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Suzy Ramsden

  • Hi Joel,
    Great post for helping us to sustain and grow this story telling culture at ISL. It made me connect to this weekends PD with Will Richardson and raising the bar on our branding #communityconnections.

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Dear Wendy,
    Thank you so much for your comments. I am enjoying having time now to really reflect on the project and where to go next or how to improve. I enjoyed the creativity, problem solving and student driven learning. It was exciting to watch it all develop and since too. These 6 and 7 year olds completed the Minecraft Hour of Code Adventure…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Joel,

    Thank you so much for your comment. It was so great to start this journey with you. I didn’t have balance #my first ever blog post, but I did somehow manage to stay on the board and you played a big part in that-thank you friend.
    I so enjoyed my final project with the students and it has been truly rewarding widening their learning…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Dear Lauren,

    Thank you so much for watching and commenting. There were so many joyful moments in this project as I handed over the learning and drive to the students which they then shared with the parents. The Minecraft morning was one of those moments that will stay with me for a long time. The students were so proud to show their learning in…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Dear Nora,

    Thank you so much for your comments and for your support. I so enjoyed this project and I am so glad I took the risk. My biggest takeaway was to let go and give the students the space to be independent problem solvers and risk takers themselves. I enjoyed the fact that it was at the beginning of the school year and I have added…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Joel,
    Genius project and I have so enjoyed watching it unfold. Your final video is so zen, so you. The steps you took to get the students to producing their final tales were so well thought out and I know that the students will not only have had amazing learning experiences with you but also a lot of fun along the way. Congratulations for…[Read more]

    • Hi Suzy,
      Thanks so much! It is much appreciated. It has been such a greta project to work on and I am looking forward to seeing how it unfolds along the way. I truly believe that our COETAIL group at ISL has been such an important element of mine COETAIL learning journey. We are so fortunate that we have all helped, supported, challenged and…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi,

    Thank you so much for your comments. I was nervous about using Minecraft PE rather than MinecraftEdu, but it turned out to be such a creative and collaborative experience for the students. I will now be introducing to the whole grade and starting a Minecraft club in January. Please share around any of the resources if you think they will be…[Read more]

  •  The End is Really the Beginning
    My final project ends where I started. Making our learning visible to all our community. Above are some of the comments the parents left when we had a morning sharing our […]

    • Interesting!
      I have always wanted to introduce Minecraft and dive in. Congratulations to you on your planning, organization and success!

      I absolutely love that you did this with young students because it is so possible. I will share your project with our Grade 1’s and Lower School for inspiration. Thank you!

      NKS

      • Hi,

        Thank you so much for your comments. I was nervous about using Minecraft PE rather than MinecraftEdu, but it turned out to be such a creative and collaborative experience for the students. I will now be introducing to the whole grade and starting a Minecraft club in January. Please share around any of the resources if you think they will be useful. Also happy to halp in any way. I really did set this up step by step so that the students could then just fly with their final project. Yesterday our published community guidelines written by the students arrived. The excitement continues as well as my own learning.
        Thank you again
        Suzy

    • Dear Nora,

      Thank you so much for your comments and for your support. I so enjoyed this project and I am so glad I took the risk. My biggest takeaway was to let go and give the students the space to be independent problem solvers and risk takers themselves. I enjoyed the fact that it was at the beginning of the school year and I have added choices in their learning. I am looking forward to sharing this with the French department and supporting the teachers if they wish to use Minecraft as an option.
      So happy and lucky to collaborate with you.
      Suzy

    • What a wonderful project, Suzy! Thank you for including lots of videos of the students working together. It was really interesting to see different parts of the process as they collaborated to plan and create their community on Minecraft! It was also neat to see how they now use Minecraft in subjects like math!

      The successful Minecraft morning was a fantastic way to let parents see how students can use Minecraft to make their thinking visible. The next steps will be so exciting for your students as they become the Minecraft coaches for the other G1 students!

