Down the Hall – Episode 49 – Have a Holly, Jolly Hmm Hmm

For the last episode of 2012, we bring you an episode full of holiday cheer. There’s a lot of great stuff in this week’s episode to tide you over through the cold, dark month of December.

Dave speaks to Leanna Johnson, a teacher in Missouri who is spearheading her school’s move to a paperless classroom. E-textbooks, assignments submitted online, using tablet and laptop computers, it can be tremendously effective for both students and teachers. She talks about the implementation of the project, how well it’s working, and whether it’s something that larger schools can use as well.  Plus, she discusses her class’s participation in the Global Virtual Classroom project.

On top of the interview, your hosts discuss all of the December holidays that you may be celebrating this year, as well as our favourite Christmas traditions and carols. We even provide you with a bit of a carol ourselves (Alpha Lam, producer extraordinaire, heard the mirth and merriment from the studio and decided to join in on our singing). We’d love to hear about your holiday traditions and songs as well.

Hopefully this will be enough to fill your brain until we come back on January 11th. From all of us at Down the Hall and PDCE, we wish you the happiest of holidays, no matter which one you celebrate (even Festivus).

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More details, including the link to the episode itself and the time stamps, after the jump.

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Episode 49 (40:22)

Time Stamps

00:19 | Introduction

Reni Walker – the December holidays

Festivus for the Rest of Us

12:40 | Interview – The Paperless Classroom

Leanna Johnson

Article on Paperless Classroom

37:17 | What’s Happening in PDCE?

REA4 – MED cohort in Educational Administration & Leadership (Richmond)

NSE5 – MED cohort in Educational Administration & Leadership (North Vancouver)

ECO3 – MED cohort in Early Childhood Education (Online)

Investigating Our Practices 2013 – Listen to Dr. Tony Clarke talk about the conference before last year’s edition.

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Our theme  music |  “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent, through a Creative Commons license.

Bumper music

“Silhouette of Tibet” – by Snowflake and ccMixter

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