Who is your Doug Peterson?

IMG_3488A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Doug Peterson (AKA @dougpete, AKA yoda <my master>) in Windsor, Ontario. It may have appeared that the purpose of the visit was to ‘Faceoff at Maxwell School”. But the real purpose was to connect face to face with a colleague and friend that has truly impacted my professional growth by inspiring and teaching me to think outside the box and challenge me in so many ways –to be authentic, creative and innovating in my teaching and learning.

My visit with Doug has truly made me reflect about a dichotomy of learning that I have been thinking about and I ask, why has this learning community – this PLN –  had such a strong impact on my relationships within my workplace (the brick and mortar workplace)? Have I become more distant and less social and even less collaborative? Does it matter? Is it just that our learning spaces are changing and that I am adapting?

In fact, this is a dichotomy that I struggle with in a profession where collaboration and team work are key ingredients to success. On one hand, my organization tells me who to collaborate with, when to collaborate, how to collaborate and what to collaborate about – but most important – to be there in person. Choice is rarely an option. I admit – this has resulted in disengagement. I wish it hasn’t. But, on the other hand what I have discovered through learning networks is so incredibly empowering. I have become fully engaged and inspired by learners (YOU) and educators (yes, you again) across the world that challenge me and engage me, EVERYDAY to be creative and critical at the same time.
Doug Peterson is a perfect example of a colleague that has helped me improve my practice and yet lives over 400km’s away.  In spending these days, (in person) with Doug -as we toured schools and drove across the countryside,  Doug explained to me the importance of authenticity, 

“We need to use the tools and strategies ourselves first and tell our stories, that’s what makes us connect to our students”.

Perhaps it is this very statement that has caused such a struggle for me–  and so I asked Doug, “How do I be fully engaged within buildings that I work in, while also embracing these new digital coaching platforms?” Doug has been a leader, a coach and a mentor and to him, distance or time zones or buildings is not essential when developing supportive learning communities or learning spaces. It is simply about the people and their choices.  I am not sure if it really matters whether or not Doug works in my immediate building, or collaborates and coaches from a distance. I am not sure it really matters if  my learning and professional development and growth happens in networked environments vs brick and mortar – as long as the learning a growth happens, builds capacity for others, and is sustainable.  I wonder how long it will take our organizations to embrace the idea of choice and customization when developing our PLC’s. Who is your Doug Peterson?

Educon Conversation – Learning Spaces of Tomorrow

Learning Spaces of Tomorrow This past weekend, I had the opportunity to facilitate a conversation at #educon23 in Philidealphia with Rodd Lucier (thecleversheep).

Because we were presenting during the last time slot of the conference, Rodd and I felt is was necessary to give participants a chance to apply the knowledge gained throughout the weekend to our session. Ultimately to make the session, their culminating activity.

Performance Task: Capturing the Conference

We used a Livescribe Pen, a tool that records in both ink and audio we asked the participants to literally design a learning space using the themes and principles of Educon itself.

The results of the Pencasts are quite remarkable really and captured those conversations that don’t normally get the attention – the small groups and 1:1 discussions. The groups themselves consisted of a variety of stakeholders in education: principals, teachers, consultants, students, academics, writers, and designers.

These pencast also provide an example of another way to present and share information – not just the transcript or text but can hear the passion in the voices themselves. Take a listen.

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AND THE ONLINE FOLKS CREATED MAGIC:

Brock Tech Showcase

As an instructor at Brock University this year, I am quite impressed with the Faculty of Education and their efforts to engage not only the students, but the wider educational community in 21st Century technologies and multi-literacies. All P/J/I students are required to take an Technology in the Classroom  course which focuses on computer skills, web 2.0 and social networking. This year, the University started offering an optional course to the I/S students who have since become leaders in their own cohorts and schools, all of whom have blogs, twitter accounts and advocated for innovative teaching methods.

teaching and techREGISTER NOW!!

The Brock Tech Showcase is in its third year running. The sessions, sponsors and presenters are incredible and offer something for everyone.

Event Highlights:

  • The Showcase is a free event, thanks to the sponsors!
  • There will be three 75-minute sessions. Teacher Education students and practicing teachers can take advantage of a full-day event allowing them to participate in more sessions, and share experiences and new ideas.
  • Lunch provided free to attendees.
  • Closing message with giveaways!
  • The Decision Makers’ Luncheon returns with a stronger focus on school board administrators. A discussion panel will focus on how school boards, the Faculty of Education, and the industry can work together to support greater technology integration.
  • The Interactive Vendor Fair will encourage hands-on, interactive displays.

