Most Urgent Student Learning Needs

What are our most urgent student learning needs? This question is at the centre of tables around the province as boards and schools go through their new school and board improvement process (SILC: System Improvement Learning Cycles).  The new process, evolving from the former BIPSA process, is more agile (faster cycles), more targeted, and more […]

The Robots are Coming…. No, Wait, They are Here!

How are we preparing our students for the digital economy that is not their future, but their present? How do we create the compelling argument that this is important, that this should be a priority in our school system? ~~~~~~~~~~ Walmart is mere months away from replacing their warehouse workers with drones and robots. Automation […]

We’re Different – And Why?

How do we successfully navigate the chasm between “progressives” and “traditionalists”?  The RSA Report (March 2016) Creative Public Leadership suggests that creating a compelling argument is the first step. For those of us who have been learning online for nearly 20 years, creating a compelling argument might seem redundant. We wonder why it seems so hard […]

Consumers or Creators?

Over the last few days I have been thinking about an article that was shared with me last week on Twitter. How can design thinking be used in classrooms to help students achieve the skill sets and mindsets needed in 2016? In his book, The Global Achievement Gap, Dr. Tony Wagner outlined the skills all students […]

Moving From A Culture of Activities Towards a Culture of Learning

In a recent post (Where’s the Beef?), I identified the problem with sharing ‘activities’ in online environments. How do we help educators and leaders identify visible learning as opposed to visible activities? Silvia Rosenthal Talisano carried the conversation further, with the suggestion of the #document4learning  hashtag for sharing learning openly in social media. My colleagues […]

Sharing from #BIT15: Heidi Siwak’s Keynote Address

If you were unable to attend Heidi Siwak’s closing keynote at #BIT15 this year, you missed an amazing learning experience. Let’s see if we can share the important points. Here is Heidi’s link to the resources.   Here is the storify of the Twitter chat for the event.