The New Literacy

I recently became the head of Computer & Information Technology at my high school.  To many this might cause confusion, not many schools appear to have a head of digital technology.  When recently asked to join up with the other two heads of Comp/Info tech in our region I discovered…

Bleeding Edges

Originally  posted on Dusty World in 2014... One of the reasons I've always enjoyed computers is because I tackle them like an engineering problem to be solved.  I'm less interested in using them as an appliance than I am as an experimental tool.  My interest in machines generally leans this way:…

Refresh 2

@banana29 got me thinking about the computer refresh going on at her school last week.  We're in the same  process at my school.In my case I'm the head of computers and trying to focus on keeping as many computers as possible in student hands. We waste a lot of machines…

BYOD: Build Your Own Device

Proof of mastery: you build your own tools.Perhaps we can work this Jedi logic into education?  Want to make use of educational technology?  Unless you've built it yourself you don't get free access, you haven't demonstrated competence!  Access to technology based on demonstrated understanding rather than the net income of…

I’m a Sponge

One of my strengths as a teacher is my overdeveloped sense of empathy.  It's also why I'm often exhausted at the end of a day.  The recent state of affairs in Ontario education has gotten to the point where I have to time my exposure to this negativity as it…

Decompartmentalizing

I know teachers get edgy when considering business theory for use in the classroom, but gamestorming in class seems like a sure thing. The problem with it is the breaking down of conventions around learning. We structure our classes on this stuff. Would a good gamestorm be acceptable in English…
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