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 […]

Be That One Person

You can change a life trajectory. It is a powerful message, and it’s one I have heard often throughout the last month. Richard Wagamese, storyteller and Canada Reads Peoples’ Choice author, spoke to educators in Thunder Bay about the one person who rescued him from a desperate life path.  It’s a remarkable story that began […]

#GAFESUMMIT #ONTARIO Slides

Last weekend I had the privilege of sharing learning at the Ontario GAFE Summit in Kitchener.  I presented with Mark Carbone, CIO, Waterloo Region District School Board.  I have embedded our slides below.  These are presentation slides so there is not a lot of content. However, I think you will find the links and resources […]

It’s Not Okay To Give Only Some People…

“It’s not okay to give only some people the Internet” Project Loon, Google Summit, 2014 It’s Day 2 of #GAFEsummit in Kitchener.  We are talking a lot about #futureready, Digital Talent, collaborative documents, Google Hangouts – all the tools and ideas that support collaboration across distance and time. As much as I always advocate for […]

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 […]

Open Resources for #onted: Becoming a Digital Leader

You’ve decided to self-direct your professional learning on Twitter.  Your students want a class Facebook page.  Your school board is implementing a BYOD policy. Where can you go to ensure you and your students will thrive in online environments? OSAPAC has led the creation of three series of resources for Ontario educators. Digital Citizenship and […]

Learning that is 24/7

When we consider the factors that impact learning, we have to think about: 1) the characteristics of the individual child 2) the learning that occurs outside of school 3) the learning that occurs while at school   As educators, we often believe that we really only have control over the learning that happens in school. […]

Theory Into Action: #supdsb

We talk a lot about how the world is changing.  We hear predictions that concern us for awhile, then we go back to our jobs. But here we are: “Every single job function we can identify is being fundamentally transformed.” (David Rose, in D. Culberhouse, The Future Will Be Very Different) Continuing to do what we […]

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 […]