Welcome to my insanity!

I'm back in the classroom again and teaching English for the first time in more than a year.  I took a senior essentials English class mainly because few people want to teach it (teachers like to teach people like themselves), and it fit my schedule.  Essentials English is just as…

Digital Tribalism

Are we watching digital vandals sacking what's left of Rome? It can begin with something as ephemeral as truth, and quickly turn into a guerrilla war. Wikileaks only speaks the truth, and the digital tribes believe it's absolute. The words spoken and footage shown isn't the truth, it's too concrete,…

Special Education

Near the end of my teacher's college program, Nipissing put on an assistive learning tools workshop. We were all duly wowed by the latest version of Dragonspeak, the latest in PDAs and how they could be used in learning, and a surprising array of speech, numeracy, literacy and subject specific…

The New Efficiency

This African proverb passed me on the internet last week, and left me thinking. Originally published on Dusty World in June of 2015: https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-new-efficiency.html Last semester I had an energetic grade 9 suddenly stop his interaction with the internet and wonder out loud (and it was asked in all seriousness):…

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…

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…

Digital House of Mirrors

The digital house of mirrors we all live in.It's early days, ECOO isn't until next October, and I'm reticent to say what I'm going to present on months ahead of time.  The digital learning landscape can change quite significantly in eight months.My previous ECOO presentations have followed an interesting arc, from…

Wanted Word: DIGERACY

http://www.ncte.org/governance/literacies@banana29 just came back from the OLA super conference (where she presented this).  Thousands of librarians from all across Ontario (and Canada) came together for a huddle.  They are pretty keen technologists and aren't remotely Luddite, but one of their issues was using the word LITERACY to describe a lack of familiarity…

Final OISE Blog

The final blog entry from my OISE computer engineering program: Name and describe the school, board and ministry standards you must follow. Our school and board follow Ministry standards and our collective agreement based upon it.  One of the challenges we have is in following changing standards.  One of those specific problems…