Life Long Learning is The New Degree

Last March Break I attended an industry focused future of the workplace conference in Toronto.  That event aggressively underlined the importance of micro-credentials in the modern workplace.  The idea of years long programs, especially in technology where changes are happening regularly, suddenly feels like a lumbering has-been rather than a…

Deep Learning AI & the Future of Work

Originally published on Dusty World in April, 2016:  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/deep-learning-ai-future-of-work.html   Most jobs have tedium as a prerequisite.  No one does tedium better than a machine, but we still demand that kind of work for humans... to give them self worth? This isn't the first time our compulsive urge to assign…

Stretched Thin

I need to reflect my way out of a dark corner.  Yesterday I got some surprise PD on students I have with profound hearing loss.  The PD was quality.  The person presenting it was not only very knowledgeable, but she was also wearing two cochlear implants, so could speak from…

Cybersecurity and the AI Arms Race

We had a very productive field trip to the University of Waterloo for their Cybersecurity and Privacy Conference last week. From a teacher point of view, I had to do a mad dance trying to work out how to be absent from the classroom since our school needs days got cut…

The Essential Catchall

I've raged against the inflation of grades and streaming to minimize expectations on otherwise capable students before.  I'm at the end of another semester of teaching essential students and once again I've been injured by the process.  Just as in last year's essential English class, I'm given a single class…

There is no STEM

There has recently been a fair bit of push back against STEM as a focus in schools, but as a classroom technology and engineering teacher I have to tell you, there is no STEM.  By sticking science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an acronym, many people, especially people who aren't…