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March 2011 Blog Posts (5)

iPods in our class for 6 weeks

We are going to do a unit on "Who I am as a Learner?" and now we have an opportunity to include ipods. I thought it would be powerful to ask students to 'mindmap' how they learn best. Ask them which tools and processes support their learning (we will do this as a staff team also) and then spend 6 weeks with the ipods and then overlay the technology piece onto their first mindmap.

Our hypothesis is that this process of metacognition and Assessment For Learning (AFL) is at the heart of…


Added by kerry armstrong on March 15, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments

Personal Learning Network or Personal Lifelong Learning Network (PLLN)

Just heard this term PLN. Do you use it commonly? We are looking at Personalized Learning for the 21st century learner and I love this term that includes network as it adds that all important part of learning - socializing! We need to belong to a network, a community of learners, a team.

How widespread is the use of this term PLN in your area? How do like PLLN?

Added by kerry armstrong on March 15, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Descriptive Feedback

From Dylan Wiliam's work and our work in the NPBS (Network for Performance Based Schools), we incorporate the  six big assessment for learning (AFL) strategies:

  • learning intentions,
  • criteria,
  • peer and self assessment,
  • descriptive feedback,
  • questioning and
  • ownership.


It is also one of the wings of The Propeller Model.


Here is how descriptive feedback worked the other day…


Added by kerry armstrong on March 6, 2011 at 8:53pm — No Comments

UDL in practice...see a video



Our school entered a video and if you go to the website above and search for "Coal Tyee", you will see a video that shows the projects that students did to answer the question: "One Well, One Earth. Water has the power to change everything. What will you do to ensure the well's future?"


Students used multiple means of expression to transform themselves and others.


If you want, you can…


Added by kerry armstrong on March 2, 2011 at 1:07am — No Comments

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