Choose Your Own…Framework

What is a framework?  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a framework is a basic conceptual structure (of ideas).  It reminded me of a foundation of a house – it’s the basis of the home.  This week, the reading was about multiple frameworks regarding technology integration.  We looked at a few different frameworks: TPACK, Tech Integration…

Design a Powerpoint Upgrade

Before The parents association at my school asked if I could do a presentation on using Seesaw.  Seesaw is the online journal application that we’re using for student’s digital portfolios as well as way to communicate with parents. The association invited parents to come for a coffee morning where I could present in a smaller…

Course 2: Final Project

Only a decade ago, having people from all over the world working together would require commitment and lots of money but changing technology has made it so easy to collaborate virtually. This course had a rough start with some technical issues but because of that, we were receiving our information via email. Some of us…

Putting it all together!

I thought I was doing a pretty good job at my school.  I was able to advocate for my teachers and students and help get more technology at the school. I was able to  support teachers who wanted the support (and a few who didn’t) as well as teach all the students in kindergarten, Grade…

Information at the Speed of Light

When I started college in the fall of 1999, our biggest internet concerns were Y2K.  Our biggest use for the internet was downloading music and chatting online with friends.  Social media wasn’t a “thing” and Google wasn’t a verb yet.    According to The social Media Report by the Pew Research Center, only 5% of Americans…

Peek-A-Boo, I See you! Privacy in 21st Century

When students enroll at our school, parents agree to having their children’s photos be taking and that they might be used in advertisements for the school.  This statement also covers the photos of students that teachers post on their official class website and the student blogs.  This was our way of controlling student and teacher…

Social You, Social Me-dia

Reflecting on Pre-Teen Social Media Use I really enjoyed this week’s blog posts because it gave me an excuse to delve into the lives of the older students a bit more.  Comparing my teenage years to these pre-teens, one of the biggest change is the widespread use of mobile technology.  When I was in high…

Copyright, Credit, Citations

    This post could not come at a more appropriate time!  Respecting intellectual property is something that my school struggles with but to get the students on board, I feel like I need to get the teachers on board.  Since I work at a primary school and I’m not in every classroom, it is…

Course 1 Final Project

Previously, I only worked with Grade 1 and below at the early childhood campus and this year was my first year working at both the Lower School and ECE campus.  When thinking about this final project, I thought this would be a great opportunity to challenge myself and choose an age and grade that I…

Theory into Practice

I was a firm believer in the constructivist theory of learning until I attended a professional development workshop when I was a teacher in New York City. The woman leading the workshop did a lesson on place value for grade 1 students. She explained to them that in China, the number 20 was called 2…