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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

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

Meet the Teacher Night Tech Slam

At this point in my life I find myself with one university graduate and one in first year and on the way.  It has certainly been a long time since I attended an elementary school meet the teacher night.

In a  recent summer conversation with WRDSB teacher  Alison Bullock,  my interest in the parent  aspect of  school year startup was rekindled.  Alison was enthusiastically sharing about her plans to provide parents attending with a fast paced “tech slam” – a quick tour through many of the different online services students would be using in their learning journey with her.  I approached Alison about attending meet the teacher night,  and I was thrilled that she readily agreed.

On parent night evening, I arrived at portable 4 to find an energized room of parents and students.  Students were eagerly leading parents to their seating area.

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On the top of each desk was a  QR Code  that linked to a personalized welcome video for each parent.  Students were visibly excited to show their parent(s) how to access the video and have them watch it.

Now it was time for the tech slam.

Wow – actioned packed, filled with key learning statements and clearly highlighted  the connected learner robust technology enabled approach to be used in the classroom.

Casual conversation with parents afterwords showed excitement and interest  about the  approach to learning their child would participate in.

If I had elementary school aged children,  this is the type of classroom learning experience I would want them to have.

Related Resources:

Follow Alison’s class on Twitter: ESTP4.

~Mark

Sharing your Learning: Collaboration

This year, WRDSB  teachers  Alison Bullock  and  Andrew Bieronski  ran a very successful cross curricular and cross panel collaborative project with grade 4 and grade 10 students.

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Full project details may be read [here].   A “quick peek” overview of the  project  is included below as a point of reference.

The Collaborating

The grade 10 students will provide mentorship to the grade 4 students as they research, plan and write the scripts needed for the audio guided tour files.  Students will be collaborating through the WRDSB Google Apps for Educators  (GAFE) environment. The role of the grade 10 students will be related to their civics and English courses.

All students, in both grades,  will share about their experiences in this collaborative learning project through their blogs.   Blogging platforms may include Google, WordPress or Weebly.

As part of the professional learning with this project, Alison and Andrew met with me for a live streamed interview to share their learning and reflections on collaboration, student voice, engagement and professional practice.

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~Mark

 

The Power of AB squared

After hearing about this intriguing classroom collaboration project at  EdCampWR, I was delighted to meet with  elementary teacher  Alison Bullock  to learn more about this cross panel collaborative project with secondary teacher  Andrew Bieronski.

The  Learning Framework

The project framework is based on the new  Ontario social studies curriculum.  Alison’s grade 4 French immersion students will be partnered with Andrew’s grade 10 students.  The grade 10’s will be mentoring with grade four students as they progress through a summative project which requires students:

      • create a physical structure of a museum artifact
      • produce audio guided tours in both English and French
      • generate a QR code linking to the audio files and
      • share about learning process

The Collaborating

The grade 10 students will provide mentorship to the grade 4 students as they research, plan and write the scripts needed for the audio guided tour files.  Students will be collaborating through the WRDSB Google Apps for Educators  (GAFE) environment. The role of the grade 10 students will be related to their civics and English courses.

All students, in both grades,  will share about their experiences in this collaborative learning project through their blogs.   Blogging platforms may include Google, WordPress or Weebly. 

Bringing it all Together

As a conclusion to this learning process, the class museum will be created in the physical space in library, where  all students connect for a grand finale.  Projects will be displayed and the students of both classes involved will meet face to face. 

This project is just getting underway.  I look forward to following along this learning journey.

Note on the Title:  I thought is was interesting that the two teachers involved in this project have the same initials. Given their interest in technology enabled learning and passions for forward thinking, I thought the notion of  

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was quite appropriate 🙂

~Mark