Olympic and Blogging Fever

For me it is a little bit difficult to think about the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics right now… I’m in a car outside of Hanoi, Vietnam heading to Ha Long Bay for an overnight boat cruise. The car ride is about 3.5 hours long and so I thought I’d use this time to plug a great project happening on the other side of the globe. If, (unlike me), you are at a school that is … Continue reading

Caring across the curriculum

Caring across the curriculum Sometimes I get tired of seeing the school day broken into subject-matter based courses. We don’t teach subjects we teach students, and students of all ages engage in a real life that matters across individual fields of study. Watch the video* Miniature Earth: How many different ‘subjects’ can we teach with this video? How real is the Math? How relevant is the Social Studies? Can we tie in History? Current Events? … Continue reading

Interviewed on Seedlings

On Thursday October 30th, I had the honour of being interviewed by Alice Barr, Cheryl Oakes and Bob Sprankle on Seedlings hosted by EdTechTalk. Here is my interview on Seedlings. And here is the chat transcript. I couldn’t get onto EdtechTalk at school and rushed home minutes before we started, so that added a few kinks for me. One of the kinks was that my laptop at home should have been restarted first and so … Continue reading


This blog has a subtitle: Reflections on Education, Technology and Learning My other less-frequently used blog, ‘Practic-All’, is subtitled, Pragmatic tools and ideas for the classroom. Recently I started using this other blog to provide a digital addition to my Principal’s weekly e-mail update. I did 9 of these to end the year off. I called them Dave’s Digital Magic, (or school teams are the Magicians). Recently I’ve done some thinking about education, technology and … Continue reading

What comes around

The task was simple: Have your advisory pick an issue in the school and then create a video that promotes awareness of the problem and/or a solution to the problem. This is what Mr. Williams’ advisory came up with last year. I like the use of camera direction to help tell the story. This to me is great storytelling… which is almost a lost art. Videos like this tell the story more by design than … Continue reading

“Release the Hounds” by Chris Harbeck

You can go to the K12Online page or to Chris’ wiki page. To put it simply… there is something here for everyone! Description This presentation takes participants along my journey into integrating 2.0 applications and “21st Century Learning” into my pedagogy. The presentation will show how teacher driven assignments and projects teach students some of the skills they need to use these new technologies to enhance their learning. Scribe Posts, Growing Posts and E-Portfolios will … Continue reading

Transitions, Transformations, and Transgressions

– Originally posted August 28th, 2007 – If you come to a fork in the road, take it. – Yogi Berra Transitions I’ve taken a job at a high school and I am looking forward to the new challenge! After seven years of teaching Grade 8’s and two years of teaching Grade 9’s, I will now be teaching Grade 10’s. The new position also provides me with the opportunity to make connections with students in … Continue reading

The Capacity to Lead

Students of all ages have the capacity to lead. For a few years now I have taken a group of Grade 7 and 8 students to our feeder schools to teach the incoming Grade 5’s the “Seven Secrets of Leadership”, but really it is about so much more than that! This is from the e-mail I send to our feeder schools: What you get: 12-15 of our Leadership Students and a teacher running sessions on … Continue reading

$3,881.65 for one night’s work

…more on Empathy. Friday night I camped out at the school with 49 students, each raising a minimum of $50- to earn the opportunity to sleep over at the school. We hosted a 24 hour famine to raise money for our Me to We Club… we are fundraising to build a school in Sierra Leone. It was fun, and it was exhausting! Three and a half hours of broken sleep… and totally worth it! Some … Continue reading

Candy Cultures – Reflections on a leadership activity

For a number of years I have used The Candy Cultures Activity, first as a multiculturalism activity, then as a leadership activity. I had a chance to experience it on two other levels recently. First, I ran the activity at our Pro-D with staff a week ago. I also shared it with the Student Leadership Council (SLC) Executive and, this week, they ran the activity at their first meeting with about 60 students participating. In … Continue reading