Wow, I can't believe that I am writing my final blog post for ECI 831. One thing we can count on is time traveling quickly. As I am contemplating what I have learned in my journey this term, it occurred to me that I have moved from not knowing how to set up a blog… Continue reading You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!
According to our speaker last night, Stephen Downes,... what we are really needing are not 21st century skills necessarily, but 21st century languages. Hmmm...that was some more food for thought for this already well fed brain. Stephen went on to give a presentation that was full of somewhat complicated ideas and information. One thought that… Continue reading Am I Learning New Technology or New Language?
Once again we had a very interesting ECI 831 class last night on the topic of understanding media literacy. I was a bit late getting back from teacher convention in Regina, but when I came in the topic of discussion was filtering or blocking websites at school. This caught my attention immediately, because it was… Continue reading Does filtering solve our problems?
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net I recently started a blogging project with the grades 4/5 class in my school and I was intent on protecting them and keeping them safe from the outside world. I went to a lot of work to set up the site so all of their posts and comments run through my gmail account and… Continue reading How safe is too safe?
I have been having such fun this week blogging with a group of very enthusiastic elementary students in my school. I happened to see a class project they were working on laying on my principal's desk one day. It was a paper "blog" about things that were going on their classroom. I immediately saw an… Continue reading Having fun with blogging!
It seems to me that everything is changing on the education front in Saskatchewan right now! I am a relative newcomer to the province, but I have never before experienced so many educational changes at one time. My mind is constantly spinning with all of the new ideas and the things I want to implement… Continue reading Making the Shift
I couldn't help but think that laying on my bed in my flannel pjs watching very cool digital stories last Tuesday was a great way to spend an evening. Once again I walked away with so many new ideas and so many new tools at my finger tips. On Wednesday I left for Saskatoon to… Continue reading So many tools…so little time?
This week I couldn't help but think that I am going to have to quit my full time job or take a leave of absence from my family if I am going to be able to get into the social networking world as I should. Our guest presenter last week , Sue Waters, had so… Continue reading Do I have time for all of this?
I seem to be hovering somewhere between excitement about what I am learning and considering each week and a slight feeling of confusion and panic. The excitement comes from my desire to take in all of the new ideas and try to consider ways that I can change my own mindset about learning so that… Continue reading How can we close the gap?
That is really what it comes down to doesn't it? Or at least that is a big part of it. The formal learning environment is what most of us is used to. We were educated in this manner and we were trained to educate in this manner. There is not doubt that it may not… Continue reading Am I willing to give up control?