Don’t let other people’s opinions burn holes in your dreams. ~Elsa Joy Bailey
Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep. ~ Chinese proverb
When I was a little girl you use to learn to sew all the holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore. ~ Vivienne Westwood
Fill your every day holes with patches of gratitude. ~ unknown
It’s a good thing to follow The First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging. ~ Denis Healey
Hope fills the holes of frustration in my heart. ~ Emanuel Clever
Quotes about holes, resilience
Creating Multimedia Projects with Discovery Education streaming (Photo credit: EducationPlus’s Learning Division)
Discovery Education is an online resource of educational videos, photography, clip art and writing prompts. The site is best known for the library of educational videos available for download or real time viewing. The videos are segmented into small clips so that a teacher, student or class can view the exact segment of the video that pertains to the lesson or activity. All videos can be viewed in their entirety as well. Videos are accompanied by lesson/unit ideas and resources.
Username: e + employee# . ocsb (do not forget the DOT between employee# and ocsb) e.g. (e1234567.ocsb)
Password: Welcome2FL (UPPER CASE: Firstname Initial, Lastname Initial) (e.g. John Smith : Welcome2JS)
Username: s + student# . ocsb (do not forget the DOT between student# and ocsb) (s1234567.ocsb)
Password: Welcome2FL (UPPER CASE: Firstname Initial, Lastname Initial (e.g. Mary Smith : Welcome2MS)
If a staff member requires assistance (account creation or password recovery, they should send a help ticket to the helpdesk).
Note: My article for today is cross posted from OSSEMOOC: Day 5 of 30 days of learning.
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Last week, we were asked as a staff to once again articulate what technology needs we have. Like many schools and school districts, we are working hard to upgrade our infrastructure and our hardware. This is necessary work, to be sure. But as I listened to the ‘wish list’ that teachers have, I reflected on how this conversation about tools did not stem from the need to change practice.
And maybe it can’t. Maybe the process of the integration of technology and shifting practice has to happen at the individual level.
I have a class set of Chromebooks, and the impetus for acquiring them was not pedagogical. In the fall of 2013, I was asked to teach grade 10 communications technology, and the Chromebooks were purchased to support that course. But I had them, so why not use them in all of my classes? This could be a bit of a pilot program, we (the principal and I) told ourselves. Let’s see how these devices work out in the non-tech classroom.
The Chromebooks worked marvelously.
Sure, I knew how to use the machines and the apps. I knew how to set up student blogs and wikis. I knew how to organize documents and folders, to comment, and to share. What I didn’t know how to do was to integrate the devices into the teaching that I do. Let me try that again. What I didn’t know was that I needed to see the curriculum (English) in a completely different way. What I didn’t know was that ‘changing my practice’ meant reconsidering every aspect of my practice from how I structured the course (traditionally thematically) to what essential skills I believed my students needed to have and how they would/could demonstrate them.
Here’s an example: Senior students need to demonstrate their ability to research, organize ideas, write, revise, format for publication, and cite sources appropriately. For many teachers, this translates into a research report or essay that is produced in Word or Google documents and that is printed or shared. Is that traditional research report/essay format still valid? Do I need to teach them how to produce their thinking in this manner because that’s the format required or expected in higher ed? Or can students research, curate, embed, link, write, and cite in a wiki? Or is the conversation really about choice?
This past February, I had a conversation with Steve Anderson (@Web20Classroom ) about content curation, in which I raised these same questions. His response? We need to understand that “there is no final solution when it comes to [student] learning.”
No final solution. No one way. No program. No script.
What I learn a bit more each day is to be okay with feeling off balance as I figure out what to hang on to from how I taught before and what to let go of. And this, I think, is not something that anyone else can do for me.
St. Greg Today
I am taking my class outside to mark the edge of the ice and later record how much it melts in a day.
We are using sidewalk chalk to mark the pavement in the yard at the back.
I will take pictures.
Bingo for Kakinada/El Salvador
Challenge Cup today
Srarr Gymnastics – last day