Wow…so far during course 3 you have done some wonderful learning and exploring around how we can use visual mediums for teaching and learning. Through blog design updates, infographics, and presentation designs, you have shown that you are being thoughtful about how we use design to facilitate understanding.

Here are a some of the wonderful visual thinkery that you have been sharing  from Course 3 so far:

Andrea created an infographic which visualized the data from her Writing Post Assessment for Narrative Writing. Here is what she created:

Irena created this infographic to “help students to visualize their thinking process…(as)it helps clearly to present the content of the topic studied.”

Erika updated her blog design with new colours, menus and images.

Melanie created and shared infographics and some newly designed slides.

Breaking Down Barriers

This week you will be exploring how technology allows us to connect with diverse ideas and people. Some of the themes you will see are global connection, collaborating asynchronously, and the representation of social identities.

We know that technology is a great tool and without I wonder what school closure may have been like for all of us, over the past 9 months or so. Making connections, collaborating and learning from each other happens just as effectively asynchronously as it does synchronously. Using technology can also open our eyes to what is happening around the world and make us more aware of the challenges that are part of our globe.

One such group who are utilizing technology is the wonderful Global Nomads Group. The approach is around the important concept of being able to “leverage technology to foster authentic, global, youth driven dialogue.”


This idea of breaking down some of the barriers in the world and trying to make a more just system to live in, is something that I explored more over the Summer. I took part in a Project Zero workshop from JusticexDesign who explained that injustices are by design.

Implicit biases and systemic oppressions are built into systems like media, architecture, government, transportation, and time. These human-designed systems can empower or oppress, amplify or silence. Supporting young people to recognize inequities in the everyday designs of systems they encounter is a critical step toward reimagining a more just world.

In our current world how important is this concept to instill in our schools and society. 

Visible Thinking

As I was looking at the themes for this week and how we can use digital tools to collaborate and share ideas I couldn’t help but make a connection between a popular visible thinking trend and the Text Rendering Protocol.

In the Text Rendering Protocol students are finding meaningful phrases within a piece of text and sharing how it made them think or feel. A process that prompts students to explore different ideas and discuss their diverse understandings.

I made a connection to something I first saw on Twitter called #Booksnaps. Booksnaps, which was started by Tara Martin asks students to take a photo of a page of a book and “mark-up” that page using their iPad or tablet. They would highlight passages that mean something to them, annotate their thinking, and use emojis or bitmojis to communicate feeling.

It connected well to this weeks topic since they are often shared online to allow for discussion and further thinking to take place. Students can explore one another’s #Booksnaps asynchronously through their social network or LMS and gain a deeper understanding of different viewpoints. This activity is both fun (since it incorporates technology students are familiar with and enjoy), and a great way to generate further discussion.

This Week:

This week you will be using wonderful tool that promotes connection and collaboration, Flipgrid. You will be reading Harro’s chapter about the Cycle of Socialization and identifying 1 sentence, 1 phrase, and 1 word that is particularly important to you and your understanding of the cycle of socialization. You will then go to our community Flipgrid and add a video to the Community Text Rendering topic briefly introducing yourself and sharing your word, phrase, and sentence.

After that, you will switch over to the Community Discussion topic and add a video:

  • Reminding us who you are.
  • Sharing what you heard from others’ videos and what it says about the document/concept of the cycle of socialization.
  • Reflecting on how this cycle might impact your practice.
  • Debriefing the process – how might you use a similar process with your students?

In your blog post, share the QR code and link to our community Flipgrid. Share your blog post with your PLN and encourage them to add their voice to the conversation. 

I’m looking forward to seeing your thoughts on using Flipgrid for collaboration and gaining a deeper understanding of each others learning. It will also be a fun new way to see our Cohort in action!

And finally…

We are now entering the final two weeks of Course 3! It officially ends on 25th October. So if you are lagging a little behind then now is the time to get these reflections and comments posted.

I also want to make you aware that it is a quick turnaround for Course 4, as it begins on 2nd November and runs until 13th December.

Have a great week!