This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Welcome to another summer Friday and a chance for me to share some of the reading that I’ve been doing from the blogs of Ontario Edubloggers.

Thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers Part 1
Thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers Part 2

Two posts for the price of one – from the blog of Lynn Thomas, a couple of her own reflections from the book.  Every time I read posts like this and, indeed, just stories of the First Nations realities past and present, I feel so cheated in my own education.  We never learned about this.  Regular readers know that I shared a couple posts of my own earlier this past week.

This book was also the focus of a voicEd book studio this summer.  Shows are archived here…

and a Facebook group has been organized to facilitate discussion.

I’m sure that Lynn would appreciate reading your thoughts via comment to her post if you’ve read and been impacted by the book.

What exactly is WIIFM?

I didn’t know.

So, I read this post from Melanie Lefebrve to find out.  It’s part of a project from the Ontario Extend group.

Project – “Brainstorm a list of WIIFM from a student perspective.”

Once you determine just what WIIFM means – it’s nothing bad – it all falls into place.  I like how Melanie used a graphic organizer to share her thoughts about the Past, Present, and Future.

I can’t help but think that this activity would be a great one for all teachers to engage in.  At the same time, have students create their own.

Is there a disconnect?

Write to Give (Kenya, Africa)….was so much more!

This is a wonderful post from Joe Archer about a project that gave back so much.


It started as a project with admirable goals.


Click though and enjoy and see just how those goals were met – and exceeded.


Normally, I read stories about Artificial Intelligence and my eyes kind of glaze over with the promises and threats for the future from AI.  I know the reality that my car’s navigation system has a great distance to go before I give in to it entirely.

I found this post from Jane Mitchinson oddly engaging.  What if you didn’t forget things or only partially remembered them?  What if everything was retained in precise detail in your mind courtesy of Artificial Intelligence?

From personal experience, I know that I have “selective memory” whatever that means.  I’ve long forgotten some things and have absolutely no desire to ever remember them.  I also have memories that I’ve enhanced so that they’re better in my mind than they were in real life.  I’m OK with that and, in fact, I cherish these memories.

Jane makes reference to a MyLifeBits project and all of this is just more than a bit scary.  I can’t be alone; my memory retains and perfects some memories and loses others.  I think that it makes things better.  I’m not sure that I want to remember everything in precise detail.

I know for sure that I don’t want people to remember all their bad experiences with me.  I’d prefer to live with the thought that they’ve forgotten about them.

I like what I remember.  Especially the time I bench pressed 600 pounds.

Sense of Number versus Number sense

No sooner did the announcement that this post from Jonathan So would be on the show did I get a private message from Aviva Dunsiger that we had already talked about it on her show.  Wow, not only does someone read this blog but she keeps score!

Here’s the show where Aviva engaged in the discussion.

Yes, we did talk about it and it was an interesting discussion.  But, I thought that it would be interesting to have the author have some of his own words about it.  With any luck, it would head in a new direction.

I thought that we had a great discussion and you can hear all about it in Jonathan’s words here.

Cultural Divide

I’m really enjoying reading the blog posts from Ann Marie Luce in her adventure as an administrator in another country.

This post is no exception.

I think we all have micro-cultural experiences all the time.  Whether it’s a new collection of students, a move from elementary school to secondary school or vice versa, from teaching at an inner city school to a very rural one or moving to teaching at a college or university.  Quite honestly, I think that education with all its varieties makes it such an interesting profession.

But, these “divides” pale in comparison to going to a completely different country with its own norms and expectations.  I think you’ll be very interested in her take on this.

Don’t Tweet the Keynote – A Reflection

Lisa Cranston tagged me in the announcement of her recent post.   I was ready to respond in a fury of anger except that I remembered that I couldn’t reply to her blog for some reason.  It must be the misspelling in the title.

I think we’ve probably all been to concerts where there are warnings not to record the performers.  It’s their property and they want to protect it, I guess.  And yet, bootlegs often end up on YouTube.

Does this translate to an education conference well when we’re talking about making connections, sharing our learning, etc.?  I would definitely say “No” and, as I replied to Lisa on Twitter, if I was hiring the speaker, I’d say “no thanks” and look for someone else.

I can’t believe that someone delivering an important message would overlook the power of Social Media to amplify that message.

In the post, Lisa shares some of the reasons why she does so.  You can’t argue with any of them and I’ll bet any educator can add to the list.  Why don’t you head over to Lisa’s post and do just that?

What a collection of great blogs posts.  I hope that you can take a few moments and click through and read them in their entirety.

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