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Brendon Breen

  • Brendon Breen wrote a new post, No and Yes, on the site brendon.pe 3 months ago

    Teaching collaboration in Physical Education.  Does that not sound like a great fit. Teamwork, conflict resolution, identification and use of each group member’s strengths these are all statements that fit with […]

  • Community Engagement

    If you were to ask me straight now what do I think about the consistency of my online involvement I would have to say “not the best” and “authentic”.

    Not the best in the sense t […]

  • Coetail is a journey that seems to be like going on a car ride and taking lots of detours. The question for me is will the detours stop me from getting to the end destination. 

    The Detours

    Making […]

  • Brendon Breen wrote a new post, It dawned on me., on the site brendon.pe 4 months ago

     Course five has well and truly started.  

    For my final project I have changed my approach as the unit I had planned had stalled.  Why it stalled was because I had not taken to heart one of the key el […]

  • Well it is the end of course four and the question is what to do for course five? What options am I considering?

    Here’s two options:

    Describe the project: What will your students do? 

    Option On […]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hello Valerie,

    I think the elements list you provide at the end of your post is extremely apt. Point two of let them get to work I think is key as this allows the teacher to actually see where each student is at rather than making assumptions. When this is combined with the hints and encouragement or explanations the learning has a higher…[Read more]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Steve,

    I agree with Valerie I like TWIF. Never heard of that one before. Also that the current education model is starting to change but maybe to slowly and in isolated pockets.

    Your point about questions and what is googleable and what is not is important. I have been thinking about it from the perspective of what is a “good” question…[Read more]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hello Stephane,

    I like how you have used the green bolded words to emphasis key points within your blogpost. How you have used visual cues to enhance the look of your post.

    I really enjoyed reading your post particularly three points.

    One: Silos. have you ever read the book the Silo Effect Silos are a huge factor in stopping us both…[Read more]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hello Jennifer,

    I like the idea of the students making the Pedagogy poster. Talking through what are the “best ways to use them (Technology)”. I am wondering how I could incorporate this into my teaching of PE to MS and HS students. What were the types of questions that students asked you? What were the key questions that you used with…[Read more]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hi Ken,
    I appreciated how you looked for the similarities between the approaches. Often there is a lot of cross over and if we keep this in mind we can be more focused on making decisions about the pedagogical tool that we want to use and not get hung up on having a this one only approach. Also I liked looking at the technology that you…[Read more]

    • Hi Brendon,
      Thanks for your comments. I have yet to use Swivl, but like you, I’m always looking to try new things or at least investigate apps/tech that will enhance the student learning experience. I shared it with my faculty and they seemed open to using it. Maybe next year.
      We have dabbled with FlipGrid in our upper elementary classrooms. We…[Read more]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hi Megan, thanks for the comment. I have not read the actual book just the article. You have got me interested to see if we can get a hold of it now. Your comment about the students noticing when you had redo your audio actually rings a bell. I guess it is just about what we feel comfortable with. Thanks also for the link to the graphic.
    Brendon

  • Brendon Breen wrote a new post, The device journey, on the site brendon.pe 9 months ago

    In writing this post I have to say it has been really interesting to look back over the device journey that I have taken. It has gone from none to some headaches to a number of what now I consider to be seamless […]

  • Brendon Breen wrote a new post, Two Questions., on the site brendon.pe 9 months ago

    Two questions to look at in this post:

    Will education as we know it change because of technology?
    Where and how will I be teaching in 5, 10, 15 years time?

    Pandora’s box is my initial thoughts to both o […]

  • Reverse instruction (flipped classroom) games based learning and play have been the focus of my reading recently and I have more questions now than answers.

    In Physical Education games have been our staple for […]

    • Brendon,
      It’s admirable how you used game based learning in your physical education climbing unit. I can imagine, especially middle schoolers, enjoying the concept of leveling up each time they worked on new skills each time they came to PE class and having more choices as their skills improved and grew. Congrats! You mentioned you’d like to do more and that your video speech wasn’t the way you wanted it to be but bigger is that you started the idea and can improve it for next year. I’ve also found with my 3rd graders that many times I’m much more critical of myself than they would ever be. When I’ve taken the time to redo my audio, they haven’t noticed the difference between what I think is okay quality and good quality…so maybe for now it’s just trying it out with a class and see what they think! Good luck!
      The link you shared to A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Thomas and Brown got me going down a rabbit hole. Have you read the book? Would you recommend it? I went onto their (Thomas and Brown’s) website and found a great graphic from one of their chats that someone took visual notes . I found that this reinforced with me other videos by Sir Ken Robinson but also added in some new knowledge which we’d read/learned about in Course 4 by incorporating project-based learning. I thought you might find it useful. It also made me ask you about your book review.
      Thanks for sharing your unit, game based learned and good luck as you move forward with this unit!
      Megan

      • Hi Megan, thanks for the comment. I have not read the actual book just the article. You have got me interested to see if we can get a hold of it now. Your comment about the students noticing when you had redo your audio actually rings a bell. I guess it is just about what we feel comfortable with. Thanks also for the link to the graphic.
        Brendon

  • Learning, which way and why?

    In my last post I finished by talking about how I used trudacot v2 to try and ensure that I am being authentic in my use of technology for the learning of students.  From the […]

  • This weeks post is looking at whether I have made progress in my integration of technology in the classroom and from my learning what tips or advice could I suggest to others who may be just starting out on their […]

  • For course three’s final project there seemed to be a great fit between a project that I had on hand and what the course was all about.  Visual design and literacy. The project I had and still have on hand is […]

  • In what situations do I use infographics?  How often do I use them? When is the next time I will utilise one in class to make sure I meet the requirements of this weeks assignment. 

    First thoughts are, I use t […]

    • Perhaps we’re coming to the tail end of infographics as a stand-alone medium. Graphical data is now so pervasive in society that what was once a unique form of conveying data is now woven into what we do day to day. Think about things like the Health or Activity apps on IOS… how have they changed the way we approach fitness. Does the quick visual feedback change our behaviors and ultimately our activity?

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 11 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Kim, Evolution and iteration seems to be the name of the game. Evolution for us in what we see, what we become aware of or appreciate. Iteration in that seems the way products or presentations develop. I think that the opportunity we now have is to keep our digital iterations and show growth. This in itself can be powerful metacognition data…[Read more]

  • Brendon Breen posted a new activity comment 11 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Michelle, I am impressed you completed that video in under five hours! That is a fantastic resource that you have created for your students. I like how your images link to the story. What part of the process did you find most time consuming? How do you go about separating the lessons in the video? By this I mean the process used and the…[Read more]

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