What’s in a name?

What's in a name?

A while ago I decided to say goodbye to TechEd-dy, my EduBlogs hosted blog, and move to a self hosted solution. I figured it was time to take the next step. I purchased my domain name and installed WordPress on my server. I found a theme that I liked, and then I got stuck. I … [Read more…]

Digital Literacy Thoughts – first try

Digital Literacy Thoughts - first try

This is a first attempt at synthesizing a number of Digital Literacy frameworks into something that I feel I can take to teachers to help them build Digital Literacy capacity in their classrooms. The frameworks I have looked at include: BC Draft Digital Literacy Standards Mozilla Web Literacy Standards Brennan’s Framework for … Development of … [Read more…]

Another MOOC … not finished.

Not finishing MOOCs is starting to become a habit with me.  I tend to start strong and then falter in the last leg of the race.  This time it was the Scratch Creative Computing Online Workshop.  Life just got in the way.  Still I made it to week 4 (of a six week course) and … [Read more…]

#EdCampWest reflection

I have just returned home from #EdCampWest at the University of Victoria and feel the need to write a few things down before they fade away. An Ed Camp is an interesting and somewhat elusive experience. The unstructured nature of the day gives participants opportunities to have conversations they are interested in, but this same … [Read more…]

Sir Ken Quotes

Despite it’s US-centric message I enjoyed this Sir Ken Robinson TED talk.  My favourite quotes: “There are three principles on which human life flourishes and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to to labour and most students have to endure: Human beings are naturally diverse Humans are naturally … [Read more…]

Search is a journey, not a destination.

Search is a journey, not a destination.

I have been trying to teach my students how to search the internet more efficiently for quite a while now, with limited success.  I used to spend a lot of time on keywords and understanding boolean logic and trying to find the magic query that would return the most relevant results.  I told them not … [Read more…]

Learning and re-learning

Learning and re-learning

I am a bit of a frustrated learner these days.  There are so many great learning opportunities available in the areas that interest me and I just don’t have the time to take advantage of them.  I wish I could participate in all the amazing #ETMOOC sessions or read the articles available through MIT’s Learning … [Read more…]