Student Led Conferences: Sick and Tired of Blogs & Reflection?

Our students just finished a second round of Student Led Conferences (SLC) this school year (one in Semester 1 and another in Semester 2). SLCs are a formal opportunity for students to present to their parents about the state of their learning. The students’ advisor (a teacher responsible for a …

How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?

This screencast below will show you how to use Google Docs as a backchannel or exit ticket during a presentation, lesson or workshop. Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo.

Sketchnoting and Making Learning Visible Workshop

I spent the day yesterday at St. Paul’s Education Conference here in São Paulo yesterday and attended Ben Mardell‘s  session Making Learning Visible: Children and Adults as Individual and Group Learners Over the past few decades, much attention has been devoted to developing learning communities in schools. Yet the attainment …

Visible Thinking in Math- Part 2

This is the second part of the blog post : Visible Thinking in Math Another Math teacher (sixth grade) at Graded, The American School of São Paulo , Laurel Janewicz, has been passionately piloting metacognitive thinking and reflection in her own Math classes. She started out with laying a foundation …

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Google Glass- Digital Citizenship: What do the Kids Think?

My 7th grade advisory students together with Ms. Arcenas‘ group has been discussing the impact of Google Glass, mainly because I have been bringing my Google Glasses to class and am sharing my experience with the students.

As a grade level, we have been exploring Digital Citizenship and the impact wearable technology has, is and will have on our perception, definition and lives as  Digital Citizens.

Students jotted down their initial feelings about the Pros and Cons of Google Glass technology in a collaborative spreadsheet. Invading people’s privacy (surprisingly!), cheating and becoming distracted or lazy was a major concern to many students.

Pro

Con

Instant access to info and recording.

Distraction for class.

Share our perspective.

Hazard for walking through streets.

Might need it for work, work more efficiently.

You have a less chance of being caught doing something bad.

makes life faster

you can be watched, tracked, and/or stalked.

people can be “glassholes”

Can share special moments with friends

Can be robbed of them easily and cos

Easier to contact people around the world

You could catch a virus in the technology (google glass.).

You can search up anything anywhere

Is more efficient for social life

You can do something wrong while walking.

Somebody could see something about you and like it and want to meet you or offer you something.

Someone could blackmail you with what they have found on the internet that was filmed by someone else, or someone else has filmed of you without your permission.

Easier for learning, can help teachers, and help schools.

Could distract people in class, might not listen to the teachers.

Easier to find way around with Google Maps.

Someone could stalk you.

Easier for politicians to contact other people anywhere.

People are taking the risk of exposing themselves to others. For example, with the google glass, you can not know  if someone is filming you or not.

It is an all in one device. It has video, camera, time, etc.

People might not know if people wearing the Google Glass are disturbing your privacy example: filming, taking pictures, face identity.

So you will be able to talk to your friends and family whenever you want.

People could feel exposed and like their lives are out in the open to people with Google Glass

Could help you with reminders, if you have homework and you have to be reminded: it can help you remind you in the morning or the night before. You could get better homework grades.

It could help you cheat on tests and quizes.

It helps if a person wants to know something immediately.

During class people could be doing other things that they are supposed to without the teacher even knowing.

It can help teachers film their students presentations to measure progress.

People could be on websites or things they’re not supposed to be doing and no one would ever know.

Able to film something important

With google glass, people will lose their privacy.

Maybe something bad about the person is on their identity, and that might be dangerous.

Able to film something instant for example a plane crashes and you could be evidence.

No privacy

new technology

You can film them and embarrass them/ cyber-bully.

You can share things with distant family and friends/ Take picture and videos/ talk to people/ research

People can stalk you, cyberbullying

With google glass, accessing things are easier when using your phone.

People can cheat

Be able to share film and photo instantly anywhere you are. Picture from your eyes perspective

Could be filming someone without them knowing or taking someone’s privacy.

Being able to film something at any time.

Invade people’s privacy through filming without them not knowing.

Makes your life easier. ?????????

Easier to people record your personal life without permission

A person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, ignoring the outside world.

