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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 […]

All in a Flap - Students Creating Flappy Bird Clones Using TouchDevelop #CSK8 by @mraspinall

All in a Flap – Students Creating Flappy Bird Clones Using TouchDevelop #CSK8 by @mraspinall

TouchDevelop is awesome. It is another tool for students to ‘code’ on a tablet. Built using HTML5 and boy does it work. TouchDevelop lets you create apps on iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac, Windows Phone. Our touch-friendly editor makes coding fun, even on your phone or tablet! Yesterday our class had their first opportunity to […]

Twitter as Choose your Own Professional Development

There you have it – COPD. Choose your own PD. Yesterday I received the following tweet: Dear #PLN, who might be interested in sharing their expertise on assessment with some colleagues? Would you, @mraspinall , @kmalandruccolo — Robin Dubiel (@RobinDubiel) February 10, 2014   And I quickly shared: @RobinDubiel Any particular subject area? Immediately I […]

TEDX Chatham Kent - Small Town, Big Ideas - Why This Conference is so Important For Me as a Teacher

TEDX Chatham Kent – Small Town, Big Ideas – Why This Conference is so Important For Me as a Teacher

It’s a humbling feeling to say the least. I have been chosen to speak at the first annual TEDx event here in Chatham Kent. As far as I can tell, I am the only educator. Other speakers are all successful experts in their own respective field and I hope to make some good connections. From […]

How the Jelly App Will Help Change Education (Sorry Siri)

For quite sometime now I have been wondering about certain content knowledge items in education. Math formulas, historical dates, things like that. Now I’m not saying they aren’t import I am just questioning the certain quiz and tests we give our students. I’m certain we can all admit someone in our school still gives a […]

Joyful Blogging – In Response to @bgrasley and @dougpete

Brandon Grasley and Doug Peterson both challenged me and other Ontario bloggers to be joyful in our blogging and share in Lee Kolbert’s challenge. Here’s my entry in the fun. The Process Acknowledge the nominating blogger. Share 11 random facts about yourself. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you. List 11 […]

What is Computer Science and What do People Do Once They Know It?

What is Computer Science and What do People Do Once They Know It?

What is Computer Science and What do People Do Once They Know It? Today I am encouraging every teacher to let students explore coding this week. Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for […]