Today my grade 8 science class was fortunate enough to take part in a video conference with Dr. Graydon Raymer of Nipissing University. Students learned about the heart and heart health. Throughout the presentation, students were able to use Twitter to ask questions and remain engaged in the presentation. The feedback from the class was great… Continue reading Heart Health
Below is an article written for the Legacy Magazine of the Department of Education at the University of Lethbridge during my final Internship during the Fall of 2013, you can also view the article here. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 When Justin Bechthold enrolled in his after degree B.Ed. program at the University of Lethbridge Faculty… Continue reading ALL ATWITTER in EDUCATION
In Science 10 this semester as a department we decided to flip the Science 10 classroom for the naming portion of the chemistry unit. Students were given videos to watch from home to learn how to name various ionic compounds and molecular compounds, then in class stations were set up to allow students to practice… Continue reading Science 10: The Flipped Classroom
Yesterday at our staff meeting we talked about the goals and vision for Foothills Composite High School/Alberta High School of Fine Arts. We will engage learners through: Student voice & choice Ownership of learning Reflecting on their role as a learner Involving them in the assessment process (beginning to end) It is apparent in this… Continue reading How will your students grow this year?
How many of you use the exit slip as your go to formative assessment piece? Teachers use the exit slip often to formatively assess student understanding of the concepts that were taught during the days lesson. Now, I wonder does anybody get bored of handing out exit slips to students? I know that when I… Continue reading The Exit Slip: An Assessment Tool in Need of a New Look
Currently I am on vacation in the beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. In my backpack I packed my digital camera – relatively small, light weight, takes great photos – and in my pocket I keep my phone – contains my life, takes decent photos. On Friday, I was touring around Halifax taking in all the wonderful… Continue reading Instagram: Could it be used to Enhance Student Learning?
I can say with great excitement that I have completed all of the course work for my B.Ed as of today! I can’t believe how fast the program has gone and all I have left is my Internship this fall! I wanted to share my final projects from the two online courses I took this… Continue reading Final Projects
Acceptance. That’s step one to increase student’s engagement in his or her own learning through the use of mobile devices. There are many brilliant applications of mobile devices in the classroom, but yet there are still those who are resistant to this addition. I wonder why? Likely, those who struggle with the advent of the… Continue reading Learning: We Can Carry it in the Palm of our Hands
I searched the SCI 10 and CHEM 20 curriculum, as this is what I will be teaching in PSIII, for the term “digital citizenship” and found nothing. Digital citizenship is no longer something that can be ignored by educators, it is a part of the hidden curriculum that we must teach. With the rise in… Continue reading Digital Citizenship: A Crucial Component of the 21st Century Learner’s Hidden Curriculum
The Internet is abstract and abstract entities are difficult for adults to comprehend let alone children. Our students, in other words children, have a hard time understanding the complexities of the Internet and how it works; even I don’t fully understand it! As teachers, we need to be cognizant of this when we are educating… Continue reading Web Awareness & Digital Citizenship