This Week in Ontario Edublogs


Crickets!

That’s the big sign for me that summer is coming to an end. Around here, they’re doing their thing 24/7.

It’s Thursday morning as I write this and considerably cooler so all the windows and patio doors are open. And, the crickets are chirping in harmony.

Read on for some great posts from Ontario Edubloggers.


L is for Light

Lynn Thomas was a special guest host on This Week in Ontario Edublogs on voicEd Radio this week. We had a great discussion with her and then dug into this post from her.

As regular readers know, Lynn is working her way through the alphabet on her blog and is up to L. She saw that as light and took a shine to the various phases of an educator’s day.

As you read it, I’m sure that you’ll empathize with just how long an educator’s day can be.

The thing about daylight made me smile as a former football coach. When you start football season, daylight isn’t an issue. But, towards the end of the season, you’re playing under the lights.


A Guy Walks into a Bar

This post from The Beast was a very difficult one to include. It’s a hard post to read with a sharing about privilege that will make you stop and think. It’s even harder to read when you do recognize and admit to your own privilege.

I recognize my own and it’s all the clearer when you go through inspection before boarding a flight. I almost felt relief when I was pulled aside and patted down going through security in Phoenix. I looked over my shoulder and saw the “area of concern” which was in my hip pocket. It was my new wallet that has RFID protection and that messed with the scanning device.

Back to the post, I think that you can’t help but feel empathy as part of this discussion that indeed takes place in a bar. If you’re like me, reading the post once doesn’t do it justice.

I wonder if educators are more sensitive to things as we’re paid to observe and to try and level the playing field.

Nothing, and I mean nothing works people up into their defense mode like a big ol’ chat about their place in the world and how hard they had to work for it so therefore they do not have privilege but rather they have earned everything that has ever happened to them


Further Reflections after Faith in the System Podcast

For all the blogging that I’ve done, I don’t know that I could write something as eye opening and candidly honest as Diana Maliszewski does in this post.

It was a personal reflection after having appeared on the voicEd radio show “Faith in the System”. In the podcast, Diana opens up and shares her thoughts about her own faith and devotion to her religion. The post also includes photos of younger Diana which I’d never seen before.

I’ve known Diana for a number of years and I know many things about her professionally. I was astounded by the number of things that she said that she wish she’d said on the show.

  • Teacher Librarian integrating technology
  • her teaching schedule
  • maker culture vs maker movement
  • Minecraft
  • her children

I don’t know that I’ve ever had a conversation with her that didn’t include one or more of these topics. I can’t believe that she didn’t mention them on the show.

But, what she did focus on is included in this rather lengthy post and I now know far more about the life of Diana than I did before reading it.


TMB Withdrawal

I’ve been waiting to read about and see the pictures from the Climb for Kids. Heather Swail and Paul McGuire participated in and it was Heather that was first to the gate with the images.

This post is more than just a collection of pictures from the climb through the Alps which I kind of expected.

Instead, she shares the story of long days, steep climbs, comradery, and a bonding with not only the mountain and the climb but with those she was climbing with.

Her descriptions that go along with the pictures are rich.

Sharp, powerful joints of rock piercing the sky, massive white-gray glaciers glaring in the sun, velvet-green descents from sky to valley, stitched by rock. I miss the sound of cowbells from far-off and nearby meadows, ascending through trails in the forest with mountain larches caressing your face.

It’s a post that will make you tired just by reading it.


Using Technology to Drive Language Skills and Create Meaningful Learning Opportunities

From the Fair Chance Learning blog, a guest post from Kurtis Hartnell about an experience dealing with Minecraft in a Grade 3 setting. The setting was designed for students in a French Immersion classroom.

That was the wrinkle with this post.

There are many posts that talk of the virtues of collaboration and the amazing things that kids can do with Minecraft. They don’t really catch my attention any more because they are, well, about Minecraft.

That’s not the case here. The students were building Francoville and the post showed the typical engagement that comes from using Minecraft. Then, there’s the lesson for educators. As Kurtis observed, the students not only were immersed in the environments that they were creating, they were immersed in French as the language of conversation. The experience became more than just doing something cool with Minecraft. I was blown away by that notion.

