Who’s Controlling Your World? 5/10

According to former Wikimedia Executive Director, Sue Gardner, we spend three hours each day inside our mobile apps, for every hour we spend on the open web (CBC Ideas, Jan 16, 2017). While in many of those apps, what we are exposed to is largely controlled by algorithms.  Our feeds are “personalized”, based on our […]

From A Level Playing Field to a Few Empires: What Happened to the Web? 4/10

This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A caution as you read this: I am a learner, not an expert.   I […]

Your Smart Phone Changed Everything 3/10

This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A caution as you read this: I am a learner, not an expert.   I […]

You Live in a Bubble – A Filter Bubble 2/10

This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this year’s 10 posts in 10 days challenge, I wanted to find a theme […]

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 […]

We Need You to Lead Us 1/10

This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!  We Need You to Lead Us This subtitle from Seth Godin’s book, Tribes, is a call […]

#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 […]