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One of my first roles as a teacher was to spy on students. I was offered a teaching job at one of the first schools in Ontario to have a school-wide network. The principal wasn’t entirely sure what a network was, and so she needed some help. I was hired to teach grade 8, but I was also in […]

Some education issues are like zombies, they just won’t die. Like teaching cursive in schools. Every week brings an article explaining why cursive must be taught in schools, followed quickly by a response as to why it’s a dying skill that needs to be removed from the curriculum. My experience with cursive as a student […]

While traveling this summer I toured an old Victorian jail at night. Very spooky! The lights were turned out and an actor, in character as one of the original jail guards, took us through the jail. He told horrific stories of how the prisoners were treated. The conditions were so bad that when they opened […]

danah boyd is quite clear that teens use social media by default rather than design. Teenagers prefer to spend time together, face to face, but societal changes (e.g. schools outside their neighbourhoods, gated communities, stranger danger and curfew and loitering laws) make it difficult for them to “hang out”. They fill that gap with social  media, connecting online to replace […]

The previous month delivered discouraging signs for Ontario parents, students and educators. Public school educators have been out of contract since the summer of 2014, and it appears that negotiations aren’t going well.

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