And, there was a loaner 3D printer involved which is always interesting (I can watch them for hours) lent by HP and Fair Chance Learning.

There are also some interesting high resolution pictures of the classroom and kids using the technology. That’s always of interest to me.


How To Self Engineer A Learning Community?

I can still remember when social networking was young. Those that got there first described learning communities as something that was akin to magic. You just needed a Twitter account and miracles happened.

Well, maybe for them. I somehow missed out on the magic part.

I found that, for the long run and durability, for me it was a lot of work. It had promises of being something powerful on one day and turned out to be a massive waste of time the next. For me, I was truly building the ladder as I was climbing it.

I read Rola Tibshirani’s summary and thoughts about a year with students and their journey with great interest. It’s not a short post and the mixed media makes it a bit of a challenge to read. But, it’s worth the effort.

I like the collection of student observations; they add to the message that Rola is delivering. Not only can you see their thoughts working globally, but you get a sense of what it means to them locally.

I’d recommend this post to anyone who is considering working with kids and this social media thing. You’ll find out that it’s far more than just magic happening. It’s hard work, meaningful, and works best when it’s purposeful.


Reckless Abandon!

I had coffee recently with a friend who worked in the IT Department when I was in the Program Department. He had been going through his archives and found a sound file that he had created just for me. He knew that I was a big Law and Order fan, we were using FirstClass for an email system at that time and so he crafted this file as my notification sound.

Now, at the time, the neighbour in the office next to me was Nancy Drew. I always had music playing when I was working; that’s how I work best. My choice of country music wasn’t her favourite and so I did my best to keep it low but every email notification seemed so much louder. Anyway, he got me thinking about my friend Nancy. We’re friends on Facebook and I had read that she had started a blog. Cool! That’s right up my alley.

When I visited it, she has chosen to marry two things she’s quite passionate about – knitting and literacy.

So far, there are a couple of posts about her knitting and a promise of books to come. Let’s give her some blog lovin’ and drop by to read her thoughts and see what she’s making. She claims to be self-taught.


Please take the time to click through and read these posts in their entirety. I think you’ll enjoy what you see.

Then, follow these folks on Twitter.

  • @THOMLYNN101
  • @theBeastEDU
  • @MzMollyTL
  • @FCLEdu
  • @hbswail
  • @rolat

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs


If you’re looking for some good reading, you’ve found it – a weekly roundup of some of the blog posts from Ontario Educators.


Mindless cuts to education puts our future at risk

Charles Pascal tagged me in this op-ed piece he wrote for the Wellington Times. He had me hooked at the first paragraph…

A growing number of Ontarians are being hurt—and our shared future placed at risk—by the moment by moment uninformed decision-making by the current government at Queen’s Park. Led by an unthinking premier and enabled by a spineless cabinet, we are in the midst of a very damaging period in our political history.

Charles’ passion for society and education come through loudly and clearly as he challenges many of the assumptions that the current government has made as it has been making the cuts that we seem to hear more and more about each day.

There is an important message that shouldn’t go unnoticed in all of this. It’s easy to see the impact of cuts on students in the classroom but Charles points out that a child’s life is more than just going to school. Cuts can have the impact at many other points.

Set aside some time to read and understand the important message he’s crafted in this article – and then pass it along to colleagues and friends.


Student Infographics

Who doesn’t like a good infographic? Using pictures and numbers, you can enhance any message or concept you want. We see them all over the place.

John Allan argues that they fit nicely into the ESL classroom in this post on the TESL Ontario blog. He identifies…

  • Critical thinking
  • Planning
  • Designing
  • Optimizing
  • Researching

as being seen in any well crafted infographic.

Who can argue with the case for any activity that incorporates this?

Think of any infographic that you’ve ever seen and I’m sure that you can easily identify these components. It’s really not a very big leap to designing a student activity.

And, John has you covered in the balance of the post with details and links to external resources to help the cause.

Language, mathematics, communications, impact, … what’s not to like?


It’s “time”

A title like that doesn’t tell you much about the content so I had to read the balance of Sean Monteith’s post to find out.

