At Fall SIM, we are watching the Simon Breakspear video from Leadership Congress. Here are the notes I put together at Leadership Congress last April. Here is the video from Vimeo. Ontario Leadership Congress Spring Symposium 2015 from Simon Breakspear on Vimeo.
“In today’s highly connected information age educators have a moral obligation to empower students with the skills and dispositions of lifelong learners, to support and teach them to become creative critical thinkers, collaborative, globally connected problem solvers, and responsible citizens who strive to make the world a better place.” Please take a moment to listen to this important… More Will Your Students Be Digitally Fluent? Messages for 2015
Earlier this week, I worked with my fellow OSAPAC member (and chair) Mark Carbone to share some thinking around Creative Commons Licensing with educators at #CATC15 The title of this post, “Are Teachers Taught About Creative Commons”, was one of the questions from the group of educators we were learning with. This brings up another… More Are Teachers Taught About Creative Commons?
Have you ever experienced so much learning that your head hurts? Tonight, amid the beautiful sunset, the lightning show and the Perseid Meteor Shower, many educators are reflecting and thinking about today’s amazing learning at #CATC15. I started to write some notes about today’s learning, but why should I hide those ideas away in… More “Engagement” is a Low Bar
I am taking a little of my own advice today, and rereading Carol Dweck’s 2006 book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. I am still working through the first chapters, but I have already found a number of connections to other work. The most interesting new learning for me comes from exploring the symptoms of… More Do Schools Create Non-Learners?
Often, when discussing digital literacies with leaders, someone will say, “but I have a student achievement lens, and I am focussed on how we improve student achievement“. It is at this point that I know this educator sees “technology” and “digital literacies” as “add-ons” to the student achievement agenda, rather than critical components of it. So… More What Drives “Student Achievement”? Connected Leaders
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to present at conferences in other Canadian provinces. It makes me realize how little I actually know about education in Canada outside of Ontario. It’s silly, really. Just because we exist in different education jurisdictions doesn’t mean we can’t spend more time learning from each… More On Canada Day: Solving Big Hairy Problems
In January, we asked educators, “What’s your ONE WORD for 2015?”. In Ontario, we used #onewordont as a hashtag to collect the ideas, and Julie Balen created a word cloud to share. So how’s it going? Six months in, is this word still a focus for your work? Today I am thinking a lot about my… More We are Half-Way: How’s Your #OneWordOnt?
[In 2014, I wrote a post on technology and pedagogy that was recently circulated on Twitter. It reminded me that it is time to update the thinking in that post.] Simon Breakspear asked the question, “What is an Education That’s Worth Having?” at #uLead15 three months ago. The answer is complex, and context driven, but,… More What’s an Education That’s Worth Having?
We talk a lot about the importance of openly sharing and curating resources. One pushback I often hear is, “I just don’t have time”. I get that. The job of an educator never ends. There are always more opportunities to look for that next practice that we could adapt for a particular student need.… More Simple Sharing and Organizing: Pinterest for Educators