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February 13, 2018 – 8:05 pm | Comments Off on STEAMing up Learning: Robotics heats up at Laval Senior229 views

This is a guest post by SWLSB Science and Technology consultant Samuel Altarac.
How many times do we hear that math and science are boring and not creative? After witnessing the energy and imagination present at …

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Articles by Kristine Thibeault

Kristine has been involved in the education scene since 1994. A former high school teacher, she brings her experience in second language learning and her knowledge of distance education pedagogy to the table as a consultant for LEARN. Kristine is also the busy mom of 3 active boys, who share her love of family, food and travel.

Videoconferencing: Pitfalls, Pedagogy and Possibilities

February 20, 2013 – 3:42 pm | 5 Comments | 3,712 views

I have a love/hate relationship with videoconferencing (VC). Ok, hate might be a tad strong. Love/irritation? Love/frustration? You see, living in a rural community here in Quebec, I get to use VC a lot. Granted, …

Bridging the Great Divide: Adopting and Adapting the Middle School Model

December 13, 2012 – 8:02 am | 4 Comments | 1,939 views
PHS Grade 7 Team Teachers

Until recently, I hadn’t spent an inordinate amount of time pondering the impact of the transition from elementary school to high school on the psyche of our students here in Quebec. Although the tumble from …

Online PD or What I’ve Learned In My PJ’s

October 2, 2012 – 3:30 pm | 5 Comments | 3,843 views
On the laptop in pyjamas

It was our last class together as senior seminar students with Dr. Anderson. For most of us, the moment represented the penultimate step in completing a rather lengthy graduate degree and…we were elated. Together, we …

Old School Social Networking: The Power of the Student Exchange

May 23, 2012 – 9:20 am | 9 Comments | 3,031 views
SEVEC exchange participants

I vividly and fondly remember bits and pieces of my first experience as an exchange student. I was in grade 6 at École St. Noël-Chabanel in North York, Ontario.  Our class had been paired with …

Connecting the Virtual Dots: An interview with Dr. Terry Anderson

February 28, 2012 – 11:11 am | 3 Comments | 3,480 views
Connecting the Virtual Dots: An interview with Dr. Terry Anderson

I have an admission to make. (Wait for it.) I am a proud alumna of Canada’s Open University, Athabasca U. Back in early 2001, on maternity leave from a high school in Western Quebec, I started …

An Evening of “Passion” with Sir Ken Robinson

November 1, 2011 – 8:54 am | 4 Comments | 1,963 views

A few weeks ago, we two brave LEARNers ventured into the wilds of Barrhaven (an Ottawa suburb fondly referred to as “Barbeque Haven”), during a rainstorm, in rush hour traffic, to participate in a leadership …

Learner Motivation: A Wannabe Runner’s Musings

September 28, 2011 – 9:30 am | 8 Comments | 3,731 views
woman running

I started running again at the end of August. Now, for those of you who don’t know me well (or at all), this may not sound like a big deal. I mean, I’m not a …