Category Archives: Technology Enabled Learning

TPACK meets the knowledge domains

Last night I came across this article via Zite:   3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student.  I was rather intrigued by this way of looking at 21C learning, and have linked to the main graphic.

Many of you will no doubt be familiar with TPACK.

TPack

Image credit http://tpack.org/

Points for reflection:  

  • How do these ideas fit together?
  • Does the 3 domain chart replace part of the TPACK chart?
  • If yes, how?

Happy pondering!  Please share your ideas.

~Mark

CASA13 Presentation Resources

CASA Conference 2013 Presentation Resources

Conference Theme: Theme: Pedagogy to Technology: Hardware to Headwear

Our presentation  : Leveraging the use of Social Media Tools in your School Community — the use of social media tools in the Waterloo Region District School Board as things are now,  the journey and the challenges.

Video Samples from our CASA2013 presentation:

Haley   (Student)
Aaron   (Student)
Andrew  (Student)
Andrew Bieronski  (Teacher)
Kevin Donkers  (Teacher)
Kathi Smith  (Trustee)

additional video resources 

Twitter  (Teacher)
Facebook (Teacher)
Edmodo  (Teacher)
Student Perspective  (Students)
Principal Perspective (Bill Lemon)

Q&A from Today’s Meet backchannel

Information regarding the WRDSB iPad approach

Related Resources

Canadian Association of School Administrators  (CASA)  conference.

WRDSB  Responsible Use Procedure  (RUP)

Social Media Drive By (Blog post)

Quest Radio 1-24  Programming Info  – watch here for announcements regarding additional rebroadcasts of this session.

Join a live broadcast or rebroadcast  on Quest Radio 1-24.

Mark W. Carbone  and  Ed Doadt

~Mark and Ed

Jenni van Rees: Blogging with primary students

Meet Jenni van Rees.

JVR

After a casual conversation at  Ed Camp Hamilton,  and some email correspondence, I arranged to do an interview with  WRDSB  teacher Jenni van Rees to further explore her work in blogging with her grade one students. The interview was initially done live on the internet on QueST Radio 1-24 .   The audio recording is now available as a resource to this blog post, and will also be rebroadcast on QueST Radio 1-24.  Watch radio.markwcarbone.ca , Twitter and G+ for announcements.

Guiding Questions for the Interview

1. Introductions

2. Professional technology interests

3. What drove your interest in getting your students online and blogging?

4. Administrative support?

5. What did you do in the area of communications with parents?

6. Describe/share how this has worked, benefits to students,

7. Did anything surprise you? anything unexpected happen?

8. How did you prepare the students in the area of digital citizenship?

9. Based on the results, will you continue to encorporate blogging as part of your instructional practice?

10. Closing comments.

Jenni provided excellent insights into these interview questions.  Hear her thoughts on professional learning, role modelling, real world audience, digital citizenship and PLNs in the  QueST Radio 1-24 broadcast recording .

Related Resources

Jenni’s class website

Jenni’s student blogging site

Jenni’s professional blog: Thinking about Teaching.

Collaborating with Division 18 in B.C.

Follow Jenni on Twitter

Follow Jenni’s on class on Twitter

Kathy Cassidy’s Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades

Happy learning.

~Mark

Reflections on Ed Camp Hamilton

Saturday May 4th, beautiful sunny weather, no humidity and roughly 150 energized educators at Ancaster Sr. Public School to participate in Ed Camp Hamilton.

edcamp-attending

First, hats off to the organizing committee for planning a great event  — lots of positive energy and opportunity for networking —  take a bow.

I arrived early enough to take advantage of the opportunity to network prior to the official kickoff. It was wonderful to greet friends, meet online acquaintances for the first time and make new connections.

The day followed the traditional ed camp format with a group kickoff to pose questions to form the basis for the days discussion.  The submissions were sorted into groupings and assigned to room locations to facilitate the proceedings of the day.  Each of the discussions I attended was thought provoking:

  •  shift
  • motivating colleagues to change, try new things and take risks when they are reluctant
  • the role of administrators
  • innovation: grass roots, top down, or both
  • what other ingredients are needed for change
  • assessment: do current practices hinder change?
  • the squashing of innovate practice by some of those who fear change and risk taking

Great discussion, no easy answers, nuggets to chew on, things to ponder, take aways to try, ideas to share — awesome!  In addition to the excellent session discussion, three additional conversations are still rattling around in my mind.  One conversation started with Ron Millar and continued with Jenni van Rees  — new ideas for scaling a PD plan for next year.  Hold that thought and perhaps watch for a future blog post.

The second conversation started in the lunch line with Jane Mitchinson and Carlo Fusco, then continued at the lunch table with Ron and Jenni joining us.  We got talking about socialization, the impact of that process and when important conversations become too big and lose focus.  I believe we agreed that one of the hot topics and key elements of change in education right now is the “hot ball” of putting the conditions  of change in place, the shift to technology enabled learning, continued focus on pedagogical improvement and building capacity for change and risk taking. In essence, I believe this synergy  burns brightly because events such as ECOO, the OTRK12 conference,  the Ontario GAFE Summit and this Ed Camp event keep fuelling the flame  for continued learning, sharing and professional reflection.  Sustained energy is SO important right now.

