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

Networked Chambers Do Not Echo

Echo Chamber

I haven’t blogged or been on Twitter nearly as much as I’d like to be recently. Nor have I been reading as much blogs as I have in the past. My world hasn’t fallen apart as a result… But I miss it. I don’t just miss the connections to my PLN (Personal Leaning Network), they are still there any time I need them. I miss the connection to new ideas that challenge my thinking and … Continue reading

Applications of Digital Literacy


Applications of Digital Literacy is a course that I helped create for the Inquiry Hub. It is one of two courses principal Stephen Whiffin and I decided to develop as local board approved courses*, the other course is Foundations of Inquiry. Stephen humourously calls these ‘mandatory electives’ since we decided that these would be requisite courses for anyone coming to the Inquiry Hub. The idea is that we do not expect students to come to … Continue reading

I wasn’t there, but I was CONNECTED

I wasn’t there. In fact, I was almost literally half-way around the world. It happened at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia, and I’m in Dalian, China. The session was called: What Does it Mean to Be a Tech-Savvy Principal? I followed along on the #cpchat and on a tool called TodaysMeet, but I commented that I wish I could listen in too. It wasn’t long before Suzie Nestico obliged. She sent me a message with … Continue reading

My 2009 Edublog Awards Nominations

I would like to thank the following people for contributing so much to my learning. I’m only nominating in categories where the impact has been powerful and potent. I’m also going to cheat and add a few ‘honourable mentions’: These may not mean much to the Edublog Awards, but they mean a lot to me, (if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll already know that I follow my own rules that work … Continue reading

Blogs as Learning Spaces

Sue Waters, a friend who has always stepped up and helped me out with just about every request I have ever made to my PLN, sent me an email a couple nights ago. In it she said: I’ve been asked by some 4th year preservice students to put together a video on the value of blogging. They had wanted me to answer the questions but I decided that it would be considerably better to get … Continue reading

Learning in Louisiana

I had the opportunity to join a team from November Learning last week in Louisiana. Our fearless leader Jim Wenzloff, with GPS in hand, brought together Seth Bowers, Lainie Rowell, Howie DeBlasi and I, and set us up to present the world of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasting, PLN’s and other Web2.0 tools to groups of teachers divided up by grade groupings. The teachers were great! Their school year just ended and there they were all ready … 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

My blog is my PhD

My Learning Yesterday marked 3 years of being a blogger. What a wonderful journey it has been! I may be over exaggerating when saying my blog is my Phd, after all people like Stephen Downes have done this much work and still don’t have one. Furthermore, the focus and intent of my writing has been far from such a standard, and sure to be rejected as a dissertation… BUT… I know a few people that … Continue reading