doug — off the record

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About Doug

Doug Peterson is a former president of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, an organization where he served as President in 2017/18 and the Bring IT, Together Conference Co-Chair in 2013 and 2014.  He has served numerous times on the conference committee and has been a frequent presenter.

In his educational past, he has been a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor, teaching the Computer Science teachable course. He has taught Data Processing, Computer Science, Accounting, General Business Studies, and Mathematics at the secondary school level and was the Director of Business Education at Sandwich Secondary School in Lasalle, Ontario.  He also was a Computers in Education Program Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board and before that, the Essex County Board of Education.  The job entailed doing workshops for just about anything in the K-12 curriculum. In the middle of all this, he managed the Information Technology Department for the Greater Essex County District School Board for a time. For a number of years, he was a member of the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC).

Doug does have a love for professional learning.  You’ll find him online reading, learning, and sharing what he does on Twitter. 

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Doug also has a passion for supporting Ontario educators and regularly highlights Active Ontario Educators on Friday mornings and their blogging efforts with a Wednesday show on voicEd Radio and a Friday “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” post at

Doug has presented at and been involved in the organization of a number of conferences with the Computer Science Teachers’ Association, Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, Western Regional Computer Advisory Committee’s Symposium, Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, International Society for Technology in Education, and with school districts throughout Ontario.  Perhaps less formally but nonetheless just as important, he’s been involved in a number of regional EdCamps.

Doug’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Ontario Ministry of Education qualifications were in Data Processing, Computer Science, Accounting, and Mathematics.

His personal website can be found at  Most of his digital footprint can be found at

Like most bloggers, I like to have an image on my landing page.  The current image is from the tip at Point Pelee where west and east water meets.

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WordPress uses an icon for creators at various locations throughout the blog.  If you look at the image, you’ll see an artist signature in the bottom right.  At the 2015 Bring IT, Together conference, I was sitting next to Colleen Rose in a workshop.  Colleen sketched me working hard on task and then gave me the image afterwards!  (That’s me on my iPad)  I was surprised that she did this and am proud to showcase it here on the blog.

The content of this blog is generated by whatever strikes my fancy at any given point. It might be computers, education, weather, politics, or something else. I experiment and comment a lot on things so don’t take anything here too seriously; I might change my mind a day later but what you read is my thought and opinion at the time I wrote it.

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