This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It’s another Friday and an opportunity for me to celebrate some of the wonderful pieces shared by Ontario Educators recently.


3 Ways I’ve Used Google Apps to Help my School Run a Bit Smoother

As I mentioned in my post last week, the Google Apps community is great for sharing the good things that they’re doing with Google products.  In this example, Jason To talks about using the technology to streamline things at his school.

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Jason calls the examples “modest” but I would think that anytime you put together something that makes even the most routine tasks easier is worth it.  I’m sure that his list will continue to grow.


 

Reading and Writing Google Style

Speaking of Google…I feel awkward using the Google voice search for things.  The only time I feel comfortable is when I’m alone.  When I’m with others, people pause to look and wonder what I’m doing talking into a box.  So much for privacy.  Read Aviva Dunsiger’s post to see how students in her class are making out with this and see some of their observations.

The world panicked when the talk was about about dropping cursive.  What’s next?  Keyboarding?

I realized that most of the iPads and our two ChromeBooks have a microphone option. I showed the students how to use this option. My one minute lesson was all it took!


Physical phenomena for quadratic relations

Brandon Grasley is looking for real, physical examples of quadratic functions…

One of his examples appears below…

I’m intrigued by one of the other examples that he’s given in this post and he’s looking for ideas.

Hey, how about some experimentation with Hot Wheels?  The only downside I can envision is hate notes from the Driver’s Education instructor.


Reporting from the heart!

I don’t think there are too many teachers that enjoy report card time.  It’s a very work intensive time and I know that so many just labour over them like they’re creating a work of art.  Afterwards though, it’s relaxation time and then the cynical question “Do they even read these?”  There are even suggestion in some camps to ban them completely and just do interviews with parents.  But this is education.  We love paper.

There’s this mentality that they’re just read and discarded – a moment in time, if you will.

Sue Bruyns’ post about report cards takes a different look at them.

I found it interesting as to how they remain permanent artifacts in her parents’ place.

It’s just too bad that they take so long to create.


iGeneration – 21st Century Education

Tom D’Amico is a Superintendent with OCSB who really gets it.  This is link is a wonderful example of another way to share your learning other than the traditional blog.  If you follow Tom on Twitter (@TDOttawa), you’ll find references to great resources, not to just one or two focussed things every now and again.  Tom appears to have an open mind and is collecting resources in three ScoopIt! areas.

This morning was a perfect example of why you need to get connected.  This time, it potentially saved money.

Tom had shared a link to News-O-Matic which I then reshared so that it would get bookmarked and perhaps be a resource for others.  I got a reply about a $20 price.  To that, the News-O-Matic Twitter account had a response.

It’s a great lead.  Thanks, Tom.


An interview with Doug Peterson

Last weekend, I had conducted one of my online interviews with Sylvia Duckworth.    She jumped in and did a nice response to my questions and showed the power of our Ontario network by giving credit to others.  As soon as she was done though, she asked to interview me.  What could I say?  Paybacks are a ….

So, I did my best to answer her questions.  It was actually fun to be on the receiving end for once.  I know that, when you’re asking the questions, you feel like a bit of a stalker at times trying to do your research and pose questions that you’ve always wanted to ask and to appeal to the readership.

In my interview, I was selfish and really wanted the scoop about how to do Sketchnotes.  Sylvia claims that it doesn’t exist so I guess Lisa Noble and I will have to wait until we corner Sylvia and get her to teach us!

In the meantime, enjoy this Sketchnote that Sylvia created from some of the other interviews that I had conducted.

 

My compliments to those who continue to share their learning so openly online.  Please visit the blog posts above and check out the entire Ontario Edublog collection here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


I’m not even going to mention the weather.  Let’s just get to some of the great stuff from the blogs of Ontario Educators this past week.


Hacking the OneNote Classroom Notebook

Hacking the OneNote Class Notebook Part II

In Ontario, there are essentially two choices that schools have made as they look to move to the cloud.  By far and away, the biggest is the Google Apps for Education crowd.  There’s a dynamic community of folks who are constantly sharing articles, projects, videos, tutorials, etc.  They have their summits and communities which promote their learnings and implementation.  When I open my Zite reader, the Google Apps category is just full of stories and ideas.  On the other hand, when I open the Office 365 category, it’s just a steady stream of calls for help because people can’t get this or that to work.

So, it was really refreshing to see what Cal Armstrong is sharing.  A while back, he shared how he documents student projects on his Surface and even talked about the work of students on snowy days!  In these recent posts, Cal shares a couple of the “hacks” that he uses to end up with a solution for student portfolios.

