This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s the second Friday after the Bring IT, Together Conference.  That seems funny to say but remember that the conference this year went from Tuesday to Thursday.  So, it would have been premature to expect Ontario Edubloggers to have something ready to go last Friday.  But, this Friday is a bit different.  I’ve cobbled together some of what I’ve found along with a couple of other posts.

See them below.

Why Caring Adults Matter: An Ode To My Alma Mater

I can’t help but think that this is a blog post that everyone should be able and happy to write about their old high school.  Maybe not right away.  I can recall, along with my friends, that we were really ready to “blow this pop stand” at the end of our Grade 13 year.  We wanted out of the town to go to university, college, or just the world of work.

Martina Fasano takes a fond remembrance of her school, a Catholic Girls’ School in this post.


It was a walk about that inspired this and more (including what sounds like a fabulous science teacher) that makes for great reading.

And, it’s a bit sad because I can’t do the same thing with my old secondary school…some of the rooms and learning spaces that I fondly remember have been repurposed.

But how cool is it to have the chance to think back to a simpler time?


Mark Renaud shows us how to handle a conference when you’re a principal.  You don’t send your staff to the conference; you take them.


So, upon their return, it won’t be just one person sharing their experience – it will be a team approach.  You’ve just got to believe that you’re going to get more bang for your buck that way.

You can see Mark’s agenda in the body of the post.  I should have asked him if I’d got any better since we were in the same classroom more years ago than either of us would confess to.

To Bring “IT” Together 2018 – with Love, Zoe

Heading into the Bring IT, Together Conference, I got a message from Zoe Branigan-Pipe that mentioned that she was worried that she might not be able to attend the conference and would have to forfeit on her accepted presentation.

Fortunately, she was able to make attendance happen and it was great to see her again.

Zoe’s reflection takes on the same sort of format as the Orca Movie and she noted “love” at every turn throughout the conference.  It actually just might bring a tear to your eye too.

Zoe gives a nice shout out to many of her supporters from over the years; it’s humbling to be on the list.

I just want everyone to know that I didn’t get a jar of Scorpion Pepper Hot Sauce.

ECOO BIT18: Reductionism and Ignorance in Educational Technology

I had Tim King’s post tucked away for this version of This Week in Ontario Edublogs but had so many things that I wanted to talk about and wrote a full blog post devoted to it earlier this week.

His message still resonates with me.

Even in the beginning of my career as a Computer Science teacher, and I think I was pretty devoted to the profession, there were always comments about how the subject was superfluous to the important things like English, Mathematics, etc.

I don’t know why that attitude still exists in some quarters these days.  Technology has proven that it’s here to stay and there are people like me who maintain touch with students who have done very well and of course we attribute it to having been in our classrooms.  Technology has shown that, with its use, we’re able to do things that were previously impossible.

Yet, Tim did pick up on the attitude that some of it was “toys” and “distractions”.  How do we get beyond this attitude?  I wonder if Tim has reached out to the people that delivered that message to share his feelings.

BIT2018 Conference Reflections

It was awesome to hear that Lisa Cranston was going to the conference.  In our previous work life, it’s not the sort of conference that I would have ever seen her at.  Not only did she show up, but she led a session, and she blogged about it!

I guess there might be a genuine apprehension of walking into a building full of stereotypes!

I was really pleased that she walked away with the right impression.  People are concerned and are truly talking about pedagogy and effective practice.  (and some of the latest and greatest of tools too)

This past week I was able to attend two days of the Bringing IT Together 2018 (#bit18) conference in Niagara Falls.  It was two days of pushing myself out of my comfort zone and, back home and reflecting on the experience, I’m so glad I went.

There was no time in this post devoted to self-regulation to get her through things!

Knowing Lisa as I do, leading a Learning Conversation would be the best choice for her and she chose wisely.

ECOO Conference Reflections from #BIT18

I was tired after the three day conference.  I got home and was tired for a couple of days until I caught.  But, a couple of long sleeping nights and I was refreshed.

Then, I read Diana Maliszewski’s blog post and I’m tired again.

She was Minds on Media-ing, attending sessions, and horse heading.

And, the sessions that she attended got the royal treatment in her descriptions and summary.

I was happy that I was able to introduce her to Liz from my old board.

Read her post – she got value for every penny she spent to get there.

CS K-12 Big Picture – Local (Ontario) and Global views

Grant Hutchison was also at the Bring IT, Together Conference and the message from the keynote was not lost on this Computer Science teacher.

On a final note the Bring IT Together conference opening keynote by Dave Cormier was excllent. At one point he explained that there is a digital skills gap in North America with more computing jobs available than qualified candidates. This should not be the reason to bring coding into K-12 classrooms.

That’s bang on.

Yet, how many times do we hear speakers and would-be futurists tell us that we need to start teaching students to code in Grade 3 because there are so many unfilled jobs in Canada at the present time?

Grant and a group of educators are going to meet to write a position paper for the Ministry of Education talking about what Computer Science in K-12 might look like in a perfect implementation in the province.

I look forward to seeing what falls from this.

And, I’m sorry that our paths didn’t cross.

Great reads above!

Please take some time to click through and read these wonderful blog posts.  There’s great stuff there.

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OTR Links 11/16/2018

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