The 21st Century Teacher – Part 3

5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 4

It seems that failure tends to be more public than success. Or at least that’s what we perceive it to be. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the simple truth is – no great success was ever achieved without failure. It may be one epic failure. Or a series of failures – such as Edison’s 10,000 attempts to create a light bulb or Dyson’s 5,126 attempts to invent a bagless vacuum cleaner. But, whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams. Ekaterina Walter

4- Ideas About Failing

by Tracee Vetting Wolf

This idea cloud is representative of positive and productive ways to view ‘failure.’ How do you want these ideas to factor into your own life?

FailureAlastair Arnott. YouTube Video (11:09). 

Success, Failure, and the Drive to keep CreatingElizabeth Gilbert TED Talk (7:18). March 2014.

How to Learn? From MistakesDiana Laufenberg TED Talk (10:06). November 2010.

The Power of Belief: Mindset and SuccessEduardo Briceno TEDx Talk (10:52). November 2012. 

Failing until you succeed, Behind the Brand interview with Seth Godin. YouTube Video (20:34). 

Positive Failure: Understand how Embracing Failure is a Tool for DevelopmentAlastair Arnott. Dec. 2013.

Creating an Innovation Culture: Accepting Failure is NecessaryEdward D. Hess for Forbes.

Smart Failure for a Fast Changing World. Eddie Obeng TED Talk (12:33). June 2012.

Failure Teaching. Maggie Dugan for KI.

Does Teaching Kids to Get Gritty Help Them Get Ahead? Tovia Smith for NPR. March 2014.


As teacher, our practice is often succesfull, but we also have a lot to learn when things are not going the way we wanted to, when we’ere living some kind of failure. It’s the way we set our mind on the positive track that will make us better!


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5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 3

Teachers who are trying to set up a curiosity cabinet and  use the remix culture in their practice are not alone. They need a network where they can exchange experiences and tips. That’s where the concept of tribe is taking place.


by Maureen Maher


Do you want to read about what other people are saying about tribes? The current buzzword within education is PLN (Personal or Professional Learning Network).  We think it is alot more than that.  We think it is about connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for learning. Having a Tribe means collective thriving. Helping. Having relationships that are meaningful. The tribe extends their assistance emotionally, physically, communally. They are good listeners and don’t mind taking helpful action on behalf of others in the tribe. These articles might help to stretch your thinking:

So find your tribe it worths the effort!

5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 2

After creating your curiosity cabinet, getting us to be more curious is going to have a huge payoff, so let’s take a look to habit no.2: The Remix Culture.

2- Remix Culture

by Cathleen Nardy
Now that you’ve engaged your Curious Brain, we are moving on to Remix.

Have you ever noticed someone copying someone else’s work, adding some bells and whistles and then calling it their own?  Well, that folks is the building block of remixing.   Remixing is creating content using three techniques: Copy, Transform, Combine.  We actually do it quite a bit — and a lot of the time we do it subconsciously.  We don’t realize the influences that have factored into our point of view or creative expression. Everything we create has been influenced by something.  And, one of the perks of technology is that it has given us powerful tools to communicate, collaborate, and co-create.  Technology has the power to amplify the creation process and amplify the remix as well.

Practicing the habit of remixing is really about embracing a new form of learning and finding your creative voice.  It allows us to form powerful connections with other people and to engage in social learning.
The Remix Culture (3.53 min)

Sometimes the best way to understand is by simply doing!  So slap on some fearlessness and playfulness because our first remix is a “Literary cut-up”. Engaging in this activity is going to reveal aspects of your creative potential that you may be unaware of.  We think it is important to use activities such as this to express your creativity. We are expecting the self-amazement factor to be off the charts!

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This activity require you to practice a growth mindset of experimentation, creative confidence, playfulness, and suspending judgement

Remember, the best way to understand and make remixing a habit is just by doing it. It’s as simple as that! So, let’s get our creative juices flowing and start our week by creating a Literary Cut-up:

Step 1: Take a favorite poem (or song)

Step 2: Think about  how long you want to make the remixed version

Step 3: Take some scissors.

Step 4: Cut-up the original work into separate lines. Put them all in a bag.

Step 5: Shake gently.

Step 6: Next take out each cutting one after the other.

Step 7: Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.

Step 8: Share the final version.  Embellishment and rule breaking is optional and will not be penalized because we understand that there are rebels in the group!

What does the poem show about you?  How does it reveal your personal expression? How did it make you feel?

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5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers – Part 1

For the next few days I will give you a summary on the course 5 Habits of Highl Crative Teachers followed on Canvas during the  2014 summer.

1- What’s in The Curiosity Cabinet

by Strawberry Blue Olive

Learning is by nature curiosity… prying into everything, reluctant to leave anything, material or immaterial, unexplained.  – Philo of Alexandria

Curiosity is an important growth mindset and plays into many aspects of our lives. It is a part of creativity, and is also important for you as seek knowledge as the teacher as researcher. There are a few offerings in the  curiosity cabinet for you to explore, and see how others explore curiosity in education, technology, health and research. If you have something to add to the curiosity cabinet that will expand and extend the knowledge bank, then please share with everyone.

I hope theses references will give you some fundamentals to construct your curiosity cabinet . You will see habit no.2 The Remix Culture on the next post!

