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Posted: June 12, 2012 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized


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…

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Visit Me at

Posted: January 11, 2012 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized

Visit me at

Hi, Everyone

For quite some time now I have been self-hosting my blog at (also 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 – I’ll be sure to redirect this link shortly.



Welcome to ISTE Members

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.

First Step of Innovation = Substitution

Posted: March 7, 2011 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized

Last week I was asked to present an after school session for Elementary teachers on new innovative tools to engage students. Unfortunately, the reality of most schools is that access to technology is limited. Often, schools only have one computer lab to work with (often over booked and impossible to get to on a consistent and regular basis). In addition, every teacher comes with their own individual skillset and level of technological prowess. So, the goal was to….

• be accessible
• meet the needs of everyone
• be easy to do


I planned a differentiated approach, due to the limited access, with a possible by all focus. Good for differentiation. In essence, I designed a “You already do this, so why not try this” focus. This also fits with the concept I was introduced to at #iste2010 in Denver, CO: SAMR. The SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition). When first initiating something new, the best practice is to substitute an existing tool or idea with a new one. Following that, the product could be augmented with a functionality previously impossible with the previous medium or tool. With that idea in mind, consider the following Web 2.0 tools / Online Software and their associated learning goals / outcomes. Check out Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s blog and podcast series, As We May Teach: Educational Technology, From Theory Into Practice – More on the Maine Learning Technology Initiative can be found here –

All of these ideas can be facilitated in a station based approach – no need for whole class participation.


Brainstorming with chart paper and post it notes > LINO (virtual multimedia bulletin board) – (it’s like Wallwisher but cooler)



Bristol Board Poster > GLOGSTER –



Literature Circle > VOICETHREAD – Group conversations around images, documents, and videos –


Powerpoint > PREZI – zooming presentation editor –




Journaling / Reflection > TUMBLR –




What do you think?

#4 Zooburst – Digital Pop-Up Books!

Posted: January 27, 2011 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized

Checking out the “ScienceHood”, Jen’s online SNC2D Learning Community where Grade 10 Science Students reflect and support each other in their learning. One student,Victoria, posted a Web 2.0 tool that we had not previously heard of or explored…Zooburst.

Zooburst is an online digital pop-up book creator with augmented 3D functionality.

Check it out….

Tweet Test

Posted: December 10, 2010 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized

This is a test to see if my blog post will post to my Twitter account……..

I know, I know….

Posted: December 10, 2010 by Aaron Puley in Uncategorized

I know….I said a post a day – well , this is my post today. My post today is that I will post tomorrow on today’s/tomorrow’s web 2.0 tool of the day.

I will….I promise…..