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Like a lot of people, I like to listen to podcasts. I have a dog that needs walking and I enjoy running to keep fit. As a result, I have a lot of time to …

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Articles by Sylwia Bielec

Sylwia Bielec is an instructional designer and pedagogical consultant at LEARN. Her expertise is in professional learning, reflective practice and informal/community learning. She also has a background in media production with students. She is the editor of the LEARN blog.

School Life in Malawi Part I: An Introduction to the Warm Heart of Africa

June 6, 2012 – 10:27 am | One Comment | 2,592 views

By Melanie Stonebanks and Sophie Bass
For four years now, my husband, Dr. Christopher Stonebanks, has been traveling in the late springtime to Malawi, fondly referred to as “The Warm Heart of Africa”.  For five weeks …

“I want to tie my shoes” – Reflection and Goal Setting in Cycle One

May 15, 2012 – 4:29 pm | 2 Comments | 2,614 views

“I believe that the theme ‘again and again’ is paramount in cycle one. Children (people) don’t always ‘get it’ on the first round, or second, or third. Children love to do the same activity again …

Reflective practice as professional development

March 13, 2012 – 9:44 am | 4 Comments | 3,162 views

A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a group of educators, among them a pair of Cycle One teachers from the francophone sector. We got to talking about a series of learning and evaluation …

Making meaning, making media

January 19, 2012 – 11:34 am | 2 Comments | 3,185 views

Schools and many homes today are equipped with at the very least some rudimentary form of media-making device. My own two-year old loves grabbing the iPad and going for the camera icon, clumsily taking pictures …

Telling it Like it Is, Part II: Action Research and Data Collection

November 28, 2011 – 5:23 pm | One Comment | 2,009 views

In my previous post on Action Research in the classroom, I wrote about the idea of action research as a form of self-directed professional learning. I think that we learn to be better teachers by …

Telling It Like It Is: Action research and asking the right question

October 17, 2011 – 8:19 pm | 8 Comments | 5,011 views

I was animating a short morning session on the practice of Action Research last week. It was Friday, to be exact, the kind of rainy morning you wished you were cocooned in a bathrobe somewhere …

Interaction or Interactivity? How we use IWBs and electronic tablets

October 4, 2011 – 9:06 am | 2 Comments | 2,179 views

L’original de ce texte à été publié en français le lundi, 3 octobre, 2011.
This is the English version. 
The current adoption of IWBs (Interactive White Boards)by educators, coupled with the growing popularity of tablet computers in schools …