An Attachment to our Traditions

With advancements in technology, literacy has started to move away from explaining the visual in words toward a stronger connection between the texts and the visual as well as the audio and spatial needs of the reader.  New modes of communication are reshaping the way we use language. As an educator, text genres are on an incline...

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A New System, a Textbook and a Sledgehammer to Conformity!

The rise of education in Canada is highly connected with its societal changes, economic needs and political agendas of the time.   In the 17th century, children were educated through apprenticeship training.  Skills from the family were passed down from one generation to the next.  Adults were disgruntled with child labour in the...

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Hypertext and Critical Thinking

In our world today learning is an active process in which students construct their knowledge on experiences both past and present. Knowledge is not obtained from another person but from what we create ourselves. The skills and knowledge that we need today have changed significantly since the early days of print. What and how we...

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The Continuity of Language

Thousands of years ago, humans began shifting their oral culture into written text.  Historians and anthropologists saw the shift as a domestication of society through the transition from an oral culture to a literate one.  Professor Walter Ong’s theories in the book, Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word, explores...

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Technology is Text

Is Technology, Text? Through the etymological exploration of text and technology, the words created a vision in my mind. I found the two concepts to be highly related and eventually came to the conclusion that “technology is text”. Think about the tools we use to communicate.  Each tool requires the use of technology in some manner...

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The Art of Teaching through Authentic Learning: Virtual Field Trips and Worlds

How often do students get a chance to explore a museum? A science centre? The zoo? Once or twice a year if they’re lucky.  How can we go beyond just showing our students pictures or simple 2 dimensional representations? Is it possible to bring the world to the classrooms doorstep, undeniably!!! In today’s growing technological...

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Breaking Free from the Teacher

Mar 11, 12 Breaking Free from the Teacher

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Imagine one change in our education system that you feel would be both valuable and “do-able” in the next two years: The educational system is beginning to break free from thinking in old school terms. From teaching in ways that continue to solely focus on cognitive-behavioural training techniques and opening up to the...

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Author: Sarah Richer

Hello all! I am very excited to be joining in on the discussions with educators across the nation.  Currently, I am completing my Masters of Educational Technology with UBC as well as teaching grade 4 in Ontario.  I am in my eighth year of teaching, but have been in the field studying various angles of education for about 12...

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