On a recent school visit, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet teacher Kim Clegg and see her classroom in action. One tip Kim shared with me was the benefits of leveraging the google docs permanent clipboard to facilitate providing better descriptive feedback to students.
This post in my Virtual Coffee Shop series features a discussion with Huron Heights Secondary School Principal Ed Doadt examining the initial excitement, impact and observations around launching the school into a 1 to 1 program for all grade nine students are provided with Chromebooks.
In conversations with principals Ed Doadt (HHSS) and Kathy Young (SJAM), I think we all agree that this project serves as a catalyst for visible change, new thinking, kicking the tires on ideas, exploring new practices and sharing our learning collectively and collaboratively. I am very excited to see what opportunity brings.
I thought I would share some of the excitement and conversation from my sites visits Thursday.
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!