His tutorials are complete with screen captures to take you through the process.  Like all good things, it’s great to see this done by an Ontario Educator and used in the Ontario context.  If your district uses Office 365, Cal’s blog is a great place to follow.  It would be nice to see others sharing their learning online too.  There’s a link at the end of the post to add your blog.


Activity 8-When You Can’t Be 2 Places at Once

I think this is genius.  I wish that this ability was around when I had my computer science classroom.  When an Occasional Teacher is assigned for your coverage, they don’t necessary have the understandings that you, as classroom teacher, have.  Even if they do, they’re hopping on a train in motion and it’s difficult to keep the momentum.  Occasional Teachers have one of the toughest jobs in education!

Myria Mallette solved the problem for her replacement by writing a book!

If there ever was a testimony for making your resources electronic so that they can be repurposed, this may well be it!

She had digital materials and turned them into a book for her teacher and students using Google Book Creator.  What a terrific idea.  I immediately thought of other uses for this technique like shaking things up in the classroom every now and again or to provide the lesson for a student who missed the class or to use as review or to show parents that technology is used effectively in the classroom or to impress your superintendent during a performance review or to collaborate with another teacher addressing the same content or ….

This just in…

As I’m proofreading this blog post, a Twitter message just arrived from Myria.  She’s got a new post “Activity 9: First Hand-How #Coding Helped Me #csk8 #oncsed


Reminder…Practice what you Preach!

I worked with a person once who was “blogging’s biggest advocate” for teachers and students.  Asked about blogging, all the good reasons could be recited – sharing, growth, literacy…  When I asked to see her blog, the answer was surprising…”Well, I don’t actually blog myself”.

She, and other people like that, need to read Nicole Beuckelare’s post.

The last line is worth repeating “it’s hard to motivate others when you don’t practice what you preach!

Then, a quick visit to Donna Fry’s “Where is your blog?” provides much motivation as to the why and how.

I’ve got nothing more to add.  This says it all.


Coding and Math

This may be your inspirational read for the day.  There has been lots said recently about coding in the classroom.  Many people participated in the Hour of Code and put in their 60 minutes.  Hopefully, they realize that it’s not done at that point.

Jonathon So is incredibly visible about the experience in his classroom.  From getting started, to sharing projects, to refining/remixing, to reflection on the experience, it’s all in this blog post.

If you read his reflection carefully, you’ll notice that he’s not talking about learning the programming language (Scratch) but he’s talking about how the student dug deeper in to the subject content.  In this case, he’s talking about mathematics.

It doesn’t get much better than this.


Using Brainpop, iPads, and Padlet to learn about the Water Cycle

I’ve been a fan of Padlet since it was Wallwisher.  It’s a terrific collaboration space and, if you can work a sticky note, you can use Padlet.  Over its life, it has become accessible on so many platforms.

In this blog post, Kristeen Wideen talks about how her class used the technology on their iPads as part of their exploration about the Water Cycle.  Padlet turns out to be a great organizer for this activity.

As you read the post, take a step back from the use of technology and look at all of the components in the lesson.  It starts with reading a story, watching a video, and takes off from there.  The whole experience is a great example of how you bring in technology where it’s appropriate and how you use the other tools in your arsenal when they are more appropriate.


In case you missed it….

Digital Footprint by Sylvia

I’m always in awe of how artists see the world and do what they do.  It’s so far removed from my skillset that it isn’t funny.  I’ve tried to create my own Sketchnotes but, quite frankly, they’re pathetic.

Not so with Sylvia Duckworth.  Her latest creation uses resources from down under as inspiration.

In the post, I track back to find where she got her inspiration and found some additional resources.


What a wonderful bunch of reading this week.  Thanks so much for those who continue to help the online community read and constantly learn.  Please check out all of the posts at the links provided and the complete list of Ontario Edubloggers here.  If you’re an Ontario educational blogger yourself, there’s a link there to add yourself.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


In a conversation with Sheila Stewart yesterday, she asked what Valentine’s theme I was going to have in TWIOE.  I went along with it although I had no idea what she was talking about.  As I started this post, I figured I’d better take a look back at last year.  I guess I did make a reference to it.  This year?  I’ve got nothing.  But, there were some good reads to share, none the less.


