Learning and Failure

  Failure can be very unproductive. It can stem from a lack of effort, resources, support, knowledge, and reflection. Failure can also be an amazing tool for learning, and perhaps one that every student should experience before graduation. Stephen Whiffin, who conceptualized the Inquiry Hub, suggested that every student should have ‘My Epic Failure’ as […]

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The Inquiry Hub – Bright Ideas Gallery

On his personal blog, Greg Miyanaga wrote this on a post about innovation: For the last eighteen months, I have been investigating innovation in my school district. I interview teachers who are trying interesting things in their classrooms. Greg is losing this part-time position due to some budget cuts that, in my opinion, have completely […]

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Inquiry Hub – Rethink Learning

Here is the slide presentation from our Inquiry Hub Information Session on January 22nd, 2013. Inquiry Hub – Rethink Learning from David Truss My favourite part of the presentation was the Question period when I was able to defer questions to our students that presented with us. It speaks volumes when you think that these […]

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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 […]

7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom

I’m honoured to have been invited as a guest on Classroom 2.0 Live this Saturday morning, September 29th, 2012. I joined the Classroom2.0 Ning back in 2007, and I think it is a wonderful network to help new and seasoned teachers engage in a meaningful social network. [UPDATE: Here are audio & video recordings of […]

Digital Literacy, toothpaste and the Inquiry Hub

In February I got to help write a course called Applications of Digital Literacy. As Jill, from Staff development, and I sat down to get things started, we discussed the fact that really we were developing a course that would hopefully be redundant in 5 years… because students by then would be coming out of […]

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 […]