Author: Aaron Puley

Virtual Classroom via Google

As IT Consultant, one of the topics I receive the most questions about is how to create a website to post lessons, assignments, homework, and other such communications to students and parents. The one thing I want to stress right off the bat before going any further with this post is that creating a website as an extension of your classroom is easy! Do not be afraid! The other thing that I would like to stress is that it is not overly time consuming. At first, put as much time into it as you can. Over time, you can add more and more elements as your comfort level allows. What would you like your website to do for you and your students? Be sure to come up with a plan as to what exactly you would like your site to do. For instance, do you want to post daily updates about what happened in class? Would you like to post homework and assignments? Would you like to include links to downloadable files (such as assignment sheets and rubrics)? Would you like to include video as a reminder or extension of class lessons? Would you like to include mp3 files of the book/story you are currently reading in class? Would you like to link to your or other blogs? Would you like to link a calendar to your site that...

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Information Technology and the Supervisory Officer

Welcome to today’s session on Information Technology and the Supervisory Officer. Three workshops have been prepared for you, each one featuring a 21st century outlook to education in a Web 2.0 world. Today’s generation of student is often referred to as the digital native; they have grown up in a constantly evolving digital society. In turn, the tools of the digital generation provide new perspectives on both teaching and learning. The web-based world is a true collaborative environment where students can express themselves and be heard by vast audiences. Today, we will be looking at: Digital and Visual Literacy through the use of Bitstrips for Schools; Web-based Literacy and Numeracy Programs; and social networking sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, which have provided a powerful forum for student expression and voice. Your Digital Agenda Digital Literacy: Bitstrips for Schools Bitstrips for Schools is an educational and safe web based program empowering students to create and collaborate on comic strips. Teachers can create engaging assignments in interactive and collaborative comic strips. Bitstrips for Schools is a great media literacy educational application. Create avatars and comic strips like students and see how this application can be an effective use of technology in the classroom. Learn what to look for in a differentiated instruction classroom using this technology application.What are Bitstrips? Bitstrips for Schools is an online comic strip / cartoon...

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Welcome to the World of Blogging in Education!

Hello and welcome to my blog about blogging. What better forum to discuss blogging in education than on a blog? Seriously?! Anyway, thank you for your interest in blogging in education and how it can enhance both your classroom and the learning of your students. I first started adding blogging to my EMS3O Media Studies curriculum about 4 years ago. Prior to that, my culminating task for the course had been the construction of a media literacy magazine. The students would reflect upon course materials throughout the semester, research them, write about them, and continually add upon them – a living portfolio of sorts. I would only assess the material on an ongoing basis with the understanding that it would not be evaluated for grades until the end of the course. In this way, the students could regularly adapt and revise their material to reflect their ongoing learning and understanding. As more and more magazines fell to the power of the Internet and other digital media, I felt that it was also time for me to stop having students “publish” magazines as a culminating project. I felt that this would better reflect the realities of print media in the 21st century and would give me less to carry home. After all, thirty 20 page magazines are heavy. Also, why not save paper? Why use the student’s ink? Plus, many...

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Blog Presentations and Resources

The following is a presentation on blogging in education and its usefulness as a tool of digital literacy, digital citizenship, and student engagement. Updated to October 2009, this presentation covers many of the aspects of implementing blogging into your elementary or secondary curriculum, the rationale for why you want to include blogging in your instruction, and some practical uses for the tool. Click Here for the Blogging in Education PowerPoint When I first started to include blogging in my teaching instruction, I was faced with a number of challenges: how would I use this tool in collaboration with my curriculum? Could I use it with some of my pre-existing lessons or would I have to create new ones? How would I have students set up accounts? Which service would I use? How would I use the tool for both assessment and evaluation? What would my rubrics look like? How would I support the students? Through multiple implementations and revisions, I have come up with a set of practical and easy to use rubrics for both assessment and evaluation. You are welcome to use them and revise them to suit your teaching style and assignment requirements. I would also love it if you would help me improve as well. If you come up with something neat and effective, I would love it if you would share with me. Just click...

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This is Me!

This is Me!

I am a K-12 educator, Parent & Student Engagement Consultant with a 21st Century Lens for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), husband, and father of two amazing little girls. All thoughts, celebrations, and reflections found here are my own.

Student Voice Forums 2011

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