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Matt Dolmont

  • Hey folks!

    We’ve come a long way these past two years, and I’m proud to present this video summary of my COETAIL personal project:
    Becoming a YouTube Educator.

    The Process Reflection
    This project […]

  • Hi folks!

    I know I know, it’s deadline time for final projects and I’ve yet to show my final video. It’s all been waiting for me to finish the final piece of the puzzle.

    In my quest to become a YouTube […]

  • Hey folks,

    It’s been a month since my last update, and by now I thought I’d be sitting here with a big grin enjoying all the results of my work on creating a kids-oriented edutainment channel on YouTube where I […]

  • This post is in reference to a flipped classroom YouTube channel I proposed a couple months ago.

    I’m excited, I’m intimidated, I’m having trouble breathing over here, folks. Can flipping and extending the […]

    • Hey Mr. Matt (of Mr. Matt Makes),

      This all sounds extraordinary!

      I love the idea of you making a YouTube channel with your own content and also think it was fantastic in your post how you analysed kids’ videos. Seems like you have some good data to work with and to help you get started on your own channel!

      Thanks for walking through how to make a banner as well! Did you start on the whiteboard, then Explain Everything? and switched to Photoshop? I too have found that the hand and a pen are the best way to get started on creative projects.

      Best of luck in your endeavours and can’t wait to see the first video!

      -Jon

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thanks for the shout-out Jen!

    I was a self-directed learner and a gamer before I became a teacher, so it seems natural to me to try and take the things I like to learn from and offer kids an even better, curated and guided experience.
    I’m working on fun videos for kids to flip my tech skills for my final project, and I’m always happy to share…[Read more]

  • Hey folks!

    Following on with a previous post on challenge based learning in the PYP curriculum, I decided I’d tackle Games-based learning next. Perhaps unfortunately for me (or at least my COETAIL deadlines), I […]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Holly, thanks so much for reading!

    The webcam has a few different benefits for me: It takes better video than our iPad Air or a built in laptop webcam, and is a whole lot cheaper than one if you’re on a budget. The video is recorded directly to my laptop so I don’t need to collect it from the iPad, although my students edit in iMovie for iPad,…[Read more]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hey Marcelle!

    I use this example often when talking to other parents and educators. I couldn’t believe the depth of the language Eemil used when creating his instructions for Minecraft and how inspired the other students were by his example. Sometimes it even resulted in another language flip, inspiring them to create content in their mother…[Read more]

  • (COETAIL Course 5 Project Proposal)

    Hey folks,

    I’d like to share a little project idea with you. I’ve been thinking hard about what strengths I bring my classroom and how students respond to the lessons we d […]

    • Hello, Matt.

      You’re brave. This is a bold choice—but incredible. I love your first two understandings, that learning can happen anywhere, and that there is more to a lesson than fits into class. This is true for so many lessons, and it’s great that you are building it into your UbD. I like the autonomy you are affording learners.

      I don’t teach the younger grades, so forgive me for what may be a silly question. Will you focus the grasps to explore as a collective what “useful” might be? Or is this structured to be part of the inquiry process?

      The green screen project seems like so much fun. Hopefully your students (and their parents) will appreciate that you are also learning throughout this process, and that it is all a work in progress. I appreciate that in your earlier (but added later) post you made about game-based learning you are able to express the challenges of the learning process. I don’t quite agree that you look like a zombie, but I admire your humility. It will be great once your channel is up and booming to reflect back on your earlier videos as a place marker of how far you’ve come.

      I look forward to following your project—it is an exciting endeavor. Best of luck to you, and please keep us posted on how it’s coming along.

      Best,

      Kristen

  • Matt Dolmont wrote a new post, Toybox, on the site Tiny Humans 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hey folks!

    This week fellow COETAILers are geeking out a bit about the devices in their classroom and how they are used. Not everyone has access to the same types of resources, and in both my practice and my […]

    • Hi Holly, thanks so much for reading!

      The webcam has a few different benefits for me: It takes better video than our iPad Air or a built in laptop webcam, and is a whole lot cheaper than one if you’re on a budget. The video is recorded directly to my laptop so I don’t need to collect it from the iPad, although my students edit in iMovie for iPad, I use the Mac version or Adobe Premiere (teaching myself now) since they have a lot more power and flexibility. This particular webcam seems to be pretty good at detecting the colour difference from the green screen too.

      I like lightbot too but I’ve not tried Daisy The dinosaur, going to check it out RIGHT NOW.
      Swift Playgrounds looks VERY promising for 3rd-5th graders, I’ve only done a few modules so far but I enjoyed it as a 34 year old amateur coder. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing, you are awesome.
      -M

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Following on Twitter, will reach out if I go that route for the project. Thanks for the reference, you know all the folks. 😀

  • At the time of this writing, I’ve been a teacher of children for 2.5 years. A teacher of adults for ten.

    And everything has changed.

    That doesn’t even account for the change in education since I was a stu […]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hey folks!

    I’ve been tossing around some ideas for the final project while faced with the challenge that, as a tech coach, I don’t have the ability to redesign an existing unit from the ground up and actually teach it. I usually am working with 3-5 different units across different grade levels at once, I want my project to draw upon my COETAIL…[Read more]

    • Wow, sounds like you have some great ideas Matt. I can totally relate to your situation as a tech coach!

      Have you ever connected with Mark Shillitoe? he has some really cool stuff happening with pop up makerspaces.

      • Following on Twitter, will reach out if I go that route for the project. Thanks for the reference, you know all the folks. 😀

  • Investigating Challenge Based Learning through the lens of the IB PYP.