Moving Beyond the Elements and Principles in #ArtsEd
What are you doing this weekend?  I may poke around with Zeega. I’d never heard about this until I read Colleen Rose’s post about it.  She’s always doing really interesting things in the arts and I was hooked when she said “These visual remixes allow the user to form new meaning by appropriating material that is free to play with.

Thanks, Colleen.


Learning From Today

In a regular year, visiting southern Ontario from the north is probably a warmup experience.  Well, maybe this year I’m told that it’s still warmer here in the south but you can’t deny brutal.  Aviva Dunsiger and her students had some northern Ontario visitors and, of course, she blogged about the experience.  I never minded visitors – in fact my door was always open and people would come in periodically and watch.  I do recall a visit from a superintendent my first year of teaching.  She was in the school for other reasons and I guess figured she’d knock off one of my observation requirements with a surprise visit.  You’d never get away with that these days.  She dropped in and it was life as usual.  A group of students on the computers, another group working on a problem in the classroom, another group doodling on the chalkboard, and I still remember her comment.  “I’ll come back sometime when you’re teaching”.  Be still my heart.

Anyway, Aviva shares her experience and reflects on her classroom technology practice.  It’s a nice read with her observations.  I also enjoyed the comments to the post and added my own.

What a wonderful story and opportunity for your students, Aviva. There’s a hidden message there that I think needs to be spelled out. Many time classroom visitors get to come and see a special lesson. The students are like fish out of water and you can really tell that it’s contrived. Your blog post and Richard’s comment reinforce to me that everything there was natural and part of their daily routine. I think that’s important to note and it’s this success that others should strive to achieve. Congratulations.


Serendipity: The next chapter of my story

Serendipity is sort of like the weather.  We all experience it but do nothing about it.  Joanne Marie Babalis takes it on and shares a really intriguing story of how serendipity changed her teaching practice, involving teacher-librarianship.  And, the post certainly ranks as one of the most colourful ones that I’ve enjoyed.  There are pictures of her serendipity everywhere!

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AirDropping Files in the Classroom

File David Carruther’s post under a solution to a problem.  I’ve heard people complain and give up because the wireless connection isn’t strong enough or consistent enough to use OneDrive or Google Drive in the classroom and have just given up.  David provides another solution – use the AirDrop feature and explains how it works.

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To me, this is one of the great things about social media and sharing.  Rather than give up, look for alternatives and then share the best of them.  I’ll bet that this solution would be helpful to so many.  (There may be people who don’t even know that they have the problem!)


The always controversial “RT”

Earlier this week, I had been inspired by Tom Whitby’s post and responded with one of my own. 

I think some people would be happier if there was a rulebook about how to use social media.  Well, there isn’t, so we’re making the rules as we go.  Sheila Stewart took issue with the use of the RT.

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As I was walking the dog this morning, enjoying the cold blast from Thunder Bay, I was thinking about her post and tried to equate it to real face-to-face life.  Picture three people at Tim Hortons.  Person 1 talks to Person 2 and Person 3 and says “I really liked what Person 2 says”.  Person 2 turns to Person 1 and Person 3 and says “Did you hear that? Person 1 really likes what I say.  Let me repeat it for you.”.  Picture yourself responding as that Person 1 or Person 3.  I can’t imagine it working in real life.  Why do we expect it to work in our digital lives?  What does work though is to use the moment to extend the conversation.


Pondering Professional Learning

I hate it when I miss a good discussion and I missed this one about professional learning.

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Diana Maliszewski recounts a rather long discussion about professional learning and its impact on her.  The content is great and it sounds like she’s taking an AQ course that she’s happy with.

But, I think that the bigger issue is that she’s writing about it, interacting online, crediting a learning network, demonstrating growth in her profession, and an ongoing commitment to getting better.  All at the price of free.  That’s the bigger message being delivered here.  Are those who do creditation watching?


Grade 9 Learning Looks Like This!

And now for something completely different!  I sure don’t remember my Grade 9 being anything like this.  It’s an end of class reflection in Julie Balen’s class.

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Flip your way through the embedded Google Slides document to see some summaries of growth mindset and learning.  I like it!


Again, another spectacular week of blogging, sharing, and professional growth from Ontario Educators.  Check out these posts and all the great sharing from Ontario Educators at this Livebinder.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It’s time for my weekly walk around the province to see what Ontario Edubloggers are thinking about.  Keep on reading for some good stuff.