      • Dear Lauren,

        Thank you so much for watching and commenting. There were so many joyful moments in this project as I handed over the learning and drive to the students which they then shared with the parents. The Minecraft morning was one of those moments that will stay with me for a long time. The students were so proud to show their learning in their way and the parents were overwhelmed and delighted by the learning possibilities. It is often so hard for parents to keep up with the possibilities of technology in schools and to appreciate the learning that is involved. Many of the parents are now creating on Minecraft with their children at home. It seemed at times like a long road, with all the different elements of the project. We can see, however, how we have helped them at the beginning of the school year to have that independence, creativity and responsibility using technology which they can apply and build on. Thank you again for your comments. It’s only a small part of my learning from this whole Coetail experience and long may it continue for all of us, #local and global PLN.
        Thank you Lauren for inspiring us all to take up this amazing opportunity.
        Suzy

    • Hi Suzy,
      What a brilliant project you have created. This is truly inspirational what you have managed to achieve through one project… digital citizenship, digital footprints, communication, blogging, collaboration, goal setting, community, coaching. So much going on!
      It was amazing to see the students show us around what they had created in Minecraft through the use of the green screen. I got a real sense of being part of the project with them.
      Seeing parents interact with their children and going insight into the power of technology was brilliant. The comment “Learning through technology is delightful” is superb reflection from a parent.
      Well done on an awesome COETAIL experience. It has been great to be part of it with you.
      From one of your local PLN members!
      Cheers,
      Joel

      • Hi Joel,

        Thank you so much for your comment. It was so great to start this journey with you. I didn’t have balance #my first ever blog post, but I did somehow manage to stay on the board and you played a big part in that-thank you friend.
        I so enjoyed my final project with the students and it has been truly rewarding widening their learning opportunities. Involving the parents from start to finish was important and proved to be very powerful. I am enjoying hearing the collaborative projects that are now happening at home. It is so important for the learning to have been inspired and driven by the students, to learn through their world, not mine. It provided important insights for me too, observing my students lead their learning.
        We must now make sure we make our projects visible to all our ISL colleagues too and continue sharing and building on the powerful learning that we have all been lucky enough to have. I absoloutely love your Travelling Tales Project and know it will continue. We could ask our classes to coach each other-mine could introduce Minecraft to yours and yours could introduce Travelling Tales and start us off on another Tale. It could be a great way to overcome that ‘physical’ separation in Early Years and Grade 1 and to build collaborative learning opportunities.
        Looking forward to continuing our learning-thank you for being such a big part of mine Joel.
        #ISLPLN
        Suzy

    • Hey Suzy,
      This is such great work. So digital, and so real at the same time – it involved so much in Minecraft, yet so much more than Minecraft too. It’s inspirational, and I’m totally in awe. To use Minecraft as a vehicle for digital citizenship, and only as a secondary source – just wow. I’ll be in touch about Minecraft in the future – good luck with your club when you start it!
      :)Wendy

      • Dear Wendy,
        Thank you so much for your comments. I am enjoying having time now to really reflect on the project and where to go next or how to improve. I enjoyed the creativity, problem solving and student driven learning. It was exciting to watch it all develop and since too. These 6 and 7 year olds completed the Minecraft Hour of Code Adventure so confidently and are now making personal inquiries into game design. The best part was that the parents were so behind it and could see all the learning and collaboration that went on. I have just posted our final class guidelines on Twitter , written by the students as a result of their project.
        Please do get in touch and/or use and edit resources.
        Suzy

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Chris,
    Such a clever use of the visual ‘Growing Network Model’ by Dr Mark Styvers. You are so right, it is the journey that matters and I think that’s why I am so overwhelmed by the sense of community and support that I feel since I started Coetail. It has been the catalyst of really appreciating how much we as educators can collaborate in our…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Wendy,

    Thank you so much for your comments. I hope I can enlighten you by answering questions about how and why. Firstly, I was interested in introducing Minecraft as a 20% option to the students after spending time in our after school Minecraft club. The excitement, collaboration and peer-teaching that was going on made me make my own…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Lisa,
    Enjoyed reading your post. Sometimes I think we rush into things so quickly that we don’t always think about the reasons and ask ourselves why/how we can use technology with the students. I like your measured and thoughtful approach, which will bring ‘meaning’ and ‘connection’ for your students. You are so right that your 5 and 6 year…[Read more]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Dear Wendy,
    You are not alone in your worry about redefinition. I have been worrying about the same issue with my final project which is about inquiry into collaboration through using Minecraft PE. I was worried that it was feeling more like substitution. So I had a thought. Throughout my Coetail journey and beyond, my biggest and powerful…[Read more]

    • hey suzy; everything is helpful, i promise! minecraft PE – tell me more? i’m currently doing a minecraft ASA and finding it challenging. are you really wanting to do badges too? tell me more about your ideas for the learner profile? xx

