Building a PLG

One of the best resources for learning something new is people.  This week I joined some fellow educators in the district wanting to get a headstart with Google Apps for Education.  I had my first experience using a Chromebook and got some hands-on experience with Google Classroom.  We practiced viewing posts and commenting on posts and sharing Google docs in Google Drive.  Many of these features were already familiar to me but the experience still had value.…
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Week 3: Maps, Maps, and More Maps


​I began my third week of learning about GIS mapping by finding that when I forwarded a photo from my phone to me email account I lost the map coordinates noted in the details, so I went back to the internet to find an app that would allow my phone to act as a GPS and I found one called GPS Coordinates by Woozilli available through the Google Play function on my Google Nexus phone.…
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From OER to OMG!

The inside of my head is currently a whirling vortex of information, ideas and resources all jumbled together and moving so rapidly it is next to impossible to catch one single thought to hold onto.

I began my week of exploring OER by watching an edWeb webinar a webinar titled "Using OER Smarter, Better & Faster for Elementary Mathematics."  The webinar included a short YouTube video  called “Why OER Matters”
The video addresses many of the points presented in one of the videos included in our week one reading/viewing list. 

The webinar itself discussed the qualities of effective OERs (alignment with learning outcomes, quality of explanation of subject matter, utility of materials, quality of assessment, quality of technological interactivity, quality of instructional and  practice exercises, assurance of accessibility)  ) It included this link to a document for assisting educators in selecting OER for their classroom: http://www.setda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Digital_brief_3.10.15c.pdf

It presented  some resources that I had not as of yet explored: Rubistar, MIT Open Courseware, PHET, ReadWorks.org.  I look forward to exploring these more in depth at a later time.…
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The Disability Insurance Mystery

All of us understand just how crucial common medical insurance is, however did you know that disability insurance is just as essential? On the occasion that you are hurt at work, and also could not work, disability insurance will offer you peace of mind-you will certainly still able to provide for your family.…
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Is Parole Necessary

For those that do unknown, parole is a weight loss program that is utilized to permit criminal transgressors very early launch from the prison system.

It is designed to show long term periods of 'good behavior' as well as reform and also rehab, although it has actually come under a lot of objection at various levels for allowing wrongdoers to roam complimentary prior to serving their time.…
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Do You Need a Copyright?

Copyright is a legal fiction designed to shield the jobs of artists, developers and innovators.

Essentially, it is a legal bar, allowing exclusivity for those that develop works in the kind of an intangible possession which can be offered or relinquished, and also which ends upon a specific period of time.…
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What A Contract Means

Agreement legislation is among the most crucial area of the legislation that influences all of us in our lives. Although we rarely authorize a composed file, we go into stores daily, we travel on public transport, we park in parking area - these are mostly all contracts into which we bind ourselves to terms.…
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Dancing cat, created using Scratch

 Well, I have coded my first code.  I used a language called Scratch, created by MIT and launched in 2009, which is designed for individuals (mostly children) who want to learn the basics of coding.  It is a graphical language where instead of typing the command codes into an code editor, you connect the command blocks together into a script that creates simple animations, games and a whole lot of other things.…
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Personalisation

When we talk personalization, we tend to talk about targeting. You learn a certain set of things, you get tested, the personalization software finds knowledge gaps and runs you through the set of canned explanations that you need.

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While not entirely useless, this conception doesn’t fit the bulk of my experience as either a teacher or a learner.

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