Giant Stride

It’s all that exists between you and a new experience.

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Collaborating Across Borders

It wasn’t too long ago that collaboration in the classroom meant that two teachers were working together, side by side, on a project. If a teacher wanted her students to collaborate with students in another school, be it across town or across the country, pen pals were really the only option.
There are many web tools available to today’s educators that make participation in a collaborative project much easier. I used several of these tools to work with K-8 students a week ago while in Mexico.
The Ocean Studies Wiki was the vehicle I used to help third graders understand animal adaptations and the ocean food web, to stir the imagination of eight graders in a co-taught creative writing class, and to help kindergarteners improve their knowledge of Spanish. Voice Thread was a heavily used collaborative tool for this project.
Speech students from a neighboring district also participated – they voiced questions about the ocean for me to answer.
I returned to my schools to face some very excited students and teachers and was pleased that a few more educators in my world had were now aware of how easily they could use collaboration to enhance their curriculum.

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Meme: Passion Quilt

TAG! You’re it!!

I was scrolling back through a week of Twitters tonight when I discovered that I’d missed a tweet from fellow ITRT, Tina Coffey.  Tina tagged me with a meme…a Passion Quilt.  By accepting the meme, I need to share why I’m passionate about teaching with technology.  I also need to add an image that captures my passion.

Like my friend, Tina, I’ve struggled with narrowing my focus to just one reason that I’m passionate about technology as an avenue to learning.  Technology opens doors and it certainly levels the playing field for learners everywhere, but what I love best about technology is that it allows me to bring another passion of mine into the classroom from anywhere in the world.

So I’ve chosen this image, one that my husband snapped on the reefs of Cozumel in 2005. It is one of many images available on my flickr site. The title I give it is “Seeing What Is.”

trigger.jpg I love that I can use technology to bring the ocean to my students in a very real way. I love that I can give my students a “fish-eye view” of the world beneath the waves.  I hope that it also inspires them to express and share their own passions.  And while using technology to learn about the ocean environment is certainly not the only trick up my sleeve, it is by far, my very favorite.

And so, I pass on the passion with a little Meme toss of my own! 

The rules are simple:

  • Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.
  • The Meme toss goes to:

    I know I’m supposed to share with five, but I’ll have to get some Blog addresses at VSTE this week and toss to the rest. Tina swooped most of the bloggers I know, so I’ll have to find a few others.

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