#ecoo13 session 3 Google Chromebook Implementation and Use – A View From 4 Levels: Board CIO, Principal, Teacher & Student Perspectives

This session will look at the implementation and use of Google Chromebooks in the classroom. Mark Carbone, CIO with the WRDSB, will offer a board perspective on Chromebooks, discussing infrastructure, the implementation of board wide wi-fi, supporting a system wide move and what tools are needed for the task. Ed Doadt, Principal at the WRDSB’s Huron Heights Secondary School, will then offer insight from an administration perspective, detailing the background of the board’s Futures Forum Project. He will look at how it has led to a common philosophy and approach based on common strategies, tools and language and touch on how Chromebooks have helped enable this. Andrew Bieronski, a teacher who works under Ed at HHSS in the Futures Forum Project, will then speak to the use of a set of Chromebooks in his classroom. He will look at how their use supports collaboration between teacher and student and also between students themselves. Andrew will offer a breakdown of how the Chromebook compares to similar tools, and highlight how it enables active learning through the use of Google Apps. Lastly, a student from Andrew’s class will join the presentation through video-conferencing and share their perspective on how the use of a Chromebook has supported and improved their learning. This session will be free flowing with time for questions and open discussion, and will build on the introductory session Mark and Ed offered at ECOO last year.




Board implementation

English-Civics and Careers – Futures Forum Project

You need to have the right kind of people at the board level and at the school. You need also to have the right students – either they were picked, or at random, both worked well.  When you have the right kind of people then you can have a successful project.

Use of Chromebooks in the classroom – not a Windows platform.

advantages – everything stored on-line, long battery life (easily up to a day), 8-second start-up, very cheap


all programs are cloud-based.  Students can have their own login or login as ‘guest’

More popular than netbooks or iPads!

can also be managed at the board level.  IT can send out updates overnight.

Even if you lose your connection, many of the applications that still work.

Also there are many companies out there that are coming up with applications that work on the cloud, video editing for example can now be done through on-line applications.

As a collaborative tool, the teacher can create shared folders on Drive so that all assignments and work can be stored on Google Drive.

Printing – can connect to another computer to print or airprint model if necessary.

This board (WRDSB)  will be rolling out 60 Chromebooks per school.

Chromebook session



I would love to get these machines into my school!!

session 2 #ecoo13 panel discussion on the future of the textbook


Members from Pearson, Discovery Education, Oxford Learning, Desire2Learn, and Hamilton-Wentworth DSB’s Director of Education John Malloy will share their vision for the future of the textbook. Are paper textbooks a dying commodity? Will every student have access to what we traditionally think of a textbook on an electronic device? Will we embrace blended and online learning and access textbooks through an LMS? Or is the future going to be a blend of things? Watch this lively discussion and meet some of the leaders in Ontario Education and listen to their thoughts.

summary of panel discussion:

Is the print textbook dead?

Moving from format to output.  How do we make our content more social?

information is now at our fingertips – this is a little more daunting than the textbook – how do you organize information now?

We need to help students understand the potential of digital.  The range of solutions that the textbook offers is now limited.  But, we need to develop a new set of teaching and learning tools, textbooks will have a lesser role.

The textbook is deeply embedded, it is a challenge to move people away from that.

Kids today would never buy a whole album – they choose exactly what they want.  It is the same with the textbook – more important – how do we take information and turn it into intelligence.

There is much more of a collective form of information where one can choose and share information.

We still want this printed word.  Are we teaching our kids how to communicate with visuals, create video, etc

session 2
How do you manage the digital rights when students and teachers are generating content?

It is increasingly difficult to make money on intellectual property.

Part of the challenge is cost which relates to intellectual property.

What we really need to do is help teachers need to move to the new world.  We can’t stay in the old one of the textbook and photocopies.

One thing the textbook does is curate content.  However, there are great curation tools on the web.  Who does this, the publisher?  The teacher?

Math – teachers do not have a deep understanding of math – build that into the lesson.  Content was one piece, but the bigger question how to we develop a deep understanding of that content.

Big question Why School (Will Richardson) when you can get any content why school? How do we help students own learning and take responsibility for it?  That is the future.

The future is life-long learners.  Start what problem are you interested in?  That is where we need to start with students (Inquiry).

We need to use technology to extend the joy of learning and inquiry.


Great session!


