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Empathy Map for Teachers

Teachers are a dedicated and committed community of mentors and relationship builders.  We often have strong intrinsic motives for doing what we do, and we commit heart and soul to doing it to our best.  This takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. So in supporting teachers in bringing new technologies into their teaching practices, I wanted to create an empathy map that would pinpoint the things they are saying, doing, hearing and thinking or feeling, in the hopes […]

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Digital Literacy: A cautionary tale about why we need to agree on what this means…

In the Ontario Extend Technologist module, we’re asked to consider the term “digital literacies” and to review some research and frameworks for understanding the way digital communications influence learning and literacy. Often, the term “digital literacy” is used interchangeably with “understanding how computers/laptops/mobile devices work” or “good at Internet things”.  I want to dispel that idea now – here, digital literacy is a bigger concept than just knowing how to use a device or an app. The JISC resource on Developing […]

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Educators are like … coaches.

I’ll harken back to my original post, exploring What’s Learning for/as/of? where I pointed out that assessment is like prepping for a race. We’ve got to condition learners, by knowing where they’re at, tapping into strengths, focusing in on where they need to practice, and then supporting them through that culminating race to the finish line. But we’re also their coach – and we work like a coach, and act like a coach, and ultimately, sweat like a coach.  Good […]

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Sync Video: Just Get on with It

Today’s thought exploration turns to Thought Vectors and Concept Space.  For a fantastic explanation of these concepts, please take a moment to explore Jenny Stout’s thoughts on the topic. My own thought vectors today are floating around the topic of sync video chat and virtual workshop delivery.  I’ve been doing a lot of video chat and virtual delivery lately, and am running into some areas of discomfort and adjustment – sometimes it doesn’t feel as synced up as I would […]

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What is learning for/as/of?

As part of my participation in the Ontario Extend modules, I wrote up the below blog post, just to limber up and get ready to talk teaching and learning. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com A challenging area often misunderstood in education, or often misrepresented, are the three core types of assessments: Assessment for Learning Assessment as Learning Assessment of Learning. Just that small “for, as, of” change makes a big difference in how we define that type of assessment, and […]

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