Join us at Brock University’s Hamilton Campus for this innovative event.

Date: January 28, 2011

Location: 1842 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario

Blogging for Real Reform -Teaching Teachers to become Global Educators – an inquiry approach

In September, my teaching assignment changed drastically – from teaching 12 year olds in a Grade Six Class (HWDSB) to teaching pre-service Teacher Candidates at Brock University,  in Hamilton, Ontario. Although the curriculum, standards and focus changed – my intent stayed the same – to develop a program that provoked my students: to think critically, to engage in discussion, to see the potential of the Internet as a hub for collaboration, and to provide a platform for them to develop their own learning communities that are authentic, safe and supportive. I wanted them to see that learning can now take place anywhere, at anytime, and by anyone and that they have choice of how they want to learn, whether it be through video, music, text or images. I wanted them to realize that they have access to information, so long as they ask the questions. I wanted them to see the power that educators around the world have, so long as they stay active and participate in discussions about reform and change.

As a sixth grade teacher, I was used to teaching the same group of students for an entire school year. I had time to develop relationships and trust. I had time to get to know their needs. But in my current role, I have ten weeks and I ask, can a ten week course have the kind of impact that I set forth for these Teacher Candidates? I want to say yes, but time will tell. One thing I know for sure is that I can’t do it alone – no one can.  At Brock,  I never considered myself to be the “teacher”. But instead, a facilitator. In this 10 week course, the teachers were YOU. Maybe not you individually, but “you” as in my Learning Community. ‘You’ as in my twitterverse and blogosphere. ‘You’ as in my Skype colleagues and conference attendees. ‘You’ as my friends.

In particular, a few of YOU, volunteered YOUR time to share your passion and expertise with my Teacher Candidates.

Aviva Dunsiger (@grade1) – joined us to talk about her primary classroom and their role and expectations in the world of web2.0 and information. Her session led to deep conversations and thought about her students and what they will need in high school in just eight years from now. We talked about student blogging and parental concerns which led to questions such as, why do students even need to be connected at such a young age? How can we ensure students are being protected from cyberbullying? How do we really know this is good for students at all? Unfortunately, there is no recording for this event. Doug Peterson (@dougpete) joined us to talk about OSAPAC (Ontario Software Acquisition Program) Link to Recording. His presentation was geared specifically for these candidates, going into specialized programs and what programs/software will be available to them as they enter the field. Jen Deyenberg (@jdeyenberg) from Picturebutt, Alberta joined us to talk about practical considerations with Web 2.0 and Blogging- Link to Recording. She talked about her web2.0 endeavors as a junior/middle school teacher and her connections to teachers and students across the world. Jen talked about Cybersafety and her approach to safe internet use and student moderation. Rodd Lucier (@thecleversheep) Joined us to talk about his expertise with Creative Commons in education,  Link to Recording. Rodd shared with us strategies for collaboration and authentic learning platforms and tools as it relates to Secondary Schools and teacher learning.

Like my 12 year olds, I wanted my adult students to become involved global citizens. I wanted them to  know what if feels like to get your first comment on a blog post, or to have a discussion with a teacher or another student,  from across the world. I wanted them to see that their actions will have impact that reaches further than their confines of their classroom walls.  I wanted them to know what students from primary to high school classes across our world are already experiencing: A global education.

I developed the course assignments to  do just that. First, the teacher candidates developed their own blogs as they platform for  responding and reflecting on the other assignments (and to begin the journey of sharing) I included links to these in the sidebar of this blog.

