Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and check them out!   Beware of Minecraft... It's like Crack for Kids. http://t.co/vYetjh6zlK— Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) April 14, 2014 I remember when tweeting was called passing notes.— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) April 14, 2014 BYOD gains in acceptance as more adults realize the power of having constant access to information in their own lives. #edtechchat— Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) April 15, 2014 We should embrace social media for what it is... a tool that is customizable and personalized for all of our use. #edchat #unionrxi— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 15, 2014 New! Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story:http://t.co/YufWZybaAW via @DavidFifeVP #smedchat #edchat #digcit pic.twitter.com/6FvC2JV4LR— Remind101 (@remind101) April 15, 2014 @mraspinall Agreed! Hands down #edcampldn was the best PD I have ever experienced!— Carrie McEachern (@mceach_17) April 16, 2014 What feedback is and isn't http://t.co/A8l03Jd6mY— Kyle...
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  Click here to read my first of 3 articles for remind101 ~ Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story
Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through a have a look!       Instead of.... pic.twitter.com/RLmGKcn4PE— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) April 6, 2014 When you smother your emotions you lose your passion to live.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) April 8, 2014 "A leader sees greatness in other people. You can't be much of a leader if all you see is yourself." - Maya Angelou— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) April 11, 2014 “@Cari__Patterson: We don't need more information; we need better filters. @dougpete #edcampldn”— Jennifer Chelchowski (@jchelchowski) April 12, 2014 Important to encourage a growth mind set beyond the walls of the school. What are our parents and community members thinking #edcampldn— Marsha Kelly (@marshatkelly) April 12, 2014 Oh my #edcampldn #edcampswo using google hangouts to join edcampers from two location pic.twitter.com/ACOHqwUvoR— Michelle Cordy (@cordym) April 12, 2014 Everything worth doing requires resilience.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) April 13, 2014...
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Below is a guest blog post from Tim Elmore. Tim is the President of Growing Leaders and author of Habitudes. He is committed to training the next generation of leaders. Enjoy. I'd love to hear your comments.   Because of the rapid cycles of change we're experiencing these days, I propose that we must rethink how we connect with students every four years. Let me suggest a few. The following observations are about Generation iY (i.e. students born since 1990) that may help you as you attempt to communicate and connect with students today:   Observation #1: They want to Belong before they Believe.Today's students are different than those of past generations. They don't necessarily make decisions based upon logic or statistics. I know professors, salesmen and ministers who will try to convince a young person about something before they build any sense of relationship or community. Students today would rather...
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    Why are we still using worksheets!? If they can do the worksheet, they don't need it. If they can't, it won't help them. #edchat #cdnedchat — Tanya Avrith (@edtechschools) March 30, 2014 @DavidFifeVP "all children are born scientists" -Buckminster Fuller (paraphrased) — Peri Goodman (@future4school) March 30, 2014 Complainers are complainers because they don't want to take responsibility to make things better. #Leadership — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) April 3, 2014 Clever, with a great (visual) message! pic.twitter.com/6Fym0X1JtK — David Truss (@datruss) April 3, 2014 The best educators are able to make the invisible kids feel visible by helping them find their voice & their niche. pic.twitter.com/0EKkfnifH5 — Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 4, 2014 Great quote here! RT @bcurrie5: pic.twitter.com/6z5FwUiwwE — David Fife (@DavidFifeVP) April 4, 2014...
