EDCI 335 Challenge 10: What are the strengths/affordances of the technology or learning environment you have chosen for your learning design that will promote or facilitate learning? In preparing the TALONS socials units this semester, I have sought to align aspects of technology, assessment and unit planning within larger values of emergent epistemology and citizenship learning. By bringing these […]Read more "Digital Environments, Emergent Knowledge & Citizenship Learning"
For the first time in what feels like a while, I took the almost the entire summer as vacation this year, and came back into school fresh with (albeit unfocused) enthusiasm and energy for September. By design or retro-active justification, I like to come into a new school year without too many preconceived ideas about […]Read more "Reengage"
Organizing Inquiry Topics These last few weeks, the TALONS have taken their study of Socials 10 west, from the fledgling union of Confederation to Hudson’s Bay, Manitoba, and the resistance that unfolds along the Red River Valley. In seeking out the story of Louis Riel, and how his execution – as well as the subsequent relationship between the government and the Metis, Inuit and other First Nations of the Northwest […]Read more "Inquiry into the Northwest"
This past week, the TALONS classes have hosted and facilitated half-hour long activities and discussions that have been focused on an exploration of historical contexts and details of Canadian Confederation, as well as an attempt to cultivate the recently discussed Dispositions of Democratic Discussion. After an initial introduction to the Victorian era in the Canadian […]Read more "The Confederation Discussions"
BCIT Forestry instructor Jonathan Smyth has been kind enough to spend a few days in the last few years teaching the TALONS about land and resource management in the Maple Ridge research forest. This year we are spending two days with either of the cohorts and Jonathan in the fresh onset of autumn rain in […]Read more "BCIT Woodlot Visit"
Tomorrow, I will be presenting at this year’s BCSSTA Conference on 21st Century Learning, and am planning to introduce my particular approaches to the use(s) of technology in the classroom with the above Prezi & access to the assembled terrain of my own, and my students’ emergent digital geography. I hope to frame the […]Read more "Social Media as Connective Tissue – Presentation for BCSSTA"
With a new fall, the current incarnation of the Talons class sets out on one of the pillars of the program, encountering a person deemed Eminent in the annals of history: someone who has changed things and left the world indelibly marked with their unique gifts. The importance to gifted learners of such projects is […]Read more "Eminent Person Study: Looking Back, Looking Forward"
Why Sharing Our Stories Matters: Story by Bryan Jackson from unplugd on Vimeo. It was a great honour to be able to share the story above with members of my #Unplugd11 group – Rodd, Kim, Giulia, Kathy, and Andy – and be a part of the inspiring collaborative editing and writing process of the collectively-authored […]Read more "#Unplugd11: Why Sharing Our Stories Matters"
As the Talons class moves forward with its discussion of ongoing media coverage and context behind recent events in Egypt and across the Middle East, the conversation has ranged from an investigation of the realities of an emerging media landscape, to the nature of Truth, violence, and power. Views have been researched, expressed, challenged, and […]Read more "Conversations I'm following"