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Day 4 of Connected Learning

If you are just joining us today, please refer to this post where we share what we are up to!

Never before has there been such an abundance of information to contribute to our learning.  At the same time, there is no doubt that our collective plates are brimming over with things to do.  As a positive, we challenge ourselves  to think differently and explore ways to learn on the go.


I thought I would share a couple of ideas that have improved my mobile learning.  Part of my practice is to capture information using Notability on my iPad.  This is a powerful app that allows me to write, record, and insert images in documents that I can refer to at any point in time.  One of the things I like to do is re-listen to my recordings in the car.  You can apply this idea to other mediums too, such as  a  livescribe pen.  

Enjoy Day 4:  Listen While You Work.   We look forward to hearing about your learning on the go ideas too.

Oh yes.  If you know a colleague that might like to participate in the 30 days of connected program,  give them a nudge! 



May 7, 2015 Listen While You Work, and Personalize Your Online Reading

Topic: Personalized Learning for Educators

Podcasts and Personalized eZines.


Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 4 (here)

Ten Minutes of Connecting Day 11 (here)


Be sure to use your new knowledge of Twitter to check out three live events happening in Ontario today:

#CanConnect15 – @CanConnectEd

(Watch live here: http://www.canconnected.com/)

#TLLP – http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teacher/tllp.html

#OAME2015: http://oame2015.ca/

#uLead chat – 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT


What podcasts are you interested in listening to?

Let’s crowd source to find out what other educators are listening to online.   We will take you through the crowdsourcing process next week.

Resources: Imagination and Creativity

Today’s post includes the session resources from our March 24th, 2015 session with Stephen Hurley which focused on Imagination and Creativity.

The full session recording of audio and chat is available [here].

We also have a downloadable audio podcast (mp3 version).


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)

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 4 – Listen While You Work

As education leaders, we often find that there are not enough hours in the day.  The “job” never really has an ending point.  We have to figure out for ourselves  how to carve out some time for our own professional learning so that we can keep up with the very fast pace of change.

What if we did some learning while working (or walking, or working out)?

Podcasts are one way to learn while you work.  If you have an mp3 player, you can download podcasts from a number of different sources and listen to them when you are exercising, washing dishes, or commuting to work.

If you aren’t sure yet how to download podcasts, you can also listen to many of them from your laptop.  Some examples have been provided below.

The Whole Child Podcast (ASCD)

Moving at the Speed of Creativity (edtech from Wes Fryer)

Inquiring Minds

Quirks and Quarks

The Current (CBC Radio)

You can find information on how to download podcasts to your iPhone, iPad or iPod here, or you can use one of the many podcasting apps available free.

Ontario teacher Royan Lee tells about his love of podcasts here, and suggests “Downcast” as one of the best apps for accessing podcasts.

If you are already a podcast fan, what are some of your favourite educational podcasts?


Responses (This form will take some time to update after your contribution)

30 Days of Learning in Ontario: Gearing Up!

The blog posts are rolling in and we are anticipating an excellent month of collaborative blogging by Ontario educators!  If you haven’t started writing yet (or recording, or drawing) there is no time like right now to start!  What did you learn today? (or yesterday, or last week).  This is an opportunity to model connected learning for all.

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As we considered how to roll out this project, we asked some established Ontario bloggers to contribute early.

Rodd Lucier (@thecleversheep) is a creative force in Ontario Education, leading the use of technology, and sharing his understanding through writing and podcasting for so many of us to learn from.  He is the force behind UnPlug*d (http://unplugd.ca/), an experience that changed the career and life trajectories of many educators around the world.

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Rodd has kindly shared his learning as a model to get us started.  Please take a moment to listen to his blog post.

Rodd Lucier March 27, 2014


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Thanks Rodd!

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