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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 Susan van Gelder

Susan has over 20 years experience in the classroom at the elementary level, first as a homeroom teacher and later as an ICT teacher. She has presented sessions and workshops at a number of conferences, both in Canada and the U.S. Her work with LEARN is directed towards providing materials for teachers and consultants to help with powerful ways of using technology to improve communication and learning. She wrote her first blog post in 2005.

Visual Notetaking: Tapping into other modalities for learning

October 2, 2013 – 11:05 am | One Comment | 5,852 views

I’ve become intrigued by the idea of visual note-taking. I admit, I haven’t really tried it yet, but it’s something I want to explore. I’m no artist, but from what I have read and seen, …

Always Learning – possibilities and practicalities

September 16, 2013 – 3:51 pm | Comments Off on Always Learning – possibilities and practicalities1,570 views

The beginning of the school year always has me energized. I’m ready to learn new things and switch around the way I do things. I’m no longer in the classroom, but I love to share …

These Shoes are Made for Walking: Making Sense of Digital Footprints

June 5, 2013 – 11:26 am | Comments Off on These Shoes are Made for Walking: Making Sense of Digital Footprints1,889 views

Let me start with a story. Some years ago I went to a conference and someone told this story about a long retired teacher who still did substitute teaching. I wish I could remember who …

Twitter Chats – Making Connections

May 16, 2013 – 5:33 pm | 4 Comments | 2,516 views

I know many people think of twitter as a place where people post the inanities of their lives “Having coffee at…” “I’m at the corner of…” Twitter has much more to offer than that. By …

Makerspaces: Creative hotbeds of experimentation

March 26, 2013 – 3:29 pm | 2 Comments | 4,026 views

When I was growing up, the world was analog. Children could take apart clocks and actually see how the gears fit together to move the hands on the clock face. Today so much is hidden. …

Where do you learn and share?

January 29, 2013 – 4:52 pm | 2 Comments | 2,283 views

I have spent several years developing an online presence as I learned about web 2.0 tools and social networking. Through this I have met many people who have influenced my thinking and helped me grow …

Continuing the Conversation: The Art of Commenting on Blogs

November 7, 2012 – 12:03 pm | 2 Comments | 2,175 views

I have been blogging for more than 5 years. I started because I felt, as a teacher, if I was going to ask students to write, I had to write myself. I was starting to …

My Full Attention: Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum

September 26, 2012 – 7:20 am | 2 Comments | 2,518 views

Tell me a good story and you have my full attention. Story is the way we learn and is a powerful way to communicate. From before biblical days, story has always been the way to …

How I Will Spend my Summer Vacation

June 19, 2012 – 9:12 am | Comments Off on How I Will Spend my Summer Vacation1,419 views

I know the general public pictures teachers with their long vacations, lolling on beaches or travelling here there and everywhere. I know some of you do some of that, but I also know that many …

Curation – surviving info-glut

March 27, 2012 – 10:23 am | 3 Comments | 4,737 views

There has been a lot written lately about curation in education, specifically digital curation. Here is a definition from Wikipedia
Digital curation is generally referred to the process of establishing and developing long term repositories of …