This week I’ve been attending the Connect conference in Niagara Falls for the first time and as a representative of the Ontario School Library Association Council. It also gives me a chance to speak about my M.Ed. capping paper on how teacher-librarians are in the ideal position to facilitate transliteracy. I mean, we really do […]
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I submitted this paper today in fulfillment of the requirements for my M.Ed. INTRODUCTION From curious to competitive I always felt most comfortable working with students in portfolio courses where students knew what they needed to accomplish and had ample opportunity to do and re-do their assignments until they were satisfied. I came into being […]
I’m the type of person who generally doesn’t like surprises. 2019 has been full of them for me.
Students were empowered to use technology for their learning as they were ready, and it was the librarian’s job to be responsive to this need.
Collaborative Engagement Facilitating Collaborative Engagement to Cultivate and Empower a community of Learners (Leading Learning) Critical Thinking Reaching out through the library Is it possible to grow readers who are also digitally savvy? Design Thinking in Learning Environments The Third Teacher by OWP/P Architects From Library to the Learning Commons Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for […]
When I think about the general characteristics of the students who take my online ENG4C class, my learners: Struggle with task completion Struggle with goal-setting Struggle with time management Lead nearly adult lives Are studying independently from their parents Do you have learners like that? How would you generally characterize your reluctant learners? When I […]
Ontario: Learning at Home Episode 5 – Alanna King Description: Alanna King teaches English in the Upper Grand District School Board. But there is so much more to her teaching life than that. She is cohost of the “Read Into This” podcast, and is actively involved in the Ontario Library Association. Her passion and creativity […]
Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-Based Strategies That Work by Rosemary M. Lehman My rating: 5 of 5 stars This little book packs a whallop in terms of professional development for online teachers. As a grade 12 online English teacher, and a teacher-librarian, I found Lehman and Conceicao’s research to be precisely focused on my […]
The reason I chose it for our book club is because of my two goals for the #BIT15Reads book club: community and longevity.
I need to start off this blog post by once again speaking to the imbalance I experience in blogging itself. Try as I might, I sometimes take years to process an experience or a reading and I find it really challenging to write regularly. Today is no exception and I’d like to revisit an experience […]
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd My rating: 4 of 5 stars Throughout danah boyd’s “It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens”, I’m very satisfied with the level of sophistication of boyd’s research and unbiased point of view in her writing. Her tone is academic, professional and at the […]
MIssion: Blog rejuvenation project Mission target: threadbarebeauty.com Mission director: Alanna King under the tutelage of blogger Lisa Neale 11 Random Facts about me born on leap year; I have 2 1/2 sisters; I lived in Japan for 3 years; my first pet was a hamster named Pepsi; I am a 6th generation Canadian; my family were […]
August 2019: Cited in People for Education’s Connecting to Success: Technology in Ontario Schools report May 21 2019: When Political Penny-Pinchers Pilfer your PD, Canadian School Libraries Journal October 2017: School libraries and eLearning: Answering the call for access and equity, paper at Treasure Mountain Canada 5 May 2017: A Book Club for the Ages: […]
I’m currently working as a teacher of English both online and face-to-face at Centre Wellington District High School in Fergus, Ontario. I have been a teacher since 1994, spending 3 years teaching English in Japan, and the rest in Ontario teaching library, drama, English, leadership and media arts in the classroom and online. I became […]