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

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

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

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

The Rant, I Can’t, The Elephant and the Ant- On SlideShare

“I can do that without technology” -Actually no you can’t! Here is the Slideshare. The Rant, I Can’t, the Elephant, and the Ant View more presentations from David Truss. This was the presentation I first created for BLC08, and I wrote about it here. I’ve finally edited it for the web… a tedious task as I tend to use a lot of slide transitions that do not convert well to individual slides. I shared a … 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

Edupunk or Educational Leader?

Confession #1: I had planned on calling this post, “Edupunk or edubunk?” bunk: nonsense- a message that seems to convey no meaning That was before reading this simple, but very powerful post by Jen D. Jones. Now I need to change my approach. My main point sits under Confession #3 below. – – – – – Confession #2: I am not an edupunk… I’ve always been too much of an edunerd to qualify. That said, … Continue reading

What did I do B.G. – Before Google?

The first time I saw the term ‘B.G.’ referring to ‘Before Google’ was in Karl Fisch’s ‘Did You Know’ presentation. Tonight that term came to life for me. Here is an eye-opening statistic I discovered about myself today: Total Google searches: 3633 (Since April 30th, 2006, and only counting when I have been signed into Google.) I did some quick number crunching: On average, I use Google about 450 times a month, which also averages … Continue reading

Making a Difference

Here is a great thing to do with your online students: Donate Free Rice to help end world hunger… (and improve their vocabulary while you are at it!) Here is a news article about it, in case you would like to use it for current events. Advertising at the bottom of the screen changes with every question to promote the companies that donate the rice. Level 50 is all but impossible to get to without … Continue reading

Reflections: Stirring in the crock pot

Spring brings new beginnings just as a school year comes to an end. As a teacher it is difficult not to be reflective in June. Special moments remembered, peppered lightly with what could have been, and never transpired. The nostalgia seems to loom more so this year as I contemplate a move after my nine-year career in a single school. Two things I have come to realize: I have been fortunate to have worked with … Continue reading