This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Settle in your nice warm place and enjoy some of the blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers that I enjoyed lately.


Looking Forward

Peter McAsh shares his love for CBC Radio and listening to podcasts in this recent post on the ECOO blog.  There’s been a lot over the past year dealing with Artificial Intelligence but surprisingly little dealing with education.  So, Peter asks …

“How will AI impact education?
How will education adapt to teach students who will be part of a world with AI?”

Open ended questions, to be sure, but certainly worthy of consideration.  The thing about technology is that it can be insidious.  As such, you can’t ignore it.  Are our systems ignoring it or are they preparing for a world where it’s so available?


Upcoming Releases for Winter and Spring 2018

Because teachers and teacher-librarians want to stay on top of things and be in the know, check out this literature preview from Helen Kubiw on the CanLit for Little Canadians blog.

Month by month, see upcoming book releases in the categories of:

  • Picture Books
  • Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • Non-Fiction

Is it time to start a shopping list with your school teacher-librarian?


Crowd Sourcing Math Problems through the 12 Days of Tweetmas

Ramona Meharg describes an interesting challenge the Thames Valley District School Board held before the holidays – a puzzle or mathematics challenge each day for 12 days – with the students sending out messages about the challenges via Twitter.

Now, a Special Educational Secondary School classroom might not be on the top of your list of candidates to participate but they were in Ramona’s case.  Who doesn’t like a good challenge?  (Just don’t mention that it’s educational)

Although she had some reservations, they participated and it sounded like they had a great time – including hands on with candy canes.

For those students, social media seemed to have provided a nice opportunity to level the playing field by participating with other classes throughout the district.  It’s hard to image another setting where they would be equal players.

Ramona gives a very nice description of how they handled things and is already planning on how to incorporate Google Hangouts into things in the future.

Is there a lesson here for other school districts to copy and implement themselves?


How we #Kahoot!

Whether you prefer to learn via images or text, Laura Wheeler has you covered in this post describing how she uses Kahoot!, the social gaming system, in her mathematics classes.

For Laura, it’s not just a “pick an app and do something” experience.  She describes just how many and how she has crafted the activities for her students.  It’s not a computer-y thing either; the pictures share a story of all the tools and collaboration that happens.

And, if you want a quick overview, check out her Sketchnote of the process.  It boils everything down into one neat overview.

If you’re looking to start with Kahoot! or are looking for a more sophisticated approach, this post will be of special interest.


Duty to Report School Violence

Deborah Weston tagged me in the announcement of this post so I had to check it out.  It’s a sobering look at school violence.

In the post, Deborah gives statistics and survey results from ETFO and OECTA.  I know that many will agree with her observations and others will be inspired to find out more.

violence

The impact on teachers should be of immediate concern to all.

Hopefully, knowing that you’re not alone, will be just the incentive for all to report issues of violence when they occur.

p.s. This post was written and scheduled Thursday morning.  During a Thursday dog walk, I got tagged in another Twitter message alerting me to this post.


2018: Hall-Dennis–Looking Back to Look Ahead

For so many in education these days, the Hall-Dennis report or Living Learning may not even be something that they’ve heard of.  And yet, it laid the groundwork for education in Ontario as it stands today.

Canada had just celebrated its Centennial when Premier Bill Davis commissioned the report.  Who could forget Expo 67 or Bobby Gimby (if you were around at the time)?

It was an opportunity for Canadians to see the future and why shouldn’t we be visioning the future of education?

Arguably, one of the most important documents to influence education in the province, the basic messages are still as applicable today as they ever were.  To quote Billy Joel, “We didn’t start the fire.”

This post from the Alpha Alternative School shows how it is influenced today by the report.

You can read the report here.  (Set aside some time, it’s not a quickie blog post)  When you hear people longing for the “good ol’ days”, they may have to go back a great deal further than Hall-Dennis.


The Half Way Mark

I had to reflect back on my own career at year 16 of teaching when I read this post from Tina Zita.

I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t counting the days/years until the end of my teaching career.  I think I was more focused on the present.  But, Tina is taking a pause to reflect on what she’s done so far and what she’s planning to do for the future.  Is this a result of us being so well connected these days?

It’s interesting to note that she’s not focused on major milestones but rather a series of “nudges”.  It’s a challenging way to look at things.

The biggest satisfaction that any teacher can have is to have students that reach out after they’ve graduated to note the things or nudges that you gave them.

Give her post a read and see if you can’t see yourself at Year 16 looking forward.


Another week and another great collection of blog posts.  Please take a few moments to click through to the original posts and give them a read and drop off a comment or two.

These authors will appreciate it.

And, follow them on Twitter.

Last week, Julie Balen’s post about OneWordOnt was featured here on the blog and has sparked a great deal of conversation and blogging from Ontario Educators.  Julie has started a Google+ community for people to share their blog posts.  You can enjoy it here.  A nice fall out form this is a number of New York state educators jumping in on the conversation and the resulting social media connections.  Wouldn’t it be nice if they crossed the Peace Bridge or the Rainbow Bridge and joined us in Niagara Falls for next November’s Bring IT, Together Conference, November 6 – 8th, 2018?  I’m cautiously optimistic that the Falls will have thawed out by then.

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8 comments

  1. Thanks Doug! It’s an honour to be part of the show and mentioned in your blog as part of TWIOE. I always love listening to the discussion between you and Stephen, as well as seeing your thoughts in print. The blog gives all the links too, so I love to visit and comment on them. Have a great week, stay warm!

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  2. Thanks for the kind words, Ramona. The thing I like about talking with Stephen is that, except for the selection of blogs, it’s all unscripted. You saw our working document at the BIT Conference. We feed off each other as we focus on the great content in the blog posts. I’m so thankful that I attended your session at the OSSTF event and subsequently started following your blog.

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  3. I just love how you connect bloggers every week through these TWIOE posts! You always give me some great Friday reading (was actually doing some of it before commenting this morning 🙂 ), and I always enjoy hearing someone else’s perspective on the posts. Your words about Tina’s blog post hit home to me. I realized that I still don’t know what year I retire, but if Tina’s half-way mark is at 16 years, I must be around there at 17. I guess this has to be a good sign that I still love what I’m doing (which I do), so for now, I’ll live in blissful ignorance of retirement. 🙂 Curious what others think when it comes to “retirement.”

    Have a great weekend, Doug! Bundle up … it’s a cold one!
    Aviva

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  4. Thanks for your comment, Aviva. I remember a bit of advice given to me by a wise person once. “Don’t ever think of yourself as retired”. Move on to other things of interest and keep focused/learning on that thing.

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  5. That would be an interesting discussion. What does retirement look like for educators. For me, I am trying to be as active as possible but it is something that I need to work on every day. Many of the conventional connections do not necessarily work upon retirement so you need to be creative. One great thing, you are freer to write without fear of sanction. This is a real bonus.

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  6. At least from what you share online and through your blogs, it looks like both you (Paul) and Doug are very active in your retirements (in some similar and some different ways). I often have to remind myself that you are both retired. That’s a good thing! My aunt often says to, “make time for creativity,” even in retirement, as it keeps your “brain active.” I think you’ve both done this well.

    Aviva

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  7. Does “retired” also count as the R word? In that case, I’m up to 3 times. 🙂 Is “retirement” a bad thing though, or just a new beginning?

    Aviva

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