Bridge the Gap between teacher knowledge and student knowledge through a technology they’re interested in playing with.
Why Are you (sometimes) hesitant to use technology in the classroom?
(this will take you to a Google doc and you’ll be able to anonymously contribute).
Student success is consistently tied to their connectedness to the school and classroom. They
Easy Ways to Include Technology in your classroom:
Fakebook Discussion Threads
Fake Twitter Threads
Want to try real twitter? See this post.
Bitstripsforschools.com –> I have set us up with a class and an activity comic so you can have some fun playing with this amazing program.
– takes text broken down through tabs and creates a mind map with associated sister and child branches
— Tool allows students to determine the space and orientation of their map, colours, etc
Here’s a great fun activity to help your students engage with the interactive white board. –> www.drawastickman.com
Newspaper Clip Generator (and other things)
Other Neat Stuff:
http://waterlife.nfb.ca/#/ — An interactive multimedia presentation about Canada’s Waterways
http://flawed.nfb.ca/#/flawed — Body Image, Love and a beautiful multimedia story
Google has created an interesting resource to help teach students how to “google” better. It’s American-centric, but you can adjust the concepts to make it more accessible in your classroom.
I originally wrote this letter in October of 2008.
Today, Dr. Osborne wrote me, for the second time, to say thank you for this letter. Apparently it keeps popping up when he searches his emails for “Stephanie.” The whole thing is still true, and it speaks to the importance of gratitude. To me, it needed it to be said, but I forget that even someone as accomplished and as wise as Dr. Osborne also loves to get warm fuzzies.
My message to you: thank someone who has helped your life. And thank you, again, Dr. Osborne.
Salutations, Dr. Osborne!
I read your spring convocation address in the Geography newsletter and was instantly reminded of my own convocation in 2001. You were sitting among the other dignitaries. Although all the other professors looked bored to tears, you smiled as you removed a book from the folds of your academic hat and began to pass time in a much more entertaining way. I am sad to hear the same hat is not available to you for the same purposes this year!
I’d like to hope you are teaching your fourth years the cultural and geographic varieties of French Wine and sports matches. I certainly can’t open a bottle of wine without thinking of your classes (that’s where I learned to drink the stuff!). I became quite the soccer (eep! Football) fan living in Scotland, although the sport was always second string to the stories and songs of the fans, who would fall over themselves to tell me of the history of one rivalry or another.
It is with this knowledge and exploratory spirit I embark on my next experience in Australia in 2009. I have a teaching exchange in Sydney and will, once again, justify my drinking and hooliganism as acedemic research.
I try to inspire my own high school students with the same excitement you demonstrate. Thank you a million times over for igniting my passion for people, spaces and places.You remain one of the most influential people to have touched my life.
best to you and yours, Stephanie Pearson, BAH 2001
Somedays, we’re faced with basic resources and few ideas, but many faces to teach.
Here are a a few ideas (from my PE3D3183-C class) of ways to use a variety of resources including film, worksheets, a short play, a textbook and a poem.
One of my student teachers* introduced me to Taylor Mali. I find myself returning to his work again and again, both for content and for writing inspiration. His works of slam poetry are insightful and humourous.
How do we change the style of speech that has pervaded our culture?
* thanks, Mike Kusiewicz!