The Beauty of Collaboration and Co-Creation:

In my Junior Additional Qualification course, I have my students/participants gather, discuss and unpack a variety of online resources which they (we all) see as effective for instruction in a Junior or Middle school classroom. I try to encourage folks to find current tools and to share why/how these tools can help students engage with content and learning.  More importantly, I always recommend that my students post the collaborative collection on their blogs and website. What a beautiful way to learn, share and find something new for our classrooms and schools. These are some great resources – Enjoy! – Zoe

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Open Orchestra

Having the opportunity to talk with Steve Ballamy from Humber College gave me incredible insight about how powerful music, technology and collaboration can be when merged with sound research, pedagogy and supportive partners. The lead research and partner for this project is McGill University. Their Open Orchestra blog explains the project as being, “the musical equivalent of an aircraft simulator, providing the musician the experience of playing with an orchestra”. The project is funded by CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network and partners LIVE at the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Steve explains the project as being means for shipping HD video and multiple images and high def audio across the network that is received Continue reading Open Orchestra

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Educon changed my Monday morning lesson

It is Monday morning and as I drive to work, my mind is racing trying to make sense of the key themes and ideas from Educon2.3. How will this conference change my thinking? Where do I go next? How will this impact my students? How has this network educators from not only my own province, but across the globe changed my own ideas about teaching? On the radio, I listen to CBC updating the world about Egyptian protesters who are holding huge rallies in Cairo and other cities as they step up their efforts to force President Hosni Mubarak from power. (This pictures is @Roddlucier communicating with our online learners during our session) I reflect my key learning from Continue reading Educon changed my Monday morning lesson

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Collaborative Reflection – Our 21st Century Fluencies

This video is a collaborative effort from people across Ontario, Canada, and the world to demonstrate and reflect how they have incorporated 21st Century Fluencies and NETS (s) with their students and colleagues. These interviews and discussions were done over the past two weeks using Skype and incorporate a large demographic of perspectives in education (students, teachers, principals, consultants and faculty members). Thanks to @Royan_Lee and his class from providing the background music (via Skype)! Consider widening the perspectives in this video by answer the same questions (audio, video or text form) 1) What is your name, your role and where are you from? 2) What was your favourite learning activity (yourself or with your students)? 3) What advice Continue reading Collaborative Reflection – Our 21st Century Fluencies

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Global Collaboration Project

As part of our language program, students over 5000 km’s apart worked on the concepts and ideas from the song “With My Own Two Hands”, by Ben Harper. We were discussing remembrance day/thanksgiving and looking at the deeper meaning – the message in the song. PODCAST FROM OUR CLASS ABOUT THE ACTIVITY Collaborative Animoto with @techyturner @zbpipe @mikepoluck With My Own Two Hands Thanksgiving & Remembrance Day themed http://bit.ly/5r5wyB

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