Today’s post shares my sources from my SeLNO symposium session.
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This post combines the slide decks and resources from the 2 English Association sessions on the April 17th professional learning session into one presentation.
I experienced a wonderful virtual learning opportunity this week with some fantastic educators from ADSB. Donna Fry, who was leading the learning sessions on site, invited me to provide a kick off presentation to their day. My task was to ignite some change thinking by linking the areas of technology enabled learning, technology change and bringing collaboration into eLearning.
I loved the idea of doing a virtual keynote – what a perfect way to “walk the talk” in terms of connected learning and modelling what we need our students to do.
While there are a variety of tools one could use for this type of activity, we settled on Google Hangouts (GHO) for our session.
Of course, the technology all worked flawlessly <big grin!> – a good demonstration of technology creating a natural flow of sharing.
I really enjoyed being able to participate in a timed table talk opportunity following my presentation as Donna kindly relocated me from the “big screen” to the table.
I was certainly struck by the power of this. We collectively decided that this was a virtual F2F learning session.
Linking back to the theme of the day and my task with the opening kick off, I could envision a day when virtual F2F learning opportunities are normalized into learning environments. I look forward to learning with these educators as they develop their connecting and collaborating strategies.
Learn more about the background of the Futures Forum Project.
On the ground with Futures Forum.
I often listen to the morning CBC KW broadcast hosted by Craig Norris on the way into work. Recently Craig had a piece on the show about an app called Yik Yak that caught my attention.
Wikipedia describes Yik Yak as an app that “allows people to anonymously create and view “Yaks” within a 10 mile radius …. for sharing primarily with those in close proximity to the user, potentially making it more intimate and relevant for people reading the posts. All users have the ability to contribute to the stream by writing, responding, and liking or disliking yaks.” Read more detail [here] .
Image from http://services.flikie.com/
Hmmm … location based, anonymous, instant messaging … It doesn’t take much pondering to recognize the huge potential for misuse.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Each of us has choices to make, personal responsibility and accountability for our actions. One could choose to share positive thoughts, ideas, comments, compliments etc. through this type of service. Why not?
What choice would you make when using this service?
The CBC article and interviews.
Digital Citizenship resources developed by OSAPAC.
30 Days of THINK.
One of the new exciting Ontario provincial licenses is for Mindomo, web based mind mapping software for all educators in Ontario publicly funded schools. Have a look at the handy “get started” poster.
Enjoy the new digital resources! Grow your mindset!
Check [here] for more details.
Once again the annual Educon event was an amazing learning experience. I decided to share a couple of learning points by bringing a few reflection points through this video.
On a another note, it was great to have a opportunity to try out Google Glasses too!!!
Happy pondering and learning.
CATC By the Water is our Board’s summer 3 day ‘computer camp’ for teachers.
Background: CATC is our acronym for Computers Across the Curriculum. ‘By the Water’ is our catch phrase for the location. We have found great success in running this event away from home and away from Board premises to allow total focus on the task at hand by maximizing the learning and minimizing the distractions. Each summer we make the trek from our southern Ontario base north to Barrie (2 hours drive) to Kempenfelt Centre where we have hosted the event for the last 18 years.
Organizational Strategy: The camp is organized by, and designed to function based on the principle of Open Space Technology to frame the facilitated but self directed learning experience. The principles of Open Space Technology are:
– Harrison Owen, 1985
Areas of Focus: Based on the planning sessions for this year, areas of focus are: literacy, ISTE Standards, collaboration, technology integration, writing and presenting through the use of: SmartBoards, Blogging, Wikis, Rapid Web Designer for the FirstClass environment (RWD), Podcasting with Garageband, Comic Life, multimedia with iMovie, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Photoshop Elements and iPhoto, Smart Ideas, Band in a Box and Finale. Software titles listed in green have been licensed by the Ministry of Education through the work of the OSAPAC Committee (Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee).
This year, camp facilitating staff are collaborating via the CATC By the Water wiki. Have a look at camp details, follow our progress and enjoy the learning! I am set to enjoy another day of facilitating and learning at CATC By the Water.
Saturday night and home with no major agenda. Looks like a good night to get some music time in – and in my favourite way: live music and technology together.
Three Step Plan
1. I bought a book of folk music (jigs, reels etc.) at the Mill Race Festival last weekend. The music is written as melody lines with chord progressions. I will practise a few on the WX5 midi wind controller. My daughter will be learning some too on her electric violin.
2. I will create an accompaniment using Band in a Box. Band in a Box is a great piece of software that allows you to literally create a ‘band’. You create an accompaniment by choosing the following elements:
time signature (4/4, 3/4 6/8 etc.)
tempo (speed of the music)
style (which determines a default instrumentation and ‘feel’ to the music)
Next you enter in the chord progression and create a ‘roadmap’ – the combination of introduction, verses, choruses, repeats and endings. Now you are set to play along with your ‘band’. This leaves you options to practise, perform live, record, make a CD or mp3, or perhaps include your results in an electronic portfolio of some sort.
3. This is all leading to preparing for CATC by the Water, our summer computer camp for staff where the focus is technology integration. Our 4 day event begins mid next week, and there are always ‘campers’ eager to learn and use music applications in the curriculum.
Learn more about Band in a Box: PG Music
Licensing for Ontario Schools: OSAPAC
Off to the studio!