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I was a firm believer in the constructivist theory of learning until I attended a professional development workshop when I was a teacher in New York City. The woman leading the workshop did a lesson on place value for grade 1 students. She explained to them that in China, the number 20 was called 2… Read More »

Theory into Practice

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School Libraries, Media Centers and/or learning spaces are different ways to call the library but the purpose is not changing. We guide our school community on their journey through information. In a world overwhelmed by fake information, we need to develop research skills, learn to curate information avoiding fake news, developing critical thinking, as well… Read More »

Can a school library be a tech hub?

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I was very interested in the articles this week on connectivism – the “theory of learning in a digital age that emphasizes the role of social and cultural context in how and where learning occurs”. It’s 2019 and 55.1% of the world’s population has internet access and here in Japan the number is over 90%.… Read More »

Connectivism in context

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Just when I thought life couldn’t really get any busier, I started the hardest parts of my Chinese visa process from Vietnam for the job I’ll be starting next year. It’s almost like the universe has decided to test how committed I am to my new mindfulness practice. It’s almost funny. Does that kind of… Read More »

Tech-Rich Learning Experiences

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    The last few years I’ve been the Tech Integration Specialist for an ECE campus where I mainly worked with Kinder and Grade 1 classes.  When I worked with teachers to integrate technology, our focus was usually split between a few things.  We took very similar approaches that Kim Cofino and Eduro laid out… Read More »

Tech Rich Lessons 101

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                Photo by Andreas Wagner on Unsplash This week I was exposed to ideas about the nature of learning, knowledge, and reality that challenged a lot of what I know already about how students learn. Last year I spent my professional learning time on learning about primordial spaces in the classroom,… Read More »

Environments past, present, and future

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Something that I often struggle with when integrating more complicated technology into lessons with students is the balance between the learning that the technology is being integrated with, and the learning of the tech skills that accompany the piece of technology. Reading through Drew Perkins’ 15 Questions to Ask About Tech Integration In Your Classroom,… Read More »

Finding Time For Tech Skills

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Remember when there were just a few national newspapers, a local newspaper (or two if you lived in a bigger city), and only three national TV networks with local affiliates? Like Pepperidge Farm, I remember. It seemed like there was plenty of information available, but the media landscape wasn’t very expansive or egalitarian. And then… Read More »

Research in the Internet Age: An Embarrassment and Riches

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The Why? Open-ended math question days are the most exciting ones in my classroom. The room is usually frenetic with students eager to solve complex problems. Student agency takes center stage as they are asked to solve a problem in any way they want using any tool that makes sense to them. But they are… Read More »

Open-Ended Math Workshop

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What is Genius Hour? Inspired by Google’s 20% initiative, Genius Hour is an international movement that is provoking student-centered passion projects with teacher guidance. Teachers are the facilitators in a student’s independent (or small group) inquiry journey. What to do first Are you inspired to take the risk and try it in your own classroom?… Read More »

Genius Hour Workshop

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A Fresh Perspective One of the reasons I love having educators from other schools come in to lead professional development is the possibilities that are realized with a fresh set of eyes. A few years ago, we had a technology coach come and do some work with our staff around digital citizenship. Part of the… Read More »

Let them play! The importance of Geeking out

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Math was always my favourite subject in school. As a student, it was an area that came easy to me. I was a master of learning the necessary procedure or formula and regurgitating it for the test. It was not until I started teaching that I realized in all my time in school, I had… Read More »

#ITeachMath

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A few years ago, whilst in a spit and saw-dust gym that I used to frequent pre-Crossfit days, this guy walks in with all the correct gear for heaving lifting; squat shoes, knee straps, hand chalk and support belt. He then saunters over to the squat rack, puts on a few plates, totaling 100kg (including… Read More »

All The Gear and No Idea

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The grade 6 students at YIS are writing with a purpose with a unit on developing a picture book for an authentic audience, our kindergarten students. A few years ago we attempted a very low-tech, yet high design-thinking approach to this unit. We abandoned computers completely, stocked up on bags full of Daiso* supplies and… Read More »

Geeking out with eBooks

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