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Get Connected: Professionally and in your Classroom

On July 14th, 15th, and 16th I was honoured to present “Get Connected: Professionally and in your Classroom” for ETFO’s Summer Academy. I was a 3 day course that I created, organized and presented.

Maybe you are interested in this course but could not attend so I’ve decided to share my 3 day presentation and resources I used in the course with you.

The course covers:

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Learning while Presenting

I was lucky enough to be a presenter for ETFO’s Summer Academy this summer. My workshop is called “Get Connected: In your Classroom and Professionally” and we learned about Twitter, Blogging, Skype, Global Projects and GAFE.  I had 3 days to teach these teachers with varying degrees of technology experience how to create and use these tools to connect themselves and their students to the world.

While teaching these amazing teacher’s who gave up three days of the summer vacation to come spend time with me I learned some great lessons.

Learning is joyful.

After the school year, teachers are so tired and burnt out. Yet, teachers sign up for courses and read books just to be better at teaching the next year. During the course when I was explaining Google Drive, a teacher jumped out of her seat and ran to hug me in front of a whole room of teachers. The power of learning and sharing how to learn motivates us to be better and do better. Another teacher started clapping when she understood how to do something and then tweeted about it.

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We are all experts at something.

After the first day of  presenting “Get Connected” I went for a walk with two other teachers. One of the teachers I start walking with, Barbara Brockmann, turns out to have won a Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History and a Writer’s Award for her book of five plays that brings wartime history alive for students in Grades 5-12 in 2014. You never know who you are going to meet at these conferences so always make sure to meet some new people. We are all experts at something, what are you an expert at?

Teachers just want to share.

During our walk, Barbara begins to share many resources to teach social studies for my future Grade 6 class. When you feel passionate about a topic, it shines through and I was thrilled with all the resources she shared with me. I actually had to go back to my hotel room to grab my laptop to record them all.

Here are all the links if you are interested:

historicalthinking.ca

 

http://www.ohhfa.ca/media/Steps_to_Creation_of_a_Heritage_Fair_Project_Revised.pdf

http://www.ottawaheritagefair.org/English/awards.htm

 

http://activehistory.ca/

http://oessta-teachers.ca/

http://www.onthemarkpress.com/product/01/EBC145/Remembrance-Day-Plays-Grades-5-12eBook

http://www.canadashistory.ca/

 

Project of Heart http://projectofheart.ca/

 

 

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Get Connected Workshop Advice

I’m so excited to have been chosen to present and plan a 3 day course for ETFO’s Summer Academy. My course is called ‘Get Connected-Professionally and in your Classroom.’ I have never planned something this huge and need some help to make sure I’m planning it well.

I want to it be a jam packed 3 day session that provides a lot of learning but leaves you resources to learn on your own if you don’t it it all during the 3 days.

Here is my planning breakdown:

Day 1:

Introductions, Setting your class to connect (permission forms), Digital Citizenship, Twitter Basics, & Classroom Blogging

Day 2:

Twitter Con’t, Skype, Skype in the Classroom, Google Hangouts, Connected Classrooms, Mystery Skype, Mystery Number, Global Projects & Professional Blogging

Day 3:

Google Drive, Forms and Docs, Go Noodle and Remind

 

I would love some feedback.

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Get Connected – ETFO Summer Academy Presenter

Last year at this time, I was registering to attend ETFO’s Summer Academy workshop but now I am a presenter! I am so excited for this huge honour!

My 3 day workshop is called Get Connected-Professionally and in your Classroom for Grades Kindergaten to Grade 8.

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Do you want to break down the walls of your classroom and introduce your students to the world? Join us for this interactive three-day workshop that will provide participants tools to create their own Personal Learning Network and to use in their classroom. Some of the tools we will be learning about are: Twitter, blogs, Skype, global projects, and Google Apps for Education. Participants will have the opportunity to create a twitter account, blog, and Skype account. They will also leave with many ways to connect their classroom and many resources they can confidently use in the new year.

Participants must bring their own laptop or Chromebook with Wi-Fi capabilities. Participants are encouraged to have a Google Apps for Education or Gmail account.

It will be taking place on July 14th, 15th and 16th in Renfrew. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or presentation tips.  

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