SeLNO Presentation Resources

Today’s post shares my sources from my SeLNO symposium session.

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SeLNO Symposium Website and Resources

Follow the Twitter stream at #selno

Update: I have included this sketchnote that Colleen Rose created during my presentation.

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~Mark

EdCampHam – sharing the learning

Hats off to the organizers of the  Ed Camp Hamilton  event – great turn day, great turn out and awesome conversations.  I really enjoyed the positive energy of a professional learning event where people chose to attend and brought their opens minds – wonderful!!!

I wanted to share a few resources from the event so that the learning and ideas continue.

The twitter stream is captured online via  Storify.

Archives from the live streaming are now up on YouTube.  Enjoy these deep conversations:

Math

The Ins and Outs of blogging with students

Collaborative Inquiry

 

Monitor the Twitter stream at #edcampham

Keep the learning going!

~Mark

English Association Presentation Resources

This post combines the slide decks and resources from the 2 English Association sessions on the April 17th professional learning session into one presentation.

~Mark

Learn Virtually at Ed Camp Hamilton

On Saturday April 18th I will be sharing my learning at Ed Camp Hamilton  via the Twitter Stream at #edcampham. I will also be live streaming some sessions at [here] (view with free account).

Will you join in?

~Mark

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The Importance of Now and Next

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Last fall I can remember sitting in a Starbucks with Donna Fry working on our  OSSEMOOC  project, and talking passionately about the importance of being “present” – living life in the moment and explicitly doing the best thing possible in that moment:  listen, understand, suggest, advise, coach, act …  you get the picture.   I don’t recall specifically how we got onto the topic, but the importance of the conversation stayed with me.  This is a choice,  a way of living, a way to interact with people.   That is the “now”.

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In his recent address to Microsoft employees on the 40th anniversary of  the company, Bill Gates restated his views on the importance of making  “the power of technology accessible to everyone, connect people to each other and make personal computing available everywhere.” 

And then, there it was – a very powerful quote:  “What matters most is what we do next”  he wrote. Let that sink in:  What matters most is what we do next.

Lets take a moment to frame the importance of now & next in terms of our GAFE Summit experience this weekend.

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Be in the moment – learn, experiment, play, document,  ask and savour the joy of learning.

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What will you do to

  • keep a new connection
  • document your learning
  • share your reflections
  • change your practice
  • make your learning visible and/or
  • nurture those around you?

It is up to you.  What is your  NEXT?

~Mark

Resources:   Read Bill Gates email address to Microsoft employees email address.

 

 

Tribute to Marilyn Allen

Today is one of those markers in time.  For the last 7 and a half years, I have had the pleasure of working with and reporting to Marilyn Allen,  Executive Superintendent of Business and Financial Services at the WRDSB.  As Marilyn winds up her final day and prepares for stepping into retirement, it seems appropriate to share a few comments.

baseball hat

Over the years, there have been many hats worn: mentor, coach, cheer leader, planner, organizer, advisor, team builder, strategist, problem solver and friend.  All hats were worn with purpose, integrity and thoughtfulness.

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I have appreciated the qualities you emphasized in our going work: up front and open conversations no matter what the challenge or topic, pro-activeness, no surprises and clear language.  On a personal note, I loved that no matter what was going on, you ended every meeting with a resounding “go forth and do your best work“.

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Marilyn, you have been the champion of “awesome” and “keeping our ducks in a row“.  Thanks for being  a great mentor, open to new ideas and believing in me!!!

You have much to celebrate.  I wish you a long, happy and healthy retirement!

~Mark

 

Forward Thinking with Jamie Weir

At semester turn around I had a great opportunity to connect with WRDSB teacher Jamie Reaburn-Weir.  After some conversation about student voice, choice and assessment strategies, she kindly agreed to capture the conversation for wider sharing.

Enjoy Jamie’s forward thinking insights in this video.

I look forward to following along the journey where Jamie is leading her classes.

Follow Jamie on Twitter: Jamie Weir
Read Jamie’s Blog.

~Mark

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