A Decade of Connecting – 10 Years on Twitter With My #PLN

10 years ago today, I created @fryed on Twitter. I’ve spent most of my life in rural Canada – from northern Ontario, to central Ontario, then to my dream location in northwestern Ontario, which will always be a home base.  From there, I have started a quest to learn about education in all of Canada, […]

Leading Learning in 2018

“The balance between leading and learning is essential.” (Fullan 2017, p. 62) Back in early December, we met with our Assistant Principals in Western Region (NLESD) to talk about Learning Leadership.  We shared that Learning Leadership was an essential approach to effective practice in schools.  The feedback from that event was that overwhelmingly, the biggest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It IS About the Tools

How will, and how do, our students navigate an exponentially changing world? How do they manage workflow, information, projects?  How do they know which type of social media best suits their message or their purpose? How do they know where to find out about job openings, certification opportunities, concerts? Managing our lives personally and professionally in […]

Let’s UNLEARN a Few Assumptions About School

Many teachers teach the way they were taught. The B.Ed. program would do well to emphasize the unlearning of wrong assumptions about schooling – like “sit up straight” and “sit still” and “look at the teacher”. Change won’t happen until we all deeply question our assumptions of what school should look like for kids. Thanks to […]