Tagged: Technology

Frameworks for technology integration – are they still relevant?

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As I started looking through the resources for this week, I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with a colleague of mine. We were discussing the relevance of a technology integration coach in education today. 

In this conversation we decided that while yes, there is still a need for individuals to support educators in effectively integrating technology, is this really separate from what would be the job of an instructional coach? In today’s educational landscape…isn’t the integration of technology into our teaching just good practice? 

It seems that many schools are having these discussions. More and more it seems that technology integration coach positions are being replaced by positions like innovation in learning coach. While technology is a tool that can and should be utilized in the classroom, it takes a real mind shift to be able to use it in a way that really transforms learning.

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Course 2 Final Project: Healthy Community Unit Plan

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Over the past little while, my grade 5 teaching team has been discussing the creation of a new unit that will span this full year. We want it to be a “Who We Are” unit with a focus on developing and maintaining a healthy grade 5 community. While we had not specifically discussed it, I felt that Digital Citizenship fit nicely into this idea and so chose this task for the final project. I am really excited to be able to take this plan to my team, and hopefully put it into action at the start of the new school year!

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Is Whatsapp just the new MSN Messenger?

As I sat listening to my grade 5 students share their experiences and thoughts on today’s communication methods, I couldn’t help but wonder what my 11 year-old self would have had to say about all of this.

Growing up, my house backed onto the houses of two other families with kids around my age. To save my sisters and I from the 5 minute walk around the block to visit one another, our dads used to lift us up and pass us over the fence to be able to play together. When we got a little to big for that, holes were cut in the fences to allow us to easily pass between the yards. It was a common occurrence to run up to each other’s’ back doors to see if the other was free to play. A lot of my free time was spent outside playing.

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