For some, it may be as simple as turning off the wifi and escaping this mess, but as educators we cannot. The students under our care live and breathe in digital spaces, and despite the belief held by some that they are digital natives and have it all sorted, they are in fact roaming in an unprecedented space.
A Podcast: The Maker Hour
This is a podcast created for a curriculum leadership as a part of my Master’s in Education course work. It describes a curriculum in action project I’ve been working on. References ***Correction: At 4:17 in the podcast the speaker refers to Prensky (2007). This should state Prensky (2014).
Know when to forget and when to remember
There is little doubt that there is a need for transformation in our teaching in learning in 2019, but change makers need to be smart about their relationship with the past, and they need to know when to forget and when to remember…
Zen-i-fy Your Presentation Style
If you’re interested in improving your presentation style watch the embedded slide deck and remember:
tell a story that will connect with your audience
use high quality images that are free to use and share
minimize your use of text
Complex Leadership in Twenty-First Century Schools: Facilitating collective leadership through the service of personal learning communities
Abstract This article explores the notion that the traditional one man leadership style centred in the paradigm that a school is simply another system to be managed is no longer an effective approach to educational leadership in the twenty-first century. A modern school leader faces a complexity of challenges in an era of opposing viewpoints…
Transformational Change in our Education Paradigm: What is Stopping Us?
This is an outline of a research proposal for my research methods course for my MEd at UPEI.
Amplifying Student Passion: An interview with two connected kids
This post is the the final project for An Introduction to 21st Century Teaching and Learning for my MEd at UPEI in Leadership and Learning. Introduction There is a constant concern as an educator and a parent as to whether or not we are managing the internet generation’s use of technology effectively. We are worried…
Bedtime Conversations with a Minecraft Expert
Cross posted on Holtspeak’s COETAIL Advenure This evening as I was putting my son to bed I had a question for him. “Did you know there are horses in Minecraft and you can ride them?” “Yes”, he says. “But I need a saddle to ride one and I can’t craft one.” He then proceeds to…
On the Way to Work…Thoughts on Students Needs
Carpooling to work this morning teacher talk ensued. It came down to this. No matter how much we talk about what we’d like to be doing, it always comes down to this: The needs of teachers and administrators-vs-what teacher’s feel students really need. We had been discussing that the most effective approach one colleague could pursue, to improve…
Shift: A Final Reflection
As I sit and reflect after reading the final chapter of Alan November’s Digital Learning Farm, one thing comes to mind: paradigm shift. November gives a lot examples of teachers using forms of technology to reshape their classrooms, but really what is happening is that teachers are shifting from a traditional approach to a new hands…