Digital Storytelling with the VoiceThread App

My 6 year old daughter and I made this Voice Thread today while visiting her Grandparents.  I got the idea of recording consecutive video into Voice Thread while watching this fantastic Advent Calendar Greeting from St. Augustine’s College in Sydney, Australia.  Until then I had mostly thought of Voice Thread as a way to combine … [Read more…]

Happy Holidays

My school has enjoyed watching the Advent Calendar greetings on the QR Code Advent Calendar.  Our contribution will be broadcast on December 17th, but I wanted to share it here as well.

The ‘nearly’ face to face network

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of introducing a number of my teaching colleagues to Twitter.  Most recently @simoneasterman and @asangris have taken the plunge, and talking to them about their initial reactions has caused me to reflect a little on my own personal journey with social media.  I remember being … [Read more…]

Thoughts on Critical Inquiry from #IDE2011

For the past 2 days I have been at a workshop about Inquiry in a Digital Environment hosted by Branksome Hall in Toronto.  One fascinating part of this workshop for me has been the involvement of facilitators from an organisation called The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) who have really helped push my thinking about how … [Read more…]

Grade 6 PowerPoint Unit

(cross post from This term my Grade 6 class worked really hard to investigate, design and create some excellent animated PowerPoint presentations on different inventions.  Our Guiding Question was “How can we communicate best?” and our Area of Interaction was Human Ingenuity We used the ThinkQuest platform to help us stay on track.  This … [Read more…]

Thoughts on Creating Designs

This tweet from @GraemeCampbell yesterday got me thinking: I think this is a really important question, especially given that we now think of Creating as a Higher Order Thinking Skill and being able to analyse different options is a critical part of Creating. In my context as an MYP Technology Teacher some of the skills … [Read more…]