Time to Inquire

The Management Hub…
February 3, 2012, 9:36 pm
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I have a difficult class this year and have had to work really hard on managing their learning!  For this reason I will be turning this blog into a Hub for strategies, ideas and activities that work!  The way that I teach and learn has slowly morphed since becoming a teacher and the students that I work with are constantly transforming these ideas.  I have in the works a page that will deal with what works and one that will hold all thoughts and ideas for change…

An Alien path, always veers from normalcy…


Digital Divide…
April 19, 2011, 12:54 am
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In a perfect world, everyone would have the same opportunities, wether it be access to food, water, resources, education or technology.  In reality, this is impossible because of the ideology of the day…our capitalistic driven mirage of a democracy pits rich against poor and the haves versus the have-nots in a daily struggle most call LIFE!  Does society have to be so callous, holding back those that really do not fit into that cookie cutter shape of a model citizen?!  In Celano’s  “Roadblocks on the Information Highway”, there is evidence that in 2005 that those without the technology are being held back…has that changed since the technology is so much easier to use and much more ubiquitous?  I still believe that those that are not able to access these device at home will always be behind.  Why is there no vision in a world with so much decadence and waste?

The implications for my teaching are that the work expected should be done in school time so that everyone has the possibilities to be successful!

Learning from Other’s Inquiries…
April 12, 2011, 3:00 am
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Many of the brains in our groups have grown exponentially as we discuss ideas that everyone is thinking about!  firstly we heard about the use of wikis and how the collaborating need of the learners were best met when using the edit function so that it was evident what the changes were and their learning from them.

Our second project dealt with the use of a blog to create and develop writing ability when the audiences is better determined and one that they know well.  Were the cyber-aliens as an audience useful or useless? Was it affected by not having as much computer time as they might need to post, or it was good to allow them to work on their own? I loved the idea of getting the posts out to others and would love to know more about what you did to connect them!  So Edu-blogs helped to get a good connection with other classes and other blogs!  Getting people from all over to look at your posts is where I would love to go and I would love ideas of how to do this?  Great ideas getting to local stars for the children to interview and allowing them the freedom to go outside the box.

Great wow…how that we can connect with other groups and get other classes to write something for other levels…SocialsTeacher’s write a short story from what they learned about something at other students level!

Rubrics were the next topic that we delved into and learned that they are useful if the information that you would like to asses did not change and was static then a rubric was useful.  Rubrics did not really track all of the learning that is important especially those skills that are important for the twenty-first century learner!

Reflecting and goal setting is important, but really knowing what the process involves and if it is not focussed can lead to bad goals or reflections.  Making the reflections prescriptive allowing the student to really know exactly what they needed to write, thus; making them more meaningful and manageable.  It was also interesting that sharing and tracking goals that were realistic may lead to more success.

All of these inquiries must allow one  to pick up something from others ideas and work to help stir thoughts and wonderings further to make what was once foreign a lot less Alien!!!

E-Live White Papers…
April 4, 2011, 11:52 pm
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Peer to Peer Learning

Also, participatory learning offers the opportunity for everyone to have a voice and participate in the learning. An example in regards to peer to peer learning would be representative of the timid student who does not like to share ideas or contribute with peers. Put them in a digital setting and this could completely change.

Connect participatory learning with social networking and peer to peer learning develops inevitably.  Sharing is the key…why not everything available and shared to save time and help get fired up over the curriculumn and develop great lessons.

Cultural Expression

It is a culture where creators and consumers form a collective network of collaborators, editors and critics.  Original work, produced by experts can provide the scaffolding on which emerging inventors explore the creative process, self-expression and the production of new work. Sampling, remixing, transforming, and extending media are common place in the participatory culture of digital media.  Mash-ups, common DJ practices of mixing music video and/or music, to produce a new and unique musical piece, have captured the imagination of amateurs.


Networking means extracting information from many websites and formulating a final report on all that has been discovered.  When communicating with others it means combining ideas and learning from others…collaboration is all a part of the process.

Teacher Talks About More than Money…
March 5, 2011, 6:41 am
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You should click on this link and take a read through this great article…it summarizes my views of what is going on entirely!

Teacher contract talks about more than money.

Inquiry Feedback…
February 15, 2011, 1:43 am
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Collaboration for the good of all inquiries resulted in us piecing together a great question and we were able to smooth over some of the ideas towards creating a comprehensive inquiry.  We also delved into finding a shift that was plausible so that the inquiry question deals more with individualized pedagogical and professional growth.

Child’s Play on Asteroid B-612…
February 9, 2011, 9:56 pm
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We were very limited…We had T.V., Radio, a camera, cassette recorder, Walkman, portable compact disc player, stereo, phonograph, text books, library books, microfiche, journals, newspapers and various magazines to pursue and learn from.  We enjoyed using a pencil and paper, scissors and crayons…these lead to our multi-media experiences.  Then in the 4th grade I played on a computer for the first time and it wasn’t until university that I could delve into the world-wide-web…now media is taking the form of everything digital as I learn new ways to communicate ideas and learn.

What was the nature of your interaction with the media content? I believe that I played a very passive role by using and learning from most of the content.  I used numerous books, journals and magazines to expand my research.  Electronic forms of media were purely used for entertainment, while computers became gaming portals.  As for being creative…the attempts were merely used to portray the breadth of those learning experiences. 

Who would you have worked with around the creation of new knowledge?  Those that took the lead along this journey would have had to have been friends, colleagues, teachers, parents, spiritual guides and librarians. 

Type of interaction…With the media, our interactions were very passive, but in the creation of media and information there was a lot of work done on the part of the creator.  The process was also very costly, active and intensive.  One had to be a professional or working with other professionals in order to get close to and be a part of the creation of the media movement of the day!  My brushes with stardom rooted themselves in being on a game show, being an extra in the making of a film for a day or in singing with a choir that was recorded, put on the radio and put onto television.  My role was never of facilitator or leader, but rather as participant or behind the scenes, because at that time, media was not as ubiquitous and available as it is today. 

Being ubiquitous is the key when you don’t want it to be Alien…