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A Hole in The Wall

Posted by admin March - 11 - 2014 2 Comments

Guest Blog: Cameron May, Substitute Teacher – There is a movement in many schools to try to achieve a 1:1 ratio of computers to students, essentially giving each student a personal computer. In the 21st century, technology is going to be vital and learning how to use these tools is paramount. Therefore, the question is not if we should be using computers in schools but how. The notion of having  [ Read More ]

Will You Choose To Care?

Posted by admin February - 4 - 2014 1 Comment

Guest Author: Ashley Lepage, Grade 8 teacher at Ralph McCall School – Last year, the Grade 7 and 8 teachers at Ralph McCall School sought to plan a project that would engage students in meaningful and authentic learning in the last couple of weeks of the school year…not exactly an easy task! The Grade 7 students participated in a project designed around environmental stewardship. In the hopes of having students  [ Read More ]

Opening Up Our Classroom Walls

Posted by admin January - 28 - 2014 4 Comments
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Guest Author: Christina Van den Eynden, Teacher, Prairie Waters Elementary School  – Being a teacher in the 21st Century offers many opportunities for students to see the world beyond the classroom walls – many more than when I was a student in the 1980s. Over the last two years, I have noticed a huge change in the technological skills students are bringing to the classroom and have observed an exponential  [ Read More ]

RockyTalks 2014

Posted by admin December - 4 - 2013 0 Comment
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Guest Author: Rick Gaudio, RVS 21st C Learning Specialist – Our RockyTalks video series is one of the ways that we are “making learning visible” in Rocky View Schools. Our YouTube Channel features RockyTalks playlists on a variety of topics in which students, teachers and leaders share ideas and best practices about teaching and learning. In 2014, we will host four RockyTalks events that will give members of the RVS community opportunities to contribute  [ Read More ]

Making Learning Visible

Posted by admin December - 3 - 2013 0 Comment
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Guest Author: Josh Hill, RVS 21st Century Learning Specialist – In my role as a Learning Specialist I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to see the amazing learning students engage in across our division. I have come to understand that one of the most valuable things I can bring to support teachers in designing learning is the ability to connect them to the work of one another. In  [ Read More ]

A Culture of Sharing

Posted by admin June - 17 - 2013 1 Comment
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RVS Guest Author – Richard Gaudio, RVS Multimedia Specialist: There are amazing things going on in teaching and learning in Rocky View Schools, but sometimes it’s hard to know about them unless we share them with each other. One of the most engaging aspects of my work this year has been to explore ways for us to share knowledge, experience and best practice through multimedia. The result of this exploration is  [ Read More ]

How I Teach a New App to Students

Posted by admin June - 14 - 2013 0 Comment
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RVS Guest Author: Thea Morris, Teacher, Elbow Valley Elementary – How do I teach a new app to students? I don’t… Well, sort of… Let me explain…. With productivity apps like iMovie, Keynote, Pages, iA Writer, and Show Me, I give the students time to explore and ‘play’ with the app prior to a learning activity that I know is coming up that will be using a particular app. I  [ Read More ]

21st Century Organization

Posted by admin June - 3 - 2013 0 Comment
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RVS Guest Author: Max, Grade 8 Student – Have you ever forgotten that something is due, because you were not reminded of it or you did not have the USB drive with you when you could work on it? Well, you can’t have those days anymore because of all the different the ways to have everything, everywhere. With iCloud, Google Drive (you can also share easily), Dropbox or even if  [ Read More ]

A 21st Century Approach

Posted by admin May - 23 - 2013 19 Comments
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RVS Guest Author: Erin D., Grade 8 Student – “Your job, for this project, is to pick which invention you believe is the most important light-involving technology, and prove why.” As soon as I heard my teacher explain our new project, I immediately knew that I wanted to prove that the camera is the best light-involving invention, through an iMovie. I chose this particular technology and way of presenting it  [ Read More ]

Where are We Going with Digital Resources?

Posted by Angela Spanier May - 3 - 2013 2 Comments
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RVS Guest Author: Dave Morris, Associate Superintendent of Learning – One incredible challenge in being a leader of 21st Century leaning is how to approach the use of digital resources in classrooms. I believe that Alberta Education and many school jurisdictions are also struggling with this issue as well. Do we purchase and license resources? Do we try to collect suitable resources for teachers into repositories? Are online textbooks the  [ Read More ]