S2 Episode 5: The Guardians pt 2

This week we resume our conversations with Phil Dodson and Gwen Reitemeier. 

This or That? Edcamp vs Traditional PD

Jim joined us and shared why he enjoys the Edcamp model over more traditional PD. It all comes down to choice and just in time learning. Emily argues that there is still a place for regular PD as well.

What’s New in EML?

Nicole shared an experience helping a group of grade 3s get started with green screen for a trip to various structures around the world. What she hadn’t anticipated was the chance to show a student how to get started with Stop Motion Studio and seeing what he would create in only a few minutes. He was ready to be an expert and share his new knowledge with the class.

Emily described her fun day at the Hackergal event put on by Melanie Mulcaster and Matt Arduini of Hillside PS and Clarkson SS respectively. A kickoff by CIO Adam Hughes The girls involved worked through challenges and coded in python.

Not to worry, the boys weren’t left out. They explored MicroBit with Fair Chance Learning and InkSmith and did some designed and built some windmills with the help of Michael Pryce.

From the Interview

Peel Aboriginal Network – Indigenous Friendship Centre

Try This!

Jim introduced us to a chrome extension called Insert Learning, which allows you to add instructional content into webpages and attach it as an assignment in Google Classroom.

We’re taking time off for the winter break, but will be right back at it January 9th.

S2 Episode 4: The Guardians pt 1

In this episode we chatted with Phillip Dodson, principal of Ray Underhill PS. Later, we were joined by teacher Gwen Reitemeier and a couple of grade 5 students as they discuss how their experiences with Indigenous education has created a stronger sense of community in the school. 

This or That? Real Tree or Fake Tree?

We landed on opposite sides on this one with Emily in favour of real trees despite the pesky pine needle clean up. While Nicole sided with the fake trees due to condo act restrictions.

As promised, here is a photo of Nicole’s beloved Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

What’s New in EML?

EML Teacher Leaders from across the board have been gathering for PD over the past two weeks. We reflected on how the open format beginning with provocations in the morning and an EdCamp style event in the afternoon provided these teachers with opportunities to share and learn from each other. If you aren’t quite sure what an EdCamp is check out the EdCamp site for more info. It is a great way to leverage the expertise of those in the room and to allow participants to drive the learning in the direction they need.

From the Interview

Spirit Point Campground Aboriginal Awareness/Training Program

Peel Restorative Practices Resource Page  (PDSB Intranet only)

The Gifts of the Seven Grandfathers

Note: The interviews were so rich, that we have enough for a second episode, check out The Guardian Part 2 next week.

S2 Episode 3: Hang Time

This week we hung out with the Royal Orchard Middle School Boys’ club as they spend the afternoon exploring STEM activities in the LLC. Principal Kervin White, ISSP/Contact teacher Samantha Stephen, Instructional Coach Swarnaly Banerjee-Modi and a handful of students shared their experience.

What do you think?

Do makerspaces need more than cardboard? Both Emily and Nicole agreed that cardboard is a great place to start, but that a makerspace should grow along with the learning that happens there. Often times we jump to the big ticket items, but if you take your time to carefully consider what makes sense for your learners and your space, you can make sure things don’t sit on a shelf unused. Cardboard is also great because it is so simple that you can really focus on the design thinking process.

What’s New in EML?

Nicole reflected on her experience at the Nelson Mandela Public School STEAM night for junior grade families and the importance of helping parents to understand some of the ways that school is changing to include the type of learning that happens in their Launchpad. Thanks to the team at NMPS for putting on a great night!

Emily shared her excitement about being a Core Values judge at the FLL tournament recently held at Rick Hansen SS. She described a collaborative challenge to have one team member reconstruct a Lego project by listening to the instructions of the remaining team members. Speaking respectfully and ensuring team members had their voice heard went a long way for the teams who were successful in the task.

From the Interview

It’s all hands on deck to support the Boys’ club at ROMS. A diverse group of personalities make up the group that was selected to participate in one afternoon a month of making, coding and creating with Sphero, MicroBit, Scratch, design challenges, stop motion and green screen. These boys are more than basketball. Here are a few Tweets from the club so far:

A special shout out to Guidance teacher Dinusha Gunasingham and Teacher Librarian Terri Yates  who weren’t in on the day we recorded but are involved in the Boys’ Club.