The Teacher Candidates  had to choose one web-blog community to follow and contribute to the posts, comments and discussions.  They were encouraged to ask questions and seek clarification from the authors (and other contributors) and use an RSS feed to track the blog.  I thank those of you who participated, knowingly or not. You made a difference.

http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com

http://virtualspacetheory.com/series/basic-approaches-of-the-vst/

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com

http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/

http://weblogg-ed.com

http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/

http://spicylearning.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/dont-be-boring/

http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/

IMG_2121Teacher Candidates were also required to participate in a LIVE AND INTERACTIVE SESSION and to provide a one page (blog) synopsis  (Example – http://pipedreams-education.ca/2010/08/18/teaching-not-a-profession/) of the discussion as well as links and resources obtained and they were encouraged to find session times and topicsat Cassroom 2.0 LIVE (http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html). These pre-service teachers discovered that teachers everywhere are banding together to talk about current and relevant issues in education. Their resulting posts include, Safia’s reflection on “Professional Development from the Comfort of your own home”; Candida’s post called: My footprint from the Netgen ; Krista’s “Just another art Class” ; Jackie’s post called “Learning from the Students” ; Melissa’s post called, “The Relevancy of Education”; Emma’s post about, “Elevating the Reform Dialogue” ; Dan’s post about, “procrastination-and-facebooking”; Kelsey’s post about, “I’m so networked I feel net-overworked”; Jordan’s post, “Learning while teaching”;  Rob’s reflection on an Elluminate session called “Harnessing the power cells in Education” ;Chanthorns views on blogging; Alisha’s post about Flikr; Rosie’s post called, “Education for a good life” and Alisha’s post called, “In a blink of an eye”

To answer my earlier question, can a ten week course impact my students, so that they will become Global Educators, to think critically and to be active citizens? We’re in week 7 and I think they already have – Not because of me, and this course, but because of the community of educators that share and support one another everyday. Thank You PLN!

“As a future educator it is vital to acknowledge how societal changes permeate the walls of schools. It comes as no surprise that technology has become a cornerstone of a student’s life. Since we as educators must strive to create meaningful and authentic learning experiences for our students, it makes perfect sense to bring technology into the classrooms! Last year I attended an educational workshop at Brock University called “Getting Equipped To Use Free Web 2.0 Tools: Bridging The Learning Gap”. I remember being fascinated by the presenter, a former head of Science in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, and his passion for electronic gadgets. In a period of just 3 hours I was introduced to a few of the amazing ways to creatively use Ipods and cellphones to enhance the curriculum. However as with all forms of learning, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Half the battle is learning how to use the technology, and the other half is learning how to use it in a way that engages students”. Source: http://safgilani.edublogs.org/2010/09/08/half-of-teaching-is-learning/

NECC brings a New Meaning to Social Network

NECC Brings a New Meaning to Social Networking
By: Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, Ontario, Canada

On July 1, I left Washington D.C headed for home. The NECC conference was over and it was time to sort it all out. When the airport shuttle picked me up, there was only one other passenger, also headed for the Baltimore Airport, Dr. James Bower.
James Bower – a well renowned scientist, writer, teacher, visionary and academic was sharing a ride with me. I found myself sitting beside Mr.Bower and with ease we found ourselves heavily in conversation, which continued over breakfast at the airport.
It was this meeting that helped me understand what I took from the National Education Computing Conference (NECC). First, is the sheer importance of networking, whether it be face to face, or virtually. It is a given that it is the PEOPLE, not necessarily the ‘technology’ that we need to focus on in order to embrace change and transformation in education. This is how it has always been. People are the tool. Technology is the means – or is it the other way around? It always has been a combination of both. In every sense, history has told us this. Second, that we as Educators have a responsibility to use the tools we have to fuel our students imaginations. We must provide the opportunity for these kids to learn in a variety of approaches and we must do this by teaching kids to problem solve, to think and to seek out their own learning. This is what the NECC was about.

Malcolm Gladwell, (NECC Keynote) describes a “Tipping Point” as “a place, or moment in time of great sensitivity – a place where suddenly, the line on the graph turns upward”. For me, the NECC provided that moment. It would be presumptuous of me to say that I have found my Tipping Point, but I can say that after my experience at NECC, I am back at ground Zero, only upward to go. I met true connectors. I met innovators and researchers who opened my eyes to the effects of what perseverance and determination can have when implementing change. I met educators that have made a difference in their classrooms – a difference that has rippled across classrooms around the world. I became more aware than ever that a lot of change is possible, from the bottom up. In his book, Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell gives many examples of how ordinary people have induced world wide epidemics – change that is contagious, that sticks. “People that made small change in their attitudes and behaviours”, he emphasizes.

At NECC, I met these people. Like these people, I am an educator that believes that we need to embrace change, embrace new possibilities – allow a new generation to guide their (and our) learning, teaching and exploration. As spoken by Gladwell, “change is possible, people can transform their behaviour or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.” Is participating in social networks the right kind of impetus? Has the World Wide Web provided the impetus for bringing like minded groups together and the context for a social epidemic? It is my intention in this article to prove that it has.

