I want to do something a little different this week.  Last weekend, two edcamps were held at the same time.  One in London (edcampldn) and one in Tilbury (edcampswo).  It was a very interesting day in risk taking for the organizers.  First, you have to do the math – bring 100 connected teachers together and you’ll need at least capacity for 200 devices.  On top of that, a couple of sessions were held collaboratively through Google Hangouts and a Google Document.  Both sites appear to have done it successfully.  Congratulations to the organizers.

One of the best ways to measure success is to gauge the reaction from the participants.  During the event, of course, monitoring the Twitter hashtags is the best way to go.

But, after the event, blogging is the way to go.  Even better, when you get new bloggers, you know that you’ve changed the reflective practice of some.  In this post, I’d like to identify the blog posts that I found as professional educators share their learning and their thoughts about their learning.

That’s about what I was able to find.  If you did blog about either event and I didn’t find you, please let me know below in the comments.

I’ve already added the new bloggers to the Ontario Edubloggers Livebinder.  If there are any more new education bloggers, I’d love to add them.  Remember, if you want to know about Ontario Education, talk or read an Ontario Educator.

To all those involved, don’t let this be a traditional one shot in the dark event.  Keep the conversation and the learning going.


It was another great reading from Ontario Edublogs.  Here’s some of what I enjoyed this past week.


Wow what a great day of learning at the Ontario GAFE Summit

The Ontario Google Apps in Education Summit was held last weekend.

It’s always pleasurable to read blogs and Twitter stories from people who attended professional learning events.  This blog post will bring you up to speed with at least a part of the summit.  And, the content is extended further with a Storify of Twitter messages to tell more of the story.

Jonathon’s comments certainly echoed what I caught from the summit with the hashtage #gafesummit


Ronin

Tim King had a different take on the Google Summit.  He was tweeting some non-summit things clearly at the time the summit was happening and they had nothing to do with it.  Oh, I finally clued in, he’s stayed home to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix.  Sometime during the weekend, he penned his thoughts about getting excited about a sole provider in education.

It’s an interesting reality check for all to have.  As I commented on his blog, technology does tend towards a single solution at times.  i.e “We’re a Macintosh board” or “We’re a Windows board”.  There’s certainly more curriculum to cover than time, do we have the time to spend on a broad sampling of software or hardware?

Also check out his later post “Hack the Future“.


Want Great PD? Enter Another Teacher’s Classroom!

This is something that we all know could be of value but the time has to be right, arrangements made, and a plan put into action.  My computer science classroom door was never closed and a certain Science teacher would always wander in while I was working with students and see what they were doing and asking questions.

I remember the first time that it happened – it was my first year of teaching and a million thoughts entered my mind “Were we to noisy?” “Did one of my students get caught wandering the halls?” “Was there a science experiment gone bad and there was an evacuation?”

No, he was just curious…

This post by Diane Maliszewski should serve as a reminder that we don’t need to have a big, involved professional development event to learn.  Sometimes, a great idea may be just down the hallway.


Feeling off-balance is okay

Julie Balen offers a wonderful post that should remind us all that the learning should never stop.

Taking technology purchased for one of her courses and then using it in all her courses was considerably more involved than passing them out, turning them on, and watching the magic happen.

I think that everyone could or maybe even should write this blogpost from their own experiences.

It’s a nice reality check.


What a wonderful collection of posts from this past while.  Thanks so much to the authors.  I hope that you take the time to visit these blogs and enjoy the full postings.  While you’re reading, check out the complete listing of Ontario Edublogs here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Lots of fun and good reading this past week from Ontario Edubloggers had me doing some thinking.  Thanks to those who continue to push things via their blogs.

Baking Cookies as Life Lessons

Now, I didn’t know that Diana Maliszewski didn’t cook.  Apparently, she doesn’t bake either.  But, she did challenge herself over the March Break and shared her stories and a number of pictures of her efforts.  With each success, she shared some lessons that she learned.  Her post started as an amusing read but turned into one with great learnings and I thank her for being open enough to share them.

By way of modelling, she’s avoiding saying “I don’t like cooking.”  Perhaps more people should adopt this positive approach.  We might never hear the words “I don’t like Mathematics” again.  To steal a phrase, just do it.  You’ll like the results.


