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Kristi Lonheim

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    What a fascinating question. I love the empowerment students are given by having the opportunity to identify what they know and what they need to know and what they need to still learn in order to solve the problem.

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  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    Assignment or not, your thoughts are deep. How true that what is our responsibility has shifted. We are much more responsible for how to think and how to connect thinking than actual content, which is easily available through the ‘device in their pocket’. Internet safety, in my opinion, is not the focus. Rather, if we are working to have critical…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 7 months ago

    “Digital Citizenship is not something to be taught and left aside, but rather it must be continually revisited and reassessed…”

    I agree whole heartedly. I think your idea of having a place for students to go back to (and for parents to reference) makes lots of sense as Digital Citizenship is not a topic that they take a quiz on and then can…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I am so intrigued by the conversation you mentioned about unschooling within school. (Unfortunately the link was down. I would love to hear more.) I think you come back to this idea in the end of your post as you wonder about “How do we landscape the landscaped landscaping?” How to do this school thing differently, still managing to expose stu…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Such a great point, the tools have changed and what are classrooms look like may or may not have changed depending on the moment, but our fundamental beliefs in people and our philosophies of teaching don’t tend to change much. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I agree with you that true redefinition examples are hard to find and I struggle to come up with complete redefinition myself. I must not be creative enough! Perhaps I need help moving the perceived roadblocks.

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Great questions. Twitter can be very overwhelming.

    I built up who I was following by looking at people I enjoyed and respected and wanted to hear more from and looked at who they were following. I started with other COETAILERS and then did some searches of topics I was interested in and it has grown from there.

    I choose to use Twitter as…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Yes, the pendulum swings and we need to find balance. I wonder which type of writing most students are going to do throughout their lives – more of the essay type of the blog type. Are there other types of writing we need to be preparing them for?

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    It really is about helping them to become better human beings, isn’t it? I am sure your students appreciate that you care about them as people. Once they know this, anything you want to ‘teach’ is more readily listened to.

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I am SURE teachers appreciated a session that not only taught them something relative, but was also hands-on and engaging. I find that giving teachers opportunities like this to ‘mess around’ also empowers them to let their students do the same. I would therefore add a question to your list to judge if it was a success, “Do teachers allow their…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Keeping interest high has a direct correlation to high engagement. I agree that what may seem like a chaotic classroom is often the bi-product of high interest and high engagement. Technology may, or may not be part of the recipe. Because it may be we absolutely need to be teaching Digital Citizenship skills. How do you approach these skills in…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I absolutely agree with you about Digital Citizenship. I think these skills are our number one responsibility and yet so often we don’t spend much time on them nor are many schools addressing the subject in an aligned way.

    I don’t, however agree with this statement, “With every new tool, comes new rules. We have to adjust our teaching topics to…[Read more]

    • Thanks Kristi for your comment. You are so right. We don’t get to spend as much time on Digital Citizenship as many of us would like.

      I get what you’re saying. Make a bad choice and there will be consequences is the rule for everything. I was thinking about the literal rules. If I’m introducing iPads, I have to address the rules, such as, how…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    There is so much knowledge within a school. Much of the great things that are happening are not in a place we can be. The idea of a blog to showcase all the greatness if a fabulous idea. Will you upload videos or reflections or something else or all of the above?

    • Hi Mavis and Kristi,

      The idea was to have one blog where all staff members could post and access information. This saves teachers from going to different blogs and searching for the information. The way the information on the blog is presented could be up to each individual’s discretion in whichever format best represents what they learned.…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    I’m dizzy with your forward and backwards! Is it the same as ‘everything old is new again’? Though the irony of that with technology is glaring. I am glad you are figuring out what tools work for you (or work for you again – I’m curious as to the three Twitter name). Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Yes, everyone sitting in a desk and the teacher ‘revealing’ information is the epitome of ‘old school’. We’ve read the research, but how to lead the revolution becomes the challenge. How do you see leading the charge in your classroom?

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    One great thing about all of these digital tools is the huge variety. No one has time to use all the tools, so finding what works best for you is the key. It sounds like you are getting that figured out and at this point Google+ and Flipboard will work for you right now.

    A few things to note about Twitter, while there is a 140 character limit…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    If we continue your relationship analogy it sounds like you are now in a more mature relationship with technology. You are no longer infatuated with the newness, rather you appreciate the tools for what they can add and don’t need to be around it all the time for that appreciation. You might not be ‘in love’, but it sounds like you still choose to…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Figuring out how to manage a PLN can be overwhelming. After some hit and miss attempts early on this is what I have found works for me. I consider it part of my planning. I spend ten minutes of prep time reading my RSS feeds and checking Twitter. Also, I immediately post anything I come across that I think will further other people’s thinking. I…[Read more]

  • Kristi Lonheim posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Funny you should ask! I am part of a book group that just started on Number Talks. From my early understanding they seem to be exactly this You, Y’all, We idea. I also used a similar idea (though hadn’t labeled it as such) with ‘think time’. Students have the opportunity to come up with their own thinking. I then have them share with a partner or…[Read more]

    • Kristi,

      I find it funny that not long after this was posted (my posting that is), I went to a PD in Oman with my math team to hear Erma Anderson talk on this very topic. It was awesome! Probably the best PD I have ever been to, and many of my colleagues felt the same.

      Erma helped us to see that learning is done best by a teacher acting as a…[Read more]

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