Many months before the conference, I began developing a vast network of people from all over the world. This learning network was not instant, nor was it easy. It took time, effort, and hours of sorting and reading through profiles and blogs. I learned that if I shared a resource, article, or tool, that it would be reciprocated and instead of coming from just one person, the sharing would come from as many as I choose. With Twitter as my primary platform for sharing globally, I found myself in a Professional Learning Community with a support group that stemmed from Australia, England, all over the United States and Canada. Because of common interests, of education and the changing nature of technology, many of these people joined me at NECC.

I talked with Dr. Bower over breakfast for a couple of hours. He is a patient, kind man and extremely humble. He was genuinely interested in what an elementary school teacher in Ontario would be doing at NECC. He shared with me his lifelong passion for educational reform and how he became the founder, chairman and CEA of Numedeon Inc., and producer of Whyville.com – an interactive, problem solving, project based internet site which has a similar platform to Second Life. Children can enter this site for free and participate in a variety of activities. Hundreds of schools across Texas, and across the world use this platform to help children confront ‘real’ problems, in a safe place.

This brings me to my first session at NECC- The Constructivist Consortium at Sidewall Friends school with Dr. Gary Stager (visionary, author and expert on constructivism in education) and author Peter Reynolds (a Canadian, famous for his book ‘Ish’ and ‘Northern Lights’). I used my ‘Tweet Grid’ a platform that allows real time communication using hash tags (ie.,#necc2009) so that I could converse with people also participating in the session and also include people wishing to attend virtually. The hash tag for this particular session was – #ccdc09. Anyone can still look up this tag to see what was discussed during the presentation. Members of this group learning group used the notes from Tweet Grid to produce a “shared” Google Document. It did not take long before I realized that many of “my people” from my Global Learning Communities (GLC) were in the room as well -Physically in the room!

First, Jenny Ashby from Australia approached me – “I know you from Twitter” and she hugged me, telling me what a pleasure it was to meet as she had been following my classroom activities and posts for the past school year. It was a humbling experience that she knew about my ‘Flat Classroom’ endeavors and partnerships with other classrooms and schools. As I introduced her to my associates from the HWDSB (Hamilton, ON), she told us about her IPod touch 1:1 program (with students from a K-8 School). She talked how this project – based on successful evidence, is beginning to be replicated in other classrooms and schools across Australia. The information and resources provided from Jenny were invaluable. This one meeting, with Jenny, completely changed my view of Social Networking in my profession. In the past, I networked casually – I shared, they shared. My co-workers, my principal and other colleagues did not see “Twitter” as a serious form of professional development and thus, their participation was limited. Jenny changed that. Imagine – Teachers, across the world creating innovative programs together.
As the day progressed, and the session discussions continued about the context and elements of project based learning, I discovered that Wes Fryer and Chris Champion were sitting across the room from me. These highly acclaimed educators, from Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, were two the most valuable contributors to my GLC. My principal (William Demille) and I had a fascinating discussion with @Chris Champion (Twitter name) who told us of a school in Montréal, similar to that of Lawfield, where the vision and direction of the school came from an innovative administrator and similarly, was in its own silo of educational transformation within the District. As I had been following (silently) the blogs of @Wes Fryer (author of Moving at the Speed of Creativity), I became completely thrilled when he introduced me Dr. Scott McLeod –the creator of the famous UTube video, “Shift Happens”. I was registered for his event in two days. An event that would bring educational leaders together and policy makers to talk about the process of transformation in schools today.I follow him on Twitter. That day, he began following me.
My point is that each one of the connections that I made that day was authentic and “stuck”. Each person that I spoke to gave me something valuable – Jenny sparked an interested in an Ipod Touch Program – perhaps my next project. Chris Champion provided valuable information to look at a possible partnership with a “like minded” school in Ontario. Gary Stagler challenged me to identify the elements of good project based learning – learning that is personally meaningful, connects disciplines and people. Interesting – since that was how I was learning that day. “ It’s about knowledge construction, not reproduction” he emphasized.

