Bridging the Gap

55A17FA6-5774-4004-A2BE-15D87D61F3E6.jpegThe Listen Louder TLLP has a rather aggressive ‘share the learning’ component with presence of our team members at many conferences and online spaces.  One of the initial sharing targets I had early on was sharing in some capacity with preservice students at Western.  I had once screencasted a tech and literacy video that was shared with a number of elementary sections and received positive feedback.  How might students receive an hour on amplifying student voice in math classrooms with the G Suite of apps?

We visited three times to a combined number of about 130 P/J/I students.  It’s always fun to share something new.  It is always a reflective experience when you leave understanding that what is ‘ordinary’ for you might be something novel and incredible to others.  Such was the case with these future teachers.  An hour was simply a taste, and exposure to the tech languages TVDSB students speak seemed very much welcomed.

In other news, my brain never stops.  I’m cooking up a project that may include my fellow Googly teachers.  I need to find a way to call an audience with the right people and tap into the relationship the board has with the Faculty.  An opportunity seems to be uncovering itself.  Stay tuned.


tvo Never Stop Learning

I was honoured to be approached to create a one hour webinar for the TeachOntario branch of tvo.  The Professional Learning Series is a collection of webinars created collaboratively around a variety of timely topics.  The topic I was asked to contribute to was outdoor learning.  In concert with Diane Kashin and Hopi Martin (and lots of online screen-time via Hangouts and Adobe Connect) an over-arching theme for our hour was ‘Land as the First Teacher: Uncovering Curriculum Outdoors”.

There was some exciting build-up as preregistrations for the webinar were quite high and during the web event a number of participants could not actually get into the system due to traffic.  Nevertheless, the hour flew by, and a variety of approaches from ECE and FNMI perspectives though to my reflection on my Forest School experiences were woven into a ‘product’. We were able to interact with our participants via chat boxes, polls and a google maps exercise. Very cool.

The video is now on the Professional Learning Series site on tvo for all to view.  The feedback has been great.  I encourage you to check out this site, not necessary for my session, but to tap into the resources made available by some talented teachers from across the province.  Thanks tvo!

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