the opportunity to present  The Art of Teaching in a Fast-Changing World  yesterday with  Alison Bullock  at the CNIE 2017 conference in Banff.   Our session resources are included in this post.

Video of Presentation:

~Mark

Update to Scaling EDU Change

This post is an update to an earlier post:  Scaling Edu Change, with resources 10 through 17 being new since the previous post.

innovative-change

    1. Student Produced Learning Objects
    2. Project Greenlight 
    3. Leveraging Technology for Inquiry Based Learning
    4. Deepening Mathematics Understanding with Coding
    5. STEM in a Globally Connected Classroom 
    6. Digital Work Flow  
    7. Student Writing With Storybird 
    8. Helping Little Brown Bats 
    9. Tangling With Triangulation 
    10. Improving Collaboration For Learning
    11. Learning Through Hyper Docs
    12. Deepening Math Learning
    13. 20% Time Project
    14. Coding in the Elementary Curriculum
    15. The Journey to Classroom Learning Communities
    16. Technology Tools for Teachers
    17. A Perspective on Inquiry Based Learning

I have enjoyed being involved in this project and look forward to working on the next phase.
Tacheles stairs, Berlin

Join in!!!.   How will you participate in open learning by scaling up?

~Mark
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Note:  Creative Commons image by Flickr user Paolo Margari

AI and You

As I settle into my new retirement/flex time groove, I am dedicating more time to reading, listening and learning from blogs, podcasts and video channels as I find tuning in “on the ground” to learn and reflect with people who openly share really rewarding.

The great find this week was a CBC podcast titled “The Dangers of an Insular Web”.   The podcast digs into some important challenges of curating information in a personalized way in our digital online society.   Without giving away the details of the interesting panel discussion,  if these elements of digital communications tickle your interest, then this podcast is for you.

  • open internet
  • participatory internet culture
  • impact of smart phones and apps, power of geo location to personalize info
  • triangulation:   tech companies, data, personal use/habits
  • triangulation:   AI, algorithms, full user control and
  • personalizing is a dual edged sword

Social Media Information Overload

Whether you are a heavy digital communicator,  new to this arena or perhaps a teacher considering media literacies,   I am sure you will find this podcast raises your awareness and  stimulates your thinking.

Live link to the CBC podcast:
Screened Off: The dangers of an insular web

As always, please consider sharing your learning and thinking through a comment here or connect on  twitter.

~Mark
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Graphic credit:  creative commons license from Flickr user Intersection Consulting .  

Future Orienting Libraries

Today I spent some time with WCI librarians Carlo Fusco and Leah Crowell discussion how they have Future Oriented the school library.  In our discussion, we explored 5 areas of interest and impact which were determined in a previous visit.

  1. Transforming Libraries
  2. Leveraging Multi Media
  3. The impact of 1:1
  4. Visioning the changing world of the teacher
  5. Shifting to device agnostic spaces

Carlo and Leah, thank you for sharing your learning, visioning, and change process.

Interview in 3D video:

Interview in 2D video:

Audio Podcast:

Students I chatted with at the school were very positive about the continued evolvement and current status of the future oriented thinking about the library space to service student learning needs.

Connect on twitter: @mrfusco  and  @WCILibrary.

~Mark
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The Connected Classroom with Tania Bumstead

As part of the recent WRDSB Digital Learning Symposium,  teachers presented 20 minute sessions as part of  the breakout offerings.

I was fortunate to attend Tania Bumstead’s presentation  where she shared her experiences and insights on the  journey of  turning her classroom into a connected learning space.   In the presentation Tania highlights the value of an online personal learning network (PLN) through twitter,  collaborative work for students, taking risks and valuing new approaches.

Enjoy the presentation.

Connect with Tania on Twitter.

Many thanks to Tania and her students for sharing their experiences.

~Mark
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Genius Hour Insights

As part of the recent WRDSB Digital Learning Symposium,  teachers presented 20 minute sessions as part of  the breakout offerings.

I was impressed with Andrea Stephen’s session where she shared insights on her journey of including Genius Hour as part of the learning experience in her classroom.

I think you will find her approach and insights on building student comfort in less structured learning, evolving ideas, considering audience, building on failures and assessment.

Connect with Andrea on  twitter.

Thanks for sharing your learning Andrea!

~Mark
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Student Feedback 1 to 1

I thought I would share some student feedback on their experiences with our 1 to 1 pilot project this year on the final day of the 15/16 school year.

“Another component of this course that completely differs from my previous year is the use of technology. Everyday, we were fortunate enough to use the chromebooks provided by the school rather than write with pencil and paper. Although, at the beginning I was very reluctant to have the entire course essentially online, I was able to develop my skills with computers and different programs we used throughout the semester.” – MP

“At the beginning of the coarse when i found out we were doing the coarse online and on chrome books everyday….I did not like the thought of it at all because I’m pretty horrible with computers and such. After this semester I now am capable to make a website and transition to using google docs all the time now for everything.” – KP

“Everything we did this semester was digital, meaning I did not use a single piece of paper. I really liked this aspect of the course, as I found it was easier to remain organized, and on-top of assignments. The google classroom was a bonus because it allowed me to work through multiple assignments simultaneously. Overall, I think in the current time period it makes sense for every English course to operate this was, and I’m really happy that I was able to experience this type of course two years in a row.” – MG

“For the entire semester, our class used Google Chromebooks to complete work and participate in class discussions. Not once this semester did I have to pull out a piece of paper (which was nice). Based on my experience, this is the way that all English classrooms should be like in the future.” -SP

“The daily use of technology was new to me for an ENG course. Initially, I was skeptical of its usefulness, and even feared that it would interfere with my ability to do rough work, because I was so accustomed to paper-and-pen work. However, the use of technology was majorly useful. I very much enjoyed the access to an instant and limitless dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, library, and on and on. I am convinced my work was better for having access to these things, especially the first two items of that list.” – SN

“I enjoyed that the course was very technology based with everyone having a chrome book to work on. I feel it makes life a lot easier when all of my work can be accessed from anywhere and can be handed in from anywhere.” – LB

“Although the technology portion of this course was new to me and took a little getting used to, it was one of my favourite parts of this course. Learning through the source of technology was a good way to keep teens of our generation focused on learning in the classroom. Having all/most assignments online and easy to access was really helpful when working at home or somewhere aways from school grounds. Also being able to hand in assignments online was easier for me personally because I liked having the night of the due date to finalize my writing or slideshow before turning it in. “

I look forward to launching our 1:1 program across all secondary schools in September!

~Mark
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