2014

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Fighting the Fight – Are You an Enforcer?

We had our first snowfall here last week in southern Ontario. It was nothing like Buffalo, but enough to make driving problematic. Fortunately, our infamous snowplow folks had the school’s parking lot shovelled by the time staff were arriving so parking wasn’t an issue – kudos to you! However, something looked funny out back. Like really […]

If You Can Google the Question, it Sucks - The Afterglow: #bit14 & #edcampswo

If You Can Google the Question, it Sucks – The Afterglow: #bit14 & #edcampswo

What a week. With the exception of a few hours on Friday, I haven’t been home since Tuesday morning. Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t a complaint. My head is spinning though with excitement and inspiration. #bit14 was awesome, like always. Rumours had the total audience at around 1550 teachers from all over the country. […]

App Smashing + Augmented Reality = Culminating Math Activity by @mraspinall

App Smashing + Augmented Reality = Culminating Math Activity by @mraspinall

App Smashing: A Definition … The art of imaginatively using multiple apps to create an enhanced project. There are no limitations here peeps … let your mind (and your students minds) soar! I’ve been feeling quite inspired lately. I account some of that to my role on our TLLP project of helping others with technology. […]

Finding The Factors of a Number Using Computer Science by @mraspinall #edtech

Finding The Factors of a Number Using Computer Science by @mraspinall #edtech

Factors and multiples. A very important mathematics concept. Understanding how to determine factors and multiples is a unique skill. There are divisibility rules for numbers ending in 0, 5, 2 etc. There is the sum of the digits rule. This week we took these practices to the next step. When it was evident we (as […]

There Is No Room For Ego in School #leadership #lkdsb

There Is No Room For Ego in School #leadership #lkdsb

I read a short article this weekend about the possibility of schools letting teachers operate the direction based on consensus of staff. Not just about classroom decisions, but budgets and even hiring. It’s a unique idea and there is a video here from PBS: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/09/what-if-teachers-were-charged-with-setting-school-direction/ I thought about this for a while this weekend. Although […]

Uncomfortable in edu is the new norm. – A Guest Post By FSL Teacher @MmeM27

Myria Mallete is a colleague of mine. She is a fantastic teacher who makes worldly connections to her FSL classroom and finds ways to incorporate technology other people never seem to understand. She is a change maker, whether she realizes it or not. My grade 8 homeroom looks forward to French class on a daily […]

Managers Get You Into Trouble, Leaders Get You Out-Highlights From #edcampswo

Managers Get You Into Trouble, Leaders Get You Out-Highlights From #edcampswo

“It’s OK to be where you are, it’s not OK to stay there” Yesterday was our second EdCampSWO event and it was quite the success. We decided to run our event in parallel with EdCampLondon and use Google Hangout to share sessions. We had close to 300 people in attendance between both locations! Doug Peterson […]

@scrawlar has been overhauled! A new web whiteboard & word processor all in one.

@scrawlar has been overhauled! A new web whiteboard & word processor all in one.

For quite sometime I have been tinkering and toying with the idea of adding a shared whiteboard to scrawlar. Until recently, scrawlar was a web word processor for teachers and students to share word docs. It was created to allow classrooms who share devices an option for typing, editing, collaborating and sharing by pushing student […]