Tag Archives: Alan Levine

Kicking off 2016 With ‘OSSEM” Learning for Education Leaders

Happy 2016!

Let’s make 2016 the year you self-direct your professional learning.

TAKE CHARGE!

Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license
Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license

OSSEMOOC (Awesome – MOOC) is a hub for free, open learning opportunities, with a focus on the needs of Ontario Education Leaders.  We invite educators to use this site to promote and organize learning events.

We respond to requests from education leaders for the kind of learning they need.

The line up for 2016 (so far):

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Get your copy of The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, and join Ontario educators as we discuss and learn together throughout February 2016.  Follow this blog or join OSSEMOOC to be sure you get the email updates.

2. Join Principal Kim Figliomeni as we continue through “30 Days to Become a Connected Educator” (in 10 minutes per day).

3. Mini-MOOC Courses – You asked for them, and we have them!  Sign up here for Twitter and Blogging courses beginning in 2016.

4.  #OneWordONT – We did it in 2015 and we are back for 2016!  Tweet and share your one word using the #OneWordONT hashtag and let’s see where it takes us this year.

 

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What’s a constructivist MOOC?

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May 12: Connecting Through Online Learning

Today we look at how we can connect with other educators by taking advantage of online learning opportunities.

If you are a connected educator and leader, you will often hear of opportunities to learn online through, for example, MOOCs, webinars, internet radio, and Hangouts on Air.  Taking part in these learning events allows us to connect through the chat or by taking a leading role, and often these connections lead to ongoing conversations, blog posts, and other forms of sharing.

Tonight, OSSEMOOC is offering and opportunity to learn about digital storytelling with two of the best in the “business”!

Join us here at 8 p.m. EDT for a fun look at digital storytelling.  Our group task, and your challenge for today, is outlined here.  Bring your phone or tablet, or do the task in advance, but be sure to participate!

More details here.

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Join us at 8 p.m. EDT on May 12 for this session.

Digital Storytelling

On Tuesday May 12th,  we are pleased to welcome Alan Levine (@cogdog) and Darren Kuropatwa  (@dkuropatwa)  share their collaborative work around connecting and the power of digital storytelling.

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@dkuropatwa is the Curriculum Coordinator at St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Manitoba

 

 

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Alan Levine explains himself here: http://cogdog.info/ We know him affectionately as @cogdog

 

This session will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  Join the online presentation and collaboration space anytime after 7:30 by clicking [here].

This is not just a sit and get! Bring your phone or tablet or camera and participate!

Alternatively, feel free to listen in via our internet radio broadcast.

We look forward to your participation in this session.  Here’s a sneak peak at what is planned.

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Click the image for the full digital story!

 

Your OSAPAC OSSEMOOC Team.

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 28 – Digital Storytelling for Beginners

Why is Storytelling Important?

If the idea that storytelling is important is a new one for you, we suggest that you take your 10 minutes today, and explore some of the resources below.

The importance of storytelling has been documented on many levels.  Some of us came through a school system that de-emphasized the importance of stories, and valued the  memorization of facts.  We may need to relearn the power of stories, and how they can play a critical role in our work as educators.

Consider the breadth of the idea of storytelling on Wikipedia.

Explore the importance of storytelling in First Nations Pedagogy.

 

Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share-Alike license by Guilia Forsythe.
Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share-Alike license by Guilia Forsythe.

“When it comes to inspiring people to embrace some strange new change in behaviour, storytelling isn’t just better than the other tools. It’s the only thing that works.”

Steve Denning

Still not convinced?

Check out some of these TED Talks on the topic of storytelling, or this article in The Guardian on the Importance of Storytelling in the Digital Age.

 

Why Is It Important to Tell Our Stories?

Taken from a post by Stephen Hurley. Click the image for the link to the post.
Taken from a post by Stephen Hurley. Click the image for the link to the post.

If we don’t tell our stories, someone else will.  We are doing amazing work in education today. Who are we telling about it?

The importance of taking time to tell our stories is captured in this post by Stephen Hurley:  Telling Tales Out of School: The Stories that Emerge from the Work That We Do.  We hope you will take a few minutes to read it and consider your role in spreading the great stories of public education in Ontario.

Taken from a post by @stephen_hurley. Click the image for the link to the original post.
Taken from a post by @stephen_hurley. Click the image for the link to the original post.

 

Earlier this year, Darren Kuropatwa visited OSSEMOOC to share ideas around Digital Storytelling.  You can access his slides here.

Some of our participants shared their learning in the video below.

 

How can we begin to use digital storytelling in our classrooms?

This example from Kathy Cassidy demonstrates the power of tools available to help even early primary students share their stories.

 

From Kathy Cassidy's post on "Blogging in a Primary Classroom with only One iPad" (click on the image for the link)
From Kathy Cassidy’s post on “Blogging in a Primary Classroom with only One iPad” (click on the image for the link)

 

How can you find out more about Digital Storytelling?  Here is a great starting point: 50+ Web Ways to Tell a Story (by Alan Levine – @cogdog)

What digital storytelling resources or examples do you have to share?

Further Resources:

Digital Storytelling Tools

Digital Storytelling Resources (Dr. Alec Couros – @courosa) -> further resources here as well

Storytelling (David Jakes – @djakes)

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Digital Storytelling (click on the image for the link to the guide)
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Digital Storytelling (click on the image for the link to the guide)