2

I’ve been watching this group Canada Learning Code for awhile and trying to summon the nerve to go to one of their workshops.  I worried that I would be completely out of my element and that I’d feel really awkward in a group of people more advanced than I was in the content.  I first […]

Rate this:

Originally published in Canadian School Libraries Journal May 21, 2019. When the political world beckons me to pick sides and arm myself, I conscientiously reflect on my purpose and my goals as a teacher-librarian. I also surround myself with like-minded idealists, searching for ways to not only make sense of the turmoil, but also to […]

Rate this:

3

Waking up to more cutbacks in #ontEd funding is never fun.  So I decided to look at the data.  This post is all about the different ways I developed professionally in 2018.  There were so many great happenings around the province this year.  It never ceases me to amaze me the passion that Ontario educators […]

Rate this:

1

School Library Makerspaces: Grades 6-12 by Leslie B Preddy My rating: 3 of 5 stars As a secondary librarian, without planning time, without my own students focused on design/construction/creativity, I’m launching a full-time makerspace this fall that is filled with mostly donated items from the now-extinct home economics and fashion programs at my school. We […]

Rate this:

Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership by Jennifer Casa-Todd My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jennifer Casa-Todd has set a high bar for herself in tackling this multi-faceted concept of leveraging social media to engage students in digital leadership. Her book is densely-packed with examples of how teachers and students negotiate […]

Rate this:

Code in Every Class by Kevin Brookhouser My rating: 4 of 5 stars A powerful little read that zips by. Although I’m personally working on my entry-level Lightbot skills, I really like how Kevin Brookhouser opens up with pseudo-coding activities to create a coding mindset and then works towards more and more challenging materials. The […]

Rate this:

I’ve just finished reading George Couros‘ “The Innovator’s Mindset” and I think it’s time that we addressed the elephant in the room.  The word “mindset” is so five minutes ago.  There I said it.  What I mean is that putting the words innovator and mindset together in the same phrase is oxymoronic…it’s a contradiction in […]

Rate this:

The TeachOntario #BIT16Reads book club is on fire over the topics in George Couros’ book The Innovator’s Mindset so we are going to come together and attempt a Google Hangout on Air tomorrow July 19th at 2pm. Facilitating with me is participant Caroline Freibauer, who will direct the conversation Participants can join in a number […]

Rate this:

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a must-read for anyone who wants or needs to understand the evolution of the digital revolution. At times the computer science went over my head but for the most […]

Rate this:

Welcome to all new members of #BIT15Reads! Hello to all of you who’ve been with us since the beginning. We gained almost 30 new members since November 4th bringing our total membership to 92 members.  Fantastic. I’d like to propose a few ideas for moving forward: a) we keep the name #BIT15Reads until Dec. 31, […]

Rate this:

Jenkins and Kelley offer an optimistic alternative to Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains which is filled, as Jenkins claims, with “contemporary anxieties” (p. 10).  The book offers instead this explanation: “As a society, we are still sorting through the long-term implications of these [media] changes.  But one thing is […]

Rate this: