This Week in Ontario Edublogs


I’ve been writing this series of posts for a long time now.  Check the URL above to see how many times it’s been duplicated.  I never get tired of doing it so here goes – some great content from Ontario Edubloggers this past week.


The Fabulous World of Mr. Fred

No matter how much I read, I still get excited when I find another new, excellent blog post to read.  I’ve been asked – how do you find these blogs?

Certainly, in a multitude of ways – there’s no easy algorithm.  I found this blog with a usual dose of serendipity.  In this case, Helen Kubiw had retweeted a Twitter message that I had posted.  I checked her bio, saw the link to her blog, and the rest as they say is history.

The blog title really says it all.  “CanLit for LittleCanadians”. The blog is devoted to reviews and promotion of Canadian authors so that’s a natural for me to gravitate to.

If you haven’t already, share the link with your literacy and teacher-librarian friends. Check out her list of recent entries – this isn’t a fly by night blog.  It’s a definite bookmark for Canadian literature.


Money Clouds

This might not be an easy post to read if you’ve sipped the juice from the big cloud providing services.  Tim King points out that there was a time when companies had to pay for advertising.  Now with distinguished, certified, exemplary handles, teachers are doing the advertising for them.   Tim shares his thoughts about the other side of cloud computing in schools.  You probably won’t agree with it all but I’ll bet you say “hmmmmm”.


“Tenzies!”

Jocelyn Schmidt describes a game she’s using in her Full Day Kindergarten class.  The mathematician in me loves it. Of course, everything is purposeful.

For students to build upon their subitizing (the ability to recognize the number of objects at a glance, without having to count all the objects), one-to-one correspondence (each object being counted must be given one count and only one count. The number word spoken and the object counted must match up), and conservation (the count of the object stays the same whether spread out or close together) skills in a hands-on and engaging way!

Complete instructions about the game, including some wonderful pictures of the activity (and not of the students) are contained in the post.  Any activity that is inspiration in mathematics and allows students to gain confidence in their abilities is great.  If this applies to you, check out her post.


Seymour Papert – 1972 – MIT Mathematician, Computer Scientist, and Educator

These days a lot of people have discovered Seymour Papert.  Brian Aspinall ends his short post with this question…

Why did it take so long to become “trendy” today?

That’s generated quite a bit of discussion and I might write a blog post about it sometime in the future.

I’m not sure that “trendy” is the best word to use to describe his efforts.  It seems to me that it is all dependent upon the circles that one keeps her/himself in.  There have been a lot of people doing a lot of great things for years now.

Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas should be in every school’s professional library and required reading for the modern day prophets…


Demands never Cease

My daily shot of inspiration comes from the morning posts from Paul Cornies.  He constantly outdoes himself.  Today’s quote was terrific although I had to MT it because of length before resharing.

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~Lou Holtz

This is one of those quotes that apply to everyone.

What a way to start the day.  I can’t say it enough – thanks, Paul.


Gift of a Snow Day

From Heather Durnin, a story that makes you appreciate the special things that teachers do.  It was a snow day but a student got delivered to school for a day of learning.

We all know that this can be a precious time of 1:1 or small group learning.  In Heather’s room, not only was it a chance to get caught up, but to build some self-esteem.  Read Heather’s full post to see how a student goes from “I suck at computers” to a day that Heather describes as a gift.

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What another nice collection of works to extend our professional thinking.  Please follow the links to the original posts and check them out.  A little blogging love like a “+1″,  “like”, “thumbs up”, “comment”, “share” goes a long way to show your appreciation for the efforts and thoughts that go into the production of these posts. Check out these and all of the great Ontario Edubloggers I’ve found so far – here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


I can’t believe that people have energy to blog after the three days in Niagara Falls.  But, I was wrong.  There continue to be incredible insights from Ontario Educators.  Here’s some of what I enjoyed this week.


That guy

I stumbled into a conversation, mid-conversation, with Lisa Noble and others online.  That’s my lead in to confess that I didn’t understand the whole conversation and was complete wrong about what was discussed.

Later, Lisa fleshed out her thoughts from that conversation and the resulting blog post really affirmed that I didn’t know what the specifics were at the time.

But, I will say, this is one of the more important blog posts that I’ve ready recently.


Down the Rabbit Hole

When it comes to enjoying blog posts, I suppose that I’m as bad as anyone.  I read, nod my head, and then move on to something else.  The important part, responding to the post, often I overlook.

