47 Replies Latest reply on 18-Oct-2017 12:47 PM by everythingkevin

    Introduce yourself here!

    teachontario.team

      Take a minute and introduce yourself to the rest of the group. On a scale of one to ten how techie are you?

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          kmaggirias

          Welcome everyone,

           

          I am very excited to be facilitating and sharing this journey with you! I am looking forward to a great month!

           

          Kelly

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            Hi Everyone!

            I'm so excited about this discussion about coding in schools. I'm happy to chime in here!

             

            Best,

            Kevin

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              christygarrity

              Hello,

              I am Christy and I have been a educator for 23 years and for the past 15 years in Kindergarten. I am "all in" with our new K inquiry program and see my students as being competent and capable of doing great things. But the piece that I feel is missing in my program is the "tech" piece. By this, I mean using tech beyond documentation or for research support. I know that the students in front of me today need skills beyond what I am currently able to provide because of my lack of knowledge or experience.. So I have been seeking out new learning for myself so that I can pass it along to my students.

              As a "techie," I know what I know and add new learning as someone shows me. I would say 5/10. But my desire to learn more is a solid 10/10.  Navigating the onslaught of information can be daunting.

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                  kmaggirias

                  Hi Christy!

                   

                  Thank you for joining us. I look forward to discussing the book with you further and exploring technological integration. FDK is a wonderful place to start integrating technology, especially coding! Very excited that your desire to learn is a solid 10! There are wonderful ideas, lessons and suggestions in this book. We will be exploring, learning together and working collaboratively!

                   

                  Looking forward to our chats,

                   

                  Kelly

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                    aking

                    Hi Christy,

                    I just want to say that I have so much respect for your job.  I can't imagine a teaching atmosphere more challenging than FDK.  I did it once for 2 days 20 years ago and jumped back into my safety blanket at the secondary level.

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                    ambee1959

                    Hi! I have been teaching for over thirty years. I am our school's teacher-librarian and provide curriculum coverage to our primary division. I am looking forward to learning more about coding.

                    Anna

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                      wunderd

                      I am really excited to be part of this book club (although I am still waiting for the book to arrive:)!  I am in my 26th year of teaching and currently I support students and their teachers who have enrichment needs!  On a scale of 1 to 10, I am probably a 5 or a 6 in terms of technology.  I have done some coding with scratch with students and have been exposed to some of the ipad apps (hopscotch, kodable and scratch junior) but anytime I embark on using any of these technologies, I am on a steep learning curve and continually google, "how do I...?"

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                          kmaggirias

                          Hi Dana!

                           

                          Welcome!

                           

                          I think it's wonderful that  you have started dabbling with technology. It truly is a wonderful form of engagement. My favourite part, is the amount of knowledge that I gain working with students. Looking forward to exploring with you! Just a note about not receiving the book yet, Kevin Brookhouser has created a Youtube video of his first chapter. Check out the link below to get you started!

                          Code In Every Class: Chapter 1 - YouTube

                           

                          Kelly

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                          leah.kearney

                          Hi everyone, my name is Leah Kearney and I am an Instructional Liaison here at TVO on secondment from TDSB. I am so excited about the discussions that will take place over the next month in the book club. Keen to get to know everyone!

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                            aking

                            Hi there! I'm a teacher-librarian 5/6 and devoted eLearning teacher of English 1/6 in a large rural secondary school in Orangeville.  If I had to answer the question about how techie I am simply I'd have to use this image:

                            ... and then tell you that I'm an Early Adopter who is married to an Innovator.

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                              mcgrathm

                              Hello all,

                              I am a secondary TL and English teacher in Belleville(23yrs). For the last year I have been on a journey with colleagues to learn how to code and how to bring coding into our secondary schools. I initiated a CI between my two sister schools with their TLs and eager science teachers(15 of us!!!), with a focus on integrating coding into the grade nine program. This year we are implementing our plan with our students starting next week! So much to learn though and I am joining this book club because I have had this book on my shelf for many months and I need the motivation to make time to actually read it!! Feeling so lucky we have the author with us! I am looking forward to hearing what others are working on

                              According to Alanna's awesome graph I think I am in the plateau of productivity!

                              Maureen

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                                ms.e

                                Good Morning from the north.  I am a JK/SK/1/2/SET teacher who is part of a Tech Champions team for our board (both elementary and secondary). We are also on a learning journey that includes incorporating Scratch, Scratch Jr., Spheros, Makey Makeys and our new tech is Micro Bits to incorporate technology and coding into the classrooms. I am just ordering the book and look forward to learning together on our coding journey. We have also had the opportunity to learn with Lisa Floyd. I am looking forward to reading the book as I have already have and read 20time Project.

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                                    kmaggirias

                                    Hello and welcome!

                                     

                                    Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences! You've been exploring some really great technologies. Would love to hear all about the integration that is going on in your programs. Which technologies have you found made the most impact on student learning?

                                     

                                    Kelly

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                                      swallwin

                                      If you aren't sure if technology can be successfully integrated into the JK/SK primary classroom you need to follow Karen. Karen's littlest learners are role models for all learners in  our Board. She is an inspiration to myself and to people who follow her and her class on Twitter. She develops the foundation of Computational Thinking in her classroom which will provide her learners with the skills that they will need to be logical thinkers, and creators well past their time in her classroom!

