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Jennifer Byrnes

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    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…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Steve,

    I am really interested to find out which LMS you are using. We are going through a lot of transition with tech at my school right now and I am starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the digital tools I am using to create a safe digital learning environment (some mandatory, others by choice). I use Power Teacher Pro to store my grades…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Dan,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. I like how you first interpreted the flipped classroom, students can learn so much from each other and providing them the time to share their learning with each other and take on the role of the teacher can lead to amazing things! I wonder if this is something you can combine with the flipped classroom…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Michelle,

    I really enjoyed learning about the different elements of Project, Problem, and Challenge based learning to happen in your class. It’s always exciting to reflect on new learnings and realize your already using elements of it. 🙂 I thought the way you implemented challenge based learning in your Active Global Citizen Projects was…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Valerie,

    Great post! I feel the same way, that I kind of fluctuates between the different levels, depending on the day and project. I am starting to realize that it’s okay to do this and that different lessons may authentically connect to different stages of the SAMR model. I may be embracing my inner Luddite, but sometimes I think it is…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    What a great way to dive in and try something new! It’s true, even if students don’t speak the same language, they all speak tech! Using digital storytelling is a great way to get student’s attention in a differentiated and exciting way. I am wondering if you shared your digital story with your students, I bet they would love it! It is wonderful…[Read more]

    • Thank you Jennifer! to date I haven’t shared the story with my students but hope to in the future when we get to writing our own stories. I haven’t tried Explain everything or Notability yet. I am interested to know how you will be using them with your students and what age group you are working with? I am currently working with K2 children 5-6…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Jackie,
    I really like the changes you made to your presentation. Your use of CARP makes the slideshow much more engaging for your audience. LESS IS MORE for sure! One thing that did cross my mind as I was looking at the changes is your audience. Now that it is word free (for the most part) your audience will be focused on you, rather than the…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Great post! I really love the idea of connecting digital storytelling to math and our students really are tech gurus, making it easy for them to go from consumer to creator! Khan academy videos are amazing, I linked them to my Google Classroom and flipping the class in this way has really helped the students understand new mathematical concepts.…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Michelle,
    Contacting the designer and connecting with him and your students is such a great example of the 21-century learning landscape. Infographics are such a powerful tool to use with audiences of all ages. We are just launching a unit on mythology and we are thinking of doing something similar by showing the students images of different…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Will do Stéphane! See you in course 3! 🙂

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Stéphane,

    Thank you so much for this amazing post! It was really inspiring to watch your students create their documentary in french, write English subtitles and how they captured the day to day life in the Miao Mountains. I plan to use this video to show my students how they can make a difference through direct action and advocacy as we move…[Read more]

    • Hi Jen,
      Thank you so much for this kind feedback. I’m glad you liked the documentary and I’m thrilled to know that it may eventually inspire other students. Please let me know how it goes if you plan any project with your students for your service learning unit.
      Take care,
      Stéphane

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks for another great post Michelle! I am still working on getting Genius Hour established in my class. It is my New Years resolution for 2017! I really appreciate how you laid out the steps you took, the project ideas and where you are currently at in your process. I couldn’t agree more with Joy Kirr (@JoyKirr) “that I’ve learned through the y…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Sarah,

    I just loved this post! Curran Dee’s message is incredible. Something that surprised me on my last few visits back to the states is the gap in how much technology is being used, or in many cases, not being used. The problems he highlights is something that so many schools are facing, and I am hopeful that the tech gap will soon…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Jackie
    Thanks for sharing another great post! It is so true, as teachers, we encourage students to make mistakes, reflect and learn from them, but how do we balance this with the risks of making mistakes online? The slideshow you shared gives some wonderful tips on potential risks and how to handle them when they happen and I am going to keep…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing this video. It really explains the expansiveness of our own digital footprints in a way that I think students can understand. It is important that students understand the trail they leave once they click, search, or share something and what that means in the real world.

    I agree with StĂ©phane’s comment, “we…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Kim,

    I feel like I am in the same boat as you. I have begun blogging with my students and using collaborative tools such as Google Drive, Classroom, Sites, etc. When my students have the opportunity to collaborate and share their work, they get instantly motivated and inspired to do more. It enables them to transition from handing out to…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Ken,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, your Building Walls of Wisdom “Many for Manguli” project are truly inspiring! It is such an amazing example of global collaboration and true service learning. I am wondering if it is possible to connect our service learning unit at ASH with your Many for Manguli project. We will launch our unit in Jan…[Read more]

    • Greetings Jen,

      Thanks for your post. Apologies for the delayed response. I would definitely like to discuss the Many for Manguli project further. Probably best if we connect directly through email. You can reach me at ken@buildwow.com.

      Hope to hear from you and looking forward to Course 2 starting.

      Ken

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Michelle, I love what you have done this week! I really want to adopt Genius hour into my class and get my students involved in some real, self-directed learning. My students currently have Quiet Time for 15 minutes each day after recess. I have always used it as a time for the students to decompress after lunch. I put soft music on and they can…[Read more]

    • Hi Jennifer!
      Thanks so much for the encouragement! This is all new territory for me so I excited to know that some other fellow coetailers are experimenting with Genius Hour. I loved all the resources you shared in your blog and I’ve already used a few of them! Let’s stay connected and keep sharing our ideas, successes and failures.

  • Jennifer Byrnes posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    I just love those ladies. I can’t believe you’re in my old room! Such a small world!!

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