Fact-React with Adobe Voice

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important." ~ Bill Gates I struggled with a title for today's post. It's really not about the fact-react strategy with Adobe Voice so much as it is about a teacher willing to step out of her comfort zone to try new things and ending up with amazing results. Especially at this time of year when it's difficult to keep the focus on learning what I have been witness to over the last couple of weeks is inspiring.  This year our school was fortunate to welcome Stephanie to our school. A fantastic teacher and former literacy coach that I have known for many years. Stephanie is the kind of teacher that students, parents and administrators dream of having. She is a teacher that takes her job seriously. She loves to...
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A View into a 1:1 iPad Classroom - Part 2

"Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them." ~ Steve Jobs     After interviewing Michelle Cordy (@cordym) and visiting her classroom it's taken me a couple of weeks to reflect on what I saw in Michelle's class and to form my own opinions about the impact of a 1:1 iPad classroom. While not many teachers will have the opportunity to teach in a 1:1 environment there are lessons to be learned that can help support any method of technology use in the classroom. If you read the interview with Michelle you will note that she has experienced challenges with the implementation of a 1:1 program. This should give everyone pause for thought. Regardless of your experience with integrating technology instructional design needs to be purposeful. You can't just...
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A View into a 1:1 iPad Classroom

I met Michelle Cordy (@cordym) around 2004 when I was a learning technologies coordinator and she was a young, energetic teacher looking to make her mark in the classroom. I knew at that moment in the computer lab at Althouse College that we would cross paths again. Since that first meeting I have watched Michelle grow into a fantastic teacher who integrates technology into her classrooms providing her students with amazing opportunities. I recently learned that she was successful in obtaining a grant that started with investigating the use of ePortfolios and then evolved into a 1:1 iPad classroom. With my own school moving to purchase more iPads I was keen to see how a master teacher utilizes iPads to engage students. Before making a visit to her classroom I decided to ask her a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her experiences plus I thought it would be...
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Netbooks vs iPads

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me with writing a paper for my comparative education course and reading 8 sets of classroom report cards. I'm happy to say they are both behind me and I'm ready to blog about something that has been on my mind for a long time, Netbooks vs iPads.  My first experience with Netbooks came during my time as a learning technologies coordinator. I failed to be impressed with the device on a personal level but more importantly confused on how they would be used in schools. Those first impressions have stayed with me and became more evident during the past couple of months as we introduced iPads into our school. Students have been engaged creating book trailers, Haiku Decks, and paper slide videos with the iPads. These same students have a teacher who embraces BYOD, have access to a mini-lab of Netbooks,...
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Reflections of Book Trailer Project

On Monday our grade 7 & 8 students completed their iMovie Book Trailers and over the last couple of days we've had time to reflect on the project.  What worked well? What didn't? What would we do differently next time?  Below are our reflections. What we were happy with: the technology worked flawlessly and the students had no difficulty using the software the students were completely engaged in the storyboarding/writing stage all groups worked well together the storyboard templates were excellent organizational tools  videos were very well received by the rest of the school during our video announcements (we heard many students commenting that they couldn't wait to read that book!) What didn't work so well: some students didn't quite fully grasp the concept of a book trailer not all the iMovie templates lend themselves to the concept of a book trailer some students didn't use their storyboards during filming What...
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Creating Book Trailers with iMovie and iPads

  This past Friday was supposed to be much different than it turned out. Teachers in the province of Ontario had planned to hold a one day political protest against the government and Bill 115. That was until the Labour Relations Board ruled that it would be considered an illegal strike. So at 6am the Thames Valley District School Board made a decision that all schools would be open to receive students. The result was not many students showed up, at least at my school. About 50% of the students were not in attendance which left the office scrambling to make safe arrival calls and teachers trying to put together instructional activities they didn't think they would need based on the union's decision late Wednesday. With our new iPads configured and ready to be used our intermediate teachers came to me with an idea to help keep the students engaged during a...
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