Tag Archives: Andrew Bieronski

Resources from Toronto 2016 GAFE Summit

Today’s post shares the resources from my presentation with Andrew Bieronski at #gafesummit.com Toronto 2016 last Sunday.

Slides:

Video:

~Mark
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Resources from #EdInnovation 2016 Presentation

Today’s post shares the resources from my presentation with Andrew Bieronski  at  #EdInnovation  in Ottawa.

Slides:

Video (recorded from livestream):

~Mark
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The Power of Disruption

Today’s post, the next in my Virtual Coffee Shop Series, features WRDSB teacher Andrew Bieronski reflecting on using technology to disrupt practice in a positive way.

Join the  conversation by connecting with Andrew via @twitter,  Google +, his  Web Site or add your comments to this blog post.

~Mark

Changing Practice with GAFE

Using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) offers many opportunities to develop new ways to approach curriculum delivery, instructional design, providing feedback, assessment … well, you get the picture – OPPORTUNITY!

At 2:30 p.m. EDT (today, October 17th, 2015)  Andrew Bieronski  and I team up to deliver a session at the  Ottawa GAFE Summit  to dig into this topic from a WRDSB perspective.

If you would like to join us remotely, we will be sharing our session via  @Livestream  (free account needed to view)
Note: the stream will be activated approximately 15 minutes before the session.

Slide Deck:

Video recording of our presentation:

~Mark

Ottawa GAFE presentation resources

Well,  it is Saturday morning, up early after a long drive  and feeling honoured to attend and present at the Ottawa GAFE  (Google Apps For Educators)  Summit  with  Andrew Bieronski.  This summit is the first ever bilingual #gafesummit and has over 1200  educators participating.  I am certainly looking forward to a great weekend of learning and sharing.

Today’s post shares the presentation resource for  our  Ottawa GAFE presentation.

Check out the video of our presentation:

~Mark

Google Classroom Goes Live at WRDSB

This has definitely been a week of anticipation.  I am always excited for CATC Camp,  our summer self directed, self paced learning opportunity for staff that focuses on technology enabled learning, effective use of digital tools and digital resources.

The first two days of camp have been awesome!  Based on an email I received from Google on Monday of this week,  I also knew that we were getting close,  REALLY  close on the activation of the Google Classroom feature of our GAFE (Google Apps for Educators) environment.  I had been sporadically checking all week … not yet … not yet. I tried once more just before supper tonight – not yet. I was beginning to feel like this was the watched tea kettle that wouldn’t boil.

As we were setting up for our post dinner newstime, I thought why not try one last time for today. YIKES – there is was – installed and active. It felt like Christmas in August, and was SO MUCH FUN making the surprise announcement to our CATC Camp attendees. I wished I had thought to record the reaction in the room – instant energy, excitement and applause.

Well, this was a perfect opportunity to offer a quick tour and orientation for interested staff. No problem –  Andrew Bieronski jumped into action and provided a nice spontaneous workshop.  In the 75 minutes following the announcement, staff were tweeting, re-tweeting about the announcement, sharing and exploring.  Some went ahead and set up their 14/15 classes and added the first student assignment.  My initial observation was that Google Classroom  was easy & intuitive to use,  and that support needs would be minimal.

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A reaction shared by many!

Making Discoveries

 

I am looking forward to implementing this tool for classroom educators in our system.   Now, I wonder what the next WRDSB hosted GAFE Summit will look like?

~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