This is what it looks like when we hit the road with our podcast. 

S2 Episode 2: Dragon’s Den

 

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In this episode we chatted with Jaime Girard – Intensive Support Teacher for the board’s primary and junior interval classes. She discussed her prior experiences as an interval teacher as well as how she currently supports interval programs in her new role including an exciting invention convention event.

This Or That: Google Keep vs Post Its?

Google Keep is a cool app to keep track of all sorts of things. Create ToDo lists, set reminders, and add tags. This #TipsinTwo can help you get started!

If you can’t let go of your Post Its but want a way to digitize them, check out the PostIts Plus app.

What’s new in the world of EML?

Nicole shared about working with an IC, Climate RT and two classroom teachers to plan a project about kindness, both in person and online. The result is a project based learning experience that would leverage climate strategies like community circles, role play and more. Students will then be challenged to plan and undertake an action project to promote kindness. We’re excited to see what they come up with! Be sure to check out the many great climate resources available on the intranet.  Take a look at the PSA Emily mentioned:

Emily shared about the fantastic new Tool Lending Library. There are a number of technology kits ranging from VR creation to MaKey MaKey steam now available for sign out through the Modern Learning chiclet on the intranet. It is a great opportunity to try before you buy, and we are hoping to build a bank of activities, and lesson plans created by the teachers who sign them out.

More from the interview:

Water bottle filling station project example:

 

A few tweets from the first annual invention convention!

Try This

Ask your students what they might like to invent and get them to sketch out their plans. This introduction to the first steps in design thinking can catapult them into further creative thinking.

S2 Episode 1: The Returned

We’re back! Emily and Nicole are now The Returned. We want to thank you so much for your patience while we got things started with the second season of the Empowering Modern Learners Podcast. We have been looking forward to getting our first episode out since last season. There has be a lot of learning on our part and we are elated that we’ve finally been able to get things underway. We are going to try a few new things out, but the heart of it all will continue to be stories from educators on their journeys to empower our modern learners.

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In this episode we have Lindsay Avery Principal of Worthington Public School as she shares her story of opening up her school to students every Wednesday over this past summer. She also outlines a great partnership between her school and some former students in the Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School construction specialist high skills major. These examples and more exemplify the belief that “Together as a community of families, educators and leaders we share responsibility to inspire our modern learners to be active, critically engaged global citizens.”

What’s new in the world of EML?

Nicole shared an exciting opportunity for grade 6 and 9 teachers to be involved with the Let’s Talk Science: Living Space Project in which classes will monitor the environmental conditions of their classrooms by coding Micro:bit to collect and display data from a sensor board. The PD opportunity takes place on Saturday November 24th from 9am-1:30pm and teachers who register, attend and commit to completing the project will receive a kit with everything they need. For full details or to register for remaining spots, check out MyLearningPlan (aka Frontline).

Emily shared about the amazing Empowering Modern Learners parent conference from the beginning of the month. A new format allowed facilitators and parents to interact more fully than during years past moving from traditional sessions to tabletop displays. She described how a conversation about reading with your child at home, moved right through to 3D printing. Check out some of the tweets from the conference.

More from the interview:

View Worthington’s Kindergarten Outdoor Learning Space Grant proposal:

On her book shelf: Empower by John Spencer and AJ Juliani

Try This!

Connect with someone from an industry related to a subject that you teach. Whether in person, via e-mail, Twitter or using a tool like Google Hangouts, allow your students to see how what they are doing in school can relate to real careers.

Thank you so much for joining us!

It’s time for an introduction…

Nicole and I are very excited to get this season’s EML Podcast underway. Our Technical Producer, Jim Cash has been busy passing on all his ’tips’, which we are so thankful for.  Thanks to Claudine Scuccato and Carla Pereira, we are fortunate to have a new space available to us at CBO in the Media Services Department.

In true EML tradition, we would like to invite you to contact us if you would like to share an inspiring success story for our Peel colleagues.

Hoping to be on the air soon!

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Welcome!

Welcome to our Empowering Modern Learner podcasts. You can subscribe on iTunes. Summaries of podcasts appear here as well as on our iTunes feed. Our first podcast will be published in late October, 2017.

If you are interested in discussing how your innovations (in any of the areas below) have significantly and positively affected student learning, please contact us:

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