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Greg Nonato

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    As I wrap up my final project for course 5, I’m struck by how much we learned over the last year and a half. There was so much to consider, […]

    • Greg (and Silke:)), I LOVED how you gave the students choice in the way they would present their learning to the world. I also love that you did your own research alongside your students by finding new ways to reach out and connect to your PLN. The conversation that you had with each other at the end of your video was so lovely to listen to as you wrapped up your thoughts 🙂 Congratulations on finishing COETAIL!


      P.S. Thank you SO much for promoting #KchatAP in your credits 🙂 We hope that you will continue to join in our chats!

    • Hey Greg

      Fantastic final project! I think getting the kids to create content which can be shared globally is highly motivating. They also got the opportunity to connect with the ‘real world’ when doing their research and speaking to a conservationist was a great idea.


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    I don’t know about you, but I really leaned on my teaching pals to get this project done. Probably more than I should have.

    Overheard one weekday […]

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    My course 5 final project has wings! Whether it will soar gloriously into the upper rungs of the SAMR stratosphere or wallow in the murky, muddy nether regions, […]

    • I agree that technology is redefining this unit for you.

      I am interested to see your plan and how everything fits together.

    • Hi Greg, this sounds like a great project for you and your students – it is so well thought out and well planned. I like the idea of Skype interviews – getting to the experts can give the kids such a deeper insight. For my final project I focused on sharing as I feel that is what makes the biggest difference when we use the SAMR model to assess tech integration. It is the sharing part that often trips us up, we do great things that people inside school know about but very few outside people know. How do you make your connections for sharing?

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    February 28, 2015:

    I never thought I could overcomplicate something so simple so badly.

    I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a few days now, but I first […]

  • Greg Nonato posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hey Nathan I started looking into Minecraft when I was doing some research for the course 5 final project. Cool stuff, man. How did your proposal go? I’d love to read a blog post about what went into your proposal and how it was received!

  • Greg Nonato posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    Haha I think we all look like dinosaurs to students no matter what. If you’re an elementary teacher though, you might be one of the cooler dinosaurs for a little while, but that wears off after a few years. Sad.

    You know I’m not that connected either, and I’ve tried. I just can’t get my head around it all and I feel crowded in sometimes. Does…[Read more]

  • Greg Nonato posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    Whooaaaaa this infographic is great! I pored over article after article on connectivism and learning theories and my mind was spinning after. I wish I’d have thought of infographics from the start. I might have to look for one on the two PBL’s for future reference because the differences between those two are incredibly confusing to me.

    Your…[Read more]

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    Man, did I ever flip-flop in trying to decide on a final project for course 5. It’s not that I have a wealth of ideas, it’s more that I wasn’t sure what would best […]

    • I have also been dwelling on what to do for my final project for Course 5 so I can totally relate with some of the angst you are feeling. Working with Minecraft seems to be the flavor of the month. Some grade 9 students at my school currently are using it to recreate WW 1 trenches and bunkers for a US History class project. The only reason it works at my current school is because our students purchase it themselves. I like your idea of incorporating the use of community via Voicethread, which is a great tool for teaching and learning. It use definitely pushes things to the next level.
      I think your use of the constructivist approach will work out fine, as your learners most definitely will construct some type of knowledge out of their experiences.
      You say that your students have a difficult time getting used to collaboration. I am curious as to why. I have found this to be just the opposite.

  • Greg Nonato posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    I have a feeling that lots of teachers feel the same way as you, Alicia. Especially in the Primary years, teachers tend to be control freaks and flipped classrooms put a LOT of faith in the students (or parents) to take care of their end. What happens at home is always a grey area and no matter how many hours I’d put into planning, I think I would…[Read more]

  • Greg Nonato posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    David thanks for mentioning the exemplars in your post! I was wondering, does Shane ever get the kids to work together in groups to do exemplars in grade 4? See, I’ve been wondering about the collaborative aspect of PBL and along those lines, I’ve been playing with ideas on how to get kids in our grade level to share their work so others can learn…[Read more]

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    What do you do when you have a problem? Any problem. Say, your motorcycle won’t start and you don’t know why:

    Or you’re travelling and […]

    • So…….this just came to me…..what if you have a section of the white board that is “I have a problem” section. Where kids can just write problems on the board. Bikes, soccer, figure out a math problem, save money for the toy, etc. The teacher can add to it too of course. What if this section is a place much like an online forum the class goes to ask for help with problems or questions they have. Love this idea in an elementary classroom and can only imagine the questions that would be ask and the classroom meetings you could have around them. Something to add to my substitute teaching (yes…I’m now a sub) tool belt. 🙂

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    I think it’s pretty hard for life to continue its status quo with technology’s current rate of change (the focus of the link is Ray Kurzweil, an author and […]

    • Love that graphic and have added it to our course 1 flipboard. Interesting on the percentages on one hand…on the other hand not really. You see the 18 – 40 year olds…those who are mostly in the work place focused on their work the most active users across the board. It’s not the kids in schools go figure…however we need to show them how to use the network when they become that 18-40 year old group.

      The connections are only getting stronger……it’s time we start teaching students how to take advantage of them!

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    I’m fascinated by the potential that a flipped classroom offers. By getting the lesson done at home rather than at school, class time […]

    • Another excellent post Greg! I think that you have hit on two crucial ingredients with flipped teaching lower down the school. The first has to be the buy in and support from home. Another aspect of this point that I have had difficulty with is the children being given access to the on-line facilities even though they have them at home. Some parents simply don’t want their children to use computers as they see them as some sort of malign influence.
      The second aspect you have talked about is the impact and usefulness of the flipped classroom in the younger years. I think that it often has zero impact in some lessons as a whole form. However, i also believe it can certainly be watered down to reinforce some aspects of classroom learning i.e. support or extension of higher ability learners during lessons being one example.
      Personally, I think that you need to have students acting as monitors, helpers or classroom experts to really develop flipped classrooms. I often encourage my children to act as mentors to each other; and the difference this makes is really fantastic to see.