Sue Bruyns, who I actually got to meet for the first time at the Bring IT, Together conference offered a post based on a relatively simple question.

In this case, not only did I comment, I think I wrote an entire blog post in response to her thoughts.

I found it very promising to run into people in similar leadership positions to Sue at the conference and I was happy to meet so many of them.  I find it incredibly sad that there are leaders in the province who couldn’t be bothered to attend or others that are there and know it all, often shutting out the great ideas and connections that were there for the taking.


The More Things Change ~ Reflections from #BIT14

David Fife talks about the composition of the audience at #BIT14.  In a way, he’s right, but in a way he’s wrong.  Four years ago, attendance was at 500; this year it was well over 1500.  So, there definitely were new people that were in attendance.  I had a chat with Harry from Waterloo Region who had money to sponsor folks to go and he deliberately chose half of those he sent as people who’d never gone to a technology conference before.

Yet, Ron Canuel’s message was really resonating with some …

David says - Maybe the simple answer is to do what Ron challenged all the attendees to do for next year’s conference. Bring someone new. Someone who has never been to an educational technology conference. Because in Ron’s words “change requires courage. Early adaptors don’t convince, mid-adaptors do.”

I know that, personally, I met all kinds of new people.  And yet, they did have the common thread that they were technology users and adopters.  To coin a Huron County expression, I didn’t meet anyone who had just fallen off the turnip truck.  

I’ll just close by quoting myself, having said this over and over again at the conference “This is a nice problem to have to solve.”

Only this time, I mean it.


ECOO 2014 Reflections

I think I should get extra points for actually recognizing Diana Maliszewski in her Minecraft outfit.  A couple of years ago, her efforts just flew over my head.  Not this year, and I made a point of saying hi – but apparently she couldn’t hear inside the cardboard box.

True confession – I have to copy/paste her last name every time I use it.

If you weren’t able to attend the conference, check out Diana’s post.  It’s her reflections from all of the sessions that she attended like this one “Youth on YouTube by Royan Lee, Saman Rajabian and Katya Katsnelson

3 Key Points:
1. Both YouTube stars watched YouTube and thought that they could do it, so they started. Both individuals became bored and dissatisfied with their early videos and this prompted them to change focus.
2. Katya’s tips for success are to be confident, strong, unique, and enjoy what you do. Saman’s tips for success are do what you like, stay consistent, don’t let low views or jealousy get in your way, and don’t do it for money or fame.
3. These high school students say that Mr. Lee was the teacher that used the most technology with them and that their current teachers do not know about their popular YouTube channels (with the exception of Saman’s principal, who arranged to let him get a work experience credit in high school for his YouTube work). They don’t use their YouTube skills often in class, although one made a Romeo & Juliet video.

And folks, Diana is testament that people can use Lanyrd.


Bits and Pieces from #BIT14

Speaking of summarizing the conference, check out Brian Smith’s video.


The Learning That Happens Outside Of The Room

Aviva Dunsiger has to win the award for the most posts inspired by a conference and the most questions asked as she’s writing her posts.

It inspired me to write another blog post in reply to her thoughts.

The one point that really got my fingers going was the concept of walking out in the middle of a session because it wasn’t fulfilling her needs.  The “Rule of Two Feet” was commonly mentioned throughout the conference but there were a couple of things that made me question that.

1)  Maybe it’s not that the session isn’t meeting my needs, maybe it’s addressing a need that I didn’t know I had.  Generally, these days my identified needs can be fulfilled by doing an internet search and finding what I want;

2)  Most teacher-speakers aren’t professional speakers.  Awareness of time remaining can be a challenge – it often is that the really important good stuff comes out as a rush at the end of the presentation!


Why Leadership Now? Reflections on My First Session of Leadership 1

There’s nothing better than a new blog to read.

Sadly, I don’t know who the author of this blog is…she’s from Hamilton-Wentworth and in her sixth year of teaching.

She does ask a good question….

I think my answer would be “Why NOT Leadership Now?”

If the course is good and nicely addresses Leadership in Education and Life, why wouldn’t it be appropriate now?  Imagine a school or a district with people who understand Leadership and what it can bring to the classroom.  I think that the nay-sayers would say that a school wouldn’t function with a staff of leaders – I would counter that all teachers are strong by nature and that’s what drew them into the profession in the first place.  Imagine Professional Learning that respects the learner and isn’t the sort of top down issue driven Professional Development that’s seen so often.


Top of the ski jump

A new Ontario Educational Blogger – this time a principal from Lambton-Kent, Chris Moore dives into the deep end.