#ecoo13 Thursday Keynote – amber mac @AmberMac

Doug Peterson starts off the second day of the conference #ecoo13
Doug Peterson starts off the second day of the conference #ecoo13

Part of Amber’s bio:

Thursday 24th October, 2013

8:15am to 9:30am (EST)

Amber Mac is an entrepreneur, television host, professional speaker, and bestselling author. She co-hosts a TV show on CTV/BNN called AppCentral, which airs nationally in Canada, Australia, and South Korea. Amber is a regular contributor on CTV News Channel and has appeared on various other networks, such as CNN. She writes weekly for Fast Company, where she discusses social business, digital productivity, and how to work smarter. Amber has also hosted a number of online video shows for Fast Company, which her digital marketing company produces.

“Amber Mac is a virtual Swiss Army Knife of networking: she displays an endless amount of enthusiasm and energy that nearly crackles off the page. More importantly, she demonstrates a deep and practical understanding of the necessity of extending one’s personal and professional presence online.”

Amazing conversation!

my notes are all here  I wrote as fast as I could!


Day Two at #ECOO13

After an amazing Day One, I am ready to start Day Two.  I am still trying to process all I learned yesterday.  No question, the most important conversation was with MaryKay Goindi @MKGoindi.  What she had to say about math: making learning visible, the problem-solving mind set, how to record learning with Evernote, etc was truly amazing.  When I wasn’t talking to her I was trying to write down everything that was being discussed.  I wish our teachers could have been here, I think they would have loved it.

This is certainly a great education for me.

screenshot of visual captured yesterday using evernote and annotated by Educreations
screenshot of visual captured yesterday using evernote and annotated by Educreations

This is a pretty lame example of what you can record with these tools, but if I can do it anyone can!

What MaryKay had to say about teacher mindset was also extremely important.  We are asking teachers to teach math in a way very different from how they were taught.  As a principal, I realize now that I need to find opportunities for my teachers to get more training in this new mind set.  This is not just a problem at our school, it is a problem for our school board and for our province – lots to think about, lots to do.

Today, I will be starting with the keynote by Robert Baker, Director of Technology, Cincinnati Country Day School.  His topic – You Really Can Have It All

His school was the first to go 1:1 way back in 1996!  Below is a short video about his school.  Great way to start day two!

Minds on media Create more, consume less. #ECOO13

On to my fourth session – I find that I need to spend two hours at each session to get a sense of what is going on.  I find I am very interested in any app that allows direct communication between home and school.  Here is one project created for Mother’s Day in the kindergarten class using Explain Everything.  The explanation on how to set up the lesson is explained here.  This app is the most difficult to learn, but you can use it right up to grade 12.  Angie suggested going to the web site to view the tutorials.

Fortunately, each presenter has notes for their session.  Here are the notes for Create more, consume less

Create more, consume less.

It’s time to shift the learning from a consumption model to a creating model. Come and spend the day exploring and learning about creation apps. You will have time to create something of your own. Together we will share the best creating apps and the way they are used effectively in classrooms. Create something you have been putting off. Work independently, with a partner or in a group and create an ebook, an audio file, a movie, a screen cast or any other type of text.

In the morning, we will have the opportunity to Skype with one of the app developer of My Story. We will be able to ask direct questions to the developer and discuss their latest update on their app My Story 2.0 Together we can have rich dialogue about ways to infuse our classrooms with creating tools.
In the afternoon, we have tentatively booked a Skype call with the app developer of Explain Everything. You will be able to ask questions directly and discuss their app.

Some suggested apps that we might explore:

My Story

Explain Everything

Pic Collage
Lets brainstorm together ways we can use these and other creation apps to connect with families. Here are some examples of ways I’ve used apps for Special Someone Day (Mother’s Day or Father’s Day)
Special Someone Explain Everything 
A message to a mom while the child draws a picture of their mom. There is nothing more precious then a young child’s voice!
A Padcast / Audio File message to someone special 

This session is intended as a time to learn and create together. You can suggest apps to explore or spend time using an app that you haven’t had time to master. This time is for you to cocreate and learn alongside others. Bring your own device if possible. We will brainstorm ways creation apps can be used across the curriculum and the grade levels.

Come for the day or join in for a short time. It’s up to you. Make the most of your time, share, create and learn.
Check out the list of other resources at the bottom of this page.

I’m looking forward to spending some time creating with you.

