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Ken Fernandez

  • After a stretch of time, it’s good to be back amongst the COETAILers, and I’m looking forward to working through Course 5. It’s been exciting spending a bit of time on updating my blog, (my design was amongst […]

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  • It has been a great learning journey thus far, and I’m sure more is in store! Hard to believe that four courses have gone by, and I’m all the better for it. I think that’s why narrowing down ideas for Course 5 has […]

  • When I reflect on our use of technology in the elementary classrooms at Lincoln, I see it being utilized in a variety of ways. Devices ranging from interactive Epson BrightLink 695Wi projectors to iPads and […]

  • I first learned about digital badging programs about a year ago thanks to this article. Frankly, I thought I had struck gold. Why? Well, through the lens of an administrator looking to support local teaching […]

  • Ken Fernandez posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Greetings Megan,

    Do you remember the days when corporate networking was all the rage? When groups or companies held networking events so that clients could connect and drum up business? Things have changed! Global networking has become an integral part of our world and, as educators, needs to be an integrated part of our classrooms and…[Read more]

  • Ken Fernandez posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Brendon,
    Thanks for your comments. I have yet to use Swivl, but like you, I’m always looking to try new things or at least investigate apps/tech that will enhance the student learning experience. I shared it with my faculty and they seemed open to using it. Maybe next year.
    We have dabbled with FlipGrid in our upper elementary classrooms. We…[Read more]

  • Ken Fernandez posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Erin,
    Plenty of potential and perhaps the tip of the iceberg! When students have a voice and choice, they are so empowered in their own learning. We focus a lot of presentation using Google Slides as well. Ranging from Grade 3 sharing their service learning projects to Kindergarteners doing book reviews. It’s incredible to see!
    Thanks to the…[Read more]

  • Enjoyed reading your post, Jackie. I agree, no squashing! It’s an easy trap to fall into and represents the “archaic” systems that we current are working in. Your final statement regarding the need for creating […]

  • What’s your theory on technology in the classroom? How often do you think about it or seek to define it? For many educators technology in the classroom is such a given, that we take it for granted, or we are […]

    • 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 let go but metacognition is even more important as we learn to think about how do we know what we don’t know? I wonder if at some point in time if there is going to be a tech backlash. In my readings and research I saw Steve Jobs and other people in tech really monitored screen time for their kids. They didn’t advocate it strongly at school and even chose schools that purposely didn’t emphasize technology. What are your thoughts?

    • Hi Ken,
      I agree that we as educators have to implement the current theories of learning such as play, game, and project based to not only keep our students engaged but also exposed to 21st century skills. As a technology teacher I have few behavioral problems because my class revolves around technology and age-appropriate digital skills. My students are very engaged when we code because we learn and play through game-like puzzles. They are also into creating presentations with a variety of apps such as Adobe Spark and Google Slides because the apps allow them to communicate their ideas in their own unique way.
      Thanks for sharing and it’s so great to see an admin who believes in the potential of educational technology!
      Erin

      • Hi Erin,
        Plenty of potential and perhaps the tip of the iceberg! When students have a voice and choice, they are so empowered in their own learning. We focus a lot of presentation using Google Slides as well. Ranging from Grade 3 sharing their service learning projects to Kindergarteners doing book reviews. It’s incredible to see!
        Thanks to the great sharing throughout COETAIL I’ve been able to share new ideas/apps like visme.com and flaticon.com. with my teachers and of course the students.

  • Ken Fernandez posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks for your post, Michelle. As a fellow elementary educator, I too have been a bit hesitant regarding flipped learning for younger grade levels (K-2). The links to the articles you provided have got me thinking otherwise. I really liked the John Bergman article that focused on flipping with math first. I’ve passed it along to our upper…[Read more]

  • “L” is for learning when it comes to PBL,CBL,PBL and POL. Looking beyond that though, there are more important similarities to these pedagogical approaches. As educators, student learning is the principal goal […]

    • Hi Ken,
      I appreciated how you looked for the similarities between the approaches. Often there is a lot of cross over and if we keep this in mind we can be more focused on making decisions about the pedagogical tool that we want to use and not get hung up on having a this one only approach. Also I liked looking at the technology that you suggested.

      Have you used Swivl? I read the link that you had given and I had always viewed Swivl as a form of teacher feedback not student. Would be interested to now what the quality of the audio turns out like for the students and how you might have been able to utilise this in class. I imagine it would like sifting through game video it takes a lot of time to find the parts you want to use. I like the idea.

