School

School Now close your eyes.  What’s in your head? We gather around that word. We want good schools, the BEST schools for our kids.  Schools provide hope.  Schools help kids succeed. And if we could just get rid of this discovery nonsense and get back to basics… But is “school” what our kids need in […]

Credentialing vs. Learning Online: Navigating the Tension

In Ontario, AQ [Additional Qualification] courses for Teachers are Approved by the Ontario College of Teachers.  There are very specific components of an AQ Course that must be completed in order to achieve the qualification, which then demonstrates to others in Ontario that you are capable and competent in teaching in specific grade or subject […]

Why Build a Wall?

This is a wall: If your purpose is to protect information, this wall is useful. If your purpose is to make money on the information, this wall is useful. But if your purpose is to share information this wall will keep people out. When we are trying to build a community, even if everyone has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]