Thin Ice

I came from the relative security and certainty of teaching English onto the thin ice of an optional subject area.  Now it's an optional subject area that I think is vital to student success in the 21st Century, but it's optional none-the-less.Why did I spend north of four grand to…

Framing Mathematics

We had a numeracy PD day a few weeks ago.  This filled me with trepidation having barely survived high school mathematics.  It began with a warning about how we frame mathematics: Fair enough.  Evidently I'm not the only one who treats mathematics with caution, but I can see the point about…

They Know Not What They Do

Yesterday the Waterloo Region District School Board didn't cancel school due to inclement weather.  The response they got on Twitter was, to say the least, shocking.  That students don't understand how the internet works is apparent in how they present themselves online.  Some of their comments not only reflected their…

Is Simple Better?

Once again Twitter teacher chat raises some interesting educational technology questions.  Chromebooks or ipads?  Louise's question had me asking questions about the question.  Why have we come to a place where we're asking which incomplete but branded and popular technology should we buy for schools?  Google and Apple have spent…

Dancing In The Clouds

This guy really seems to know what he's talking about: http://ugdsbpd.blogspot.ca/2013/11/working-cloud-with-mobile-edtech.html   Working The Cloud With Mobile Edtech I got a couple of android tablets for the department... $99 each at Factory Direct!  You could pick up a class set of twenty-four of these for about $2500, or about the cost…

ASD Heroes and Where To Find Them

Seeing a neuro-atypical hero who resembles yourself is jarring.Seeing one that defies toxic masculine stereotypes is thrilling, bad probably for business.  People prefer reductive stereotypes. Throughout my life I've been kindly described by friends and family as 'marching to the beat of a different drummer'. In less supportive circumstances I've…

Free Range Computing

Originally published on Dusty World in October of 2013: I'd initially gone into teaching computer technology with pi in the sky (sic) daydreams of students working entirely on open source hardware and software that they have assembled and coded themselves, free from the evil influences of corporations.  After attending ECOO…

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…
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