Invisible Technology

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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

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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

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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

4 notes on taking notes

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This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response. And then the teacher said… You may take notes. pic.twitter.com/4xYBAKi2jN — David Truss (@datruss) June 3, 2014 In one of the responses to this tweet, Maurizio Basso (@moba3030) said, “@datruss so true seeing more of this. As long as they … Continue reading

Leading in a time of…

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Anyone who regularly reads my blog would know that in the last year there are two key elements of leadership that I have been struggling with. The more current one involves the teacher dispute going on in BC and my sense of frustration and feelings of helplessness as I watch a good educational system suffer in ways that will take some time to recover from. The other element that I’ve struggled with is the time … Continue reading

To the Citizens of BC

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To the Citizens of British Columbia, Canada, How important is a good, free, public education system to you and to our society? How much should a collective ‘WE’ spend on creating the best possible public education for ALL of our children? Here are some graphs from Statistics Canada: Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011 (Catalogue-no-81-595-M-No-099-Statistics-Canada) I encourage you to look at the whole document, and to … Continue reading

#10PercentLess

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What does it mean to be ‘Locked Out’ and to be paid 10% less? “Effective May 26, 2014, and continuing until further notice, your members will be locked out as described in this letter,” Michael Marchbank, public administrator for the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, said in a letter to teachers’ federation president Jim Iker. …BCPSEA, the bargaining agent for the province’s 60 school boards, also said it would dock teachers’ pay by 5 per … Continue reading

Leading Change – 3 Images

Embracing, Resisting and Inspiring Change - David Truss

I enjoy using images to share ideas. In my last post, I shared the ‘Embracing Change’ image, also shared below. As I said in the post: “…we’ need to recognize that: * Change isn’t usually easy. * Change only happens when we create a need. * Change is not a thought or a discussion, but an action. * The time to act is now. “If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find … Continue reading

Embracing Change

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[Update: See more on the topic of Embracing Change in my May 19/2014 post on Leading Change.] I’m working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference. Here is my presentation description: Shifting Education – Embracing the Transformation A quick 3-part journey into my ‘Shifting’ series of blog posts that looks at embracing educational change, envisioning a bold new educational frontier, and leading change from where ever you may be in … Continue reading

Siphoning Off of Public Education

I try very hard to be positive about the future of education. I whole-heatedly believe that this is an exciting time to be an educator and that we are witnessing a Transformation in education. However, I can’t help but feel that, at least in BC, Canada, we are being threatened by a model where chronic under-funding, and the siphoning off of funds to counter cost pressures, is leading us into peril. “All districts, including growing … Continue reading