21 century learning, digital citizenship, Digital learnng, Personal Learning Networks, social media

Staying Connected by Being Connected

I noticed the last publication of Educational Leadership was all about teacher driven professional development.  I have not had time to really dig into the ideas yet, but it seems to make good sense.  In our classrooms we are offering students choice as means of engagement, so why would we not do the same for… Continue reading Staying Connected by Being Connected

Blogging, Digital learnng, on-line learning

You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

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!

21 century learning, Blogging, on-line learning

Am I Learning New Technology or New Language?

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?

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Does filtering solve our problems?

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?

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How safe is too safe?

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?

21 century learning, Uncategorized

Having fun with blogging!

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!

21 century learning, Assessment, Uncategorized

Making the Shift

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

Assessment, on-line learning

So many tools…so little time?

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?

21 century learning, on-line learning, Uncategorized

How can we close the gap?

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?