In education, time is such a precious commodity. When you think about it, it’s the one common element that everyone deals with whether it’s time allotted to a quiz, time spent on a bus, time to be spent on various subjects, time to do homework, time for sports, time for major projects, or even time to build a new secondary school!

In Keewatin Patricia, Sioux North Secondary School opened

Sean notes that he’s packed 10 years of work into the six years that he’s been at the district. Opening a new school is a pretty deal.

Check out the guest list.

And yet, in one day we will welcome the Minister of Education, the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputies; Grand Chiefs and First Nation Leaders, nationally renowned artists, students, former Directors of Education and retired staff. We will welcome the former Premier of Ontario, and the former Minister of Education as well, and numerous politicians. I am particularly pleased that Tanya Talaga will be joining us; and of course our kids, the entire reason we ask ourselves what is our human obligation, to young people…yes, they will be there too

What an amazing group to have join the celebration!


Why Caring Adults Matter: An Ode To My Alma Mater

Stephen Hurley and I discussed this post from Martina Fasano during our radio show earlier this week. Stephen asked me if a particular teacher had stood out in my mind. I immediately thought of Mr. Cook but the moment that his name came out of my mouth, I thought of so many others.

Growing up and living in a small town has its advantages and certain disadvantages. There’s nothing like your parents getting in a lineup at the IGA next to one of your teachers. Or, meeting up with them at Kinsmen or Kinettes. There was no waiting until parent teacher night; feedback was everywhere!

In retrospect, I was lucky to have had the opportunity to be in their classes. I think that’s why I enjoyed Martina’s post so much. The faces and names may have been different but the personalities were much the same. It impacted her.

I could not help but think to myself that if I could be the caring adult for even a handful of students throughout my career, that I would have done a great job of being an educator.

You can’t help but think that sentiment would be a good message delivered at any Faculty of Education.


A Tale That Endures

Martina’s post leads so nicely into this one by Jennifer Aston. There most definitely is a learning environment angle for students but this is mostly about teacher to teacher.

Jennifer had a colleague pass on a collection of books upon her retirement with one provision – Jennifer had to use the books ever year. And she did. I love the way that she worked “admire” into the conversation about the colleague. From that, the respect necessary to follow through on her promise only made it that much easier.

Jennifer has a true passion for the profession; I had a wonderful and colourful conversation with her at EdCampLdn. There’s no question that she honours the profession and is constantly looking for the best resources to use.

More than just using the books, Jennifer passes on a list of ideas for how to use it in her classroom and, consequently, this wisdom is yours just by reading her post. What a wonderful way to pass things along!

Then, there’s the whole soup thing.


Can Kids Understand Equity?

That’s a good question, Aviva.

The question arose from an interaction from a student who was creating a Raptors stadium. (What else these days…are the Blue Jays even playing, what is it … baseball?)

With video, she answers her own question and I agree with her.

I wonder though, is the operative word in her title “equity” or is it “understand”. My feeling is that it’s probably true that kids notice how different students or situations happen at any age.

While they may notice, do they truly understand? I suppose that there comes an age and experience where they do. But, Aviva’s post, sadly has me thinking of those children in cages at the US/Mexico border. I’m sure they recognize the inequity; do they understand it though?


Happy #DLweekTO

I’ve never known Diana Maliszewski to be late with a Monday post but she was with this one!

When you read the post, I guess I have to cut her some slack. What a busy week for me.

In the middle of the post, she shares this Digital Literacy link from the TDSB.

Quite impressive, I must say.

But, back to Diana – how did she celebrate Digital Literacy Week?

  • TDSB Professional Library held its second TDSB Teachers Read event
  • Denise Colby and I had a return engagement on the VoicEd radio show “Mediacy” with Stephen Hurley TDSB Professional Library held its second TDSB Teachers Read event
  • Today (Wednesday, May 29) was the “reunion” for the Media Literacy AQ participants from TDSB. TDSB Professional Library held its second TDSB Teachers Read event
  • Tomorrow (Thursday, May 30) will be the 3rd anniversary of the #tdsbEd chat. I haven’t missed an anniversary celebration yet. TDSB Professional Library held its second TDSB Teachers Read event
  • On Friday, May 31, the seventh annual Red Maple Marketing Campaign will take place at the Malvern branch of the Toronto Public Library TDSB Professional Library held its second TDSB Teachers Read event

Of course, she breaks each of these out in detail well worth your reading. I guess we can cut her some of that slack for missing her Monday deadline.


