The Answers Can’t Be Found In The Back of the Book

2014 is coming to a close, and as I read the many excellent reflective educator “end of the year” blogs, so many are asking how to move forward in 2015. There is no simple answer to that question. What will it take to transform our schools into the centres of learning our children need? What … Continue reading The Answers Can’t Be Found In The Back of the Book

Resources for LCEEQ 2017

  Leadership in a Networked World   It is a privilege to be living at a time with the greatest exponential technological change that humanity has ever seen. Ensuring our students can take advantage of the opportunities that will be available to them at a time when nearly all standardized work, from assembly line production … Continue reading Resources for LCEEQ 2017

Showing our Love for #ontedblogs

This week, I am focussing on making sure Ontario edubloggers know how much I appreciate the way they share their thinking openly. The challenge to comment on 5 blogs before February 14 can be found here. Why not make 5 comments in the next 2 weeks yourself? Share under#ontedblogs so we can keep the conversation … Continue reading Showing our Love for #ontedblogs

Escape Your [Filter] Bubble 10/10

We’re mesmerized by our phones.  It’s  like having a little television set that we can pull out of our pockets, and check into the many dramas unfolding around us whenever we are otherwise unoccupied. Every time we open an app, our content – the information that reaches our eyes – is being controlled by someone else, often … Continue reading Escape Your [Filter] Bubble 10/10

Your Attention Please 9/10

We love our phones. App developers create spaces online that we can’t resist.  They want us to “Stay, play and pay with our attention or personal data”. (Paul Kennedy, Ideas podcast) The adoption of the smart phone was one of the most massive and ubiquitous technological uptakes in our history.  When we go from laptop to … Continue reading Your Attention Please 9/10

Popular, or Important? 8/10

People LIKE fake news better. It’s hard to argue with that.  And if you are going to click and share it, Facebook is feeding you even more of it, because as long as you are sharing and liking it, they are making money. With the invention of the cell phone, we have left behind the … Continue reading Popular, or Important? 8/10

A World of Feelings, Not Facts 7/10

In our online world, increasingly dominated by social media, feelings are more important than facts. This is the assertion of Hossein Derakhshan, an idea that I first encountered on Screened Off: The Dangers of the Insular Web. As an online teacher, I always considered video to be an excellent tool to engage learners.  But do we … Continue reading A World of Feelings, Not Facts 7/10

You’ll Need a New Lesson Plan Tomorrow 6/10

I tried to avoid the Trump inauguration. While driving to the post office, I turned on CBC Radio which happened to be livestreaming the speech and caught something about God favouring America over others before I could turn it off. But that night, my husband remarked that there had not been many people attending the … Continue reading You’ll Need a New Lesson Plan Tomorrow 6/10