Friday, July 29, 2011

What I Learned This Week

BLC11Had an exciting return to work this week.  Returning from a half year personal leave to work was an interesting transition.  Here is the family blog from our travels to Asia.

Here are some of the great things I learned this week.

  1. A cell phone, just a regular (non-smartphone) can be a great learning tool.  One feature that I have on my phone is unlimited texting.  Using SMS I’ve now setup text to facebook status and twitter.  I learned how to do a google search via text and to check the weather.  Click on the linked words in the post to find the how-to sites that I used.
  2. Professional learning can and should occur everywhere.  Thanks to the amazing organizers at the Building Learning Communities 2011 Conference via webcasting.  The physical conference is taking place in Boston, USA and from my little office in Coquitlam, BC I watched the video webcasts and participated in the Twitter discussion by using the search term #BLC11.
  3. Early learners, as young as primary can be fully engaged with the internet and learning from afar.  Much of the insight was shared from the Building Learning Communities conference. I attended a great webcast from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano.  Check out her blog and twitter feed.

Have so many notes and links from the conference that it will probably take me all next week to explore the suggested websites.  My goal is to integrate many of the strategies in my classroom next year.

Now it is time for the long weekend and some biking at Sun Peaks!