If you’ve been here before you know this blog is dedicated to creating and sharing. I have recently been asked about materials development and “what I do.”
Well, I’m a teacher at the core of it all. I do what I hope we all do. I share.
As such, I’ve always been an educational material developer. I started, as many of us do, drawing, cutting, pasting and building as a kindergarten teacher where I was largely unable to share what I produced for/with my students with other teachers. With the increasing prevalence of the internet, however, I now almost feel guilty if I don’t share actionable ideas and resources with my growing professional learning network (PLN).
So yes, back to materials. I am a BIG sharer so I have complied a number of some of the most popular (likely translating to most useful) shares here. There have been a number of resources over the years. From MYP Technology:
- Supporting Students with the MYP Design Cycle
- Design Cycle Introduction
- WAY more MYP Technology here and here
To supporting students with the transition to the MYP Technology Programme through the PYP Exhibition:
To sites created for and collaboratively with participants to continue the learning long after the events themselves have ended:
- The Role of ICT in the PYP (and follow up blogpost)
- DEEP Learning: Future Ready Learning EdTech Conference BKK 2015
- Making the PYP Happen
There have been student created sites I cannot share here because of a school’s policy. Please see the video below for a full treatment of one comprehensive unit in which students used design thinking and flat classroom practices in concert with the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Students Standards (NETS) as rubric points.
Other sites have been created for students to develop understandings and share:
And, of course, supporting students with the PYP Exhibition from a technology standpoint:
- PYP Exhibition Teacher Support Page (a remix)
- Presenting Support Pages (completely transportable and editable for new learning environments worldwide)
Not all of it is my own. This is a fundamental point. We need to impart to students the facts of living in a connectivist world:
- We need to share what we do
- We need to share what other people produce (curate)
- We need to become valuable nodes in the networks of other people
A perfect example would be this Design Cycle, based on the Tokyo Yamanote line, shared with me and generously given consent to share with the world.
This is a screenshot of the overall design (below). This link takes you to the full thing with each section elaborated larger.
But I a most proud of my educational technology site giveitaway.net. This was started as a personal repository as I completed a post-graduate certificate course in educational technology. It has grown since. Often I make a page as part of my note-taking process when attending workshops. Free for all and a great resource to share around.
I have included my Apple Distinguished Educator application video here for the sake of comprehensivity. It is a great program to get into if you are so inclined.
If you like any/all of this feel free to contact me as I deliver keynotes and workshops and am available as an educational technology consultant and affiliated with DEEP Learning as a Cooperative Team Leader.