      Also how have you had students using flipgrid? I like it a lot and would be interested to hear ideas on how students could utilise it authentically in PBL,CBL or POL.

      One of your last comments about “Planning ahead and looking for those touch points before you start is imperative” really strikes home for me as I am still learning how to decipher whether I am utilising technology for the right purpose. It is nice to have some more alternatives to consider. Thanks.

      Brendon

      • Hi Brendon,
        Thanks for your comments. I have yet to use Swivl, but like you, I’m always looking to try new things or at least investigate apps/tech that will enhance the student learning experience. I shared it with my faculty and they seemed open to using it. Maybe next year.
        We have dabbled with FlipGrid in our upper elementary classrooms. We hope to utilize it a bit more in fourth and fifth grade next year. One of the initial challenges we had was getting the kids comfortable in front of the camera. Not having much experience, they tended to be silly or need multiple takes b/c they were self-conscious. After some coaching and modeling they did much better. Using FlipGrid during informational or persuasive writing units works b/c students can share their “How-to”books, and while in persuasive writing peer to peer feedback can start a debate, foster critical thinking, and help writers delve deeper into their topics. It’s helpful during the drafting stages.

  • I enjoyed reading a number of the articles regarding tech integration, and while doing so I kept asking the question; where are we? Meaning, what does tech integration look like in the elementary school at […]

  • Course 3 was a fantastic learning experience that offered up a number of opportunities to improve my practice and view things through the lenses of digital literacy and data visualization. There are a number of […]

    • Hi KenI I so appreciate your honesty when you said that your enthusiasm started high, and then then the hurdles started coming. Sometimes with this design based stuff, it can seem like the projects people put out are so beautiful and seemingly so easy. But it really is a long process to create something visually appealing!! I applaud your efforts to create a new resume, and I especially like your use of graphics.

      I understand the struggle to cut down on or prioritize the information given on your CV. I think this is even more difficult when you have such an impressive resume like yours!!! As an outsider- I’m wondering if there might be some overlap in your “Administration and Organization Management” and your “Instructional Leadership” sections. Maybe this is a place where you can cut down, and then there is more room to focus on your philosophy of education? Or could your philosophy of education be boiled down to a few words or a phrase that could go across the top?

      I like your improvements, and I can’t wait to see what the next round brings!

      Jackie

  • Recently, two outstanding author/illustrators paid visits to Lincoln School. Marissa Moss author of multiple books, most notably Ameila’s Notebooks and Marcus Phister author of the Rainbow Fish dazzled our […]

  • The National Storytelling Network (NSN) characterizes storytelling as an interactive art form that encourages the listener’s imagination. NSN points out that storytelling includes words and actions that […]

    • Wow, that sounds like an amazing project. I have ben recently been thinking how to move the level of tech integration in our school. VR projects are terrific ways to take learning to a new step. The grade 5 exhibition students, use the National Geographic 350 VR films to provide people with a first hand looking into many of their inquiries.

  • When it comes to presenting, I have always enjoyed sharing information and engaging with audiences. I like to use humor and I’m comfortable speaking in front of various groups. It is a big part of my job. […]

    • Hi Ken,
      I think your idea to include some videos into your presentations where appropriate will also make your presentations stick better in one’s mind. In my post, I wrote about an administrator who had a cringeworthy presentation deck that was trying to explain evacuation drills to us. I wonder if he could have summed the whole 24 slide deck to maybe with by ending with a video example. Using humor is fine as it can hook the audience and also trigger some prior knowledge. Basically, a good plan and support with visuals should help you with your bulletproof presentation.
      Cheers!

  • Ken Fernandez posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Great to see the use of the VR glasses in class. We are having similar success in some of our classrooms. It’s impressive how quickly the students convey their learning and questions after experiencing VR. Then again, this is how they are learning now days. Speaking of which, I find your emoji connection interesting because while they do…[Read more]

    • Hi Ken,
      Thanks for sharing the Edutopia article, it was insightful. Indeed, while designing or choosing any visual, one must keep audience in mind, if audience is unable to understand the visual, all effort is in vain. As, elementary school teachers can easily use thumbs up sign or emojis to keep kids engaged, but secondary school teachers have…[Read more]

  • Ken Fernandez posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Greetings Michelle,
    It’s been great watching many of us dabble and redesign our blogs. Even before I read Presentation Zen , I believe keeping things simple is key. You’ve done that well. I was in full agreement with your brochure break down. I even wondered if the “busy” brochure you disliked is perhaps a reflection of the quality of service…[Read more]

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