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Sunday, April 13

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Monday, January 13

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    Podcasts can often take the form of a streamed video, but audio podcasts are easily created and shared with others as well. VIRTUAL STOP 2 will help you discover how podcasts are being used in the classroom!
    Explore the Podcasts**Podcasts for Teachers and Students at http://bit.ly/podcasts4teachersStudents**
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    A Virtual Field Trip (VFT, as you may see it written in our class) is an Activity Type that structures an Internet search - it guides students to specific locations on the Internet where they can locate required information. Often, it is accompanied by a print or electronic Study Guide where students record their findings to share back with classmates!!
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    Podcasts can often take the form of a streamed video, but audio podcasts are easily created and shared with others as well. VIRTUAL STOP 2 will help you discover how podcasts are being used in the classroom!
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    Virtual field trips can be used in instruction to introduce learners to places too remote to visit—OR toooo virtual—through the Internet. In this Virtual Field trip, you will be introduced to Web 2.0 tools that are currently in use in instructional settings, and because there is no library, museum, or physical building where we can go to learn about Web 2.0—this is one of those virtual trips!
    In your EDUC 8Y24/34 course, you will be exploring blogs, wikis, and the use of online videos, through sources like YouTube, for other projects. This shortened version of the Virtual Field Trip into Web 2.0 tools features other tools that teachers should know and use in the 21st century classroom J!
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    You will be reminded throughout this virtual field trip to ‘tweet’ any “ah-ha” moments you are having, any great articles or resources you find, or any questions you would like answered as the tour progresses. You need to complete at least ONE additional tweet during the tour!! Don’t forget to include a hashtag +your classgroupname of your section! Take a minute or two now and see if you can add a tweet that describes what you are thinking about or the use of technology in instruction. The comment can be a reflection, an “ah-ha” comment, a question, a resource that is connected to your tweeting experience, or just a thought. If you aren’t ready to comment yet—no worries! You will have additional time later; just remember that you must tweet twice during this tour!
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    1. Log in to the Brock Learning Network (http://brocku.ca/bln) using the username and password you created using the BLN QuickSteps.
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    x-Thank_you_for_trippin’_through_Web_2.0You’ve completed the final stop of our virtual tour today! We hope you enjoyed this brief look at a few of the tools used by the tech savvy teacher of 21st century students! You will be seeing many more in the following weeks!! ENJOY!
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Saturday, August 3

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    Welcome! This virtual field trip will introduce you to Web 2.0 tools that are currently used in instructional settings. Virtual field trips can be used in instruction to introduce learners to places too remote to visit—OR toooo virtual—through the Internet. This is an exploration of Web 2.0 tools, and because there is no library, museum, or physical building where we can go to learn about Web 2.0—this is one of those virtual trips!
    Today, we will be using seven Web 2.0 tools that tech-savvy teachers need! This VFT will provide a bit of knowledge and an introduction to those tools!! Throughout the Virtual Field Trip, you will have opportunities to discover that Web 2.0 Tools are all about collaboration, which is considered the new 21st century literacy for digital learners, by doing the following:
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    Many social networking tools allow you to share while you learn. Examples of other social networks include facebook, MySpace, and the Brock Learning Network! Reflection is one of those metacognitive thinking activities that teachers use to help learners process information—blending new knowledge with prior knowledge to construct a solid knowledge base. Social networking tools provide a forum for that type of activity. Also, social networks provide learners with opportunities to communicate ideas, practice writing for an audience, and engage in an authentic, real-world experience!!
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    Let’s begin our learning adventure by exploring one of the many social networking tools available online—Twitter! Notice that when you log into Twitter, Twitter asks, “What’s happening?” and provides a box for you to insert up to 140 characters not words!) of text. A better term for that might be “What are you thinking?” For instructional purposes, ‘tweets’ require learners to think about what is going on during instruction, summarize it succinctly, and share. That action—processing of information to share succinctly—is one of the best instructional strategies teachers use to ensure learners construct knowledge, which must for deep learning to occur!! We will be using that strategy in this class to promote learning during class times. Now, let’s explore the tool! Click here to work through your exploration of Social Networking at VIRTUAL STOP 1!!
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    Podcasts can often take the form of a streamed video, but audio podcasts are easily created and shared with others as well. VIRTUAL STOP 4 is an optional stop, as many of the resources are up on the Handy4class Delicious bookmark site. However, if you have time, exploring VIRTUAL STOP 4 will help you discover how podcasts are being used in the classroom!
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    In 1994, Ward Cunningham was sitting in the Hawaiian airport, waiting for a shuttle to a hotel. He had just invented a small Internet program that would create a web page and publish it—no separate application needed. He was looking for a catchy name for this web editor when the bus for the hotel rolled up. He noticed the name of the bus—the wiki wiki—and asked the driver what that meant. As it turns out, ‘wiki wiki’ means 'fast' or 'quick' in Hawaiian, and that inspired Cunningham to name his new tool, the wiki! He chose this name so the tool would stand for the 'fast' web page, because the tool allowed web page creating and editing WITHOUT expensive software, hosting services, or the need for a web master—really fast web pages! We are all familiar with Wikipedia, an encyclopedia built one article at a time by different authors. Readers provide input and corrections, so that the information is usually accurate, fair, and current—gone are the days when teachers would not let their students use the Wikipedia for assignments. Academics and experts across the world monitor and refine the Wikipedia so that now it is a robust resource for everyone.
    However, a wiki is useful for other purposes as well! It gives teachers the ability to create their own web site easily and cheaply! VIRTUAL STOP 5 will take you on an exploration of wikis!!
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Tuesday, January 22

