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BioBreak PD: Snagit, Explain Everything, Screencastify, Zaption, EDpuzzle

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BioBreak PD: GRA, Doodle4Google, Yummy Math, SOS

 
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BioBreak PD: Canva, Slides, Piktochart

 

Undivided Attention: BioBreak PD

Nowadays we are bombarded with a variety of messages, information, and resources that are made available through social media, email, word of mouth, video, TV, posters and promotional gadgets. How do organizations and specifically educational teams get these types of messages, information and resources in front of teachers?

Yes, through the exact ways that were mentioned above! YET, in this world where even 7 seconds is precious, I want to leave teachers thinking about a specific resource or idea.

Over the summer my Twitter PLN used #bathroom PD which gave me a great idea to provide learning during bio breaks. No, I didn’t want to invest in fancy frames like Boston Pizza and I wanted to stay away from actual washroom stalls. However, I do know that washing and drying hands do take a minute or two so I’ve asked each school site to put up the edTech Focus inSTALLment posters in this area.

Each coloured poster is slipped into a plastic sheet protector and is put up for a specific two-week period.

Follow this blog so you can see the embargoed posters.

 

 

Jump Into THIS Reading List

I.Love.To.Read.

My reading tastes vary and I usually have 3-4 books going on at the same time while also reading various blogs and magazine articles. I find that I always pull out interesting gems of information and/or experiences from the literature that I read.

I read both print and digital. No preferences there. Yes, I like to highlight/write down and can do it in either medium. For audio, I stick mainly to podcasts but there may be an audiobook out there that I will find that I like, so far, nothing yet.

Esquire has a list of 80 books of which some are now on my list to read.

Other reading review list sites are GoodReads, Booklist Online, Chapters Indigo New & Hot and the NY Times Best Sellers.

Do you have any favorites that you have read over the year that you would like to share?

 

From Thinking to Doing

Earlier this school year, I shared the Drone history and future Drone taxis¬†with our school division’s Technology Focus Group. We live in a world where innovation, change, design thinking are enabling staff and students to problem solve and create possible solutions. I just viewed the following video while seeing it pop up on my G+ National Geo feed. The perseverance and ingenuity that this group had makes me realize that we all have the ability to make a change.

Life Takes Flight

I dedicate this video clip to the Tech Focus Group who are always looking for ways of #ChasingGenius!

 

Let’s Be Flexible!

When we think of FLEXIBLE or being flexible we may focus ourselves on:

  • our health – can our bodies be more flexible or do we need to work on different athletic moves or…
  • our food – allergens exist and how can we eat well and stay healthy
  • our work – balance between projects and ideas

AND really, this post is about:

  • our schools – what kind of learning environments are we providing in order for students to be engaged critical thinkers, problem solvers and curious learners who are seeing the connections between education and the world around them?

My notes below are the experiences over the three day period where I attended a Canadian Academic Leadership Summit hosted by Surrey Schools and Discovery Education. 

PLEASE click on the Flexible Learning Environments photo to be taken to the Spark Page that I created.

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Flexible Learning Environments