Thinking Outside of the Box with BCHS Career Speed Dating

Today was Bishop Carroll’s second annual Career Speed Dating Event. An opportunity where we invite Bishop Carroll Alumni, Parents and Students to come together and have a discussion about the many pathways and ways we earn a living in todays society.

This session involved two parts:

  • First students were seated in a circle with the adults around the outside facing them. The pair was given 5 minutes to discuss their career and the pathway to get there. Then we had a one minute break for the adult to rotate clockwise to a new seat and a new pairing occurred. We allowed students an opportunity to meet with 10 different adults.

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  • Second, the adults in the room moved to the edge of the gym to stand under their career labels. Students were then encouraged to go up and speak with anyone who had the specific career that they were interested in.

The reason that both parts were important to the process was that it not only opened the students eyes open to the possibilities but also validated their personal interests.

Based on feedback from our amazing parents, the adults also enjoyed our day.

The Happiness of Being Creative… Energizing Thoughts for the Start of My School Year

Is there anything better than starting a new school year? The crisp smell of fall in the air (or a blanket of snow the first week of school if you live in Calgary), the anticipation of meeting your new students, the hope and dreams of the year to come.

Well this year I got a double bonus. Not only did I get to start a new year as a Professional School Counsellor at Bishop Carroll High School, a member of the Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learning Schools but I have also been involved as a co-conspirator for Alberta’s first #OCLMooc.

Creating new things gives me hope and energy. I have had so much fun this month Vlogging, S’Moring, using Animoto and just generally tinkering around with technology. Here are a few of my projects I’ve been working on.

I would love any feedback you may have or suggestions for future tools or ideas to play with.

Happily yours

Erin

Bishop Carroll Counselling Department

https://www.smore.com/ddpra-connecting-with-student-services

https://www.smore.com/qs00b-anxiety

#oclmooc

How DO we develop Digital Citizenship

It is now week two of #DCMOOC.
I am so thankful to be part of this wonderful community and its collective body of knowledge. Our multi-level, multi disciplinary network provides a wealth of perspective and inspiration on how to assist students into developing into the best that they can be. This week I’ve chosen to practice collecting information and providing proper attribution by remixing a few inspirational thoughts from my PLN. Thank you to Terry Johanson and her blog post Just Like Nancy, for moving me into a DOing frame of mind. Please feel free to share or add any ideas or comments.

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The above image reminds me that Alec Couros highlighted the reality of our digital society during his live session  Introduction to Digital Citizenship. Citizenship is something that we should strive to DO in all our daily environments.

 

DO give students opportunities to practice

 

DO offer practical explanations

 

DO make it DO able

By providing your students with  short and informative how to videos such as the one produced by fellow #DCMOOC member Jordan Epp

 

 

DO share resources.

What about you? What DO you DO?

 

Dr. Alec Couros- continues to inspire me

 

January 14, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

 

As a former student participant in #Etmooc2013 I would love to nominate Dr. Alec Couros for the Teaching Award of Excellence for Flexible Learning. I joined #Etmooc in January 2013 as a relative rookie to the field of educational technology. As a high school counsellor from Calgary, I had no formal training related to educational technology but had wanted to learn how to connect with my students in a meaningful manner. I was very nervous to jump into a world I had never known, and wasn’t sure if I belonged. Thankfully I entered an environment where we were encouraged to ask questions. We could go back and review videos, Google Hangouts, Blackboard Collaborate sessions and Open Source course notes as often as we wanted and on our own time lines. This helped individuals like myself who were full time professionals and parents, explore their new environment on their own terms. Dr. Couros and the rest of this team had a very approachable demeanor which was always patient. The key phrase was “take what you need, when you need it”.

 

 

They say that a manager directs and a leader encourages those around them to stretch their wings and become all that they can be. By this definition I would definitely say that Dr. Alec Couros is a true leader. Dr. Couros encourages all of his students to take what they learn from the experiences he facilitates online and go out into their worlds and apply their skills. Since the end of #Etmooc I have continued to connect with my colleagues through a number of off-shoot projects which developed based on connections I made through #Etmooc. First I am a regular vlogger for the Fellowship of the Openspokes https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482 . A community of vloggers from around the world who ask questions and offer support to each other around teaching and learning.
Second I was involved in the planning committee for another cmooc the Open Online Experience OOE13 https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102207059956192791361 This project was inspired by #Etmooc with many of the participants being both former students and professionals recommend by Dr Corous.
Finally we, the students of #Etmooc, have maintained an active Post #Etmooc community https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111431081834171225314 which has continued to connect through twitter chats, hash tags, Google + and Google Hangouts. We organize both twitter chats and Google Hangouts to continue to maintain and facilitate the personal connections that Dr. Couros modeled were so critical to educators during our #Etmooc experience.

 

My connections with Dr. Couros continue to impact my career. This year I have taken a position as an English teacher and coordinator of international relations in Tarui, Japan. The PLN (professional learning network) that I developed under Dr. Couros’ tutelage, continues to provide me with support and suggestions on the other side of the world. I am truly grateful that I was able to learn the skills to connect online before my move as I can not image how much more isolated I would feel without them.

 

Dr. Alec Couros is a leader, a visionary and a role model. I am truly honored to have participated in one of his courses and I feel that he has demonstrated exemplary skill in providing flexible learning.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erin Luong

How Being Connected had Impacted my Classroom

World Influence

I totally love the above picture. I took this a few minutes ago from my wordpress statistics and it shows a map of everywhere in the world my blog has been read. Imagine…. that my thoughts have been shared with people on almost every corner of the globe. I first began my connected education journey less than a year ago.

Since becoming a connected educator I have:
-collaborated with colleagues to develop an online teacher training program
-established an international bookclub for a group of grade 3 students.
– Began a pen pal program between Japan, Canada and America.
-vlogged
– collaborated with colleagues to develop a number of google+ communities
-co-wrote Haiku Deck stories with students in my office
-participated in the DS106 Daily Create
-Completed 5 different MOOC`s
-Google Hung Out
-Skyped
-Blogged
-developed a number of different pinterest pages
-co-created the Canadian School Counsellor hash tag #cscchat
– Set up a meeting in Calgary from my desk in Japan
– created a number of Livebinders to help with my various teaching assignments, ESL, counselling etc..
-continued to connect with colleagues, family and students in Canada while living in Japan.
-Read countless blogs and tweets
-Taught myself basic Japanese using pod casts.

How has connecting impacted your classroom? I am interested in your ideas both as a form of celebration and inspiration.

Erin