What’s New from Ontario Edubloggers?

It’s a new school year and Ontario Edubloggers are hard at it.  Here are some of the things that caught my eye this week.

From Consultants and SATs
My friends, Shelley Pike and her colleague Andrea are hitting the ground running in their roles as Mathematics Instructional Coaches.  They’re there to help those who are ready with innovative ways of looking at Mathematics. 

I first got wind of this program when on the OSAPAC Committee with Ross Isenegger from Near North.  We were really focussed on licensing of appropriate software – in this case it was The Geometer’s Sketchpad to help students get up close and personal with mathematics.  The program has evolved over the years in some really cool directions.  Read more about TIPS4RM here.

From K-12 Teachers
I really like what Sylvia Duckworth shares regularly on Twitter.  She’s very active there and so it comes as no surprise that she has a pretty impressive digital footprint.

If you’re a Core French teacher and interested in bringing and sharing how technology makes a significant difference, then you’ll be wanting to check out her resources.  Sylvia is a big fan of AIM for learning French and writes and shares resources to help with that.

From Principals, VPs, and Administrators
I’ll admit this – you can’t skim through a blog post from Peter Skillen.  There’s no quick route to his posts and his latest one is no exception.  Just in time for the new school year, he asks a question that anyone who uses collaborative projects should be asking "What does it mean to co-construct?"

In typical Skillen fashion, he goes about sharing his thoughts about the question from a very scholarly perspect, all the time asking more questions to force the reader to do some serious thinking by the end of the post.  Take some time to read and understand Peter’s slant on co-constructing.

From Trustees and Higher Education
Over the summer, apparently Alana Callan was part of a team that redid their introductory computer studies course.   In this post, she describes the thought processes that went into the revision to the course.  It sounds like it was quite a challenge.  Their efforts were gathered in a wiki although it’s behind a login wall.  My first reaction was to ask for access but then I thought it might be, as my daughter says, "creepy".

It makes you wonder just how "messy" the changes will be.  I wish them all the best with the new design and I hope that things are resolved soon so that Alana can get back at it and see the results of her summer efforts.

Check out these blogs and more from great Ontario Edubloggers here or here.  With the new school year, there may be some new blogs come to life.  If you know of one, please encourage the blogger to fill out the form to be part of this collection and also the list of Ontario Edubloggers.

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