Stop Ditching Homework

I know it’s trendy for folks to proselytize “Ditching Homework” – it’s a catchy phrase, great memories of your own homework are likely hard to find and you won’t get invited to speak at conferences or sell books if you’re encouraging folks to do the something they’re already doing.Now, I’m […]

Tech is not the be-all and end-all

Although I said I’d blog every day in November, I meant “school days” and didn’t intend to blog on the weekend. But I had a few minutes between tasks and was browsing Twitter and came across Draper’s post: It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… […]

Fife – The Grand Tour Day 1 Introduction

So my tour started in Edinburgh and the Hilton Grosvenor was kind enough to host me.  It was in a great old building with long narrow hallways with low ceilings — the signs were helpful but I still managed to hit my head several times.  However, once you opened your […]

Observations

I had the opportunity to visit a school just outside of Edinburgh yesterday. While my overall intent was to look at the use of OneNote and Office365, what resonated with me so strongly was the fluidity with which both educators approached their classes.  I admit, I was taking notes furiously. […]

So you want to hack your OneNote Class Notebook

Taking a brief break from my “Getting Started with OneNote Class Notebook” series (you can start that one here)… This is a little advanced so if you’re not comfortable setting permissions inside of Office365 you may want to avoid this.  Or set up a Class Notebook to play with so […]

Facilitating Feedback in OneNote

When we were creating the precursor to the OneNote Class Notebook, I was heavily influenced (well, I still am) by the work of Black & Wiliam and so improving the quality and quantity of formative assessment is cooked right into the Notebooks.  Likely the whole reason the Class Notebook exists […]

Distributing content in your Class Notebook (the video)

In the previous post Distributing content in your Class Notebook, I went through the steps of distributing a page to each of my students (effectively handing out what I wanted them to look at).  What’s nice is that it doesn’t involve any email – everything stays captured within OneNote.It’s sometimes […]

Defying gravity

Andrew Campbell always encourages me to think about things, no less this time an utterance I boldly share from his Facebook timeline. ————Prediction: Your TL will be full of reaction to the horror of the shooting in #Orlando insisting things must change. Nothing will change————Andrew, you’re wrong.  And you have […]

Milestones (for a Mentor)

We received great news this week: we’ve been designated a Microsoft Mentor School for 2014; one of only three across Canada. From the website: schools must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and the ability to overcome obstacles in preparing students to be 21st century learners. In addition, they must have developed […]

Changing directions

(I thought I should squeeze this in given a link from a popular blog, Continuous Everywhere.)I closed off my teaching this June for a year; in the fall I’ll be returning to life as a PhD student at OISE, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of […]