It was appropriate that the session ended in a conversation with Canadian author Peter Reynolds. His presentation did not focus on technology. He talked about how educators –our attitudes, our actions, and our beliefs can affect children in even the smallest ways. Reynolds emphasized the importance in letting children feel secure and safe, to allow them to find their OWN possibilities. He talked about his “blank book”, the one that has no words, no cover. Just blank pages. “It could be YOUR place”, he emphasized. “It is all about possibilities”. A quote worth repeating – “Change is possible, people can transform their behaviour or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.”

Possibilities were what Dr.Bower and I spoke about that day. The possibilities of finding innovative ways to help children experience the world around us – in complex, and personally meaningful contexts. Dr. Bower discussed the importance of authenticity and made me question whether the context is authentic or the work authentic that makes for meaningful learning.
The conference itself was an extraordinary mish-mash of events, workshops and displays demonstrating the most current and valuable resources for the education industry today. The possibilities were quite literally, endless. It would be impossible to see the entire exhibition. While I would commend those who did, I question how much time they gave themselves for authentic conversations, to meet people and to talk and converse with our Educational Innovators. The context of NECC was the people.


In his book “Tipping Point”, Malcolm Gladwell, talks about three types of people: Connectors, Mavens and Salesman. These people, he says, are essential in making “change” happen and stick. Another member of my GLC, Robert Martellacci, founder of the Mindshare Report , according to Gladwell would be a Connector (with a little Maven and a little Salesman in him as well). His motivation, enthusiasm and his overall optimistic, self assured presence attracts people. His booth at NECC was not elaborate. He did not have a product to show. He did not display any “new” innovative equipment. However, his booth was always crowded and there was always good conversation going on. Why? According to Gladwell, his job is one of the most important in making change happen, and in this case, it is the change that his happening in education that he has become a central messenger. He connects people.

It was Robert that organized the event at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. This event would bring together Teachers, Consultants, District Leaders, Production Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Government Officials. At the event, I was thrilled to speak to the creator and co- founder of ‘Smartboard’ -Nancy Knowlton. Talking to her in 1:1 certainly gave me a new perspective about how and why the “Smart” company has become what it is today. She seemed passionate about the product and its role in education today. I cannot say when her company reached its Tipping Point – but it did. “I was close to bankruptcy” . In our first year, we sold less than 400 Smartboards. We were advised to claim bankruptcy by our accountant. I knew, in my heart that this product would stick. Today, selling 400 Smartboards in one morning would be a bad day of sales.” She told us. “One day, classrooms across North America will have three or more Smartboards in them. It is hands on, current and what students want and need”.

This would also be the event where I would again, meet some of my most respected GLC members. Kent Manning (@KentManning), an Educational Consultant for the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board in Belleville, Ontario, has been a huge innovator in bringing research based programs centering around Boys and Literacy Programs. I first “Twittered” him when I read a blog that he wrote about his experience watching his son participate as an actor in the play, “The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe”. His son played the part of Edmond. For me, this meant something because I too had the opportunity to be part of the same dramatization a couple of years ago, as the Director. This being, most definitely, my most memorable experience as a teacher. Edmond was my favourite character. Perhaps it was this “personal” connection that intrigued me at first about Kent. I saw him speak at a conference about a year ago. His excitement about podcasting stuck with me. Since, I have created hundreds of podcasts and used this as a tool in my classroom for students with strengths in oral language or as a method of differentiating products and assessments and I have presented several times on the topic. Kent’s enthusiasm and sheer humbleness about publishing his podcasts on ITunes gave me confidence to do the same. What I learned upon meeting him, is that Kent Manning is an extremely passionate educator. He talks about his job as an educator as if it were a hobby. “It is fun to connect people in my district the new and innovative tools. I go from school to school and provide guidance and expertise to teachers and students. I get to see projects grow and develop. I get to make a difference. I have the best job”. His charm, optimism and attitude were contagious. With this one face-to-face meeting, I can’t help feel that he is one of my good friends. I believe that Malcolm Caldwell would consider him to be a Connector. Never before I have learned so much about a person, after just one meeting.
It is clear, according to Gladwell, that connectors like Robert or Kent are only one part of starting a social epidemic movement such as innovation in Education. Connectors help us connect to people but “there are also people we rely upon to connect us with new information”(Tipping Poing, pg 36). Doug Peterson also attended the Event at the Canadian Embassy. I have been reading his blog loyally for about a year. Although I have never met him before, he has helped me start my own blog, begin using Google docs and Wikispaces in the classroom, and is usually the first to answer when I have a question, from the smallest details of keyboard shortcuts, to providing relevant articles and current information about education and technology driven standards. Doug Peterson is a Technology Consultant for the Greater Essex County District School Board in Southwestern Ontario. He does not connect people to people. He does however; connect people to new and relevant information. He ensures that he has the latest software updates, and then reports to his GLC the pros and cons of the updates and blogs about his opinions and experiences. He does not do this for personal or monitary gain. He does this because he truly cares about people and has a genuine interest in how and what teachers are using technology and innovation in their classrooms and schools. I would consider Doug Peterson to be a Maven. “A Maven is a person who has information on a lot of different products or prices, or places. This person likes to initiate discussions with consumers and respond to requests.” (The Tipping Point, pg.62). It was a true pleasure to meet Doug. He was not talkative and yet was extremely attentive to other people. He came across very intelligent but was not arrogant. We had a laugh, when telling the story about the time that Doug read a Twitter Post of mine with an attached picture. Unbeknown to me, I had my GPS locater in the “on” position which meant that every time I posted anything, my location could be found. Doug messaged me several times until I took this function ‘off’. While he did not know me, he was concerned of my safety.

