Category Archives: 21st Century Learning

Media Literacy is a Critical Literacy

Well before I became a teacher, I was in the intellectual minefields of justifying my film studies within the circles of english majors and aspiring political scientists. Although film is without argument the most global industrial art form with an … Continue reading

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Innovation with a Pause: Reflecting on Learning Matters

As part of my Masters of Education program Innovation in Teaching and Learning the most recent task was to develop a Philosophy of Practice. Whereas a Philosophy of Education may be deemed more theoretical and idea driven, the notion of … Continue reading

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Innovation: The Reality of Tech-Enriched Learning

Exploring Innovation: As I continue to be entrenched in my current Masters of Education course (Innovation in Teaching and Learning), the dialogue about how creativity, innovation, teaching and learning can be defined has been on-going. From developing or rather revisiting … Continue reading

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Encourage students to share their “Why.”

Over the course of the past few years , I’ve written and have actively advocated for the authentic integration of cross curricular portfolio design; not solely curating learning artefacts but building and sustaining a holistic digital presence including digital portfolios … Continue reading

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What does assessment really mean? How do students know if they’re learning?

Since the beginning of the new semester, I had the privileged to collaborate with education officers with the Ministry of Education – Student Achievement Branch with the goal to document student learning as it pertains to media literacy. The goal … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year. The ISU (Does it Really Matter?)

Although its been nearly twenty years since I graduated high school, I remember that chapter of my life with incredible fondness and clarity. I remember the movies my friends and I went to see, the hijinks of school dances, romantic … Continue reading

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Descriptive Feedback: The Exhaustive Journey Worth Taking

Frankly, as semester one comes to a close, I am exhausted. This doesn’t take away from the great sense of joy I have in working along side my Communications Technology students as they work to produce a mosaic of short … Continue reading

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What my Students taught me about Learning Skills

To understand and deeply appreciate the reality of the teacher in the classroom is to live deep inside the trench. Working along students with the hope to meet not only your respective goals as a classroom teacher but importantly provide … Continue reading

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Digital Skills in Action.

Since becoming a Communications Technology teacher nearly 12 years ago, I never believed that the curriculum was about ‘making’ animators, designers, filmmakers, broadcasters etc. Before 21st century learning became the rage, I facilitated my subject area through the framework of “transferable … Continue reading

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Targeted Skills Development Matters

As a high school teacher, I can openly assert that much of the conversation around assessment is grounded in a post-secondary conversation. The culture of assessment in high school, for the most part, is still focused on a self-proclaimed awareness … Continue reading

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