Through the ideas expressed in my writing I’ve had the opportunity to speak across North America to educators, parents, trustees and students about education, technology and the places where they overlap. Only by engaging people in discussion and presenting new and provocative ideas can we move forward and improve education.
Not An Event, A Process
Meeting face to face is only a part of the process. I use the power of social media to engage people in discussion before, during and after we talk, in the hope that the ideas we discuss will continue to percolate and make long-lasting change.
These are some of the most popular talks that I have given over the last three years.
Social Media 101 for Parents of Teens & Tweens
Parents are increasingly concerned about the use of social media by their teen and tweens. Do they have reasons to be concerned? I’ll discuss what the current issues are with teen and tween social media use and suggest some helpful strategies that parents can use to support their children as they navigate the minefield of social media.
Using Technology To Break Down the Walls of School
Educators are increasingly discovering the value of connecting student learning to the “real world”. In this presentation we’ll explain why this is important and outline some examples of how technology can facilitate connecting students to real world experiences by using tools such as Skype, Google Hangouts, Twitter, Pinterest, blogging and mobile devices. We’ll also provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and share their favourite ways for using technology to break down the walls of school.
Bridging The Digital Divide
21st century teaching can be challenging at the best of times. Trying to teach networked, 21st century learning to students from low-income families is especially so. I discuss the particular EdTech challenges faced by teachers and students at low-income schools and share some strategies that can help them close the gap with other, more well-off students.
Death to Newsletters
In 2012 my school decided to replace all paper newsletters with a school and class blogs and social media. The result has been a resounding success with increased community engagement and thousands of dollars saved. I’ll explain, step by step, what we did, how we got staff and community to buy in and how you too can bring your school into the 21st century with electronic communications.
Is EQAO Working?
EQAO testing is a fixture on the Ontario education landscape and has been since the 1990’s, but remains poorly understood. Why does it exist? Where did it come from? What problems was it created to address? What problems has it caused? Do we still need it? These and many other questions will be discussed as I explain the history of EQAO, the consequences of standardized testing for Ontario students and what we can do to change things.
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