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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. […]

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 […]

A social media interaction with a school board trustee clarified for me why we need teachers who fail. I suggested that we should be encouraging a more innovative culture in our schools. The trustee snarled “Parents don’t send their children to school to be experimented on” at me. “We need to use proven methods, not just make it up”. His attitude symbolizes a significant contradiction in schools today. We want […]

Google “Liz Sandals Twitter” and you’ll notice two things. First, the Ontario Minister of Education isn’t on Twitter. Second, one of the top search results is a blog post I wrote about Liz Sandals not being on Twitter. The minister has provided the perfect illustration of one reason educators can no longer ignore social media. […]

A discussion of Media Smarts survey that examined the role of networked technologies in young Canadian’s lives

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