Simple Sharing and Organizing: Pinterest for Educators

  We talk a lot about the importance of openly sharing and curating resources. One pushback I often hear is, “I just don’t have time”.  I get that.  The job of an educator never ends.  There are always more opportunities to look for that next practice that we could adapt for a particular student need. […]

Intergenerational Digital Literacy

This past week, I read a blog post by Jennifer Casa-Todd: Childrens’ Rights in a Digital World It is based on this UNICEF publication: Childrens’ Rights in the Digital Age This is the quote that first attracted my attention: “… digital literacy across generations..” I immediately thought of Ontario’s Renewed Vision for Education.  “Our children, youth […]

KISS [Keep It Simple Stupid!]

  Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them. Keep It Simple, Stupid! These are great words of advice for creating a presentation. Could they work as well for those of us designing professional learning? In his address to the Ontario Leadership Congress in April 2015, […]

Scaffolding Connected Leadership: You Can Start Here

Does it feel, sometimes, like you have been so busy working that you haven’t had time to stop and recognize how much the work has actually changed? The world is changing quickly. Leaders in education need to figure out how to keep up. #OSSEMOOC  gets it. This month, we are putting out little bits, or […]

#makeschooldifferent: My Five Things We Need To Stop Pretending

Scott McLeod’s blog is a source of inspiration for me. I know by the number of times that I have shared “The Lone Wolf” by David Truss that educators are a frustrated group of professionals, advocating relentlessly to change our public school systems so they align with the learning needs of our students in a world […]

Sharing with PQP: Why Do Our Students Need Connected Leaders?

Recently, I was asked to share my thinking with PQP candidates about why connecting as leaders is so important. I wrote about this late last year, and I have presented workshops on the topic a few times.   This time I needed to be able to share my thinking remotely, so I created this very […]

The Key to Innovative Practice? More Ideas!

For a long time in Ontario, we have relied heavily on standardized test results, and the tested ideas and strategies grounded in research to inform our educational practice. But does this kind of thinking short-change our kids? Dr. Chris Dede talks about the importance of spreading pockets of excellence and adapting successful practice into our […]

Learning from Singapore: Pak Tee Ng and the Focus on “Teach Less, Learn More”

#uLead15 was an opportunity for educators to hear from some of the leaders in education where PISA scores are consistently the highest. It was obvious that the leading PISA countries do not use strategies like practicing test writing, teaching to the test, focusing on “moving the high level two students to level three”, data walls, […]

Learning from #uLead15: Pak Tee Ng

After attending a learning opportunity like #uLead15, there is an imperative to share the learning fully and quickly.  I am still travelling – not quite home from the event yet – so my first share is a Storify of the twitterfeed during Pak Tee Ng’s presentations.  I know you will be fascinated by his thinking, […]

Disrupting Content Delivery in Ontario

We have come a long way in Ontario from the idea that eLearning required a “learning management system” to deliver content, to the understanding that building relationships is at the centre of all learning (f2f or at a distance).   As we work with eLearning teachers through their collaborative inquiries into best practice, I often […]