Symposium for eLearning in Northwestern Ontario

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.

Learning about Leading Change

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 […]

Some good points…

This video makes some important points about why our current industrial aged schools are dangerously irrelevant.

My Day on CBC Radio: The Journey

I am a HUGE fan of Spark. For many years, each Sunday during my long run, the latest “Spark” podcast continues to keep my mind off the pain of running.  In fact, I associate some of the things I have learned on Spark with specific geographical locations. One afternoon, I dragged myself out for a […]

Connected Learning

I’m playing with this infographic right now.  In the meantime, I just wanted to share it! Find it here: http://connectedlearning.tv/infographic

First Attempt In Learning – FAIL

One of the major “take-aways” from this year’s ECOO Conference  (#ECOO12) was the idea of needing an environment to “tinker” (John Seely Brown) where mistakes and false starts are just a learning pathway.  “FAIL” is really just “First Attempts in Learning”. We talk a lot about creating a culture of support for children/students, where risk-taking […]

Share the Road

Learning is messy.  Learning is not linear.  Learning happens everywhere. Jackie Gerstein has shared her ideas on deep learning here,  and this quick video captures the flavour of how unpredictable learning can be: Learning is Messy from James Michie on Vimeo. “Learning is about ideas.  Learning is about sharing.  Learning is about connections.” It is […]

Everybody Needs a Rock*

I collect rocks. Not on purpose. I don’t go looking for them.  But when I bend to look more closely, inevitably they end up in my pocket, or in my car. Hunting for a specific rock is a completely different experience. It’s almost stressful. For Unplug’d 2012, I needed a rock that was easy to […]

For Learning or Credit?

While working this week, I had CBC Radio One on in the background and I was thrilled to hear George Siemens being interviewed on Ontario Today (recording here) about MOOCs. As a participant in the #Change11 MOOC  (see the schedule here), I was very interested to hear what George had to say.  It is difficult to […]

Bring Yourself to Your Classroom

Back when I was involved with the Ministry of Natural Resources Critical Incident Stress Peer Support Team, I was fortunate to spend time with Dr. Martin Rappeport.  At the time, he gave me some career changing advice about teaching.  He told me to stop trying to be so many different things in the classroom, and […]