Giving Students Voice

Posted March 14, 2012 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Uncategorized, Web 2.0 Tools

One of the simplest and most powerful tools I know for enlivening learning is Voicethread, a multi-­‐media slideshow application that allows multiple users to provide commentary on pictures, text, and videos in various ways.
It is fun, easy-­‐to-­‐use, and inherently collaborative.

All teachers and students in GCS have accounts at . My advice for those new to the program is to browse through already created content in your interest area. Here is a resource to check out:

With this, as all tech tools, I recommend planning and some pre-testing in a small way before you start a major project. Here are some ideas:

Here, below, is a Voicethread I made that you are invited to contribute to. Just click on it and choose “Comment”. If prompted for a password email me or contact a TTL.


It is NOT about the Technology Tools

Posted February 29, 2012 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Uncategorized

There are a near-infinite number of resources to help us reach students more effectively. Invitations and exhortations regarding getting going with “21st Century learning” abound. The 21st Century is 12% over, so jump in if you feel you haven’t explored these waters and keep swimming if you have. We all have a lot to learn.

I plan to regularly highlight resources that can allow you to explore, ponder, envision, or execute some action in support of student learning in the few minutes you set aside for these necessary professional development tasks. (You do take 15 minutes a week to think- right?) Here is the first prompt:

It’s Not About the Technology Tools

Also, view a great template related to the above slideshow and 21st Century literacies.
More, much more, on this at:

Inspiration to Teach

Posted August 19, 2009 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Uncategorized

An Example of the Public/Private Boundary Dissolving…

Posted May 13, 2007 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Simply Interesting

MySpace photo prevents teacher certification, lawsuit follows

May 7th, 2007

related headlines for students and educational organizations continue,
this time the headline concerns a 27 year old college student seeking
teacher certification. The headline from May 6th reads, “Woman denied degree over photo, sues university.”
According to the accompanying CNN video, the student was serving as a
student teacher when her cooperating teacher saw a captioned photo on
her MySpace account referring to herself as a “drunken
pirate.” She was banned from returning to the school to complete
her student teaching, and upon graduation her “education
degree” was changed to an “English degree.”

It will be interesting to follow this case and see what the judge
rules. It seems dishonest and questionable for the university to award
an English degree instead of an education degree to this student, if
indeed she fulfilled all the requirements for an education degree. I am
not sure what the standard for reasonable actions on the part of the
university are in this case, however. It seems the student should have
some due process rights, and apparently she did appeal the decision to
the university unsuccessfully, but I am interested to know what the
college’s reasonable range of actions are in denying someone
teacher certification based on a MySpace photo are.

According to this story, the only thing which suggested this student
engaged in inappropriate behavior was a photo caption. The photo itself
did not show the student drinking alcohol. Did the student have a
previous police record of public intoxication convictions? The student
is 27 years old, so is above the legal drinking age…

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Smell the Flowers

Posted May 11, 2007 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Simply Interesting

This morning I was walking down the block toward one of the schools I get to work at. A young mother was pushing her daughter along in a stroller, and just as they went by, the girl, a little one, asked, “Mommy, what’s that smell?”

I inhaled as the mother answered in a lively way that her nose was stuffed up, but that many plants were blooming and making the smells.

As I inhaled again, I smelled lilacs that I would not have noticed.

Nothing like laughing !

Posted January 15, 2007 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Visual Literacy

This is a piece of a lesson for a class that involves visual literacy and written expression.

Post a picture and ask students to react to it by commenting. The comments will become available as you choose to approve them, and can serve as a prelude to a discussion.

A colleague, Janie Clark, suggests having students write about came before what is happening here, what is happening in the picture, and what comes next. -Super idea!

Nothing like laughing !, originally uploaded by dhammza.

Please comment. Write a sentence or two based on this photo.

Second Grade Communities Blog Project

Posted January 11, 2007 by Andrew Yale
Categories: Literacy, New Literacies

Warte have kicked off a great project at where students can display some drawings and writing related to their communities and then get comments. The commenting has been going well, and I am particularly excited to see if we can grow this and some similar projects to, as Will Richardson says, “give the students’ work some wings.”

If you are reading this, hop over to that blog and make a comment. (Note: your comment will not appear until approved; comments are moderated.)