This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s always great to read the good stuff shared by Ontario Edubloggers.  Here’s some of what I caught this past week.

Super Secret Society

Rodd Lucier acknowledges that it’s been a while since he last posted upon his return in this post.  And, it’s a wonderful post.

While no one was paying attention, a large proportion of our teen community has decided that free time is meant to be spent along, in private, with a glowing screen.  Whether connecting on social media, binge-watching video, or playing video games, our young people have retreated to their bedrooms.

Rodd identifies what potentially has gone wrong and offers some suggestions about to tackle this.  It’s an interesting concept.  Read his complete post to get the details.

Are you in?

Rich Ta$ks

No, that’s not a typo.

From Andrew Morris, a post about rich tasks and financial literacy is featured in this blog that he’s using as a portfolio.

He gives credit to a concept from Kyle Pearce and spins it into a webinar, slideshow, resource collection, and a discussion of the topic.

What better use is there for a “rich” task?

From Behind a Screen to an Out Front “Hangout”

There’s a great deal to be learned from this post by Jen Aston.  My first thought is that it’s a reminder that we all start with baby steps and then proceed from there.  In her case, she describes her journey from tweeter to blogger to video.  Along the way, she gives a shout our to “Who’s Who” in Thames Valley technology leadership.  With those people on her side, I have no doubt that she’ll be successful.

About three years ago, during a conversation with my Learning Supervisor Susan Bruyns, she encouraged me to start sharing what I had been sending her as written monthly reflections as a blog.  My response at that time was: “No thanks, I’m good with 140 characters”.  I was happy Tweeting.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with being “happy Tweeting”.  However, she’s discovered that there can be much more.

The key, it seems to me, is that throughout, it’s not necessarily about the technology but how she’s sharing and making her ideas and learning so visible to others.

Who Matters?

It naturally flows then to take a look at one of Jen’s inspirations, Sue Bruyns.

There can be no doubt that, with that philosophy and support, Jen and others “who matter” will be well supported and challenged to greater things.  How many other leaders do this and are so open about it?


Donna Fry’s message here is interesting.

On first blush, I totally agree with her premise.

Then, I look around and realize that It’s not the reality for so many.  I still remember visiting a school and told by the principal to “go and do your computer thing; I don’t want to know”.  We really aren’t “there” yet.  Whatever “there” means.  Interesting read here.

Things are moving though and that’s a good thing.  Some concepts like having an online school presence and communicaton with parents are taking on an increasing role.  Nothing grinds my gears more though, than a district buying a piece of software that essentially is a template for all schools to use; it’s populated one or maybe annually and then ignored.  The tools provide for an instant communication standard.  Why isn’t it used in that manner?

Is Your Classroom Learning Centred?

I was thinking about Mark Renaud the other day as I drove through Petrolia.  I was desperately in need of a coffee and wondered why there wasn’t one on the main highway.  Surely every teacher knows where to get a good coffee.  I was tempted to private message him but it was really late at night.  I did the next best thing; I read his blog.

What follows is a checklist of questions about classroom learning.

Some of what you read may be old news to you but new news to others.  In all cases, they could be used as reminders.

The content is worthy of sharing with your colleagues and also to print and just have around for those moments when you’re reflecting and wondering if you’re doing things right.

And the answer to the coffee question is that there’s one just up the road in Reece’s Corners.

Rethinking the traditional High School Book Club #HSGBC

How many times do you read about a good idea and that’s about it.

Not so in this post.  Jennifer Casa-Todd lays out a complete game plan as she takes the traditional book club global.

It’s well thought through, with timelines, and connections to social media to make the read truly global.

Interested?  Read the entire post then.


Have you got your registration in for Bring IT, Together yet?  Don’t forget to register for the Wednesday sessions as well.

We are pleased to announce that one of the centres will be hosted by 4 educational “legends” – Roger Wagner, Sara Armstrong, and David and Norma Thornburg – “HyperDuino, ArduSat & other STEAM fun!”

Details on MEGA Minds On Media can be found in Lanyrd here.

I hope that you find this collection as interesting and inspirational as I did.  Start your Friday with this read and share with your colleagues around the school and around your network.

Encourage them to read and reply.  Bloggers like replies!

And, don’t forget to check out the complete collection of Ontario Edubloggers.

While I do read a lot of blogs, I can’t possibly read them all.  If you’re an Ontario Edublogger and you’ve written the next epic post, please let me know.  On Twitter, I’m @dougpete.

OTR Links 10/07/2016

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