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Demonstrating Ingenuity in the Classroom and Workplace

Demonstrating Ingenuity in the Classroom and Workplace

A group of grade 11 Information Technology students recently participated in a three part think literacy activity. Learners were introduced to the word ingenuity and required to complete a series of activities to help better understand the word. Part 1 The first part of the lesson focused on identifying key words that described how ingenuity can be demonstrated in school and the workplace. Below is a concept map created by students who collaborated a series of ideas; Part 2 Students were required […]

10 Tips for Using Technology in the Classroom

10 Tips for Using Technology in the Classroom

Happy 1st birthday cloudoflearning.com! I wanted to take an opportunity and reflect on my ongoing journey to encourage ingenuity in the mobile classroom. I can highlight this journey by summarizing ten successful tips for using technology in the classroom.   The recommended tips have been discovered after teaching for more than four years at Tecumseh Vista Academy. I have adopted the key points through hard work, passion, and collaborating with others. Technology is only a classroom tool – Don’t get […]

Broadcasting Smartphone Apps as a Teaching Tool

Broadcasting Smartphone Apps as a Teaching Tool

Personal electronic devices bring a multitude of opportunities to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom. A recent challenge is trying to model desktop applications with a graphical user interface that looks very different from smartphone apps. The example below shows a visual screen capture of OneNote (desktop) compared to OneNote (smart phone app). My Goal The majority of students in my school favour the lighter, more affordable smartphones versus laptops. My goal is to discover how Miracast can be used […]

Creating lessons that leverage technology

Creating lessons that leverage technology

Teaching in “desktop” computing environments highlighted my early teaching career that included static workstations that looked very similar to classrooms of my own generation. This far too familiar environment provided the internal motivation I needed to learn new trends and ways of teaching in my classroom. A good amount of time was spent researching the steady shift that was occurring towards bring your own device (BOYD) in many educational districts across Canada and the United States. My chance for change […]

Resiliency in the classroom

Resiliency in the classroom

As I think about what to accomplish during my time with the Microsoft Innovative Expert program, I begin to seriously reflect on my teaching practice. This specifically includes how I’m using technology to increase student achievement according to my school board’s improvement plan. The achievement piece is important because the GECDSB’s improvement plan focuses on learning in math, primary reading, creative/critical thinking, resiliency, and closing the achievement gap for students at risk. As the theme of my blog is to encourage ingenuity […]

Encouraging ingenuity in the mobile classroom

Encouraging ingenuity in the mobile classroom

I had the opportunity last week to attend the 2014 Windsor Essex Tech Show after receiving a ticket from my Principal. The keynote speakers for this event included Google’s Fab Dolan, Detroit Venture Partners’ Jacob Cohen, Microsoft’s Sharon Bennett, and Cisco’s Tony Abi-Jaoude. After arriving during the second half of the conference, I was disappointed to have missed Sharon Bennett’s keynote address that focused on leveraging new technologies from the cloud. Maybe next time 🙁 I made sure to get […]

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program

My experience with Microsoft based products has been extensive since my earlier career in the private I.T. sector. Since becoming an educator in 2005, my prior knowledge was invaluable as Microsoft operating systems and productivity software comprised a large percentage of computing resources in the board.   I took a personal interest in cloud-based computingin the spring of 2013 when the GECDSB implemented SharePoint throughout the organization. As  a power user, I was provided an opportunity to participate in a SharePoint Power Users […]

My educational journey

My educational journey

My name is Andre Quaglia and have been a professional educator since 2005. I am currently a secondary school teacher working for the Greater Essex District School Board, Ontario, Canada.  My teachable subjects are Business Studies, Cooperative Education, and Geography. I completed my Masters in Educational technology degree from Lawrence Technological University in 2011. My area of research was in the development of a balanced scorecard tool to plan and evaluate continuous improvement of information technology resources in my school district. I also […]

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