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                                      jenniferking

                                      Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

                                      I'm Jennifer King--currently teaching Grade 6 in Ottawa. I've also taught the IICTI AQ courses for OECTA (Parts 1, 2 and Specialist) and developed all three courses.

                                      My students are currently dipping into Makey Makey, Sphero/Ollie, Ozobot,CodeBug/Microbit and Scratch programming, with many curious about Arduino as well! I'm completely intrigued by innovative classroom practices and look forward to our journey together!

                                      On a side note...do we have a Twitter hashtag?

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                                        mattlet2002

                                        I'm Matt.  I am currently a teacher-librarian in Toronto.  One of my responsibilities this year is to provide more STEM activities in the school and this includes coding.  The students are currently using Scratch.  I like to explore how coding can be used as a new tool in teaching and evaluating students, rather than as a separate area of study.  I also find that parents are very interesting in having their children learn code.

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                                            kmaggirias

                                            Hi Matt

                                             

                                            Thanks for joining us! Looking forward to hearing all about your coding adventures! Coding/Programming has been viewed as a separate subject for many years. Through the advancement of technologies, coding has taken on a new purpose and meaning. The popularity of coding, has made coding the new up and coming learning skill. As educators we need to adapt to the shift and importance that coding brings to our world and the skills that coding develops. I couldn't agree with you more, that parents are becoming more aware of the benefits of coding and could be one of our biggest advocates and supporters of coding in the classroom.

                                             

                                            Kelly

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                                            Hello

                                            I just got an email that my book is finally on it's way so I am joining in late.  I am working as a classroom teacher with students in primary and junior division. Moving from learning to code to code to learn.

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                                              Hi everyone,

                                              I’m teaching grade 5 in Toronto.

                                              I’d say I’m on different spots on the techie scale depending on the tech but overall I’d say I‘d fall around a 7. I’m pretty savvy with G suite and several extensions. Have experience with Scratch and some experience with robotics.

                                              Always looking for ways to move on the scale in all areas, and learn by doing.

                                               

                                              Megan

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                                                  kmaggirias

                                                  I Megan,

                                                   

                                                  Welcome! Looking forward to learning together and hearing all about your scratch and robotics adventures! I've been running a lego robotics club at my school for the last 3 years. I love the leadership and inquiry that comes out with our students. Technology can be a fantastic tool for engagement and learning for students and teachers!

                                                   

                                                  Kelly

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                                                  moneil

                                                  Oh Boy,

                                                  I'm feeling like a deer in headlights here! This is my 20th year teaching, and I am in my 18th year at the same school.. my hometown Perth! I have taught resource, kindergarten, primary and junior. I used to think I was "techie" when I had the first smartboard in our school, and was all in with it.. in the last few years I feel like I'm falling behind. HELP!

                                                  Also, our board uses Office 365, so I haven't used google docs before. I am keen to learn, and if I am asking ridiculous questions, I apologize in advance. Thanks!

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                                                    anneshillolo

                                                    Hi everyone,

                                                    I'm Anne from Near North DSB. I was a Grade 8  (and sometimes 7,6,5) teacher for quite a few years and then moved into the TELT role. I love my job but miss being able to try new things out in a class, so am always super happy to receive invitations into teachers' classrooms:) I am slow starting this book club because of delays receiving the book. They said they shipped it last weekend after I followed up, and hopefully it will be in my mailbox soon. I will say 7 out of 10. I love trying new things and thinking about how to integrate into the curriculum. I sometimes need to take more time to explore in detail and become proficient...

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                                                        kmaggirias

                                                        Hi Anne!

                                                         

                                                        Welcome! Thanks for joining in! If you haven't received the book yet, see my earlier post, I have shared Kevin's youtube read aloud of his first chapter. Nonetheless, please respond where you can, watch the clips and explore the resources that are being shared.

                                                         

                                                        Looking forward to our discussions,

                                                         

                                                        Kelly

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                                                        jcharnish

                                                        Hi! I'm Jen, a Consultant with BHNCDSB. We are starting to be more deliberate in our approach to STEM and coding. My mandate is K-12, so I'm following this to figure out how to support elementary teachers in taking advantage of students' developing skills in coding in their classroom, and eventually help my secondary colleagues do this as well!

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                                                          swallwin

                                                          Hi everyone-

                                                          My name is Stacey and I am the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact (TELTC) for my Board. Every Board in Ontario has this position, funded by the Ministry of Education. However, this doesn't make me "techie". I was surprised as anyone when I was offered the position! I have been teaching for twenty years. I have taught History, English, Special Education and I have been a teacher of the blind. I am passionate about integrating technology and 21st century competencies into our learning experiences because it is what is best for our students.

                                                          As I mentioned, I am not "techie" but I am a learner.

                                                          I am also a big "boatnerd" and love being on the water and watching the ships when I can!

                                                          You can follow my learning at @Wallwins and the learning of the team of amazing educators I work with at sgdsbtc.

                                                          I look forward to learning with you all!

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                                                            Hi,

                                                            My name is Kevin and I'm in an elementary school as the teacher-librarian and tech guy.  My tech knowledge is all over the place and I want to get a better handle on coding.

                                                             

                                                            I was able to spend some time in a workshop by Kevin Brookhouser this weekend and was impressed.