Can access information and do searches faster and more efficiently

people take pics/vids of you when you don’t want to

Our discussion continued:

  • We shared with students the recent Do’s and Don’ts of Google Glass Explorers, Google’s Glassiquette
  • Some Google Glass explorers reported that ”Wearing Glass, I’ve had more people take my photo without my permission than I’ve taken photos of people without their permission. “
  • We talked about the term “Glassholes”and the word’s origin and rapid spread.
  • We compared the saying “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and how does this apply when thinking about using Google Glass in public.
  • All the possibilities technology makes possible that Google Glass is using, is available in some shape or form on other tech devices.
  • Any new device seems to “make the public” upset until everyone becomes used to it and another new technology appears on the horizon and the “old” technology has become main stream.
  • Since our discussion, Google published a post on their blog, trying to debunk the Top 10 Google Glass Myths

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I recorded a few moments of the students ‘conversation. The irony was that I had to record the video clips with my iPhone, since my Google Glass had run out of battery! To emphasize the point of responsibility and trust, when someone is using recording devices, I showed the students the movie I created from the recorded clips and asked their permission to share it to a larger audience on Langwitches. My policy is to give them the choice to say no, “I don’t want to be included” (No questions asked). Please forgive the interrupted flow of the conversation, since some parts were deleted at the request of the student.

Google Glass Etiquette and Digital Citizenship: What do the Kids Think? from langwitches on Vimeo.

AASSA- Curriculum Upgrade & Amplify Exercise

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There is a NEED and URGENCY of updating curriculum and instructional repertoire to give the critical literacies of our century justice. Upgrading and amplifying traditionally taught activities, lessons, units or entire classroom learning environments takes time and practice. Just as in any sport, if you want to get better at it, you have to put in the time and practice. The same holds true with upgrading and amplifying. Most educators are “not in shape” and not in the routine of upgrading their curriculum to embed emerging critical literacies and amplifying their own and their students’ work.

AASSA- Building Your PLN

I am presenting  at AASSA 2014- Association of American Schools in South America, here in São Paulo, Brazil today and tomorrow. Over 900 educators from South American schools (American and International) are here to REDEFINE RELEVANCE!

This concept of a PLN has been around for many years. What has changed in recent years though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network. Your PLN is no longer tied to your zip code and you no longer work in isolation. Collaboration no longer just means to work with a colleague in your building. You are able to connect to educators from around the world who are ready and willing to teach beyond the walls of their own classroom.
Your PLN is customized as:
• it filters the vast information available and pushes what interests you
• you choose who is part of your network
• you decide when and how to access and use it
Learning how to build your own PLN is:
• a 21st century skill
• learning about tools that enable your to make these connections
• being in charge of your own Professional Development
• connecting to educators who will contribute to your learning
• extending your learning
• receiving “just in time” learning and help
• becoming globally aware
• sharing your own best practices
• experiencing the power of 21st century learning for yourself
• filtering through “too much” available information

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cross posted with permission from Dr. Silvana Meneghini,’s On The Edge Blog. Silvana, the High School Technology Coordinator at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, shared a How-To post to connect augmented reality to student reflection by adding a layer of learning (not technology for technology sake). I highly …

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Upgrading Our Recipes for Learning: Digital Learning Strategies

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In an attempt to bring  new additions to your Blog reader, I am starting to feature  guest posts on Langwitches. Be assured that these guest posts are from educational bloggers, I highly value and their voices contribute significantly to my own learning. Today I am sharing a blog post and …

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Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage? TPACK Reviewed

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Guest post by Silvana Meneghini, Academic Technology Coordinator, Graded- American School of São Paulo. Originally posted on her blog On the Edge. Pedagogical ideas like student centered learning, collaboration, and critical thinking have been around for a long time and are slowly making the way into the classroom. When technology …

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How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?

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This screencast below will show you how to use Google Docs as a backchannel or exit ticket during a presentation, lesson or workshop. Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo.

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Redefining My Learning

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Silvana Meneghini and I  work as Academic Technology Coordinators at Graded, the American School of São Paulo. ” A flashlight in the fog of technology integration“, initially the title of a conference workshop proposal, quickly developed into the desire of creating a framework to guide and coach teachers based on …

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SAMR Exercise Google Hangout: Mark Your Calendars

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Silvana Meneghini and I  have created a template for technology, learning and literacy coaches. In an effort to create a depository of examples and scenarios for lessons and activities and how an upgrade movement through the stages of the SAMR model actually looks like in the classroom, we are shared …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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Redefining My Learning

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Silvana Meneghini and I  work as Academic Technology Coordinators at Graded, the American School of São Paulo. ” A flashlight in the fog of technology integration“, initially the title of a conference workshop proposal, quickly developed into the desire of creating a framework to guide and coach teachers based on …

