Friday, December 16, 2011
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Last year we used cell phones in a few lessons as response devices, allowing students to connect up to teacher created surveys and view the results in real time. This year many students used them to record their raps durin the rainy week, their talking head videos for English class as well as video for the creative carrousel.
Cell phones are powerful tools, most students have them and know how to use them, so the question is, why not use them in lessons when it makes sense to do so.
I am interested in gaining some insight on this from the student perspective and have created a survey for them to fill in. It is anonymous and only ABC community members can access it. I have embedded a copy below and included a screen shot of it for those of you who are not immediate members of the ABC Community. I would really welcome any comments and/or questions you may have on this. Please do use the comment option in this blog to respond.
Screen Shot of the Survey
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
This year we have again opened up the project to the world and will be involved in collaboration not only within the ABC Walls but with students in other countries. Do check out the first round of projects on the A Better World Website, to get a better idea of how the project works.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Banned Books Week was celebrated in the LRC during the week of September 24−October 1, 2011. This is an annual event which focuses on celebrating the freedom to read. "Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books..." ALA
The event generated a great deal of conversation between members of staff and students, who were shocked to see their favourite books on the banned list or behind bars. They soon felt much better about it once they understood that the purpose of the event is not to ban any book, but rather to raise awareness about the issue of censorship
Mr. Alfaro began running the LRC Puppet Project during as the LRC's contribution to Theatre Week. This project involved students creating Muppet type puppets from foam for use in school projects. The project proved so popular that it was extended for a total of 3 weeks. Puppet making is now well under way and the first puppet (Space Toad) who was featured in the video advertisement has now debuted as the main character in a student production. The Project will wrap up next Friday, with a few small puppet plays.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Do also have a look at his Stanford Speech. It is quite inspirational.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
It's interesting to see how many new technologies were met with resistance and are either still going strong in some form or other, or have become a thing of the past only after many years of being the "new tools". What is really powerful is the concept of digital evolution as opposed to digital revolution, the idea of merging virtual and real worlds. If you look at Steve's 6 trends for a the digital age, it becomes obvious that we are smack in the midst of this particular merger.
Monday, September 26, 2011
This school year the LRC has launched this new blog which will bring all of these networks together in one place, as well as provide a venue for short informative updates, as well as the LRC Newsletter to be uploaded each month for your viewing pleasure.
It is our sincerest hope that you will enjoy our new blog, use it to keep up on the latest in regards to the LRC and feel free to communicate with us through it and our other social networks linked to within.
Here's to the start of a new exciting school year full of innovation in learning.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The LRC Coordinator and Digital Media Artist have prepared 6 after school sessions, over the course of 2 weeks, aimed at teaching students how to make foam puppets. This activity will end with a series of short puppet shows performed by the students on the last day.
Sessions take place from 2:00-3:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students can sign up using the Google Form in their email inbox.