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Only the Beginning


While this is my official final post for my DLP this is only the beginning of my using Office 365 Groups. Although I don’t feel that I have something that may “wow” people, I am very pleased with what I have done and what I will continue to do. I would say I have met 85% – 90% of my goals for my DLP this semester.

As per my goals I noted on my last post I have achieved:

  • Altering the word documents I posted by clicking them as as “View Only” for those in the Group that have access.
  • For now, the best way for students to have access and then use the documents for their own purposes is to download and save as their own, or to simply copy and paste.

Unfortunately, I did not achieve the following goals this week:

  • Add an element of collaboration and contribution. We are starting a novel study this week I will need to see where this could fit and enhance their learning.
  • Do some research and inquiry to see if anyone I know has experience with One Note.


Summary of Learning


Below is a video I found extremely helpful as far as setting up some of the features in my class group. I will also refer back to it for my goals this week. In the future I will mostly show a portion of this to my classes when explain the purpose of these groups to the students.


So far the online group has been a place for students to easily access resources, view the class calendar, submit assignments and quickly get in touch with me or their classmates. Over the next couple of weeks I would like to increase the interaction of the students within the group.

Here are my goals for next week:

  • Create a One Note document for students to enter data in. The data will be in connection to the poetry assignment we will be working on.
  • Have the students upload their presentations to the group so that they are accessible for everyone in the group to view them.

I realize this is only two goals for the week but I feel each of these tasks will have many small steps to achieve them. Plus the assignment that  I am planning to have these two tasks associated requires some more attention. I am changing it from the last time I taught this course, in addition to adding these technological requirements to it.

Copyright – black/ white or preferably grey

The other day in ELA 9 I was flowing through a PowerPoint, that I had created on the writing process. While doing so I was pointing out how I gave credit to the sources when I used images that were not my own. I mentioned it a few times as I had more than one image on my presentation that were not mine.


When we were done that portion of our class I introduced a video clip that I was about to show. As we are studying Romeo and Juliet I usually show this Star Wars Lego clip for Act 3 Scene 1, just to give the students a visual and make it a bit more appealing for those who are lacking engagement at this point in our Shakespeare study.


Obviously I was feeling pretty good about my teaching that day. I had taught them about the writing process, displayed some examples of sourcing material and then showed them a “cool” clip to get them excited about Shakespeare. If I was grading myself I would have received an excellent.  The video is student made but has some popular music. Although, the video notes that the music is not owned by the video creators. No sooner did I start the clip when a student turned around and asked “isn’t this copy right infringement?” I honestly told the student that I had not thought of that. After we viewed the clip we discussed how this video is an example of copyright infringement. I thought that there was a rule that you were allowed to use a maximum of ten seconds of a song without it breaking any laws. I said that I would look into it and let them know.

After viewing the film RIP – Remix Manifesto I would have to stay the students use of the music would be against the copyright law, but it could still depend. The director in the film interviews a woman who works at the Registry of Copyright in the state. When he shows her the work and though process of a music “mash-up” artist, she can’t confirm if it is breaking copyright laws. She said it would depend on whose music it was and how they felt about it. Although, the artist Girl Talk is dissecting and rearranging the music, whereas in the video clip they outright use the artists’ music.

Lawrence Lessig highlights many concerns in his Ted Talk: Laws that Choke Creativity.  I can feel many of those pressures as teacher. As educators we are working to use engaging and new materials in our rapidly changing world with less resources. It would be very easy to find and show a clip that connects to classroom learning and engages students, but we do need to cognizant of copyright law. Same thing with videos, it would probably be just as easy to log in to my personal streaming account and show a film but I believe that would be breaking copyright law. Or even literature for ELA, I could simply find a piece print it off and photocopy it for my class without giving any thought to it. I mean who would know? Would the students pay attention to it?

What are your thoughts or experiences with trying to gather resources while remaining diligent to copyright laws?

Stressed Out Teens

With some recent cyber-bullying issues and the topic of teen suicide being discussed at school lately I have feeling stressed for teens today. I am concerned that they are under more pressure today, or at least more than when I went to high school in the late ’90s.

The other day I voiced my concerns to my two grade 9 classes and I asked them what they thought. We discussed some of the obvious differences such as social media leaving nothing you do unseen and anything you post online in some capacity forever. Whereas, in my high school time if you did something silly no one was recording and posting a clip of it, also rumours typically died down within a week and were forgotten.

Additionally, the students brought up some points I had not thought of. One young lady discussed how if she showed up at the end of the semester with a good mark her parents would be very pleased, but because her parents can log on and see her grades on every single assignment as soon as the mark is entered they are questioning her on every task. A young man highlighted how sports never seem to end. There are teams, clubs, clinics and camps. It just seems to go and on, and if you want to be a part of it you need to keep up to play.

Gif via Giphy

This article from the APA – Survey Shows Teen Stress Rivals that of Adults highlights how teens’ stress today is comparable to adults. It continues that although teens are more stressed they are less likely to realize the impacts of this stress on their bodies.

It also seems that fashion, make-up and desired body images are more pushed on youth today. We obviously had fashionable items, and pop icons that we looked up to that we saw on television or advertisements, it just didn’t seem as saturated as it is today. Adding to this some of my students are still hearing from adults the high school will be the best years of their lives. I really dislike that. It only adds to the pressure of an already stressed group of young people, who are not only still growing physically, but are trying to develop their sense of self.

What are your thoughts and experiences with teens and their stress levels today?


DLP Checklist

I have felt as though my Digital Learning Project has been at a standstill. Initially, I was very excited to create an online, engaging, and useful space for my ELA 9 students. I am not sure where I lost my enthusiasm. I even started being envious of others who chose more “exciting” projects. For example my classmate, Coralee has been organizing and decluttering her house. I am so jealous. She is working really hard, learning new skills AND her house is clean! Angry, Upset, Pout, Face, Dissatisfied

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I need to remind myself what the purpose of my DLP is. The purpose of my DLP is for students in my ELA 9 class to have easily accessible class documents, a class calendar, and a point of contact and interaction with each other and myself.

Here is what I have achieved so far to date:

  • Compared using Google Classroom with what I have available through our school system
  • Created an online class group using Microsoft Office 365
  • Invited all of the students to join the group
  • Added 1 document relevant to our current unit of study
  • Added 3 class dates to the calendar
  • Sent out a notification to the students that have accepted my invitation

Below is a visual of the online group.

office 365

By our next class on Tuesday here are my goals I would like to achieve:

  • Send another invite to the students who have not joined yet
  • Add all upcoming class dates to the calendar: paragraph assignment, upcoming act questions, review periods and the upcoming exam
  • Upload the Writing Process Power Point we covered in class
  • Create a Google Form to gather some feedback from students, send the form out via this group
  • Speak with any students who have not joined the group and help them to join

As we are ending a unit in ELA 9 I am planning to use this online class group for some review activities and connections outside of the class. Once I have achieved the above goals that will be my focus.

What are some examples where educators have used online spaces for student collaboration? How can I motivate students to refer to and use the online space?