In all the conversation today about the tentative agreement between OECTA and the Government of Ontario, there was a considered voice of reason in a post from Jamie Weir. She entitled it “OECTA Deal“.
She has focused on the inevitable fallout when one labour unit has reached an agreement while others haven’t. As I blogged myself, this really paints the others into a corner.
Quite frankly, I was trying to think about how to word this post but I would defer to the sentiments of this “younger teacher” (and I don’t use the term in a demeaning manner, Jamie). She has legitimate concerns but is quite correct in her thoughts that comments should not be directed towards the teachers in that federation.
This discussion will unfold, to be sure. There is anger, no doubt. But, where should the anger be directed? I would suggest that it’s at a process circumvented.
I originally was going to see if I could include a live Twitter stream based on a hashtag but I wouldn’t want to include some of the venom that I’m seeing accidentally by including it live. It’s also difficult to do a screen capture. I’ll just direct you to search terms and you can pick your poison.
Those that aren’t taking it there are going through major news sources.
These two media sources aren’t allowing comments on their stories.
These are just random picks of major Ontario newspapers; you can pick your own.
It would sure be nice if people read Jamie’s post before unloading.
You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan – they’re everywhere. Zombies. There’s only one thing you can do: Run!
Why your kids can’t add without a calculator | Full Comment | National Post
Why your kids can’t add without a calculator
Practical Multimedia ICT Projects from Serif Education
If you are looking for teaching resources to support the teaching of GCSE ICT, OCR/Cambridge Nationals or just to support your students in the creation of multimedia projects, then take a look at the Serif Student Project Resources.
Previously available on CD, the resources have now been converted into a website to make it much more accessible to your students. They’ve also been updated for 2012.
New options emerge to enrich gifted students’ education | Deseret News
Liam Goodowens takes gymnastics and is learning hip-hop dance. The 6-year-old from Florida also likes playing with friends and going to classic rock music concerts with his dad. Liam even enjoys school. In fact, he wishes that it were more challenging. “They feed me peanuts all day. I like peanuts and I get full, but what I really want is one big juicy hamburger,” he said.
Twitter is Poised to Overhaul its Search and Discovery Features
Twitter is preparing to make a major update to the search and discovery side of the popular microblogging platform tomorrow, according to one of its senior engineers.
Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd
As I lamented in my last post, many of the fabulous Web tools out there are restricted to users 13 and over. This limits what Elementary/Primary schools students can access online to create content to collaborate.
Education Week: Realizing the Promise of New Education Technologies
For the past 30 years, futurists, computer-software programmers, and entrepreneurs of all stripes have argued that the latest newfangled advances in technology would transform education into a more interactive and productive enterprise.
The Best Google Features You’re Probably Not Using
Google is a vast machine with all types of apps, programs, and tools. A lot of these—like Gmail and Google Docs—are clearly useful and beloved by many. But hidden inside Google’s network are some awesome, lesser-known gems that can make your life easier.
Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 8: Communicate, communicate, communicate
This is the ninth in a series of 10 posts on designing quality online courses. The nine steps are aimed mainly at instructors who are new to online learning, or have tried online learning without much help or success. The first eight posts (which should be read before this post) are:
Technology Driving Widespread Shift in Teaching Models — THE Journal
The report, “Learn Now, Lecture Later,” declared an increase in the adoption of classroom-based technology use resulting in a variety of changes to teaching and learning.
Why relationships matter in school | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional
Some students need to know someone cares about them and is consistent in their lives as too many don’t get this at home. Jackie Swift says it’s time schools recognised the educational value of supporting and retaining long term staff who can really be there
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.