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Globalization, Robotics, Authenticity oh my!

Posted by admin March - 28 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest author, Josh Hill – When I started this blog one poignant commenter called for exemplars that would illustrate what authentic instruction actually looks like in the classroom….and what would a blog about  “real world” learning be without some real world projects. The video below showcases a robotics inquiry project embarked upon by grade 8 students at Langdon School. The striking part about this project for me is the work  [ Read More ]

International Mindedness In Action

Posted by admin March - 28 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest Author, Jen Friske – Rocky View Schools Portrait of of a 21st Century Leaner states, “To succeed in in our global community, I will need to be globally aware and civically engaged.” Of course, these are only 2 of the 10 tenets set out by RVS in their vision for our students’ future. However, these are the 2 that have stood out for me in my grade three classroom  [ Read More ]

How Do Parents Engage In Inquiry?

Posted by admin March - 27 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest Author, Keith Hadden- Having grown up in the city, I fondly look back on summers as a young kid.  It was a time to get out of the city and visit one of my uncle’s farms.  It was a pretty foreign environment for a city slicker kid.  I remember engaging in action research, a type of ‘inquiry by ordeal’, when I drove the tractor by the rectangular beehives suffering  [ Read More ]

Guest Author, Don Thomas – The Board of RVS has already passed the first reading of a policy titled Digital Citizenship.  It has been distributed to School Councils for their input.  This particular issue is one fraught with all the recent stories of abuse, child abduction, and pedophiles.  Yet no one will deny the exponential growth of Facebook and other social media sites. For a typical set of parents, the  [ Read More ]

My Teacher is On the Television

Posted by admin March - 21 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest Author, Dan New ~ Calculus students at W.G. Murdoch High School in Crossfield, come to school every Monday, just as any other student. They wander in from the parking lot, place their belongings into their lockers, and grab their calculus materials. When they cross the threshold of their Calculus class, however, what  they are greeted with is far from what one might define as a “regular” classroom in today’s  [ Read More ]

It Is About the Learning, Not The Gadgets

Posted by admin March - 21 - 2011 0 Comment

Guest author, Leslie Collings – Recently, a delegation of SCHS staff members went to San Diego to experience High Tech High firsthand.  If you have ever browsed Edutopia, you will most certainly certainly have encountered this amazing school.  Because SCHS is a one-to-one school, our delegation was interested in how High Tech High integrated technology in a project-based environment.  Perhaps the most important lesson from the trip was that High  [ Read More ]

“Wanna See My Moodle?”

Posted by admin March - 13 - 2011 1 Comment

Guest Author: Nancy Lake

Moodle? Mahara? Wiki, Blog…sounds like new swear words from our Pee Wee Hockey team’s dressing room! Actually, these terms all relate to online collaborative environments. The Horizon Report sees these online spaces scheduled to affect education in one year or less…well, we’re ahead of schedule…

Voodoo Economics

Posted by admin March - 4 - 2011 1 Comment

Guest author, Simon Pols – I was only 11 years old when I went to the Drive-In Theatre to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. I recall laying in the back of the station wagon eating salted popcorn, drinking cream soda and trying to figure out how I could create a manikin, synchronized with the movement of the bedroom door; complete with snorts and snores. I laughed along with others at  [ Read More ]

Guest Author – Norma Lang, Over the last several months we have heard alot of Alberta Ed-Speak about Generative Community Governance. SO… What exactly is Generative Community Governance? What value does this vague concept hold for Rocky View Schools? And, most importantly, how would we make Community Governance real and get it off the ground in our school communities? Last night WG Murdoch Principal Greg Roberts and Associate Principal Gladys Brown started their school  [ Read More ]

Guest author, Derek Keenan – More and more we hear in education about project-based learning; having students engage in meaningful, purposeful learning that is related to real-life. Also called inquiry-based learning, it is a subject that Alberta Education has researched in past documents like Focus on Inquiry from 2004. More recently, Alberta Education has used Twitter to link to an Educational Leadership Article on project-based learning. Our students are moving toward a much more open and engaging educational system, and many of them are already living it…