TVO's Power Hour of Learning

The 2019/2020 school year was extraordinary in every sense of the word. In mid-March schools across Canada and much of the world were closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Students were learning at a distance and TVOkids decided to add Power Hour of Learning to its broadcast to provide school-aged children with educational content curated by Ontario educators.

I was honoured to be a part of an amazing team of ETFO educators working with TVO to support alternative learning opportunities for students across Ontario. I shared 3 lessons on Passion Projects through design. Below you'll find the links for each lesson.

Part 1

In this episode, viewers learn about Designers and Engineers. They're the people that make virtually everything that we use on a daily basis. Viewers then identify a passion, brainstorm problems associated with that passion, pick one and then write the story of that problem using the 5Ws and how.

Part 2

Ideation is my favourite part of the design process. Viewers make connections to ideation and Rube Goldberg machines before jumping in to do Crazy 8s. At the end of this episode, viewers have identified 8 innovative ideas for solving a problem, related to their passion.

Part 3

Storyboarding is a great first step in bringing your idea to life. In this episode, viewers learn about storyboards and also about the importance of feedback along the way as they work on creating innovative solutions for others.

Below are a few other Literacy Lessons that I had the honour of creating through TVO's Power Hour of Learning. Enjoy!

Graphic Texts

Join teacher me to explore all about graphic texts and how they are different from pictures. Graphic texts include titles, captions, labels, column and row headings, symbols, legends, a scale, or even a unit of measurement, and provide additional information to the reader. They also can include a variety of fonts, colours, and labelling which can be used to attract the reader's attention and can help the reader improve their understanding. Create your own graphic text to find your own way to express yourself!

Storyboarding Memorable Moments

Join me and explore the characteristics of a personal recount storyboard and use the writer's process to create a memorable moment storyboard. Communicate your thoughts and ideas using your writer's voice to give your writing its own style and personality. Brainstorm ideas using graphic organizers. Include 5W's and H (who, what, when, where, why and how), adjectives, adverbs, and use pictures to create and publish a storyboard to recount a personal event.

Let's Learn and Act for Health

Join me to explore using a KWHLAQ chart graphic organizer. In your chart include 3 columns: 1st column: In the What I Think I Know column, include what you learned and/or already know. 2nd column: In the What I Want to Know/Learn column, ask questions that you would like to find out more about in your research. 3rd column: In the How I Will Find Out column, you can ask questions about how to find out more information to help you answer your questions in the 2nd column. Create a KWHLAQ chart on a health topic of your choice.