Reflections of my #ETMOOC experience

In January last year, I signed up for an unforgettable experience with the Educational Technology & Media Massive Open Online Course, or ETMOOC for short. I deliberately use the word ‘unforgettable’ because, 12 months later, ETMOOC is still in my life through Google + and my personal learning network on Twitter.…

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Hangin’ Out Google Style

Communicating with a global audience has never been easier with the plethora of social media tools at our disposal. One such tool is Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat service that can be accessed via a computer or mobile device.

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Openness of Learning

With all this learning going on, I’m trying to make it all fit together!

Here is just a short list of all the learning opportunities that have come my way via the internet and the connections that can be made with other educators.…

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

#etmchat 6 Word Story

One of our final tasks for #etmooc is to create a 6 word story prior to #etmchat on the 27th March. The topic is:
“What does it mean to be an educator and digital citizen? What is our special role?”
I won’t be able to be part of the chat but have made a story anyway using haiku deck.

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Honk if you love life!

Our Inquiry and RE units this term have focussed on the concepts of community and our place within the community. It has been a rich and diverse unit and we are now at the stage of expressing our learnings about what community is and how it can be built.

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Adventure School

Mt. Fuji
this photo are available for download under a Creative Commons license
Retrieved from Flickr and born1945

 

“We are the stories we tell.” – Darren Kuropatwa

“The truth about stories is that’s all we are.” - Thomas King

The job I had before I got back into teaching elementary school was with a Japanese Company called FIA in a program called Adventure School.  It was personalized learning, connected learning and storytelling all built into an English language training and cultural program.  My boss, Shoichi Kaneko *, a jazz musician and Japanese businessman, was very interested in the ability of recent Japanese university graduates to take risks, be creative, try something new, make decisions for themselves, know and tell their story to others.…

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Connecting through Kiva

About the time I retired at the end of 2011, I heard of Kiva from my brother.

What is Kiva about?

It is a cycle where you make a loan of $25 to someone who has applied through a Field Partner in their country.  While the loan is happening, you get updates each month of how much has been given back to you.…

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Here Goes Something … I guess

For well over a year now, my professional goal has been to expand my interaction with the global teaching community.  As you can well imagine, the benefits of developing a supportive and passionate Professional Learning Network (PLN) have been very inspiring and thought-provoking.

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

Connected to who, or what?

Having participated in two more ETMOOC sessions this week, the conversation has returned often to the notion of  ’connected learning’. We have talked about Personal Learning Networks, the place of social media, how much sharing is too much and accountability vs responsibility.

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...

#etmooc-ing

cirkel
Like the blogpost of Whitney Kilgore about connectivism and constructivism. Maybe her emphasis on connections is an answer to SuiFaJohnMak. “Study blogging in decline as social media takes over”. Blogging should be connecting and sharing. Do all bloggers share and comment?…

Continue reading

DownUp (No Ratings Yet)
Loading ... Loading ...