ISABCPD13-iPad Workflows & Student Tech Helpers

On Friday, myself along with 6 Mulgrave students, presented a workshop at the ISABC 2013 Professional Development Conference. Over 1000 ISABC educators from across BC came together and shared ideas on education. It was an exciting day full of enthusiasm and collaboration.

My workshop was titled “how to create iPad Workflows” and it focused on how to use multiple apps to achieve a learning objective. It was my first presentation of this nature and also my first step into leading a workshop. I was excitedly nervous to say the least. The content of my presentation involved sharing some the strategies and assignments that we have been exploring in grade 6. I must give a huge amount of credit to my students who have open and willing to try these new ideas. Some have worked and others simply have not. Regardless, I sincerely appreciate their flexibility in giving them go.

After 45 minutes of me talking about how we use apps like Explain Everything, Dropbox and Google Drive, my keen and enthusiastic tech experts sprung into action helping the participants with the iPad Workflow assignment. It was amazing to watch these students guide and instruct the participants. They all were confident, clear and poised in their actions. It truly was a moment of positive reflection and pride.

There are understandably many perspectives on the validity of using the iPad as an instructional tool, but personally it was undeniable that during the workshop, these students had benefitted from it. Not so much as their ability to navigate apps and create assignments, but more so their ability to engage in meaningful conversation and help others problem solve a task. So on that note, I would like to sincerely thank my tech experts for taking the time, for being risk takers and for helping other educators see the benefit of using the iPad as a powerful learning tool.

And with that we will continue to explore and find meaningful ways to use the iPad as an effective tool.

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Tour de West Vancouver-Exhibition Field Trip

Today the Grade 6 students took part in the “Tour de West Vancouver.” This field trip was an exploration of West Vancouver to discover how humans impact the environment in both positive and negative ways.  At each of the three locations (Lighthouse Park, Ambleside Beach and the Mulgrave Community Garden), the students actively engaged in improving the local natural environment.

The first stop was Lighthouse Park where the students learned and physically pulled up the invasive species of English Ivy. We then moved onto Ambleside Beach and learned about the importance of the maintenance and balance of the food chain. After a great food chain tag game we embarked on a beach clean up where we collected all sorts of garbage and disposed of it in the proper order. Our last stop was back at Mulgrave School where we learned about allotment gardens and their functionality and growing popularity. We also planted some beans in our very own allotment garden. We are really looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labor. It was a great day and we learned many things about our local environment and especially how we can take action and make a difference.