Blogging Beginnings

I got a referral to this blog from Jen Aston the other day.  Dawn Teffler has seen the light and is taking the leap into blogging.  It looks like the focus of her blog will be around the evolution of a traditional library to a contemporary Learning Commons.  The good thing about this is that there will be lots of helpers should they know about this journey.  If you’re a teacher-librarian yourself, hop on over and share some of your thoughts with Dawn.

I know that a school can be simply thought of as a four walled structure.  But we all know that it’s what goes on in side that makes a building a school.  I find it fascinating when I see pictures of people’s learning spaces.  No two are the same and there’s always something to be learned – “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  In this initial post, Dawn has provided a look inside for us to enjoy.

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Whether you’re currently a blogger or not, please drop by and lend some support for her blogging efforts so that we can enjoy even more writing.

Thanks, Jen.


Thank you Eastwood Community: A Letter

As you read this, James Cowper is enjoying his last day at the principal of Eastwood Public School. 

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James uses this post as a final message to the Eastwood community.  On Monday, he takes his enthusiasm to Kingsville.  Best wishes to him with the move.


Standards Based Grading GAMIFIED With Badges

Readers of this blog will know that I’m a fan of the concept of badges in education. 

There are thoughts all over the spectrum about the value and implementation.  There are some, quite frankly, dumb implementations.  You know that you’re on the right track when you think carefully before you leap.

In this blog post, Kyle Pearce does some heavy duty thinking about the concept and acknowledges the leadership from Jon Orr and Alice Keeler.  It’s a long post but deep in thought.

In the best interest of sharing, Kyle has created his own Google Document to illustrate his thinking in this matter.  Even the spreadsheet isn’t a quick read but certainly worth the time if you’re interested.

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That science project photo

Who doesn’t hate science projects?  I suppose people without kids?

Sheila Stewart makes interesting points about science projects and her involvement and asks the question “Does it have to be this way?”

Is this a conspiracy with bristol board manufacturers?

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I don’t have too many fond memories.  I enjoyed actually doing the projects but found that you’d spend about as much time again trying to make your project stand out and then the judges gave it a quick once over.  The whole process didn’t seem to make a great deal of sense so the question “Does it have to be this way?” really is a million dollar question.


Preservice Teacher Leadership In Action

Teacher candidates at Brock University recently had a great experience.  Camille Rutherford blogs about the day but doesn’t focus on the Technology showcase.  In this case, she focuses on the opportunity for the candidates to show off their leadership skills to an audience filled with members from outside the faculty.  What a great experience!

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As you would expect, it was self-documenting with a Twitter feed and a collections of images displayed in a Google Slides presentation.  The interactive whiteboard is prominently featured but if you look carefully, it wasn’t the only piece of technology.


Thanks once again for all of the Ontario Edubloggers for writing and sharing their thoughts.  You can check out the complete list here and add yourself if you’re blogging and not already in the list.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Here’s a bit of the best that I read from Ontario Edubloggers this past week.

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

This is the sort of post that you need to bookmark and, when the going gets tough, you pull it out and read it.  Rusul Alrubail penned this post for Edutopia and I can’t think of a better description for why teachers teach.  Could there be no better reading assignment for a Faculty of Education student?

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This is a required share with your staff.


Contribute to Big Ideas in Education

Calling all authors … Deborah McCallum would like to give you the opportunity to post to her blog, provided you haven’t posted your content elsewhere.

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She lists a number of “Hot Topics” that would appeal to her and her readers.  I had to smile that GAFE is on the list but your submission must be in Microsoft Word format.

I think this is a great idea and would probably be of benefit for people who have something to say and don’t have their own blog to say it.  Even if you wanted to say something and would like to blog it on your new blog, it takes a while to get readership.  Deborah has that readership already.


Thinking of Moderating a Twitter Chat?

If you’ve ever wanted to host a Twitter chat, or were just curious as to what happens behind the scenes, it’s a good read.  You may never participate in a Twitter chat the same way again.  I know that I have a renewed appreciation for those who assume the leadership that it takes to make one happen after reading the post.

This Blog has been co-authored by Dawn Telfer and myself:

We have been co-moderating #fslchat – a chat for Core French and French Immersion teachers for just under a year.  We have learned a lot about leadership and running a chat and we wanted to share some of what we have learned (often through mistakes).

It’s always great to learn from those who have the experience.


#10GoodThings

Reflection is always a good thing.  In this post, Jon Orr celebrates 10 good things that happened to him in 2014.  In the dead of winter with semester 1 ending, EQAO on the horizon, and sun setting tonight at 5:36, it’s a nice activity.

