March 17th-21st

This has a great week for me in my own learning.  I had two great opportunities this week that were great learning experiences.  The first one was the opportunity to attend a session with Troy Hicks via Google Hangouts about digital writing.  It was great to see some of the things that I have been touting as the future of writing actually being done.  The best part of the learning is that the teachers in the session all had to try their hand at some writing.  Nothing enriches the teaching experience more than having the opportunity to share the experience our students will have when we ask them to do something.  The second great opportunity for me was working with my son’s grade 4/5 class at Alvin Buckwold.  I did a mini lesson with them on iMovie for iPad and then stayed to help them film and edit their Anti-bullying videos.  The biggest learning piece for me however was reaching the understanding that what makes them great learners is their willingness to share that they don’t know.  Even more resilient, is their ability to accept failure and learn from it.  Not once did they get upset when the video didn’t turn out.  They just redid it until they got to a place they could accept.  These are important things for us to remember as educators.  On to other tech news…

This is a great piece on the common elements of good storytelling:!ANSSv

In that vane, here is away to use google to create stories:

This next link references a tool to create interactive pictures.  Much of the buzz in educational technology is around augmented reality.  This might be a great way to take baby steps toward it:

This site offers links to 100 sites for gamification of learning:

Ever wonder how to cite social media?  Do I have a Tweet for you!

For all my History peeps out there. this one is a gem.  It could be even more amazing if we had access to 3D printers:

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this before, but in case you missed it…

This is another Google to tool to help students write:

Finally, this is a great Google feature to support student research:

Hope your week was as productive and enjoyable as mine!


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