Setting the Stage for Learning

I’m an aesthetic kind of person.  Setting really matters to me! Theories about what works best in classroom design and structure, to optimize student engagement, has been an obsession of mine.  I have worked so hard to create an ambiance and space of learning, peace and calm – a home.…

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VoiceThread Mobile: Multisensory Learning on the Go

In the interactive webinar below, academic services director Michelle Pacansky-Brock shares how you can use VoiceThread Mobile to create engaging anytime-anywhere learning environments with voice and video participation. Through real-life examples, stories, and demos, Pacansky-Brock …… Continue reading

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Badges for Assessment – Why Not?

Ever since participating in a Blackboard Collaborate session with Doug Belshaw at ETMOOC 2013,  I’ve been wanting to learn more about badges as an authentic way for students to demonstrate and receive credit for their learning. With our province so heavily engaged in curriculum redesign, and with educators being called upon to consider new and innovative ways to plan, carry out and assess learning; I’m leaving no rock unturned in an effort to support them in their efforts.…

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An Easy Method for Building Relationships in Online Courses

Guest post written by Dr. Heather Farmakis, author of iLearn: Tips and Tricks for Online Learning.   Building rapport and establishing relationships are critical to the success of an online course. This practice promotes learning, engagement, and retention. I understand the importance of community first-hand from the perspective of a student.…

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Student Blogging a Year and a Half Later

Last year we introduced blogging in an attempt to better engage students in their learning. In early September, every grade 4, 5 and 6 student was set up with an account and away we went. Blogging, we thought, would provide one means to build many of the so called 21st century competencies being touted by the education ministry in our province.…

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Throw It All – Some Will Stick

Big snow came to our city last week and the students at my school basked in their glory. There’s something about kids playing in newly fallen snow that makes us all smile. They go all out; jumping, diving and rolling in it with this renewed sense of reckless abandon.…

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