For a long time in Ontario, we have relied heavily on standardized test results, and the tested ideas and strategies grounded in research to inform our educational practice. But does this kind of thinking short-change our kids? Dr. Chris Dede talks about the importance of spreading pockets of excellence and adapting successful practice into our… More The Key to Innovative Practice? More Ideas!
The graphic created by the 2013-2014 (Ontario Education) Minister’s Student Advisory Council has been distributed widely. It is the “student voice” on where Ontario Schools should be going. One section that struck me was the part that said “why would I want to learn from someone who does not want to learn from me?” In… More “Why Would I Want to Learn From Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Learn From Me?”
What did you learn today? David Warlick often begins his talks with something new he has learned that day. He frequently shares these learnings on his blog as well. Every day I try to follow his example and think carefully about all the new things I have learned. But sometimes we need to UNlearn before we can really… More What Will You UnLearn Today?
The revelation earlier this week that Canadian Cycling hero Ryder Hesjedal had been a doper and a cheater came as no surprise to those of us who have spent good chunks of our lives involved in the world of elite cycling. Road racers claim the culture of doping gives them no choice but to cross… More Learning is Not a Competition
What assumptions do we make about the life trajectories of the students in our classrooms? Over the past three days I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to share in learning with the Northern Ontario Education Leaders at their fall conference #NOELONLINE. The pre-conference address was given by the Director of the Bruce… More Changing the Trajectory
I like taking time to honour the changing of the seasons. Last Saturday was the last day of #Summer2013. People will say it was an awful summer, but I can’t think like that. I spent the day outside, breathing in the fresh air of northwestern Ontario, capturing images of the flowers still blooming on the… More Pausing at a Checkpoint
Whenever someone is presenting on the value of Twitter for teachers and educators, and there is a shout out for “tell us who you are and why you love Twitter for education”, there is always a flurry of people talking about how they love twitter for connecting with other educators, for conversation and for sharing… More Going Deeper with Twitter
While at #SeLNO 2012 in Thunder Bay, keynote speaker Shawn Allenby used a clip from the #ECOO12 Panel Discussion on the role of the teacher in the NOW Century to emphasize the importance of the Provincial eLearning strategy in moving the use of educational technology forward.
If you have seen this video a hundred times, please don’t go away yet. Scroll down … If it is new to you, please take a moment to view it. It was produced in 2008. At the time, it was at the leading edge, and it was used as an introduction to so many presentations… More Learning about Leading Change