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  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    Thanks, Lindsey! I’m so glad it was helpful to you. I do think redefinition can mean different things for different roles and situations. The important thing is that we continue to look at ways to strengthen our practices to benefit student learning. I still have a long way to go, but I’m grateful for what I’ve learned along the journey so far!…[Read more]

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    The Battle of the Books has been a favorite tradition in our Elementary School for the past 8 years.  When I took over the Battle in 2012, I was excited to carry on the tradition, while also hoping to i […]

    • Laurie,

      I found your final project to be quite helpful as I begin to craft my final project reflection as well. In particular, the way you clearly spelled out which digital tools you used and whether it met the definition of “redefinition” really stood out to me as two areas in the post that I want to copy myself! I think you’re dead on that in order to meet the definition of “redefinition,” technology just needs to be present and change the learning for the better. Google docs can do this just as easily as some fancy new technology can. Thanks for the reminder!

      Lindsey

      • Thanks, Lindsey! I’m so glad it was helpful to you. I do think redefinition can mean different things for different roles and situations. The important thing is that we continue to look at ways to strengthen our practices to benefit student learning. I still have a long way to go, but I’m grateful for what I’ve learned along the journey so far! Wishing you the best with your own project. I appreciate your reply and look forward to seeing your final project!

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks so much for the inspiration, Chrissy! I love the video. I will do my best to overcome my fear and keep making the effort to share. I have benefitted so much from what others have offered, so I guess the least I can do is try to contribute as well. 🙂

  • Growing up, I spent a lot of time singing the People in Your Neighborhood song with my Sesame Street friends. I learned that there were many skilled, helpful people I could rely on in my community if I ever n […]

    • From one introvert to another I applaud you for your efforts and totally get where you are coming from.
      I also admire that you have shared that you recognise you often hold back from sharing because you fear that you’re not offering anything new, useful or ground-breaking. I have the same fear all the time and it affects me the same way it affects you. A fellow colleague always points this video out to me as a reminder of why I should let go of this fear, so now I’m pointing it out to you. Watch when you have a spare moment.

      • Thanks so much for the inspiration, Chrissy! I love the video. I will do my best to overcome my fear and keep making the effort to share. I have benefitted so much from what others have offered, so I guess the least I can do is try to contribute as well. 🙂

  • Laurie wrote a new post, Seesaw in the Library, on the site 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    As I mentioned in my last post, I have been on leave from school, and I have been thinking about how I can use technology to stay connected to my students while I’m away.  I’ve also been thinking about how to s […]

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Linda,
    I often find that my students are hesitant to video themselves too, so I give them the option of posting a photo and using the audio feature for the narration instead. This has helped everyone to be able to complete the assignment in a way that they are comfortable with. Just sharing in case it might help!
    Laurie (AIS-R Coetail Course 5)

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Amber and Benjamin. I just wanted to add that I really love the comment feature in Seesaw. As a librarian, I have limited class time with my students, so having them submit work in Seesaw allows me to connect with them and provide individual feedback in a way that I never could before. Seesaw really is amazing!

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks, Benjamin!
    We’re doing a Virtual Learning day with our G 3-5 students today, and thanks to your post, I was reminded that Seesaw is the perfect way to have my students share and connect from home. Today I had them do some simple responses to a book we’re reading, and it’s been fun to check Seesaw throughout the day and see things they’ve…[Read more]

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing this post, Andrew. Fair use is something that I think about a lot as I work on presentations and videos for use at school. I am finding that our students are becoming much more aware of it as well. After my Battle of the Books kick-off, I had a student ask me, “Did you have permission to use the music and video clips in your…[Read more]

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    Hi Benjamin,
    I love that you posted about Seesaw, because I have been thinking about how I can make better use of Seesaw as the ES Librarian. Our school recently upgraded our subscription so that specialists and homeroom teachers can share a classroom account. As a specialist teacher, it is so great to have a common app that I know all of my…[Read more]

  • Laurie posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    Hi Megan,
    This is just a thought, but have you considered using Google Forms for reading logs/response (docs.google.com/forms)? I am using Google Forms as a means of reading response for my Battle of the Books program at school, and it has worked really well. It only takes a few minutes for students to log their responses, and I love that it all…[Read more]

