This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Boxing Day version.  I’m not shopping; I’m blogging.


Education Should Step Away from Apple Devices

How can you not be caught up with a blog title like that?  On Christmas Eve, Anthony Carabache let loose with this post.  It’s not really a rant against the physical device but he takes issue with security of student and other’s data when using iPad devices in a not-1:1 scenario.  It’s a very interesting read and focuses on things that I think many folks have not considered.  After all, those of us who use these devices regularly set them up with logins and authorizations and forget it.  The big question is what happens if you pass the device to someone else….

So, basically, I see four alternatives:

  • don’t use the product all together;
  • use this as a rationale for going 1:1;
  • learn and teach all students and teachers how to log out of applications (good luck);
  • continue doing what you’re doing and ignore the message.

Paying Attention to Everything

Jennifer Aston’s latest post is something that I think that everyone who has worked centrally in a school district can sympathise with.  You quickly become the answer to just about every question!  Even in my role as a computer consultant, I would get questions in, you name it, subject area.  The classroom practitioner only has so much time to devote to their own problem solving; their most important issue is the teaching that needs to be done.  And rightly so.  That’s why central support people need to be out visiting schools supporting.

My first superintendent had command performance meetings of our entire department on Friday mornings and he was a genius at supporting the district.  The first 45 minutes were spent going around the table talking about our school visits and identifying one high and one low.  Very quickly he got a pulse of the system but more importantly, we all got a sense of what was going on and where we should focus out activities.

I had the luxury, as compared to Jen, of having just computers in the classroom as my focus.  In reality, that was probably the biggest portfolio because it meant supporting all grades and all subject areas and learning a whack of curriculum at the same time.

In that respect, in some small way, I can really understand the message behind her post.  It’s frustrating.  My personal lifesaver was having a huge collection of notes per school, per classroom, that I would review before setting out on any given day.  That works fine until you get something new….

Such is the life of a coach.  When you visit her blog, check out her list of things that she’s currently thinking about.


How Lesson Failures Can Still Provide Value

I think that if more bloggers did like Kyle Pearce did and write about how not every lesson is perfect, there would be more more risk takers.  Sometimes, it’s just necessary to play the cards that are dealt you.  I have a memorable moment of a lesson that didn’t go the way it was supposed to.  Unfortunately, I was being evaluated by a superintendent at the time.  I learned the educational buzzwords “teachable moments” from it…

When you think of it, though, if every lesson was predictable and perfect, you wouldn’t need teachers because there wouldn’t be much of a human element left.  Read Kyle’s post for the entire story.

I actually found this post by accident….I was actually looking for this one….

Guessing Gumballs
How many gumballs are needed to fill the jar?


One Great Fact

The Quoteflections blog is going on a bit of a break but before he left, Paul gave us some wonderful quotes about wealth and life that are important this time of year.


The American’T Dream (The Purse Suit Of Happyness)||Spoken Word

May your Christmas dreams come true and your New Year
bring you what you believe in and are passionate about.

@mrrgteacher send off an inspirational video with the above advice.  It’s good for all of us.


What a wonderful collection this week.  Please take a moment and check them out.  The complete list of Ontario Edubloggers is available here.  If your blog isn’t listed there, please add it using the form provided and it soon will be!

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