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During the teaching of the AQ Course called Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, I often introduce students to the work of Ron Ritchhart and Project Zero from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. I’ve written more comprehensively about collaboration with colleagues that started my learning, the book Making Thinking Visible and an especially powerful prompt that I’ve had success with called I Used to Think…Now I Think…

After spending considerable time experimenting with the thinking routines that translate best into online environments my favourites seem to involve questions for reflection and journaling and are as powerful for us as adult learners as they are for students–for example:

  • What Makes You Say That?
  • I Used to Think…Now I Think…
  • See, Think, Wonder
  • Chalk Talk
  • Headlines

I was SO delighted today, to see Ron Ritchhart’s post on exactly this topic as well as his mention of new book that is a follow-up to Making Thinking Visible and is on pre-order at the moment – hope that comes to Canada soon as it would make a perfect book study for us!

Using Thinking Routines with Distance Learning

Check out Ron’s post for some thoughts on Thinking Routines that translate well to online spaces, and stay tuned for expansion of CodeToLearn@home to include PL Sessions for teachers that focus on designing effective learning experiences for online spaces. We are so excited to begin hosting those, and hope you will join in!

I’d love some feedback too…would a PL session like this be of value to you? What are your needs around PL for designing rich tasks for remote learning? 

Taking IT Global is an Ontario based not-for-profit organization that has been empowering youth and supporting educators for 20 years. peter.skillen and I are involved in a project called Code To Learn in partnership with Cisco, Deloitte, FCL, and LCSI.  I'm also involved in the Connected North program, which usually serves mainly remote and/or Indigenous northern communities, and now also has a remote learning format that all teachers and students can currently enjoy. 
Here's what you need to know and follow for continued content: 
We have moved our programs into the '@home' versions to accommodate remote learning with CodetoLearn@home and ConnectedNorth@home content for students - both live and through video recordings. We are also beginning to build in some teacher professional learning sessions. 
Follow @CanCodeToLearn on twitter for continued updates! 
Many more program resources are also here on


  • ConnectedNorth@home - Sessions for this week -  - ***NEW You will also notice an Additional Resource Tab on the website. This connects you to other content from our providers that is often available in .pdf versions for lessons, extensions and information for students packets if the videos are too internet dependent. 
  • ConnectedNorth@home - Video Recordings thus far - 
As mentioned above, we are also introducing several PD sessions for teachers and one this week that I would highly recommend to help you plan for remote learning is Using Interactive Choice Boards on Tuesday, April 21 at 4:00 pm - Click to join here: I can't wait to be learning from Melanie and Tina this week!
Teachers! How do we provide learning experiences that appeal to a variety of learners and connect multiple subject areas when students are learning from home? How do we offer students and families options in how they engage in and demonstrate learning? Interactive choice boards/grids might be a place to start! During this session, Ontario educators tinazita and mulcasterm will show us why and how they are using common digital presentation tools to design creative and engaging places for students to begin their learning. Suitable for any area: themes, inquiry, content topics, curated activities.

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