The Problem with SAMR

In a recent post, Royan Lee takes on one of the current sacred cows of our time in technology.  It also generated a great deal of activity in the comments.  What I like about SAMR is that it’s causing people to have a conversation about technology.  We haven’t seen this much conversation about a single topic since “It’s about good teaching, not about the technology.”  In many cases, it’s the same people trying to each from both sides of the platter.

In the post, Royan gives a reasoned approach to what he finds as problems with SAMR.  I found myself agreeing with so much of what he wrote.

Sadly, I think that many of the folks who are hammering SAMR are just using it as the latest tool.  “We bought xxxxx instead of yyyyy because of SAMR”.  Or, take a look and you’ll find people drawing charts, graphs, and so on identifying applications by SAMR level.  Sadly, it’s all to the exclusion of good teaching.  Somehow because someone who people look up to makes a chart that says this app fits into “Redefinition”, they interpret it to mean that it actually does despite teaching practice and that it will work the same way for all teachers and all students?   Why do we even have teachers if this is true?

I wonder if these people have even looked at Dr. Puentedura’s resources?


If I Ruled The World — Or At Least Had My Say On Curriculum Expectations …

Aviva Dunsiger is always good for a read and I could have chosen many of her recent posts to include here.  I decided to take a look at this once where she took the discussion of the value of cursive writing to her blog.

Now, I’ve never had to teach students cursive writing.  I have had to tell students to print and not use cursive while writing programs so that they can recognize the intricacies of their code later.  I wonder how much longer it would take to print a test rather than write a test.  We’re nowhere near universal access to technology so using a computer keyboard everywhere is out of the question.  Heck, we haven’t even wrestled BYOD to the ground yet.

But I wonder…

  • How would you sign your name to a cheque or a mortgage?
  • If you don’t learn to write in cursive, could you read a document that was done in cursive?
  • What would the guy from Pawn Stars with the big briefcase holding a magnifying glass do if his handwriting recognition expertise is no longer needed?

Self-Serve Learning – but only at school?

Heather Theijsmeijer is sharing her thoughts about how BYOD is working in her classroom through her blog.  Specifically, this post talks about her MFM2P class.  Math classes depend so much upon prior love of the subject area and 2P is no different.

But, how about moving to a BYOD model?  Maybe the world will change with the “D”s?  Students will work faster and be more engaged, right?  Heather shares some honest insights from her experiences.

She closes with more questions than answers…

I think these are important questions that at least need to be asked before diving into the BYOD swimming pool.  Bringing devices into a classroom isn’t going to change years of a mindset and expectations overnight.  Hopefully, she’s still early enough in the course to be able to get some satisfactory answers to her questions.  And, if YOU have the answers, share them through her blog.


The Transformative Power of Reading and Talking Literature

I felt guilty reading Julie Balen’s recent post.

I used to read a great deal of fiction.  But, I turned to the bookshelf behind me and it’s full of computer technical manuals, programming language references, printer paper, and two books by Earl Derr Biggers.

I feel a resolution may be in order.

Thanks again to those Ontario Edubloggers who continue to write about such interesting things.  Please take the time to visit these blogs and share your thoughts with the writers.  The complete list of Ontario Edubloggers is available here.  If you are an Ontario Edublogger and not already listed, please add yourself.  I’d really like to read your blog.


Today is Pi Day.  It would be a great day in Mathematics classrooms.  But…

…today wraps up the March Break in Ontario.  I feel a bit sorry for those who headed south for the Break.  Usually, they return to an Ontario that has warmed up and melted a bit.  This week’s storm sure turned that theory upside down.  Even the dog and I had to go looking for new places to walk – our Navy Yard path was completely snowed over.

Despite all this, or maybe because of it, there still was some great material written by Ontario education bloggers.

Cold But Beautiful

Colleen Rose’s latest post is actually a photo essay showing off some of the beauty of Lake Superior.

I’m always amazed at what the artistic eye and mind does that mine doesn’t.  I could take that picture but would never have thought of enhancing it like she did to emphasize the textures.  I think the result is quite impressive.  Check out the rest of her post for more pictures and also for her trip to Duluth.  My favourite quote on the image of all the quotes was “The EARTH without ART is just ‘eh’”.


After #EdCampWR ~ Where To Now (Part 1)?

EdCampWR (part 2) – Everyone Has Something IMPORTANT to Share

Donna Fry shared a couple of posts about her thoughts from the EdCampWR experience.

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I had to smile when I read her comment about having to explain the concept of an EdCamp to others.  I can just see the conversation.

