CourseHelp.ca gets a reboot

My new update for CourseHelp.ca has gone live. It was quite a bit of work moving over all the content from the previous Google Sites site. Since nothing is automated, I had to create a new page for each resource on the site. I think it still all came together fairly quickly and I’m pleased with the simple and clean appearance of it. The last site contained different sections for video…

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Listening to the Naysayers: Wisdom from the other side (Part 2)

4. “People are just interested in trends that are new and shiny.” Here’s an important one to take to heart. We in Ed Tech have a tendency to get excited about new possibilities when new technology comes out. We can sometimes let our interest in technology get ahead of the pedagogy, and that’s not good for students. I remember when Google Glass came out and various Ed Tech individuals were…

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Listening to the Naysayers: Wisdom from the other side (Part 1)

Sometimes I wish to roll my eyes at the naysayers who say that we shouldn’t be using technology in classrooms, or maybe just grab their shoulders and shake them. But, no worries, I refrain. It can be frustrating to work with those who don’t want to change. It seems, however, that I need to be a bit more patient. It isn’t always fear of change that motivates the hesitations to…

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OSSEMOOC Evening EdTech Discussions

I tried my first OSSEMOOC evening discussion today. If you’re not aware of what that is, it’s Ontario School and System Leaders Edtech MOOC (the C stands for ‘Community’ rather than course). I’ve been meaning to check it out for half a year now and I finally did. I totally found it really worth it! I talk to people about Digital Learning all the time. It’s my job. A lot…

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Have a look at the new Socrative 2.0

Socrative.com may have been around for a while now, but if you haven’t had a look at it recently or tried out their Socrative 2.0, it’s definitely worth a look. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a web-based student-response system that essentially replaces ‘Clickers’. They have iOS and Android apps, but I find the new web-based interface excellent and not worth the bother of app installation and then it’s…

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The end of the computer lab

The age of computer labs is coming to a close. At least I think it should.  Computer labs just need to go away. We don’t have ‘pencil labs’ or ‘crayon labs,’ so we don’t need computer labs. A room dedicated to one particular learning tool doesn’t seem to make sense now. Sure, at one time a special room was needed for computers because of the nature of the older technology….

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Students Take Aim at Antiquated Classroom Technology with ‘Mock a Difference’ Campaign

(Orginally appeared on http://highschoolbreakingnews.blogspot.ca/  Sept 1, 2013).   Students across Ontario are increasing pressure on teachers to upgrade their antiquated teaching habits as the “Mock a Difference” (MaD) movement gains momentum. Feeling they have waited far too long, Ontario students have begun to take educational technology reform into their own hands. The MaD movement simply exhorts students to hurl light hearted but serious mockery on teachers whenever they use antiquated technology…

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“Oh, I’m not a computer person.”

I’m not a real fan of math. I blame a grade five teacher that used competitive multiplication games that humiliated me. Before that, I liked math. Ever since I’ve felt that I have some sort of a math disease. I was so happy when I discovered the word “dyscalculia” in teacher’s college. That’s what I have! My brain is just not able to process math… Bollocks! I’m bad at math…

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