Posted: January 11, 2012 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized
For quite some time now I have been self-hosting my blog at http://bloggucation.learninghood.ca (also http://bloggucation.com)- I just noticed that once I bought my domain and started to self-host my blog that I forgot to redirect this URL to my new one (thanks to Jen @faulkneronline) for bringing this to my attention.
So, please visit me in the LearningHood at http://bloggucation.learninghood.ca - I’ll be sure to redirect this link shortly.
Posted: June 27, 2011 by Aaron Puley in ISTE
The ScienceHood has received a bit of a facelift for ISTE 2011 (@iste11). The learning platform of @faulkneronline’s courses looks a bit different these days as we prepare to present a model classroom at ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in Philadelphia. The title of the environment, “ScienceHood”, is a merger of “Science” and “Neighbourhood” = “ScienceHood”. The name indicates that learning is a collaborative and a community event – everyone is part of the process together: students, staff, parents, and community. The forum we use is a self-hosted WordPress platform with a Buddypress install. Buddypress is, as they call it, social networking in a box. It takes a standard WordPress blog platform and transforms it into a very dynamic social community which is very similar to Facebook and other social networking sites. Because it is attached to our WordPress install, however, Buddypress is safe and secure – administered and managed by the teacher and co-managed by the studnets. Within this environment, the teacher (in this case Jen Faulkner @faulkneronline) can communicate with her students, their parents, and the community while the students comment amongst each other and reflect upon their own learning. As it is web-based, activities and lessons can be rich and dynamic, full of web links, embedded audio, video, and imagery. It is much easier to manage a differentiated learning environment through a portal such as this.
Check out our session at ISTE 2011 on 12:45pm EDT in 119a - http://bit.ly/khftPl
Posted: June 27, 2011 by Aaron Puley in ISTE
On 12:45pm EDT, we will be going LIVE from ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. During this session, we will be conducting a model lesson for participants on, what we like to call, Digi-Centers for Learning – Daily DI (Differentiated Instruction) for UDL (Universal Design for Learning). Become a student in this model lesson that focuses on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. Explore scientific concepts in rotation through podcasts, webquests, and other digital activities. We are a recommend session by SETSIG - CLICK HERE to visit the description on the ISTE 2011 site.
CLICK HERE to visit us at Vokle and and to partipate in Monday’s session. Three students (Chelsey, Monica, and Delaney) will be visiting us live via video conference to share their reflections and experiences in discovery based learning. The shift is often as big for students as it is for teachers – hear them first hand. We also have an awesome mother-daughter reflection from Melissa and her mom, Sandie. Student voice is always the best!
||Differentiated Instruction, Science, Engagement, Universal Design, Assessment
Posted: June 26, 2011 by Aaron Puley in ISTE
Posted: June 24, 2011 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized
Welcome to all ISTE members. We are so happy to share our students success with you. We hope that you find a morsel to take with you to your school to try. We believe in this method of teaching, its empowerment for students and the development of skills needed for future successes in their life is worth sharing. We beleive that meeting the students where they are at and encouraging them to grow within in their strengths and celebrate them working through their challenges is where good pedigady meets student success. Be willing to take the risk of changing from the ‘chalk and talk’ method of teaching, learn with your students and remember – You are Fantastic because you try! Welcome…. please feel free to introduce yourself below…
Jennifer and Aaron
Welcome to ScienceHood Blocks.
Often times as teachers we are challenged by our students as to ‘Why do I have to learn this?’…. sometimes the answer doesn’t ring well with them – ‘It is in the curriculum’. This ‘curriculum’ is such a foreign idea for students. With the developments of the ‘Growing Success’ document from the Ministry of Education in Ontario the idea of offering students differentiated instruction as well as creating self regulating, self reflective, autonomous learner can present a challenge to teachers… but how about offering the students the chance to create their own lessons using the curriculum guidelines? How about opening the curriculum documents and saying ‘Where do you want to take your learning today?’ I opened my class to just such a venture. The entire unit was developed by students for students and they were never happier or more engaged. The lessons included a wide range of activities. It was taught at a level that was accessible for all of the student body. The process was reflective as they were continually accessing where they might improve or how they could overcome the challenges the process was taking them to. I can tell you at times it was frustrating for them but the successes they saw on a personal level – in the ‘I am AWESOME and know so much on this topic’ as well as the knowledge they gained from one another was inspiring to see.
The class work and student community can be found in The Hood.
If you are interested in viewing first semester’s students work please feel free to view the exemplars….
Monica and group in ‘LCD presentation’ forum
Andrew – Cell Cycle podcast and self written Global Warming song
Victoria – biology – Cell Cycle 3D book
Russ – Glogster amalogamation of course
The original learning management system can be seen at http://archive.faulkner-online.com and the first ‘Hood can be viewed at http://snc2d.faulkner-online.com
Here is the process I used…