First 3D Printing Unit

First 3D Printing Unit

This year I purchased a 3D printer for my classroom. Our PrintrBot Simple Metal has been going flat out all year trying to keep up with our project ideas. So far it has printed trophies for our Mindstorms SumoBot competitions , Bugging Eyeballs for Halloween, Gameboard pieces for a Science Gameboard project, various attachment pieces for my … [Read more…]

Thinking about Reporting

Thinking about Reporting

This year I was involved in shifting my school's reporting process in grades 6 to 8 from a percentage based system to the IB MYP system which assigns a score of 1-7 based on progress measured against subject specific criterion. It's been quite a journey and has included numerous parent information sessions, a complete rethink … [Read more…]

Rethinking Written Reports

Rethinking Written Reports

  I wrote the following post after our last reporting period, but never published it. Just found it again and thought it was worth sharing as another reporting period is approaching … Yesterday my daughter got her grade 3 report card. As an educator it was a really eye opening experience to witness her reaction. … [Read more…]

What’s in a name?

What's in a name?

A while ago I decided to say goodbye to TechEd-dy, my EduBlogs hosted blog, and move to a self hosted solution. I figured it was time to take the next step. I purchased my domain name and installed WordPress on my server. I found a theme that I liked, and then I got stuck. I … [Read more…]

Digital Literacy Thoughts – first try

Digital Literacy Thoughts - first try

This is a first attempt at synthesizing a number of Digital Literacy frameworks into something that I feel I can take to teachers to help them build Digital Literacy capacity in their classrooms. The frameworks I have looked at include: BC Draft Digital Literacy Standards Mozilla Web Literacy Standards Brennan’s Framework for … Development of … [Read more…]