Mental Health as a Priority: What’s Digital Identity Got to Do With It?

Recently I have been fortunate to be asked to present at two different venues (Refresh2016 in North Bay, and the DSBONE Professional Learning Day) on the importance of understanding how digital identities impact mental health in teens, and where we as educators can find resources. Here are the reading slides for this topic.

Learning to Podcast

Podcasts have been a primary source of professional learning for me for many years. I have always wanted to use this tool, and this week, I found two teachers in WRDSB who use podcasting regularly. Karen Blaak uses podcast conversations with her father to set the themes for her online English 3U course.  The personal […]

What is an Educated Adult in 2016?

It was an incredible honour yesterday, to hear Dr. Tony Wagner speak about his work in rethinking education for today.  Being able to ask my question about how we work with a system that still defines graduates by 2-digit numbers, and ranks them individually, was enlightening and empowering. I am a huge fan of Dr. […]

The Compelling Case for Change: TELL 2016

This year’s Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Symposium for Principals is wrapping up today.  Yesterday we had the opportunity to have conversations with Dr. Tony Wagner about how the current pathways for our students are no longer leading to success. Creating that Compelling Case for Change is so critical.  We are in times of exponential change, […]

For Credit or for Learning?

As we think about the needs of learners in online environments, there is one dichotomy that we often forget. Some students take online courses because they need a credit or qualification for a life pathway, not because the want to learn. I was first introduced to this thinking as a secondary online teacher , and […]

Are All Kids Able to Choose?

Recently, in my Primary/Junior Math AQ course, we examined process expectations in the Ontario primary/junior math curriculum document. Of particular interest to me was the process expectation around “selecting tools and computational strategies”. The Ontario math curriculum document was written in 2005, five years before the first iPad was released, and two years before the […]

Are you Asking the Right Questions?

Yesterday, a colleague, Sean Mieghan,  posted a great little video that clearly demonstrates the importance of asking the right questions.     “Life is Good” owners tell us that their ideas came from the questions their mother asked every day at the dinner table.  She empowered them to come up with ideas – lots of […]

Learning Math “in the Open”

We’re trying something new. It’s an innovative approach to a challenging problem, and it has the commitment of leaders from throughout northeastern Ontario. We are building our understanding of how to learn and lead mathematics in our elementary schools, and we are doing it out in the open. Embedded in our learning is a commitment […]

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 […]

Thinking Differently About Absent Students

Twice this year I have been fortunate to hear the very engaging Provincial School Attendance Counsellor, Tony Di Lena, speak about the persistent absenteeism issues in Ontario – northern Ontario in particular. Persistent absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of school days – 2 days per month, essentially. Last time, he was speaking to a group of […]