Zen-i-fy Your Presentation Style

If you’re interested in improving your presentation style watch the embedded slide deck and remember:
tell a story that will connect with your audience
use high quality images that are free to use and share
minimize your use of text

Amplifying Student Passion: An interview with two connected kids

This post is the the final project for An Introduction to 21st Century Teaching and Learning for my MEd at UPEI in Leadership and Learning. Introduction There is a constant concern as an educator and a parent as to whether or not we are managing the internet generation’s use of technology effectively. We are worried…

Bedtime Conversations with a Minecraft Expert

Cross posted on Holtspeak’s COETAIL Advenure This evening as I was putting my son to bed I had a question for him.  “Did you know there are horses in Minecraft and you can ride them?”  “Yes”, he says.  “But I need a saddle to ride one and I can’t craft one.”  He then proceeds to…

On the Way to Work…Thoughts on Students Needs

Carpooling to work this morning teacher talk ensued. It came down to this.  No matter how much we talk about what we’d like to be doing, it always comes down to this:  The needs of teachers and administrators-vs-what teacher’s feel students really need. We had been discussing that the most effective approach one colleague could pursue, to improve…

Blogger and Google Apps in the Classroom – Some examples

Why Blog? (the short version) How can a blog enhance and redefine learning? Blogging and other online applications can be used to create learning opportunities for students in which they are able to build autonomy, mastery, and purpose within the context of school and their lives.  Research has shown that when people are given these three opportunities (autonomy,…

First Day

It’s amazing how leadership and vision can shape a school culture. This year my wife have moved our family from Asia to the Middle East.  We’re are in a new school and a new environment. The outside world is hot and dusty, and in a perpetual state of construction.  In a sense so is the…

Shift: A Final Reflection

As I sit and reflect after reading the final chapter of Alan November’s Digital Learning Farm, one thing comes to mind:  paradigm shift.  November gives a lot examples of teachers using forms of technology to reshape their classrooms, but really what is happening is that teachers are shifting from a traditional approach to a new hands…