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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  

formula

was quite appropriate 🙂

~Mark

TEDx Youth at HHSS

Last week I happened to come across this tweet.

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This sounded interesting, so  I took action, visited the website and reserved a ticket.

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I meet teacher Andrew Bieronski at the door.

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The Program:

I was very impressed with the TEDx Youth event that Andrew and his class put together.   The program featured a number of speakers well balanced with male/female and a variety of ages.  In addition to the tradition voice based presentations, the speakers used different approaches to presenting including music, dance, video and poetry.  I particularly enjoyed the slam dunk poetry session with a good message about bullying and a personal presentation about dealing with diabetes.

I was struck by one common element over the evening.  All of the presenters were obviously passionate about what they were doing, and their topics of choice.  All of the presenters were awesome in their own way, and  had an important message to share out to a broader audience.

Congratulations to all presenters, and to the class who that took on the task of organizing the evening.  I understand that a similar event may in the works for next year, so I will be watching for details!

Thanks for a great evening at Huron Heights Secondary School.

~Mark