This Week in Ontario Edublogs

I really enjoy writing these Friday posts.  There is such great thinking and sharing going on in the minds of Ontario Edubloggers.  As they say, never a dull moment!  The only challenge is finding a way to share the love and narrow it down to a readable selection!

Effective Professional Learning

Stephen Hurley threw out a challenge to readers of the community.  What constitutes “effective professional learning” from your perspective?  Obviously, “effective” is in the eye of the beholder.  I think everyone should weigh in on this.  Stephen has a big presence on social media so perhaps an amalgam of great thoughts will be inspirational to Professional Learning leaders to change things up so that your learning experiences become more valuable to you.

Regular blog readers here will know that I bit and wrote a post sharing my thoughts yesterday.

Getting Connected

Chantelle Davies and her co-author of this post could have written it in response to Stephen’s challenge about Professional Learning.  Read this post to see their thinking about Connections, PLNs, Leadership, …

Any disagreement on their assumptions?

Throw a Tablet into the Mix!

I had to really smile while reading Rolland Chidiac’s post.  Those of us who are long time users of technology take so many  things for granted.  But, there was a time when the learning and use of the technology was brand new.  In this post, Rolland shares the excitement that happens in his classroom on the first day using a Nexus tablet.

What Parents Can Do

Lisa Munro reflects on a document that she read recently “Parent Tool Kit: What Parents Can Do to Help Their Children Develop Healthy Relationships.”  She pulls out a number of interesting points that made an impact on her both as a teacher and as a parent.

i like the way that she extended the concepts by providing additional resources on the topic.

Who Does the Imposing?

The question of the day comes from Robert Hunking…

Does the education system impose itself on society or does society impose itself on the education system?

In his post, he itemizes many of the current conversations and discussions to support his rationale for asking the question.  I do think that the question is a good one.

I’m going to answer his question with the answer – depends.

I think it depends on when.

I grew up in rural Ontario – actually in Robert’s neighbourhood.  At that time, I would suggest that the education system did indeed impose itself on society.  We were learning so many things that didn’t really exist in our community at the time.  That was our vision of education – go to school, learn stuff, and then use that knowledge to make the world better.  I still remember my dad saying that if I didn’t want to do that, I might as well just quit now and get a job on a farm.

Well, I don’t know if you’ve been by a farm lately, but there’s more technology there than I could ever have imagined.  In my youth, tractors had four wheels and were painted red.  There’s so much happening these days and it’s constantly changing.  It’s not just there, of course, what we’re teaching in schools doesn’t even come close to the changes happening everywhere.  As an example, this morning I saw a 10 page document explaining how to fix your Microsoft Outlook when it goes bad.  It’s no wonder that employers care less and less about graduates with specific skills – they want graduates who have the ability to learn at a breakneck speed.  They want graduates who can think for themselves and this is imposed explicitly on those who would be graduates.  If you don’t believe me, go spend some time with a student in an experiential learning program.

As always, it begs the question to the classroom practitioner – what are you doing about it?

Wonderful thoughts and sharing again this week, folks.  Thanks so much.  Make sure to check out the complete blog posts from these folks and add your own thoughts.

Until next week…


OTR Links 10/03/2014

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