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Priya Venugopal

  • Priya Venugopal posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Congratulations! So happy for you

  • Priya Venugopal posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Ross, You are hilarious! Trust me when I say this but I felt the exact the same way about Twitter until I experienced it at the learning 2.0 conference. Twitter has its advantages and disadvantages. Not focussing on its disadvantages I can tell you how I use it to my advantage. I started tweeting out a lot of articles regarding to water related…[Read more]

  • Priya Venugopal posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Let me begin by saying that I loved your title and the image you shared. It literally left me in giggles. We just had a training on Common Sense Media by Robyn Trevaud and it was amazing. It made me realize to pay more attention to so many things that we think we know and we do but somehow miss in the process as we are busy taking care of other…[Read more]

    • Hi @priyavenugopal I’m glad you enjoyed reading my blog! Creative Commons has been around for a few years now, yet so many teachers and students (and admin) are not properly informed on how it’s used and what it’s for. I like the idea of tech rotations…is this done with teachers, students or both? I’d love more information on this and any…[Read more]

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    Ms.Britt’s Students’ Water is Life Brainstorm

    Introduction:
    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. COETAIL has been an awesome and […]

    • I love that the students embedded this into their E-Portfolio and that the movies were tweeted out. Have you tried to tag your water warrior movies with #comments4kids. You might get more luck with commenting. I liked how you and Britt took the students through the digital storytelling process to make the movies. I am sure the extra planning and storyboarding made the movies better.
      Maybe next year you can collaborate with other classes that are doing a water unit in another country. That would be super cool if the kids used Wevideo to collaborate with students from another school.

    • Honestly Priya, I am so inspired by this project. Most of all, I love that you guys used technology to get to an issue that touches on social justice (right up my ally!)

      These fourth graders are amazing and its exciting to see how quickly they learned how to use these tools.

      It was great to be able to read how the lesson and unit progressed for both you and Britt and how you were able to integrate technology effectively with Britt into a unit that hit home with the students.

      Hearing students passionate about issues, and using technology to express that, is truly an amazing thing to see.

      I loved the “viewing celebration,” which seemed like a great way to share ideas. Also, using student blogs was yet another way to reach a larger audience. That you used Twitter also was pretty incredible, and I would love to see how people got involved on Twitter.

      I bet Matt Damon would find your project incredible, given his work with water.

      You guys inspired me.

    • I think the model PSA is an excellent example of creating a model assessment for students to exemplify. Excellent work, and such an important subject that has far-reaching implications, even reaching our school goals of Compassion – caring for others and saving some water for them! – and Courage – using our power to speak about what matters. Great work!

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    This was a quote I came across as I was trying to motivate one of the teachers I am working with on creating her assignments on Moodle in preparation for the Virtual Learning Drill that is to take place on […]

    • Pryia, as both a member of staff and a parent I had the opportunity to witness the outcomes of the VLD from both sides of the coin. Much as you did, I understood the philosophy and psychology behind setting such a plan into motion. In the recent past, International schools have had to close their doors unexceptionally for a number of reasons including feats of nature, health warnings, security issues and yes even the unbelievable situation that disrupted the lives of teachers, parents and students at JIS. (We are still reeling from the fallout of that one.) As much as I believe we were successful in our attempt to ensure continuity of education, I wonder if this model can be used to develop other aspects of how we currently teach and learn as a community?
      I have had the pleasure of working with Kevin Crouch, Carlina Fiordilino and six other enthusiastic colleagues on the Personalised Learning Task Force. The experience was an eye opener. If we truly believe and value that all learners need time and choice on what and how they learn and that learners can meet predetermined standards and benchmarks in a numbers of ways then some of the lessons from the VLD may be a great platform to launch into what it means to structure or teaching spaces and time to allow for personalised learning.

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    It’s the right time for me to blogging about Common Sense Media as I just completed the course on “Theory from Practice by Kim Coffino” and a training with Robyn Trevaud on Common Sense Media Certification. If […]

    • Thanks so much for sharing your journey, Priya.

      We have also adopted Common Sense Media at our small school in Abu Dhabi and are exploring ways of integrating it creatively into our program. I actually didn’t realize that training was available for teachers so that is something that I will have to look into. I’m glad that I read your post!

      As a relatively young school, we are in some ways in our infancy. However, there is something exciting about that too. I can relate to some of the feelings that you expressed.

      Like many educators, I believe that language and communication are central to so much of our day-to-day experiences and so much of what and how we learn occurs in and through language. As we continue to seek to find ways of using technology as a tool for learning, digital citizenship becomes ever more important.

    • Priya,

      Thanks so much for your informative post. I was unable to attend the Common Sense workshop, so it’s been interesting to read about ways you’re going to implement the strategies! I think it’s so important that students start thinking about digital citizenship at a young age. It will be interesting to see how things change once you implement your curriculum, this year and next. The proposal looked great, and I think it’s wonderful that you’re going to begin with lessons this year in the middle school during flex! Looking forward to it!

  • Priya Venugopal posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Tell me about it! I loved being a student and that too with a topic that has intrigued me for a long time and something I have no idea on. I atleast now feel like I have the basics. I am going to explore this further and see all the potential it brings to a classroom. The best part of this PD was that it was run by students. I am so proud of their…[Read more]

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    I have always found movies to be intriguing. It fascinates me to know that you really don’t have to be on location to enact a scene. For instance the movie Avatar had my eyes glued to the screen the entire time. […]

  • ThumbnailBlogs have a huge impact in education. It is a huge component contributing to social media. Social media is now ideal for educators because of it being nimble in its nature, flexible and often very powerful. The […]

  • Priya Venugopal posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    I was present when you came up with this little poem. It was perfect and the timing is great as my blog post is about blogs. Thank You for sharing this out there.

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    Its about time I got down and wrote this blog post. The last few months have been a whirlwind of experiences that I have been wanting to blog about but something or the other kept holding me back. I now […]

  • Priya Venugopal commented on the post, IS MOOC for YOU?, on the site Journeys 5 years, 4 months ago

    I like your post Paula and I agree with you when you say that then” I need to model it and help them develop the habits of mind that lead to success.” MOOC is something I plan to explore further for sure. I like […]

  • Ross I liked your post. When I saw the image above it reminded me of the socrative app. http://www.socrative.com/
    Have you tried it in your class? If not I recommend you do. I agree with you I hope technology […]

  • This to me is the best blog you have written so far and I say that because I completely and totally relate to each and every word you have written here. All I can say is that I am on this journey with you and it […]

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