Category Archives: Web20

Web 2.0ing your staff meetings

I had an awesome conversation with WRDSB  Principal Mark McMath after school today. Over the fall, he has been experimenting with some ideas for bringing staff meetings to life by making them more interactive and focused on discussion rather than information distribution. Check out these great ideas!

  • collaborate on generating agendas by leveraging Google Docs
  • gather good news itmes through a shared Google Doc – check out this  Sample Good News doc
  • share links to video resources in a shared document
  • use  Today’s Meet  to generate a back channel discussion
  • summarize group discussion in an online (Google) doc
  • gather feedback via Google Forms
  • create a staff  video message  using a tool such as  ScreenCast-o-matic

Mark has enjoyed learning through his Professional Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter too.  He has found that Twitter connections provide a wealth of knowledge for personal use and sharing with staff.   He notes the importance of gaining comfort in jumping in and out of the information flow as it can be overwhelming.

Additional Resources

Follow  Mark McMath  on Twitter

Follow Cedarbrae PS on Twitter

Follow the #edwrdsb Twitter hashtag

~Mark

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Clouds and Records

Today I had a chance to connect with OASBO IMPAC (Information Management, Privacy & Access Committee) co-chairs Lorie Hough and Sandra Vieira via Google Hangout (GHO).  The provincial committee is examining school board privacy and records management considerations for business functions as they relate to cloud computing. Today we decided to document our initial discussion and thinking by live recording our  session. There are many aspects to consider prior to transitioning to a full cloud solution in this area.

The dialogue:

I want to acknowledge the work, learning and professional reflections of Lorie and Sandra in preparation for this session. I look forward to our next discussion.

~Mark

Manifesto for 21C Learning

The OASBO ICT  group (K12 IT Managers)  has prepared a document to capture network infrastructure needs to support 21C learning.  Read their thoughts on capacity, scalability and sustainability in a  Manifesto for 21st Century Learning.

~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

Blogging with primary students

Today (Wed. May 29th, 2013)  I will be interviewing  Waterloo Region District School Board  teacher  Jenni van Rees  at 4:30 (EDT).

Our discussion topic:  blogging with primary students.

Catch the live broadcast by visiting the   QueST Radio 1-24   website.   I will also be writing an upcoming blog post featuring Jenni’s work in this area.

~Mark

Call to #WRDSB teachers

Ed Doadt, Principal at Huron Heights Secondary School and I will be presenting at the Canadian Association of School Administrators (CASA) annual conference in July. The theme for this year is ‘Technology Meets Pedagogy: Hardware Meets Headware’. Our presentation will focus on how the use of web 2.0 and social media tools positively impact student learning and engagement.

If you have a great story to share about what has occurred in your classroom, we would love to hear from you.  Please  add your story/journey to our Google Doc.

~Mark & Ed

Student Voice: social media in the classroom

My daughter Charlotte just completed a grade 11 online secondary school course (HNC3OE) on fashion & creative expression here in the Waterloo Region District School Board.  She was recently sharing with me,  her work completed for the summative project on the topic of creative expression. There were 4 components to the work in addition to a personal reflection on the course.

The first component of the summative was a research assignment that reports on sweat shops in the apparel industry. The report is called  The Ugly Side of Fashion . Another component was to review wardrobes used in a high profile event such as a fashion show, new collection, red carpet event or video. Charlotte chose a  Costume Review.  One of the aspects of the summative that Charlotte really enjoyed was designing new clothing.  Her Fashion Design (graphic) was prepared using a drawing tablet and multi layer capable software called Art Rage 3.

The last component of the project really captured my interest. The idea was to research and explore, in a real life manner,  how personal  perceptions of attractiveness relate to how others see you.  The research methodology included comparing the subjects opinions of themselves, Charlotte’s perceptions  based on knowing the subject and input gathered from others who did not know the subjects.

Charlotte has an active online component to her life as a fan fiction writer and co-administrator of 3 blogs.  The one blog, administered with 2 online friends from Malaysia, is  kpop fans can relate, and has over 15,000 followers. This blog was used to gather anonymous input from people for the research.  I thought this was a great use of social media and crowd sourcing some feedback to provide an authentic context to research.  This also demonstrates an example of why students should have access to social media and web 2.0 tools to support their learning. The topic, research and findings are presented in this Fashion Video (12 min.) which was planned, filmed and edited by Charlotte.

Note: All noting and final documents were prepared using Google Drive. The video was produced in iMovie and uploaded to Google Drive.

I enjoyed learning how social media added a key component to this learning opportunity.

~Mark (& proud Dad!)