Amplify #1

The goal of the Amplify project is to share teacher voices.    I'm doing this in order to practice creativity and media production, but more importantly I want to: to move people toward change to uplift and inspire others with real examples to provide a starting point for teacher/leader learning partnerships to empower teacher voices …

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Smartboarding for Real

You finally got a SMART Board!  Now what?  Here are some things you might not do. Be the only one who uses it. It's interactive.  Give your students a turn, or even better, give them a designated time.  Make it a group work station, a learning centre, a checkpoint, a bansho wall, a drama backdrop, a presentation …

10 Reasons to Refresh Your Lessons with Media Literacy in the New Year

I am really feeling the importance of teaching media literacy in my junior classroom.  Media Literacy is so positively engaging, relevant, and cross-curricular. I'm hoping to pass on some inspiration. This is the culmination of a three month long AQ course, so perhaps choose one or two ideas to get started.  They may not be …

A Case for Social Media in the Classroom

Let's face it.  Social Media is everywhere and a very appealing means of communication for students.  While students may want to socialize, Social Media serves a far greater purpose.  It has the potential to build communities that share, network, collaborate, learn, and create.  This is the kind of positive classroom environment that teachers want for …