Please take the time to click through and read each of these wonderful posts. You’ll be glad you did.

Then, make sure you’re following these folks on Twitter.

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It’s time for some Friday morning reading. Check out these great posts from Ontario Edubloggers.


Mathland Actually

I was intrigued to find out just what Jim Cash was going to blog about after reading the title. I expected to find a review of some program that includes Mathland in its title. There are so many that have used this.

The inspiration for Mathland comes from Mindstorms and so it’s a natural that so many software developers might have wanted to make the connection.

This wasn’t the tact that Jim used though. He reminds us that Mathematics can be seen everywhere if you take the time to look. In fact, anytime you see reflection, patterns, provable answers, etc. you’re looking at something that has its base in Mathematics. That’s part of the joy and wonder of it.

In the post, Jim makes connections to Music, Toys, Poetry, Prose, Rap, and Nature. He’s encouraging readers to check in with their view of where Mathematics can be lived and enjoyed. Stephen Hurley and I had a crack at a few during our voicEd radio show. How about you?

I’m sure that Jim would love to hear from you.


Hatching a PLN

There’s so much to take away from this post from Terry Greene. You’ll need to read it a few times to catch it all.

It all started with an opportunity – Terry had 25 minutes at a staff meeting to explain Twitter.

If you’re a good user of Twitter, you know that that’s hardly enough.

Terry elected to create a presentation to get the job done based on the “Create an Adventure” model.

It’s well worth going through. He has five sections.

Pick your own Twitter adventure!

Adjust the Tuning

Those of us that were never principals have no idea about what goes into running a school.

But running a school is more than running things during this school year.

As Sue Bruyns points out, it involves planning for the future. On her radar presently are two big events –

  • Interviewing potential new staff members – I talked to her at EdCampLondon and her school population is exploding
  • Kindergarten open house – parents are dropping off their most precious thing and need to be assured that this is going to go well

The tact that Sue takes is that these aren’t simply “to-do”s for her but “to-experience”s. It’s an interesting spin and her writing puts you right in the middle of her thinking.


What Do You Do On A Perfect Day?

My first reaction to this title from Aviva Dunsiger was “Bottle it”!

In education, such beasts are few and far between – if you get to experience them at all!

In Aviva’s case, she picks up her camera and takes movies of the activities that are happening.

It’s great to see students who are motivated and self-directed. Of course, in teacher talk, this happened…

We spent a lot of time standing back and watching play. We commented to each other on what we saw, and recorded the students and the use of the space.

Let’s be truthful though. It’s April/May and the whole scenario didn’t happen overnight. It’s the result of 80% of the school year kicking in, students understanding what they do, resources being made freely available and kid-accessible and a desire to do what they’re doing.

I would suggest this is more about great teaching than dumb luck.


Happy 40th Anniversary AML!

I internally remarked that ECOO (Educational Computing Organization of Ontario) is in its 40th year as well. Is this a coincidence?

Diana Maliszewski is on the board of AML this year and so got a chance to celebrate with colleagues. 40 years is such a remarkable milestone. My congratulations.

So, why is this important? Haven’t we “done” media literacy?

Think back 40 years – if you can. Think of how the world has changed.

One of the big events in 1979 was the partial nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

We didn’t have 24 hour news channels then. I can’t even remember how I heard about it. Probably it was the 6pm news or in a newspaper the next day. How would that be reported today?

