OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E13) - Learning Using the Tools of Today (with Marc Dubeau)
In this episode of the XL Podcast, I speak to Marc Dubeau from Osgoode Township High School about where the world of computer generated animation is heading and how, despite the constraints, he and his students have managed to keep up and, in some cases, leap beyond in pursuit of creative, sophisticated virtual reality, augmented reality, and full performance motion capture animation. When Marc first suggested that students, with the right tools, could create in augmented and virtual reality I was skeptical. All along Marc and his students have not only seen the possibilities, but connected with industry and learning partners discovering that with imagination and ingenuity high school students can walk in lockstep with technological innovation that makes for dynamic beyond-your-imagination learning. YouTube Twitter: @marcdubeau Further Reading: Aliens and Pikachus: real-time tech goes to high school (Osgoode Township High School) Watch: Emma Smith's award winning Climate Change Inequalities (video)
July 29, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E12) - Part 3 - Carolyn Johnston's Grade 6 Students - Learning Adventures in Space and the Skies.mp3
In this episode of the XL Podcast, part three in our series of conversations with Carolyn Johnston about “learning adventures”, Space and The Science of Flight, we turn the mics over to some of Carolyn’s grade 6 learners to hear more about the learning experience, how it contributed to their sense of purpose, meaning, contribution, and belonging, and all while learning virtually during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
July 29, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E11) - Part 2 - The Science of Flight (w Carolyn Johnston) - A Learning Adventure to the Moon and Back Again
What if the test of our belief in the capacity of our students involved a true leap of faith? What if our belief involved challenging our assumptions about baselines; challenged our thinking about "learning loss" by taking one giant leap, I mean a giant leap: like in the footsteps of a space program…? What if we began in space and worked our way down from there? In this episode of the XL Podcast, part two in our series of conversations with Carolyn Johnston, we pick up, maybe lift off, from where we concluded in episode 10: Carolyn and her class are “pivoting the learning journey” in mid-flight - the learning is “fresh and students are ready for it” and so Carolyn decides in the middle of a connection with the aerospace industry about space that a seamless transition to The Science of Flight should follow. Adventures are a funny thing: they are dynamic, they are messy, there is planning, but it is a planning centred in possibility rather than predetermining each step of the adventure. In short, adventures are a longer path to a far more profound depth of learning, because destinations are less the concern than the stops along the way: even when the destination is space itself. Stager, Gary (2008): Learning Adventures: A new approach for transforming real and virtual classroom environments Stager, Gary (2020): Revisiting Learning Adventures in the Time of COVID-19 Gary Stager - Twitter
July 29, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E10) - Part 1 - Learning Adventures Take to the Skies (with Carolyn Johnston)
What if our belief in the capacity of students involved challenging our assumptions about baselines; challenged our thinking about "learning loss" by taking one giant leap, I mean a giant leap like in the footsteps of a space program…? What if we began in space and worked our way down from there? In this episode of the XL Podcast, part one of a two-part series with Carolyn Johnston, we talk about learning adventures; as you’ll hear, this particular adventure begins in space, and bridges, later, to flight. Stager, Gary (2008): Learning Adventures: A new approach for transforming real and virtual classroom environments Stager, Gary (2020): Revisiting Learning Adventures in the Time of COVID-19 Gary Stager - Twitter
July 29, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E9) - Part 2 - CNX: A Space To Be Seen As If For The First Time (with Marilyn McMillan & Geordie Walker)
In part 2 of our series looking at Hillcrest High School’s CNX program I talk with Marilyn McMillan, the educator who transformed ideas and theory into a learning experience like no other; a community which revolves and evolves in space: for learners to see themselves, be themselves, and to begin from anywhere. Marilyn and I are joined by Principal Geordie Walker. Together, our conversation spins a narrative from theory to action in an effort that has resulted in students seeing themselves as learners, and learning to advocate for their genius as a means to navigating school. Marilyn McMillan - Twitter CNX - Instagram Geordie Walker - Twitter Hillcrest High School - Twitter
June 18, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E8) - Part 1 - Seeing Ghosts; Discovering Genius (with Geordie Walker)
Geordie Walker is the self-described “proud Principal of Hillcrest High School.” Moreover, he is a model for educational leadership: the kind of professional educator we ought to aspire to. In our conversation, Part 1 of a series looking at Hillcrest High School’s CNX (pronounced "Connects") - an initiative that seeks to serve the most underserved students by starting with relationship and an acknowledgement of genius - Geordie and I discuss “ghosts” - visibly disengaged students who we often fail to see, and the problem of schools in the problem solving frame of Apollo 13 - “somebody believed.” Geordie Walker - Twitter Hillcrest High School - Twitter CNX - Instagram
June 10, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E7) - Everywhere a Missed Opportunity: For Inventing and Learning (with Richard Young)
Richard is the polymath engineer-cum-educator behind the most innovative robotics program that I have encountered in the OCDSB. In my conversation with Richard, we talk about wondering “what’s under the hood” as the first step to imagining something that doesn’t exist. The next step? According to Richard, it is creating that something in, making that something in, our own image. Further Reading: TEJ3M Robotics – Mars Rover Project: LIVE in Mr. Young’s Living Room
