My thoughts on #bit14

My thoughts on #bit14
November 12, 2014 Comments Off on My thoughts on #bit14

So last week, I was in Niagara Falls for the Bring IT Together conference, put on by the Education Computing Organisation of Ontario (ECOO) and the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO).  I had originally gone to the conference thinking it ... Read More »

A good word

A good word
May 20, 2011 2 Comments »

A teaching friend of mine sent around this letter recently.  It’s written in response to CBC Radio Morning Edition’s Scott Watson’s take on the May 5th walkout.  I don’t know the teacher who wrote it, but I think it bears ... Read More »

New and improved

May 11, 2011 Comments Off on New and improved

So, a little while ago, I posted the first of our student announcement videos.  Following an evaluation, I made some changes, and we’ve done one a week since.  I thought you all might like to see the results. May 3rd ... Read More »

PAATA Convention 2011 Keynote

March 21, 2011 2 Comments »

So, last year, I posted a fairly scathing critique of the keynote speaker, Farley Flex, largely because as a non-educator, he didn’t have a ton to say to teachers.  Obviously, someone at the convention committee was listening, because this year, ... Read More »

Learning & the Brain post-conference

February 19, 2011 Comments Off on Learning & the Brain post-conference

So, the conference is over, but there are a couple of session for which you could pay extra to attend.  We picked one on actual classroom skills that we thought would be good.  We were wrong… Teaching and Learning 21st ... Read More »

Learning & the Brain conference: Day Two Keynotes

February 18, 2011 Comments Off on Learning & the Brain conference: Day Two Keynotes

So this morning was a little chillier here, but I caught a glimpse at the mercury back home, and all of a sudden, 11C and rain doesn’t seem so bad…  Anyway, here are my notes from this morning’s keynotes.  All ... Read More »

Learning & the Brain pre-conference

February 16, 2011 Comments Off on Learning & the Brain pre-conference

So I’m here in sunny San Francisco at the Learning & The Brain conference titled “iGeneration: How the Digital Age is Altering Student Brains, Learning & Teaching.”  Heady stuff!  We started today with a pre-conference, divided between a morning session ... Read More »

Separation of church and school

February 14, 2011 1 Comment »

This is what happens when you let fundamentalists dictate curriculum.  When last we visited this subject, it was Christian conservatives yanking their kids from evolution in science class and, while I generally dislike “slippery-slope” arguments (not the least because it’s ... Read More »

Process vs. product

May 17, 2010 1 Comment »

I’ve come to realise the underpinnings of a fundamental disagreement with the direction of education in my school and the province.  At heart, I’m a product-orientated person.  I don’t care how you do something as long as it gets done ... Read More »


January 24, 2009 Comments Off on DIY PD

I’m no expert when it comes to educational technology.  I’ll be first in line to admit that.  However, I do have an interest in technology (evident to anyone who’s ever talked to me for more than 7.5 minutes), and that ... Read More »

Help me, Obi-PLN Kenobi – you’re my only hope

December 17, 2008 2 Comments »

I don’t have a huge PLN – I’m not an edtech, and I don’t go to all the conferences.  But I know that some of the people I read and respond to are and do.  It’s those people to whom ... Read More »

Great idea!

August 29, 2008 Comments Off on Great idea!

Mark Pullen over at The Elementary Educator has pulled together a Student Bill of Rights that he says is in response to many teachers’ beginning of the year laying-down-of-the-law.  It’s a great idea that has some excellent social studies tie-ins: ... Read More »