Red Light Green Light


A few weeks ago our school received a cart of 30 Chromebooks. I was keen to get started, even though I have never used Google Drive, and very few Web 2.0 tools.  I new we would be getting an inservice eventually, but I thought I’d bring a few into my class and see what happened.…

Continue reading

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

Passion + Genius = Endless Possibilities

Endless possibilities..
The title for this post comes from one of my students, who whispered it in my ear as she hugged me on the way out the door today.  I had a wonderful time introducing the idea of Genius Hour to my students.…

Continue reading

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

Introducing Genius Hour and Entrepreneurial Adventure!

I am very excited to be introducing my students to Genius Hour this week!  We are already participating in a special project called Entrepreneurial Adventure, run through the Learning Partnership. Because not all children were expressing interest in creating their own ventures, and I know that some ventures will need more and others less time to manage, I wanted something I could run parallel to the EA program.…

Continue reading

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

In Defence of Books. Or, Why My Bibles are Like my Underwear

Our recent #ETMOOC topic of Digital Storytelling has me thinking not only about telling digital stories, but also reading them. My husband bought me my first iphone for Mother’s Day two years ago. The think I loved most about it, was my ability to read books on it.

Continue reading

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

Tech T(r)ips, Troubles, and Trials (Oh My!)

So, this was a week of tech trips, troubles and trials.  It began when the connector screws came off my laptop, so I couldn’t project anything onto my smartboard.  Not a big deal to fix, except our school’s tech-guy can’t come until next week at the earliest.

Continue reading

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

My ETMOOC, My Doom


Five Card Story: My ETMOOC, My Doom

a #etmooc story created by Kirsten Tschofen


flickr photo by cogdogblog


flickr photo by cogdogblog


flickr photo by cogdogblog


flickr photo by cogdogblog


flickr photo by cogdogblog

Today, like so many other days recently, I missed the sense of proportion I used to have.

Continue reading

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

The View from the Wall

 

The View from the Great Wall of China
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fukagawa/110114242/

 

http://juliebalen.weebly.com/2/post/2013/01/musing-out-loud-reading-between-rhizomic-roots.html

I very much enjoyed the above post by Julie Balen on rhizomic learning, connections, complexity.  She concludes her post with the following question:

Share you thoughts about connected learning and where it might take us, and what our responses  might be when something gets in our way.

Continue reading

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

Developing Resiliency for Complexity

Over the years I have been variously complimented for the level of differentiation/ freedom/choice in my classroom, or condemned for the chaos, lack of structure, and uncertainty that seems to rule.  Often on the same day, sometimes by the same people.

Continue reading

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

The Chaos Game – Fun for Everyone

Dave Cormier’s Presentation this week reminded me of a wonderful game I like to play with my students.  I call it the Chaos Game, but technically it is called Shirpinski’s Triange. If you haven’t done it before it is great fun, and a good party trick (well, I guess that depends on who you party with!).…

Continue reading

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

Complex and Complicated Theories of Learning

 

The Most Complicated PowerPoint Slide Ever
http://www.presentationmagazine.com/most-complicated-slid-2517.htm

The Lorenz Model is a striking example of how a simple set of non-linear equations can generate complex behaviour.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lorenz.png

It was a delight to participate in tonight’s Blackboard discussion for ETMOOC “Rhizomic Learning: Trying to fit Rhizomes, MOOCs, and Complexity into One Talk” facilitated by Dave Cormier. 

Dave proposes a powerful answer to his question “What is learning for?” when he suggests that learning is preparing for uncertainty.

Continue reading

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