Saturday, September 24, 2011

Google Workshop for Educators in Prague

We just completed a fun-filled day of collaboration and sharing with other educators from around Europe.  @WendyGorton did an excellent job of sharing Google tools and facilitating discussion about their uses in schools.  My favorite new learning of the day was creating a Google Search Story.  Here is my attempt at promoting the new books in our ISP library.

Friday, September 23, 2011

In Class Audio Recording and Reflection

An amazing teacher and colleague of mine introduced me to an excellent way of leveraging technology for learning today. It is actually quite simple, but brilliant at the same time.

Ms. Caskie's grade 9 students have been studying Farenheight 451. She assigned her students to take a character from the book and craft a monologue from the point of view of that character that they would deliver to the class acting as that character.  Ms. Caskie asked students to record themselves practicing their monologue at home.  She then had them record themselves when they presented to the class.  Students then posted both versions on their blogs and were asked to reflect on them - comparing and contrasting - and identify skills to focus on for future class presentations.   Students seemed to really buy in to this authentic self-assessment; here is an example.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This past July I spent an action-packed day learning about YouTube in the classroom at The YouTube Teachers Studio with fantastic lead learners, Jim Sill, Ramsey Musallam and James Sanders. We heard from Will Houghteling about what the YouTube Education team is cooking up. One of their goals is to find a way to give access of the great educational content that exists on YouTube to the teachers and students in schools where YouTube is currently blocked. They have a number of good ideas in the works. Today they launched to support teachers with ideas for using YouTube in the classroom complete with examples and screencasting tips. Additionally teachers can sign up for the YouTube newsletter for teachers and submit their favorite YouTube playlists to be highlighted on YouTube EDU. You can read more about the launch on YouTube's blog and view my interview below.