Tuesday, December 11

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    The workshop I want to revisit is the one about classroom management presented by Dan Trainor, principal of St. James Catholic Elementary School. Although, he came to guest speak for our cohort group near the end of our in class learning. I think it was vital for him to reinforce classroom management strategies and techniques to take into our teaching block.
    In his presentation, we engaged in various group activities, and discussed as a whole our knowledge within this method. He shared with us his personal experiences as a teacher and the strategies he has used over his career. He reiterated that every class will be diverse, so we need to be very considerate and sensitive. A strategy for the start of a new school year would be allowing students to work in groups first and giving them a chance to choose their own seats. By doing this, it would set the stage for students wanting to be at school. You would slowly make changes and adjustments accordingly to the class’ best interest. The seating arrangements allow you to set the mood and tone for the learning environment. Another strategy that worked for him was having a signal system. He used this for a student that had ADHD and had trouble concentrating. He would squeeze a stress ball to signify that he wanted the student’s attention; in response the student would squeeze his/her own stress ball and give him their attention. I hope we can all assert ourselves as firm teachers and practice excellent classroom management strategies similar to Dan himself.
    
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    I was attended a seminar called Global Connections. I chose this {SAM_0163_opt.jpg} seminar because I have a passion for global education. I think global education is an attitude and philosophy that can infuse our teaching. This seminar focused on video conferencing. For students who do not search out text first, but are stimulated by multimedia, this engages and motivates them. While video conferencing or connecting to other resources using online technology, students can be engaged and in control of their learning, interacting in real-time with students, educators and experts locally or globally. Teachers can use this technology to do inexpensive field trips, or you could follow a student on a trip (e.g. if one student when to the Olympics), or you could connect with other classes in different cultures to learn from each other.
    This seminar was unique in that the speaker was not even in the building. She was at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, and she was video conferencing in on Webcam. I think children would find this fascinating, because it is like watching television but it is interactive. The speaker said that the students, from her experiences, are always engaged when she is talking to them from her office on Webcam. She also had a camera that had high quality zooming capabilities, she showed us some cockroaches, and we could see and hear them.