  • there would be all kinds of helicopters flying over the unit giving us up close, high-definition pictures
  • we’d have varying news sources giving
    • a scientific explanation
    • on the site interviews with a resident at a vegetable farm next door
    • thoughts and prayers from politicians
    • reports that some foreign entity had bombed the place
    • replays of coverage showing the actual moment of the problem from any of the hundreds of citizen journalists with web enabled cameras
    • a comparison of the damage with other similar events from the past
  • claims that the reports are all faked
  • and lots of other things

How do we understand and interpret this? History is unfolding in front of our eyes daily. Absolutely, we need to be understanding media literacy. We need the efforts of this group more than ever.


Where am I in the #ExtendmOOC Conversation?

One of the pleasant wins from Terry Greene’s post was the lead to this new Ontario blogger.

Sarah Wendorf is part of the #ExtendOntario group and takes a moment and a blog post to see where she fits into the project. Apparently, she’s the red dot.

This post is a collection of her learning and thinking about being connected. Given the source, my first thought was “Terry packs a lot into a 25 minute presentation…”

Sorry, Terry, but that would just be wrong. But that shouldn’t hold you back from understanding her post.

She really gets it. In the post, Sarah uses the following headings

  • Meet new folks
  • Connecting with existing folks
  • Get new ideas
  • Read other people’s blogs
  • Find inspiration
  • Follow and join hashtags
  • Bounce ideas and suggestions
  • Invite new ideas in
  • Share resources
  • Find new resources
  • Learn new things
  • Join communities
  • Save things I come across
  • Create
  • Give recognition
  • Messaging
  • Events and webinars
  • Sharing photos
  • This GIF

and gives concrete examples of how this applies to her directly.

What stands out to me is that, even if you’re just a little red dot (and aren’t we all), the fact that that little red dot connects to a whole lot more dots can lead to the most powerful learning you can have – if you let it.


Math Links for Week Ending May 3rd, 2019

I like taking a drive by David Petro’s blog for my moment of Mathematics enjoyment. He does another great job this week.

My takeaways …

  • Back pocket questions
  • How I wish I’d taught maths
  • What do you think is the biggest barrier to excelling in math?
  • Math before breakfast

And I just had to steal this.


Why not spend a few moments and drive by these blogs posts and drop off a comment. There’s great inspiration to be had.

My big list of Ontario Edubloggers is available here and those that we’ve chatted about on This Week in Ontario Edublogs on voicEd radio are available here.

Then, follow these great bloggers on Twitter.

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@voicEd #twioe Playlist – Weeks 111-115


The voicEd radio This Week in Ontario Edublogs summary continues with Week 106. This picks up on January 25, 2019.

Week 111

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-january-23

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-343/

Featured posts by:   Amanda Potts, David Carruthers, Sean Monteith, Michelle Fenn, TJ Hoogsteen, Laura Wheeler, Noa Daniel


Week 112

voicEd Radio Show:  No show this week but this would have been the intro video – hung on until the following week

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-344/

Featured posts by:  Tina Zita, Jay Dubois, Jim Cash, TheBeastEDU, Joel McLean, Paul McGuire, Jennifer Casa-Todd


Week 113

voicEd Radio Show: Part of the voicEd Radio Marathon – https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-radiothon-february-2019

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-345/

Featured posts by:  Ramona Meharg, Anne Shillolo, Lisa Floyd, Derek Tangredi, David Petro, Deborah McCallum, Arianna Lambert


Week 114

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-february-13

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-346/

Featured posts by:  Beth Lyons, Stuart Shanker, Fleming LDS, Matthew Morris, Alanna King, Joanne Babalis, Lisa Cranston


Week 115

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/ths-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-february-20

twioe Blog Post: https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-347/

Featured posts by:  Matthew Morris, Jessica O’Reilly, Shelly Vohra, Sue Dunlop, Noa Daniel, Diana Maliszewski, James Skidmore

@voicEd #twioe Playlist – Weeks 106-110


The voicEd radio This Week in Ontario Edublogs summary continues with Week 106. This picks up on December 20, 2018.

