Where do you go from here?.. Career Exploration with High School Students

One aspect of my job as a high school counsellor is to help my students reflect on what they may want to do after high school. I personally remember feeling very apprehensive as a student about which jobs were out there and how people actually found their careers.…

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Patterns and Algebra

As part of learning about algebra, students created their own patterns and then worked towards finding the rule (equation) that would allow someone to build a larger step of the pattern.

While students were given the choice of drawing or building (for example with lego) their pattern, Minecraft proved very popular.…

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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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