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We Are at the End of Forgetting - Highlights From #etfot4t

We Are at the End of Forgetting – Highlights From #etfot4t

This weekend I had the fortunate opportunity to attend and present at the ETFO ICT Conference in Toronto. The #etfot4t conference doesn’t start until 10:30 and the room is getting full already! #ETFO members eager to learn! pic.twitter.com/533rW3Q9ju — Jerry DeQuetteville (@jdeq) April 17, 2015 Learning with 180+ colleagues! Excited! #etfot4t pic.twitter.com/17kzNngZW4 — Mrs. Mott’s […]

Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8

Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8

Although this was an Art task, our Art teacher (@MrsPDU) allowed my students to code their fractal piece. Check out the Geometry expectations this also covered, besides the Art component. Grade 8 – Students Will: demonstrate an understanding of the geometric properties of quadrilaterals and circles and the applications of geometric properties in the real […]

We Know We Have to Change. What Will You Do Next? My Experience at #gafesummit

We Know We Have to Change. What Will You Do Next? My Experience at #gafesummit

I had the fortunate opportunity to present at this weekend’s Google Summit in Kitchener. My session was the usual – pedagogy, assessment, making and coding. I call it “the usual” but it is never delivered the same twice. This time around I even added four new slides thirty minutes before I was up. You can […]

Learn Coding, 21st Century Fluencies and The Mathematical Process With Robot School

Learn Coding, 21st Century Fluencies and The Mathematical Process With Robot School

In this article I would like to explore a new coding app called Robot School from Next is Great (@nextisgreat). What hooked me immediately was how this app teachings kids to block code, but then shows them the syntax written in Swift. If you are unfamiliar, Swift is a new programming language for iOS. I love the […]

Kids Learn Computer Code in Class to Help With Problem Solving @thecurrentcbc

That was the title from The Current this week on CBC. If you missed it, you can listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-24-2015-1.3006711/kids-learn-computer-code-in-class-to-help-with-problem-solving-1.3006744 For the better part of the segment, I felt as though someone was reading my thoughts. I don’t mean to come across as arrogant, just that I have been coding with elementary students for close […]

Our Makerspace: Inquiry & Challenges in Coding, Music & Mathematics

Our Makerspace: Inquiry & Challenges in Coding, Music & Mathematics

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring new ways to incorporate the 6 C’s, Learning Skills & Work Habits, inquiry and challenges into our math and science classes. As such we have started to talk about makerspaces. Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people […]

An Interview with @MrsVolland1 - Coding Gave My Students a Voice #csk8 #oncsed

An Interview with @MrsVolland1 – Coding Gave My Students a Voice #csk8 #oncsed

Valerie Volland (@MrsVolland1) is a colleague of mine who teaches grade 5 here in Chatham Ontario. Recently she has taken to Hopscotch as a tool for coding and demonstrating learning with her students. Val had never coded before this task so I thought I would ask her for a reflection. Q1) What made you decide to […]