Digital Serfs

This topic has come up before, but I've been rehashing it in my mind over the past day or two after having a twitter-talk with @innovativeedu.She posted a blog on using Facebook in class. Before last semester, I would probably have read it, nodded, and moved on.Last semester I found…

The Centre Cannot Hold

I stumbled across this interesting article on curiosity and the neuroscience associated with  it: "Encourage students to chase their own interests, cultivate curiosity.  It fires up brains and makes them better at remembering new information.  It also engages students in the best possible way." "When we’re hungry for answers, our…

Answer Enright’s Questions!

Michael Enright is interviewing 4 "new" teachers on Sunday Edition today (though I'm not sure a year 7 teacher qualifies as new).  Here are the questions he asked these bright and shiny teachers from across Canada.  Once he settled them in, the discussion got real! Being an interrogative, tarnished, unpicked teacher,…

Own Your Digital Self

William Gibson (@greatdismal himself) on our changing mindscape: At the last Educational Computing Conference in Ontario, there were a lot of presentations on digital footprints.  In every case, a few, older Luddites were struggling against a perceived loss of privacy while everyone else was being (as @greatdismal says above so well) 'benignly…

Pennsylvanian Autumn Colours

I've been thinking about an Appalachian ride, but didn't get around to it this year.  So here is a nice travel idea for an end of year ride before the snows fall... Saturday, October 20:  Ride from Elora to Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport, Pennsylvania (~350kms) Sunday, October 21:  Cross Fork/Snow…

CyberTitan Nationals Reflections

I just got back from the Canadian National cyber-security finals in Fredericton, NB. This was the first national championships in cybersec and it piggy backs on the the US/worldwide cyber-security contest called Cyberpatriot. Canada, and especially Ontario, is late to this party, but there is still time to catch up.…

The Future of Tech IS Education!

TECH ENHANCEMENT: 2029THE OPERATING SYSTEMAn open source, education focused OS based on Linux, LinED was used around the world and developed continuously by legions of users.  You couldn't access the school internet without installing LinED.  Students installed it as a second OS on their computers and many ended up using…