The Importance of Conversation

The Importance of Conversation

  When considering assessment and evaluation, it is important that any culminating activities accurately match the delivery of previous lessons. This week I wrote about Mathland, a place described by Seymour Papert in which students are immersed in mathematics. They construct their own knowledge of mathematics with tangible options and computer coding. Papert was a firm […]

Mathland

Mathland

I’ve been reading more and more about Seymour Papert as I continue my research on computational thinking. I’d like to highlight a body of work from one of his books. In Mindstorms, Papert continues to make good evidence of a constructivist approach to learning. Constructivism is basically a theory — based on observation and scientific study […]

What is Computational Thinking? #CTMindset

What is Computational Thinking? #CTMindset

I am growing a little tired of the coding narrative. Suggesting everyone should code seems quite trivial without any fundamental research as to why we should all be doing that and leaves me feeling offended. Whoa, what? Brian just said “not everyone should code.” No, I didn’t. I’m suggesting that we look beyond coding. Coding […]

Regrets of a First Year Teacher

Regrets of a First Year Teacher

  I must make a confession as this has been bothering me for quite some time. It has been a reoccurring thought on my morning commute to school over the last few months. When I landed my first LTO (long term occasional) job back in 2007 I was ecstatic. It was a grade 5 position, and […]

Support @edmettle on @kickstarter

Support @edmettle on @kickstarter

  Happy birthday, edmettle! Support the project on Kickstarter!   A little over a year ago I began working on this project as a way to improve vocabulary in young students, as well as have students of all ages recognize each other when demonstrating skills positively. Mettle (noun) – a person’s ability to cope well with […]

[Pedagogy] - Beyond the Hour of Code

[Pedagogy] – Beyond the Hour of Code

  As many of you are aware, I am a big advocate for integrating coding into classrooms of any age. Coding makes students think critically, look beyond the surface, solve problems, debug, collaborate and share. Coding is like solving a giant puzzle, where some answers are more efficient than others, but every kid gets an […]

Unplugging the Hour of Code (Part 2)

Unplugging the Hour of Code (Part 2)

In this post I’d like to share another unplugged activity that was inspired by a comment and memory from Doug Peterson’s (@dougpete) university course on this post. As you are aware, it is Hour of Code week. It is also Computer Science Education Week and I’d like to raise more awareness about CS so please enjoy […]

Unplugging the Hour of Code

Unplugging the Hour of Code

Teaching kids to code is arguably as important to today’s youth as numeracy and literacy. In many ways code is numeracy and literacy. More so, it is also a way of looking at problems, breaking them down, thinking about solutions and being creative. From an industry standpoint, there will be more jobs than coders in […]

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 […]

That's One Small Step For Man...

That’s One Small Step For Man…

In this lesson students will explore Geometry by coding and write narratives about life on Mars. Thanks to Sharon Drummond & Mel Poissant for the inspiration. Grade six students figuring out how to use Sphero so they can use them for learning about how the… https://t.co/obLeVGijRk — Sharon Drummond (@Sharon_Drummond) October 13, 2015   Mars […]

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gone But Not Forgotten

This post is in reply to Doug Peterson’s post here. As a former student of Harrow District High School (and current small town resident) I am saddened by the recent turn of events in which it was voted to close the high school. To be honest, I am a quite teary eyed writing this. Very […]

Thank You, Teachers!

Thank You, Teachers!

Yup, thats me in the video. What a surprise reunion with Mrs. B – I hadn’t seen her in 15 years since I graduated High School. Mrs. Boudreau took a chance on me and allowed me to create a project that had never been done before at school – a website (keep in mind its […]

The Real 1:1 Is Not About Devices

The Real 1:1 Is Not About Devices

Full disclosure: Much of this post comes from conversations with my administrator Chris Moore (@icprin). I would like to acknowledge him before you continue reading.   The more and more I think about changing my classroom practices, the less and less I consider technology. Perhaps I should celebrate how embedded in practice it has become since […]

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 […]

Is Homework Equitable?

Is Homework Equitable?

I’ve read a lot lately about equitable access to technology. Not equality – equity – with regards to availability at home. Some families have no internet, some have slow internet and some have top notch service. Some families have no computers, some have a family computer, some have own devices. You get the point. (Apologies […]

Is it Initiative or Compliance?

Is it Initiative or Compliance?

My back to school brain can’t let this one go. It seems somewhat trivial, but I’ve been pondering over it for days and feel the need to write about it here. One of my usual back to school activities has always been to create a “List of Things to do When You Are Done” with […]