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    Trying to stay critical, I couldn't help but fall for the very obvious argument that an educator would have for having a SMART Board in his/her classroom. The tipping point for me personally was not all of the many bells and whistles associated with SMART (and believe me, there were many. No, what convinced me the SMART Board was worth it was how easy he made everything he did look. Obviously Michael should have vast experience with this product, but it seemed that this was a tool that could be quickly mastered, or would significantly
    improve classroom efficiency at the very least. Call me a Luddite, but I am often skeptical of technology that claims to make life easier, only to do the opposite in reality. I know that a SMART Board in my future classroom would improve classroom efficiency and organization; were I not so deprived financially, (1400 dollars - reasonably priced but not when you're broke) I know I would be considering
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    On January 31st, I participated in a workshop about Holocaust Education. A representative from the Holocaust Association joined us from Toronto, who provided us with historical insight on the Holocaust and the development of anti-Semitism. He showed us the laws and media messages used to increasingly oppress Jewish people, as well as provided us with strategies with which to teach kids about the Holocaust. After his presentation, we had the privilege of hearing the story of a Holocaust survivor, who provided us with a first-hand account of the events that happened during that time.
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    I chose this presentation because it was powerful and inspiring. It was moving to hear a person, a survivor of the Holocaust share his story, and I was reminded of the importance of bringing real experience into our curriculum. The events of the Holocaust connect to discussions of many relevant and important issues about bullying, respect and equity, which would benefit students. The Holocaust is a real event, which made a profound impact on our world. It is important that we teach students what has happened in our past and how we can make changes now to promote human rights.
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    This was the first workshop I attended at the Tech Showcase and it was hosted by Strategic Transitions (http://www.strategictransitions.com), a “digital learning specialist company”, headquartered in Aurora, Ontario. The workshop was a useful hands on session during which we were introduced to two software programs: Kidspiration and WordQ. The presenters guided us through both programs and explained how these programs could be used in tandem in the classroom. Kidspiration is a tool which allows students to better visualize concepts. Students can create colourful concept maps / graphic organizers and then switch to “writing view” where they can write about the visual representations they created in “picture view”. Students can also use virtual manipulatives to solve math problems using Kidspiration.
    WordQ is an assistive software device that anticipates words being typed and allows users to select the intended word. The software also provides audio, so users can listen to what they are writing while typing and then review what they have written once completed as it is read aloud. This program is especially useful for students who might encounter challenges while writing because of difficulties with spelling and grammar. This program is also available in French, Spanish and German.
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    While at the Tech Showcase in Hamilton, I found the workshop, ‘Serious Gaming and the Teaching of Critical & Historical Thinking Skills’, to be the most informative and inspiring presentation. The workshop discussed how history is often a subject area where students are not quite certain as to whether they love it or hate it. In order to hook these students, the workshop gave many great ideas of how gaming and technology can engage them and enhance their learning. Some excellent resources that were shared were educational games, such as Cost of Life, 3rd World Farmer, The History Game Canada. These games are valuable resources for teaching grade 10 history and civics. I learned that introducing these games to students is only the beginning. Effective educators must have students act upon the new knowledge gained from the games. Sttudents must also critically analyze and evaluate games, just as they would textbooks. This workshop gave me a multitude of ideas which I plan to integrate into my own classroom one day.
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    I attended the Building Futures worshop a few weeks ago in St. Catharines. At the workshop I attended three sessions; Literacy, Teaching Mathematics, and Assessment and Evaluation. The session on Assessment and Evaluation really stood out for me. I enjoyed this one the most because the focus was on the students rather than the teacher. The instructor talked a lot about how so often, the students do not understand how they are being assessed. Students also dont always understand the criteria the teacher is looking for and as a result they receive poor marks or feedback. Really, all they needed in the first place was for the criteria to be layed out for them in more student friendly terms. We did an activity that helped to illustrate this. He asked for 4 volunteers to go to the front of the room. He asked the first one to clap for us, and then the audience had to evaluate him. We were simply making up things that we wanted to evaluate on. Then we gave him a mark an how well he applauded, and he was confised about why he got that grade. The second person was asked to clap, but also to make sure they clapped really loud and enthusiastically. They got a slightly better grade from us in the audience, but still didn't do as well as they could have. The third person got a list of things they were going to be judged on. This person did a lot better! Their grade from the audience was reflecting what they could do. The fourth person got the list of criteria but also had some input. They got to remove a few things to narrow it down with the teacher's help. This person was the most successful in their clapping, because the expectations were clear, and they got a say too. This showed us that we cannot just decide as we are evaluating students how we are going to do it. They need to know before hand what is expected of them, and they should also have some input! I learned a great lesson in this workshop!
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Monday, December 12

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    digital footprint? http://bit.ly/googlealertarticlehttp://bit.ly/digftprint
    2) 45% Employers Use Facebook-Twitter to Screen Job Candidates: http://bit.ly/employersuseofdf
    3) Watch the following video (be SURE to use your headphones):
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