  • Laurie wrote a new post, From Plot Twist to Battle Plan, on the site 12 months ago

    At the end of Course 4, I shared a Project-Based learning unit that I was very excited to implement as soon as we got back to school in January.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make it back to school in January.   […]

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

    Hi Kristi. Thanks for your comment and suggestions! I agree that collaboration would help create more buy-in for the students. Many of our teachers provide Genius Hour time during the week, so my plan is to encourage students to make the most of that genius hour time to continue their projects. I will communicate with teachers to let them know…[Read more]

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

    Hi Cheryl,
    Thanks for your reply and feedback on my project plans! I really appreciate the resources you’ve shared, as I’ve been looking for more inspiration to share with the students! With battle of the books coming up, I plan to spend some time discussing the social issues in each book that might be possible big topics for their projects.…[Read more]

  • Recently, I shared some reflections about Limitations I’ve faced in trying to integrate project-based learning into our Learning Commons curriculum.  This is something I’ve continued to reflect on and discuss w […]

    • Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for your reply and feedback on my project plans! I really appreciate the resources you’ve shared, as I’ve been looking for more inspiration to share with the students! With battle of the books coming up, I plan to spend some time discussing the social issues in each book that might be possible big topics for their projects. Ivan will be one of our books for the Battle, so the project you shared is really helpful!

    • Hi Kristi. Thanks for your comment and suggestions! I agree that collaboration would help create more buy-in for the students. Many of our teachers provide Genius Hour time during the week, so my plan is to encourage students to make the most of that genius hour time to continue their projects. I will communicate with teachers to let them know what projects their students are working on so that they can provide support as well. I am excited to get started on this, and I hope the students really will get fired up about the possibilities. We’ve been finishing up The BFG for Global Read Aloud, and it’s a perfect connection to lead us into our projects. We’ve been discussing how Sophie and the BFG helped to solve a Global Issue by having the courage to come up with a plan and put it into action. They agreed that if they see a problem, they should do something about it. Soon, they will have the opportunity to do just that! 🙂

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

    i enjoyed reading this post, Francois. Like you, I worry about the impact of all this screen time on the brain, and I appreciated the articles you shared. Last year, I read a book called Mind Change, by neuroscientist Susan Greenfield…[Read more]

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

    Thanks for sharing, Chrissy– that’s great! 🙂

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

    Hi Andrew,

    You make some great points in this post!

    I was interested in what you said about the iPads at the Delhi school. A friend of mine just moved back to Riyadh from Jakarta, and she was surprised that they had to purchase iPads for their kids at AISR, since the Jakarta school had provided them for the students. I do think there are…[Read more]

  • Laurie wrote a new post, Finding Balance, on the site 1 year, 4 months ago

    “You’re always staring at that darn phone!”

    My husband has said this more than once.  And it’s true.  I’m often staring at my phone. Last week, when he complained about this, I was reading a great book […]

    • I had a lovely little giggle to myself at the start of your post and just had to share with you that my husband said EXACTLY the same thing to me a few days ago!

    • Hi Laurie!

      Your post really got me thinking about the perceptions around screen time. I instantly recalled this article http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/10/11/photographer-removes-phones-from-his-images-to-show-how-addicted-weve-become/ that I read about a photographer that removed the device from the photo.

      I looked through the article again and this time I was thinking about whether the missing device would look if it was replaced with the tangible tools that you wrote about (calendar, book, newspaper). I think what stood out to me is how we look when we use our devices… often pretty zoned out and sedentary.

      I wholeheartedly agree with your point that we must use technology ‘mindfully, meaningfully, and in ways which enhance and empower student learning’. That’s the real challenge. We want to engage and inspire our kiddos!!

      Some good food for thought. Thanks for sharing Laurie.

      🙂 Amy

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

    Noura! Thanks so much for your comments, and for the terrific ideas you’ve shared. I love the idea of doing ePals and sharing folklore with others around the world. If anyone is inspiring, it’s you, Noura! You have always led the way in providing new challenges and experiences for your students, such as your very successful Genius Hour efforts.…[Read more]

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