This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Here are some of the great things that I read from Ontario Edubloggers this past week.  Check out the complete blog posts and the entire LiveBinder of content here.

Descriptive Feedback and Assessment – What my students in Fiji taught me

Jaclyn Calder spent the month of July in Fiji with a group of students.  Did she come back with a good tan?  Maybe – in this blog post, she shares with us that she learned a great deal more.

In addition to her personal reflections, a separate blog was created to document the event, complete with student blogging efforts.


A Why to Live

Paul Cornies always creates thought provoking posts about quotations from others.

If there is any doubt, or any question, check out the collection of quotes from Viktor Frankl at this post.


How to Setup your Office 365 Email on your iOS (iPad/iPhone) Device

Eric Wideen is moving to a new platform for his school email.  In this screencast, he shows how to access Office 365 using the standard iOS email program.  This might be of a lot of use to those in a similar situation.


Creating the Conditions for Potential

Andy Forgrave has long been a support of ds106, its philosophy, its application, and its extension.  I recall a few years ago sitting on Diane Bedard’s outdoor deck with Andy and Alan Levine talking, learning, and taking a slice of ds106 time.  Andy’s post, when you get right down to it, is a referral to a recent post by Alan.

I think back to that night on the deck and you could tell that this wasn’t a lock step procedure for broadcasting success.  In fact, there was nothing canned about the whole thing.  Alan was “technically” in charge since he provided the technology but the real value was in the discussion.  On that evening, it just flowed.  I remember my contribution which nobody on the deck saw coming – in fact, I’m not sure I saw it coming – but Alan asked me something to the effect of what had changed my life recently.  As it would have it, I had just returned from a trip to Goderich where I was still shaken by what I had seen as damage from the tornado that had ripped the guts out of the Square.  There was no recipe for the evening, the power came from the fact that it just flowed out.  In his post, Alan talks about how the magic of ds106 happens.  He’s got it dead on.

If you’re interested in this, certainly get involved in ds106.  If you want to have a discussion about the concept of broadcasting, look for “The Hive” at the 2013 Conference.  Andy, as well as a number of others, will be taking The Hive to the convention centre and are there to help you think of magical moments for your students.


Thanks so much for all of the Ontario Edubloggers who continue to share over the summer for those of us who are ready to read and learn.  If you are an Ontario Edublogger and want to be added to the collection, just go here and add your details.



OTR Links 08/09/2013

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.