YELL – Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad Venture Challenge


The Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) Venture Challenge – 2 day finals were held on May 1st and 2nd, 2015. From the Event Brochure: Welcome to the 2nd Annual YELL Venture Challenge! The YELL Venture Challenge is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The friendly competition is judged by a panel of judges who function as venture capital investors (in some cases are … Continue reading

Teaching is dead, long live the teacher!

Alexander and pupil Aristotle

Teaching is dead, long live the teacher! Technology is creeping into every classroom. I say ‘creeping’ because a large part of a typical student’s day at many schools can still be defined by activities involving paper, a pen or pencils, and worksheets or textbooks… Useful tools that should only have a small role in teaching today. The problem is that teaching, where the tools are primarily used for sharing static information, is dead. A large part … Continue reading

The 2015 CEA Ken Spencer Award goes to Inquiry Hub

The Canadian Education Association's 2015 Ken Spencer Award has awarded Inquiry Hub Secondary School with first place. This is a great honour for our school, in just its 3rd year! Special thanks goes to teacher John Sarte who oversaw the application process. Special thanks also goes to our parent community, and of course our students who are at our school. Being new and small, we are still developing our community, learning, and adjusting as we … Continue reading

Invisible Technology


Technology should be present but ‘invisible’. When we pick up a pen or pencil, we don’t call it a ‘pencil activity’, the same goes for any other technology. Blogging isn’t blogging, it’s conversing, editing, creative writing, expository writing, journalism, reflection, presenting, and so much more… As I have shared before, it is not the tool, but how you use it that matters! When the technology becomes invisible, we can focus more on the learning. [Update: … Continue reading

Transforming Our Learning Metaphors #yvrignite


I made a sound recording of the presentation that I did at the Discovery Education YVR Ignite Session yesterday, and then I added the recording to my timed slides. This was an inspiring event, thank you to Dean Shareski for organizing it and providing me with the honour of presenting. I’ll have more to blog about this event later. Until then, here is my presentation. — Photo Credits (in order that they appear): Title Photo: … Continue reading

Not Yet Blended Learning


There is a lot of talk these days about Blended Learning. However: “Increasing student opportunities to engage with technology — such as teachers using flipped classroom strategies, a school computer lab, and computers using digital curriculum in the classroom – are all steps in the right direction, but don’t meet the full potential of blended learning. If it doesn’t change instructional practices, schedules, relationships and resource allocations, there’s still room to grow!”  (Source) Blended learning … Continue reading

Renaissance Revival

"Renaissance Fair Collage"

A couple weeks ago, I received an invite to a ‘Renaissance Fair‘ at a neighbouring Middle School. It was an honour to be invited, since the reason for the invite was that they based the fair on the model Don Gordon wrote about in the paper I linked to above. It was an even greater honour when I went to the fair and the teacher told me that he specifically used my ‘da Vinci Project’ … Continue reading

Flexible Learning Opportunities

Image credits:
The Delta by Evan Leeson
Auburn by Gary Sauer-Thompson
Acrobaticc! By fa73
Underground by Nikos Koutoulas
Compass illustration by Alan Klim
leicester map 1610 by zaphad1

Later this morning I will be a member of a Panel on the topic of “Flexible Learning“, at the 2014 BC Distributed Learning Conference. [Updates added after the session.] We will each be given 3-4 minutes to share our opening remarks, and with those remarks we could have one slide. Here is the slide that I created: Here is my breakdown of the slide and what I have to say about it. I’ll both start … Continue reading

Training and Coaching

I’m at my daughter’s synchronized swimming Provincials. She just finished her combo routine and there is over an hour wait for her Team routine. Having trained for water polo just one pool bulkhead away from National level synchronized swimmers, I’ve always had high regard for their athleticism. With my daughter training 22+ hours a week this past year, that high regard has increased. She does far more cross-training (outside the pool), with strength conditioning and … Continue reading

Students Talk about Learning at Inquiry Hub

Inquiry Hub Students Present in a Webinar

I’d like to thank Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey at for inviting some our our Inquiry Hub students to present in a Webinar. I asked for their permission to share their post here and again want to thank them for allowing me to do so. I hope you enjoy the presentation and would love to hear your thoughts on what our students shared. ~~~ Kids Talk about Learning at The Inquiry Hub The Personalize Learning … Continue reading