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Trying to grow and sustain a book club over 5 months has been a real experiment.  It all culminates in the biggest and best conference on educational technology in Ontario (maybe Canada!) which is the Bring IT Together conference.  If you’ve never been before, you’ll find a whole bunch of people who want to enable […]

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This week I’ve been focused on the overall message when reading pages 98 to 113 about how discrimination is embedded in the structures of our schools. I feel very protective of public education and how it needs to be accessible to all who attend.  Specifically, authors Zac Chase and Chris Lehmann highlight the barriers to […]

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Zac Chase and Chris Lehmann ask us: What do you think school should be doing? What is the role of school in the modern world? What does success look like? Leah Kearney, Kristy Luker and I took these questions apart a bit.  Here’s how it went: LEAH: I posed this very question to my Faculty of […]

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Author Benedict Carey made this quick video to summarize some the findings he uncovered when writing his book “How We Learn”. Benedict Carey: unlearn everything you’ve learned about learning from frank on Vimeo. As a teacher and/or as a parent, what are some of the learning structures you put in place?  Are there methods you […]

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What are the 3 qualities you admire most in your favourite school administrator ever?  Here’s what our group inside TeachOntario said: “…openness, approachability, and excellent communication skills, an understanding of academic subjects, a belief in trauma-informed classrooms, and a positive, trusting attitude towards their teachers.  I have had Principals whom I knew “had my back,” […]

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#BIT16Reads asks participants in the How We Learn by Benedict Carey book club: Would you say that you’d rather be a grade 9 student in the year 2016 or would you rather be a grade 9 student in the year that you were actually in grade 9….and why? Here are some of the more interesting […]

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In secondary school we often see teachers as subject specialists.  In elementary school we see teachers as generalists but facilitating many activities that cross subject boundaries. Authors Garfield Gini-Newman and Roland Case outline 3 contrasting foundational beliefs about teaching and learning, and the role of the teacher is listed in the discovery, didactic and thinking […]

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Authors Garfield Gini-Newman and Roland Case don’t go easy on the reader in the first chapter so I think it’s important to ease into the critical thinking with a bit of philosophy.  I have often been criticized for being quick to jump at anything shiny and new in education so I found Chapter 1 to […]

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George Couros’s book is immensely read-able…his writer’s voice is intensely genuine and although there are big ideas that he presents, the reader never feels overwhelmed with jargon.  So in a nutshell, George does quick recap of the first two parts of the book: Innovation is creating something better…the key to doing that is developing relationships.  […]

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In reading Participatory Culture in a Networked Era, I’m reflecting on how not much has really changed since the invention of forums in the 70s … not that I was lurking there, but really it goes like this: post discussion thread, reply to discussion thread, repeat. …Right? Henry Jenkins says:”… It is abundantly clear that […]

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Today marks just 16 days away until the big event…the most stellar education technology conference in Ontario: Bring IT Together #BIT16 As such, I’m going to revisit 16 of the best conversations we’ve had inside TVO’s TeachOntario.  I enter into this idea with the same ideas that support #BIT16Reads: to grow through my professional reading […]

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