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Unpacking, reminiscing and wondering… I’ve finished…


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Unpacking, reminiscing and wondering…

I’ve finished unpacking all my clothes and bags from Unplugd11 but I’ve only just begun to unpack and make sense of what happened during this magical event now lovingly refered to as #unplugd11.

The week or so leading up to the weekend had me filled with nervous excitement.…

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WARNING: Changes can make you feel uncomfortable and learning can be messy…

During the summer I had taken part in a course redesign project with our Introductory Computing team (Introductory Computing is a mandatory first year course for all of our students) . A small team were charged with redesigning the course to work with the new 1 + 2 weekly structure.…

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Unplug’d 11: 25 Kilometres later

It’s been six weeks since the unplug’d11 community said goodbye and we all headed back to our regular lives. But we were not the same people returning to our normal routine. Many of us had formed friendships with people we had never met before based on common passions, and we had experienced an openness with each other that we believed was rare in a classical PD venue.…

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#ECOO11 – Great connections, conversations and learning

ECOO11 was a first for me for many reasons. It was my first time attending. It was my first time meeting people face to face that I had communicated with on twitter. AND, it was my first time a conference was so closely connected to my current professional PD that the conversations, and learnings are continuing and building as we continue to connect.…

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Let It Snow

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Today it snowed both inside and out as I used a “snowball” activity to introduce our wikispace literature discussions and appropriately Mother Nature gave us our first snowfall to set the stage. 

We have been discussing John Steinbeck’s The Pearl through literature circles.  Students now can contribute to an online discussion to allow for another avenue of communication.  This online voice allows students time to formulate their responses and creates a scenario where students practice respectful online dialogue.  I had written six discussion topics on separate pieces of paper and made enough copies for the class.  These discussion topics came from the questions the literature groups had formulated for their face-to-face meetings we will be having next class.
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Introducing Literature Circles

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I introduced literature circles to my class this year by using  The Pearl by John Steinbeck.  As suggested in much of the literature on this teaching strategy, we began the process using roles sheets.  The premise for this idea is for students to learn to work collaboratively and gain confidence and trust in working in groups through the use of the role sheets.
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PhotoPeach SlideShow Tool

This photo video/slideshow was created with a free, online tool called PhotoPeach. It is a very flexible, creative, intuitive tool that makes it very easy to add photos and captions, select music, and they provide a way for viewers to add comments to the show.…

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syndicating 5500 posts from 517 #etmooc blogs