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

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Is it personality? Are some people born with it? Can it be learned? I am talking about REFLECTION. At the beginning of the week, I had the opportunity to be part of a workshop during our pre-service ( we just returned from our summer break here in the Southern Hemisphere) …

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The Digital Learning Farm in Action

Student Tutorials- MineCraft, How to Ride a Horse, iMovie and more

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It is no secret, that I am a big fan of Alan November‘s Digital Learning Farm concept. I especially believe in Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding and the power of motivation and demonstration of evidence of student learning via the Tutorial Designer role. See a myriad of blog …

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3 Need-Scenarios to Engage Students with Authentic Tasks

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Blogging as the Official Scribe of the Classroom

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Alan November elevated the “Official Scribe” as one of the roles that empower student learners. I see the role of the scribe as follows: The official scribe plays an important role in the classroom community. Their work is essential for students who were absent from class or need a review …

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Global Education

Selfies Around the World

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  On the heels of The Cultural Phenomena of Selfies and  iPhoneography: Photo Challenges, Ideas & Literacy, students from the American School of São Paulo, Brazil want to know more about Selfies around the world. If you and your students would like to CONTRIBUTE with actual images for an in- school and online exhibition …

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Julie Lindsay: Designing Engaging Curriculum for Global Collaboration in the Classroom

Following the post:  Note- Taking Learnflow of a Conference Workshop, here is the second story of my curated tweets from a session with Julie Lindsay. My favorite take away from her well run workshop was her quote “Flat learning is a pedagogy”. Amplifying our classroom, allowing students to reach out …

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Eduplanet21 Learning Path: Globally Connected Educator

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As part of Curriculum21 Social Learning Institute and in collaboration with Eduplanet21, I have authored a Learning Path for the Globally Connected Educator. Take a look at the modules offered. If you are interested, Eduplanet is giving away 5  free access codes to the learning path.  Continue reading to find …

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Student Led Conferences: Sick and Tired of Blogs & Reflection?

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Our students just finished a second round of Student Led Conferences (SLC) this school year (one in Semester 1 and another in Semester 2). SLCs are a formal opportunity for students to present to their parents about the state of their learning. The students’ advisor (a teacher responsible for a …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog

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When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner… Used with permission from “name” , URL link to original source and or owner online presence. Ex. Used with permission from Silvia Tolisano http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/google-glass-recording-225×225.jpg When using images licensed under Creative Commons… Image licensed under Creative Commons by “name or username “. …

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Visible Thinking in Math- Part 1

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The conversation about visible thinking in Math started with one of our teachers at Graded, The American School of São Paulo, Adam Hancock, wanting to know how he could incorporate having students’ use their blogfolios in Math class. It seemed natural to have students write for Humanities (Language Arts and …

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Self- Directed Course: iPads in the Classroom

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Professional Learning Board just released a Self-study  iPads in the Classroom course I wrote. It is a  self-directed course to take in your own time and at your own speed. “You have an iPad in your classroom, now what?” The iPad helps us prepare today’s student for today’s world in …

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What the iPad Is and What it Isn’t

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As teachers are seeing more and more iPads in education and either using their own devices or being given a teacher iPad or a class set, it is important to realize what the iPad is and what it isn’t. The first realization needs to be that the iPad is not …

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Digital Storytelling

Workflow & Learnflow of an Animation Story

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After teaching a 1:1 Toolkit class for incoming Middle Schoolers tothe 1:1 laptop environment this past quarter, I am currently teaching a Media Basics course for sixth graders. I am using a school blog to document the class (among others), showcase student work, share resources and give written step-by-step directions …

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My StoryTelling App Folder(s)

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Matt Gomez shared a post today with a screenshot of his storytelling iPad app folder. I wanted to reciprocate and share mine. Storytelling I Folder StoryBuddy StoryBuilder StoryPagesHD Toontastic Tappy Memories StoryBoards Premium StoryMaker HD StoryPatch In a World … Drama Build a Story PhotoPuppets HD Epic Citadel Sock Puppets …

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Visualizing Stories

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I recently found a video of 1st graders using the iPad to visualize a poem that their teacher read to them. After students drew what they imagined, they got into pairs and explained their drawings to a partner. The teacher also circulated to listen and to ask deeper questions of …

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