Walk With Us: First trip to Mattagami First Nation

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

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

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

NECDSB Google Collaborative Inquiry Project

As part of my school board's Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) funding, I was tasked with developing and executing a research project. Based on this article on the ISTE website, and the work of Leigh Zeitz, an associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Northern Iowa, I worked to modify the concept presented … Continue reading NECDSB Google Collaborative Inquiry Project

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

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