How to Thoroughly Frustrate Teachers

Step 1: Assign teachers to work on solving a problem related to the field of education

Step 2: Tell them that their problem needs to be solved from an overall policy view versus on a small scale in our individual classrooms

Step 3: Say that this problem is actually impossible to solve, there are only good bad solutions Continue reading “How to Thoroughly Frustrate Teachers”


Geometry City

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One of the best ways for students to learn is to learn by doing. This is the whole rationale behind the maker movement. This project was designed by me to allow my 4th grade students to explore shapes and understand their properties. Additionally, they are working on mapping skills and parallel and perpendicular lines. Through the design of this project, I used the TPACK framework to guide my thinking. TPACK is the use of technology, pedagogy and content knowledge within a lesson. Though my lesson is not using technology as most people think of (mine doesn’t use digital technology), it uses technology as defined by Mishra and Koehler. They say “that almost everything that is artificial—the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, the pencils we use to scribble notes, and the computers we use to browse the Web—is technology.” In this case, I am using typical art supplies. Continue reading “Geometry City”

Sketchnoting & Blended Learning

At the GREAT 16 Conference, not only did I present my poster, but I also attended two sessions put on by the year 2 students. The first was on sketchnoting, the second on blended learning. From those sessions, I gained a couple of ideas about what I want to do for next year in my classroom. Continue reading “Sketchnoting & Blended Learning”

Quickfires Week 3

Monday, July 11, 2016 – Today’s Quickfire was not one in which we produced something.  We spent some time playing with Google Cardboard.  Google Cardboard sounds pretty boring just reading the name, but does, in fact, allow for you to play with some fun virtual reality games/explorations.  I had never experienced virtual reality before today, and I found the whole experience fascinating. Continue reading “Quickfires Week 3”

#GREAT16 Conference Presentation

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Logo Design by Alyssa Kaye Parker, Author of Flora and the Fern

I have never presented at a conference before. Until Thursday, July 14, 2016. This was the day of the GREAT 16 Conference put on by the year two MAET (Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology) students. I have to say, I was quite nervous. I’ve never enjoyed presenting in front of my peers. A group of 10 year olds? Sure, no problem! But my peers? No thanks! Continue reading “#GREAT16 Conference Presentation”

How the Internet is Changing the Way I Think

In 2010, The Edge posed a question, “How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?” In class we were divided into groups, and were assigned to read one of the responses.  Our next step was to present to our classmates on our assigned response, sharing the different ways that each of the authors believed the internet was changing the way they thought, and come up with implications for education. While this was a valuable experience, we we never truly talked about  how the internet was changing us, as people, beyond the teaching implications. Here is how the internet has changed the way
I think. Continue reading “How the Internet is Changing the Way I Think”

Maker Journal Part 3: Feedback & Improvements

My initial idea is to have students create a city based around our geometry unit. In order to create this city, I plan to have students use paper to create buildings. From there, students will describe the shapes found in the buildings based on the lines and angles present. They will also need to understand parallel and perpendicular lines in order to create the system of roads. This project will be completed in groups-this allows for more collaboration and discussion between students. Verbalizing their thoughts allows for a deeper understanding of the content. Continue reading “Maker Journal Part 3: Feedback & Improvements”