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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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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!         As a leader, you're either influencing the culture, or, being influenced and possibly absorbed by the existing one. Takes courage to lead!— Kevin Daniel, Ed.D. (@kdworkshops) March 23, 2014 #byod and #byot at its best! pic.twitter.com/a2OB9qqY3B— David Carruthers (@pluggedportable) March 24, 2014 Students should be taught to meaningfully respond to one another's papers. Peer responding = good. Peer editing = bad. #engchat— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) March 24, 2014 Don't tell the world your mission statement. Show the world you are on a mission. - @jongordon11 #action #colchat— Michele Corbat (@MicheleCorbat) March 25, 2014 Some people find it easier to complain about their work than they do to actually do their work.— Todd (@ToddWhitaker) March 25, 2014 Thanks for visiting our classroom today Director Elliott! @TVDSB @DavidFifeVP #tvadmin #tvdsb...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     Teaching and Learning....Essential Mindsets pic.twitter.com/qv4dCSBEMO — Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) March 17, 2014 Pointing out problems is useful. Providing options and solutions is better. #Leadership — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) March 17, 2014 "The effort is what counts in everything." - John Wooden — MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) March 17, 2014 It is really easy to criticize administrators for their decisions when you have never been in the role. It is a tough position to be in. — George Couros (@gcouros) March 18, 2014 Word of the day: Clairboyance, n. the ability to perceive the future as bright and fluffy — Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) March 18, 2014 Feedback is a gift. — MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) March 19, 2014 Every single day, I meet someone or learn something from Twitter who/that I wouldn’t have found elsewhere....
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Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     Learn to take risks. Lead with Passion. #leadership #edleadership #atplc #resilience pic.twitter.com/bEB9p690nn— Rosa Isiah (@RosaIsiah) March 9, 2014 “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” George S. Patton #leadership— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) March 10, 2014 Parking issues at ur school? Schools were not designed to have so many being dropped off. Importance of walking and neighbourhood schools.— Chris Wejr (@ChrisWejr) March 10, 2014 If you didn't make any 'waves,' then you must not have gotten in the water... it's time we all got a little wet. #edchat #leadership— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) March 11, 2014 If you went to school, you might (not) be an expert... The article says it all. http://t.co/oP92IvA1RT— Scott Armstrong (@SArmstrongP) March 12, 2014 Tip: Understand the difference between being honest and being adversarial. #leadership— Dan...
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  "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself" ~ John Dewey   It's Spring Break here in Ontario and the snow just doesn't seem to want to stop falling so today I decided to do a bit of organizing, as well as, back up my computer and iPhone. As I started saving the the school pictures from my phone something hit me - school spirit. People will have different ideas on what school spirit is. In fact if you had asked me when I was in high school or university my answer would have been much different than it is today. Back then I would have said school spirit is much like the picture at the top of this post. Athletics and teams were the heart and soul of a school. They brought everyone together, cheering and supporting their peers and having some fun doing it. I...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     #learning pic.twitter.com/21LvJWDY8q — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) March 3, 2014 We live in a culture where we "keep all we catch"; time to learn from the tradition of sharing what we are gifted with. #connectedcanada — Claudia Amendola (@darthclaudiaa) March 3, 2014 A child who reads will be an adult that thinks pic.twitter.com/CCD1GHBB0P — Tim Bonello (@bonellot) March 4, 2014 If we aren't using technology to innovate and iterate edu, then we are using it to make bad edu faster and more efficient! #SXSWedu — Jaime Casap (@jcasap) March 4, 2014 @sbruyns: "You cannot Google the answer to a great inquiry question." So true! — Marion Moynihan (@MarionMoynihan) March 5, 2014 Never underestimate the power of people with a "whatever it takes" attitude. #bettertogether — Kyle Pace (@kylepace) March 6, 2014 Remember...
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    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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  Below are the Tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     Servant leadership is grounded in the foundational idea of serving others without any expectation of return... — David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) February 23, 2014 PD isn't a three hour workshop, it's a career long process where educators fine tune their craft to better meet student needs. #21stedchat — Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) February 24, 2014 Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect! pic.twitter.com/mva1kP6NIe — Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) February 25, 2014 Sometimes someone just needs to be told that they matter. That they hold value. That they're important. Spread the message today. #BeLove — Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd) February 26, 2014 I am not saying that teachers are more special than anyone else, but what they do is very special. — Nicholas A. Ferroni (@NicholasFerroni) February 26, 2014...
