Learning Conversations

Here are some of the recorded conversations I have had recently with educators dedicated to producing audio work to promote quality professional learning. I encourage you to listen to their other podcasts as well (links provided).   With Derek Rodenizer (Ontario) on the Beyond the Staffroom Podcast ….as we discuss keeping learners at the centre […]

Our Most Pressing Problem – With Tristan Harris

From the TED Talk by Tristan Harris Your thoughts and feelings are being manipulated.  Right now. The goal of technology companies is to capture your attention.  There is only so much of it, so competition is fierce. The science of persuasion is used to keep you on a site, through known techniques such as video auto-play […]

Comfort Zones in Exponential Times

We cannot let the comfort zones of educators limit our children. Reliance on paper-based textbooks creates enormous workflow for children who need a digital format. Banning cell phones in response to inappropriate use ignores our negligence in ever teaching children to use mobile devices effectively. How do our adult practices limit children in 2017? From […]

Digital Tools To Support Learning

Here are the slides for the presentation: Here are the resources I referred to: Making Disability Part of the Conversation: Digital Pedagogy Lab Universal Design Resources Google Tools for Special Needs Office Tools for Special Needs Toolbelt Theory and Universal Design for Learning Free Resources from the net for every learner 21 Chrome Extensions for […]

Triangulating Assessment in Online Environments

Here are the slides for the session: Resources (generated by other groups working on this topic): Triangulation of assessment Your Connected LIfe: http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/tip-sheet/your_connected_life_guide.pdf Kathy Pick: Creativity online: https://t.co/2uVSZz9Wfh You can learn anything: How Youth Learn: Ned’s Gr8 8 What is learning? Katz video http://www.curriculum.org/k-12/en/videos/what-is-learning What is your focus? Learning is Messy: Digital Storytelling: http://50ways.wikispaces.com/Tools+By+Media Jump […]

Sharing “Student Privacy” at Lakehead University Faculty of Education

Recently, I was honoured to be invited to share with first year B.Ed. students (aspiring teachers) at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay Campus). We began by thinking about why digital was important, and by examining Padlet as a tool to be used in classrooms.  Our thinking on digital has been captured below.  Please feel free to […]

#ONEWORDONT #ONEWORD2017

Back in August, Carlo Fusco invited me to speak on his podcast about my education passions, and the things that were keeping me up at night. (The podcast can be found here) In the podcast, I quickly outline my concern about the gap between what I see happening in schools, and what we need to learn […]

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 […]