Week 106

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-december-20

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-338/

Featured posts by:   Lisa Cranston, Aviva Dunsiger, Diana Maliszewski, Eva Thompson, Paul McGuire, Peter Cameron, Regan Morris


Week 107

voicEd Radio Show: No show this week – it’s Christmas

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-340/

Featured posts by:  Mark Chubb, Alanna King, Debbie Donsky, Jennifer Aston, Jennifer Casa-Todd, Sue Bruyns, Jen Giffen


Week 108

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-january-2-2019

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-339/

Featured posts by:  Sheila Stewart, Zelia Tavares, Will Gourley, Ramona Meharg, Melanie Lefebvre, Heather Theijsmeijer, Lisa Corbett, John Allan


Week 109

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-january-9

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-341/

Featured posts by:  Diana Maliszewski, John Allan, Noa Daniel, Paul Gauchi, Paul McGuire, Deborah McCallum, Lisa Koster


Week 110

voicEd Radio Show:  http://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-january-16

twioe Blog Post: https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-342/

Featured posts by:  Rob Cannone, Aviva Dunsiger, Ann Marie Luce, Lisa Corbett, John Hoffman, Matthew Morris, Peter Cameron

@voicEd #twioe Playlist – Weeks 101-105


The voicEd radio This Week in Ontario Edublogs summary continues with Week 101. This picks up on November 16, 2018.

Week 101

voicEd Radio Show:  https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-november-14?in=voiced-radio/sets/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson#t=0:00

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-333/

Featured posts by:   Martina Fasano, Mark Renaud, Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Tim King. Lisa Cranston, Diana Maliszewski, Grant Hutchison


Week 102

voicEd Radio Show:  https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-november-21?in=voiced-radio/sets/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-334/

Featured posts by:   Regan Morris, Ann Marie Luce, Debbie Donsky, Heather Swail, Noa Daniel, Melanie Lefebvre, Ramona Meharg


Week 103

voicEd Radio Show:  https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-november-28?in=voiced-radio/sets/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-335/

Featured posts by:   Jennifer Casa-Todd, Jonathan So, Brenda Sherry, Robert Hunking, Matthew Oldridge, James Skidmore, Peter Cameron


Week 104

voicEd Radio Show:  https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-december-5?in=voiced-radio/sets/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-336/

Featured posts by:  The Beast, Helen DeWaard, Deborah McCallum, Peter Skillen,Paul Gauchi, Alanna King, Kyle Pearce


Week 105

voicEd Radio Show:  https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson-december-12?in=voiced-radio/sets/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-with-doug-peterson

twioe Blog Post:  https://dougpete.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-337/

Featured posts by:   Amanda Potts, Rachel Chambers, Lisa Corbett, Lynn Thomas, Stepan Pruchnicky, TDSB Professional Library, ECOO

This Week in Ontario Edublogs


It’s been a challenging week to stay on top of things for me. Much is self-inflicted because I seldom blog and then hit publish. I blog and then schedule the post to appear. It’s part of a personal commitment to myself to be regular.

But, last week, the #TWIOE show didn’t run on voicEd Radio because my partner was attending a conference. So, our show went live on Saturday as part of his anniversary marathon. That show would normally have been broadcast today, in fact, as I type this on Wednesday morning but I see that I’ve been bumped for some other show. I thought that the Saturday show might have been re-run. Anyway, this is the blog post that would have normally followed the Wednesday radio broadcast that was done last Saturday. I hope that I schedule it properly for Friday…


Snow Day Chaos – the Lament is over!

To celebrate the voicED anniversary, we had Ramona Meharg join us as a special guest for the show. It worked out well because this blog post was going to be on the show.

When I first saw the title, I thought “oh no, another blog about snow”. And, I suppose on the surface, it could be interpreted that way. Ramona showed the feeling of students in her class about not having their school year calendar shortened by snow and then finally getting their wish.

But it was right during exam week which dominoed into a number of other things…

  • rescheduled exams
  • cancellation of a bowling outing
  • issues surrounding a teacher retiring at the end of Semester 1 which is now extended
  • issues surrounding teachers changing schools at the end of the Semester
  • insights about how the students in her class have come to rely on their classroom routine and what happens when it’s disrupted

So, the post goes far beyond a decision to cancel buses. Perhaps that’s a reason why they so seldom are?


Online Pre-School

Anne Shillolo reflected on a story that she had read about how Utah was considering an online pre-school alternative for some of its remote students.

