EdCamp Waterloo

My second EdCamp in the past six months, I guess I'm hooked.  EdCamp Waterloo Region was, like EdCamp Toronto, a chance to break the mold on how PD is done to us.I volunteered before hand to do a first round session mainly because, after seeing the nerves and reticence at EdCampTO, I…

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…

Does Applied Mean Easy?

Today I was told that my grade nine classes are too difficult and I should make them less so.  I'd never heard this before and this one time it was mentioned in passing while on another topic of conversation so I was kind of stunned by the comment.  Seeing as…

2019-20: Persistence and Possibility

I stand on the cusp of another year teaching computer technology and I have to say I'm looking forward to it in spite of the various nonsense surrounding Ontario education these days.  I have a particularly strong crop of seniors and I'm hoping to exceed the lofty heights we've previously…

A word about educational how-to videos

In the tragically depopulated videos suggesting how personalized assessment is to be done, cheerful teachers in half empty, quiet, ordered classrooms dealing with compliant, earnest, hard working children one on one, take a great deal of time reviewing their work in meaningful, specific ways. This is something I often see…

A Slippery Slope

Fortunately, the ark didn't have to worry about any of those pesky fictional icebergs... Over the past couple of days the concept of professionalism seems to keep popping up, usually after it's been lit on fire.  It began when someone posted a quote on Facebook based on a Twitter storm.…

what’s in your digital toolbox?

Originally published on Dusty World, March, 2014.     This week we're off to the On The Rise elearning Ontario conference in Mississauga. I'm presenting Tuesday on how to avoid the pitfalls of a single online learning environment by building a diverse online digital learning ecosystem.     I'm aiming…