As I told Dr. Bower these stories over breakfast, my own reflections of the kind of educator that I am began to make more sense. I am working at a cutting edge school with other educators like myself, wanting to try new approaches to teaching, approaches that are better suited for kids today. I often feel that ‘spreading the word’ is an impossible mission when there are so many other initiatives put out through Ministry Directives. Yet still, NECC surrounded me with people from Coast to Coast who, in there own small ways are contributing to this social education epidemic. Social networking tools, like Twitter or Edublogger, or Skype are just beginning to be recognized in school Districts across Ontario – and the World. Differentiated Products are now being considered ‘sound’ pedagogical practices and thus, more students are being given opportunities to use podcasting, blogging, co-writing through wikispaces, emailing, video conferencing and even micro-blogging platforms to ‘demonstrate’ learning. Classrooms and schools are beginning to experiment with IPod touch programs and 1:1 Notebook initiatives. These gains that we have made, while still small gains, were made NOT because of ordinary people, in ordinary classrooms taking risks, spreading information, and connecting to each other – there is nothing ORDINARY about the kinds of people that are networking these changes. Each person that I have mentioned has become and IS an integral part of my professional learning community. I am privileged that I can honestly say that I have “people” from coast to coast, that hold similar beliefs about education. – People that have tried innovative strategies and techniques in their classrooms and schools -People that I can learn from.
There is nothing ORIDINARY about Dr. Bower and myself, complete strangers meeting over breakfast at a strange airport in Baltimore to talk about Education and our responses to its changing nature. The opportunity to talk and listen to a true pioneer of education reform was indeed the highlight of NECC for me. For over 30 years, Dr Bower has suggested that children need exposure to engaging educational activities. He launched Whyville.net because he believes that traditional teaching methods are not reaching all children and that we, as educators need to grasp and accept a more inquiry-based approach to teaching, particularly using on-line tools that can “fuel kids’ imagination and desire to learn’.

The last evening of NECC, I met with my local people (Hamilton Wentworth District School Board) at a pub, near the city centre. It was here that we debriefed, talked, shared, and strategized about what comes next for our students in Hamilton, Ontario. Here, one week after the last day of school a group of educators, principals, consultants and Superintent of Education met to combine not only our ideas, but the idea’s for each of our Global Learning Community.

For Further Reading/Resources:
Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell: http://www.gladwell.com/tippingpoint/index.html
ISTE: http://www.iste.org/
NECC: http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/2010/
Whyville.com: http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice
Twitter: http://twitter.com
Blogger: https://www.blogger.com
Dr. Scott McLeod: http://www.scottmcleod.net/
Smart Products: http://smarttech.com/
Mindshare Learning Report: http://www.mindsharelearning.com/
Hamilton Wentworth District School Board: http://www.hwdsb.on.ca
More Information about author:
Zoe Branigan-Pipe
Lawfield Elementary School
Tel: 905 387-0062 ext 213
Website: http://fcinternet.hwdsb.on.ca/~zoe.branigan-pipe
Twitter: http://twitter.com/zbpipe
Blog: http://pipedreams-pipedreams.blogspot.com
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Email: zoe.branigan-pipe@hwdsb.on.ca