That’s about as good a mission statement for an administrator’s blog as any.

It’s a risk – readers and commenters could be students, teachers, other principals, your superintendent, some jerk in Essex County.

But, I’ll extend the same advice as I would to anyone – you can’t help but learn and refine by committing your thoughts to the digital.  You won’t always be right and the comment section is there to extend the conversation.  Just consider the management style of someone who refuses to commit….


There was so much more written and shared over the past week and, obviously, most were inspired by the #BIT14 conference and the two edCamps that followed.

As I sat in my hotel room preparing, I became aware of Eventifier.  It was tracking the conference here and the blogs about the conference here.  Not everything that it captured was totally relevant but it was a pretty good starting point.  You can also check Twitter messages tagged with #BIT14.

Please check out these excellent blog posts and the entire collection of Ontario Edubloggers here or here.  You just might find something new to read!

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


This is the big week for computer learning in the province of Ontario.  Since 1979, the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario has held an annual conference for learning.  This year’s event started Wednesday and continues through until today.  There’s already some great blogging about the event.


Questioning Forward

For today, George is an honorary Ontario Educator as our closing keynote speaker.  We’re really excited to hear his message and be motivated with his call to action.  George has been working with Ontario Educators in a number of forums over the past year.  Recently, he’s worked with the Trillium Lakelands DSB.  Read his observations about this experience in this post.

If you’re inspired by this post and happen to be in the neighbourhood, the conference will take in walk-in registrations!


Bring IT Together 2 (ECOO & OASBO-IT) – Day 1

I love it when people are inspired by their learning and head right to their keyboard to share their thoughts, learnings, and observations.

Rebecca Grimes reflects on the opening keynote Wednesday – a unique opportunity to hear from Brian Silverman and Artemis Papert – and her learning from the LEARNstyle learning events.


BIT 2014 Day One

Committee member Paul McGuire took in the Minds on Media event on Day 1.  He saw and commented on the success with the format in this blog post.

It looks like we might have another Minecraft junky on board!

But, I was particularly interest to see that he took in the Ubuntu session and is considering doing some upgrades at home.  I hope that goes well and that he extends it to his educational community.  Breathing great life into machines that are underpowered by the traditional operating system can go a long way to providing a home computer for every student.

I wonder if Paul knows that the Minds on Media team have actually taken their model to individual schools for a school learning event.


#BIT14, Day 1

A personal highlight for me yesterday was running into Colleen Rose a couple of times.  I’m a regular reader of her blog and she made the mistake once of posting that she does photography with her students.  That was enough to get me to invite her to be a leader in the Photowalk.  She was one of the leaders I walked with last year and I learned so much about taking pictures in the dark from her.  I’m looking forward to doing it again this year.  I hope the s* reports from the Buffalo news stations is just so much static.

Her learning for the day centred around the TVO Teach Ontario session.  Colleen provides some links to the resources but the neat part of her post is her posting of the photos from her day.  Look for the ugly guy who appears a couple of times.


Let it go #BIT

This is a bit of a timeshift – Danika Tipping is presenting about Strategies for the English Classroom and has put her slidedeck online.

So, it’s about 5am on Thursday as I write this post for a presentation that will happen later today.  I get the chance to enjoy her slide deck now.  When this post goes live tomorrow, the presentation will be over.  I look at it as a teaser and I hope to be able to sit in on her presentation.


It’s a shame that all Ontario Educators couldn’t join us in Niagara Falls but I guess some have to hold down the fort while others are out learning.  Thanks to the concept of the blog post, everyone can at least follow along with the events online.

Links are provided to the posts above and the entire list of Ontario Edubloggers can be accessed here.

Well, That Worked Well


As folks from Ontario know, Friday’s are pretty special for me.  I create a blog post to highlight some of the great blogging that I read from Ontario Edubloggers.  I hope that readers of this blog are inspired to go and support those folks.  I also spend a few minutes doing #FollowFriday shoutouts to Ontario Twitter users who have been active – usually Thursday afternoon and evenings.

Donna Fry wrote a kind blog post acknowledging this yesterday. “LEARNING FROM ONTARIO EDUCATORS

Doug’s #FollowFriday “Active Ontario Educators” posts on Twitter are the perfect starting place for new and old tweeters alike as we build our online PLNs in social media.

What I find very cool happens when folks retweet my message, thereby increasing the notifications.  It reinforces the notion that we’re connecting ourselves here in the province.

