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Leah Bortolin

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    I’m glad it all came together! I really appreciate how you’ve shared your trials and tribulations because the truth is that this is how we roll at every school! It never goes smoothly! And rolling with the punches is where the really interesting work happens. AND I really like that you linked kindness (PYP – Caring) with digital citizenship. As…[Read more]

    • Thanks Leah for checking it out and commenting! I thought of you through this process….. and I kept thinking back to your amazing video and all the cool graphic you created and then there was mine ­čśë HA! There are some amazing reflections Coetail’ers make… You are one of those gurus I look up to!

      xxx
      NKS

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Nadine, I think you do a really good job of integrating tech! And I think that redefinition should often be our goal when it comes to tech integration. However, like everything there should be a balance. Always using tech to redefine isn’t just exhausting for us as teachers, I think it’s tiring for our students too. They like time to try the…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    I love how calmly you talk about the visuals you were initially getting! The colours students use can be quite hard on the eyes! We have all experienced just the same thing. In fact, we have been using your CARP work from your Coetail blog with our Grade 5 students. You even inspired a badge in my final project! We have a grade 1 unit on Visual…[Read more]

    • Hi Leah,

      Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m glad the Google Presentation was helpful with your G5 students. There are so many aspects of visual literacy that should be covered in the curriculum but it’s hard to always know where to begin. Most schools I’ve worked at haven’t had a clear framework for outcomes in visual literacy, which is why I…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    You are a brave soul! This is a great project Lizzie and I totally empathize with not getting the project done in the way you wanted it to be. And when you aren’t the classroom teacher, this project is a challenge. In fact, I intend to share this with our KG teachers who also have a very similar unit. I think that your use of technology makes…[Read more]

    • Thanks Leah. It was a challenge that I wish I could have had more time for. I really loved it though and hopefully I can build on the student’s confidence and knowledge to turn them into savvy ipad/app users by the time they are in upper elementary. Even just having the opportunity to collaborate so fully on a unit was fun for me!

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    First, I love your idea. I saw it happen in our school as you worked with Jill in Grade 4. She and the students loved the project and are continuing on with what you shared with them. This is basically the goal, isn’t it? And those hidden challenges that you had have helped her move forward with this kind of project. I think this is a great…[Read more]

    • Must say thanks to you for connecting me with Jill. She was great to work with and I loved working with her kids. I’m hoping the kids stay connected, but busy time of year so we’ll have to wait and see.

      In the future I’d love to do some more collaborative projects – I see some poetry projects in the making – wouldn’t that be cool to see…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Amanda,
    I love how you used Minecraft as a collaborative and cooperative tool AND getting at your lines of inquiry! The students really got the idea of working together online. Sometimes I wonder if doing this online gives them a bit of space to think before they act when it comes to resolving conflicts as well. There is also a clear path to…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Thanks Amanda! I liked the learner profile badge too. The reasons that the students gave for awarding badges were heartwarming. I was astonished how they would award badges to people they weren’t really close with. Also, they could chose to send the badge anonymously or give their name and most chose to send them anonymously. LOVE IT!

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Thanks Ryan! We will actually introduce it in Grade 4 next year during a unit on online communities. I would love to see students offer badges for one another!

  • I have decided to take a more rudderless approach to community engagement and simply do my best to use social media tools, with a focus on Twitter, to develop my PLN. I also explored using Facebook and Google […]

  • While this is the end of my Coetail Course 5, I feel that my experiences with tech integration with both students and teachers are just beginning. This course (as in Coetail in its entirety) has been an incredibly […]

    • Wow Leah this project is fantastic! You have used so many good ideas to enhance the learning for the students. I really like the learner profile badge that students can award to students and teachers. It really helps to make the attributes more meaningful and authentic for students.
      I can see from your video how using badges in the Exhibition saves a lot of time for teachers and really helps to tailor the learning to the students needs. And next year it should be easier as you’ve already set it up- and the students next year know what to expect. Some really useful ideas thanks for sharing!

      • Thanks Amanda! I liked the learner profile badge too. The reasons that the students gave for awarding badges were heartwarming. I was astonished how they would award badges to people they weren’t really close with. Also, they could chose to send the badge anonymously or give their name and most chose to send them anonymously. LOVE IT!

    • I’m glad to hear this went well. It sounds like a fantastic idea that could run throughout the whole year for grade 5 not necessarily just during exhibition season. Well done. Look forward to hearing about how it continues to grow, or reshape.

      • Thanks Ryan! We will actually introduce it in Grade 4 next year during a unit on online communities. I would love to see students offer badges for one another!

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    I can vouch for Nadine here with CARP at the school – we are work colleagues. It has completely taken hold! And many grades are attempting to use it. I say attempt because I think a lot of scaffolding is still needed. And honestly, I have to wonder if children’s version of contrast is different to that of an adult. I have been working with CARP…[Read more]

  • This term I hosted an After School Activity (ASA) called “Messing Around with Tech” for grades 4 and 5 for 6 weeks. Not having my own class, I decided I would really like to see how kids mess around with […]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Cory, Sorry to hear about these challenges. Here is Dhaka we’ve been completely grounded as well. Students literally cannot walk off of campus or go to any open area during school hours. Our PYP Exhibition has a vrey different feel to it this year, which is a bummer.

    Anyway, as Wendy said, Book Creator is amazing because it doesn’t rely on…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Great post, Tricia. it’s true that stepping out of the way is incredibly important. I just love that notion of teaching kids how to think, rather than what to think. I would add that teaching kids how to ask questions, rather than asking the questions for them is super important. In my journey with PYP Exhibition, I have learned that we need to…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Your presentation has inspired me! For my Course 5 project I’m setting up a badge system for students to help them review the skills needed for the PYP Final Exhibition. I’ve decided to make a CARP badge using your Google Slide. I’m going to narrate over the slideshow as part of a flipped lesson. I’ll share it with you when it’s done if you like.

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks so much for this! I was searching for exactly this sort of infographic for my students. And guess what? It’s for an element of my Coetail Course 5 project! And I didn’t even search for Coetail. Small world. I’ll be using this in a flipped learning assignment for students to earn a badge on Graphic design.

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Hey Jocelyn,
    We are just starting a unit on visual literacy in Grade 1. I think they’ll really like what you are doing here. It could give them some fresh perspective for this unit. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the unit as it progresses!

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    I love it Lizzie! Your choice sounds entirely reasonable. A colleague and friend @Kacey_Molloy teaches kindergarten at my school and she is keen to work on visible thinking skills. She also uses LOADS of technology in her classroom. It might be worth getting in touch with her. She is going away on maternity leave though. Also if you want to share…[Read more]

  • Leah Bortolin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks Lizzie! Now that things are falling into place, I’m getting more excited. Badgelist came through and helped me problem solve the last few issues. I’m introducing the project tomorrow! I hope the students get into it!

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