The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

"Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery." What the heck is inquiry-based learning? by Heather Wolpert-Gawron on Edutopia   Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning [...]

What before How – Technology Integration in my Classroom

What before How – Technology Integration in my Classroom

In course 1, I had the opportunity to look at various frameworks of technology integration in education and their commonalities and differences (here you can read my take on TPACK and SAMR). To recap, here are two images that highlight the key elements of both models:     When I look at my own practice, [...]

Course 3 Final Project – A Presentation with Soul

Course 3 gave me the opportunity to reflect on the importance of visual literacy. From infographics to digital stories and presentations, digital media makes visual literacy skills to be more and more in demand. For my final project, I decided to work on a presentation that I needed for my G6 English-Humanities class. The purpose [...]

Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals through Data Visualization

Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals through Data Visualization

  Infographics are one of the various data visualizaiton tools that I frequently use in my classes. I love infographics because they help my students understand and easily remember information (read my post here where I talk about the picture superiority effect). It is also relatively easy to find an infographic with the information you [...]

Digital Stories for Conceptual Understanding

Digital Stories for Conceptual Understanding

I teach an integrated class of English Language Acquisition-Humanities in Grade 6. In our first unit, we use digital storytelling as a medium to assess the students' conceptual understanding in Humanities. In this unit, the students expand their understanding of how time, place and space (key concept) shape and give meaning to their identity (related [...]

Audience and Purpose – The Core of Presentation Design

Audience and Purpose – The Core of Presentation Design

 "Good ideas and information are necessary conditions for an effective presentation. Design also matters. But design is not about dazzle, sizzle, or slickness. Design is about clarity, evidence, engagement, and story. If the content has structure, if it's true and honest and designed with the audience (or end user) in mind, then chances are it [...]

Creative Commons – Here to Save you from a Copyright Impasse

Creative Commons – Here to Save you from a Copyright Impasse

Thirty-nine thousand years ago, humans were using images to record and communicate ideas, long before any form of writing was developed. In our digital era, this quintessential means of communication is more relevant than ever. With the amount of information available at a click's distance, images can help pique the audience's interest and steer them towards certain content, [...]