There was just one hitch for my regular routine yesterday.

I wasn’t going to be around to do the #FollowFridays as per normal.  But, I still wanted to make it happen.

So, I tried something new.

I was working away on things for the Bring IT, Together conference Thursday evening and had my twice daily Google Hangout with conference co-chair Cyndie Jacobs.  I’ll confess (hopefully she doesn’t read this post) that she didn’t have my entire attention.

Instead, I was giving something new (for me, at least) a shot.

I’ve been a long time fan of Hootsuite as a way to monitor my followers and my lists on Twitter.  There was one feature that I’ve never used before – that being scheduled Twitter messages.  There was no better time to try it out.

So, I did.

It was a snap.  It was simply a matter of composing the Twitter message like I normally would.

Then, clicking the calendar icon revealed a calendar and a time picker.  To do the deed, I just picked tomorrow at 5am so that they would appear like they regularly would.

And, it worked very nicely.  The Twitter messages got sent out just like normal.  As I review them now, there’s really no indication that there was anything different about the sending of them.  I like that.  Very much.

Now, there are other tools like Buffer that can allow you to do the same thing but I like the fact that it was just an option in my regular browser routine.  For me, this is a keeper if I ever need to do it again.  For a long time, I’ve been scheduling blog posts to appear at 5am and that allows me the flexibility of writing them when the mood hits.  Now, I can do the same with Twitter.

The only bit of angst was in the composition of the messages and NOT selecting the scheduling option.  We wouldn’t want them to appear Thursday night now, would we?

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It was another terrific week of reading and deeper thinking from the blogs of Ontario Educators. Here’s some of what I kept around to comment on for this post.  


If We Only Knew

Paul Cornies always challenges with the Quotes that he pulls from his Quoteflections blog.  In his post titled, “If We Only Knew”, it’s packed with great quotes.  This one really made me pause to think.

Doesn’t that speak volumes about how we should live our lives?  

How’s that for a classroom banner?

Check out the post for some other terrific thoughts.


3D Printing Technology in the Classroom: Year 2

As I indicated in my post yesterday, Heather Durnin is presenting at the Bring IT, Together Conference in a couple of ways describing the successes that she and her students are having with 3D printing.

It’s all really simple, actually.

Thanks, Heather Durnin

Well, this image makes the whole thing clear as mud to this 3D newbie.  I can’t help but be impressed with the successes that she shares in this post.  I can’t wait to visit her at the Minds on Media session to see it live.  

I’m stuck in the world of 2D printing and paper jams.


The Debate about Digital Literacy: Moral Panics, Contradictions and Assumptions

This is a newcomer to the Ontario Edublogger collection.  To be honest, I don’t know who the author is – she’s pretty anonymous when it comes to an online presence but nicely vocal.  I just know her as StepfordTO.  She was added to the form where I collect this information as a Parent/School Advocate.

In the latest post, she talks about her thoughts about Digital Literacy as a panelist at a Media Literacy conference.  The post is not an easy read – I think I’ve been through it four or five times and still get something new from it each time I do.

 My own anxiety as a parent has to do with what the anxious rhetoric surrounding digital literacy can lead us to do. And by us, I mean parents and schools and governments. One thing that it has led us to do is to spend a lot of money on technology for schools, even though the research to date has failed to show a significant impact (good or bad) on learning. I’m not opposed to technology in schools, but when the provincial government announces that it will be spending 150 million dollars to put iPads in classrooms, while it’s making cuts elsewhere in education, it gives me pause. 

I respect her having her opinion and expressing it in the post.  I certainly don’t agree with all of her assertions, though.  We really live in challenging times.  In the good ol’ days, we knew what curriculum was and what needs to be taught.  Technology, and understanding how students think, has opened all kinds of opportunities for the classroom.  I don’t know that anyone can see with 100% assuredly that we’re absolutely on the right path, but I’m positive that if we don’t, we do a disservice to our students for their future.


Are We Neglecting Relationships While Promoting Technology?

Bill Forrester asked some questions that have arisen from an implementation of 1:1 technology, with a real life experience.  It’s a good post and another worth some thinking and action.  Both Aviva Dunsiger and I checked in with some comments.  He closes the post with this question…

I would suggest that, if teachers are neglecting it, they’re missing the mark.  If we want to live in a world where technology is the driving force for all that we do, let’s just get rid of schools and stick every student in front of a screen tied to a Learning Management System.

