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Erin Williams

  • Valerie- thank you for your post. I have been to Iceland and have photos somewhere to prove it. It was definitely a cool experience and yes hardly any access to technology. I thought I was on another planet. You […]

  • Erin Williams‘s profile was updated 1 year, 9 months ago

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Ken,
    I agree that we as educators have to implement the current theories of learning such as play, game, and project based to not only keep our students engaged but also exposed to 21st century skills. As a technology teacher I have few behavioral problems because my class revolves around technology and age-appropriate digital skills. My…[Read more]

    • Hi Erin,
      Plenty of potential and perhaps the tip of the iceberg! When students have a voice and choice, they are so empowered in their own learning. We focus a lot of presentation using Google Slides as well. Ranging from Grade 3 sharing their service learning projects to Kindergarteners doing book reviews. It’s incredible to see!
      Thanks to the…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Dan,
    I totally agree with a more balanced approach to the classroom environment. I believe all current approaches can be integrated and not one approach should dominate. I would love to teach in a classroom that allows that and our roles are more of a “facilitator” or a “lead learner”.
    I hope we can eventually move away from the rote…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Stephane,
    I found your post very informative. My head gets very sore trying to differentiate between the 3 innovative learning frameworks. You did a great job explaining the differences and adding your own PBL’s projects which is very helpful to see what the possibilities are from start to finish.
    I am interested in using project based…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Jackie,

    Adobe Spark really is a great tool to start with digital storytelling because it is so user friendly that allows students to add their own images, audio and now video!

    I’m always looking to smash up apps so students have the opportunity to push the creativity envelope. Google Slides can be used for digital storytelling by…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for sharing pieces of your personal life that motivate you to be a great storyteller. This can be very valuable to students and how they view their own storytelling.

    I love the resources you shared for digital stories and I am eager to give them a go and pass along to our classroom teachers. I especially like the idea of…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Debra,
    I so enjoyed your post and find it fascinating that you own a painting business- you must be very knowledgable about color choice/palettes. I have a hard time putting visually pleasing colors together, I tend to do the opposite…oh well…I’m still learning.

    I love how you said “I also believe innovation comes into play when you…[Read more]

    • Thanks so much for everything Erin. Color choice is an interesting process. There are so many sheens on top of the colors as well. It’s hard because my apartment in Vietnam has these white walls! It’s driving me nuts. As I write this I think I am going to ask my landlord to paint. Or let me :).

      Regards,
      Debra

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Megan,
    Your new theme looks good. It’s very easy to navigate through and I like your clustrmap widget ( I always wanted to use one those….). As far as changing the font and deleting the side bar may require a bit of HTML and CSS to override the original designer’s code.

    Thanks for sharing Jakob Nielsen’s “top 10 design mistakes”. I…[Read more]

    • Hi Erin,

      Thanks for sharing your feeling about the new browsers rule. I’m finding that after “living with it” for a couple of weeks I’m missing the old way, opening a new browser for a link. It’s all about preferences as you said but I’m thinking I liked the old way better.

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Steve,

    I really like your Design Choices final product. It was easy to understand with the emphasis on less text and more images.

    Some of the infographics were a bit blurry. I really wanted to know more about “11 Ways to Know If You’re a Mobile Girl” and “Nerds vs. Geeks”. Not sure how to solve that, I have that problem sometimes with…[Read more]

    • Thanks Erin. The posters all came from the thumbnails on the infographics websites, so you could see less blurry examples by following the links in my sources. I’d love to hear how the lesson went. I developed the slides for grade 6 but have already shown them to grade 8. In the long run, I would like to develop resources which are widely…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Michelle,
    Well done on your final RUA. I like how you included Respect, Educate, and Protect as your main categories and added links for parents. I want to share this with our technology teacher in the upper elementary division because your RUA is current and relevant.
    It was great working with you and getting an idea of how your school views…[Read more]

    • Thanks Erin! I enjoyed working with you as well. Thanks for all your great work. I will definitely share it with my colleagues as well.
      You have a great holiday as well!

      Michelle

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Megan,
    I love your connection graphic. What a great idea on how to align your school’s skills with Common Sense Media’s digital passport topics. Your graphic is kid-friendly and would be a great reference guide for your students.
    I am currently the technology teacher so digital citizenship is huge part of my curriculum and I am the one in…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 6 months ago

    WOW Valerie- what a list!
    The students at your school are using technology in impressive and positive ways. I’m not sure what our middle and high school students are doing with technology but you have inspired me to go and investigate.

