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Wendy Foreman

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hey Erin,
    Very cool work! I love that you were able to take inspiration from our AUP, and even though it’s with PYP language, you turned it into something just as fab to meet the needs of your learners. It really looks amazing, is simple, and I think it will be super effective. Good luck with the rest of your COETAIL work – the good stuff is…[Read more]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    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…[Read more]

    • 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]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hey Nicky –
    Wow – this was fantastic! I just loved how you explained the entire thought process of this in a unique way, and I enjoyed seeing the student work. Your reflection in the middle was really honest and showed how you built on what you had done in order to go further with the redefinition aspect – you nailed it!
    A wonderful job well…[Read more]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Joel, I want to be one of your kindergartners, and that’s the most fantastic and honest feedback I can give! This was just amazing; impressive from the beginning to the end. It’s clear that you have such a love and awareness of what students need at this age, and that your classroom is child-centered with student initiative at the core. I loved…[Read more]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    wow, you’re right yolanda, that is a LOT of new. 🙂 your video is fantastic – i love the art and storytelling of it all; your ideas for what you’d draw and add to enhance your presentation were spot on and the video was easy to watch. i especially liked the realistic drawing you made of yourself partway through the show – it’s perfect! and most…[Read more]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    hey nadine,
    i really resonate with you on this one; for this being the 21st century with our digital learners, there are so many of them out there who have no clue about technology. although that’s where we come in and all, it takes time, and i appreciate that i’m not the only one who thinks, ‘well, i’m going to have to improve on that next…[Read more]

    • Thanks Wendy…

      I really appreciate the comments and reflection. Feeling alone in this journey can be easy, but the commenting and checking in on each other and supporting is key! Hopefully things go smoother next year. I’m even planning that when we come back after break we will talk more digital and I’ll take a step back again and re-assess…[Read more]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks so much Joel! I have a big job, and truly look forward to continuing to use technology in so many different ways once this badging bit has created independent learners who are able to assist in the daily processes. I appreciate your feedback and support – more than I can say!
    :)Wendy

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Oh Ian –
    You had me at Florence and the Machine! 🙂 Congrats and well done on this Course’s work for sure. Now, go ahead and relax, because this project is done, dusted, and no longer lurking out at you – what a relief we can all feel!
    Best and warmest wishes,
    :)wendy f.

  • Finally done – whew!

    Fellow Online 5 Course 5 members – let me congratulate you in a job well done! This part of our amazing learning journey is finishing, while a new journey as harbingers of educational […]

    • Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for sharing your project and video. What a brilliant concept to help your very busy library. It really gives your library a community and collaborative feel and empowers the children. I really like how the children are designing the badges too!
      Good luck in your future badge…ing
      Cheers,
      Joel

      • Thanks so much Joel! I have a big job, and truly look forward to continuing to use technology in so many different ways once this badging bit has created independent learners who are able to assist in the daily processes. I appreciate your feedback and support – more than I can say!
        :)Wendy

  • For my third post, the ‘write about anything that’s relevant, interesting, and inspiring, but not-necessarily-related-to-the-Course-5-final’ post, I’m choosing to write about the truth.

    But boy, is that hard to […]

  • (Disclaimer – if you’re even remotely considering ever trying out badging as a project with your learners, you will be hard pressed to find as much inspiration as the links and shoutouts in this post will give. I […]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    gosh suzy, you’re doing this so well. i tried minecraft as an ASA and am really detesting it. i’m not sure what minecraft PE is; can you tell me more about that? perhaps the problem is that i don’t know enough about minecraft, nor am willing to take too much time to learn at the moment (like shane, picking my battles!), and our minecraft platform…[Read more]

    • 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]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    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

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    and a lot of good it did me. i don’t know wny, after all this time in COETAIL, i’m still not first reaching out as soon as i have the moment to do so. i’ve connected well through twitter and other sources, just by asking. i’ve had students in designing the badges too; as you and yolanda said, it doesn’t make so much of a difference that i’ve not…[Read more]

