Embedding Google Slides into the #vLE

Like most things Google, the ease at which you can create Google Slides and share with a wider audience makes it ideal for sharing school images. However, there are often concerns around publishing student images on the Internet. By embedding a Google Slide directly in the Ontario virtual learning environment (a platform currently provided by Desire2Learn) you can provide live updates to the presentation while housing it safely within the #vLE.…

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Creating Effective Connected Communities

Taking some time tonight to reconnect with some of my #ETMOOC pals to reflect on what makes an effective connected community for #ccourses

It’s Always About the People- Rhonda Jessen
Learning When No One Is at the Center of the Room: Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses)- Paul Signorelli

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Creating Video Embedded PDFs in Google Presentation

At the Student #Gafesummit I attended, I learned how to step-up the traditional PDF newsletters that are shared with the school community by using Google Slides.

By embedding videos into a Google Slide and converting the final product  into a PDF you can share videos of your students engaging in fun activities throughout your school or you can embed videos to support the character and learning goals of your school.…

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Startup Weekend Education Melbourne

Last weekend saw the first Startup Weekend Education in Melbourne and I was lucky enough to be one of the organisers.  Startup Weekends are typically a grassroot movement to empower entrepreneurs….. although ours was a little different.  Education Startup Weekends are typically aimed at entrepreneurs to work with educators to develop ideas for education…..…

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What We Cannot Learn from the Udacity/GT Partnership

Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education features an article by Steve Kolowich about the potential impact of the Udacity/Georgia Tech/AT&T online master’s program on the future cost of higher education:

The program, which started last winter, pairs MOOC-like course videos and assessments with a support system of course assistants who work directly with students.

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“Click, Play, Share”

In the last few years, my entire approach to education and learning has undergone a radical transformation. By being a “connected” educator, I have opened myself up to an entirely different world of self-motivated, personalized, asynchronous professional development.

Since becoming the e-Learning Contact (#eLC) for my board, I have had endless opportunities to attend professional development sessions both on an informal and formal level.…

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Dark corners of the Internet

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How do we redirect seemingly inane goals of “connecting” beyond upping friend, follower, and subscriber counts towards notions of community and care and concern for each other, especially in places and conversations that are fraught with anger, frustration, and deep, deep potential for harm?

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My Take on the Coin Problem

A few weeks ago my twitter sphere contained a discussion about how to make those simultaneous equation problems involving coins a bit more engaging for kids. I read a few tweets and connected to something Dan Meyer was doing. First up I saw his picture of coins, American coins, and I thought, well I can’t use this with Australian kids, I’ll have to do something myself.…

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Wondering at #TEDxWestVanEd

A few weeks ago I spent the day at the #TEDxWestVanEd conference in West Vancouver, BC.  It was my 2nd time attending their TEDx, and just like last year, I was left with my head filled with excitement and wonders…

As a 2nd year Faculty Associate, I am looking at things a little bit differently though–yes, it is still all about the kids–they are always at the centre of every decision we make of course, but I am also thinking about  everything in regards to how it fits into Teacher Education and our student- teachers, as they are my primary students now.…

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Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Communities Dealing With Violations  

erinluong:

A great reflection on living and learning in our online communities

Originally posted on Building Creative Bridges:

We shouldn’t be surprised when we discover that our communities—onsite as well as online—are less safe than we expect them to be.

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