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Working Towards Becoming Future Ready

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

In order to meet the needs of our students, teachers and administrators are constantly reflecting on their practices and how they can provide the best teaching and learning opportunities for their students.  In 2016 the way that students learn and demonstrate their knowledge should not look the same as it did ten years ago.  This is because of the rapid growth of technology as a tool for learning.  

Our students have access to information, to creation tools and to the ability to connect with others around the world.  In order to maximize their learning and to assist them in becoming lifelong learners, educators and administrators are looking to the future –  for our students to be ‘Future Ready’.

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Tony Wagner in his recent book entitled “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World”, (p.12) describes the skills of that students will need to have as the Seven Revival Skills:

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving

  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence

  3. Agility and adaptability

  4. Initiative and entrepreneurship

  5. Accessing and analyzing information

  6. Effective oral and written communication

  7. Curiosity and imagination

In order to become Future Ready teachers and administrators need to be actively engaged in professional development. They need to be working hard to improve their skills at providing students with opportunities to creatively share their learning and knowledge.  It is important to remember though, that no matter what opportunities we are creating for our students:

 

Students need to be able to connect with experts outside of the school.  They must be able to share their learning and get feedback from an authentic audience using for example, class blogs and class Twitter accounts. The students need opportunities to record and reflect on their learning through screencasts, photos, voice recordings and other creations.

The students must learn how to be good digital citizens (Digital Citizenship LBPSB)and to develop their digital legacy.  If we provide them with opportunities to demonstrate their learning in different ways then they will become lifelong learners who are curious and seek answers to questions that interest them.

To do this, educators need to reflect on their current teaching practices. They need to continually develop their skills at creating teaching and learning opportunities that allow their students’ to demonstrate their learning in different and creative ways.  Lastly, but critically important, educators need to develop their skills of assessment.  When students demonstrate learning in different ways they are providing rich assessment information that must inform teachers’ decisions.

As you take on the journey of transforming your teaching and learning we invite you to attend the first Canadian Future Ready Summit.  The Summit sessions are designed to engage educators and administrators in hands-on learning opportunities that will give them strategies and ideas to begin implementing on Monday.

Montreal Future Ready Summit

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Works Cited:

Wagner, Tony, and Robert A. Compton. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. New York: Scribner, 2012. Print.

Using Digital Tools to Explore Conics in Math

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Recently our school district, LBPSB hosted our second annual EdTechTeam GAFE Summit.  During the Summit I was fortunate to hear Tim Lee Amplified IT (@AmplifiedIT) | Twitter talk about the graphing calculator Desmos.  I was enthralled and a little later looked into it further.

Before I continue with the story of our  Desmos Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math journey, I think it is important to share that when I look at technology tools, my overriding framework is one of pedagogy.  I always ask myself:

  • How will this enhance student learning?
  • Will it provide teaching and learning opportunities in different and improved ways?
  • Will it allow students the opportunity to publish their work?

Well, the answer to those three questions was a resounding – absolutely!

Not being a Math teacher I sought out a teacher at one of the schools I support.  I asked Jane Preston from Lakeside Academy if she would be interested in meeting with me so that I could show her Desmos.  She was pleased to have an opportunity to learn something new.  Jane and I met and WOW!

Every year Jane does a Conics project with her students.  She explained to me that normally it takes three weeks and the students do it with paper and pencil.  The past projects have been very successful but the questions remained: Where their creations shared with a wider audience?  Where they able to animate their creations?  If they worked on it at home how were they able to collaborate and help each other out?

Well, the answer to those questions led us straight to GAFE and Desmos. Jane was thrilled with what it had to offer her students.  We developed a lesson plan bit.ly/Desmoslessonplan and Jane created her very first screencast explaining to her students what Desmos is all about.

http://bit.ly/Janedesmostutorial

For the past couple of weeks the students have been borrowing the set of 20 Chromebooks that I have and they have been actively designing and creating their Conics designs.  Below I have attached two videos from her students explaining what they have been doing. They will be exploring sliders and different ways to add colour to their design.

They will be exploring sliders and different ways to add colour to their design.

Desmos

You could hear a pin drop


http://bit.ly/Adrianconics

http://bit.ly/Amyliaconics


This blog post was written by Kim Meldrum – Consultant at Lester B Pearson School Board.

Interested in contributing to DCPinAction?

Friday, April 10th, 2015

We are looking for teachers who are doing amazing things with Digital Citizenship in their schools and classrooms. If you are a teacher and you would like to contribute your achievements, then please complete this form:

 

Pause and Think Online

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Teacher Daphne Amster at Edgewater Elementary school and her Grade 4 class created a video based on Common Sense Media’s Pause and Think Online. This project idea encourages students to create a video showcasing the elements of the song, and to think about how they can become good Digital Citizens.

The Video

The Project

The project is based around an existing video which encourages students to become good digital citizens. The song focuses on body parts and encourages them to make connections between how safe, responsible and respectful behaviour online is very similar to that of the offline world.

The original Common Sense Media video is below.