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I’ll bet everyone can come up with 10 good things (or more) that will help you through this time of the school year.


Staples School Tools – An Easy Fundraising Solution

Money for classroom supplies is always in great shortage.  Amy Bowker, in a sponsored post, talks about how she’s using a Staples promotion to customise packages for student purchase.  There is an opportunity for you to win a $50 gift card.

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Rescued from R

This is another post that should be read and enjoyed by all.  All children need advocates and Diana Maliszewski describes a wonderful example from her school.  While it will be reflected in a better report card grade, it’s not the sort of this that would be explained to the parents.  I think that it’s just a great example of the magic that happens all the time and doesn’t get the recognition.

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I’ll bet that we all have our own success stories that just don’t get shared in this way.


Thanks everyone for sharing such great thoughts.

Please click through and read the entire posts or all of the Ontario Edubloggers here.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


There certainly wasn’t a shortage of great blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers this week.  In fact, it was kind of difficult to narrow the list down to the few that I talk about here.  So, the list is a little longer than normal – although it could be even longer…

Here goes…


They’re Like Metronomes

I’ve heard students compared to a number of things before…this is the first time that I’ve heard them compared to metronomes.  David Fife makes an interesting observation that includes his father as musician and the speed and pace of student learning.

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There was some research released this week talking about learning styles – David doesn’t address this – he talks about speed.  It’s a compelling analogy.


What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

One of the ongoing arguments that you can be drawn into revolves around what office suite of software we should be “training” students to use.  It’s a debate that I would prefer to stay away from because I think the answer should be “all of them” and “none of them”.  Unless you’re addressing a need for an experiential learning placement or dealing with a Grade 12 student whose pathway is the world of work, it’s pretty much a futile experience.  The tools that we have today will have evolved so much by the time students leave education.  In fact, I’ve been using Lyx which focuses on WYSIWYM (What you see is what you mean) as opposed to WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get).  In other words, focus on the end product and don’t get involved with the formatting as you’re creating.

So, Kristi Kerry Bishop takes a really good look at education and asks an incredibly important question…

Educators often naturally teach the way they have been taught. I wonder what the teachers in 20 years will focus on for their students. How will it differ from the way we teach now?

I think an interesting activity would be to create a chart with three columns.

SOMETHING I’M TEACHING I HOLD SACRED    WHY IS IT SACRED?   WHAT COULD I DO INSTEAD?

Focusing on what you could be doing instead would serve students better, and in preparation for their future, not your past.


And so it begins … our new inquiry.

I can’t think of a single post from Heidi Siwak that doesn’t make me stop and thing.  Her insights and plans are just gold and her thinking shared.

This time, she’s sharing some planning thoughts around “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global inquiry”.  She mentions that it’s part of the West Cluster (Hamilton is a geographic puzzle to me…)  and the focus on these skills.

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Tech Death

Who hasn’t experienced Jan Robertson’s pain?

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Having been on the upgrade path many times myself, I can sympathise.

What’s amazing is how much more productive you can be with new gear and how you can find uses for the old stuff.  I have an old Pentium computer just to my left that now holds up my DataShield and the power supply for this laptop.  As I look, I wonder if it might actually boot?


January 9th

I bookmarked this activity for no other reason than it’s a great example of taking something current in the news and turning it into a great teaching moment.  I think we all read the articles about cities banning tobogganing because of lawsuits.  It brought me smiles because of the silly things I’ve done in the past in the winter.  Demolition Derbies on sleds; licking bicycle bars to see if you’ll really be stuck there; …

This is a great activity that starts with….

1. Discuss with a friend some of your memories of tobogganing. Do you enjoy this activity? Why or why not? Do you think this is a dangerous activity?

and then starts digging!

Make sure you visit this blog post to see the rest of the lesson.


 New Tech for tracking assessments

My connection with Brian Aspinall has led me to meeting a number of other educators with the Lambton Kent District School Board.  They can be very insightful and James Hewett is one of them.  He’s a pretty regular blogger and I think this post was an interesting tangent after messing about with edmettle.

James shares some of the techniques that can be used for keeping track of assessments.

In the post, there are three recommendations to check out.

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And, of course, if you know me, I’m excited that two of them are Canadian startups. I think this is very important so that there’s a chance that there’s a focus on Ontario Curriculum Expectations and a Canadian spell checker.

More to add to my to-do list.


