Communication is a large part of what teachers do and it is important that we consider how we communicate, what we communicate and with whom. In this post, I look at professional communication in an Inquiry classroom with UBC instructor, Dawn Allen. With her EDUC 450 class, we discussed innovative uses of social media, blogs and other digital tools to support inquiry sharing. At the same time, we ‘troubled’ the benefits and issues involved in digital tech integration.
Designing a cross-curricular unit plan that incorporates aspects of student inquiry is a major assignment in LLED 351, Literacy Practices and Assessment, and also excellent practice for practicum and future planning. To support you in completing this assignment, I’ve been working together with our knowledgeable education librarians some of your instructors and to develop some […]
Wonderopolis is a website that poses daily ‘Wonders’ (questions to wonder about) and different ways of answering those questions through video, audio, images, and text. Wonderopolis was developed by the U.S based National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) who state they “work(s) to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families.” This website could provide a […]
Social Networking, defined by Gunawardena et al (2009) as the “practice of expanding knowledge by making connections with individuals of similar interests” is a potentially powerful tool for both Post-Secondary Faculty and the K-12 classroom teacher. Through this networking, students are afforded the opportunity to co-create knowledge within a Community of Practice (Wenger et al, […]
I came across TimeToast awhile ago and was just reminded of it this morning as a tool for creating interactive digital timelines. A free account even allows photos to be uploaded, annotations and live links. I love the ‘timespan’ option, allowing a span of time to be highlighted and annotated. This adds some depth and […]