I am an advocate for the revitalization of Indigenous languages, particularly the nehiyawe (cree) language. In my role as coordinator of Indigenous education, I would place a nehiyawe word on the wall outside my office. My co-workers would attempt to say the word on the wall. My wife shared this resource with me entitled mentimeter. I am realizing that these technological tools are providing a variety of opportunities to reach my colleagues and students.
Last week a few colleagues and I had the opportunity to take students out onto the land for a 3 day 2night excursion. We learned of the indigenous ways of knowing drawing from the 7 grandfather teachings. The students learned how to respect the fire, the water, and the elements of the cold. we built a quinnzee to protect us from the cold winds. We held a fire-building competition and later spoke about humility. This is how I had planned to incorporate the two sets of protocols of the 9 elements of digital citizenship and 7 grandfather teachings. I used mentimeter as a part of the assessment.
Stay posted on the results. I will be sharing when they come in.