There is a mindset that professional learning only occurs when it is “done to you” by someone further up the food chain.  Usually, someone in charge of professional development and training who has a check list plan.  Heaven help us if the minions get together and start talking and sharing ideas.  Oh, sure, it’s talked about in some circles but only as cursory lip service.  You have to experience an EdCamp to truly understand.  The ECOO website has a section devoted to Ontario EdCamps right up front.

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Even the ECOO Conference has its own “Learning Space” where you can carve out your own area for discussions and learning.

A lot of good happens when great minds get together.  Ontario has an incredible group of connected educators – look out when they get together.


Board Reflection

Why would anyone want to become a trustee of a school board?

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We’ve come expect reflections from educators as a way to validate the present and set the course for the future.

Why wouldn’t we expect it from those who would serve on the Board of Trustees.

Robert Hunking opens up about his own thoughts.

It’s an enjoyable read although he did stump me here.

I recently saw this title. ‘The Shift from Learning to Read to Reading to Learn’. I thought to myself how appropriate this is and complex. Lets change it to’ Learning to Learn to Learning to Learn.’

Imagine a world where all trustees were expected to blog and share their thoughts about the decisions they make and their own personal commitment to the job.


#ossemooc Presentation: February 25th, 2014

Rob DeLorenzo has been a big advocate for mobile technologies as long as I’ve known him.  It makes sense that he was tapped to give a presentation to the OSSEMOOC group.  He shares the slidedeck from his presentation in this post.

 

Like most posts of this ilk, the slidedeck is incomplete without the author’s voice.  I’m sure that Rob would be willing to entertain questions via comments on his blog or via Twitter.

It’ll give him something to do other than beating me in Words with Friends.


Once again, a nice collection of thoughts.  Thanks, everyone, for continuing to share your thoughts.  Please check out these posts at the original links given above.

I want to read YOUR blog!  If you’re an Ontario educator and have one, please consider sharing it via the form at the Livebinder site.

There’s always great things coming from the keyboards of Ontario Educators.  Add yours to them.

 

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Given that many are taking an unpaid leave day today, I do hope that there are some readers of this post.  I want to share some of the excellent thinking from Ontario Educators from the past while.

Teacher Leadership and Change

Colin Jagoe’s most recent post talks about a change in the way that leadership happens in his board.  The direction seems to be one away from expertise in a subject area to responsibilities in more than one discipline.  Even the title that he describes is different going from Department Head to Lead Teacher.

I heard it said somewhere (and have often used the line myself) that there are 2 things that teachers hate. Change and the way things are.

It will be interesting to see how it plays out.  In years gone by, I was actually a Director – there were two of us in the school and we were differentiated from Department Heads by the size of budget that we managed.  Time moved on there to and, while the title is now Department Head, it does take in Family Studies in addition to Business Education.  I suspect that we’ll see more of this model as time goes by.  In the comments to the post, there’s an interesting discussion speculating why this has happened and possible benefits.


Olympic Medals and Test Scores

Does this sound like some other media fabrication that happens every fall where schools and districts are ranked based on provincial or state testing?

Colin Harris draws an interesting analogy between ranking of athletes at an Olympic event and the ranking of schools.  It’s like an extension to Alfred Thompson’s Sorting Isn’t Simple post.  There are more things that go on at Olympic games and I guess it’s only natural to guess and speculate as to how things are ranked.  Ask my wife and she’ll have a theory about the EQAO of Ice Skating judging.  Plus one of the criteria is number of medals – does this mean we won the Olympics because of all the gold medals we walked away with in hockey?

It is too bad that everything has to be judged – sometimes objectively and other times subjectively – with the ultimate goal of assigning a letter or a number or a medal to a performance.  We strive for perfect solutions to imperfect events.


Minecraft and Fractals – a wonderful pair!

Zoe Branigan-Pipe and Beth Carey offer an actual lesson plan for using Minecraft in the Mathematics classroom.  This lesson addresses the understanding of fractals.

I may just have to sit down and work through this to get a sense of how it works.  There are times when I feel like I’m the last person on earth to drink the Minecraft Koolaid.  Obviously, I’ve done it on the personal level and haven’t worked with it at any deep level of any sense.  Kudos to those that can make it work for them and their students.


Learning by Playing Around

Joan Vinall-Cox offers a first impression of working with the Notability app on her iPad.  In the course of her work, she finds some of the shortcuts that are built into iOS which are so handy.  I totally agree with her than an apostrophe would help these old keyboarding fingers.  I find going to the alternate layouts or long holding on the , key breaks up the flow that I get when I’m keying.

