Neil Stephenson
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"Enjoying listening to you right now on Elluminate Live-- Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss have put together a great PBL exploration group on CR2.0. http://www.classroom20.com/group/pblbetterwithpractice"
Mar 4, 2010

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Tell about your involvement in education, and your ideals for collegial sharing
I'm a grade 6 and 7 teacher at the Calgary Science School and am the program coordinator for our school’s 1:1 laptop program, planning and implementing professional development for the staff. A presenter at numerous conferences, both local and national, in 2006 I was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator. I recently contributed to a publication on critical thinking with technology for the Critical Thinking Consortium and am currently working on my Masters degree at the University of Calgary. In my classroom, I have implemented tools such as digital storytelling, self-assessments with Garageband, collaborative projects with other schools using Skype, Google Docs and Voicethread, as well as classroom blogging and discussion groups. Neil maintains a personal blog on technology and inquiry-based learning called Thinking In Mind.
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Im a grade 7 Humanities Teacher in Calgary, Alberta.
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http://thinkinginmind.blogspot.com

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Remixing and Plagiarism

Thanks to Open Thinking for posting this amazing Youtube mash up by ThruYou. Please take a couple minutes to enjoy before we move on.

This video just re-confirms what I love about the remix culture and the potential power of it as a teaching and learning approach. Over the last couple years, my teaching in a grade 7 Humanities class has focused around the Cigar Box… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 11:37pm — 4 Comments

Creating Historical Timelines with Glogster (Part I)

Right now my students are working through a chunk of Canadian History, examining a series of events that lead up to Confederation. In order to have them understand this flow of events, and how they lead from one to another to the final creation of our country, I have asked students to create a timeline. Last year, on a similar chunk of history, I had students use xTimeline, but in the end I wasn't that pleased with the products the students… Continue

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 10:03pm

Using Voicethread for Peer and Self Assessment

This week I had my students use Voicethread to provide feedback on the latest round of their cigar box panels.
A little bit about how this worked - the students were put in groups (combined editing groups from across my two Humanities classes) and asked to provide specific and detailed feedback to their peers. I prepared this list of elements…
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Posted on February 23, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

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At 6:14pm on March 4, 2010, Connie Weber said…
Enjoying listening to you right now on Elluminate Live--
Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss have put together a great PBL exploration group on CR2.0.
http://www.classroom20.com/group/pblbetterwithpractice
At 7:21am on March 10, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Neil,
Simply awesome to have your participation here. Wow--thanks for sharing your endeavors. Keep the news coming!
At 11:53pm on February 23, 2009, Connie Weber said…
Hi Neil,
Nice to meet you on the Future of Education talk. Hope you take some time to see our place here. It may be a good place for you to talk about some of the philosophy you were getting at in the talk. Nice blog--
Are you part of many networks?
 
 
 

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