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Dear Future Teachers...Simple Tools to Get Started

Dear Future Teachers…Simple Tools to Get Started

  I’ve been reading up on the Enhanced Teacher Education Program that began here this school year and I would like to share some highlights as these changes will be incredibly beneficial for both future teachers as well as future students. Later in the post I’ll share some simple ways to incorporate technology into existing […]

Hour of Code: Minecraft Edition + #MIEExpert

Hour of Code: Minecraft Edition + #MIEExpert

Computer Science education week is fast approaching and Microsoft and Code.org have teamed up to provide us with the Minecraft Hour of Code edition. Throughout the campaign, users will learn the basic building blocks of coding and have the opportunity to preview the code as Javascript. Upon first glance I see immediate curriculum links to […]

Interactive Bulletin Boards with QR, AR & Makey Makey

Interactive Bulletin Boards with QR, AR & Makey Makey

  We have been having discussions around the notion of making bulletins boards more engaging and interactive so I wanted to share a few ideas. 1) QR Codes Recommended app: I-nigma iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/i-nigma-qr-code-data-matrix/id388923203?mt=8 Windows: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/i-nigma/9wzdncrcwnwp Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.threegvision.products.inigma.Android Make bulletin boards more interactive by posting various QR codes. Providing students with scannable content engages them in the curation and […]

Collaboration, Camaraderie & Financial Literacy With @ClashofClans #onted

Collaboration, Camaraderie & Financial Literacy With @ClashofClans #onted

I am a big fan and advocate for games based learning. In the most trivial form, good games offer complex puzzles, critical thought and creative play. Many good games today require an element of collaboration, creativity, problem solving and communication. Let’s not forget about financial literacy. Let me reiterate – good games. There are some not-so-good-games […]

Interpreting Curriculum

Interpreting Curriculum

(http://www.chroniclebooks.com/landing-pages/duckrabbit/downloads.html) In this post I would like to share some personal experiences regarding our preconceived notion of what curriculum is. While documents are in place with specific expectations for each grade level, we often omit the mathematical process found at the beginning of every grade here in Ontario. What I mean to say is the math […]

Desk-less Classrooms is a Bad idea #ditchthefrontoftheroom – Instead #GiveStudentsChoiceAndVoice

This post is just another one of my opinions. Please comment with yours as I would love to learn from you. I feel inspired to blog because of the following tweets: I challenge you to have NO DESKS facing the front of the room this year. #ditchthefrontoftheroom — Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) August 2, 2015 @alicekeeler […]

How to Fix a Broken School? Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard

Culture, culture, culture! On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing […]

10 Reasons to Teach Coding - #Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

10 Reasons to Teach Coding – #Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

  Coding allows students to create content, not just consume it. Coding empowers students and give them tools to express themselves in really cool ways. Coding teaches storytelling with games and animations. Coding is a place for students to take risks and fail safely. Coding is inclusive and builds self-confidence Coding supports many principles of […]