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Debra Hernanz

  • Debra Hernanz wrote a new post, Ramble On…, on the site ChiRps 1 year ago

    I know I am not the first Coetailer to have moved to a new country and started at a new school. However, coming back to your HOME country is different than going to a brand new country and brand new school. It is […]

  • Debra Hernanz commented on the post, Course 4 Final Project, on the site Global Minds 1 year ago

    Hi Jennifer,

    I just read your post and I am super excited to hear how it went. With our district going 1:1 there has been a lot of fear and alot of support wanted for control or how to shut down access. I […]

  • Hi Michelle,

    What a beautiful project. You and your students brought Launch to life. It has touched and impacted your team, your students, the local community and beyond. You taught your students innovation […]

  • This is still a work in progress. Next year I will be a teacher/integrationist in a Grade 5 class. I am excited about the possibilities for next year! This project being one of them. I plan on kicking it off at […]

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Dear Stephane,

    Your detailed planning reflects a genuine passion for your work. You are giving the children exposure to choice in creating content. It will serve them well in the future. I can’t wait to see and hear about how it goes. Have a great summer and Godspeed!

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi Jackie!
    I loved that your students take the initiative to ask to use the devices for research. At this young age they understand the device is a tool for learning. How do you handle rotations for laptop usage? I had 10 Chromebooks in a class of 25. I had a schedule for 3 different times of the day. This way all the kids had chances to…[Read more]

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi Sitwat,
    I was pondering Google Cardboard and will definitely try VR and AR this year. However, I believe it is only a “pocket” of overall classrooms and educators that are using this technology. What I wonder is how long before such devices and applications become mainstream? What are your thoughts?

    • Hi Debra,
      I think we are not far from where it will be part of mainstream education. More and more apps are being released everyday and price of VR glasses is pretty affordable now. You can pick any discipline, be it chemistry, physics, history or language class, you will find apps related to it.

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Dear Ken,
    I am addicted to Pinterest! I love it for the quotes. I loved that you used the word “fused” because it is what we do as educators. We take the variables and bind them together. Education theory is going to have to break into new territory as we learn to manage knowledge as opposed to gaining knowledge. It is scary territory to…[Read more]

  • My school does not currently provide any devices in the classroom. There are two labs with standing PCs for the children to use. The school has a BYOD policy but teachers were not receptive to this because […]

    • I agree with Brandon, you are doing a great job working within the limitations around you. I am really curious to find out how things go for you next year and if your school starts to shift into a more technology-focused mindset. In the meantime, I think it’s a great idea to use Google Sites and Classroom to set up a digital platform for your students. These tools can enable you to establish an online presence, but not require students to have a device to complete their assignments. Leading a mind shift into seeing technology as a tool and not simply “more screen time” can be a challenge. Once you start to get your students, parents, and administrators on board with these changes, you will start to see that mind shift start to become contagious. I admire the way you are planning to roll this out within the confines you currently face and can’t wait to hear how things unfold next year. Good Luck!

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Thanks so much for the feedback and asking so many great questions. You made me realize there is a lot to work with. I love the Choose Your Own Adventure idea. I introduced Google Sites to the teachers for e-portfolios. We will see if it takes off…

  • Because of technology, education as we know it has changed. It is individualized and on demand. It has changed my life. Technology introduced me to online gaming MMORPG. I connected with people from different […]

  • The idea of reversing content instruction to an independent learning activity can be an empowering motivator to learn. It can take the mundane or complex and meet the student where he/she is and let them pace […]

    • Hi Debra,
      I found your blogpost very interesting and it does resonate with my own experience as I work at the elementary level too. You are absolutely right when you say that flipping the classroom cannot be done in the same way in Upper School and Lower School. I would add that it also differs a lot from Kindergarten to grade 5. It is not easy, especially if it is not already done in your school context, but it is great that you decided to take the challenge. One thing that you need to thing about is how students access information and resources. Do you have a LMS or an e-porfolio in your school? Do teachers have their own webpage on the school website? Do your students have emails and Google accounts? In my school, we will have Schoology as an LMS in connection with SeeSaw. In grade 5, Minecraft could be a perfect place to develop Math skills and teach them about digital citizenship at the same time. Khan academy is a wonderful resource, but you could also have your students create short videos about explaining how they solve a Math problem or teaching one specific topic for instance. You could then share all the videos on the Internet and students could watch them at home. If your goal is to use game based learning, what about having the students create a “Choose your own adventure” on Google slide with Math problem to solve on some of the slides. Students would have to link the slides so that a good answer allows the player to move forward in the adventure. Please keep us informed of how it goes and all the best for this exciting project.

      • Thanks so much for the feedback and asking so many great questions. You made me realize there is a lot to work with. I love the Choose Your Own Adventure idea. I introduced Google Sites to the teachers for e-portfolios. We will see if it takes off…

  • There are many terms used in education today to describe learning. Project, Problem and Challenge based learning are terms that are thrown around and used in classrooms. There is also Play, Inquiry, Place based […]

  • As a small business owner I realized I maximized redefinition to transform systems, improve communication and increase productivity. I was constantly researching how I could make things run better, smoother and […]

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Dear Erin,

    You are my “go to” for K-2 edtech. My Kinders teacher was needing an illustrator and this is a great tool. We will use it next week. Looking forward to seeing your posts in the next course.


  • My biggest takeaway from this class was not just the nuts and bolts of visual thinking. It was time. Creativity takes time. Making visuals is more time consuming than writing. When I taught a session on […]

    • Hi Debra!
      I just love your new resume! The image is a bit small, but from what I can see it looks very well organized, and extrememely streamlined. I especially like that you decided on three main sections, and didn’t overcrowd those. You also smartly used white space, so the entire document doesn’t look cluttered. Well done!!
      You mentioned you have been looking for an online creator. I feel your pain. I was using piktochart for awhile, and I found it tedious and clunky. This week I’ve been trying out Canva, and I really liked it! It felt simple and pretty user friendly, might be worth it for you to check out. How did you like working with Venngage?
      I hope Course 4 is going well! Warmly, Jackie

  • I really enjoy creating short clips for my Instagram feed. Adding sound and motion to content really puts the viewer in the context of the moment and shows the tone of what’s happening. Ten seconds is usually my […]

  • Debra Hernanz wrote a new post, Vietnam Infographics, on the site ChiRps 2 years ago

    The fourth grade team at our school had created a unit on Vietnam Culture for socials studies. They wanted the children to create infographics as a final assessment. I was asked to help with this because they […]

  • Debra Hernanz posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Thank you for the comment! I have used Weebly but it sounds like I need to update the link. Weebly is great. I also linked the site to google analytics you can get a lot of free data on who is looking at your site. Good luck! Let me know if you need feedback!

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