Literacy is central to success in life – academically, socially and financially, but like everything else in life it comes easy to some and much harder to others. Unfortunately, since it is literally the vehicle of education this becomes incredibly problematic if children struggle with literacy skills. We all desperately want a solution to support them in moving along with their classmates, but handing them a computer with assistive technology programming is not the solution we should be leaning towards – it should be intensive, evidence based instruction – both at home and school. For literacy intervention to be successful, there needs to be a “all hands on deck” approach.
Crafting and maintaining digital footprints has become an essential 21st century skill. For students, their digital footprints will impact their relationships, educational prospects and employability.
I recently attended the OCEdiscovery conference in Toronto, Ontario where I had the opportunity to attend as part of a Ministry of Education delegation. This amazing conference brings together various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario. My job was to observe, and collaborate with colleagues from across the province, then report back to my school district about… Continue reading The Future is Here: AI Robotics; Data Mining and Analysis; Complex, Collaborative Problem Solving
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Earlier this school year, I wrote about my ongoing battles with secondary students and smartphone use in the classroom. My ‘new’ attempt at controlling the issue was to educate students about the dangers of smartphone use and to let them set their own classroom guidelines collaboratively with me so that… Continue reading The Cell Phone Struggle: Part 2
I wasn’t always techy; it’s something I’ve forced myself to learn as I saw the necessity for it in terms of engaging my students, increasing communication with colleagues, students and parents and organizing my resources effectively. But don’t get me wrong – I’m far from a professional. I’m constantly learning and trying new things in… Continue reading 5 Essential Technology Infographics for Teachers
Last year when teaching my students about social media, I had them complete a poll: what social media applications did they use the most? We were in the midst of studying social media applications, their power and influence but I had an ulterior motive: I wanted to find out their digital patterns to use as… Continue reading 5 Easy Steps to use Instagram in Creating a Culture of Reading at your School
Do you struggle with cell phones in your secondary classroom? How can we balance technology and focus without disengaging our students?