Teach with Innovation and Creativity, not Technology

“Technology will not improve student learning, scores, literacy levels until we change the way we teach through the use of technology” (a summarized quote from @Instructivelnt) On Friday, I had the opportunity to speak to some Secondary Educators about using social Media in the classroom. In these 45 minute sessions (not enough time!) we were able to invite both @thecleversheep (Rodd Lucier) and @Instructivelnt (William Kierstead) to join us us via Skype. What came out of this discussion, in both instances, is that you do not need “technology” to be innovative. Rodd presented us with the idea of teaching social media by addressing the skill of sharing and collaborating. He suggested that this can be done through the use Continue reading Teach with Innovation and Creativity, not Technology

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Blogging for Real Reform -Teaching Teachers to become Global Educators – an inquiry approach

In September, my teaching assignment changed drastically – from teaching 12 year olds in a Grade Six Class (HWDSB) to teaching pre-service Teacher Candidates at Brock University,  in Hamilton, Ontario. Although the curriculum, standards and focus changed – my intent stayed the same – to develop a program that provoked my students: to think critically, to engage in discussion, to see the potential of the Internet as a hub for collaboration, and to provide a platform for them to develop their own learning communities that are authentic, safe and supportive. I wanted them to see that learning can now take place anywhere, at anytime, and by anyone and that they have choice of how they want to learn, whether Continue reading Blogging for Real Reform -Teaching Teachers to become Global Educators – an inquiry approach

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Student blogging, a new form of literacy?

Student Blogging. Sometimes I feel like I am living in a real life Star Trek episode, going where “no ONE has gone before”. Setting up individual blogs for students, is not new, however, allowing access to the outside world is. And it tends to scare people at the thought that someone, somewhere just might read a student blog and might comment. As a result, many schools (maybe yours?) and districts block access to blogs or moderate using a login/username. But the real question that we grapple with is whether or not blogs are improving student learning and if so, how? First, we need have a clear understanding of blogging and why we are using it for our students.  I Continue reading Student blogging, a new form of literacy?

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Blogs and Wikis to share

Dear Students and teachers, I hear that you are planning to use wikis and blogs for your next big project! That is excellent. My students love blogging and using Wikis because they say that they “do better” when they are able to collaborate with each other, or at least look at the work other students are doing. Remember those days that you wrote in your books and put those books directly in your desks, or took the project home? Those days are over. By putting your work up on the internet, you will have the chance to share your knowledge, your ideas, your work with the world. I bet other students in schools from around the world will read Continue reading Blogs and Wikis to share

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