Archive for May 18, 2017

Documentary on literacy & school library underfunding – Read Between the Lines

Check out this 35 minute doc created by the Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, titled Read Between the Lines (also available in French). It examines the long term effects of poor literacy skills and underfunded elementary school libraries on children. It tracks the application by Fairview PS in Nanaimo BC for grant money from the Chapters Love of Reading Foundation and includes a retrospective  look at Ogden Community School in Thunder Bay that was the recipient of the award 10 years ago. Interviews include, amongst others,  Robert Munsch and Neil Gaiman.  You’ll like the music, too.

Keep  your kleenex handy – this deliberately tugs the heart strings!  What do you think?

Rowan

 

May 18, 2017 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Have you attended an unconference?

Do you find conferences too scripted, too passive – or maybe you prefer to sit and take it in (especially on Fridays).

Here are a couple of references to get you thinking:

Wikipedia Definition: “An unconference, also called an Open Space conference, is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.”

Mindshift: How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps

NCBI: Ten Simple Rules for Organizing an Unconference

Cult of Pedagogy: Why Every Teacher Should Attend an Unconference

Open access article from Professional Development in Education: Unconference professional development: Edcamp participant perceptions and motivations for attendance

Check ’em out! Rowan

May 18, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment


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