Learning Tasks

IBL Plan is Posted

posted Jul 28, 2016, 6:48 PM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Jul 28, 2016, 6:49 PM ]

I posted my IBL Project Plan.  It's still not quite finished yet, and I'm not sure I understand all of the mental gymnastics involved in this.  I'm most confused about how it seems like we've constantly shifted back-and-forth from the teacher role to the student role, and trying to think about how to be as student-centered as possible while thinking about how to implement this as a teacher, but imaging what the students would be doing because they're not here to come up with all the parts that they're supposed to.  My brain hurts...

Anyways, follow the link on the right side of the page to find the plan.

IBL Theme Defense

posted Jul 10, 2016, 12:44 PM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Jul 23, 2016, 8:54 AM by Geoff Cyr ]

I used PowToon to create my defense for my IBL theme.  Not the easiest video-creation tool I've ever used, but it is capable of making some pretty powerful stuff.  I consider myself to be pretty skilled at video editing (I had almost eight years of community television experience spanning high school and college), but I'm not so good at animation.  This tool gave me animation tools while still functioning more like a video editor.  I don't like the price, but I do like the tool.

Here is my PowToon video on YouTube:

And here is the curriculum/standards map that I created in the process.
Blog reflection is coming soon.

Week 3: Turning Questions Into Themes

posted Jul 3, 2016, 7:02 PM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Jul 3, 2016, 7:07 PM ]

After a long process of boiling down 280 questions into two themes (see my blog post), here are the themes I came up, along with the sub-topics they are fueled by.


Week 2: "I Wonder..."

posted Jun 26, 2016, 5:51 PM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 8:24 PM ]

I decided to try something different for this task. I've been aware of Adobe Spark for awhile now (Spark has actually consolidated a couple of different Adobe services, including what used to be known as Adobe Slate, Adobe Voice, and Adobe Post), but haven't had a chance to try it out, until now. Using Adobe Spark Page, I was able to create a visual list of my 20 "I wonder" questions. Follow the link below, and you'll be able to scroll down the "page" to see each of my questions, many of which have accompanying pictures and/or links.

One of my favorite things about the Adobe Spark family is that you can import your own photos to use, as well as search for photos online directly through the service. Better still, Adobe limits searches to websites and repositories with Creative Commons or public domain licensing, so permissions and copyright issues are taken right care of. At the bottom of my Spark Page creation, you'll find photo attributions for the pictures I used from online.

Adobe Spark is available for free on the web at spark.adobe.com, and available as three standalone apps on iOS (Page, Post, or Video). You will need an Adobe ID to use, which you can create for free, including by signing in to your Facebook or Google accounts.

And no, that is not my baby picture on the cover :)
I Wonder...
See also: 
Mr. Cyr's Technology for Learning Blog: Adobe Spark Evaluation 

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