Angie Harrison
professional blog http://techieang.edublogs.org/
Classroom blog http://mrsharrisonk.wordpress.com/

Resources for Wednesday
Video Tutorial on My Story Tutorial
Website for My Story 
Facebook page for My Story
Twitter Handle for My Story @Mystoryapp
Explain Everything Manual is available for download in the iTunes store
Explain Everything Video tutorial 
Website for Explain Everything 
Facebook page for Explain Everything 
Twitter Handle for Explain Everything @explainevrything

we also looked at My Story: Book Maker for Kids you can actually turn on text to speech so that they can add text to their stories!

Screen Shot of My Story - costs $3.99, well worth it for creating and saving stories that can be sent home!!
Screen Shot of My Story – costs $3.99, well worth it for creating and saving stories that can be sent home!!

#ECOO 2013 Minds on Media – The sum of parts: Constructing and capturing conceptual understanding in Mathematics MaryKay Goindi @MKGoindi

terrific notes from this session:

Starting this afternoon’s workshop with math.  First, some good wikis that can assist teachers preparing to EQAO grades 3 and 6



What teachers need to do:

  • make mistakes, but try and be reflective
  • look for what you need when you need it
  • teach through problem-solving all the time – this is the place to start.  Students always work in partners, try to make the partnerships ‘risk-taking pairs’ every student will talk within the first five minutes of class

The structure of MaryKay’s math lesson

give students 15 minutes to work on the problem then their work is posted.  While they are working, the teacher is moving around taking pictures.  If a student asks a question, the teacher asks another question based on the monograph Asking Effective Questions.  These pictures are taken with the iPhone or Educreations.  MaryKay can also annotate the picture and record the student’s reasoning.

Consolidation – share (what is the same , what is different in the students’ work) 10 minutes, highlight – anchor charts constructed based on the good work that they have done.

Last part independant practice – a similar problem

pictures go into Evernote @student name goes directly to their folder.  Also take pictures of the anchor charts to the teacher’s folder.

Use educreations (app  iPad only)

allows teacher to record the student work, showing their work, justifying their work (audio function)

the file can then be sent to evernote or the student or the parent

in evernote – make a notebook for every child, take a picture, start typing evernote in the To box – the picture will go to evernote in he subject line put the name of the notebook – every child has a notebook ie. @stacey

make a notebook for each child - makes learning visible
make a notebook for each child – makes learning visible


and finally…her are MaryKay’s notes and links



The Sum of the Parts
Constructing and Capturing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics

How do I create a situation in which Grade 2 students can tinker and begin to construct an understanding of addition with regrouping?

How do I help a Grade 6 student determine, through investigation using a variety of tools and strategies, the relationship between the area of a rectangle and the area of parallelograms and triangles?

How do I allow Grade 8 students to determine, for themselves, the relationships among area, perimeter, corresponding side lengths and corresponding angles of similar shapes?

How the heck can I use Cuisenaire Rods in my classroom?

When students use physical objects/math manipulatives to construct and articulate an understanding of a math concept, how can I capture this information so that I can access it long after the manipulatives are put away?

Where does the use of technology by students and/or by teachers align with effective math pedagogy?

If you have questions like this or if you have some of the answers, please come join this conversation. Explore a collection of tools — physical manipulatives and apps — that are considerably more than physical algorithms or digitized worksheets and that align
with the pedagogy called for in Ontario’s math curricula — teaching/learning math through problem solving. Come and work your way through some challenges I will bring…or bring some challenges of your own! Stay for a little while and pick up a problem solving task you can use in your classroom on Monday. Stay for a little while longer and co-plan a unit in which students will construct their understanding of a new math concept.

As well, if you’re interested, simultaneously investigate how you can use technology to make students’ (math) thinking visible. This pedagogical documentation can prove to be so helpful when it comes time for student review, parent communication and assessment/evaluation. I have experience using AudioBoo, Fotobabble, VoiceThread, and various screencasting apps (ShowMe, EduCreations & Explain Everything) to capture student thinking and Evernote to organize and save these captures. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned and I’m hoping you might have something new to share with me.

I’m looking forward to the experience!