    Teaching in the Primary Years Program for an IB school has allowed me to experience first hand the values of inquiry and collaborative […]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi Holly!

    What a fantastic post, my favourite of yours I’ve read so far. I wanted to compliment you on your disassembly and e-waste project, what an incredible thing for EY to be experiencing. In our 5th grade Materials unit, we do break apart labs with old technology and analyze the materials we find inside while research similar problems… I…[Read more]

    • Hi Matt,

      Sorry for the delay in replaying, but thanks so much for your comment, much appreciated. Thanks for the video recommendation. I only wish I had those same kids this year–they would love the recycling aspect. So cool how it shows the specific parts and what they are made of.
      Yes–definitely get your younger students…[Read more]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hello Signor Panna!

    Pretty exciting post. I’m not sure if I’m excited by the project (not much detail here) or by YOUR excitement to flip it like this. But you sound like someone I’d want to learn economics with, and building that level of enthusiasm for a stranger reading a few reflective paragraphs can only mean you’re even more effective in…[Read more]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi Layla, thanks for reading!

    Sometimes I feel like if we dispense with the fear of failure and build enthusiasm for trying new things, the integration happens on it’s own. I treat the coaching part of my job as equal parts counseling and training, the former counts for more breakthroughs than the latter. A veteran teacher came up to me two weeks…[Read more]

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi Amber, thanks for reading!
    I have my own issues with SAMR, it’s difficult to pin everything to one of it’s four stages and sometimes there is a grey area in between. Teachers often want to know, concrete, where they stand and it’s not always easy to give a clear answer. But I’m grateful it had begun a culture in my school before my arrival,…[Read more]

  • Technology integration has well passed the “buzzword” stage in the schools I’ve been working with, with discussions of SAMR often making an appearance in collaborative planning meetings. In fact, those […]

    • Hello,
      I think it is great that your school is so familiar with SAMR while trying to integrate technology. I had never really heard of it till I began COETAIL and have to make a point to think about it more when I use technology in the classroom. Throughout the past year, I have reflected more on the technology I use and ways to make it more meaningful. It has been a struggle to remind myself to try new things and make sure I use SAMR, but I am getting better. I hope to continue to grow and try new things despite being hesitant. Thank you for posting and reminding me that it is important to be open to learning and collaborate more with my colleagues when it comes to technology.

      • Hi Amber, thanks for reading!
        I have my own issues with SAMR, it’s difficult to pin everything to one of it’s four stages and sometimes there is a grey area in between. Teachers often want to know, concrete, where they stand and it’s not always easy to give a clear answer. But I’m grateful it had begun a culture in my school before my arrival, it’s been very useful to have a model to stand by when we plan or reflect on a lesson.

    • Hello Matt,
      Thank you for this reflective post. I like your idea of having “deliberate integration strategies”, and taking risks to try new things in new ways, and being open to possibilities, celebrating victories, and continuing to challenge ourselves to use technology in a way that would improve our practice and student learning. I like that your tech coaching approach is to give others the opportunity of ownership, providing the teachers with digital tools and giving the chance to “mess around”, experiment, reflect, and learn from the process. Acquiring tech skills and using digital tools effectively is a continuing process for both teachers and students. I see our role as educators is to encourage risk-taking and inquiry among our students and teachers, and to model responsible and ethical use of technology professionally and in personal contexts. And it is also our role to promote ways in which the effective use of tech can transform our learning experience.
      Just like Amber, this is the first time that I am using SAMR and TPack to evaluate the effectiveness of my tech integration. While I am proud of all the successes I have achieved with my language students, I know that acquiring and maintaining tech skills is a life-long journey. I am really excited of all the learning that has been taking place through COETAIL, and I look forward to learning more along with all our Coetail colleges.
      Thanks Matt

      • Hi Layla, thanks for reading!

        Sometimes I feel like if we dispense with the fear of failure and build enthusiasm for trying new things, the integration happens on it’s own. I treat the coaching part of my job as equal parts counseling and training, the former counts for more breakthroughs than the latter. A veteran teacher came up to me two weeks ago, grinning, about the lesson she did where the students used Explain Everything virtual whiteboard to solve a math problem instead of her usual worksheet. Her class had never used the app without me being present, leading the lesson, before. The main thing that took that from an augmentation to redefinition was that they exported their solutions as a reflective video to Google Drive and embedded the videos on student blogs at the end of the lesson. It’s taken this teacher three years to reach that level of confidence with these tools, and a few months for her third graders to reach that level of tech competency, no small part due to her patience. Now she’s reaping the rewards. 🙂

    • Hi Matt, this is really well said. Diplomacy and treaties is the name of the game. In my school it’s easy to see the connection between the success of an initiative and the relationships underlying it. Successful projects have begun with a year or more of laying groundwork, building support, etc. Those that have been pushed by small groups, even if they’re backed by the most influential administrators, ultimately stall without a broad base of support.

      It sounds like I’m describing politics, and I guess school policy is not so different. No leader is able to accomplish everything they want and no group gets everything they want. So the middle ground of compromise is where progress happens. Great post about not just technology integration, but the way schools work in general.

  • Matt Dolmont posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hey Marcelle!

    I loved doing this lesson, much credit to our colleague Emily Van Dykhuizen (@EmilyVan12 on Twitter) for running with my original ideas and helping to put this together. Hoping to do it even better next year, I wonder if any of our brilliant COETAIL colleagues can offer us some ideas?

    -M

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