Perpetual Beta


A while back, I wrote that best practice is still just practice. Teaching is a practice. We practice teaching. We have an obligation to do our best, but that will ultimately change as we… practice. If we want to apply ‘best practice’ to teaching, then we need to look at ourselves as role model learners. We need to be relentless learners striving to be our best. We need to be self-reflective, we need to seek … Continue reading

Transformative or just flashy educational tools?

There are a couple tools out now that I see bantered around in educational circles that I just hate! And there are some pretty awesome tools out there that are being used in rather old and traditional ways, and I don’t hate the tool, but I hate the use of them. With any tool, I’m sure there are always exceptions that are made. I said, iPads are for iConsumers, and in many respects I still … Continue reading

The POD’s are Coming! BLC09

The Presentation: The POD’s are Coming View more presentations from David Truss. This is a story I think all educators need to hear. The question I wonder is, ‘Am I telling it in a way that they will listen?’ I told this story at BLC09 last week, and I’ll share some of my experience there before getting back to that question. —– The Conference: It is hard to describe a conference like Alan November’s Building … Continue reading

A Gr8Tweet-ing Experience

Educators new to twitter, here is a little walk down memory lane… Remember your first days of university? You weren’t sure what to expect and you had to put yourself ‘out there’ to connect to new people? Do you remember going to a class and not knowing anyone? Imagine for a moment that you enter, for the first time, a small class and the teacher is trying to start a conversation. When you say something … Continue reading

Share your Gr8Tweets for the month of March

For the month of March, a group of educators and lifelong learners will be picking a “Tweet of the day” and Re-Tweeting it with the tag: #gr8t Hopefully, you will join us in doing this too! (If you aren’t sure about what twitter is all about, start here.) There are a number of reasons why you might want to participate: • To share what you value about twitter. • To see what others value about … Continue reading

Are You a Catalyst for Change?

It is now a month after BLC08 and a recent comment has stirred up some thoughts that sent me back to a blog draft I wrote months ago. On Defragging my brain after BLC08, Angela Kerns mentioned that of my nine ‘take-aways’, #3 and #4 resonated with her: 3. Face-to-face meetings with your network are powerful… very powerful. 4. More learning happens in the halways and at meals/socials than in sessions. Create opportunities for Learning   Conversations. What is most … 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

Assessment & Rote Learning: Math Conundrums

Thanks for visiting! Look at the sidebars on the right to find a variety of posts about education, technology and learning. You can also check out some other Math or assessment related posts, or connect with me at one of these sites: Multiply Two Negatives and You Get a Positive. So, I take ‘Rote Learning’ and multiply that by ‘Teaching to the Test’ and that equals ‘Better Standardized Test Results’? Well, that’s not exactly what … Continue reading

The Web2.0 Prophecy: An Adventure

Originally posted: March 13th, 2007 Reflection upon re-reading and re-posting: Until now I have been adding my reflection at the end of these re-posts. However, I thought with this post it should come first. Why? Because it is important that I share the date of the original post before quoting other bloggers who were expressing views/moods they may not currently hold. Of all my posts, this one really seems forward thinking and, well, prophetic. We … Continue reading