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

Twitter EDU

"Anatomy of a Tweet"

This is it. My one-stop-all-you-need-to-know-guide to Twitter. It’s the why and the how to get you started, to move you beyond the initial frustrations, and to create a fantastic learning network. TABLE OF CONTENTS (Click on any of these to go to that part of the post, on mobile devices you might just have to scroll down.) Why Twitter? *I’m new, where do I start? Beware if SPAM! What tools should I use? I’m struggling … 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

Finding Balance

Finding Balance ~ By David Truss

My original title for this image and this post was ‘Impossible Balance’, but it was too defeatist. I also realize that many more ‘rocks’ (or maybe ‘roles’) could have been added to the right side of the scale: Spirituality, Alone Time, Commuting, Hygiene, and (Social) Networking, to name a few. No matter what occupies your time, or what commitments you prioritize, it seems like finding balance is a challenge many of us face today. Furthermore, … Continue reading

This and That

It has been  over a month since I’ve written in my blog. It has been a couple months since I meaningfully engaged in learning conversations on Twitter. And I’m still feeling like I’ll be disconnected a while longer. And so I chose now, when I’m tired, and have been up for over 20hrs to sit at my laptop and type. Can’t get to sleep, not focused enough to do work, and not able to compose … 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 PersonalizeLearning.com 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

keep it simple

I’m going to share two seemingly unconnected videos. The first one I found by searching for the origin of this story, which I have been thinking about recently, after hearing it years ago: What Is “The Good Life” Parable – Mark Albion The second one is Ramsey Musallam’s TEDTalk, 3 rules to spark learning What brought these together for me was that in both cases the underlying message seemed to be that simplicity is often … Continue reading

What Did You Learn at School Today – Parent Presentation

Here is the ‘Parent’ version of my #RSCON presentation: Shifting Learning – What Did You Learn at School Today? I did this presentation just a couple days before the Reform Symposium and it really is similar… Shorter, and with questions at the end geared more to parents than teachers, but essentially the same presentation. You can find What Did You Learn at School Today on the DPAC43 YouTube Channel. Special thanks to Heidi Hass Gable for inviting … Continue reading

Shifting Learning – Presentation for RSCON4

Shifting-Learning-What-Did-You-Learn-4-Educators-Cover-Image

Shifting Learning  – What Did You Learn At School Today? We hear a lot these days about project based learning, inquiry based learning, etc… What does that mean? What does it look like when schools shift away from “drill and kill” learning towards big ideas, questions, and “no right answer” kind of learning? And what kind of questions can ‘we’ ask to  support students in their learning? That was the presentation description that I shared … Continue reading