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

CreeGeo Photo Stories: Kashechewan First Nation

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

Walk With Us End of 2016 Updates!

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!

Google Collaborative Writing: Playwrights in Vancouver, BC and Timmins, ON Connect on a Google Doc

A couple of years ago, Google Docs commemorated National Novel Writing Month by inviting authors Edan Lepucki, Tope Folarin, and Mike Curato to participate in a short story challenge. The three writers were tasked with writing a short story...on the same Doc...in three different locations...in real time. The beauty of Google Docs of course is … Continue reading Google Collaborative Writing: Playwrights in Vancouver, BC and Timmins, ON Connect on a Google Doc

“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

Friends, Learning, Making and Playing…a Conversation with Kindergartners

"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

TextHelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome

Letting go of Kurzweil and Dragon Naturally Speaking and embracing web-based Read&Write...it can be done, but not without a few (minor) hiccups, as is usually the case when implementing any new technology on a large scale. My Board purchased TextHelp's Read&Write Chrome extension (Premium) as a comprehensive assistive technology solution for our students this year. … Continue reading TextHelp’s Read&Write for Google Chrome

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

Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2015: Using Google Street View and WalkInto as a Medium for Virtual Field Trips

Over the past 2 days, I have had the amazing opportunity to learn from leading researchers in the field of Educational Technology at the Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference. What a beautiful conference and campus, and the people were inviting, engaging and all-around great folks. The invited speakers and paper presenters provoked thought and discussion … Continue reading Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2015: Using Google Street View and WalkInto as a Medium for Virtual Field Trips