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Concerns about the impacts and effectiveness of French Immersion programs aren’t new. As Ayesha Barmania wrote in “La Vie Bilingue: French immersion programs in Canada through the ages” school boards have been dealing with the same problems with French Immersion for almost forty years. Seven years ago Kristin Rushowy wrote about how French Immersion schools in Oakville (Halton District […]

Persicope in the Classroom

In education, just as in society in general, there is a healthy community of early adopters. The same people who line up for hours outside electronic stores to get the latest gadget are also in classrooms. They’re the educators who want to be the first to try something new. They’re willing to put with the […]

change

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 […]

Head in the clouds

Just as the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano signal the start of spring, high school students visiting their elementary school teacher marks the start of the school year. Their first year in high school they come back en masse to reassure themselves you’re still there. Several years ago, in early September, I was talking to an agitated former student. […]

Teacher Looking at Filmstrip by Projector

The sound of the stampede to put educational technology (EdTech) in every classroom is deafening. Teachers who don’t thrust students in front of screens are treated with the disdain reserved for smokers or disgraced radio hosts. Meanwhile, teachers who integrate technology into every corner of their classroom are revered and treated like rock stars at conferences. Unfortunately, the cacophony of EdTech is drowning out the […]

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