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What is the difference between 'gamification' and playing games?

Alice Keeler makes highly relevant points in regards to Chapter 7 in giving students choice, making lessons fun and creating passions. Games also give immediate feedback.

How to get students to be motivated?

How to teach students to take risks? In games you learn through failure and celebrate failure. Alice says that by not giving grades she encourages risk taking.

I will be teaching Scratch next week so I'm thinking of doing a task where students can…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 24, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

TeachMeetNZ running a session

This blog post is a cross post from my blog.

Currently I am learning with Julie Lindsay on Global Educator sessions. Julie is a global educator whose work I had admired from a far for a few years before I had the opportunity of joining a face to face session with her last year in Hawaii. This year I am learning more about running a…

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Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on October 19, 2014 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

Quadblogging: Global Digital citizenship- Final Blog

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Quadblogging is an easy way to get an audience for student blog posts. After sharing…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Developing Your PLN and PLC: Essential Steps for Educators

Two important aspects of teaching and learning in the 21st century are the Personal Learning Network (PLN) and Professional Learning Community (PLC).

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a self-directed network of like-minded individuals who are connected and organised through online communities that provide constant learning for each other. A PLN is centered around learning and…

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Added by Julie Carey on October 16, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Developing Your PLN and PLC Essential Steps for Educators

Developing Your PLN and PLC

Essential Steps for Educators

A Collaboration by Martine Blanchet andJulie Carey 

Two important aspects of teaching and learning in the 21st century are the Personal Learning Network (PLN) and Professional Learning…

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Added by Martine Blanchet on October 16, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Students love connecting with others

This week we started term 4 and my class of international students are meeting their team mates in the US. I've just been reading their messages and they are so interested in each other. 

In 3 short lessons I have seen how 'learning by doing' is a way to open up valuable teachable moments on how to behave online and how important it is to develop the habits of mind such as persistence, independent learning and how to set up collaborative relationships. These discussions will develop…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 16, 2014 at 12:48am — No Comments

Dizzy with Diagrams

After reading so much about PLNs and connectivism, I'm feeling a bit dizzy with all the diagrams! I want to take a moment to appreciate a couple of my favorites.

One model introduced in Julie's book was a diagram called Building the Pathway of Learning. …

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Added by Julie Carey on October 15, 2014 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Teachers as Models

A 21st Century Skill we hear so much about is collaboration. We are encouraged to create learning experiences that require our students to work productively in groups, to use communication and conflict resolution skills, to ask for help when needed, and to put their learning out there for the world to see. While these are wonderful goals, sometimes we don't realize how uncomfortable that can be! Are we ready, as educators, to do what we ask our students to do? It takes humility to reach out…

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Added by Julie Carey on October 15, 2014 at 12:51pm — 1 Comment

PLN as a vehicle for Connectivism

I wonder if whoever chose the name "World-Wide Web" knew that it would lead to a whole new method of learning. I really enjoyed this piece about "connectivism" as a new way that we learn. Navigating the WWW is indeed a bit like being caught in a web. Everything's related and once you're in, it's hard to get out!

Principles of connectivism:

  • Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.…

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Added by Julie Carey on October 15, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Developing your PLN and PLC - essential steps for educators

Developing your PLN and PLC - essential steps for educators

 

A Professional Learning Network is an important part of teaching and learning in the 21st century.  Your PLN can become your colleagues from around the world offering a wealth of information and tips about the topics you care most about.

Some essential steps in growing and developing your PLN are:…

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Added by Martine Blanchet on October 14, 2014 at 1:28am — 2 Comments

Citizenship: Literacy and Fluency

Global Pedagogy in the World Language Classroom from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano



Read more at: http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/10/08/global-pedagogy-in-the-world-language-classroom/ | Langwitches Blog

Learning interpersonal…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Classroom practice: Citizenship

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On Monday we start Term 4 and I will have a…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Serendipitous Events: Skype in the Classroom & Twitter



Reading Chapter 3 Step 1: Connecting and how serendipitous events can happen by 'pushing'  out onto the internet. …



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Added by Ann Rooney on October 9, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Quadblogging: Global Digital citizenship

Reflecting on Global Digital Citizenship in practice.

Citizenship is all about people...social responsibility and social

learning

Practice:

What are the skills and habits of mind? 

Practice and develop these skills and habits of mind in an authentic and meaningful…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 9, 2014 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Becoming a connected teacher

How have I begun connecting with other teachers?

Becoming connected started with creating my Edublogs site. This was firstly established as an Eportfolio for my teacher registration. However, at a Teacher Registration meeting I learnt that Blogging was not enough. I had to also demonstrate influencing other teachers. So began my journey to connect with other teachers…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 9, 2014 at 9:39am — No Comments

Global Digital Citizenship : Cross Posted

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The most important variable in collaboration is people. I keep coming back to the phrase that before collaboration can take place people need to make connections. Dr Wendy Kofoed and myself are presenting this very topic at Ulearn.  If you have questions for us you can add them here to our…

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Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on October 5, 2014 at 6:48pm — 2 Comments

Quadblogging: Global Digital Citizenship in practice;

Global Digital Citizenship in practice is about teaching students to be safe online. Another important issue is what message are they sending out about themselves. By contributing to online discussion and activities teachers and students need to discuss their digital footprint and also their "digital branding". Students get very excited about having online conversations but they need to stop and think how their words and images will be perceived by others and how will they fell about…

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Added by Ann Rooney on October 3, 2014 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

Eduignite Leadership Presentations

I have been reflecting on my third presentation in a series of three for Eduignite.  

My first was my Personal Tattoo - O lau Malu.  

My second was My…

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Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on September 29, 2014 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Eduignite Leadership Presentations

I have been reflecting on my third presentation in a series of three for Eduignite.

My first was my Personal Tattoo - O lau Malu

My second was My Digital Tattoo

 

My third is on Digital…

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Added by Sonya Van Schaijik on September 29, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Quad Blogging

Hi,

I'm really interested in researching Topic 1: 'Global Digital Citizenship' - concept and practice.

I'd like to research this topic with others as it is connected to a school project- 21 Century Fluencies- that I am involved in.

One of the 'fluencies' is 'Global…

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Added by Ann Rooney on September 27, 2014 at 9:09pm — 4 Comments

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