BUT, what happens when the conversations become blurred by the big paint brushes — questions that could take the collective us off our game. Questions that are too big and too general to ever be wrestled to the ground.  Loss of focus would be a major hinderance.  Do people supporting change NOW, have to also be guardians of the focus of the journey?

The third conversation happened after the event – a very engaging conversation with Donna Fry. We talked further about the challenges of creating opportunities for change, and sustaining the energy to keep things going.  Donna has great ideas and big plans for her area — what an amazing educator! I hope I can be a part of the action.

Thanks again to team Ed Camp Hamilton for arranging this successful event.  For those that could not attend, check out the #edcampham twitter stream.  Until the next event, see you online and keep the learning, sharing and reflecting GOING.

Related Resources

Now Thats PD  by  Jane Mitchinson
The revolution will be tweeted … at the Shifting Ideas  blog by Carlo Fusco
Ed Camp Hamilton Reflection by David Fife (www.davidfife.ca)
EdCampHam left me with more questions …. by Karen Wilson

~Mark

Keep the Learning Going

ONgafesummit

The first the ECOO sponsored, Waterloo Region District School Board  hosted Google Apps For Educators (gafe) held on April 20/21 at  was an amazing success. I loved the energy and synergy in the building.  Awesome learning, connecting with new people, reconnecting with friends, solid pedagogical practice, technology as an enabler  and lots of sharing — simply amazing.

What do you do next?  Well, how about attending  Ed Camp Hamilton  on May 4th?   I know the organizers have put a lot of hard work into planning a great day.

edcamp-attending

#edcampham

Will I see you there? 

~Mark

Technology Enabled Learning at Millen Woods PS

I recently had a chance to spend some time at Millen Woods PS (link) with principal Gwen McCutcheon and her staff.  The school had a very welcoming atmosphere. There was a definite energy for learning, and yet a calmness at the same time. Impressive!

The visit began with an opportunity to meet with Gwen in her office to discuss some background information and leadership philosophies. Gwen is very interested in how technology can support and enable learning. Gwen states emphatically that she is “NOT a techie”, but has worked hard to establish a culture to leverage the best uses within her school. One of the resources that is shaping Gwen’s thinking is the book Visible Learning. She has noted a few key quotes from the book that really resonated with her, and reads them often. Some of the key points include:

  • teachers need to understand learning through the eyes of the student
  • what works is not just the tool or the structure
  • students learn best when they understand the learning process
  • learning is an:  explicit goal, appropriate challenge or  measuring progress towards meeting a learning goal
  • in this context, effective use of technology makes a difference to student learning
  • technology can add a level of accountability
  • when students explain their thinking, they become their own teachers

Millen Woods P. S. has 60 iPads at this point in time – some from their start up funds 3 years ago, some purchased by the school and 20 from our  central allocation this year.  Principal McCutcheon views iPads as the most versatile piece of equipment in the school. She has been impressed with how well staff have adapted to thinking in a technology enabled framework and using iPads to support small group instruction, rather than taking a 1:1 approach.  She is proud of the way the staff have focused on using technology to enable, support and capture student learning – making student learning visible, exploring critical questions and sharing thinking. Students enjoy the hands on approach and many staff feel that this has increased accountability.  One example of students capturing their work is by using the Explain Everything app.

I enjoyed meeting teacher Stephanie Ringwood and her French immersion class.  I was very impressed with seeing how her students used the iPads to support their learning. Listen to  Stephanie’s perspective  (video) on the shift to using technology in her classroom.

At the time the school opened two years ago, one of the big changes for staff was having the computers dispersed in pods around the school.  While it took some time for all staff to adjust, Gwen feels they have “mad the transformational journey” and see the value in this approach.

As we walked the school, I saw other groups of students working in classrooms, pods and in hallway groups using technology to capture their learning — making movie trailers regarding physical fitness.  I could tell from the way the students interacted with Principal McCutcheon that they were used to seeing her out and about in the school.  I noted that there were some interactive white boards in the school, perhaps in roughly 25% of the classroom.  Gwen feels this number is quite appropriate for the school and that there is no need to have one in every classroom.  I do concur with her views on this as many teachers find it challenging to move past the teacher centered instruction early phases of using them. I also took note of some students working at their literacy skills using electronic books.

As we returned to the office area, the large flat screen TV in the hallway captured my interest.  It is used to display student work the Millen Woods way – students teaching other students and students capturing their learning — AWESOME!

One video example of a student demonstrating their work is evidenced in Roane’s Video (posted with permission).

iPad syncing trays and Mac Mini (side mount) for syncing
iPadtrays

Hallway TV displaying student work
HallTV

Laptop controlling hallway TV
TVsetup

Thank you for sharing your learning journey!

~Mark