Who is your Doug Peterson?

A 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 Continue reading Who is your Doug Peterson?

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Educon Conversation – 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. 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 Continue reading Educon Conversation – Learning Spaces of Tomorrow

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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. REGISTER NOW!! The Brock Tech Showcase is in its third year running. The sessions, sponsors and presenters are incredible and offer something Continue reading Brock Tech Showcase

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

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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 Continue reading NECC brings a New Meaning to Social Network

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