Thoughts on School Design

"School is a building that has four walls with tomorrow inside." ~ Lon Watters If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that in September I will be starting a new vice principal assignment at a large elementary school that is only 4 years old. In June as I met the staff and toured the school I began to notice things with the building that had me thinking about the principles of the design. It is a lovely new building with all the amenities that one would think a new school should have. However, that is simply a superficial look at the building. Looking deeper at the design I started to wonder how the school could have been built to suit the needs of students today. I admit that I don't know the building code or specifications for new builds from the Ministry of Education but...
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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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