What we did Shared reading of an English text with comments in Google Documents. Long story short: we were studying fairy tales in Grade 6 English. I found some online texts of Brothers Grimm and other fairy tales, pasted them into Google Docs, and told the students to add comments. The only instructions I gave … Continue reading Cloud Commenting
I haven't written anything here for a while, but I've been thinking a lot this year about pushing myself forward in terms of technology, and I think I'll have a few things to share in the near future. I'd lump a lot of what I'm thinking about recently under the umbrella of New Literacies, although … Continue reading New Literacies Investigation – Phase Alpha: iPad publishing test
I made this by following suggestions from here and here. This is my first try, and I'm not good enough at the programs involved to even change the view - so Tyler's house really dominates the view. But I'll try to see what else I can do and add some more impressive images soon.
I'd like to briefly describe the project under consideration at the start here: it's a narrated video tourist guide to a virtual structure based on a real-world building or artwork from the Renaissance or an important historical empire, for Grade 7 MYP Humanities. However, due to technical issues involved in setting up server space for … Continue reading Minecraft Mania – Course 5 Final Project Reflection
In recent months Instagram - of which I am a very infrequent and frankly unskilled user - has given me a great example of the inspirational and creative power of community, sharing, and audience - all of the things that educators are always saying should be part of projects that encourage student learning and achievement. … Continue reading Audience Inspires Art
The semester's far from over, but I'm thinking ahead to final grades and winter break already. I'll try to take advantage of this mood to make a few reflections on my use of technology in the classroom and out over the past couple of months. Push Notifications 1 Last year, I would frequently have students … Continue reading My Semester in Tech
In a previous post I gave free rein to my disapproval of a One Laptop Per Child "experiment" (maybe I'll stop doing the scare quotes - just imagine scare quotes in future) which involved dropping off a few boxes of Motorola Xoom tablets in a remote Ethiopian village. In this follow-up post I'd like to … Continue reading Cargo Cult, Part 2