I’ll admit that when I’m keying on my iPad, I’m a hunter and pecker.  I’ve tried using the traditional layout and my keyboarding skills but it’s just not the same.  A couple of years ago, Zoe Branigan-Pipe and I bought ourselves Kensington keyboards and covers for our iPads.  That’s what I use when I’m typing there but I miss the right shift key.  I think I paid too much attention in Grade 9 Typing.

If anyone is looking for an ECOO 2014 presentation idea, how about a smackdown of the various text editing programs available for iOS?  I know that I would attended a comprehensive comparison of all that’s available.  Notability?  Evernote?  Penultimate?  Lumen Note?  Note Spark?  How’s a person supposed to know?


Safe Sounds for podcasting – Canada, 2014

Still at Joan’s site, she shared a presentation about getting safe sounds for podcasting.  I don’t think that this is a message that people can hear and relate to students often enough.

What’s really important to Ontario Educators is that Joan addresses Fair Dealing.  I get so tired of hearing people talking about Fair Use.
Anyway, it’s a good presentation to flip through as a reminder or a research for students.  In the light of the announcement of Getty images made today, I hope that she’ll do a similar presentation for that.
Great thinking folks.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Please visit the pages at the links above and read the entire posts.  You can check out the entire collection of Ontario Edublogs at the Livebinder located here.

I always enjoy writing this weekly post.  There are some amazing posts and thinking going on with Ontario Educators.  It’s a way to give a tip of the hat and encourage all folks to do some new reading.

Hey Mr. Business, Are You Kragleing the Curriculum?

James Cowper went and saw the Lego movie.  Normally, that wouldn’t be an interesting blog read except for the connections that James made to his job as principal at Eastwood Public School.

He makes some interesting observations that may be obvious to some people and yet unthinkable by others.  If you’re a principal or school leader in any capacity, it’s worth a read and ponder.  If not, or especially if it strikes a chord with you, the link is worth sharing with others.


Another EdCamp, Another A+

David Fife drove up the 401 to Cambridge to take part in edCampWR.  His experiences with the day were shared in the blog post.  I like the choice of sessions that he attended; I don’t imagine that my choices would be much different.  Coming through loudly and clearly was that edCampWR was another success, yes, but the real focus in his post was about people and the connections that he established/re-established there.

I suspect that the real reason that he was there was to steal ideas for edCampLondon to be held later this spring, if spring arrives.

The one thing he’s got to really steal though is Kim Gill’s mom to bake some treats for the day!


All in a Flap – Students Creating Flappy Bird Clones Using TouchDevelop #CSK8 by @mraspinall

Brian Aspinall’s class went for the gusto creating their own Flappy Bird Clone applications using TouchDevelop.  It was another class that got into programming in this powerful environment.  It’s great to see kids programming with such enthusiasm.  This post is actually a collection of Twitter messages sent out under Brian’s name.  The messages could have been created by Brian or they could have been sent by the students – it actually doesn’t matter.  There’s a great deal of student voice in them.

For example…

I like the way that the messages went beyond the trivial “This is cool” and showed some pretty deep observations about what the students were actually doing.

Brian wraps the article with a summary written in computer science teacher voice which shows just how deeply they delved into this activity.


Organizing for Inquiry Learning

Louise Robitaille and Peter Douglas maintain this web resource to support and share ideas about inquiry in the classroom.  I was looking at their list of applications for the iPad and iPod and how they were using them when I was drawn to a recent blog post.

The post talks about how they organize their classrooms for inquiry.  It’s a good read if you’re looking for ways to do a little rearrangement.


Thanks, everyone, for some inspiring reading.  Please take a moment to visit and share these excellent posts at the links given.  You can check out the complete list of Ontario Edublogs at the Livebinder located here.

If you’re an Ontario Edublogger and not listed, please complete the form and you will be.


Here’s my Valentine’s Day gift to you.  Some of the great reading I enjoyed recently from Ontario Edubloggers.

Short Story: The Encourager, Part 1
Short Story: The Encourager, Part 2
I like it when people experiment and take their blog into new directions.  Brandon Grasley is using his blog as a platform for his own creative writing.  He’s writing and publishing his own short story in serial format – one piece at a time.

What a neat concept.  He’s making it work for him; how about writing and publishing for students in the same way?


