No Problems…..Just Solutions.



​One of my favourite sayings is, “No problems, just solutions.”

Educators face many challenges today.  Class size and composition, reduction in funding and services, and the adoption of multiple initiatives involving curriculum and reporting.

In my current teaching position I would identify two urgent problems, or as I like to refer to them - challenges.
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The Return of YouTube RSS

I just read this on OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes in my RSS reader.

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apparently YouTube has decided to allow users to follow channels via RSS again,

from: YouTube has (apparently) reinstated RSS feeds – BiteofanApple

It seems to work, I’ve aded my own channel to my RSS reader, Inoreader, and it worked fine.…

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My Dream School


The factory-based model referred to by Clayton Christensen in the forward of Blended may have been the product of industrialization but it worked well for me.  The teacher directed, structured, predictable nature offered me clarity and comfort .  I liked the orderly arrangement of desks that identified the classroom as a place of learning with a clear purpose.
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A Review: Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level

We are hearing the concept of “innovation” more and more throughout the education world but what does that mean? This is what Don Wettrick tackles in his book, Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level.

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Review:What Connected Educators Do Differently

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What Connected Educators Do Differently” by Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker), Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) and Jeffrey Zoul (@Jeff_Zoul)was one of the books that I selected for my summer reading. This year, administrators and leads in Superior-Greenstone District School Board were not given assigned reading, but rather were allowed to choose books that supported our unique learning leads.  

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#IMMOOC a New Adventure for Innovative Educators and School Counsellors

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September is upon us and the excitement of the new year is here. What a great opportunity to be able to learn, collaborate and plan with others who are as passionate about supporting their students as I am.

Septemeber 2016 will be especially creative for me as I am planning on participating in the Innovators Mindset MOOC #IMMOOC facilitate by  George Couros  and his team.…

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Three Things Yacht Rock and MOOCs Teach Us About MOOCs and Yacht Rock

You mean to tell me everything that happened was just so I would record a song for a Gregory Hines movie?

Michael McDonald, Yacht Rock (Episode 12)

If you’re affluent, we can do a much better job with you, we can make magic happen.

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Keepin It Real: A Review

 

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Lisa Donohue compares educators to that of Christopher Columbus, the explorer that used the tools at hand to navigate unchartered territory. According to Donohue, “our youngsters are the ones who will define the worlds to come, and our role is to equip them as well as possible for the unknown future.” Are we preparing our students, who like Columbus, are entering unchartered territories, or are we providing our students with learning environments that are best suited for us?

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“Expert” vs “Novice” – Examining the “boundary” concept in informal learning environments

We are examining the idea of research around informal learning opportunities this week in my EdD class. My experiences come from cMOOCs, in particular my experiences as learner in #Change11 and #Moocmooc, lead conspirator of #etmooc lead facilitator of #DigiFoot12 #ceetopen and #oclmooc.

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