This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Another week of great reading from Ontario Edubloggers.  Here’s some of what caught my eye.  Make sure that you click through and enjoy the complete posts and all of the great things that are shared by Ontario Educators.

More NaPoWriMo

This isn’t a link to a particular post but to Brandon Grasley’s blog.  Yesterday, I noted that TheBookyBunHead is participating in the National Poetry Writing Month.  It turns out that Brandon is too!  I’m in complete awe of these poets and wish them good luck in the next 26 or so posts!


Learning Stories – Parts 1 and 2

This is actually a pair of posts from Konrad Glogowski.  The series started with a simple? question that I think all educators have or should have asked themselves.

He then offers an answer from a policy document from New Zealand.

That served as a launch pad as he focuses on what’s important and what he’s passionate about as an educator.  It’s a fascinating read and I’m sure that you’ll be nodding in agreement many times.  The concept of the Learning Story is so powerful.  I’m sure that you’ll want to share this resource with all your professional colleagues.


The Noblest of Fruits

OK, maybe it’s an Essex County thing.  Drive anywhere along the south shore and you’ll find apple orchards everywhere.  Paul Cornies honours this “noble” fruit with a wonderful collection of quotes.

He starts off with a quote that I’d never read before but I’m filing that in the ol’ grey matter and hope that I will find an opportunity to use it.  Thanks, Paul, for the great reads and keep them coming.


Using the iDiary for Kids App As A Thinking Book

I had to smile just a bit about this.  Mrs. Wideen’s classroom is “for the most part paperless” and yet the first reaction to a challenge was to think that the purchase of notebooks might be a solution.  It’s probably a natural choice for all of us; after all we were paper trained.

But, if the goal is to become paperless, the answer is to find an electronic solution or, in this case, an appropriate App.  The balance of the post is a tutorial about how iDiary for Kids ended up being the solution.  I wish that more educators would take the time to think through a problem and share their solution online for others to read and potentially adopt.

I think that, even with all the technology at our hands, evaluating the role of paper is an important one.  Are we ready to get rid of it totally?  Is the best solution always a technological one?  When is one more preferable than the other?  Is the system ready for a classroom devoted to that and then next year get passed on to a classroom not at the same level of sophistication?


I hope that you agree with me that there was some great reading this week, that you take the time to enjoy these complete blog posts and share your thoughts with the authors.

Check out the complete collection of Ontario Edubloggers here and please add your details if you’re a blogger from Ontario and not on the list.

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4 Replies to “This Week in Ontario Edublogs”

  1. Well, Doug, the pressure’s on now. I haven’t written tomorrow’s poem yet. Any special requests? Sometimes I work better with a few restrictions…

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