Getting Boys Reading and Writing

This is Kent Manning’s passion and he continues to share some of his own and other’s work in this area.

In his most recent post, Kent references some great resources in that field.  I found that this link pointed more directly to Mr. Wilson’s resources.


To Question IS the Answer!

Peter Skillen offers a very comprehensive post that I think can be summarized as “respect for the student as learner”.  This is another one of those great posts from an experienced leader that absolutely should be used at a Faculty of Education to encourage students to shake the baggage of their own educational experiences.

This isn’t a one time thought from Peter.  If you know the gentleman, you’ll recognize that this is absolutely his passion.  Near the end of this post, Peter links to writing of his own from the past, all consistent and supportive for the work in this post.

I want to add my appreciation for the consistency and importance of the message that he’s offered to Ontario educators.


Did PowerPoint Make Me a Better Teacher?

You might be surprised at Jeff Brown’s answer.

I hope that he’s giving the software too much credit and that it was the tool that worked best in his arsenal for the desired task.


Great stuff folks!  Thanks for writing and sharing.

Please take the time to read these great blog posts at the links provided.

Also, my complete list of Ontario Edublogs is located at this Livebinder.  If your blog isn’t listed there and you’d like it to be, just complete the form and I’ll get it added as soon as I can.


Another Friday and I struggle to come up with yet another way to say “Great Reading”.  Writer’s block – so just read on.


RECOGNIZING SUPPORT

If you need to read one “feel good” blog post this week, then this is the one from Eva Thompson.

I remember my first job and my principal pulling me aside periodically and checking to see how things were going.  I’ll never forget one of his pieces of advice “Choose your colleagues wisely – they’ll make or break your career”.

Check out this excerpt from Eva’s post.

Eva shares a wonderful personal story about a relationship in her professional career.  Read her post and see if you can’t recognize that colleague on your staff.  Or, even better, go out of your way to be that person for someone else.


Inquiry Overload – Ideas, Resources and Tips to Start Your Own Classroom Inquiry

Kristen Wideen is a big supporter of the Inquiry Process and has obviously thought long and hard about what it might look like and how it will play out in her classroom.  In this rather lengthy post, she talks about how she plays out inquiry in her classroom.  Of particular interest to me was the blend of technology and non-technology activities for the students.

I thought the reminder of ways to get answers to questions was great and could see it taking a prominent place in her classroom.  The comparison between then and now was great.  You can almost hear the brainstorming and ideas flowing!

From a technology point of view, I was pleased to see her students using Padlet, one of my favourite easy to use, easy to leverage tools.

There’s no “what if” to this post.  It’s packed with real examples and images from her classroom.  This is a great post to share with teachers at your school.


An Educational Debate: 10 Progressive vs. Traditional Teaching Ideas by @mraspinall

OK, so a traditional debate has at least two combatants.  Brian Aspinall debates himself over the questions “Am I A Progressive Teacher” and “Am I A Traditional Teacher”?

He identifies the following as traditional traits.

and then goes on to counter each of the points in what he calls progressive traits.  I won’t spoil the post for you.  Challenge each of these points and see where he lands.

IMO, I don’t think that you can be all-in on either side of things.  Check out Brian’s post to see where he thinks he fits.

I think it would be an interesting exercise for him to align himself with a true peer coach to help him with the answers.


Scrawlar – An App Review

David Fife takes the time to review Brian Aspinall’s Scrawlar HTML5 application.  I reviewed it myself in this post.  “A First Look at Scrawlar“.

In today’s world of “there’s an app for everything”, Scrawlar sits on the web, does not require student emails for access, and as I’ve said before, offers just enough features to make it attractive for student use.  We’ve all experienced life when you have way too many options available to confuse the writing process.  Siiiiiirrrrrr.  (You really can’t do a diphthong in print)

Read David’s post for his thoughts.

In a true BYOD environment, my personal opinion is that you can’t go far wrong if you elect to use Scrawlar for word processing, collaboration, brainstorming, notetaking, outlining, you name it.


Check out these posts at the links given above and all of the great Ontario Edublogs at the Livebinder here.


Another week has passed.  I think this week has been a little slower than others because it’s just been so darn cold.  All this in-house time has given lots of time for blog reading though.  Here’s some of what I read from great Ontario Edubloggers.

Selfies -response to the unlooker.com video

Jamie Weir is looking to crowd source some ideas about selfies for use in her Grade 10 class which starts all too soon for her.  I wish her all the best as she gets back in the saddle again.