This is My Story

And, of course, I can’t ignore Aviva Dunsiger’s contribution to Vicky Loras’ “What’s Your Story” meme.  When I wrote my own, Vicky and I went back and forth and I bet her that Aviva would have commented on mine by 5:06am.  (You do know I schedule my posts for 5am, right?)  Well, it turns out that it was 5:11 for her comment so I lost that bet.  But, I also told Vicky that it wouldn’t take much to get Aviva to share HER story.

She did in this post.  It could have been about many things but she chose to talk about her parking skills.

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On Twitter, she’s had lots of advice like valet parking or those little markers you stick in the ground.  What’s next?  Public transit?


Thanks to all those who shared their thinking.  Please check out their blog posts and all of the Ontario Edubloggers.  There’s always great reading to be had.

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


I hope that everyone is staying warm.  You wouldn’t know it if you watched the Toronto News – they sometimes report temperatures as far west as London so, around here, you have to watch Detroit news in the morning to get the updates. As, I write this, our temperatures are the coldest in Southwestern Ontario. I make no restrictions here – I love reading blog posts from all over the province.  Here’s some of what I caught recently.


gamification continues

Adele Stanfield posted a reply to my post earlier this week about using Badges in her classroom.  She confesses that it wasn’t a complete success for a number of reasons.  Kudos though for giving it a shot.

Perhaps this should be filed under “your mileage may vary”?

Back off the link and read her entire blog post for some interesting insights.  I always find it interesting to read opinions and thoughts that run counter to what I’m thinking.  It always helps to focus on the target.

Like most things, I suspect that it might be exciting in the beginning and then the excitement wanes over time.  Does it need to be in place for a substantial period of time to become “the way we do things” as opposed to “trying this out”?  Lots to think about here.


Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions From Going in One Year and Out the Other

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  I probably did a few years ago and, like most people, forgot or gave up shortly into a new year because life and reality gets in the road.  I think it needs to be part of your life instead of a promise to yourself to do something different.  As I sit at the keyboard here, I can’t help but think about the number of people who make resolutions to blog regularly, get off to a good start, and then don’t follow through.

Resolutions require time and a change of mindset.  If you can’t come to grips with either of these concepts, a resolution isn’t worth the memory to hold it.  Donna Fry offers some ideas about how to make them succeed for you.

I did smile a bit about podcasting and brushing teeth…


The 4-Part Math Lesson

Only Kyle Pearce could take a 3-part math lesson and make it into four parts.  He makes reference to the Ministry of Education’s support for John Van De Walle’s work and identifies an additional component that he sees as necessary.

He makes a good argument and I can see his point.

I think the bigger picture item here is not necessarily debating the 3-part versus 4-part question but to admire a teaching professional who doesn’t just template a message that he heard but, instead, is doing some deep thinking about his own profession.

Almost anybody can be a parrot.

While you’re at Kyle’s site reading this post, if you fancy yourself as a leader in educational technology, complete the form to have your profile added to his collection.


5 Reasons You Should Try Edmettle – Teach Your Students Grit

This just in….literally.

As I write this post, I received a notification that Brian Aspinall had written a post of his own about edmettle.

I had written a review of this new resource earlier this week.

It was interesting to read his post to see if I got his software right.  I think I did pretty well.

It was a little disappointing to see some of the comments about edmettle that came from people who a) aren’t Ontario teachers or b) hadn’t tried the software likening it to another popular product on the market.  edmettle targets the areas of feedback, parent participation, report card generation, and a whole bunch of other things.  I think people focussed on the technical aspect as opposed to the advantages of actually using the software would be.  If you were in that camp, create yourself an account and kick the tires yourself.  And, like all of Brian’s creations, don’t overlook the fact that he doesn’t require student email accounts and you know exactly who is the keeper of your data.


2015: 365 Pivotal Quotes

One of my favourite stops of the day used to be at Paul Cornies’ Quoteflections blog.  Notice that I said “used”.  Sometimes, I get busy and miss out.  Then, when I realize this, I go back and read to catch up.  I don’t find that as satisfying so I’ve changed my routine and subscribe to his posts by email so that I enjoy them daily.

There are a couple of new things on his blog – first, he’s taking a different approach to his posting and secondly, he’s posted over 4 500 quotes to his blog.  He’s taken to publishing them in a book.  You can find out how to order by visiting the link above.


This has been another week of terrific reading.  Thanks so much to those who continue to write and share.  Please check out their blog posts at the links above and then head over to the Ontario Edublogger collection.  Add yourself if you’re an Ontario blogger and would like to be listed.