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  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks a lot for the thoughtful response to my video. I actually can’t wait to do this project again, so that I can correct my missteps and make it even better. Additionally, I think I found a way to use Vine in a couple of cool ways that play into some key goals for EALs. I’ll try to put them in place next year. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks a lot Britt! Did you like the outtakes? I’m going to go check out your project now.

  • I really didn’t know where to go with my final project.  The whole process got off to a really rocky start.  I had some ideas that didn’t go anywhere and felt that I was flapping in the breeze for a while. […]

    • Ross, I think this is a super project. I know (obviously, I know!) that you had a lot of reservations about how to implement your project. However, I think you made a really amazing project that engaged kids, and your video is great, too. I like that your personality (which is an awesome personality!) shows through in your video. Great job!

    • What an outstanding project! You’ve provided a way for your kids to learn so much about tech from searching, proper citing, video making, map making, Skype interviewing, and all the while pushing the kids to SPEAK out and speak proud! And, they get to learn more about the world and their crazy/fun teacher Mr. Ross!!! Super fun. And, you’re a practiced and skilled video maker yourself.

      Cheers,
      Britt

    • Ross,

      I love your video.Your voice and personality shine through and using Juni to hook all your watchers is brilliant! I had a few key take-aways. First and foremost, thank you for explicitly stating the importance of asking yourself what you want students to learn. What content? As a tech coach I often have teachers come to me and say they want to use a particular tool (most likely because it’s cool and has a lot of potential) but they aren’t sure about why. Once we start the conversation about the learning outcomes, the tech seems to fall in place. Second, the technology tools you used are simple yet powerful. You are clearly comfortable with technology but I think even reluctant technology users can be successful if they choose to duplicate your project. Third, you pointed out how we sometimes assume students know more about how to use technology than they actually do. I agree. They have the skills that matter to them (Instagram posts, chatting, that darn Ask.fm, etc) but when it comes to using technology for learning, they have a long way to go. And finally, no video is actually complete without a Bloopers-Reel. That much I know for sure. Wish I would have thought of that for my own video!

      Carlina

      • Thanks a lot for the thoughtful response to my video. I actually can’t wait to do this project again, so that I can correct my missteps and make it even better. Additionally, I think I found a way to use Vine in a couple of cool ways that play into some key goals for EALs. I’ll try to put them in place next year. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Ross,

      Well done. I enjoyed your video and liked the activities you did with your students. The project looked fun and the students looked very engaged.

      Good work.

      Rob

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I’m hearing a lot of good stuff about Tweetdeck. I think I’ll have to check it out.

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Sounds great, Priya! Let’s do it!

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    When Jeff Utecht came to kick off Course 5, he strongly suggested that teachers use Twitter as a tool for networking.  He talked about the power of the hashtag and how it has helped […]

    • Ross,
      I find that a lot of people take time to get into Twitter. I am not sure what the stats on this are, but I would guess that there are a lot of “dormant” Twitter accounts out there. I think a lot people, educators included, are slightly confused at first glance. Stay with it, there is so much going on there on Twitter. I think you will fall in love with the 140 characters!

      To answer your question I am a big Tweetdeck fan. I really cannot imagine using Twitter on the web alone. The way you can create columns and manage searches etc. really makes all that data on Twitter more useful. I highly recommend using it.

    • 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 issues by using the #aiscwaterwarriors. I also tag teachers who are involved in this project as it sends them a notification regarding the article shared. We plan to have a twitter chat with the 5th grade students this year as they were last years water warriors. It will be interesting to see 4th grade having a twitter chat with the 5th graders. Twitter deck for me makes it to view many tweets at the same time especially when I am participating in a twitter chat. Maybe we should chat up on twitter some time and see how it goes. My twitter handle is @vpriyatech

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Okay Britt,
    I hope this isn’t too late.
    I’ve got several suggestions and questions on this one. I’m following your directive to be honest.

    1. I’m not sure what the directive is. Don’t run an empty machine? Who does this? Are they just saying to not run it when it is 1/2 full? It isn’t clear.

    2. Where are they getting the facts from?…[Read more]

    • Thanks Ross. Great feedback. As far as fact checking, yep with 9 year olds, they don’t have the finesse to know which numbers are the best to use, so the average dishwasher might be 20 liters. And, yes, it’s as simple as “Fill it up.” Don’t run until it’s full of dishes/or clothing. I didn’t find their Call to Action confusing. I can certainly…[Read more]

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks for the suggestions. What I really want to do is to motivate my students to say ANYTHING. I’m not sure if having something scripted or asking them to respond to a reading is better or worse than a more free-response request. My kids are so apprehensive and hesitant to speak.

