Last month, I visited the community of Kashechewan in my new role with Mushkegowuk Council. I had the opportunity to meet two amazing classes, one at Francine J. Wesley Secondary School, and the other at St. Andrew's Elementary School. These students were natural mappers, problem solvers and critical thinkers as we learned some beginner coding … Continue reading CreeGeo Photo Stories: Kashechewan First Nation
As part of a new online course at the ACCESS Centre here in Timmins, Ontario, I was asked to give two half-day workshops at the end of the month. The students will learn how to use the Ricoh Theta S camera along with the Google Street View app in order to take 360' images at … Continue reading Ricoh Theta S + Google Street View
Back in December 2016, my proposal to facilitate a 90-minute workshop at the International School of Brussels' Learning by Design conference was accepted. And so began the presenter's slideshow frenzy... Waiting for my flight to Brussels at Pearson with my lunch companion, Google Slides In preparation, I was asked to plan my workshop with the … Continue reading Engage. Connect. Innovate. Empower. #ISBLbD #walkwithusproject
Walk With Us traveled to Moosonee, a community in northern Ontario located on the Moose River, from May 10-11, 2017. Our goals were to map as much of the town as possible with our 360' cameras, talk to community members to learn more about Moosonee and the people who live there, and finally, to spend … Continue reading Walk With Us visits Moosonee in May (Athikipisim, or Frog Moon), for the arrival of warm weather and open water
As holidays approach and 2016 comes to an end, I thought I'd put together a few updates about Walk With Us and thank all WWU supporters for all of the encouragement, expertise, time, energy, and all around #edulove given to us this year. While there was a focus on learning the different types of technology … Continue reading Walk With Us End of 2016 Updates!
As part of ongoing efforts to spread the word about the #walkwithusproject, I had submitted a proposal to present at the Learning by Design conference at the International School of Brussels in Brussels, Belgium. I learned about it through my UBC MET program, and believed that the conference's themes (engage, empower, connect, innovate) fit with the … Continue reading Learning by Design Conference at ISB in Brussels, Belgium, March 16-19 2017
The Walk With Us club traveled to Mattagami First Nation yesterday to take our first panospheres for Google Street View. We were welcomed warmly by Mattagami's Chief Walter Naveau, his wife Cathy Naveau, who is the Education Director, and Jennifer Constant, a Councillor on the reserve. To open the day, we sat in a circle … Continue reading Walk With Us: First trip to Mattagami First Nation
!!!! When this idea first hatched, I had been promoting Google My Maps to students and teachers at Bishop Belleau School in Moosonee, Ontario and St. Patrick School in Kapuskasing, Ontario. This app allows students to actually create their own maps for virtually any purpose, and before we played with the app, we started our … Continue reading “Walk With Us” receives funding from OTF!
I'm a big fan of the cold call. More often than not, in my experience, the people I have reached out to in the world of education have reciprocated to the point where some pretty great things have happened. Transformative, even. There was that time I cold-tweeted Dr. Leigh Zeitz of the University of Northern Iowa … Continue reading Cold calls to collaborations, and other tales of connected learning
"School is fun." "I like playing with my friends." "I like that we go to centers and have fun, and play together as friends." "I love that I have a lot of friends here, and we do a lot of activities. I like learning and reading here." "I like my teachers and my friends, and … Continue reading Friends, Learning, Making and Playing…a Conversation with Kindergartners