This Week in Ontario Edublogs

I hope that this blog post finds everyone nice and dry.  It’s been a very rainy couple of days around here.  It’s time to check in and read some great blog post from Ontario Edubloggers.

#edCampLdn Reflections

Last Saturday was EdCampLdn.  It was a great day of learning.  By the time the sun had set, Ramona Meharg had written a blog post celebrating her learning and connections for the day.

Visit her blog to see her memories if you were there or check it out to see what you missed.

Blogging for the Site

It’s always great to see good deeds getting recognition and rewarded.  Such is the case for Jay Dubois who was asked to blog for the EdTechTeam folks.

It can be a challenge to hop in and start sending messages to a well established community.  So, I can completely understand some of Jay’s original thoughts.

But, he persevered and the blog post appears live Using Technology to Amplify Student Voice in Primary/Junior Classrooms.

The result is a nice summary of some of the things that he and his students are able to do with Google tools.  I think that everyone who uses these tools should give it a read for at least confirmation or hopefully, inspiration about how to up their game.

The struggle is real: Supporting teachers in an international context

I find Anne Marie Luce’s ongoing collection of blog posts fascinating.  She’s documenting the best of her experiences teaching overseas.

I guess that I had never thought about it but, just like here, part of the job for a principal is evaluating staff.  Everyone in education has been on the teacher end and know all about the sleepless nights leading to an observation, the visiting and revisiting of lesson plans, etc.  To read it from the principal side is an angle I’ve never read before.

Even more interesting, is the environment that she’s working in.  Unlike our schools where people are in the profession for the long run, these teachers are there only for a short duration.  They get evaluated twice a year.

Even more than the length of the teaching contract, I found it interesting and I’m sure a challenge for the principal because everyone lives so close to each other just because of the situation.  There are many things in this post that took me by surprise.

Becoming a Maverick Learner


As first year teachers, didn’t we all get this piece of sage advice just like Ruthie Sloan did?

Arguably, that wouldn’t be the most satisfying way to putting in 30 years in a profession.  Thankfully, I think we all recognize this and realize that, for no other reason than our own sanity, we need to grow.

Ruthie uses the express “Maverick Learner” and I’ll bet that everyone will identify with the story shared here.

This is the best of advice.

I argue that we must begin with taking stock of our own identity within learning communities- and commit to be the learners we desire to see in our classrooms.

Facebook reflections

One week, I was in a discussion with friends on Facebook who see the community there as like the original days on Twitter.  Less self-promotion and a desire to learn and help each other.

Then, there’s the breaking story about privacy and how your information on Facebook has been compromised.  Next thing, people are talking about ditching Facebook.

Jennifer Casa-Todd was asked if she was leaving and it was a solid “Nope”.

That was the short answer; the rest of the blog post is her longer answer.  Her response deals with the social responsibility of being an educator.  In a world where there are no absolute experts, the closest thing that students have may well be their classroom teacher.

Jennifer, ever so wisely, nails it here…

How can we educate our children about the world around them (a world that includes social media) if we block and ban social media from school?

Imagine what would be left on the curriculum if we took away everything controversial that came along.  We need all teachers to have Jennifer’s wisdom and enthusiasm.

Work-Life Balance: What Does It Really Mean?

I’m a sucker for posts like this one.  It’s a topic that’s near and dear to me.

My philosophy has always been that a perfect balance or equilibrium is just impossible.  One day, the job can be all consuming.  The next day, your personal life can be just as consuming.

Joel McLean acknowledges that this is reality.  The post is another look, backed by research, about how to make it work.

Even if there is no magic bullet, having people talk about it and reflect upon it is one of the best things that you can do.  Blog posts like Joel’s really help to push the cause.

A Collaborative Teacher Inquiry into Makerspace: University & Schools Learn Together

From the KNAER blog comes this post.  It started as a collaborative inquiry approach to understanding iPads and Apps in the primary language arts classroom.

Somewhere along the line the term “Makerspace” entered the discussion and investigating that became the next step.

Once the word “Makerspace” came up in our conversations, everyone naturally gravitated to the idea of trying it in the classroom… lots of great articles came our way, names of people to follow on twitter, websites, Makerspace [fieldtrips] at Brock University, etc. All of a sudden, it went from a word “Makerspace” to putting it in action all because of conversations between educators.

It’s interesting to follow along and I can just picture people growing and learning along the way.  The blog post itemizes a large number of factors that influenced the learning – it’s gratifying to see that Social Media was in the mix.

In case you missed it, I had the chance to interview Ramona Meharg his week –

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OTR Links 05/04/2018

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