February 2016 Blog Posts (15)

How Technology Helps us Know our Learners

'How Technology Helps us Know Our Learners'  first posted in "Effective Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age" on October 8th, 2015

To be effective educators, we must know our students. An obvious statement, but something that we need to focus on nonetheless. Beyond the necessary elements of creating a welcoming, positive, inclusive and accepting learning environment we must also build rapport with our students on a personal level. Once we have these basics covered (and…

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 29, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Authentic Cultural Experiences Through Arts and Technology

Build students’ understanding and appreciation of various cultures through real-life experiences with, and inquiry into, music dance and drama.  Use iPads to explore, document and share student learning.

Click to see what we have been doing at Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board to experience various cultures through the…

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Added by Lesley Coo on February 29, 2016 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Keep on trucking.

We met today to discuss our best practises. We shared work samples and video clips with our team. We are moving forward with our carousel planning next month. Writers workshop, repeated reading, guided reading, sock and chalk, hot news and chat partners... Our best practises. We are really building great readers and writers. Let's keep on trucking.

Added by Betty Germanili on February 23, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments

Digital Citizenship is Just Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Is Just Citizenship

Posted by Emile Ferlisi in …

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Journey Thus Far

Added by Grant Lilley on February 19, 2016 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Let Your Voice Be Heard

January 2016

 

The breakthrough in student voice, while incorporating technology to solve authentic math problems has been very energizing. Students have been engaging in questions that are multifaceted and have been able to articulate their reasoning through: pictures, voice and words to create mini-movies through the Explain Everything app. This app allows the students to ‘smash’ together multiple media types in order to have their personal thoughts heard.

Here is an…

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Added by Grant Lilley on February 19, 2016 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Introduction of Technology

December 2015,

 

This month we have seen the introduction of technology (iPads) and certain apps in order to allow students to develop their math voice. Early insertion has permitted us as teachers to see that, although students can enter a problem and obtain some computational success, they struggle to articulate how and why they are making certain choices throughout a problem.

 

Here is an example of the question given this week, as well as an atypical student…

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Added by Grant Lilley on February 18, 2016 at 10:33am — No Comments

You Can't be Great if you Refuse to Create

You Can't be Great if you Refuse to Create

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

SPARK by Dr. John Ratey

Just started reading this book by John Ratey, MD.  He explores the relationship between aerobic activity and the brain and I'm excited to learn more.  This seems to add even more importance to the need to get our Special Education students moving!…

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Added by Derek Morgan on February 16, 2016 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Beyond Digital Citizenship

Beyond Digital Citizenship

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Educating our Students and Each Other

'Educating our Students and Each Other' - Originally posted in: 'Effective Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age' on Monday, September 28th, 2015

 

On Friday our TLLP, Effective Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, was officially launched. The project hopes to build teacher efficacy through collaboration and is divided into two phases: Phase 1 includes team members selecting digital technologies and learning tools that fit with the diverse…

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Learn, Share, Change: How we Think Just Like Raj Dhingra (on a smaller scale)

'Learn, Share, Change-How we Think Just Like Raj Dhingra (on a smaller scale)' - Originally posted in Effective Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age on October 14th, 2015

 

After watching Raj Dhingra I was a little disappointed: He totally beat me to the punch and did it in a powerful way - a Tedtalk no less! - well before our project for learning, sharing and changing the way we use technology in our school (and hopefully far beyond) had been hatched, he…

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 9, 2016 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Ten Week TLLP Check-In

Ten Week Check-in

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Added by Emile Ferlisi on February 9, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Shifting

Nov.2015

 

After a month’s worth of student work, it was time to take a hard look and reflect. In both of our classes, (Grades 6 and 3) we have seen our students’ struggle trying to fit their thinking into a formulated learning strategy. We started this journey trying to develop a toolkit for teachers, searching for that ‘magic bullet’ in which students can rely on to answer problem-based math. This has been a huge learning curve for us as professionals. Creating an…

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Added by Grant Lilley on February 6, 2016 at 3:43pm — No Comments

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