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Distance Learning Reflections

COMMUNICATION Weekly Announcement – this worked mostly as anticipated. Some students requested more detail in the directions, but most were content with the cliff notes version with the wealth of links directly to the assignment. Parents often commented that they … Continue reading

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Digital Differentiation Toolbox

My go to tools for digital differentiation: formative assessments, student paced activities, and teacher guided activities. Continue reading

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Is it a fad?

This brings me back to the question: what if it is just a fad? I do not just duplicate my lesson plans every year. They are constantly evolving and changing to meet the needs of my current students. So what if BreakoutEDU or Virtual Reality or gamified learning or badges are just a fad? Continue reading

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I want students to be interested in the culture and to search for deeper understanding on their own. So my breakoutEDU is a hybrid: scavenger hunt, webquest, and breakoutEDU. I utilized locks, song lyrics, invisible ink on maps, Aurasma Augmented Reality, QR codes, physical puzzles, brainteasers, quotes, cryptic hockey schedules… Another untraditional element of my breakoutEDU: team contract and extended game play. Continue reading

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Resolutions 2016

There are two inspirations for my New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions: the sketchnote from @SylviaDuckworth and the hashtag on Social Media for #OneWord. Continue reading

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A New Year of Goals

This year is slightly different than previous years; I actually get to prep for a 1:1 iPad classroom instead of a BYOT environment. I thrived with BYOT, but it did leave some room for improvement with equality (self-explanatory) and consistency … Continue reading

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Oh yeah! Canada

Our Canada Unit has fallen into place perfectly. For the first time all year I feel like our PLC is contributing with equal enthusiasm. The test aligns smoothly with the learning (or vice versa). Students and teachers enjoy the daily lessons. The modified content has challenged and included students to the perfect extent. This unit is enriched by a relatable unit essential question. “How does WHERE you live influence HOW you live?” The quality and detail of the responses has increased as we moved through the lessons. I am reflecting on many of the activities we accomplished this year in class for the Canada Unit so the success can (hopefully) be duplicated next year. Continue reading

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I have attended 3 years worth of EdCamps and Unconferences at 5 different venues. The memories and learning is hard to describe. But EdCamp is having 12 Days of Edcamp for people around the country to reflect and share. Follow … Continue reading

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

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Apps-olutely Essential

As our district continues on the journey of BYOT, I wanted to put some thought into what I consider the essential education apps for students of all ages. The basic considerations for the apps: can it function across devices, the … Continue reading

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