Looking Back: The Value of the Archive

May 17

Looking Back: The Value of the Archive

In the age of instant and public publishing, what’s trending now seems to be what we focus on most. What someone wrote last month, last year or even 20 years ago seems less relevant that what comes across our various feeds today. One of the great promises of digital is it’s ability to archive and store. All of us have been thankful we’ve saved that...

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The Teachers We Need

Apr 21

The Teachers We Need

When I look back at my teacher education, I would say that 80% of what I was taught was essentially how to be a good instructor. As Phil Schlecty says, we used to see teacher and instructor as synonymous.  Being a good instructor today is much less important than it was in 1988. It’s still a part of a teacher’s role but to a much lesser degree. Not only...

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Revolutions and Encouragement, Can they Co-Exist?

Mar 25

Revolutions and Encouragement, Can they Co-Exist?

After recording a good old fashioned podcast a couple weeks ago, I felt inclined to post a blog post in response to another post. Just like old days. So Will Richardson references a tweet by George Couros questioning the dichotomy between acknowledging the good work of teachers and fighting for a revolutionary change in education. As someone who has argued both sides...

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My Community Story

Mar 17

My Community Story

Cross posted on the DEN blogs If we consider life a journey, it’s important and fun to look back at how we ended in the place we are today. For the past 10 years or so I’ve been on a journey and many of you have been on one similar to mine. Some have started at different points but the idea that we’re a community of learners looking to leverage technology to...

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Podcast 57: I Get it Bud, But….

Mar 12

Podcast 57: I Get it Bud, But….

Old school podcast, from a car, in northern Alberta. A response to this post from Bud Hunt. Listen...

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What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

Feb 22

What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

I’ve been listening to an interesting podcast series called “Start Up”  It’s a podcast about a company, oddly enough a podcasting company, trying to create a new business. In one of the early episodes, they are looking for investors and one of the potential investors asks them, “what is your unfair advantage?” In other words, what...

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The Least Talked About Problem in EdTech

Feb 13

The Least Talked About Problem in EdTech

Having been involved with educational technology for almost 20 years, I’ve had more than my share of conversations around the issues of  implementation, integration, transformation, use of technology in the classrooms. People are usually quick to point out the barriers which are mostly around leadership and pedagogy and more recently the word is mindset. But...

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