As I noted in my reply, this is a big, brave move on the behalf of Dove.  They’ve got to have looked at all sides of the issue before making the video go public.  How will it be received?  Positively?  With skepticism?  Negatively?  I think it’s a great flash point for discussion for her class.

Jamie


Go on A VIKING QUEST!

This blog is a new addition to the Ontario Edublogger collection.  Welcome, Dillon Hutton.  His most recent post talks about a classroom activity that he’s planning dealing with Vikings.

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He’s got instructions for students and an information piece for parents, including which expectations from the Ontario Curriculum that he intends to cover.  Looks like he’s on a great roll, covering a lot of bases properly.


Colleen Rose

OK, you’ve got to stick with me on this one.

I got a Facebook message from Colleen Rose letting me know about a new blog for me to check out.  I followed the link to an entry entitled “Colleen Rose”.  Then, I checked and rechecked the link and the URL and the title and, yes, I was in the right spot.

So, the author is Tim Bogatz, an art teacher, and he has started a series called 14 for 2014.  He’s embarked on the goal of interviewing a number of people and our favourite photographer/art teacher Colleen was one of them.

Now, technically Tim isn’t an Ontario educator but his interview of Colleen who is, is worth the read.

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Hopefully, my explanation makes sense.  If not,  just read the post anyway!


Student Thinking Acts As A Provocation For Teacher Learning

Our blogging friend Aviva Dunsiger has no qualms about showing her refining of her profession in the open.  In this case, she’s musing about ways to get students to think deeper in mathematics.

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I like the thought “giving better questions”.

I think that it’s a technique that matures and develops over one’s career.  As a first year teacher, the textbook (and answer guide) is a life saver.  Things only get better from there!


Growth Mindset: Pathways Without Borders

Kyle Pearce takes on the concept of pathways in Ontario Education.  Follow the arrows and you can only imagine the anguish of parents and students as they try to determine pathways and choices.

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I remember a conversation with a superintendent once – “you have many options – choose wisely”.  Sadly, when it comes to education choices, you can end up being railroaded down a particular path.  He makes reference to a Grade 8 student.  I had many concerns at that age.  Determining post secondary destinations wasn’t among them.


Remixing “I Forgot My Phone”: Exploring the Greys in a Black and White Debate

As I read Royan Lee’s latest post, I couldn’t help but be amazed as he brought so much together in this unit dealing with media literacy.

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I see:

  • brainstorming;
  • class sourcing;
  • Venn diagrams;
  • integration of video;
  • rich classroom discussion;
  • student created video.

All this in a unit on health and media literacy?  They should bottle this lesson and make it available everywhere.  Until they do, check out the post.  This is a goodie.


What a great collection of reading this week.  Please follow the links and check things out.  You can read these and all the collection from Ontario Edubloggers at the Livebinder here.  If you’re blogging and not listed, please complete the form to get added.

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Influence


Yesterday, I wrote a post about influence on social media.  I had my tongue thoroughly planted in my cheek as I typed it and got some interesting reactions to it.   I do my social media stuff pretty much as a hobby.  I’m not trying to influence anyone; just sharing my thoughts at any given point in time.

Klout does try to assign a number that shows how influential someone might be.  It’s interesting reading to see how it’s done.  I suppose that if you were living and dying by the number, you would actively go ahead and work on your score.  Of course, you’d have to do something with it to give it some value.  Where, I’m at a loss – somehow I just don’t envision someone’s resume including a Klout score although I suppose a media savvy employer might check out the score if it was important to them.

In the replies, my friend Alfred Thompson made reference to the Teach 100.  I visited the site and the top 10 when I was there looked like this.

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Now, Alfred and I have jokingly had many a conversation about Top # lists.  Often similar to a popularity contest, it’s not unusual to find a high ranking blog that hasn’t been updated for quite a while!  It is what it is.  But, like a train wreck, I had to see if I was there.

If you visit the site, you’ll see how they determine the score for the ranking, if you’re interested.  What I think would be of real interest in the classroom would be to have a discussion with students about what just goes into developing an online blogging presence.  For teachers, it’s a great way to discover new blogs to read based upon some criteria.
For a blogger, it’s an opportunity to bow your head when you finally find yours and see that you’re number 133 on the Teach 100.

To help put things in perspective, Seth Godin had an appropriate post on Saturday.
Measuring nothing (with great accuracy)