    I am in the primary division and we are certainly not using technology to share the great things that are…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Valerie,
    I so enjoyed your post. I too, can’t stand the confusing citation process, it was my least favorite part of writing a paper.
    I teach younger students so thankfully citations are not part of my curriculum but I do need to be aware of how to appropriately teach and model giving credit to internet images- which can get tricky and…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Michelle,

    Great! You’re in Hanoi right? I”m in Dubai so you are 3 hours ahead, so we can definitely Skype at some point. I read through past Coetailer’s Option 1 projects and many used Google Doc as well to edit and refine their RUPs. I will try to get our high and middle school plans over the next few days. I’m pretty sure we don’t…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Stephane,
    What an interesting and very informative post!
    I definitely need to read the privacy policies on both my Facebook and Instagram accounts because I have never even tried to locate and read them.
    I find it alarming that big companies are “tracking” and creating a profile due to our online purchases. I honestly am a passive user of…[Read more]

    • Hi Erin,
      I do agree that it is scary, but what could prevent these big companies “to create our profile”? A better regulation perhaps? A new universal “digital citizens rights” charter? I guess that there is no easy answer to this. The best answer is probably to do what you’re doing and checking our settings to limit this intrusion and protect our…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Michelle,
    Would you like to collaborate on the Course 2 Final Project? I am interested in Option 1 about the Responsible Use Policy, we definitely do not have one for my division, K-2. Please let me know and I’m flexible, I can collaborate on Option 2 as well.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon!
    Erin

    • Hi Erin,
      I’d love to collaborate with you. I am also very interested in Option 1. How should we connect? skype? hangouts? email? I’m open to whatever works best for you. Maybe we can start with sharing the RUPs that we currently have at our school and go from there? I am also interested in seeing what other schools have put together. Cool! Look…[Read more]

      • Hi Michelle,

        Great! You’re in Hanoi right? I”m in Dubai so you are 3 hours ahead, so we can definitely Skype at some point. I read through past Coetailer’s Option 1 projects and many used Google Doc as well to edit and refine their RUPs. I will try to get our high and middle school plans over the next few days. I’m pretty sure we don’t…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Dan,
    I’m a huge fan of Black Mirror and even wrote about the Nosedive episode in my blog this week. I too, have to question am I someone who intentionally seeks approval through social media updates and “likes”. Can our older students honestly question and reflect on their social media motives as well?
    I like how you use a pseudonym for…[Read more]

    • Erin

      Thanks for your comments.

      I watched parts of Nosedive and hoped that I wasn’t headed in that direction. There was a moment that particularly resonated when she took the bite of biscuit and placed it next to her coffee just so she could take the picture. I have done things like that… *head bowed in shame* 🙂

      Isn’t it crazy how we are now…[Read more]

  • Erin Williams posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Wow- I so enjoyed your post and learned about quite of few opportunities such as the Global Design Day and the Global Genius Hour Project. It seems a bit overwhelming but I hope to participate in at least one of the global collaborations this year and I plan to share these with my teachers.
    Thanks again for sharing!
    Erin

    • Hi Erin,
      After I write these posts I look back and think, “Am I really going to do all that?” Let me know if you want to do any of these together. Good luck and thanks so much for the encouragement!

      • Hi Michelle,
        Would you like to collaborate on the Course 2 Final Project? I am interested in Option 1 about the Responsible Use Policy, we definitely do not have one for my division, K-2. Please let me know and I’m flexible, I can collaborate on Option 2 as well.

        Look forward to hearing from you soon!
        Erin

        • Hi Erin,
          I’d love to collaborate with you. I am also very interested in Option 1. How should we connect? skype? hangouts? email? I’m open to whatever works best for you. Maybe we can start with sharing the RUPs that we currently have at our school and go from there? I am also interested in seeing what other schools have put together. Cool! Look…[Read more]

          • Hi Michelle,

            Great! You’re in Hanoi right? I”m in Dubai so you are 3 hours ahead, so we can definitely Skype at some point. I read through past Coetailer’s Option 1 projects and many used Google Doc as well to edit and refine their RUPs. I will try to get our high and middle school plans over the next few days. I’m pretty sure we don’t…[Read more]

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