This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It was another wonderful week of reading the great stuff from Ontario Edubloggers.  Here is a sampling of the great articles that appeared there this week.

Restarting the Blog Thing

First of all…welcome back…@peachyteachy

As a result of some discussion on Twitter about the value of blogging as a professional endeavour for educators, she’s started to kickstart her own blog.

The message behind her first post was about needing to get started again and to use it in conjunction with her Masters’ studies.  That sounds like a good solution to me.  Part of the Twitter discussion surrounded finding the time to blog.  That’s a challenge for every blogger.  Where do you find the time?  There really are only so many hours in the day.  I read of people who purposely set aside a period of time to blog.  That might work for some but it doesn’t work for me.  I have to have the inspiration and so I’ll blog at night or in the morning or I may be waiting in line somewhere and dictate ideas into my phone for later assembly.

I did reply to this first post and I do have problems periodically with Blogger.  I’ll start the reply and then when I go to save, it will require that I’m logged in to WordPress in order to save the reply.  So, I flip to another tab and log in, return and wham.  The comment is gone.  I’ve now got into the habit of selecting and copying the content before logging in so that I can paste it when it goes away.  Now, if I could only remember to log in before replying…

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Can We Stop Longing for the Good Old Days?

This is the post that I think that many educators would have like to have written.  I know that I sure did.

I might have called mine “Things Were Better Before Sliced Bread”.  It’s a very personal response by Tina Zita about an article in the Globe and Mail about kids and learning.  Tina describes what her modern classroom looks like and it makes sense to me.  But, in football terms, there seems to be a great deal of piling on lately whacking students, teachers, and education.  After all, we all went to school when it was so much better.  We respected our elders.  We were quite and faithfully copied everything from the blackboard to our Scribblers.  We never cheated.  There was no need for computers – we could recite the results from the 10×10 multiplication tables without hesitation.

And, if you believe that…

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Use of Twitter as a Presentation Tool

Marshall McLuhan would be proud of Terry Whitmell’s post.

At the Peel DSB’s Leadership Launch, Alec Couros presented to a group of educators.  But, it wasn’t his presentation that caught her attention.

It’s interesting that the presentation technique was the message that she blogged about!

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Digital Citizenship “Pathway”

It’s nice to see a CIO working on a plan that includes all learners within a school district.  Recently, Mark Carbone shared an infographic illustrating the Waterloo Region District School Board’s framework.

You’ll have to visit his site to see the entire infographic.

Nicely done.  I can see the influence of many of my friends involved in libraries and technology at the Waterloo Board.  Catching up with them at #ECOO13 will be a highlight and I’m sure that there’s a great story behind this graphic.  I look forward to hearing it.

Thank you so much to these bloggers for sharing their current thinking.  Please follow the links above to read and reply to their original posts.  They’ll appreciate it; you’ll be wiser; and all will be well in the blogging world.

Check out the complete list of Ontario Edubloggers here.  There are so many K-12 Teacher blogs there that I just know I’m going to have to do another division of tabs so that the screen is more manageable.  As I seem to be saying a lot, this is a nice problem to have to solve.

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