Monday, March 19, 2018

Global Leadership Week - Free, Online Learning Opportunities

Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a week-long convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education. GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age.

(Go HERE for connecting details, to see in your own time zone, and for any event additions or updates.)

Mon, March 19, 8pm – 9pm (US Eastern Daylight Time)
Teaching and Learning Online with SPICE: Global Competence, Global Perspectives
"This webinar introduces three Stanford-designed online courses for high school students in the United States that leverage digital learning to develop global competence and diverse perspectives. The focus is driven by the following essential question: how do we cultivate global citizens through digital learning? Our objectives are to introduce teachers and students to innovative online courses—the Reischauer Scholars Program, Sejong Korean Scholars Program, and China Scholars Program—that connect high school students in the United States to content on Japan, Korea, and China, respectively."

Mon, March 19, 8pm – 9pm (US Eastern Daylight Time)
Using EdTech to Foster Global Competence & Citizenship
"#Edtechchat is a weekly Twitter chat discussing all things education technology related. This chat will discuss using edtech to foster global competency with guest moderator Lucy Gray @elemenous.
Specific project/event directions for participation.: Do a search for the #edtechchat hashtag on Twitter at the chat start time and join the conversation!"

Wed, March 21, 10am – 11am (US Eastern Daylight Time)
Multilingual Multicultural Multimedia: Globally Connected Mobile Learning Projects
"This presentation showcases our international collaborations developing multilingual and multicultural multimedia project using mobile devices in teacher education; offers creative strategies for producing mobile apps with youth and developing educational app integrating world languages and 21st century skills; provides the results of participatory action research project among pre-service teachers; describes participants' reactions and experiences with new technologies and showcases their multimedia projects and digital stories. By collaborating with educators and students in Azerbaijan and in the US, we conducted an action research study and co-developed research-based multilingual app that promotes world literature, history, and culture. In conclusion, we explore how the use of educational apps and handheld devices in global education combines knowledge, reflection, and action; promotes global literacies; and prepares the new generation to be responsible members of a multicultural, global society."

Wed, March 21, 7pm – 8pm (US Eastern Daylight Time)
Know My World BeingGlobal Project
"Know My World would like to know how different classrooms are leading the conversation of Global Competence in different cultures and countries. The Know My World BeingGlobal project is a collective contribution of statements and artwork from classrooms around the globe that answers the prompt: What does it mean to be a member of the global community? Contribute to our collective, view the video release of the classroom responses, talk about it on Twitter #knowmyworld."

Thu, March 22, 2pm – 3pm (US Eastern Daylight Time)
MY HERO - Teaching Heroism using Digital Media
"Explore with the MY HERO Team ways that you can increase global understanding, encourage cross-cultural awareness, and develop skills in digital media production in the theme of heroism. This workshop is for teachers and students!"

Thu, March 22, 8pm – 9pm (US Eastern Daylight Time)
#GlobalEdChat on Teacher Leadership in Global Education
"A special #Globaledchat to celebrate Global Leadership Week. Join Asia Society, NEA Foundation, and GlobalEdCon on Twitter for this hour long discussion!"

Thursday, February 15, 2018

St. Williams KinderCoding

Principal Carl Bull talks about the St. William Kindergarten Student Coding Project


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Catholic Coding Challenge

Students in Mrs. Devlin's Grade 2/3 Class & Mrs. Sidi's Grade 3 Class were given a very important coding task this year.  

To begin they watched: 

Next they received their coding challenge which was to code Beebot to ensure Mary and Joseph safely arrived at the stable.  Along the way they experienced some obstacles that they need to avoid

Students carefully coded each stage of their journey to ensure their coding was correct. They were also careful to avoid the camels and the hills along the way.  


See a full recap here:  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ipevo Document Camera Microscope Adapter

Although this is not a new item, it is new to me and I finally got one to try it out. I have been using the Ipevo document camera for years (I've written about it here) and it's a great portable way to display what's going on on your actual desk top. But as it turns out there is a small rubber adapter that you can purchase that will let you view the image from a microscope.

When you purchase the adapter, it comes in four sizes. Two for the angled barrel and two for the straight barrel microscope and each of those in two diameters: 28mm and 33mm. It's as easy to install as simply sliding the correct adapter onto the eyepiece of your microscope. Once you do that then you will have to adjust its position on the eyepiece to see the whole image. You can see the adjustment process in the video below.
You obviously need the Ipevo P2V camera in order to use this but if you are already using one then it's a great addition to your tech arsenal and if you don't have the camera, the camera+adapter combo is still pretty cheap (or you can splurge on the combo that includes the stand extension, scan kit and the case). You can obviously get these on the Ipevo site or in Canada you can get them on Merconnet.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Differentiated Instruction Using Google Classroom!

Google Classroom Allows Teachers to Release Assignments to Groups or Select Students

Teachers rejoice! One of the features we have been waiting for is finally available–the ability to give assignments to EXACTLY who you want, meaning an assignment meant for one student, a few, or even groups of students within a Class in Google Classroom.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Student Voice / Interactive Nativity Slide Show

Shout out to Karen Johnson at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School for sharing these samples of her Interactive Nativity slideshows created by past students.   

Consider kicking off this activity with Voices of Christmas as a mentor text.  This beautiful text shares the story/perspective of the birth of Jesus from many viewpoints.  

Following the reading of the text, students can lend their own voice/perspectives to the many individuals/animals present at the time of Jesus' birth in an interactive slideshow (see samples below).

Diana's Interactive Nativity (Grade 6)
(note: Click the star to return to the home screen)

Tyler's Interactive Nativity (Grade 5)

Not sure how to create Interactive Slide Shows?  
Check out this comprehensive "How To" guide on Eric Curts Control Alt Achieve website.