In a previous post, I wrote about Exploring & Sharing Digital Leadership. In this post, I'd like to re-visit this topic with some news and an addition to a resource that will be helpful to teacher practice as follows:
- Provide followers with a web-based 'capture' of some recent (Feb 7-15) professional learning that several Upper Canada DSB teachers and administrators took part in
- An update to a shared, Google doc that provides a brief review of how teachers and students can interact with specific digital technologies to deepen learning
Below, I have captured a few tweets from the day and added some captions using a web-based tool called Storify. With Storify, you can grab tweets, posts, pics, and more from the web, annotate, and organize them into a storyline. Once complete, you can share your story via social media, embed on your website, and/or export.
I'm happy to include this in this post so as to shed some light on the professional learning that was engaging for my colleagues and I, and I'm also pleased to be able to share some of my learning with what is a new web 2.0 tool for me--Storify!
This is, to me, part of the essence to Exploring & Sharing Digital Leadership. Through collaboration--sharing your own experiences with digital technologies and engaging in dialogue--we collectively stand to gain much towards helping our students. As motivational speaker, J.D. Cunningham (LearnStyle) explained at the Education Summit (Kingston, Feb 7-15), we're augmenting the learning students are doing by helping them identify digital technologies that match their learning preferences (i.e., styles).
This forum, along with many other blogs, can be great ways that we can collaborate. To account for the sharing of experiences, you can comment to this post (at the bottom of this post) and/or contribute to the shared, editable document (available here). As far as dialogue is concerned, commenting back-and-forth through this forum is but one means; another, involves posting tweets to Twitter using the hashtag #diglead. Questions and comments can also be directed to email@example.com of ways to connect!
Before going into his contribution, for which I am very thankful, I thought that I might take a moment to introduce Kyle to you. Kyle is a Mathematics teacher from the Greater Essex County District School Board, Apple Distinguished Educator and Trainer, as well as a Google Certified Teacher. In Greater Essex, he is also an Intermediate Math Coach and leading a Ministry-funded 1:1 iPad project called Tap Into Teen Minds.
In his 1:1 iPad class, Kyle's students use an app called GoodNotes (created by Time Base Technology, Ltd.)--a great tool for annotating PDFs. By clicking on the image below, you'll be taken to Kyle's comments. In those comments, there is a link to a posting that he has created to provide some GoodNotes to teachers and students.
Table-Digital Tools to Deepen Teaching & Learning
I hope that you have found this post not only informative but helpful in your journey towards helping students deepen their learning through the effective use of technology. If you have been using Storify, GoodNotes, and/or other apps/web 2.0/computer programs in your classroom to experiment with pedagogy and practice, I would love it if you could contribute to our learning community at Flipping the Focus.
- contribute to the Google Doc featured (above) on an ongoing basis
- join our Diigo (details in the January 2015 blog posts) group (badge, see above right)
- add your name and a few other details to the Flipped PLN Finder registry
- consider collaborating around flipping professional development through Flipped PL
- participate as a guest blogger on Flipping the Focus. Send your post to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a short bio, link to your site, etc. Upon approval, your bio will be added to the side-bar (see right) and post made to this page.
- leave a comment to this post (form, below)
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