The Maker Movement

  "There is no innovation or creativity without failure. Period." ~ Brene Brown   I'm intrigued by the whole idea of the maker movement. It reminds me of my childhood where we had a room full of Lego and my dad's workbench that my brother and I used to make things on during our downtime. Now as our school moves from a traditional library to a learning commons, with a makerspace, my focus has shifted to how to support our teachers and students. I want to create the conditions that will best support a makerspace in our school. But how do that when I really have no background knowledge of what effective makerspaces look and sound like or how they are utilized to meet the needs of young learners. My professional learning plan over the summer will consist of a lot of reading and research. I came across the book "The...
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The More Things Change ~ Reflections from #BIT14

  "Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better" ~ Mason Cooley   I started the title for this blog with a partial quote "The more things change..." because of what I have experienced with the use of technology in the classroom over my career. The technology has changed dramatically, but not so much how it is used and who is using it. For the second year in a row I was honoured to present at the Bring IT Together conference in Niagara Falls. This year I presented with my good friend @sbruyns on being a connected administrator. Although I thought our session went very well I left the conference with a sense of emptiness.  The sessions I attended were valuable and the keynotes were excellent. What really struck me though was something that Ron Canuel talked about during his Friday morning keynote. The idea that it's always the same faces, and...
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Thank You EdCamp London Sponsors

As we move closer to EdCamp London on April 12th it is important to recognize those that have provided either financial support or gifts in kind, which are going to make great prizes!  Without financial sponsors we would not be able to offer EdCamp for free. Below are the sponsors who provided financial support. Please give them a click and support them!            The groups below were kind enough to provide amazing prizes for the draw at the end of the day. Make sure you give them a click and check them out too! And if you're coming to EdCamp don't miss our closing session for a chance to win a prize.                      Don't forget to check out the EdCamp Website as we get closer to April 12th. And even if you can't make it follow along on...
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EdCamp London - Just Around the Corner

    The excitement is starting to build for London's first EdCamp. For many in London and the surrounding area it will be their first experience at an "unconference" so there may be a bit of apprehension about what to expect. With less than 50 spots remaining I wanted to use this blog post to give a bit more insight into what to expect at EdCamp and to try to convince those that are sitting on the fence that this will be a great day of professional learning with people who love education.   Lots of discussion - at the heart of the EdCamp experience is the chance for attendees to discuss those burning issues that may not be the topic of conversation in the lunch room. It's a chance to go deep with your ideas in a safe environment with other people who have similar passions.  The law of...
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Another EdCamp, Another A+

  "The smartest person in the room, is the room." ~ David Weinberger   This past weekend I attended my third EdCamp and it was another A+ experience. Every EdCamp that I've been to has had different strengths and takeaways that have moved my learning forward. EdCamp Waterloo was no different. Below is a reflection of my day in Waterloo and what I learned. It's always great to share a day of learning with friends. Saturday was no exception as a number of the EdCamp London organizing committee decided to make the hour long drive to Waterloo, not just for the day of learning but to gather more information and ideas for our own EdCamp which will be held in April. It's also great to make personal connections with those in your PLN. The first person from my PLN that I saw and had a great conversation with was Mark Carbone,...
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