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Shane,
    Thank you for your comments. My decision to start using Minecraft in the classroom really came about intially by joining our ETC’s after school Minecraft club a few times.I couldn’t believe the buzz in the room and the learning , negotiation and collaboration that was going on. I asked myself why I wouldn’t want this is the classroom.…[Read more]

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    This inquiry is well underway now and although there is still a lot to do I feel happy that I can see some of my goals being met.  I see changes in how the students are collaborating and their ab […]

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Magali,

    I think this is a great idea. Would love to tap into your expertise with MakeyMakey. We’ll set up a meeting this week.
    Suzy

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Magali,
    Thank you so much for your comment . I just read your post. Such great visuals and I am excited to combine our thinking and skills. I really liked your MakeyMakey controller. I am thinking it would be great if the French department used the Makerspace in the Grade 1 area with their French students. Let’s talk about this. I would really…[Read more]

    • I’d love to be able to use the Makerspace in Grade 1 and the MakeyMakey. One of my idea as a final project was to have my older students develop a game with Scratch and the youngest would use it with Makey Makey. That’s something that we should try, what do you think?

      • Hi Magali,

        I think this is a great idea. Would love to tap into your expertise with MakeyMakey. We’ll set up a meeting this week.
        Suzy

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Magali,

    So wonderful to hear that wow factor from your students. I really enjoyed reading your post, especially like the makeymakey/Pac Man controller. I am about to start using, so will be down the corridor for some advice. I would really like to get my grade 1 students involved in their French class and bring back their learning to the…[Read more]

    • Hi Suzy,
      Thank you for your comment!
      The scribble-bot seen in the video was one of 1st grader! How excellent!
      We’ll organize some Makey Makey lessons, it’s good fun!!
      I love your idea of having the students bring back their learning. And I can’t wait to discuss it with you.
      Magali

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Dear Rebekah,

    Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoyed writing this post because it helped me reach clarity about how I could merge all these inspiring pedagogies together to provide meaningful and relevant opportunities for students.
    I am excited about developing this area and collaborating with experts who have already set up these…[Read more]

  • Thank you Adele who gave me the title for my blog post. During a recent reflection with my grade 1 class on some of the things they think are important about how we are learning , she included this :
    Take your […]

    • Dear Suzie,
      How funny that we posted on the same subject almost at the same time!
      I really like how deep you go into your reflection. Count me in to create a space for makers!
      As you see in my post http://www.coetail.com/magalibrutel/2016/10/15/wow-moment-popup-makerspace-in-french/, what I did last year was truly a success and as Adele and you said, we clearly need time, much more time!
      Thank you for sharing
      Magali

      • Hi Magali,
        Thank you so much for your comment . I just read your post. Such great visuals and I am excited to combine our thinking and skills. I really liked your MakeyMakey controller. I am thinking it would be great if the French department used the Makerspace in the Grade 1 area with their French students. Let’s talk about this. I would really like to collaborate on a few projects with you. Exciting times.
        Suzy

        • I’d love to be able to use the Makerspace in Grade 1 and the MakeyMakey. One of my idea as a final project was to have my older students develop a game with Scratch and the youngest would use it with Makey Makey. That’s something that we should try, what do you think?

          • Hi Magali,

            I think this is a great idea. Would love to tap into your expertise with MakeyMakey. We’ll set up a meeting this week.
            Suzy

    • I love seeing all of your learning in all the different spaces coming together. And the words of wisdom to take your time is so important. We are building foundations here and we can enjoy the process and the journey. This was an absolutely lovely post…thanks for sharing.

      • Dear Rebekah,

        Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoyed writing this post because it helped me reach clarity about how I could merge all these inspiring pedagogies together to provide meaningful and relevant opportunities for students.
        I am excited about developing this area and collaborating with experts who have already set up these spaces, both in our local community and beyond. It is truly rewarding to feel so inspired and motivated to follow through on all my learning from Coetail. But I will make sure we all take time.
        Thank you again,
        Suzy

  • Suzy Ramsden posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Dear Stephane,

    I really like the visual you created from your reading, what a fabulous way to make your reflections visible. Like you, Ron Ritchhart’s PD has really stayed with me and your suggestions a perfect way for pedagogy and technology to merge in the most natural and ‘organic’ way. I really like the way you show your thinking around…[Read more]

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