#ecoo2013 Minds on Media – Media Literacy

– Playing with Media Literacy – Michelle Solomon, Neil Andersen, Carol Arcus, The Association for Media Literacy: @msolomonteacher

The second workshop is hosted by The Association for Media Literacy


The 8 Key Concepts of Media Literacy

  • Media texts construct reality
  • media texts construct versions of reality
  • audiences negotiate meaning
  • media messages have economic implications
  • media texts communicate political and social messages
  • form and content are closely related in each medium
  • each medium has a unique aesthetic form

use of memes in media literacy

our task – to create a meme using  Mematic – a free app you can download


This is my first meme - what can be done with this combination of text and visuals?
This is my first meme – what can be done with this combination of text and visuals?

What questions can be asked once students ask their own questions?

here are questions, designed for kindergarten that can be adapted to generate discussion about a meme generated by students
here are questions, designed for kindergarten that can be adapted to generate discussion about a meme generated by students


Minds on Media – Discover the World – ArcGIS Online

momgis.weebly.com – here is the web site we are using for this session.

What is GIS?


We are starting by setting up an account and exploring here


when setting up an account – go for a public one for now – really easy if you follow this guide

 Tutorials for Web GISIntroduction to ArcGIS Online
education@esri.ca edu.esri.ca Page 2 of 5
Part A: Creating a Public Account in ArcGIS Online
1. Start by typing the URL www.arcgis.com/home/ into your Web browser.2. Click
Once your account has been created, you will automatically be signed in and taken to the
ArcGIS Onlinehome page
shown below. You now have the ability to save and share Web maps and apps through ArcGIS Online.
Here is a map available on gallery – you can embed your maps or add a link

View Larger Map

From here, there are lesson plans you can go to – the example here is ‘Map my community’

example from map my community - full lesson plan and speaking notes included
example from map my community – full lesson plan and speaking notes included

I would start with this lesson – when adding layers use this for Canadian data   esri Canada ed

you can add notes and the layers you add to the maps are incredible!

ESRI also comes with a great lesson planner tool that will give you great ideas on how you can use this with your students

Time to move on – I have been here 2 hours!!

Minds on Media about to start #ECOO2013

looks like there will be space for me!
looks like there will be space for me!


We are about ready to start with Minds on Media – I am hoping to write a new post for each table I sit at.  The first session will be ArcGIS – mapping and Geography with Peter McAsh.  Think I have this blog worked out – will be using my lap top and my phone for instagram photos that get uploaded to the blog automatically.

Also trying out a new blog which is driving me a little crazy right now!

Now the speakers are being intoduced here is a quick summary of the topics:

media literacy

internet radio that can be run by students


mapping – the next level

creation apps

Mind Craft – playing between schools

make your own music using ios etc

open source programming tools

teaching math through problem solving- capturing student thinking through technology


building a PLN

The philosophy of the day – You are in charge of your learning today.  the participants will bring their needs at each center, leave and move around when you need to.  Move on and get up and move to the next spot when you are ready.  A little like an unconference!  Off we go!!



ECOO2013 Wednesday am

The conference starts in just under an hour.  Struggling with lousy hotel wifi, but persisting.
I am hoping to take in Minds On Media today.  Here is the line-up:

What Minds On Media Centres are at ECOO this year? \

– Create More, Consume Less: Creation apps and effective use. Angie Harrison,York Region DSB: @TechieAng

– Tune In To Learn: Broadcasting with your Students – Aviva Dunsiger, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB: @avivaloca

– Rock Your World: Creating in Garageband for iOS – Royan Lee , York Region DSB: @royanlee

– Inquiry Science: Tinker. Play. Think. – Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB: @colinjagoe

– ArcGIS – online & mobile: Mapping & Geography Peter McAsh, Avon Maitland DSB: @pmcash

– The Sum of the Parts: Constructing and Capturing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics – MaryKay Goindi, Upper Grand DSB: @MKGoindi

– Playing with Media Literacy – Michelle Solomon, Neil Andersen, Carol Arcus, The Association for Media Literacy: @msolomonteacher

– Introducing Kids to Computer Programming. It might be easier than you think … David Scott Upper Grand DSB

– Building a PLN (Personal Learning Network) – Tim King, Upper Grand DSB: @tk1ng

– N00bing it up in Minecraft: And how it relates to school- Liam O’Donnell, Toronto DSB: @liamodonnell

I met one of the presenters, Peter McAsh last night at registration.  Right now, I am on the waiting list – really hope to get there early and get a spot!  Doug Peterson wrote about this session last week and it really sounds like the place to start.

today's presenters Minds on Media
today’s presenters Minds on Media