November 2013 Blog Posts (12)

Blended Learning (one school's change story)

A recent presentation given about our school's blended learning project.  Click on the link below to see the published version of the Google Presentation online.

blended learning (one school's change story)

Added by Derrick Schellenberg on November 30, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Vulnerability as a tool for building connections and enhancing learning

The following is a reworking of my section of the paper I co-wrote with Liz Campbell, Jackie Delong and Jack Whitehead entitled, Action research transcends constraints of poverty in elementary, high school and post-graduate settings.  This paper was presented at the 2013 American Educational Research Association Conference with the Theme: Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis in San…

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Added by Cathy Griffin on November 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

YRDSB's Quest

Our team went to the York Region District School Board's mega-conference, Quest over the last few days.

This year the focus was on high-performing education systems from all over the world, including Finland, Singapore, Tower Hamlets in London, England, Calgary, a board in California, and YRDSB.

Instead of teachers, consultants, etc. sharing what they are doing, the focus was on big-picture change over a period of time, all connecting to Hargreaves and Shirley's work in…

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Added by Derrick Schellenberg on November 22, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Link to our blog on gamification and game based learning

Here is the link:
gamification.commons.hwdsb.on.ca

Added by David Bradbury on November 15, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What if students wrote their own learning skills comments?

Through the course of our 2012-2013 TLLP cycle, my team at Osprey school and I engaged in action research around the question "How can we improve the learning of mathematics at our school?"  As we progressed through successive action reflection cycles we realized our question had gradually shifted to, "How can I improve my teaching of mathematics?"  Our thinking shifted as we realized that all we can control is ourselves and then measure the influence we have on…

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Added by Cathy Griffin on November 14, 2013 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Reflections from the Sharing the Learning Summit (Nov 2013)

The Sharing the Learning Summit last weekend (November 8th and 9th) was a wonderful learning experience. I felt energized and inspired from the richness of all the completed projects I got to see at the conference - from Catholic virtues, to a French project on bullying, to several technology-based projects. It was a weekend of jotting down ideas, taking pictures, and making notes to share with colleagues and friends about great ideas happening in classrooms right across…

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Added by Rosemary Paniccia on November 12, 2013 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Collaboration and building trust

As I said in the last post.  It has been a very interesting beginning to our project.  For many of our teachers, the theory behind teaching through problem solving is not new.  As a board it has been a focus for the past two years; however, only teaching through problem solving is something new and making it part of our practise is becoming teh struggle.  For many in our school, reading is the number one focus and that is a hard thing to change no matter what school i have been at.  Many…

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Added by Jonathan so on November 7, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Cross School Board Networking Opportunity!

Time for a road trip!

My little team is excited to be getting in the car on the morning of November 12th.  We will be headed for the Halton District School Board where we will meet up with Daniela and her team at PL Robertson.

We found the Robertson team through activity on this website.  They have a section in Groups here on the NING.  Co-teaching 3 Part lessons in Numeracy.  While our schools have very different populations and different academic and social challenges, our…

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Added by Carrie Percy on November 7, 2013 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

Communicating Without Borders: Highlights from the ECOO Conference

On October 23rd and 24th Gabriel and I attended the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) Conference. We learned about a variety of tools and ideas for infusing technology in our classes. While the workshops were interesting and insightful, at times we felt overwhelmed by the number of applications available and the short amount of time to learn and apply our knowledge.

We spent the first half of the day at the National Film Board (NFB) workshop where we…

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Added by Rosemary Paniccia on November 6, 2013 at 11:11am — No Comments

TLLP 2013/2014 Communicating Without Borders Reflection

As the initial step of this year's TLLP Communicating Without Borders project, our team, composed of Lisette, Gabriel, Rosemary and Stephanie, invited an expert in to assist us in becoming familiar with the capabilities and usage of the iPad.



An introduction to the iPad was necessary, as we were not familiar with apple products, and particularly the iPad. It was very useful for us to get together as we are all at different levels in our usage of iPad technologies. We were able to… Continue

Added by Stephanie Dobbin on November 6, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Improving Student Phonological Processing Skills Through the Use of Technology

The ability to hear and manipulative sounds in words is critical in the development of oral language, for the decoding of words in reading, and for spelling skills. With the rapid shift from print to screen reading materials, educators need to re-examine their current beliefs and practices or the teaching of reading. Recent progress in technology has opened the door to explore the hearing of sounds, the oral production of sounds, and improved graphic…

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Added by Charlene Bennison on November 4, 2013 at 8:29pm — 2 Comments

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