Wise Practices and Intercultural Understandings: A Framework for Educator Videoconferencing

Back in June of 2017, Leigh Cassell, founder and President of the Digital Human Library came forward with an opportunity to participate on a DHL research team. Initially, she had been collaborating with Dr. Dan Krutka from the University of North Texas, and he brought Dr. Ken Carano from Western Oregon University on board. In … Continue reading Wise Practices and Intercultural Understandings: A Framework for Educator Videoconferencing

“Walk With Us” receives funding from OTF!

!!!! 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!

Cold calls to collaborations, and other tales of connected learning

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

digital Human Library and WalkInto: A New Idea in the Production and Consumption of Virtual Field Trips for Education

Everyone has a story to tell. Why not use the power and diversity of WalkInto and publish your story in an engaging, interactive and personal way? WalkInto is an online platform for photographers using Google Street View for publishing commercial virtual tours, to exponentially increase the marketability of their beautiful work. WalkInto can be used … Continue reading digital Human Library and WalkInto: A New Idea in the Production and Consumption of Virtual Field Trips for Education

Dave Ruch: The Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms

Dave Ruch is a dedicated and talented performer and teacher artist from Buffalo, NY. However, geography is a non-issue if you'd like to have Dave entertain and educate the students in your classroom. All that's required is an Internet connection, laptop or other device that is hooked up to a projector/SmartBoard, and you'll have yourself a … Continue reading Dave Ruch: The Largest Online Gathering of K-5 Classrooms

digital Human Library and professional artist Omari Newton

Omari Newton is in the digital Human Library! Montreal-born artist Omari Newton is a professional actor, writer, Slam poet and MC whose work can be found on television, film, stage or radio. Omari's work in television and film includes playing Lucas Ingram in the Showcase series Continuum, Larry Summers in the Spike series Blue Mountain State … Continue reading digital Human Library and professional artist Omari Newton

digital Human Library

The dHL is the brainchild of Leigh Cassell, a teacher and tech coach for Avon-Maitland District School Board. It contains all kinds of information about online field trips, making the world accessible to all students, as well as a blog about technology in classrooms. Exciting new additions are in the works, so check back often. … Continue reading digital Human Library

Live from New York, it’s Dave Ruch!

Yesterday, students at St. Paul School, as well as other schools in Timmins, across Canada and the U.S., had the opportunity to participate in a free, live and very interactive concert by Dave Ruch.  Dave is a teaching artist who captivates audiences with his musicality, personality and impeccable timing: "Show me those teeth!  Beautiful - … Continue reading Live from New York, it’s Dave Ruch!

Application to UBC MET Submitted!

So after months of preparation: impromptu meetings, cold calls, networking, and the realization that I have a lot of great people surrounding me in unrelenting support - I have submitted my application to graduate school.Back in July, I visited my sister in Vancouver.  I had been researching grad school programs, truthfully for a few years … Continue reading Application to UBC MET Submitted!

digital Human Library

After reaching out to the lovely and energetic Leigh Cassell, creator of an important video-conferencing resource for educators and students called the "Digital Human Library" and a teacher herself in the Avon-Maitland District School Board, a sharing of ideas ensued.The Digital Human Library is a resource I believe in, and is extremely beneficial, particularly to rural classrooms where … Continue reading digital Human Library