  • So, I’ve procrastinated on actually putting anything concrete into place for my Course 5 project, but this is not to say that I haven’t been thinking about it.  I remember that, at our Course 5 kick-off, Jeff […]

    • Your idea for using Vine sounds good. You could possibly start with something as simple as poetry reading, especially poetry for two voices like “Joyful Noises” by Paul Fleischman where one or two students can collaborate on creating the short video. The reading could evolve into a reader’s theatre of sort.
      Just as you ask your students to write anything, you can ask them to verbally share thoughts, ideas, positions on issues, or opinions using Vine. You can use literature as a provocation to have reluctant speakers use oral language skills. Meanwhile, they are developing and using technology skills as well.
      Using Vine to create “ads to promote” a favorite book can also be a great way to integrate technology and language arts.

      • Thanks for the suggestions. What I really want to do is to motivate my students to say ANYTHING. I’m not sure if having something scripted or asking them to respond to a reading is better or worse than a more free-response request. My kids are so apprehensive and hesitant to speak.

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Wow! You really put an incredible amount of work into this project. I really liked how you tried to use tech to enhance the way students were evaluating and presenting the data, not just for lesson delivery. Looking at the video and talking to you has shown me that getting to the point where the technology enhances learning in an efficient way…[Read more]

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    I actually think that the drill was a way of motivating teachers to move in that direction. With the drill, teachers couldn’t avoid making lessons this way. I think a lot of teachers saw how effective these kinds of lessons can be. My thought just this morning was, “Why aren’t my sub plans online lessons EVERY time?” It would take a lot of the…[Read more]

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks! I actually like doing these kinds of lessons. After some conversations I had today, I might try to start integrating web-based lessons more frequently.

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Glad my reflections helped you start thinking ahead!

  • Ross Connelly posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Upon review… my audio is pretty terrible. Yet another area for improvement!

  • Today I had the privilege of participating in the virtual learning drill that was conducted in seventh grade classes at our school.  I felt fairly confident preparing my lessons.  After all, I did teach an entire […]

    • I’ve read several articles and blogs posts this week with a similar theme: posting something online ups our game. Not only do we plan differently when we know something will be published, but we also have greater opportunities for feedback and reflection to help us improve. Your post essentially pulled together all the pieces from the various articles I read. Thanks for sharing the highlights and challenges from your lesson and inspiring me to become more reflective in my integration of technology!

      • Thanks! I actually like doing these kinds of lessons. After some conversations I had today, I might try to start integrating web-based lessons more frequently.

    • Upon review… my audio is pretty terrible. Yet another area for improvement!

    • Hi Ross,

      I will say you did a great job with your screencast which is something I fear!! I look forward to our schools all day drill also. Your reflections on your lesson will guide me while working with the 4th grade team when developing our lessons. Your comment and student’s comment on Google Hangouts was a hoot. Isn’t Google Hangouts one of the tech moments we were introduced to during a inservice day this fall and everyone was trying to talk and very few heard each other over all of the chatter? That was a very confusing conversation or I should say conversations. Good luck with the all day drill, I know I will need it.

    • It’s funny how schools hold these drills instead of just making this “what we do” it works…the idea of blending and delivering content online works. How do we make not just a drill for “just in case” and a “that how learning happens in 2015”?

      • I actually think that the drill was a way of motivating teachers to move in that direction. With the drill, teachers couldn’t avoid making lessons this way. I think a lot of teachers saw how effective these kinds of lessons can be. My thought just this morning was, “Why aren’t my sub plans online lessons EVERY time?” It would take a lot of the responsibility out of the subs hands and provide much more useful work time for the kids.

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    For my course five final project, I’ve initially targeted THREE very different units with unique possiblities.  My teaching schedule next year includes co-teaching science with my current […]

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    I am definitely someone who is distracted by technology.  I almost have developed a reflex to immediately cruise a few of my favorite websites every time I open up my laptop.  It […]

    • You bring up some great concerns Ross. Did you know that in Finland, after teaching 45 minute periods, some teachers give students a fifteen minute recess?! This idea seemed impossible when I first read about it.

      Finland has been regarded as having an exemplar education system which pushes me to question our philosophies. Teaching the primary grades, I completely agree that I could not fathom how the curriculum could be covered with such little time. I also fantasize about having a class that is not being pushed too far in learning. Students having choice and free time to learn about themselves and their relationships with others is just as important as the content. Sometimes I wonder how much of the extended time we are teaching offers students the opportunity to give their best form of attention.

      As a teacher, the way we would approach each lesson might even be stronger having a small break between each one. I could only imagine how refreshed I would be and how I would have some time to even set up more station and center work.

      Are longer hours of instruction time without breaks better in the long run for our students? Giving more time for breaks is not something I would completely dismiss.

  • Thanks, Priya. I’ll have to check it out. It looks like something that Ryan uses with specialized “clickers”.

  • I never knew that you wanted to open your own school. That is an exciting (and daunting) prospect. I wonder how your thoughts on the MOOC will influence the development of your school. Will your school be a […]

  • I really liked reading this posting. There’s a lot in there so I really don’t know how to respond. I think that the BYOT orientation was lost on a lot of 8th graders. I’m not trying to trash-talk it or downplay […]

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