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Megan Looney

  • Option 1: Deepening iTime 
    Describe the project: What will your students do?
    Last year and this fall, I explored iTime with my students. I’ve written about iTime on a previous blog post here where I shared what […]

  • At times I’ve felt that student agency would be most easily found if I’d been able to cast a spell and evoke it using a magical wand.
    “A Little Magic” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Mariana Wagner
    It’s not that I don’t ev […]

  • That’s me, in the middle of the second row, proudly wearing my Brownie beanie and sash. As you can see it was early days of being a Brownie and that I didn’t have many badges. Each time my mom sewed a […]

  • In my two of previous posts for course four, I’ve written about how student ownership in our current unit of inquiry related to protecting the earth’s natural resources could be increased by using a challenge […]

  • Carolin,

    Prior to reading this post, I’d rolled my eyed at the thought of digital badges being something that as an adult I’d need to earn. Earning badges was something I’d done as a Girl Scout in my youth […]

  • Ironically last year I posted about the same unit of inquiry, Protecting the Earth’s Natural Resources. This must be one of “those” units of inquiry that are constantly evolving and needing improvement because […]

  • Isn’t Flipgrid amazing? I didn’t even realize there was a #flipgridfever hashtag which I could have used when I first began experimenting with it earlier this year! Your idea to use the same format your stu […]

  • I am a proud aunt to two nephews who live in the U.S. My friends, students and colleagues bear with me as I share videos of their latest and greatest adventures and learning. Today you’re being invited to join […]

  • Megan Looney commented on the post, PBL at the DMV, on the site Carolin Escobar 3 months, 1 week ago

    Carolin,

    Oh my goodness. I had a good chuckle while reading your post, mostly because we both had driving challenges while living abroad. My driving challenge was learning how to drive a manual transmission car […]

  • Dr. George Siemens’ overview of connectivism is a reminder of many of the things I’ve learned in my COETAIL courses thus far.

    He reminds us that knowledge is formed in three ways: biologically, conceptually […]

    • 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 schools. George Siemens is spot on when he talks about learning as a socially connected process that forms conceptual connections and promotes deeper understanding. You witnessed it in your own class! Here at Lincoln we’ve had some positive success by Skyping with experts such as Nepalorado (http://yourhub.denverpost.com/blog/2014/05/denver-zookeeper-helps-endangered-nepal-wildlife/44575/) who helped support our fifth grade service learning project. We’ve also Skyped with authors. Like you, we observed kids making inferences, making connections, and being truly motivated. The reflections that came out of the students from these experiences demonstrated critical thinking and connections to their literacy unit. They are many authors out there who are willing to work with classrooms. I suggest asking your school librarian. And, as you mentioned use the COETAIL network. All of us here at Lincoln would be happy to connect with you!
      You also mention how global connections frame student learning and I fully agree. What also frames the learning is being well planned, having guidelines, and teaching kids how to interact and “network”. Your detailed outline is a great example. It’s what all teachers need to do before they jump into Skype calls. There’s plenty of leg work to do before and after a call, but that’s what makes it so rewarding and powerful for the kids. Let’s keep the “connectivism movement” going! Thanks for the Global Kind Project tip too.

  • I’ve known about Flipped Classroom models for the past few years and now that I’m back in a classroom have had the opportunity to try out this model of instruction. In the past few weeks I’d noticed that my […]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Michelle,
    Flipping Parent Curriculum Night?!? I’d LOVE to try something like that next fall. I’d love to see, next fall, how perhaps we could even work together (share ideas) on how this might look especially the communication portion with parents. Last fall instead of a traditional night, I took my classroom portion (we have two portions – one…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Kim, Thanks for the links you shared. I think so many of our students need to “experience” this somehow and these opportunities, VR and even just breaking things down into smaller steps and making local connections helps. Thanks for sharing and getting me thinking about possible revisions in future years.

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Joanna,

    Thanks for confirming my own feelings about teaching digital citizenship skills related to bullying. The video you shared focused on older students and I teach 3rd grade and agree with the library specialist, that it can happen at any age. For instance in my classroom last week we were using a Padlet for a flipped learning…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Brendon,
    It’s admirable how you used game based learning in your physical education climbing unit. I can imagine, especially middle schoolers, enjoying the concept of leveling up each time they worked on new skills each time they came to PE class and having more choices as their skills improved and grew. Congrats! You mentioned you’d like to do…[Read more]

    • Hi Megan, thanks for the comment. I have not read the actual book just the article. You have got me interested to see if we can get a hold of it now. Your comment about the students noticing when you had redo your audio actually rings a bell. I guess it is just about what we feel comfortable with. Thanks also for the link to the graphic.
      Brendon

  • Before completing this week’s readings and research, I’d never heard of Challenge Based Learning. I was quite familiar and have experience with Problem Based Learning and Project Based Learning but, Challenge […]

  • As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today, I was reminded of the Global Kind Project which is organized by The Educator Collaborative and a smaller group of their social media interns begins today. Their […]

    • Hi Kim, Thanks for the links you shared. I think so many of our students need to “experience” this somehow and these opportunities, VR and even just breaking things down into smaller steps and making local connections helps. Thanks for sharing and getting me thinking about possible revisions in future years.

  • Reading both Michelle Beard as well as Maggie Hos-McGrane’s posts about their reflections of the SAMR model and how they both used the model to help reflect upon the ways they each integrate technology with t […]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Michelle,

    Wow! I LOVE the way you organized your post using the levels of SAMR to analyze your use of technology. I also teach elementary school and found some of the same apps I use in your reflection. I hadn’t organized my reflection in the same way but find it helpful to think of apps in this context.
    Using Google Sites as a Hyperdoc m…[Read more]

  • Megan Looney posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Jackie,
    I feel I’m in a similar place to you with integrating technology. The substitution is easy, it’s moving to higher levels that takes more time and you have an added challenge of resource availability.
    Thanks for sharing the ReadWriteThink timeline resource. I definitely will use this one with my students and have been searching for a 3rd…[Read more]

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