This Week in Ontario Edublogs

I always enjoy writing this post.  It’s a weekly reminder that my browser is filled by some of the best educational thinking minds in the province.  Did you know that all of the past Friday posts can be found here?

Sylvia Duckworth’s Sketchnotes

I used to be embarrassed when I used to take notes at presentations because my mind wandered and my fingers doodled.  These days, it’s an artwork style to be celebrated.  Sylvia Duckworth is on a tear recently creating Sketchnotes.

So, it’s comforting to know that it’s OK to doodle.  My pathetic efforts shouldn’t be compared to her artwork.  Check out the link above to see all of the work that she’s posted to her Google + timeline.

An Ice Storm as a Teambuilder, 1 Year Later …

It is tough to believe (but I’ll take it) that the first dog walk of 2015 was done this morning in the cold and breeze, to be sure, but not in the snow and ice of 2014.  What a difference a year makes.

The latest post by Rob Ridley takes us back a year when the weather certainly was different.

I never had the option of Outdoor Education in school but did get a bit of winter camping as a Boy Scout.  These pictures bring back two memories for me – last year, and then quite a bit further back.

Reflections on 2014 and Goals for 2015

It’s a brave person that publically reflects on the past and makes promises for the future although they say that’s the best way to make it happen – have others keep score and keep you on track.

Here’s a bit of a snippet of Jamie Weir’s 2014 and projected 2015.

2014 was a year full of ups and downs for me and through it all, I’ve learned the following:
1. Lesson planning is a creative outlet for me. I love to plan and find it satisfying on both a personal and professional level.


Goals for 2015
1. More quality time for my family and friends.

For the rest of the story, you’ll just have to visit her blog.

My One Word

Can we trust Aviva Dunsiger to keep it to one word going into 2014?  In a similar vein to Jamie, here are her personal expectations for 2015.

For the year ahead, I’m going to try to challenge myself to do things that are hard.

Maybe it will be performing at another school assembly.
Maybe it will be talking to someone new.

And, of course, you’ve got to visit her blog to read the rest.

She was inspired by a post from Sue Dunlop – One Word for 2015

It should be noted that she’s down from two words for 2014!

Canadian Copyright News

Canadian Copyright laws will change in 2015.  Joan Vinall-Cox has read them all and is the blogging expert.  I’ll defer to her expertise!

I put everything that I do online with a creative commons notice because I do believe that nobody should have a proprietary claim over thinking.  I’ve yet to buy a book (and I’ve bought lots, believe me) that was the ultimate in answers.  I’ll buy music and art because that’s a wonderful skill to have but I still find that the best experts are out there slaving on their keyboards and sharing their work in the hopes of making everything better.

We live in a great time to do this.

Joan shares a SlideShare of advice and locations to get the best in graphics and music that will be very helpful in the classroom.

Again, thanks so much to those who continue to think, learn, and share even if it is the Christmas / New Year’s holidays.  I appreciate reading your thinking.

Check out the entire list of Ontario Edubloggers here.


3 thoughts on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs

  1. What an amazing educator you are! You share information and connect people of similar interests. I am grateful for your web work. May you have a joyous, peaceful year!


  2. Thanks for including my post here, Doug! I think that you may be implying that I talk too much … hahaha! 🙂 Picking one word was hard, but I’m excited to see how this challenge goes.

    Thanks for giving all of us so many posts to read and enjoy each week! As Joan said above, you do a fantastic job at connecting so many of us. All the best in 2015!



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