As summer winds down, Ontario Edubloggers continue to share their thoughts and ideas, ready to head into a new school year.
From K-12 Educators
Blogger Cathy Beach does a little gardening and a little thinking about the role of Social Media in education.
She asks some great questions as she prepares for the new year. These are good and important questions to be asking. A thorough thinking will help with the conversation with parents and administrators. I hope that she finds answers that she can live with.
Consultants and SATs
Recently, Andy Hargreaves was speaking to a group of educators and shared the thought below. It was tweeted by a number of people and spurred some conversation on Twitter. Brenda Sherry dug deeper and challenged her readers. Just WHAT should we be measuring? I wonder – there is so much "me to" when it comes to this sort of thing. Is there room to customized what is measured according to the passion of individual classrooms? Or, do we just jump on the standardized testing wagon and pass the rationale off to the system? There is a simple answer but does that really work?
Principals, VPs, and Administration
I wish that there were more principals and vice-principals sharing their thinking in this category. There are some important questions to be asked like "What is Parent Engagement"? Shannon Smith takes on this question and hot dog day didn’t make the list. Instead, she focussed on a new People for Education document.
She notes the six secrets and shares her own thoughts about what they mean and how they apply/should apply in education. I like the way that she expands on each concept and just doesn’t accept them for face value. Instead, she uses them as a starting point for further challenges. They’re good questions for all in education to see if they can answer.
Trustees and Higher Education
This is another area where I wish there were more bloggers. In fact, maybe the Ministry of Education should make it compulsory for all trustees to blog their thoughts. It might give the public a better insight to the decisions that go into educational policy and spending. Robert Hunking, like so many trustees are challenged with making the most efficient use of school district resources all the while keeping the public happy with education. How can you do that when school enrolments are dropping and operational costs are rising. The Accommodations Review Committee is a common structure within the province to analyze the various scenarios. Some things like combining schools are attractive but to actually close a school is an agonizing thing for both the community and those who have to make the decision. In this entry, he addresses his thoughts.
The month of August certainly stirred up some heavy duty thinking about important issues. Kudos to those who are taking the opportunity to continue to share them. The complete Livebinder of Ontario Edublogs is located here. If your blog isn’t on the list, it’s because I don’t know about it. Please consider adding it to the list so that we can read your thoughts. I know that many of you had to create one for AQ courses this summer! Really make an effort to keep it alive and share your thoughts with others.
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Ode To Steve Jobs: A Visual Summary Of Steve Jobs’ Legacy | MacTrast
With all of the interesting Steve Jobs articles and tributes circulating between yesterday and today, this has got to be by far one of the most amazing that I have seen. The folks at Column Five have put together an infographic visually depicting Steve Jobs’ impressive legacy.
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The fastest way to develop iOS and Android Apps
The Power of Collaboration | Collaboration & CoTeaching | Scoop.it
“Collaboration & CoTeaching
“Topics, Tips, Tools for CoTeachers & Collaborators (ELL, SPED, Content Area, Classroom Teachers)””
HTML5 Rocks – How Browsers Work: Behind the Scenes of Modern Web Browsers
“This comprehensive primer on the internal operations of WebKit and Gecko is the result of much research done by Israeli developer Tali Garsiel. Over a few years, she reviewed all the published data about browser internals (see Resources) and spent a lot of time reading web browser source code.”
Steve Jobs’s Patents – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com
“The 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors offer a glimpse at his legendary say over the minute details of the company’s products — from the company’s iconic computer cases to the glass staircases that are featured in many Apple stores.”
Back to School: Stand Up to Cyberbullying
An article and resources about cyberbullying. Important resources that should be shared widely.
Helping Children Become More Mindful | Tufts Now
They’re constantly checking for text messages before hurrying off to soccer practice, or updating Facebook after a violin lesson, or adding a song to iTunes while doing homework. It’s no wonder that kids are distracted and a little on edge these days, says the Tufts psychologist Christopher Willard. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Back to School: Stand Up to Cyberbullying – The Official Microsoft Blog – News and Perspectives from Microsoft – Site Home – TechNet Blogs
September is synonymous with back-to-school for much of the world’s youth – getting back in the classroom, reconnecting with friends and teachers and sharing tales of summer fun. For some, however, back-to-school often means a return to cyberbullying.
10 weird jobs
My guidance counsellor didn’t suggest any of these jobs as possible career paths.
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Ever wondered what the strangest careers are? Here’s a selection of 10 of the most bizarre professions out there.
Error-Free E-books Will Come When Cars Can Drive Themselves | Publishing Perspectives
“You can design software to drive a car but you can’t have a car without a driver…the day cars drive themselves is the day you will find a perfect e-book without the manual touch.”
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