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    Can the Quality of the System Exceed the Quality of Its Teachers?

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Can the Quality of the System Exceed the Quality of Its Teachers?

I have great respect for all who devote their lives and experiences to the quality of our education system. Whether we agree or not with perspectives, each viewpoint deserves respect especially if they are considered carefully and with all the best intentions. Just because I agree or disagree with […]

Technology – can we get past talking about the tool?

A defining moment which helped me really understand my beliefs about the role that computing technology can play in learning began with a short walk to the store. The morning was young and my daughter and I passed a neighbour’s house with a large hand painted sign out front […]

Transformation? Maybe it is just down the hall.

One of the big things I try to do in my work is to push people to be clear about what they mean. “Mushy thinking” as someone once called it drives me a bit crazy. Now I’m certain that I am as “mushy” as the next person from time […]

Schools Matter and Teachers Care

Every year Surrey Schools hosts a Digital Learner Series. As part of that series this year, we held “Ignite” sessions which include powerpoint presentations of 20 slides of 15 seconds each. It is great fun and really causes people to be succinct. Ignite sessions normally run with multiple speakers […]

Preparing Students for the “Real” World

In our ongoing debate on report cards and letter grades this past week, one of the comments I have heard a few times is “how are students going to be prepared for the real world?” I have to admit, this concept of the “real” world being something external to […]

What do letter grades actually mean?

I’m in the south east of the United States, the heart of Civil War country and, in fact, in the locations of some of the most famous battles in history. The woods surrounding the schools were undoubtedly places where soldiers fought and died. I leaned over the student’s shoulder […]

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#whoownsthishashtag? – Twitter Culture and Social Responsibility

The Pope just hit ten million followers on social media. Who would have imagined a decade ago that the Vatican would even participate in social media yet alone celebrate what is an enormous following? Such a news tidbit only demonstrates the rapidly growing social media trend and the power […]

Change is just a mouse click away…or is it?

This past week, a colleague and I prepared for a provincial webcast on the technology needs for the future we move down the road of supporting learning and teaching. As I prepared I tried to think of some simple takeaways that could help a large group (especially in a webinar) understand what we […]

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should

Many times technology pushes the boundaries of our comfort levels. Where are the moral and ethical lines when it comes to current capabilities we possess? I came across a product that I wanted to highlight because I think it is a great example of a values based and ethical […]

System Change – Important or Urgent?

Those responsible for leadership in our public education systems often respond to the tyranny of the urgent. Student safety, complaints about day to day issues, media spotlights, shifts in policy or the requests from a myriad of external agencies who view our schools as a convenient spot to address […]


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