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    hey yo! i love this, because you’ve given me different ways to approach this; i was thinking digital as in ‘kids need to display their digital badges online’, where you’re thinking that there are badges earned for doing digital things. 🙂 when you put it that way, i’m not that far behind – my badges are physically printed out and applied with…[Read more]

  • Well, this final project is turning out exactly as i planned.
    But also not-quite-exactly as i planned…
    In my course 4 final post I spelled out my need and desire to want to do it all. Hasty and ambitious, it […]

    • 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 learning happens through connecting and sharing ideas with others and reflecting on the process. I keep repeating this in my blog posts, I think it’s getting a bit boring now, but part of my project will include the students blogging about their Minecraft journey with another school and getting ideas for projects. Could you connect your badge earners to another school/library who have not taken this on and get them to share their journey and the brilliant idea through blogging or Twitter? Google hangouts with other library helpers in another school-your students could train others? Who knows where this might lead or what you could start?
      One of my options was connecting badges to the learner profile, I would still like to do this if possible, so will be interested to keep up with your project.
      Not sure if this was helpful,
      Suzy

      • 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

    • Wendy …
      I like Rebekah’s idea to reach out to twitter. As I understood it right, the students also help you to create badges or even create them themselves … Could you get them in contact with another school or class who does or do the same in order to collaborate, asking questions, getting ideas, etc.? What about other librarians? Or it makes sense to exchange experiences with a class in a different context? Could they also contact a designer? Could there be a platform for them to share it with the world?

      Just thinking …

      • and a lot of good it did me. i don’t know wny, after all this time in COETAIL, i’m still not first reaching out as soon as i have the moment to do so. i’ve connected well through twitter and other sources, just by asking. i’ve had students in designing the badges too; as you and yolanda said, it doesn’t make so much of a difference that i’ve not made the badges digital, but that the students are earning them for digital things. are you badging in SIN? know anybody who is? would LOVE to be in touch if so! x

    • hey yo! i love this, because you’ve given me different ways to approach this; i was thinking digital as in ‘kids need to display their digital badges online’, where you’re thinking that there are badges earned for doing digital things. 🙂 when you put it that way, i’m not that far behind – my badges are physically printed out and applied with tape, but the skills can really move forward digitally as the year(s) go on. i’m still keen to catch you on google or twitter or whatever – let’s be in touch sooner than later! x

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    thanks rebekah! i’m not sure if i’m stoked or a bit worried to be so predictable, but i think it’s the former of the two. 🙂

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    hey iain,
    wow – thank you so much for this feedback. of course i want to have a look at your stuff – like i said, i don’t want to reinvent the wheel, so i’m thankful for as many good ideas as i can get. i love the idea of ‘master chefs’, and have a similar idea for kiddos who read a certain amount of genre work; i will keep matilda’s brew in mind…[Read more]

  • Ever felt invincible? Like you can do it all? As if the world were your oyster, ripe for the picking? Like you could just juggle everything all at once?

    Well that’s kiiiiiinda how I feel when I think ahead to […]

    • If I could have predicted your project, I would have predicted that you would create a multipart, large, fun project for the kids who come to your library. 🙂

      So much great thinking going on. I have no doubt that thinking big will lead to some really powerful learning . And I think we need to add the question “Who will inspire you?” to the course 4 project rubric.

      • thanks rebekah! i’m not sure if i’m stoked or a bit worried to be so predictable, but i think it’s the former of the two. 🙂

    • hey iain,
      wow – thank you so much for this feedback. of course i want to have a look at your stuff – like i said, i don’t want to reinvent the wheel, so i’m thankful for as many good ideas as i can get. i love the idea of ‘master chefs’, and have a similar idea for kiddos who read a certain amount of genre work; i will keep matilda’s brew in mind for sure. i’ve bookmarked your page, and will check out more of your coetail work soon. thanks again for the inspiration; it’s a great start and much appreciated!
      :)wendy

  • Wendy Foreman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Hey Abby!
    Your first words struck me – trying to fit a million ideas into one Course 4 project – I feel the EXACT same way! I’m currently trying to put it all together in my blog now – what a challenge! Thing is, there are just too many good ideas, too many good learning experiences that, like you, I just don’t know from which to choose. To be…[Read more]

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