Ontario Educators Group Grows

Back home again from an incredible two days of ECOO and another one of Minds on Media, I’m just getting a chance to check my email.  I can’t believe that I only had a chance to take a glance at it while at the ECOO Conference.  A skim up and down the inbox where I got notifications of new followers in Twitter, I see 136+ new names.  Most of these I recognize immediately from the recent opportunity to see folks face to face at the conference.

The big number is interesting.

It is the result of a planned, concerted effort that I found out last night as I sat down and chatted with my friend Brenda.  

Unbeknownst to me, I contributed to it just by being my regular helpful self.  I answered a tweet from @MKGoindi.

Who would have guessed that me innocently answering that question would lead to what happened?….well apparently almost everyone at the conference except me.  I had fallen right into a carefully planned trap that everyone had managed to keep secret for quite a while.  You see, these ribbons were distributed to people throughout the conference, behind my back, while I was learning.  

To the best of my knowledge, it happened while I was learning with @shannoninottawa and her Lead Learning session.

What followed was a barrage of tweets to try and get something trending in Canada.  Fortunately, I had an archive of my mentions created in my Evernote account so I can now leisurely sit back and enjoy some of the messages.  There were a lot of well crafted and witty messages.  Some that I read and captured appear below.

Anyway, you get the concept!  Like most things like this, it started a bit and then snowballed.  Everyone tried to outwit the next person.  When it was all done, there was a moment in time that the comments were trending in Canada.  @snbeach managed to hit it at the right time and grab a screen capture.  My thanks and appreciation to all that participated.  What a way to bring everyone at a conference together on a theme and I met loads of new people Friday and Saturday who wanted to show me that they were wearing the tag.  I did finally get my hands on one and @royanlee‘s sister in Philadelphia will get one in the mail next week.

On the drive home, I started to think about this.  The fact that I was included brought a smile to me and I know that it will take quite a while to add all of these new folks to the Ontario Educators list but it will be done.  I started to think about the bigger picture.  We know that Ontario Educators are doing amazing things in classrooms across the province.  It was mentioned a few times by our keynote speakers.  Just look at what this little experiment in Twittering did.  A group in a hotel room in Markham put their minds to it and made the trending thing happen.  What could happen if we take that energy and enthusiasm and turn it into amazing new ways to reach out and engage the students of the province?  Can we make that mindset trend?



  1. Hi Doug!

    We had such great fun with this idea, and I’m so glad that you did too! Mary-Kay is a really idea maven – she’s so creative – and when this came up way back when we started to plan, she was determined to make IT happen! 🙂

    You should have heard us giggling when we were all thinking, “How exactly do we getting someone trending?” Then from all of us, “the problem is, that @dougpete is the one we always ask!” LOL So Mary-Kay did ask….glad you didn’t pick up on it then.

    As always, you mention the fun of it all, but then you’ve left me with something pretty important as you finish your post. The challenge to harness this amazing participation, collaboration, energy, intelligence and kindness of our group of Ontario Educators into something powerful.

    Are we making a difference? Darn right! Can we make more of a difference? I think so. What’s great to know is that we aren’t alone in our “classworlds” (thanks @smithwithclass) anymore – and if we set our minds to it, we can do more.

    I’m always happy to see the fallout from #ECOO conferences. The new connections, the new ideas, the new collaboration that happens. Hopefully, folks will continue to share their work — remember — “We are what we share” as @snbeach mentioned!

    We love you Doug! Thanks for all you do for each and all of us!



  2. Thanks for the comments, all three of you. I value the contributions that each of you throw out every day. In the best possibly way, we’re all sharing what we’re learning and there’s no better testament for what a learning network should be.


  3. And even though Doug has never watched any of the Star Wars movie (and that’s why Zoe had me bring the light sabre to our ECOO Web 2.0 Face Off), Doug is still one of the most knowledgeable guys out there. Thanks Doug for never being stingy with your sharing and for making everyone you speak to feel special and capable of transforming education.


  4. I too have been thinking about the @dougpete trending on Friday morning.
    What a brilliant idea. What better way (and fun too!) to invite people to
    join a vast network of Ontario teachers and learners? To sustain the
    deeper idea behind our edu-networks, I can’t think of anyone that could
    encourage and support people – (new and experienced), to learn together
    both in and out of our buildings, schools and districts better then you
    Doug. And just maybe, if more people follow your lead, our networks will
    become richer.
    My point is that Doug – you maintain support and encouragement to new
    people in our network. You help sustain our network (and learning) but
    also help it grow. You gives us shout-outs, you comment on our blogs, you
    follow and coach us and respond to our tweets, you blog about us, you
    showcase our work, you comment on our student blogs, you skype with us,
    you teach us, you challenge us. Not just at “the conference or
    session” – but everyday.
    So, by “Trending @dougpete”, I hope that more people will read your
    blog and learn from what you model everyday.
    And – Thank You for the great conversations at #ecoo11. One of my


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