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  "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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  Below are the Tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     Teachers, this one is for you... "The Starfish Story" #makingadifference pic.twitter.com/g6yHFfut13 #edwrdsb #tvdsb #abed— Cube For Teachers (@cubeforteachers) February 17, 2014 One's mindset can be largest determinant of success!— Laura Kroll (@Mandery) February 17, 2014 #3: If pupils learn to avoid mistakes in school they are less likely to come up with new ideas. Let's teach them to make better mistakes.— Pasi Sahlberg (@pasi_sahlberg) February 17, 2014 You will never do anything in this world without courage. #quote Aristotle— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) February 17, 2014 "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) February 17, 2014 A1: Character devpt needs to be infused into all subject areas with purposeful & intentional opportunities to teach the attributes #colchat— Silvana Hoxha (@Silvana_Hoxha) February 18, 2014 A:3 This...
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  "Those who think they have no time for exercise will eventually have to make time for illness" ~ Edward Stanley   It's amazing how the universe points things out to you. A couple of weeks ago I read an article in my local newspaper about a unique high school course that is combining math and physical education during the first period of the day. You can read the article here. Initial results have been very promising and it is gaining some momentum. I love the fact that we are trying something innovative in our district to help students with mathematics. This article caught my attention for 2 reasons outside of being innovative. The school in the article is my former high school and I have an undergraduate degree in Movement Sciences, so I have a keen interest in athletics.  A few days after reading the article I went to...
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  Below are the Tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     "If you don't have great teachers, you don't have a great school and nothing else is going to change that." @ToddWhitaker - @ToddWhitaker— Greg Miller (@millerg6) February 10, 2014 Microsoft rep is explaining how easy it is to use One Note to help students do worksheets on tabelts. #sigh— Andrew Campbell (@acampbell99) February 10, 2014 Confusion is the window of learning and the door of opportunity.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) February 10, 2014 "Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." - Harold S. Geneen— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) February 11, 2014 As a leader, if you are not “selling” the future…you are most likely still “buying” the past…— David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) February 11, 2014 People become educators, not because they couldn't be anything else, but because...
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  "Out of respect for my brother I have to go after these dreams and to do all within my power to make it happen" ~ Alex Bilodeau   In 2010 Alex Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil. On Monday he became only the second Canadian Olympian to successfully defend a gold medal. Both tremendous accomplishments. But that's not what makes his life story so compelling. We can all learn 2 very important life lessons from Alex, which also makes him an amazing role model.  The first lesson we can learn from Alex is the idea that we can all find a passion or drive to succeed. For Alex this drive comes from watching his brother Frederic who was born with cerebral palsy. The Bilodeau family was told that Frederic would not be able to walk by the age of 12, but...
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    Below are the Tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     .@metromorning Vital to understand context of Fraser Ins report based on unfounded belief competition breeds improvement. #onted — Annie Kidder (@Anniekidder) February 3, 2014 Focusing on problems creates negative environments. — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) February 3, 2014 Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt — Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) February 4, 2014 Finnish parents very happy with their children's early childhood education according to survey. What do the kids want? Play and play! — Pasi Sahlberg (@pasi_sahlberg) February 4, 2014 Research shows that leaders must look to their own behavior before they can expect good conduct from their followers. http://t.co/kgrnrJSSMY — Gerard Seijts (@iveyleadership) February 5, 2014 We need to brag about what our students are doing. Social media best medium for...
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  One thing I miss about being a learning technologies coordinator is the time spent looking at new pieces of software, testing them out and then eventually piloting them with a classroom to see if they would be a good addition to our software library. I first came across Brian Aspinall's name about a year ago on Twitter from a #ff recommendation from @dougpete. After giving him a follow I quickly realized from his Twitter feed that we had many of the same interests but he had one amazing skill that I wanted and sadly still don't have...but I'm working on it! He has coding skills. Using those skills he has developed a number of web-based applications, one of which I am going to review for you here today called Scrawlar. You can read more about Brian and his web applications here and follow him on Twitter @mraspinall A platfrom agnostic...
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