This Week in Ontario Edublogs

It’s been a strange week.  Stephen Hurley was on assignment on Wednesday so we didn’t have a chance to do our radio show.  But, the blog goes on!

Check out these terrific posts from Ontario Edubloggers.


Evaluating e-learning

From Deborah Weston, a summary from her perspective about the proposed eLearning required for graduation from seconday schools.

She lists the following:

  • Use of technology
  • Access to devises (sic)
  • Access to internet
  • Lack of research to support e-learning efficacy
  • Inequity for at risk, low-income, and racialized students
  • Lower on-time high school graduation rates
  • Challenges with instructional quality and sustaining qualified teachers
  • Linking the research to the real world

and includes research to support all of the above.

eLearning was off and on part of my portfolio at one time and I would argue against each and everyone of these points.  We had good success rates and were able to provide courses to those students who wouldn’t have been able to get it otherwise at their home school.

There is a big difference.  In our situation, students were individually counselled by their guidance councillors and eLearning was a solution when nothing else worked.  Students were followed by the school to make sure they didn’t fall behind and the courses were taught by a qualified secondary school teacher.  It was designed with pedagogy and logistics in mind.  It also wasn’t seen as a solution for everyone.  In fact, there was a page “Is eLearning for you?” on the website with a checklist for students to use.

The currently proposed system in the province goes much further than this, requiring all students to take courses for graduation.  All of this planning is done without teacher input, at this time.  As Deborah notes, it’s based on a business model, not an education model.


5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet – YouTube

From the STAO blog and just in time for maybe all the rain to stop?

I swear that I’m one of these magnets.


National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21

Just in time for today is this quick post from the Toronto District School Board Professional Library blog.

Do you know where, in Canada, it’s a statuatory holiday?

Click through for the answer and some additional trivia for today.

Thanks for including this link to the Government of Canada web resource for the day.


Introduction to Unlearning June 23 – August 17.

This is not a new concept to me.  I’ve heard speakers and supervisors indicate for years that the key to moving ahead is to unlearn what I’ve learned and dump that baggage so that I can move ahead.  It’s not as easy as one might think.

Rebecca Chambers is offering a course to help you with the process.


Long-Range Plans

Arianna Lambert was inspired to write this post from an experience that she had by visiting a colleague’s classroom.

Over the years, it’s a concept that I’ve had offered to me and I took advantage of a few times.  I think that it’s pretty pretentious to think that you know everything and can’t benefit from the skills of someone else.  Once I embraced the concept of Peer Coaching, it made even more sense.  I never once regretted taking advantage of the opportunity.

What if in addition to of outlining the curriculum, which I still think is important to know where you’re going within the guidelines set forth for us; the plans also included the specific skills (or the hidden curriculum) we wanted to develop with students?

Arianna notes that we are approaching the end of the school year and that it might be a bit odd to be thinking of this.

Or not?  Read her thoughts and see if they make sense to you.


#RememberingLeanne

The voicEd Radio team lost one of its members recently.  Leanne Hanson was 45.  Cancer has no respect for age or distance.

Ramona Meharg writes this touching post about her connections with Leanne through Twitter and as a member of the voicEd Radio team.

The power of connections comes through strongly in this post…

We talked about meeting irl one day.  It would have been great to do that.  I would have loved to see her home and meet her family in Queensland.  I can imagine there would have been a big welcoming hug.  There would have been jokes and laughter and likely a fair bit of whiskey.  But an irl meeting wasn’t really necessary to us.  We were able to connect digitally as if we were in the same room

Leanne was a big contributor to the education community and Ramona puts together a collection of her work for you to visit.


A little of this, a little of that

I’m moving from room 10 to room 16 for next year.

Big deal.  It’s just down the hall.

 All my stuff needs to be packed up and moved before the Last Day of School.  The building will be under construction and I can’t go in after that until nearly the First Day of School.

OK, now it gets serious!

Anyone who has ever moved in education, whether it be just down the hall or to a new school can sympathize with Lisa Corbett.  We all have those great artifacts that we’ve accumulated over the years, even if it’s only for that one class.  Even if you’re not teaching that course again next year, you just might in a couple of years so you’d better hang on to it.

I have to smile when I think of an entire school suffering Lisa’s dilemma.  It’s a board office conspiracy.  But, think of the learning before you call that “Got Junk” company!

Lisa offers some suggestions to make it easier for the future.  The big question will be – will she remember them?  Blogging about it is one good way to start the process!


Please take some time to click through and enjoy these posts courtesy of Ontario Edubloggers.

And, follow these great educators on Twitter.

  • @dr_weston_PhD
  • @staoapso
  • @ProfLibraryTDSB
  • @MrsRChambers
  • @MsALambert
  • @RamonaMeharg
  • @LisaCorbett0261

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3 thoughts on “This Week in Ontario Edublogs”

  1. Missed the show this week! Have some concerns about eLearning from a Spec Ed stand point, and I’m worried about students who will struggle with this plan that is all about saving money and cares little about student needs. Also read Lisa’s blog….moving is not fun, especially on such a tight timeline. I’m off to check out those other blogs. Have a great weekend, Doug!

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