This Week in Ontario Edublogs

I just flew in from Niagara Falls, and boy my arms are tired!

It was another great three days of Professional Learning and connections at the Bring IT, Together Conference.  It was a wonderful chance to get caught up with friends and to make new ones.

I’ll Definitely Miss You, #BIT18!

Except for Aviva Dunsiger.  Aviva wasn’t able to make it to the conference this year.  That’s the point of this post.

She does give us a number of reasons why she couldn’t go and there’s no questioning her reasons; her professionalism shines through with the explanations.  You wouldn’t be able to challenge any of them.

It’s a typical Aviva post – lots of black, blue, and purple.

Unfortunately, it would have been a great conference for her to attend…she was the recipient of a very special award – she was one of the two educators recognized with the Making It Happen award.

Congratulations, Aviva!

The Changing Role of an Educator

I didn’t know what to expect when Paul McGuire led with a title like this.

He started out with kind of a sad story about the tail end of a career in education and being challenged for his efficacy.  But, for some people, that can be the reality.  We all have the best of times and the not so best of times.

But the tone turns to a happier opportunity that he now has.

Rather than heading off to a school for work, he gets the opportunity to spend time with his mother.  There’s a great picture of her with a refreshment in hand.

Educators take on many different roles over the course of their professional careers; Paul has added one more to his set of skills.

The Wrong Tool for the Job

I can totally identify with the handyman descriptor that Terry Greens talks about in this post.  My most valuable tool is certainly a hammer.  In fact, I think I have three of them out in the garage.

And, vice grips.  They are the best and have a million uses.

That’s really not the point of his post though.

This is.

I wouldn’t know why I don’t think certain tools are the right answer without having experienced them first. I guess what I’m saying is, get in there and experience tools, try them out. Be hard on the equipment. It’s okay if you bend or break some stuff on your way. But try to recognize when you might be trying to fix a leak in your roof with a 2×4.

I had to think about this in terms of an electronic tool…

To me, the right tool and the wrong tool are in the same category.  In these connected times, it’s got to be the browser.  It’s interesting that it can be both.

As I look on this computer, I have Firefox, Opera, Opera Next, Chrome, Safari, Vivaldi, and Cliqz installed.  In my mind, I’m still in search of that perfect browser, that perfect tool.  The wrong tool?  It’s the browser that doesn’t give the complete experience.  So, my right and wrong tool depends on the task.  Sort of like when the vice grips spin instead of holding on tightly.

I like Terry’s idea that you need to connect with others before you make a big commitment of time.  It does beg the question – who do you trust?  Who do you not trust?

How would you answer Terry?

Final Thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers

Lynn Thomas has written a couple of posts about her thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers and finishes off the series with this one.

It’s appropriate since many Ontario people were involved with the voicEd Radio online book club and certainly so many others have read the book in other contexts.

As it would happen, at the Bring IT, Together Conference, Stephen Hurley had those in attendance in his session do an activity with a partner and mine talked about her learning in choosing library resources dealing with First Nations.  Her description of the process was almost exactly what Lynn includes in this post.


Free Digital Books and Online Reading for FSL

If you’re an FSL teacher who is challenged for laying your hands on the best resources, you’re going to love this one from Larissa Aradj.

They’re free and they’re online.

Consequently, they just might fill that gap in resources for you.


Post It Notes go universal

Man, does time fly.

I remember years ago actually buying a digital version of Post-it Notes from the folks who created the physical notes.  My wife is a big fan of those coloured pieces of paper even today.

Had I waited, I could have saved some money by reading this review from Cal Armstrong.

Cal offers a walk through of their StickyNotes software, now at version 3.0.

More that just dropping notes on your screen like my original software, this incorporates all kinds of interesting features for the modern Windows 10 operating system.

Check out all the ideas that Cal provides as StickyNotes reaches out to other applications on your computer.  He describes a well integrated concept.

Make infographics with Zanifesto

Just when you think infographics are dead … Jen Giffin introduces us to Zanifesto.

I’ll be honest; I hadn’t heard about it so this post was my inspiration to give it a shot.

I completely agree with her vision as to where it might fit in education.


Your assignment — click through on each of those links and check out these wonderful posts.

You might want to also follow these folks on Twitter.

One thought on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs

  1. Thanks again, Doug! You always manage to connect so many of us through Twitter and on this blog. Now I’m off to go and do a little professional reading. I always appreciate the Friday morning recommendations!



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