Digital Literacies: Simon Sinek on Millennials and Social Media

Below is the portion of the Simon Sinek interview that deals with Millennials and their addiction to social media and cell phones. As a school system, what are our obligations in ensuring our young people have the skills they need to thrive in today’s world? What digital literacies are needed?  What understanding do they need […]

Learning Network Leadership – A Path Forward

If we are to build an effective learning network, what will it look like? An effective learning network is complex, changing, growing, shrinking, morphing over old, new and evolving platforms.  It reaches into classrooms and across the globe, held together by personal learning networks (PLNs) that continually build new connections, cultivate new relationships and learning […]

Retweet or Share?

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook make sharing easy, much easier, in fact, than reading the full content or discovering the real source of the post. An algorithm, which you have no control over, determines what content reaches your eyes. There is no human to complain to when that goes wrong. Facebook makes money through […]

Open Education Leadership

Should education leaders work openly? Is knowledge more rapidly mobilized through the system when leaders work openly? For the purposes of my work, I am considering personal professional openness – the concept of sharing thinking and learning in open spaces, curating resources for others, engaging in open conversations in text or through broadcast technologies like […]

Connecting Principals & Dropping Digital

This morning, I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with PQP Part 1 Candidates in the OPC PQP course at HWDSB. In conversation with their instructor, my friend and colleague and exemplary principal, Lisa Neale, we challenged the notion of “digital leadership” and its relevance in 2016. We often say we need to […]

Our Incredible Normal

We have the technology now to learn from the best teachers in the world. We can access our PLN from almost anywhere, through synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Today, our students need personalized learning options. Our teachers need to learn according to personal and professional interests.  Our leaders need to be able to consult with experts, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Critical Vertex

I am continuing to work my way through “Most Likely to Succeed“, the book by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith.  On p. 223 of “Most Likely to Succeed”, the Tripod of Learning for the 21st Century is described.  This is a summary of that thinking. The three points of the tripod are: 1) content knowledge, […]