Relevance Unfound

Scrolling through Twitter postings of how applied science is changing our world helps me to remember that outside of the structure that is school, our world is changing exponentially. For example, this new car will be on the market next year in Europe. If a top speed of 43 mph is not your style, you […]

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 […]

#nled Digital Identity, Digital Leadership

This week, in #nled, principals in the Western Region are meeting f2f.  At one of our sessions, we are learning about the connections between the networked lives of our students, and their mental health. The slides for the session are shared below.  Thanks, in particular, to Dr. Alec Couros for posting his slides on Slideshare. […]

Our Most Pressing Problem – With Tristan Harris

From the TED Talk by Tristan Harris Your thoughts and feelings are being manipulated.  Right now. The goal of technology companies is to capture your attention.  There is only so much of it, so competition is fierce. The science of persuasion is used to keep you on a site, through known techniques such as video auto-play […]

Open Education Leadership

Should education leaders work openly? Is knowledge more rapidly mobilized through the system when leaders work openly? For the purposes of my work, I am considering personal professional openness – the concept of sharing thinking and learning in open spaces, curating resources for others, engaging in open conversations in text or through broadcast technologies like […]

#GAFESUMMIT #ONTARIO Slides

Last weekend I had the privilege of sharing learning at the Ontario GAFE Summit in Kitchener.  I presented with Mark Carbone, CIO, Waterloo Region District School Board.  I have embedded our slides below.  These are presentation slides so there is not a lot of content. However, I think you will find the links and resources […]

Why Our Students Need Digital Leaders

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Why Should Educators Understand Social Media?

Educators must understand social media, because this is where our children are: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/common-sense-media-report-reveals-new-facts-about-kids-use-of-technology-social-media/ Is shutting down the device the answer? Do our kids, and our teachers, understand how powerful social media can be for LEARNING? Isn’t it ESSENTIAL for our school and system leaders to be fully digitally literate? Here is a great guide to […]

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 […]