I'm often asked my opinion on what devices one should buy. There's no one-size-fits-all answer. That said, my standard answer to "Chromebooks or iPads?" is BOTH. The trend for some time, at least in the elementary schools that I have experience with, was to buy oodles of iPads. I've seen that trend shift lately to … Continue reading Chromebooks or iPads: What Devices Should I Buy For My School?
If you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, there are a lot of powerful built-in accessibility features that can help all of us - but especially those of us that may need some additional support with reading and writing. I recently presented on some of these features, so rather than re-type them, I'll embed … Continue reading iOS Accessibility Features
This year I've taken on a new challenge in a new role as an Assistive Technology Resource Teacher. It's been incredible to be able to focus on the combination of two of my passions in teaching - special education and technology. I love the job and feel like it's what I was meant to do. … Continue reading Assistive Technology is not Cheating
My goal this year has been to give students as much of an active role in their own education as possible. For 2-4 periods each day, students have the freedom to learn based on their own curiosities, interests, and strengths. It's an interesting shift as an educator because I'm consistently battling with myself on how best … Continue reading Self-directed Learning in Grade 4
I am beginning a new journey this year as a grade four homeroom teacher. I have been teaching grade four Core French for many years (and will continue to do so) but after having over 400 students/year, I am loving the chance to have more time to get to know a smaller group of students. … Continue reading Integrating Pedagogical Documentation in Junior Grades – Beginning Our Journey
I was inspired by hearing Todd Rose's TEDx talk so much that I just had to get his book to read more. Over the past few days, I have devoured it and it really had reshaped how I look at the historical context of education, the findings of social sciences that I took for granted … Continue reading The End of Average
At one time, I perceived the concept of "pockets of innovation" as something problematic. But I changed my mind. Over the March break, I read Scaling Up Excellence. It articulated the idea that pockets of excellence don't have to be a symptom of a lack of widespread change - when nurtured, they are actually a … Continue reading How Might We Nurture Pockets of Innovation?
OK, I don't really think there's a secret, but.... Expect that things will go wrong. Seriously. A think a big part of my role in teaching my students technology is teaching them how to be problem-solvers when something goes wrong. I feel like I have this conversation on a regular basis: "Ms, it won't turn … Continue reading The Secret to Being Good at Technology
I think we all have a collection of "those moments" in our minds. The ones that remind us why we became a teacher. The ones that we can look back on to lift our spirits during the not-as-good moments. I've been busy lately. I think I've had a meeting or "extra" something everyday the past … Continue reading That Moment When
I believe that students are more likely to be motivated to learn something when they have an authentic and immediate purpose for that learning. As a teacher of the French language in a geographical area with relatively few francophones, I have often wrestled with ways to have my students interact with native French speakers. We … Continue reading Authentic L2 Communication via Mobile Games