Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thinking Creatively About Technology

I'm kind-of a techie. I am the co-founder of Write About, a digital publishing platform. I teach computer programming and photojournalism. I was a tech coach for a year. And yet . . . I have a real Luddite streak. I believe that technology criticism is vital.

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Coaching Questions for the Digital Journey


The following are workshops or sessions that I have given on the topic of assessment. Contact me at if you are interested in having me lead a training.
  • The Seven C's of Digital Literacy (Keynote or Session): We live in a world where students can instantly connect with information. As a result, students need to create, communicate, curate, connect, collaborate, contextualize and critically think. Here we explore what this looks like both in the classroom and in our world.
  • It Is Personal (Keynote or Workshop): The term "personal learning" often conjures up images of kids sitting in isolation doing digital worksheets. What if it was different? What if personal learning involved leveraging technology to connect students relationally? What if personal learning was less about a program and more about the power of choice and creativity? Here I offer a framework for a more human version of personal learning and provide practical examples of what it looks like in action.
  • The Digital Journey (Session or Workshop): Often schools push technology integration (in this case digital technology) into classrooms without thinking about each teacher's personal journey. We forget that digital tools are also digital spaces and that navigating your way around them takes time. This sessions focusses on what that looks like and what it means to help guide teachers through the phases.


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