How remote can it be?

We once got lost in a huge expanse of desert for about an hour-and-a-half, while attempting to follow an incorrect map leading from a National Monument to the Interstate. It was so hot we couldn’t take the dog out of the truck to pee in the middle of the day because he would burn his feet. The only person we saw while lost was in a grader moving drifts of sand off the gravel road. 

It’s an interesting concept. If you do some research and some reading, you’ll see that there are recommendations about what a child should be able to do before starting school. If the child went to a traditional pre-school, they are typically addressed there. What if the child doesn’t go though?

Online learning doesn’t necessarily mean being stuck in front of a computer screen for hours. It’s also not correspondence education. My first reaction was that it was silly but if you take a look at how online courses have addressed that in Ontario, maybe there’s something in this proposal to help parents ensure success when the child does get to go to school.


Text to Speech and Translation Blocks in Scratch 3.0

I love it when others do the heavy lifting and we can learn from their leadership. This is the case in this post from Lisa Floyd. She shows us some of the new features in Scratch 3.0 and how to get your computer to speak to you, conversationally.

There are standard screen grabs and she’s also created a set of YouTube videos to demonstrate.

But it goes further. In her example, she does English to French translation in addition to just speaking. Don’t stop at French though – I took a look and the following languages are supported – Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.

Doesn’t that open a lot of doors for possibilities? Thanks for learning and sharing, Lisa.


Working with Children in Makerspaces

If you’re anywhere near connected in Ontario Education, you know of Derek Tangredi. He’s been featured on this set of posts more than once. Most recently, he presented at the Bring IT, Together Conference – he was setting up in my room as I was doing my thing and he didn’t kick me too hard when I went over time…

Derek also delivered a fabulous keynote address at last year’s #ECOOcamp Owen Sound.

So, lots of people know about Derek. But, how about Immaculate Namukasa? She a professor at Western University and has quite an impressive teaching load and background experience. (I went down a rabbit hole and chased her back in her educational travels)

The two of them are offering an open house for teachers, parents, students, and anyone else who wants to drop into the London Public Library for an evening of hands on in a real-life Makerspace. What a wonderful community opportunity and check out all the partners in this venture.


Math Links for Week Ending Jan 25th, 2019

If you follow David Petro’s blog, you’ll know that he shares some of the more interesting off-the-wall mathematics links. This week was no different.

But, talk about timely.

The post went out just before the Superbowl and one of the stories that he features was about how National Football League kickers have got better over the years.

Now, I go back a long way and can remember the “straight on” kickers doing their thing at shorter distances. With the advent of the “soccer style” kicker, distances have changed and this is a fabulous read, complete with graphics showing improvement and distances over time.


Make your Feedback more Productive

I love how Deborah McCallum digs deeply into important educational issues. This time, she takes on feedback.

And, I’ll date myself. I go back to the days when I got a test back with the comment

you done good

By today’s standards, it was so wrong.

  • it actually told me nothing
  • I never got a second chance to learn from my error(s) and improve
  • the only ongoing feedback was checking homework every night

You’d never get by doing that in today’s classroom.

There are key understandings that need to be in place first to ensure that our feedback is meaningful and productive. I cannot promise that you will never make mistakes, but I can state with confidence that if you think about the following key ideas, you will become better at providing feedback.

Deborah provides some excellent insights and ideas in this post. It’s definitely worth reading, bookmarking, and sharing with colleagues. I’d also suggest review at a Faculty of Education and during a NTIP program.


The Heart and Art of Teaching and Learning Resource

After ten years of teaching, Arianna Lambert takes a look at some of the things that she has embraced as an educator. Of course, the word “some” is important – we know that we can’t take them all on with a single post.

She hits a lot of good things…

  • blogging
  • connecting with parents
  • blogging provincially to try and reach other teachers
  • the actual Heart and Art Teaching resource
  • mentorship
  • classroom setup

There’s a lot of good information there to make it worth your time to read. You may find parts confirming and you may find parts inspirational. But, you’ll find it all good!


Now, if I can only schedule this to come out Friday morning at 5am!

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