The Value of Losing

Originally published October, 2013 on Dusty World. I'm currently teaching two grade nine classes of introduction to computers and coaching the senior boys soccer team.  In both situations I'm trying to understand and develop their response to failure.  This is something we're singularly bad at in education.  Instead of developing…

Motorcycle Media

I've been perusing the youtubes for motorcycle related videos and came across a couple of humdingers.  The first is BLAZER, a short (16mins) motorcycle mood piece based on a quote from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  If you've got the patience for it, Blazer builds from a joyous…

ECOO 2013 Cometh

Last year I was getting primed for ECOO 2012 by constructing a process for transitioning from school provided, generic educational technology to a bring-your-own-device learning situation.  The idea was to assist this evolution toward personalized technology following some sort of pedagogical imperative rather than what appears to be a financially…

Learning Goals & Success Criteria

Learning Goals & Success Criteria This past week we had a department heads visioning day.  One of the focuses (from the Ministry through the Board) was a concerted focus on clearly articulating learning goals and success criteria.  This goal/criteria approach has a lot of traction in current educational thinking.  Clearly…

Ergo-Cycle

http://cycle-ergo.com/Looking at a better fit of bike (at 6"3' I'm a bit of a giant on the '07 Ninja 650r), I came across Cycle-Ergo, an online simulator that shows you the shape of any number of bikes and how your frame sits on it.  This is an interesting exercise even…

#edtech I.T. Management

Welcome to 2010, kindof...We're back in school again and it's been a bit of a #edtech mess.  Over the summer our board upgraded to Windows 7 (so now we're only one iteration behind the most current operating system).  In the process the entire network was rejigged to fit this new…