    • I like the way you spoke about flipping. Granted a flipped classroom allows students to have more time for collaborating with other students, which can be a great learning experience for them and as a way for them to build their teamwork abilities but I also don’t think that most mainstream educational institutions are ready for flipped classrooms yet. I believe flipping is more than partially driven by economics. If a school district has money and resources than flipping is certainly easier to put in place. Buy -in is probably one of the most important aspects of making this method work. The buy-in must not only come from students but parents are also essential if flipping is going to realistically work.
      I am also an elementary teacher and agree that at the elementary level, lessons could be flipped but not whole classrooms. In my opinion, at the elementary level, the “flip” has less to do with replacing lecture material and more to do with providing background knowledge on a topic before it’s taught. As far as I am concerned this jury member is still out on how effective it is.

    • I like the idea of starting with a lesson. My niece’s teacher has started something similar to this. She’s in 4th grade and has started “flipping” but for the parents. She adds links to the homework that help parents help their students. The videos are to be watched together…and interesting flip on the flip. 🙂

    • I was thinking about the flipped classroom and the younger grades as well. I really like your ideas, I like the idea of using the flipped approach for remediation – and I think it would work very well in an ELL school (such as the one I work in) and it would help build those home school relationships. I also think it would start a lot of discussion – and it would help parents avoid the “what did you do in school today” “nothing” conversation.

    • Thanks for the visit Greg and your comment. I was intrigued to see what you have written for your blog on flipped classrooms.In primary, at least, I just don’t know if it is worth the effort to flip your classroom. Now I am saying this as a Student Support Services teacher’s role and as a regular classroom teacher role, so it could be different if I had my own classroom to try to implement it. I agree with you that maybe one day soon we will meet primary teachers who have successfully flipped their classrooms and I too would take every advantage to sit down with this teacher. In secondary school it is a little easier as you are only teaching through one curriculum lense where teachers in primary school are expected to teach all subjects no matter if you teach PYP, IPC, etc. I personally feel flipped classrooms are better meant for upper primary into secondary school. I guess as Jeff has mentioned above I could try with one lesson and go from there.

  • Greg Nonato posted a new activity comment 4 years, 9 months ago

    Louise, thanks for reading and thanks for the link too! Yikes. Using tech versus tech integration. I haven’t thought of these things consciously for a while, but the article was a great reminder (I hadn’t seen it before) and I appreciate you sharing it. Along with the frameworks, it will help out a ton with the planning!

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    Two weeks ago, a more experienced teacher on my floor was walking by my class as they lined up to go to music. He stopped along the way to help a few of my kids […]

    • I had forgotten about The Fun Theory! I think the premise behind it is so true. We all are motivated to do what is fun! I have been trying some gamification in my math groups using Khan Academy. Is has allowed for some differentiated instruction as well as motivated students. They are just excited to earn enough badges by doing math questions so that they can get a new avatar! It has been really interesting to see how many kids I have hooked with this. So now I am looking for new ways to use gamification. It would be really cool to try to gamify a whole unit. Thanks for your post. I appreciate how you really reflect on the intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. Which leads me to the question, “Is getting a new avatar extrinsic motivation?” Hmmm.

    • Transition games! I need more of those. I find transitions to be the most difficult part of the day.

      I told my class today that they are like Pavlov’s dogs. Of course, I had to explain who he and his dogs were. They only do what they should when they see me near the part of the board where I mark table points. I guess it is good that something works, but transition games would be more fun.

      I have never heard of the Fun Theory until reading your post. I like it! I look forward to reading more about it. Thanks for sharing!

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    I thought that by heading to a new school with an iPad cart, iMac computer labs and an iMac in every classroom, that my usage of tech in the classroom would skyrocket. I couldn’t have been more […]

    • Wow – a new school and thinking about tech integration – awesome! I think about SAMR and TPACK in my planning as well. I also found this chart to be helpful and was wondering if you have seen it (I apologize if it was actually part of our readings for COETAIL, I sometimes forget where I see things but your blog post reminded me of it!)

      • Louise, thanks for reading and thanks for the link too! Yikes. Using tech versus tech integration. I haven’t thought of these things consciously for a while, but the article was a great reminder (I hadn’t seen it before) and I appreciate you sharing it. Along with the frameworks, it will help out a ton with the planning!

  • Silke your final product here looks amazing! It’s slowly becoming a reality that you’re leaving and although I’m excited for you, you’ll be missed!

    Your CV definitely reflects you: the artful strokes, the […]

  • My friend Alex and I had hatched a plan for our fall break: scuba and surfing around Lombok, Indonesia. And as I racked my brains trying to gain some inspiration for a digital story, it seemed to just fall on […]

    • You saw a shark! I’m quite envious at the moment. I’ve been on over sixty dives and only once seen a shark. I have a couple of friends working on marine conservation in Indonesia. Their work is really quite incredible! They have started the Aquatic Alliance on Nusa Lembongan. You may want to check them out.

      After watching your video, I have come to realize two very important things:
      1. Three months is way too long to go between dives… I’m itching to get back under the water!
      2. I need a Go Pro!

      I was wondering what you used to create your video, was it iMovie?

  • Nathan,
    I’m with Colleen on getting stuck on the “How”. Thanks for posting the article! It helps to “see” infographics at work in a classroom and the article did a really good job of setting up possible uses of […]

  • Hey Susan!

    You know, I chose a slideshow from my “Meet the Parents” night for this assignment too! I had the same thoughts when I was reflecting on my presentation – especially points 2 and 3. I struggled with […]

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