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

    Hi Rob,
    That’s amazing what you have been able to achieve in such a short period of time to become such a talented guitar player. I think you’ve hit on some pretty powerful strengths that technology has played in your learning, and by being in a band, you’re receiving the powerful feedback piece that sometimes learning on your own is missing.…[Read more]

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

    I love your philosophy Amy! “Prioritize play and I’m confident we’d all be better off.” Now that I have a son in Pre-K, it is SO interesting for me to see and hear about the types of play based learning that he is doing at school. As a high school teacher, I would LOVE to participate in some type of instructional rounds…[Read more]

    • Hey Mavis,

      I love your idea of instructional rounds focusing on play-based learning! I’m trying to inject more play based strategies for my Grade 4 and 5 students… I really like the idea of using Reggio Emilia approaches in the higher grades . It made me think of how I could adapt play for my older grades… Let me know if anything works for HS! 🙂

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

    Hi James,
    What an interesting perspective that you have in reflecting on the jeopardy of your job! I’m sorry to say that in forming my thoughts on some of your questions, yes I do think your job is in jeopardy. The Edutopia article “Why Integrate Technology into the Curriculum?” (http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-introduction)…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the response Mavis! I do think it may be a matter of time, the question is just a matter of when?! I know there are two stances here. If I truly ignore that I am teaching tech, I can see it being very beneficial to some students and just a fun elective for others. The unfortunate part of having it as an elective is that the students who…[Read more]

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

    Hey Andrew,
    Well I sure am glad I happened to read both of your blog posts this week – I am facing many of your shifts in thinking as I too step into a new role this year! We are in the same boat:)

    As I was trying to think through a meaningful final project that would be relevant to my new role, one of the ideas that I too had was to…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    What a cool assignment….and a great opportunity for students to combine creative thinking skills, art and science. I imagine you received some pretty unique masks! Would love to see some pictures! I am a huge fan of choice, and while some kids may love the digital story option, others may prefer to do creative writing. While others may…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hey Andrew,
    First off, I’m so impressed that you have your own YouTube channel full of helpful videos for your students. You are already a digital storytelling pro! Just to piggyback on Laurie’s comment, I know all of your kids use iPads so you may wish to consider using an app for story boarding. This helpful article…[Read more]

    • Hi Mavis & Andrew,

      Andrew… I love the YouTube channel. Such a great way to share what’s happening in STEM and an awesome way to push the kids’ abilities. Not only are they designing STEM projects, but now they are thinking about how to best share these digitally.

      I really like Mavis’ suggestion about working in groups with assigned roles.…[Read more]

      • Thanks for your comments Mavis and Amy,

        You have some great ideas that I can put in place right away. I have a team working on a video right now. I am looking at the apps that you suggested Mavis. I downloaded Storyboard Composer to have a closer look. We were also introduced to Paper by 53 in the ES sometime last year but I didn’t really see the…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hey Rob,
    I love this idea. I often ask my students to demonstrate their understanding in visual ways, yet I had not thought of using images in place of my own written instructions. You’re right when you mentioned: “why would my students need me to write out a bunch of small paragraphs to tell them what they need to show understanding of for…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    First of all, I just want to say that I love your writing style Lindsay – you always make me think about this week’s topic/readings in new ways. I too am guilty of overlooking visual design with assignments that I provide to students. I just want to include every single detail that I think they should know about the assignment, when it is true…[Read more]

    • Thanks, Mav. 🙂 I tried to use the Resume Builder plugin, but I don’t think I’m allowed on WordPress without upgrading to the Premium.

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Many of your reflections really resonated with me and this is also an issue that I am really noticing in the high school. Our technology director gave a presentation at a recent coffee morning, where he cited that the average teenager spends 9 hours of screen time everyday!!!! (This includes tv/phone/laptop/gaming, etc.) BUT STILL!! I was…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    You are so right, kids DO do cool things, especially when they find something that interests and motivates them. I had the privilege to watch Scott McLeod speak at the NESA Spring Conference a couple of years ago, and I left inspired and ready empower my students to publish online. I’ve found his website, ‘Dangerously Irrelevant’…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Hey Disha,
    I completely agree with you about the need to teach digital citizenship at all grade levels. In fact, I grappled with the same dilemma this week in my blog posting as to how to share the responsibility of teaching digital citizenship so that there is a formally aligned K-12 curriculum. The way that we are doing it now seems so…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    I totally agree with you that privacy has a lot to do with what YOU feel comfortable with….some people are okay with living their life for the world to see and don’t really give it much thought, while others are more aware of their footprint, security settings and privacy issues. I recently read a fascinating interview with Edward Snowden…[Read more]

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  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Also as a follow up, check out Lindsay’s post “Talk to Me for Real” (http://www.coetail.com/ibinternationalteacher/2015/10/05/talk-to-me-for-real/). It also reminded me that teaching all comes down to relationships. Kids may be able to get all of their lessons from the internet, but the relationship piece is impossible to replace.

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Miriam,
    Your post got me thinking about a lot of aspects of both the future of the learning environment, as well as the future of teaching. I have always liked the term ‘curator’ for a teacher (same as facilitator), because it is true that most of our job is no longer creating lesson plans from scratch and passing on our knowledge. Rather than…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hey Disha,
    That is the beauty of what our jobs as teachers have become; there is so much shareable content out there, that we need to spend less time ‘creating’ content and rubrics, and more time curating content. We are always encouraging our students to be reflective, and use tools/resources available to them to enhance their learning, and…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Craig,
    I am also grappling with the same ideas that you are, and where social media fits into edTech. Especially if we want it to be effective, practical and authentic. I recently read the conclusions of the Living with New Media Report, and the researchers posed a couple of questions that made me reflect again about social media’s role:…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Andrew, I love your focus on learning communities. I think I always took them for granted and just figured that they were a part of ‘PD’, but now I am beginning to re-think their power. From belonging to a book club, to taking this course, to our ‘Think Tanks’ (for those outside of AIS-R, it is a bunch of teachers who get together once a month…[Read more]

  • Mavis Wellington posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    I too am a big believing in seating plans. You’ve hit on the benefits of diversity with having a seating plan, connecting with others and being open to differences of opinion, but there’s also the added benefit of seating plans allowing for automatic mixed ability groupings as well. When working with a peer/peer assessing, higher achieving…[Read more]

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