Learning Commons Technology Mini-MOOC The purposes of a Library Learning Commons are inherent in the 5 Standards of the Canadian Library Association. They can be found in the Leading Learning Document. They are as follows: Facilitating collaborative engagement to cultivate and empower a community of learners. Advancing the learning community to achieve school goals. Cultivating... Continue Reading →

Learning Commons Technology Mini-MOOC The purposes of a Library Learning Commons are inherent in the 5 Standards of the Canadian Library Association. They can be found in the Leading Learning Document. They are as follows: Facilitating collaborative engagement to cultivate and empower a community of learners. Advancing the learning community to achieve school goals. Cultivating... Continue Reading →

SAMR, Collaborative Inquiry & Tech enabled Learning

Earlier this year I began a collaborative teacher inquiry that would set up a technological framework for supporting literacy in the lives of our students, and increasing knowledge. My framework fit very nicely with Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model. The following is an example of one way I am incorporating the SAMR into literacy. Different Entry... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Steps to a 21st Century Learning Commons

There are important elements that need to be considered when trying to create a 21st Century Learning Commons. Learning Commons in 2014 truly need to be spaces that promote both physical and virtual senses of Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity. Regardless of your situation, Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity need to be at the forefront of your planning. We... Continue Reading →

Help! Our School Structures are outdated and the Digital Divide is growing!

This picture represents how learning was originally structured within school systems. One can make inferences about what was important in education in the 1800's. But how much have things changed since our Canadian school system was implemented? Are Students engaged? I can't help but think however, that for all of our new technologies and new... Continue Reading →

Knowledge, Technology, the Commons – Evolution of new Paradigms

Some of my learning from CBC 'Ideas in the Afternoon' on Feb 3, 2014. Can be found on the following website: Ideas in the Afternoon On my way back from Toronto the other day, a colleague had tweeted me about a great show on CBC radio. I had the opportunity to listen to a program... Continue Reading →

6 Reasons to Promote 21st Century Skills vs 21st Century Tech

“Any educator that aims at completeness must be at once theoretical and practical, intellectual and moral.” Aldous Huxley, Words and Their Meaning, 1940. There are many skills that go into creating that 'complete' learning experience that we want for our students. Theory, practical, intellectual and moral principles all play important roles in the development of... Continue Reading →

Technology Awareness in the Primary Grades

It is important for Educators to help students build a Positive Online Presence. Especially with our younger and younger students who are becoming involved with the Internet and Social Media at growing rates. Most students have some kind of difficulty with self-management throughout childhood. But, this is to be expected with children. They simply lack the... Continue Reading →

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