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 […]

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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 […]

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This week editor Derrick Grose and his team of editors released their inaugural edition of the Canadian School Libraries Journal.  Derrick says: “This first issue of the Canadian School Library Journal reflects the exciting times in which we are working” and “the actual work being done in school libraries”. For those of you who don’t know, […]

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I had such a treat this week to interview author John Vaillant about the book that we are currently reading in TVO’s TeachOntario. The questions were developed in conjunction with the book club’s participants. Usually when I have interviewed people in the past, I have simply used Google Hangouts on Air and hit record.  This […]

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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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Just before I presented at my staff meeting this week, a colleague turned to me and said “Don’t you ever get nervous?”  Well, of course I do but I have just coached myself to move past those nerves as fast as possible and to take those creative risks. The nerves are still there but I’ve […]

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I attended TEDxKitchener last weekend and the first speaker of the day, Dina Pestonji, reminded me that learning has multiple entry points.  Likewise, our online book club #BIT16Reads has multiple entry points.  Here are some of the planned places where you can jump in: June 1, 2016: Begin discussing Participatory Culture in a Networked Era […]

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Why an online book club and why now? I like to read things that inform my professional trajectory I like to find people who like to read and engage in rich discussions about what we read I want to build a tighter community of educators that cross subjects and grades Last year we used the […]

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I posted this blog entry this week in response to Chapter 2 of danah boyd’s book It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens I’m really enjoying my role as facilitator in the TVO TeachOntario book club collaboration with the Ontario School Library Association.  Our discussions are so rich.  It’s never too late to join. […]

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Today I submitted this paper as a part of Treasure Mountain Canada 2016.  If you don’t know this is an event that involves the best minds in Canadian School Libraries.  To see all the papers, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/treasuremountaincanada4/home Be sure to follow the live events on the blog: http://tmcanada.blogspot.ca/ Be sure to follow the hashtag this week:  […]

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