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Julie Rugnetta

  • After 5 weeks of hard labour, here it is, my final project! A 10 mins video which I hope will give you a good summary of what we accomplished in class and beyond. I have also attached the UbD for this project and […]

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Sneh,

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I think this course really pushed me to try different social media and yes, I did find myself spending more time online than I usually do. But it was rewarding. At the end, I probably won’t be an active member in all those social networks but I want to focus and get more comfortable in 1 or 2 communities.

    • Dear Julie
      You’ve done really well with developing your PLN and have left your mark in many places! I like the way you have explained how you feel about each including twitter and google+. I have been fairly traditional in my use of social media and have instead continued with those that I am comfortable and familiar with barring the use of google docs and google forms which I have experimented with, for my Coetail final project.

      Somehow I feel that the more social media I’m on, the more I have to check each day, the more browsing I need to do!! I feel like google +, Coetail, whatsapp, Facebook keep me busy enough! Do you feel that the more you’ve joined, the more time you spend online too?

    • Hi Sneh,

      Thanks for commenting on my blog. I think this course really pushed me to try different social media and yes, I did find myself spending more time online than I usually do. But it was rewarding. At the end, I probably won’t be an active member in all those social networks but I want to focus and get more comfortable in 1 or 2 communities.

    • Hi Julie, I really admire how you embraced this idea and pushed your boundaries. I myself have found it a lot more intimidating and difficult to create a large and especially effective PLN. I’ve always focused a bit more on the personal face to face. Did you feel spread thin at all or did you feel like everything was beneficial and manageable?

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Bernie,

    It really does not take us too much time. I like starting with getting them to write something at the beginning of the class, so they can settle down. But also, if we have a few minutes left at the end, I can easily start up a conversation and have the class write a few lines.

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    it’s a French 1 class with a mix of grade 10 and grade 11 students. I think the key is really to make it part of your everyday lesson. Maybe it is easier in a language class as it is a tool that I use to make them write in French. So I would start or end a class with a short comment and students have to reply to it.

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Salut Lucie!

    Those posters are beautiful! I also love when students can apply their language skills in a creative way and thanks to technology, there are lots of very cool apps to use in class. I did not know about Picollage but I have used Infographics apps like visual.ly or easel.ly. Thanks for sharing your students’ projects!

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Melanie,

    this is exactly how I feel : I could not have implemented a Project Based Learning on my own! I was really appealed by this methodology in course 4 but as a novice I did not know how to do it and how it would look like in a language class and without the help and feedback from teachers on google+ communities, I would not have even…[Read more]

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Ange,
    I have to admit that I tried to use Edmodo with another group last year and it was not very successful. It was mostly my fault, as I did not really enforce its use and the students soon stopped using it. I have had a class website for sometime and students have been relying on it more to check our calendar and our class resources.…[Read more]

  • ThumbnailIf you are looking for a free and easy way to connect with your students online, you should check Edmodo. Here is a short summary of what it is, how I use it with my French class, and how it also supports Project […]

    • This looks like a great way to use Edmodo – thanks for sharing your successes. I have to admit that I did try to use it with a 9th grade math class and they (we) struggled to make it an active part of our learning. In hindsight I really didn’t give it anywhere near enough time to find it’s way in. Do you use this in addition to another LMS that is mandated by your school? Or is this the only place that students go for information? I think a problem that I faced was that I had too many different options (google sites, veracross and edmodo) going on and it was way too messy!

    • Hi Ange,
      I have to admit that I tried to use Edmodo with another group last year and it was not very successful. It was mostly my fault, as I did not really enforce its use and the students soon stopped using it. I have had a class website for sometime and students have been relying on it more to check our calendar and our class resources. However, as I am currently trying a Project Based Learning, I needed to find a way to better communicate with the students while they were working on their project and also keep track of their learning and I have found that Edmodo was really a useful technology tool. I post weekly learning objectives and assignments, I can write to the whole class or single student, and it allows the students to write in French in a more authentic way. Looking back, I feel what I lacked when I first used Edmodo was clear objectives and purposes. Now, I know why and how I want to use it and that’s probably why it is working better this time.

    • That’s exactly what happened to me, but I gave up and you kept at it! What age are the students you are working with? Maybe I need to give it another crack too.

      • it’s a French 1 class with a mix of grade 10 and grade 11 students. I think the key is really to make it part of your everyday lesson. Maybe it is easier in a language class as it is a tool that I use to make them write in French. So I would start or end a class with a short comment and students have to reply to it.

    • I think you are totally right. I really didn’t give it the time it needed to embed into the daily routine and expectation. Thanks again for sharing your experience with this – I think I might just give it another go.

    • Hi Julie–Great post. I love the look of your Coetail blog! I’m also really intrigued about the way you’re using Edmodo–I love the idea of trying to stimulate class discussion or authentic answers to questions posed. How much time do you spend on this and do you feel that it takes away from other things you do? Does this operate like a discussion board–that would be great! Do you ever use it during class or simply after class?

    • Hi Bernie,

      It really does not take us too much time. I like starting with getting them to write something at the beginning of the class, so they can settle down. But also, if we have a few minutes left at the end, I can easily start up a conversation and have the class write a few lines.

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi David, how are things in Sweden? I would probably know more if I was following a #sweden twitter community! However, I am not a natural tweeter like you and I have to admit that I have not used my account much since I created it with you last year….Shame! Google+ communities and Edmodo have been useful to find my language people and build my…[Read more]

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Bernie,
    I also like your idea of creating an online grammar library for the students by the students. It is a great way for them to demonstrate their grammatical understanding in a creative and useful way. If I would do it with my students, I would probably give them the choice to work with a partner. Students who have difficulties to grasp…[Read more]

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Tricia,
    I have really enjoyed reading your post and I can not agree with you more when you say that the key to build a strong culture of community that fosters creativity and collaboration is trust. We do need to give students more choice and voice in their learning ( I like the idea of trying to involve them in the planning phase and the…[Read more]

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hello Coetailers! I have been experimenting PBL with my students. it’s been a lot of planning work and I am not really sure about the end result…. but students are having fun and have lot of cool ideas for their end product. I have not started my video and will probably need some help with that….

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    Returning from Spring break this week was hard for everybody. Students were a little bit lethargic on Monday and the sudden rise of temperatures did not help with tuning their brain back to work. […]

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    Of all the innovative teaching strategies I have read about during course 4, Project Based Learning is the one that appeals the most to me. This approach seems to encapsulate the key elements for a valuable […]

    • Julie,
      I echo so much of what you said about it being difficult to keep kids motivated when there is a lack of authentic interactions. I’m excited to hear about what you learn from this project.
      Lucie has dabbled in this traveling idea a bit too, so she might be a good resource for some of what you are doing. As I was reading your post, I had a lot of the same questions you posed at the end. The two that stand out to me are: What about those students that don’t enjoy group work? and The grammatically appropriate content.
      It sounds like a really engaging project and I wish I had had this opportunity when I was a student!

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Cassie,

    Thank you for sharing the chart. I also struggle to see the differences between the problem and the project based learning. I am thinking about implementing a unit using a PBL approach but I have not yet managed to define what the ‘P’ will be standing for. According to your chart, one of the main difference is about inc…[Read more]

  • Thumbnail‘the surest way to prepare students for life beyond formal education is to make education as much as that life as possible’ (David Price ‘Open’). Project Based Learning is an educational approach that intends to […]

    • I totally get your struggle with assessing group projects. I often struggle with this as well. I teach one particular class that is 100% project based and grading is always a bit challenging. I have discovered a couple of things however that might help you. I find it to be easier to sit with groups and assess how they are working together and how people are contributing or not because everything is so interactive for me to observe. Observational assessment is key for projects like this and I find having the time for that type of assessment is also easier than it would be if kids were working individually. Secondly I always have the kids assess each other. I find this often is affirming in some of the assessments I have made and at the same time it further contributes to my knowledge of the group dynamic. I hope this might help a little. I would be curious to hear about any other finding you get on the subject of group assessment.

  • ThumbnailHolding a University degree does not guarantee a job anymore. A Geography graduate with a Master in Urban Planning, such as my 26 year old brother, finds it impossible to find a stable job in his field. Other […]

    • Thanks for your thoughts Julie. I too have been wondering about the future meaning of a degree. With so much information available on line and through free courses how long will it be before a degree says anything about what you are capable of in the work place? I love the classroom and I’m sure that there are many people out there that would choose it over an online course. But what happens when the online corse costs nothing in comparison to the years of debt you could incur by attending an institution? The system hardly seems fair, who is to say that one education is better than the other? And what of the employers? How long before they don’t care about where you went to school but instead what you have done, as it should be.

    • Thanks for your thoughts Julie. I too have been wondering about the future meaning of a degree. With so much information available on line and through free courses how long will it be before a degree says anything about what you are capable of in the work place? I love the classroom and I’m sure that there are many people out there that would choose it over an online course. But what happens when the online corse costs nothing in comparison to the years of debt you could incur by attending an institution? The system hardly seems fair, who is to say that one education is better than the other? And what of the employers? How long before they don’t care about where you went to school but instead what you have done, as it should be. It’s interesting times in education. I’m curious to see how the world of academia will be forced to change with the internet as our educational tool and furthermore how employers will be forced to change how they evaluate potential employees.

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi David! How are you? I always enjoy reading your blogs and learning your thoughts on new technology trends. After all, you’re a tech’ expert!
    I agree that with any digital tool that we want to use in class, we should think carefully about its purpose : what will it allow me to do that I can’t do without and how will it improve my students’…[Read more]

  • Julie Rugnetta posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Becky!
    I think watching a lesson at home can only be beneficial if the content is appealing to the students and if they take the time to prepare questions/ problems to be discussed in class. It is up to the teachers to ensure that the videos are interesting and engaging because if not, I don’t see how this methodology is a way to improve…[Read more]

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