Secondary Like We Mean It

We're getting squeezed for sections this year because bankers and multi-nationals wanted to play silly buggers with the world economy.  Watching my school cut English sections down to the bone is making me question the validity of requiring mandatory English throughout high school.Academic English is very university focused with the…

Digital Footprint 2.0

SOURCESThe source(s) of this post (and a good example of the richness of thinking you can get out of an online PLN):@MzMollyTL's Digital Footprint discussion from ECOO last year that stirred up the new teachers in my AQ.@melaniemcbride's comment on the sweatshop mentality of the always on teacher:https://twitter.com/melaniemcbride/status/230841214180683779@dougpete's blog on edublogging:http://dougpete.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-27/...which…

Learned Helplessness

Reading often creates strange resonances.  Most recently the latest edition of WIRED struck a chord with Paul Theroux's 1975 classic, The Great Railway Bazaar.  What could a travel book from the seventies have to do with a Twenty-first Century technology magazine? Theroux was on a train trip across Asia.  In…

Failing Forward

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.  - C.S. Lewis Four years ago I decided to show what we know in the information technology focused computer engineering course I teach at Centre Wellington DHS.  The Skills Canada I.T. and Networking Administration contest seemed…

Part 1: Magical Technologists

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke I'm reading Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near, and in the opening he compares computer programs to Harry Potter's magical spells.  It seemed spurious when I read it, but now I'm wondering how it looks from other eyes. I'm the…

Tao of Teaching

Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching The best education is the one no one notices, the people are free to go about the business of realizing their potential.   The next best is the education that is loved, though this distracts people from realizing their potential in favour of…