This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Happy first Friday of April. Have you rolled the dice to see what kinds of weather we’ll get today? One thing is predictable – this post! Enjoy. No fooling.

Researcher’s Journal – Coming up with a question

I like to think that this is a big advantage of social media. It happens when people ‘get it’ and share openly expecting a reaction and input from their community. Paul gets it.

Normally, I wouldn’t get excited about History – sorry Paul – but his big question intrigued me.

Developing a National Identity through the teaching of history

I think that’s an admirable target one moment and then, the next moment, I wonder about that identity. In recent times, we’ve come to learn so much about parts of Canada that I certainly didn’t learn going to school.

Locally, we are trying to come to grips with the person who our town is named after.

We’ve dealt with issues like this in Canada before – the naming of Kitchener comes immediately to mind.

So, Paul had me intrigued and yet, his big question might change as he tweeted during the voicEd Radio show.

Digital Citizenship In 2022

I clicked through to Daphne’s post to see if there were some new insights about ‘Digital Citizenship’. After all, I think we all know what that means and we work at it or should work at it regularly. When she went looking to the internet and a couple of her favourite resources, she found lots of stuff. But that’s not what she’s looking for.

She’s looking for citizenship ideas for students in K-12 with iPads in all corners of the room, robots roaming, and the care and feeding of this technology up front. Forget about going online; what does it mean to be on top of things in this primary setting?

When she gave up, she used some old-school traditional messages to create the model for what digital citizenship should mean in her classroom.

She shares her paper and marker creation in the post and it’s worth a look to make sure that you have the same type of community in your classroom and, as Stephen noted during the show, it applies whether you’re using technology or not.

The big message from Daphne’s post is that sometimes it’s easy to skip over those first steps and make assumptions that may or may not be helpful. She’s really thought this through.

AML in Action (PS Retired Folx Are Eveready Rabbits!)

This is a two parter post although the first and second parts are nicely related. The first talks about the current activities that the Association for Media Literacy is involved with. It’s an ambitious list and I give kudos for a subject association doing something so useful anytime but particularly at this time.

  • Offering an AQ Course – AML is actively delivering – others aren’t
  • New Mini-series in Mediacy Podcast – shoutout to Stephen Hurley for providing assistance
  • International Council for Media Literacy IMLRS Conference – Diana and Neil Andersen
  • Advocacy for Media Literacy Updates to the Ontario Curriculum – curriculum dated 2006

Diana notes that it’s not just her doing these things but gives a shout out to some great educators who are ‘retired’.

  • Neil Andersen
  • Carol Arcus
  • Carol Koechlin
  • Anita Brooks-Kirkland
  • Stephen Hurley

I put the retired in quotes because, for so many educators, leaving the paycheque doesn’t necessarily mean leaving the profession. With years of experiences, it’s wonderful to see that they’re providing insights for upcoming teachers.

Oh, and in the post, you’ll see Stephen Hurley wearing a shirt and tie as he receives an award.


I’d have to go way, way back in my mind to see an ECOO event in particular where Martha and Dustin aren’t there working with educators. They’re always there and certainly online pushing the envelop on ideas and concepts that might be old hat to some and brand new to others. We need people like this.

On their company blog, they’ve recently interviewed Dean Vendramin about esports and the club that he has in his school in Regina.

I was riveted to the post because it’s an important concept and not one that’s easily embraced in the curriculum. So, it’s a slide in through the back door! Participants go above and beyond to be part of it.

If you’re in the mood to start a club in your school, there are great ideas here. If you’re looking to make connections, FairChanceLearning and Dean would be good candidates.

Hello World

Computer programmers will understand the context of ‘Hello World’ as it’s traditionally the very first thing that you have a computer do when you are learning a new language. From Anne-Marie, it’s an acknowledgement that she’s been away from her blog for a while.

I can’t help but think that this is a model for all principals – get onto a blogspace and share with the community and whoever else happens by what you’re excited about. Every school is unique and, to parents and students, very special.

There’s a wonderful collection of bullet points in Anne-Marie’s post that give a sense of where her priorities lie.

The biggest excitement is actually buried in a paragraph after the bullet points. She’s excited to see student faces again. What a simple and yet powerful statement.

Now, your school will not be the same as Anne-Marie’s which has a farm but there’s so much happening to be excited and to share, so why not?

And, for those local newspapers and other media outlets that are always looking for great local stories, this could be the kickstart for something really good. Reference to it made this blog afterall!


Writing on the TESLOntario blog, John has an interesting insight on the concept of accessibility. I think most people have a certain audience in mind when they hear the term. John wants you to think bigger.

As I read, I was reminded of a CODE initiative from years ago, “Essential for Some, Good for All”.

Accessibility enhances the web experience for all. John’s going to be leading a couple of webinars on the concept in the future.

In the meantime, there are some things that he addresses here that may well have you thinking differently about how they might be used by all students.

There’s a huge list of suggestions in this post. It’s not an easy and quick read but certainly worth the time.

THE trick to get your students reading

The more books they can be exposed to the better in my opinion.

This is a timely reminder as things return to action in schools that ‘choice’ is such a powerful option for students in their choice of reading materials. It’s a simple concept, I suppose, but it doesn’t hurt to look to see if and how you’re doing it.

Amy covers a lot of that here and also shares an online resource (free) to assist in the process.

There’s a subtle or maybe not so subtle message that she describes and shares a picture of to push the process. It’s a simple concept – a request list for books by students and it’s posted on the wall for all to see. I saw a pretty strong message there that maybe I should be requesting a book if I was in Ms. Bowker’s class!

Another Friday and another great collection of blog posts. Check them out and then follow these folks on Twitter.

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Daphne McMenemy – @McMenemyTweets
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Fair Chance Learning – @FCLEdu
  • Anne-Marie Kee – @AMKeeLCS
  • John Allan – @mrpottz
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker 

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OTR Links 04/01/2022

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.