Category Archives: The Virtual Coffee Shop

The Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast – session 4

This session of the Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast features a conversation with Jane Mitchinson Schwartz.

Jane shares her experiences in school hosted radio programming through the perspectives of community building and interesting curriculum connections.

Head to the kitchen to prepare your favourite brew, relax and enjoy the conversation.

Resources
Connect with Jane on  twitter 
Visit Jane’s website

~Mark

The Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast – session 3

This Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features an interview with educator Tanya Avrith. Our conversation centres around building digital fluencies through creative & engaging learning processes.

Grab a cup of coffee, relax in your favourite chair and enjoy the conversation.

Resources:
Connect with Tanya: @tanyaavrith
Visit Tanya’s  website
Subscribe  to the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast

~Mark

The Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast – session 2

This edition of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features an interview with WRDSB teacher Carrie Wilson. Carrie shares her experiences and perspective on shifting practice to a more student centred approach in the languages classroom.

Grab a coffee, settle into your favourite chair and hit play.

Resources:
Connect with  Carrie.

~Mark

The Virtual Coffee Shop Podcast – session 1

Today’s post is the official launch of my Virtual Coffee Shop podcast.  Podcasts will be featured on this blog as well as part of the fabric of VoicEd Radio.

I was thrilled that  Tania Bumstead  joined me for this kickoff discussion.  Listen in to hear her take on STEM, innovation and changing practice.

Resources:
Follow Tania on Twitter: @taniabumstead
Read Tania’s  Blog

~Mark

Sharing Ideas at HiveWR

HiveWR  had a great turnout for their third membership meetup on July 26th.  It was a great evening of sharing ideas, perspectives and networking.

Featured ignite session speakers were:

  • Victoria Raab:  Mom’s Influence
  • Scott McKenzie: Creative Power of Coding
  • Carlo Fusco: Your Hidden Trail
  • Justin Watkins: Digital Kitchener Strategy and Digital Inclusion
  • Darya (Dasha) Berezhnova: Downtown Kitchener Gentrification Study
  • Alice Cecile: Machine Learning and the Arts
  • Brent Wettlaufer: 300 Seconds

Couldn’t attend?   Enjoy their sessions via the live stream recording archive.

~Mark
HiveWR Board Member

Reflecting on Learning with Hyperdocs

Alison Bullock  and I had planned to record a reflection on Learning with Hyperdocs this month.  We decided to capitalize on the amazing Banff scenery while attending the CNIE2017 conference, to record the reflection.

~Mark

Saving Paw Prints

I enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to participate in and present at the inaugural  Learn By Design  conference hosted at the International School of Brussels. This was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed meeting so many fantastic educators and students.

I want to take a moment to introduce two new friends, Peter (centre) and Fred (left), who are undertaking an interesting project to provide real help to dogs with disabilities.

In this video, recorded at the conference,  Peter and Fred share their vision,  research and action plan to date.  I am sure you will be impressed with their vision.

Peter and Fred pitch their idea to the Learn By Design attendees.

You can connect with Peter and Fred via their twitter account or website.

Twitter:  @savingpawprints
Website: https://1geep8.wixsite.com/savingpawprints

I look forward to our continued dialog as they move their plan into action.

~Mark

Libraries in Times of Change

This week I had an opportunity to catch up with Huron Heights SS librarian Lauraleen Reoch for a conversation about leveraging libraries in a 1 to 1 environment.

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Lauraleen shares her observations in this audio interview.

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Resources:

The Huron Heights  library web site 

Follow  HHSS Library on  Twitter

Related Posts:

Learning spaces
Planning for  change
Future Orienting Libraries

~Mark
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Moffat Creek Coding Clubs

As part of my Virtual Coffee Shop blog theme, I was fortunate to connect on site with  Moffat Creek P.S.  teacher Jason Riddell  in December to check out the action at one of the school coding clubs.

The approach used by Mr. Riddell embraces a variety of important elements including: age appropriate options,  student choice, coding options and challenge.

I happened to attend on dinosaur capture challenge day.  Check out the action and interview with Mr. Riddell in this video I created based on my visit.

Happy learning.  Happy coding.

~Mark
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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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