Two Factor Authentication (Making Things more Secure)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

So you have a Google Account, a WordPress Account, a Facebook Account, a Twitter account… and you more than likely have used the same password or a password which is not all that secure. How can you prevent someone other than yourself from accessing your account? Its actually pretty easy…

Two factor authentication allows you to use an app on your smartphone, or to receive a phone call or SMS to confirm that it is you who is trying to log into your account. My favourite is the Google Authenticator app. It’s available for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. There are other options, but Google’s allows you to scan QR codes to get set up. As well it has a clean and simple interface. Once you try to log into a website using the service, you will be prompted to enter a code, open up the app and you will get a token (this is a randomly generated code) that you will need to enter to complete the log in process. Essentially like a Chip & Pin security device that you might get from your bank.

Your first step will be to download the app, you can get it from:

You will now need to enable 2-factor authentication on your account, the steps differ for each type, but here are the links that you will need to begin for the ones that I have mentioned above.

What’s the downside? Well if you don’t have your phone with you, or you lose your device you might not be able to access your accounts. To combat this, you get a set of ‘backup codes’ when you first set up your authentication. You should keep these in a safe place, a wallet, or in a safe… they really are your lifeline to your accounts.

Also you can trust a device on most platforms for a set amount of time, and you can withdraw this permission remotely, if for example the device was stolen.

Originally Posted on http://mymathadventures.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/two-factor-authentication-making-things-more-secure/

Second Annual LBPSB Google Summit

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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The Year in Review (2013-2014)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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Helping Our Students Achieve Their Dreams!
(Photo Taken: Kim Meldrum, Walking the Road http://www.walkingtheroad.com/?m=1)

Well, what a year this has been!  Upon reflecting back from now to September I am proud of what we have accomplished.  I am proud of our Digital Citizenship Team dcp.lbpsb.qc.ca, I am proud of the partnership that Tanya Avrith, http://tanyaavrith.com/ and I have firmly established this year and I am especially proud of our roll out of Google!  We are the first school board in Quebec that will be fully Google by June 2015!   That is a whole lot of pride!

The year began with some stress as we were starting two new one to one Chromebook initiatives.  Boy, was that a learning curve!  I am not going to focus on that though as I have written it in a previous blog post. In the end the initiative has been a huge success and is growing through out our board.  The school year 2014-2015 will be very busy.  I am thankful to the teachers in the first year of the initiative for their patience and support and for their focus on using the technology as a tool to improve student engagement and learning.

The students at Beurling Academy who are in the one to one initiative have demonstrated significant learning through the use of the Chromebooks and GAFE.  Their teachers are enthusiastic about the students’ level of engagement and attention to task.  The teachers have commented to me about ,how wonderful it is not only to see the students’ engagement but as well the fact that they are completing assignments; something they were not great at previously!  On one of my visits to the language arts class I was blown away seeing the students engaged in writing on Drive and using the extension Read and Write to assist them.  They were working independently checking their grammar, listening to their writing to be read aloud to them through their earphones; helping them check for fluency and comprehension.  (As educators we need to constantly remember that oral language is the basis of reading so allowing students to hear back what they have written is key to improved writing.)

The students in this class have also had some challenges with reading so in selecting a novel study for them this year I wanted to find a story that would be engaging for grade seven students, would not be overwhelming in the amount of text, would be at a suitable reading level and would lend itself to having the students demonstrate their understanding through the use of technology.  Thanks to Twitter I received a recommendation for the novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”, by Brian Selznick.  When the student first glanced at the novel they were a little surprised by the number of pages, but when they saw that much of the novel is told through visuals they became more positive.  The teacher designed a number of teaching and learning opportunities for her students.  They culminated in the students borrowing some iPads from our department and making movie trailers with iMovie.  I was very impressed by their final products.  Check one out:  Hugo Cabret-grade 7 trailer

One of the highlights of the year was working with a dynamic company called Electric Pixelhttp://www.electricpixel.ca/ to redo our Digital Citizenship website DCP LBPSB.  It was a lot of work to design and then to organize all of the content, but it was all worthwhile.  Our site and resources are used regularly by many of our LBPSB teachers and support staff, as well as by people from far and wide.  Over the past few years our Digital Citizenship Program has grown from being all about teaching students how to be good digital citizens to focusing on both teaching students how to be good digital citizens while using the tools of technology to learn and to demonstrate their learning in creative and innovative ways.

Towards the end of the year Tanya Avrith, Holly Clark and I started working on developing professional resources for teachers in the area of Digital Portfolios.  It has been an engaging and enriching professional activity that I know we will continue working on for the next few months. Digital Portfolios as a vehicle for sharing, reflecting and curating students’ creations is extremely powerful.

I truly believe that the creation tools that are available through GAFE and other sites, the use of social media and the development of digital portfolios will inspire and motivate teachers to engage in reflection about their teaching practices thus helping them to learn how to develop teaching and learning opportunities that will allow students to demonstrate their learning in different and creative ways.  Students will be able to share their creations which will allow them to feel engaged, valued and to provide them with opportunities to engage in a world of learning, input, enthusiasm and networking!

The possibilities for amazing teaching and learning have never been better!

Originally Posted on http://kimmeldrum.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-year-in-review-2013-2014.html

Digital Citizenship Program Blog (DCPinAction)

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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Fill in the following form to submit a post for the DCPinAction Blog. We are excited to introduce you to the new DCPinAction blog. This blog is a vehicle designed to share and promote examples of innovative teaching happening in our LBPSB schools.  We invite you to submit to us blog posts discussing an innovative practice that you used or are using with your students.  You might have a short video that you would like to have posted.  It is our hope that  this blog will be filled with great teaching ideas that can be adopted by your colleagues and that it will inspire innovation and collaboration.