The streets are lined with golden leaves and the air is crisp and clear. It must be November. Hard to believe that we’re well into the middle of term. Quite a few of our Learning Teams and workshop series have started up and I think I’ve visited almost every school site.
A short synopsis (especially if you’d like to join us or want more information):
Classroom blogs and department blogs – a great way to communicate curricular information and happenings to a community
We are fortunate to live in an area that is surrounded with nature right outside our doorstep. The popularity of using “learning walks” add new elements to our day. I can think of the power of this opportunity in every one of the curricular areas.
“What if” we placed devices in the hands of students and asked them to capture images that they felt were significant. Now that takes focused observational skills to weed out the many and only select visuals that are “significant”. What would significant mean? It might mean something quite different to every individual. Imagine the conversation that would open.
VOICE RECORD PRO (professional grade audio recording app with immediate feedback) allow audio recording of thoughts including the option to embed an image. Save the named clip as an mp4 and it is ready to upload to student blogfolios or websites. (*Uploading requires wifi.)
Imagine the possibilities of this simple addition of technology in the immediacy. These might include:
decision making in the present moment
hone observational skills (slow down to appreciate the details)
include every student in their efforts to communicate their choices of significance (written requirement is removed)
oral language development practice (app provides immediate feedback through a visual needle gauge)
collaborative conversation in partners with assessment feedback
responsibility in care of a device
I was so excited about this idea that I tweeted it out last weekend.
We would love to hear your stories of how this might work in your curricular environments.
Welcome back! It’s great to still have summer weather around as we ease into another year of discovery, exploration and thinking deeply.
You’ll notice that we have a PROJECTS IDEA button on the sidebar. This takes you to the Projects page where we’ve listed stories to spark ideas and opportunities to learn from your colleagues. These illustrations are from our Design Teams.
SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO SPARK CONNECTIONS
Create a web presence where you can share your curriculum, thoughts on your assessment practices and what you believe, dialogue with students (giving them authentic practice in digital citizenship), inform parents. These can all be done using our sd41 class blogs. Click on FORMS/APPLY to get started on your journey.
Use O365 to enhance and organize your lessons with your class (Secondary). Go to Learn Portal for resources to start your journey. (*Intermediates – stay tuned)
Documenting learning – strengthen processes in communicating student learning. These support using a variety of tools to engage in reflective process. (*Interested in student blogfolios? Click on FORMS/APPLY to get started or to continue your journey.)
Pop Up Make Writing Studio – The process of making creates inclusive opportunities for supporting voice and the writing process. This new flip merges writing with ADST, core competencies, communicating student learning and collaboration. Be prepared for fun and interactive parts.
ADST – our multi centers kit with focus on core competencies are bookable for a term. Stay tuned for additional experiences with this curriculum.