Giving a smartphone – to your child.

Maybe the typical conversation when adults gives a smartphone to their children: Here is your smartphone but remember, when I call, you answer. When I text you, you response.

What if before giving them the smartphone, we talk about what they can do with it:

  • This is a very powerful tool. WorldPowerSmarthphone
  • This device is 10 times more powerful than 5 years ago desktop!
  • You can find an answer to any question you may have.
  • This is a huge library of information.
  • You can create, learn a lot of stuff.
  • But, it can be a “weapon”!
  • There is a lot of bad things: information/scammers/bad people on the internet. So be careful and always check and trust your gut feeling (red flags!).
  • Use your best judgement and don’t fall for what sounds really good, really fun, really easy.
  • Make sure that what you do, write, post, comment, like is appropriate and that you wouldn’t be embarrass if I read it.
  • Always be positive no matter what.
  • When we call you, only answer if it is a good time. Do not, stop a conversation with your friends to answer. Do not answer or look at your phone while you are driving. Find a safe place, then call. We don’t expect you to answer the phone when we call. But, we expect that you will call us back when you are safe or it is appropriate and within a reasonable time.
  • When we text you, same rules as when we call. We don’t expect you response immediately. Also, do not look at your phone when you are having a conversation with your friends or in a learning environment.
  • With power comes responsibility and we strongly believe that you are responsible enough to make the right decisions. Enjoy!

Would this change anything? Would they start to use it “appropriatly”?

On the eve of starting a new year!

What’s it like to start a new year for me?

REFRESHING! – a chance to try new things – a chance to fail – a chance to learn or re-learn – a chance to meet new students and see past students… Yeah, right! I’m as nervous as the students! And never enough time to to what I would like to have ready before the big day.

As a computer teacher, I have to keep on the latest news, latest features and new updates. This summer we saw a lot of new updates and just in today! The Google docs just got a new update! That will be a cool one to have and worth reading about it here. Since being on that topic, if you are using Google Classroom you may want to add this new extension to your Google Chrome. So, as I was saying, it is changing on a regular basis. I see that as another opportunity to learn something. But, I always question if it is good for me and my students first.

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”

― Heraclitus

I’m in the process of making some “changes” to my classes. The more time I spend on planning, the more I get excited to show what is new and how it will help us to achieve our goals this semester. Also, anxious to see what the students will create with those new updates.

So enough said for the moment because I really need to get back on my planning! To all teachers and students, have a wonderful year of learning and remember this:

Education-Nelson-Mandela

ref: http://www.buzzquotes.com/nelson-mandela-quotes-education-learning

Why starting to Blog?

My Story!
This will be my place to share my own opinion(s)!
Why Blogging- I have been debating this for a long time and tried many times to start. So, this year, I will try to post on a regular basis. It will be on various topic about education, technology in the classroom, GAFE – Google Apps for Education, iOS Apps, training and much more.

So, why now? Why not! I have started to do some conferences presentations and notice that a lot of speakers have a blog. But, a lot of teachers have blogs and so are students. I started to read those blogs for learning and I did learn so much that I see why it would be a good thing to start! I do have a website for my classes and some pages for my presentations. My style is to present “how to” skills. Meaning, that I don’t have to write a lot of sentences and really try to follow the slides fundamental rule – no more than 7 to 8 words per slides! Also, like to create videos demonstrating the steps to do. That way, I was dogging my weakness! That is writing! Yes, I’m bilingual and never been a writer in my own native language, French! I’m much better at speaking and doing demos then writing. So hopefully with this blog, I will develop that skill. As they say, “lifelong learner!” I will learn how to be a better writer and share my skills on this blog.

Some article that made me think deeper into this blogging:

http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/2350

http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/9-reasons-why-teachers-should-blog

http://www.edudemic.com/how-and-why-teachers-should-blog/ #2 is one good reason for me!