June 04, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E6) - Part 2 - Learning is the Enterprise (with Jason Whiting)
In the midst of the most disruptive period in public education in recent memory, Jason Whiting chose two paths that stand out as exceptional: first, reflecting upon his practice he saw the urgency for more student agency; second, with a little support and a little inspiration, he was willing to try something entirely new: what if while learning grade 4 Math and Language his students could help even just one person? It was a provocation both his students and he were willing to commit to. The result is Made2HelpOttawa - a social enterprise built and designed by 9-year-olds as the method and expression of learning; a business that focuses the learning on an audacious goal: helping others. *** In this episode of the XL Podcast, part two of my conversation with Jason, we get a behind-the-scenes look at an all encompassing learning experience with a single goal: to help “just one person”. Along the way, Jason and his students discover that the idea of “investing” - in ourselves, in our peers, in others - is a phenomenal context for learning just about anything. The thing is, when just about anything is the framework for learning, there is an abundance of learning at your fingertips. In the case of Made2HelpOttawa, these grade 4 students extend their reach well-beyond the walls of school, into the community and beyond, in an endeavour that travels lite, and ricochets like an echo so far beyond any curriculum expectations. Made2HelpOttawa (Website) Made2help Podcast Made2HelpOttawa (Twitter) Jason Whiting (Twitter)
May 28, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E5) - Part 1 - Learning is the Enterprise (with Jason Whiting)
In the midst of the most disruptive period in public education in recent memory, Jason Whiting chose two paths that stand out as exceptional: first, reflecting upon his practice he saw the urgency for more student agency; second, with a little support and a little inspiration, he was willing to try something entirely new: what if while learning grade 4 Math and Language his students could help even just one person? Made2HelpOttawa (Website) Made2help Podcast Made2HelpOttawa (Twitter) Jason Whiting (Twitter)
May 13, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E4)- Project 'True' North Part 3 - Jessica McIntyre and the Narrative Past
In our third episode in a 3-part series exploring the OCDSB's Project 'True' North, I talk to Jessica McIntyre. Jessica joined 15 educators in the OCDSB in the initial launch of Project ‘True’ North, an initiative that seeks to disrupt the approach to learning history as a means to developing an ignored narrative from Canadian History, written by learners. Jessica’s approach to learning is as perfect an example of any I’ve encountered in the raw emotion you can feel in her description of uncovering a life, and in the process of seeing her students, maybe in a light not witnessed before.
April 30, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E3): Project 'True' North Part 2 - Project 'True' North In The Hands and Minds of Students (with Blake Seward)
In our second episode of a 3-part series exploring the OCDSB's Project 'True' North, we turn the microphone over to students at Glebe Collegiate Institute, English Language Learners, who have been learning about Harry Timothy Jones, a member of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada’s all-Black battalion from the First World War. The song "Andrew William" features in this episode, written by singer/songwriter Chris White about his grandfather, William Andrew White the chaplain of the No. 2 Construction battalion.
April 23, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E2): Project 'True' North Part 1 - The Lest We Forget to Project 'True' North with Blake Seward
In our second episode of Season 2, we begin a 3-part series exploring Project 'True' North; an approach to history learning that has students doing history as historians do. In our first episode we speak with Blake Seward, the architect of The Lest We Forget Project. We discuss the origins of The Lest We Forget Project, and the beginnings of Project 'True' North, concepts for historical thinking, learning with evidence, and the philosophical foundations of Project 'True' North.
March 26, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E1): Finding our Voices; Podcasting to the World
In episode 1 of our second season we talk to Angela Robinson, a grade 8 teacher from Henry Larsen Elementary School, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. What began as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, became an approach to learning: What if a cross-curricular project in podcasting became the medium for students to discover their voices, and, at the same time, provided a means to create the stories they wanted to hear. Connecting with local radio, and podcast personalities, students at Henry Larsen shared their imaginations for the world to see.
February 24, 2021
OCDSBXL Podcast (E2): Growing Thinkers; Feeding Learning
In episode 2 we talk with Derek Brez from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Derek is pushing the boundaries of what Science education looks like in high schools, with some of the most reluctant learners. When the learning involves authentic challenges of growing food "north of 60", and creating the tools that support a farm-to-cafeteria vision that feeds and nourishes the school community, one can hardly be surprised that the reluctant learner becomes an active citizen scientist engaged in the pursuit of what and how the earth provides, and sustains, all of us.
January 10, 2020
OCDSBXL Podcast (E1): Learning is Messy; Standing Back is the Hard Work
In our inaugural episode we talk with Leslie Mott from North Gower Marlborough Public School, in North Gower, Ontario, Canada. Leslie reflects on the story of powerful learning with grade 4 and 5 students in the Spring of 2019; the journey that meandered from student directed time, to student driven initiatives, to students as creators and Leslie as a learner and enabler.
October 31, 2019