Thoughts on teaching internet search skills

A blog post by @jutecht called “Why schools are failing by not teaching search” has really got me thinking.  I agree completely with Jeff’s post and I know that he has put his money where his mouth is by sharing a number of useful lesson plans for teaching search to primary, middle and upper grades.  … [Read more…]

EdCamp Leadership BC: notes and reflections

“Change doesn't happen when you introduce new technology, it happens when you introduce new behaviours.” For me this quote by Clay Shirky really sums up my experiences at EdCamp Leadership BC today. I sat in on three sessions: the first was a free wheeling conversation on creating a collaborative culture facilitated by @braddo; the second … [Read more…]

K12 Online Conference 2012: Notes

Digital ID Project: A platform for learning, sharing, remixing and teaching digital citizenship Google speakers before they come to your class. Great way to weave discussion of digital footprints into classroom. Whose responsibility is it to teach digital citizenship? Obviously everyone, but in many cases it is relegated to the computer teacher. Recommend Common Sense … [Read more…]

I _____, therefore IB.

This week I got wear my new MYP Coordinator hat. In particular I had the opportunity to run a 2 hour workshop with teachers before school started. After some discussion with my friend and senior school principal @smarshall575 we decided we wanted the workshop to be both an overview of the big ideas that make … [Read more…]

First thoughts on a web search curriculum

(I tried posting this to my Posterous blog as a work in progress but something wasn’t working.  So I am posting it here instead.) Working through the Google Power search lessons has started me thinking about what an effective, inquiry based approach to teaching search might look like.  Here is what I have so far: … [Read more…]

Thoughts on teaching web search strategies

A post by Clarence Fisher on Serious Search Skills really got me thinking this evening. Clarence mentioned how difficult it is to teach students search skills in a world where Google is so good. He also linked to these notes from what looks to have been an excellent talk given by Daniel Russel on Google … [Read more…]

Doing claymation for free is hard

Today I wrapped up another claymation unit. Like all the ones I have tried before there were glitches, but so far none that made me want to scream. So I think I might be on to a good thing and thought I would share. My history with claymation goes something like this. First attempt. I … [Read more…]

Discussing Social Media with Grade 4 students

I recently spent an hour talking to a Grade 4 class about Social Media. This is the youngest grade that I have had these conversations with and I was pleasantly surprised by their enthusiasm for the topic and willingness to consider my message. As usual I prepared a slide deck and made some notes about … [Read more…]