I know that online teachers specifically reach out with ways to have students cultivate building relationships in their classes and I would hate to see a world where it’s one student, one computer and that’s education.  Technology should just be another tool in your arsenal.  You use it where it’s most appropriate and you don’t use it when it isn’t.  As I said in my reply to Bill, it reminds me of the old adage “If the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like nails”.

I can see the worst happening though.  Teachers who are perfectly fluent with technology move it in and out as appropriate.  Those that are just learning can spend time making it work to the exclusion of other teaching.  Let’s point the finger clearly where it belongs – on an implementation plan that only focuses on the technology and just assumes that it’s going to work well.


Educational skyscrapers

Brandon Grasley started his post making an observation about buildings from the 1950s in today’s landscape.

We currently have that old building in Ontario. Let’s stop replacing broken tiles and repainting the paneling, and let’s talk about how to rebuild.

I had the opportunity to work with a superintendent once who had new school building as part of his portfolio.  There was a need to replace an ancient school and so he worked to rebuild.  I was fortunate to be part of the team that he amassed to bounce his ideas and vision off.  His guiding philosophy was that “You only get to build a new school every 100 years so let’s do the best we can”.  That doesn’t bode well for Brandon’s schools from the 1950s.  One distinct thing he had about discovery dealt with time capsules.  Why is it only when you tear down a building do you dig up a time capsule?  Over 100 years, that could be three or four generations of students!  Instead, the school was outfitted with visual time capsules in its discovery environment.

One of the things that modern schools require is a networking infrastructure that certainly wasn’t available in the 1950s.  Visit older schools and you’ll see them retrofitted for today’s classroom.  Now, this isn’t to second guess the original structures because, as Brandon notes, they’re built with the best available at the time.  Shouldn’t that apply today?  Build in the best that you have; both physically and pedagogically.  A few years or 50 years from now, you’ll be second guessing decisions but at the least, you get to reap the benefits of your decision in the present.


Thanks to all the bloggers above for continuing to push the discussion.  If we’re not having it, we’re not moving forward.  I hope that people aren’t waiting in their decisions for the perfect moment.  That moment will never come – we work in such a changing environment.

Check out the blog posts at the links above and the complete list of Ontario Edubloggers here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


I really like it when I can add a new blogger to the list of Ontario Edubloggers. 


What George and Basketball Have Taught Me

Please welcome Andrea Gillespie to our group.  She has put her toe in the blogging water and starts of talking about change and included her daughter and George Couros as some of the catalysts for change from her perspective.  It’s a great introductory post.

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It also affirms our decision to bring George to conduct a leadership session and close the Bring IT, Together conference with a keynote address.  Hopefully, the inspiration that Andrea felt will be shared by a whole new group.

For Andrea, welcome to the group and please make it a point to share your leadership thoughts with the province.  Thanks for the tip, Donna Fry.


Speaking of Donna….

Exploring Digital Literacy and the Importance of Confidence

Her recent posts talks about a whole lot of Cs.  First, she identifies the 6Cs from Michael Fullan from his “Great to Excellent” document and then Doug Belshaw’s 8 Elements of Digital Literacies. 

Her discussion of the overlap is interesting and I really liked the focus on Confidence.

There’s a a great deal to consider about confidence. 

Teaching is an interesting profession.  We are extremely confident in the classroom with working with students.  It’s our confidence in our materials, content, and approach that make students want to get onside and learn.  But, put us in a group of colleagues and it’s a different story.  “You go first”.  “No, you go first”.  Is it because we know that we’re all judgmental by design that we’re hesitant to say anything lest we’re wrong?  If we mess up, everyone will know! My goodness.

What’s wrong with being confident in what we know and confident in the knowledge that we have a lot to learn from each other?


PhotoMath Answers Incorrect Homework Questions, Correctly by @mraspinall

I think many of us were intrigued with the announcement that PhotoMath was available for download to your iOS and Windows device.  It was all over the online news.

I’ve started a post of my own to share some thoughts.  Hopefully, I’ll finish it and get it posted over the weekend.

In the meantime, Brian Aspinall was all over it in a post that appears yesterday afternoon.  Straight from the classroom, read the post for his thoughts.  One of the flashpoints for him was this quote from CNN.

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How sacred tests can be!


I Did Get Better!

When I first read this blog post from Aviva Dunsiger, I thought to myself “This should be required reading at every Faculty of Education”.  I love this list.  It could apply to every first year teacher.

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I wish that I had had only two classrooms my first year of teaching!

