This week I feel the need to wear two hats when responding to our blog prompt. Not only am I a graduate studies student but I am also a grade 2 teacher and I feel my views on the openness of discussion forums and blogs vary depending on the hat I am wearing. For the purpose… Continue reading Authenticity is the Key
We assume that learners will want to come together, that they will be mutually supportive, and they will be driven to learn. But it is important to realize that communities, and particularly virtual learning communities, are not inherently good, desirable or ideal. – Shaping the Metaphor of Community in Online Learning Environments by Richard A. Schwier… Continue reading The Making of a Blended Learning Community for Primary Students
At the beginning of this school year I was taking part in the #saskedchat twitter conversation. In one of the questions we were asked to use one word to sum up our focus for the upcoming school year: A1: if I had to sum up my focus this year in one word I think the… Continue reading Intentional Teaching
“Ever since the invention of the Gutenberg press, print has been a dominant teaching technology, arguably at least as influential as the spoken word of the teacher.” – Tony Bates – Teaching in a Digital Age I feel like I am breaking some sort of teacher code by saying what I am about to say… Continue reading All About That Video
“…the aim here is not to provide a cast-iron categorization of educational media, but to provide a framework for teachers in deciding which tools and media are most likely to suit a particular teaching approach.” – Tony Bates At times during the readings this week I found myself feeling like I didn’t completely agree with what… Continue reading Setting a Purpose with #BookCreator
“…oral communication remains as strong today in education as ever, but has been incorporated into or accommodated by new technologies.” Teaching in a Digital Age – Chapter 6 by Tony Bates When Amy and I began brainstorming our ideas for the course that we would develop this semester we first began with trying to decipher… Continue reading We Pick Weebly!
“…blended learning provides an opportunity for the gradual development of independent learning skills, as long as this is an intentional teaching strategy.” Tony Bates in Teaching in a Digital Age Photo Credit: uneitzel Flickr via Compfight cc I think it is fair to say that we all know and understand that learning is a process.… Continue reading Blended Learning in a Primary Classroom – Is it possible?