Fraction-Packed Update!

Practicum I am already 1/3 of the way through my 6-week K/1 practicum! I feel a lot more à l’aise speaking in French now than I did two weeks ago, and I am so happy about that. So far I have been leading the morning calendar routine and teaching a unit on shapes and solids. TheseContinue reading “Fraction-Packed Update!”

#100DaysofMixedMedia: Day 1

This is my first piece for #The100DayProject. I will be sharing my project through the tags #BallenMixedMedia, and sharing the #100DaysofMixMedia with a few other artists. I love mixed media art, but I have not spent much time creating it. This project is a way of challenging myself to stretch my artistic range. I willContinue reading “#100DaysofMixedMedia: Day 1”

EDCI 336 Summary

This is me now. This term, I have been working towards connected, open learning, and these are some of the things that have done along the way: Blogging I started off on this Blogger page, but Ended up starting this WordPress blog (after attending a workshop about The Open Web) Tweeting Participating in Twitter chatsContinue reading “EDCI 336 Summary”

Education Memes

I have found that our Education Technology course is less about the particular tech tools, and more about the spirit with which to use them, and fostering the curiosity and desire to learn more. The education meme of lifelong learning strikes again! Meme What You Say I decided to create some memes to commemorate thisContinue reading “Education Memes”

French Immersion Rendezvous

I coordinated a French Immersion student-teacher rendezvous for today. Twitter was tremendously helpful in making it happen. These mind maps give a glimpse of what was discussed: Merci @angela_wynans, @MmeHibou, and @UVicCurricLib for today’s wonderful #FrImm workshop! #UVicEd #BCStuTeach #fsl pic.twitter.com/YRKIADNcnz — Britney Allen (@MlleBallen) March 17, 2015

Introversion and the Internet

I have been listening to an audiobook of Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts this week. I found out about the book through @RileyPaton‘s podcast: Are You Listening? I have really been enjoying it. It discusses personality dynamics in some interesting societal and historical contexts. This has given me a better sense of some of the influencing forces experienced by myContinue reading “Introversion and the Internet”