Great references to start the school year

by Richard Cliche

School year is starting and here are some good resources from Angela Watson, a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services.

What to do (and what not to do) with fast finishers      classroom technology     tips and tricks for student engagement

On special topics, Edutopia website offers also a few good Resource Roundup on classrom management and teaching students of all abilities and diverse learners.

  • Classroom Management  
  • Reaching Learners of All Abilities 
  • Helping Diverse Learners Succeed  

Finally, for project based teachers, here’s a list of 50 good ideas from te@chtought.


If you’re new or a beginner with the approach, they also have a file of 6  Posts on How To Get Started With Project-Based Learning.

  1. The Difference Between Projects & Project-Based Learning
  2. 5 Types Of Project-Based Learning
  3. 11 Tools For Better Project-Based Learning
  4. 4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom
  5. 23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom
  6. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources

I’m wisihing to all of you a school year rich in smiles, good moments and memorable experiences!

10 outils pour la classe multiplateforme

par Audrey Miller, 10 juin 2014, article complet ici

(…) Lorsqu’on pratique le « BYOD » (Bring Your Own Device, ou Apportez votre appareil numérique), on a l’avantage de la diversité et de l’économie, mais on se retrouve avec une multitude d’outils technologiques différents. Un élève apporte un Macbook, l’autre une tablette Android. L’un a un téléphone sous Windows 8, l’autre a un iPad. Ceci a de quoi causer des maux de tête à l’enseignant! D’ailleurs, plusieurs invoquent cela pour refuser le principe…

Bonne nouvelle! Il n’est pas nécessaire de tout connaître de ces appareils pour en tirer profit : il suffit plutôt de sélectionner quelques outils multiplateformes, qu’on prendra le temps de maîtriser. Les élèves se chargeront du reste.

Voici une sélection d’applications de création utiles aux élèves, tirée de différentes sources citées à la fin de l’article.

Haiku Deck
C’est une application de présentation dans laquelle les élèves créent sous forme de diaporama. Ils peuvent chercher des images sous licence Creative Commons directement dans Flickr, qui est intégré dans l’outil, ou utiliser leurs propres photos. Chose intéressante, la source des images provenant de Flickr est automatiquement citée! Le résultat final peut être partagé par un lien, intégré dans une page Web, téléchargé en format PDF et même exporté en PowerPoint. L’application se télécharge sur le iPad ou s’utilise directement en ligne pour toutes les autres plateformes.

Cet outil en ligne permet, comme résultat final, de créer une affiche animée dans laquelle on peut se déplacer. On peut y insérer des images, du texte, des vidéos, du son, des liens et des boutons. On peut utiliser le contenu proposé ou utiliser des objets provenant de YouTube, Vimeo et SoundCloud, par exemple. À la fin, on partage par un lien ou on intègre la production dans une page Web.

Autre outil de présentation, celui-ci se spécialise dans le « comment faire », ou tutoriels. Utile autant aux élèves qu’aux enseignants, on le dit idéal pour les visuels. Chaque étape du tutoriel peut inclure des images, du texte ou des vidéos. L’application se télécharge sur le iPad ou s’utilise directement en ligne pour toutes les autres plateformes. À la fin, on partage par un lien ou on intègre la production dans une page Web.
Big Huge Labs
Un site Web qui propose une vingtaine d’applications très simples permettant de fabriquer des visuels comme une affiche de film, une couverture de magazine, un badge, des cartes à échanger, etc. Il est très simple puisqu’on y utilise uniquement du texte et des images dans les modèles fournis, et on sauvegarde en format image. On pourra ensuite les bonifier au besoin dans d’autres applications (le app smashing, vous connaissez?)

Un favori dans plusieurs classes, Thinglink propose d’utiliser une image de base et d’y lier différents autres médias pour faire un « portfolio » sur un sujet, une histoire interactive, etc. L’image devient cliquable dans les zones dédiées. Une idée des plus simples pour un résultat des plus riches. L’outil est disponible en version Web, iOs (iPad, iPod, iPhone) et Android.

Cet outil en ligne propose un mur blanc. On y met ensuite ce qu’on veut. L’outil est collaboratif, ce qui permet de travailler sur un mur à plusieurs en même temps, par exemple pour faire un remue-méninges ou construire un résumé.

Cette application de type « carnet de notes » fonctionne autant sur les ordinateurs que sur les tablettes. Grâce à la création d’un compte personnel, on peut retrouver ses notes peu importe sur quel appareil on travaille!

Les Carnets Web
Cette application québécoise en ligne permet de créer des livres et albums virtuels pouvant être partagés, commentés et même imprimés de façon professionnelle.

Cet outil de présentation en ligne vise à organiser ses idées pour les partager de façon multidimensionnelle, allant bien au-delà des diaporamas traditionnels.

Cet outil en ligne permet de créer, partager et commenter des cartes mentales. Parfait pour planifier des projets, résumer, réviser et bien plus.
Sources :
– 5 Tools For The Device Agnostic Classroom (Edudemic)
– 60 (+1) outils  qui changeront votre vie, (École branchée, guide annuel 2013)

Alors, votre classe est-elle « neutre » côté appareils? Avez-vous d’autres applications/outils favoris à suggérer? Utiliser le formulaire de commentaires pour partager votre expérience!