The Time for Excuses is Over

"We can no longer afford to sustain a school structure built for a time long past." ~ Eric Sheninger The quote above is one that resonated with me immediately after reading it. I received my copy of Digital Leadership - Changing Paradigms for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger shortly after it was released from Corwin. Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to start reading it until last week. Better late than never. Although I am only on chapter 5 there have been times where I have caught myself saying "Yes!" out loud and times of quiet reflection about the path my school is currently on. It was chapter 2 - Why Schools Must Change and in particular the section titled The Time for Excuses is Over that is the inspiration for this post. During my time as a classroom teacher, learning technologies coordinator and vice principal I have tried to...
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Netbooks vs iPads

It has been a very busy couple of weeks for me with writing a paper for my comparative education course and reading 8 sets of classroom report cards. I'm happy to say they are both behind me and I'm ready to blog about something that has been on my mind for a long time, Netbooks vs iPads.  My first experience with Netbooks came during my time as a learning technologies coordinator. I failed to be impressed with the device on a personal level but more importantly confused on how they would be used in schools. Those first impressions have stayed with me and became more evident during the past couple of months as we introduced iPads into our school. Students have been engaged creating book trailers , Haiku Decks , and paper slide videos  with the iPads. These same students have a teacher who embraces BYOD, have access to a...
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Bring Your Own Device

BYOD is the anagram.  It stands for Bring Your Own Device and it's a concept that is gaining popularity in school boards across North America.  I recently came across an article from the Toronto Star  that outlines Peel District School Board's plan for technology use in their schools.  153,000 students in Peel District schools are encouraged to bring their smartphones, iPads, tablets and laptop computers to class in what the board calls its “21st century” learning plan. Classroom computers It's a concept that leverages students personally owned devices for classroom instruction because it is getting more difficult for school boards to fight the use of them in the classroom.  In 2008  I was fortunate enough to be asked to organize and run a "Student Voices Forum on Technology".  The goal was to bring students in from all our high schools and get their thoughts and opinions on technology use in our schools.  It...
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