Visitors and Residents and Digital Citizenship

Jun 10

Visitors and Residents and Digital Citizenship

My recent post and exploring on residents vs visitors makes me think about some of the problems around the conversations about digital citizenship. When schools and districts want to discuss digital citizenship they usually want to emphasize the dangers and problems of thoughtless online behaviour. The tagline for digital citizenship for many educators is...

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Things I Was Never Told

Jun 08

Having spent the last 7 years teaching pre-service teachers and working with districts and schools across Canada it’s easy to see a disconnect with new teachers and the environments they are entering. In times of fairly significant change and disruption to varying degrees, the role of hiring and finding great teachers is much more important than ever before. At...

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On Motivation and Engagement

Jun 05

On Motivation and Engagement

File this one under “thinking out loud” or “I need help” It’s no secret to readers, friends and my students that I have a thing with grading. Take your pick of posts and you’ll get the idea: Student Achievement is Not the Same as Learning More Than a Score The Deleterious Effect of Grading and its Offsprings I Don’t Give a...

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Look for People, Not Just Resources

May 20

Look for People, Not Just Resources

After spending a few weeks looking at the visitor vs resident notions it became clear today why it’s such a big deal.  During a unconference today in Halifax a group of teachers were discussing and exploring Project Based Learning. Specifically one of the participants had been looking at the Buck Institute’s resources and for implementing PBL. I told...

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Mapping the Internet

May 12

Mapping the Internet

If you’ve not aware of the work of David White and his Visitor vs. Resident idea, you should. It began as a response to Marc Prensky’s Digital Native/Digital Immigrant concept. I actually first discovered this back in 2008 but White has updated his thoughts to reflect the increase in social media the last 6 years. Here, just watch this. Beyond this basic...

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Teachers As Artists

Apr 23

Teachers As Artists

Whenever hear the question, “Is teaching a science or an art?” Invariably the answer is both. That seems reasonable. But what if you ask a musician  “Is music a science or an art?” Most people would lean heavily toward it being an art. Seems to me the answer should still be both. But obviously since we classify music as a mostly subjective discipline...

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Who Owns the Data?

Apr 21

Who Owns the Data?

Any working in a district or school talking about “data driven decision making?” I see that hand. Data has been a big word for a long time. I have a natural knee jerk reaction reaction to the word for two reasons. 1. In many cases, the data that is being used in schools is often superficial, low level test scores. Not always but in an effort to have lots...

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