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TLDWpeel Day One – Posters and Breakouts

Today was Day One of the 2014 TLDWpeel (Teaching and Learning in a Digital World) and things were kicked off with an excellent keynote from Justin Reich (@bjfr) discussing the evolution of the teaching and learning process, and asking educators what it is that we want our students to come away with by the time the year is over.  There was excitement in the air but it was hard to see unless you had the understanding that excitement meant 700+ Peel educators looking at their devices, listening and making an attempt to have #TLDWpeel be the top trending hashtag in Canada.

Then there were the poster sessions, 40+ put on Peel educators from K through 12, sharing their experiences with #geniushour #3dprinting #iPads #socialmedia, tech in the outdoors and so many more that I did not have the opportunity to explore.

The day wrapped up with breakout sessions of some of the hot topics being shared during the posters.  I was a part of a trio (@SLewisYoung and @K5_RP) who hosted a breakout session on #geniushour where inquiry meets the curiosities of students.  There definitely seemed to be curiosity amongst those we shared with and the 45 minutes we had could have been hours and we probably would have still been answering questions, so here is the Prezi, Check out what we shared and what we did not have to time to touch on and remember ask questions

Tomorrow, I get to see some of the excitement my colleagues were speaking so much about.  I certainly look forward to the Digital Playground.

The Night before #TLDWpeel 2014

It’s the night before this years Teaching and Learning in a Digital World Conference #TLDWPeel and I sit here with my laptop in front of me at the island in our kitchen, coffee made, music playing in the background and my wife Shivonne (@SLewisYoung) to my left as we discuss our poster sessions and prepare for the two days ahead.  We certainly find our ourselves in a familiar situation with a little night before the deadline preparation.  For myself, I find the added pressure almost energizing.  Some might say that is the coffee but its Decaf.  Nonetheless, I am again super excited to be sharing some of my experiences over the next two days and I know Shivonne is just as excited to share her experiences.  Shivonne and a colleague will be sharing  their experience with Genius Hour in primary classrooms and I will be sharing my experience with using Social Media in the Intermediate classroom.

Other posters sessions for this years’ #TLDWpeel conference @

When I was asked by a few PDSB colleagues to present at this years’ TLDWpeel conference, the wheel began to turn.  I started a mental list of the various topics that I would be willing to share my experience with but as some may agree mental lists are not always the best if you are expecting to come back and have something to work with, especially days or even weeks later.  High on the list however, was to share about my experience using Social Media with my Grade 7’s,  School-based iPad management, and the others….it was a mental list and I am writing this blog post some three months after submitting my proposal.

I chose to talk about the use of social media in the classroom for a few reasons.  The first being that I have found great benefits as an educator to have come from Social Media tools such as Twitter, Blogs, Storify, Thinglink, Youtube and a ever expanding list that support the learning environment that I am trying to promote as well as my own professional learning.  The second, my students use it so why not take advantage of their prior knowledge, and help them make more of Social Media tools. Another was to help colleagues take advantage of the Social Media tools so many of our students are using and settle the fears they may have about them.

Here is to an excellent conference of sharing and learning.

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