Expanding Possibilities For Kids

My son just presented his final project to showcase his skills (Bridge Fine Goods/ Nocturnal Workshop) at the 2015 Fashion Show at the River Rock Theatre in Richmond, B.C.  This is the culminating requirement for his degree in fashion design at Kwantlin Polytechnic University.  His line is impressive, even beyond the expectations of his veryContinue reading “Expanding Possibilities For Kids”

Lit Circles Meet iPad Revisited

My grade 3/4 students were given a new assignment posted on Showbie.  I love being able to post the text and then add the voice note.  The assignment was inspired by the article “Literature Circles Go Digital” by Karen Bromley , and her several grad students at Binghamton University in New York, ” in theContinue reading “Lit Circles Meet iPad Revisited”

ABC Research Reports

My Grade 3 students in the GR 3/4 class I teach on Monday and Tuesday are doing research reports using BookCreator for The Celebration of Learning at our school. The teacher librarian in the school has created a strong collection of books on Canada at a variety of reading levels to support the high numberContinue reading “ABC Research Reports”

Student Led conferences via iMovie

Student led conferences with a twist this year.  Joanne Carlton, our VSB iMentor was fortunately available to come to the classroom to guide our learning in Division 11.  She has a considerable amount of background knowledge in literacy instruction and technology.  As luck would have it,  Zhi Su, the VSB iMovie expert was also availableContinue reading “Student Led conferences via iMovie”

PILOT – Professionals Investigating Learning Opportunities with Technology

Four teachers at Tecumseh Elementary committed to working together on PILOT. Our job was to engage in an inquiry using technology with our students. We were provided with an iPad cart with 20 iPads for class use, 3 iPads for use of Resource teachers, 5 desktop computers in the library and Apple TV. Students andContinue reading “PILOT – Professionals Investigating Learning Opportunities with Technology”

Talking Technology Tools

I am currently working with a team of teachers in my school, Tecumseh Elementary, on a Technology pilot project: PROFESSIONALS INVESTIGATING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES WITH TECHNOLOGY. Our tools include 20 iPads for classroom use, 3 iPads for Resource teacher use, 5 desktop computers in the library and apple TV. Have we gotten over talking tools yet?Continue reading “Talking Technology Tools”

Moving Beyond Half Truths and Innuendo

In The Vancouver Sun (Jan.3,2015 page A3), Daphne Braham did an OpEd piece: “A call for a return to rationality”.   Imagine the notion of proposing the checking of facts before forming opinions.   Brilliant!  What happened to the pause button, the one that use to be hit before uninformed criticisms intended to discredit, were lobbedContinue reading “Moving Beyond Half Truths and Innuendo”

Embracing Questions and Moving Forward

The October, Provincial Professional Development Day in BC has become more of a Professional Development weekend.  Sessions start Thursday night and continue on through the weekend to make the most of the opportunity for participants from across the province to develop background knowledge, pursue passions and work collaboratively with like minded people.  The BC PrincipalsContinue reading “Embracing Questions and Moving Forward”