If it wasn’t for improvement, probably none of us should have lasted beyond that first year.

There’s been a lot written lately about “Growth Mindset” like it’s some sort of new thing.  Pffff!  Read the rest of Aviva’s post to see how she grew in the profession.

I’ll bet everyone can empathize.


Getting Started with PLCs – A Protocol for Group Collaboration

Starting out anew in any organization can be a daunting task.  In her most recent post, Brenda Sherry shares a protocol she used at a first staff meeting as an opportunity to learn about staff and start to build effective learning networks.

In this case, she used the Compass Points Activity and focussed on:

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I like the concept and can only imagine the discussion.

It’s certainly far removed from some of the dictatorial approaches that I’ve experienced in the past.

It will be interesting to see if the approach generates rewards for the staff learning.  Keep us informed, Brenda.


Once again, it’s been a great week of professional reading and sharing from Ontario Edubloggers.

Check out the entire list of the here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Here are some of the great thoughts from the fingers of Ontario Edubloggers recently…

Guided Reading Should Be Happening Every Day

Bill Forrester’s blog is a new addition to the Ontario Blog collection.  In his most recent post, he talks about supporting colleagues with guided reading and admits that it wasn’t always a regular routine for his classroom.

Now, as a support person, he’s seeing the value of this as a regular activity.

In the post, look for some online resources to support the technique.


Volume = Length * Width * Height

Alex Overwijk’s blog is another new one to the group.  Welcome, Alex.

I thought this was a rather unique approach.  He shares a lesson that his students did dealing with volume and how they addressed the concept of volume using manipulatives.

Now, that’s a great approach but not entirely new.

What I liked though was taking the image and posting it to Twitter to get some thoughts from other connected educators.  He shares some of the responses.  Very interesting.  Would you be so bold as to post pictures of your hands-on activities in this manner?


Discovery in Primary Math

I think that the power of social media for sharing goes well over the top when lessons are shared.  Alex did above and Jen Aston describes a three-part math activity that she did recently with a split 1/2 class.

Check out the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuIJQsV-L5s and then head off to Jen’s blog to read the rest of the story about her activity.

It sounds like so much fun.


How Social Media Can Help Increase Social Capital For Students and Their Families

I think that Tracy Bachellier nails it when she talks about the use of social media and “social capital”.  I love this quote that she embedded in the middle of her thoughts.

“It allows me to organize people a lot faster, to check people out for things I might want them to do. It allows people to find me, or if I want to get advice from people, the fastest way is to get them through facebook or twitter. There’s a lot of convenience involved in interacting with people over social media.” ~ Aimee Morrison, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature (Digital Culture), University of Waterloo

Traditional media takes so long to get results.  By the time it’s researched, vetted, edited and ultimately published, the original premise may well be old news.  Tracy identifies a number of benefits in her post that go well beyond that.

  • Social media helps overcome time and distance barriers
  • Social media builds upon existing ties and relationships
  • Social media facilitates new connections and collaboration
  • Social media provides a platform for advocacy, collective practice and action
  • Social media enhances social participation and engagement

Think about the traditional, controlled techniques of the past.  Buy a book, read it, implement it, review the technique sometime.

The immediacy and potentials that social media affords, as Tracy notes, are just too many and too big to ignore.  If we’re really going to stay on top of the latest and most effective techniques, being connected has to be the solution.  The downside is, as always, equity but we’re getting around that.  I did a quick look around the county here and there are some communities that are using internet voting for the upcoming elections.  A community obviously sees the power and is making it available for all – why can’t we model that in education?


La voix des élèves

You know, a lot of people talk about Student Voice.  Others ignore it.  Some pay lip service.

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This blog post reinforces the need to listen to what is said.  Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make such a big difference.


Using Intelligent Agents in D2L to Enhance Your Online Course

One of my favourite activities when was the DeLC for my district was going to regional meetings and partake in the learning and sharing that was happening.  It’s easy to feel so inferior because there’s so much to learn about online learning.

The Desire2Learn LMS was continually evolving but we thought that we’d struck gold when we first learned how to set release conditions during a course.  In this blog post, Rod Murray shares a number of resources about the “Intelligent Agents” in D2L.  Whether you know them all or not, it’s still a nice review.

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Again, there was some absolutely wonderful thinking and sharing in my reading this week.  I hope that you can take a moment or to and give these posts a little social media love.  Their thoughts are only a click away.  The complete collection is located here.  There’s always a wealth of thinking and sharing happening there.