It’s 2018 – Moving Forward

It’s already  22 days into the new year! Recently we moved all classroom blogs and student BlogFolios to a new service allowing for growth over time. It’s been exciting to connect with people from all the team initiatives and be a part of their learning stories. 

LOOKING AHEAD:  As I’ve said before, change is the only constant one can depend. While I have written about available opportunities with regards to tools and platforms  in past posts, a few others are worth mentioning. You may wish to forward this information to anyone who might be interested – extending the learning for others. 

Synergy – Focused on innovative practices in communication, these teachers (primary and intermediate) use iPadcaster and green screen to bring experiences of past, present and future to life. Imagine having your own portable TV recording studio. What’s involved is a whole lot of research skills, organization and practice in oral speech; lots of practice. See the connection?

WordPress Class Blogs/Student BlogFolios  – Start the new year with a new theme look to wake up your audience, especially if you’ve been on the same one since you started. New themes (Frindle, Emmy, Lavelle, Merriment, NewFangled, Renden, Child Ed, Hand-drawn) and features like calendars, tables, Forms collection or direct notification to parents, serve to communicate the ongoing story of learning. Capture the heart by pulling “aha” moments, and connect them to curricular standards – leads to great dinner table conversation. Extend these stories in student BlogFolios as opportunities for private reflection. Engage student thinking as they work through the “evidence of their learning process” – I see core competencies here, don’t you? These connecting parent-student-teacher conversations are not restricted by time or place (happens anytime, anywhere).  

Google Classroom – our longstanding integrated approach to written output in a collaborative conversational environment. Simple interface allows any grade level access to this powerful tool. Take advantage of new extensions that support struggling writers (eg. voice typing. We’re working towards adding Read/Write).  Use any device available to you. 

O365 – all secondary teachers and students now have access to connect/work within this online suite of Office. Pilots will go out to elementary soon. This extensive suite includes all that you expect and more (eg. Sway). Consider this environment for collaborative teams (teachers or students). Another any device available to you.

iPad Apps – a couple to strengthen our Top Twenty List

  • Image Compress and Resizer – compress any image taken on ipads/phones for uploading to any site. Extremely simple slider makes a successful entry point for any age. Instructions here
  • Compressor – oldie but a goodie. This one uses a slider for that simple touch.
  • Video Slimmer – want something more? Add editing tools to the mix. Worth the small price. 

ADST – if you purchased Spheros and need a little support, find our instructions under the Curriculum tab of ADST. If you are interested in adding more Spheros to your collection or starting one, please email us. 

*Check the Learning Portal (Staff Development Calendar or February District Day) for upcoming sessions. 

*Check our Resources links on the sidebar for any new connections.

If you have any stories to share, please add your comment below. We’re always interested in what’s happening at the school sites. 

Happy Autumn

stones_640Welcome back to another exciting year of connections, relationships and opportunities to be inspired through learning. If you are like me, you’ve been pondering and sparkling with ideas about how to move the Redesigned Curriculum forward. Sometimes a story unpacks the journey better than talking. So we’ve put together some of the stories from our teams as they explored the curriculum and what it means to learning. Click here or you can go to the top toolbar and select CURRIC STORIES. These are not meant as full units. Rather, they serve to illustrate learning windows into the process. There are more to come and we’re eager to share starting points of conversation.

documents-158461_640Planning is an art and teachers come at it through different ways. Our teams have been using a “KDU Planner” (short for whatever works). Many of the curricular areas have been created using this format, open for any teacher to add their own teaching notes and activities, merge and colour code cross curricular, copy/paste into report cards – basically whatever you wish them to be. Click here if you wish your own copies.

Professional learning is extremely important as we continue our learning work with students and staff. Workshops, Learning Series across a variety of areas are being finalized; some have been set and are available on our Announcements (to your right). As we continue to update this area, come back often or you can subscribe to this blog site.

Please share this post with anyone on your staffs. Wishing you all a fabulous year of curiosity and wonder.

Happy Summer

library_skyAs promised, here is a list of books gleaned from our “Summer Reading” survey last week – some gems waiting for you.
And from our Learning Technologies Team > we wish you all a great summer of rejuvenation and relaxation with family and friends.

  • Invent to Learn –  Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez
  • Dark Matter – Blake Crouch
  • Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson
  • Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler
  •  Guided Math Conferences by Laney Sammons
  • The Innovator’s Mindset – George Couros (*this showed up on many lists)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
  • Teach Like a Pirate – Dave Burgess
  • Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? – Ian Gilbert
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  • The Myth of Ability – John Mighton
  • What’s Math Got To Do With It – Jo Boaler
  • Pax – Sara Pennypacker
  • Generation Stressed – Michele Kambolis
  • The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  • Precious Cargo – Craig Davidson
  • The Others series – Anne Bishop
  • Growth Mindset Pocketbook
  • Kids Deserve It
  • Professional Readings – mindset, rereading Math Daily3, Cafe, food
  • Plants of Coast Salish, Plants of BC
  • anything by Sandra Brown, James Patterson, Richard Wagamese
  • A two-foot high pile of books including We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, some graphica and hopefully a re-read of the Outlander series