Challenging the status quo

"Challenging the Status Quo by David Truss ~ BY::NC::SA"

Educational bloggers blogging about things that need to be changed… This isn’t a post to read from start to finish. Instead, pick a topic that may challenge the status quo in your school or district and dig in. Read, tweet, share, write your own post, comment… it is fodder for YOU to challenge the status quo! Here are the TOPICS discussed: Homework Award Ceremonies Marks/Grading/Assessment Zeros and Late Penalties High Stakes Testing (BC, Canada and … Continue reading

Leadership and Management

Part 1 I drew a rough draft of the image above in a leadership meeting with Tom Grant. Tom shared this quote on his blog, shortly after the meeting. “I can think of nothing so conspicuously missing in the effort to improve our schools as the continuous engagement of teachers and principals in constructing visions – in contemplating, for instance, what constitutes desirable leadership, what children should learn, and what the teaching profession might become.”  … Continue reading

Podcasting Pair-a-Dimes 2 – With George Couros

Podcasting Pair-a-Dimes 2 with George Couros

Description: George Couros keynoted at the Coquitlam Principals and Vice Principals (CPVPA) Conference, October 19th-20th, 2012. This is a conversation we had on the trip back to Vancouver from Whistler, BC. We talked about leading and learning ‘out in the open’. We discuss harnessing Twitter, reflecting and learning on blogs, taking risks, and taking advantage of ‘the wisdom in the room’. Show Notes: (Listen Now!) • George Couros: Blog: The Principal of Change Principal of Innovative … Continue reading

BYOL vs BYOD

I’m a big fan of BYOL – Bring Your Own Laptop to school. The laptop is the new pencil… a tool necessary for an effective education today.  I also think that a district-provided laptop, in public education, is not financially feasible. However, supporting families that can not afford to send their child to school with a laptop is supportable, effective and essential to a BYOL program. When I wrote the (intentionally oversimplified) ‘5 Year Technology … Continue reading

5 under-watched TEDxEDU videos

There are a lot of great educational videos out there. One of the best lists, that I go back to time and again, was built by Alec Couros and it evolved from a blog post to a wiki page: 90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy. There… is… a… lot… out… there! As a result, I think some real gems are being missed. Here are 5 Educational TEDx Videos that I think deserve to be … Continue reading

A Conversation Starter

My goal: Create a three minute video that tells it’s own story, using other videos. My hope is that this will invite further exploration, conversation and learning. Here is what I came up with: (Watch on YouTube) For ease of use here are the links. I hope that some rich conversations will emerge from watching them. http://2di.me/Trans4mEd1 – Alan November: Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom http://2di.me/Trans4mEd2 – Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From … Continue reading

The future of education will be open and distributed

Distributed Learning – Any learning that allows instructor, students, and content to be located in different locations so that instruction and learning occur independent of time and place; often used synonymously with the term “Distance learning”. (Source) Previously I’ve said, Let’s take a ‘T.R.I.P. into the Future’ looking at some changes that are shifting learning in a way not possible just a few years ago. Here are 4 trends that education is moving towards: Greater … Continue reading

Broken or Transforming?

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a … Continue reading

Open Educator Manifesto

[Version I: Just the Manifesto] My Open Educator Manifesto ‘We’ educate future citizens of the world Teaching is my professional practice I Share by default I am Open, Transparent, Collaborative, and Social My students own their own:   (Learning) • learning process • learning environment • learning products • learning assessment My students belong to learning networks Every student deserves customized learning • Student voice • Student choice Every educator deserves customized learning I have high … Continue reading

Question EVERYTHING!

Bruce Wellman said in a recent comment, “Mental models organized by an entrenched image of what teaching is will stay firmly in place until we move the conversation to an intense focus on learning… At this point, we appear to have a 19th century curriculum, 20th century buildings and organizations and 21st century students facing an undefined future.” Chris Kennedy wants, “sustained, meaningful conversations about k-12 education focussed on ideas. “ And more and more, … Continue reading