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

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

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

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

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

Producing Digital Content: A Story told in Emaze

During my Learning Technologies: Selection, Design, and Application course, we were asked to produce a digital story about the types of digital content we have worked on thus far, as a type of reflection of our journey with various online media technologies. Since embedding an Emaze presentation doesn't work on WordPress.com (I was only able … Continue reading Producing Digital Content: A Story told in Emaze

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

Kayaking the Amazon River with Tarran and Olie! A Google Hangout on Air Adventure

A Grade 5/6 class at St. Patrick's School in Cobalt, Ontario participated in a Live on Air Google Hangout with two explorers on Thursday, June 11th. Tarran and Olie were in Lima, Peru, and have since embarked on an epic journey that will have them kayaking the Amazon River! The students had the chance to … Continue reading Kayaking the Amazon River with Tarran and Olie! A Google Hangout on Air Adventure

Building Bridges with Virtual Researcher on Call

When I taught Grade 7 Science, I used Virtual Researcher on Call in my classroom to help with my Structures unit. Professor Francesco Tangorra from Algonquin College was the resident expert on call, and if you ever have the chance to work with him, you won't be disappointed! The following is an excerpt from an … Continue reading Building Bridges with Virtual Researcher on Call

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