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Call for Proposals: Action Research Network of the Americas May 7-10 in Toronto

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Calling all TLLP participants: Put in a proposal for the ARNA conference in May!  

The theme of the conference is Joint Action: Learning with and from each other.

For more information please visit the ARNA website at :…


Inspiration! TLLP Sharing the learning Summit 2014

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

My mind is racing with new ideas, self-reflection and networking possibilities. But best of all, I am infused with a positive sense of peace in the world because of the energy, hope, creativity and drive that is TLLP!  Thank you so much to all the organizers from OTF and the Ministry who make this venture possible.  You support us unconditionally (funding for out of country conferences excepted:) and mentor us skillfully through our personal and collaborative learning journeys.  Thank you to…


Drama in Education: Taking Gandhi out of the textbook

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

Check out this video for an amazing example of how drama can bring history to life for students.  Filmed and edited by her son Aditya, this 30 min film explains the structure and philoposphy of Swaroop Rawal, an educator in India.

Drama in Education: Taking Gandhi Out of The Textbook…


TLLP Leadership Skills for Classroom Teachers training session

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 10:22am 0 Comments

I joined five other TLLP alumni May 7th and 8th at the TLLP Leadership Skills for Classroom Teachers training session for teachers starting a TLLP next year.  Each of us was asked to briefly share the nature of our projects and then offer some advice for teachers new to the TLLP process - what worked for us, what didn't, what we would do differently.

I have a lot of reflection to do on my own presentation.  We presented three times for 20 minutes and were asked to talk for the whole…


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At 4:49pm on November 10, 2014, Jim Strachan said…

WOW -- I was writing a comment on your TeachOntario post when this pinged -- the more we share, the richer we become!

Talk soon Cathy!


At 8:13pm on November 8, 2014, Rolland Chidiac said…

Awesome Cathy! Please let me know if you have any questions!

At 12:08pm on October 14, 2014, Erin Kusek said…

Hi Cathy! Thank you for the great find! We use a similar model called Four Square to problem solve. The four squares include Key Words, Diagram, Number Sentence and Explanation/Justification. I do like this Frayer Model with the centre piece focusing on the skill being taught. It seems like a great way for students to organize their learning. I am going to give it try with our next journal entry!! Thank you!

At 9:56am on October 9, 2014, Derrick Schellenberg said…

...I would go with Google Sites, create a site, determine permission and visibility, and then share it with whomever you want, even opening it up (at least visibly) to the world.  

Just another thought as to how you might tackle sharing your work and progress.

At 9:55am on October 9, 2014, Derrick Schellenberg said…

Hey Cathy, I was thinking about your inquiry into the right tech tool to help you with the integration of text, images, and video, and I think I would (if it was me) head toward website creation as a place to house everything. Set up in the right way you could have total control over what goes on, or you could set it up to allow participants to be able to contribute and add to it when they wished (much like the MM Ning).

At 9:05pm on October 6, 2014, Derrick Schellenberg said…

Hi Cathy,

You always sound like you are involved in awesome projects.  I always go to Google as my default for tech solutions (but it may not be the best platform in this case).

Google Docs would not not work with clean embedding of videos, although you could put the links to your videos, and still have the text and images.

Google Presentations (also called slides) allows you to do all of the things you want (it looks like ppt).  Both can be published to the web (Docs and Presentations).

You may love the format for Google Open Gallery.  My wife makes cakes and it creates a beautiful way of displaying work, much like a virtual art gallery.  If you check out some of the examples of Open Gallery I'm sure you will fall in love with the visual appeal.

(You have to request an invite from Google Open Gallery and then they will let you play.)

One fellow student (in one of the courses I took last year) used tiki-toki, and it is beautiful.  It is more for timelines, but it integrates work beautifully.

I am in a PD meeting tomorrow and I will be working with our former CRT/DLRT (computer dude).  I will bounce the description off him and see what he comes up with.

I'm not sure if any of the suggestions I gave exactly suit your needs, but you will probably use some of them at some later date.

Your page in the MM Ning looks great.


At 11:52am on November 13, 2013, Hanca Chang said…

Hi Cathy,

I'm so glad you introduced yourself at the Summit. Great to connect in person after all our virtual exchanges! 



At 8:15am on November 13, 2013, Jim Strachan said…

Welcome Cathy -- looking forward to learning with you on our Ning!

All the best,



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