Watch the interview:
Additional ECOO video podcasts are online [here].
Thank you to those participants who attended my workshop presentations today. As promised, I am sharing the resources:
Conference Twitter feed #wbecon14
Additional resources are listed at the end of the slide deck. Stay connected and continue to share your learning.
The other day I happened to catch a segment of The Current CBC broadcast as I was driving between school appointments. The topic was big data based the book Dataclysm, which certainly captivated my interest for a variety of reasons.
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I happened to tune in just at the moment the discussion was focused on analyzing data written in social media, Twitter in this case. While many view social media communications as somewhat inane, an in depth analysis reveals some interesting facts.
In the interview, Christian commented that this type of analysis can and has been repeated. This is not an isolated ‘one time’ look at this area.
When one considers the writing benefits summarized here, I believe there is a strong case to incorporate the social media writing medium in the school system. Of course there are natural connections to digital citizenship, engagement, real world audiences etc.
As a classroom educator, if you are already doing this, keep going! If not, consider giving it a try with an age appropriate system, a collaborative document with simulated limits or even offline.
Listen to the CBC Podcast with Christian Rudder on Dataclysm
Book: Dataclysm by Christian Rudder
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Well, it is Saturday morning, up early after a long drive and feeling honoured to attend and present at the Ottawa GAFE (Google Apps For Educators) Summit with Andrew Bieronski. This summit is the first ever bilingual #gafesummit and has over 1200 educators participating. I am certainly looking forward to a great weekend of learning and sharing.
Today’s post shares the presentation resource for our Ottawa GAFE presentation.
Check out the video of our presentation:
As your school year schedule settles in and your thoughts drift to incorporating professional learning, there are many great opportunities happening in Ontario.
Ed Camp Barrie, one of several Ed Camps in Ontario this year, is running on Saturday September 27th. Registration and other details are available at the EdCamp Barrie web site. If you can’t attend in person and are interested in participating as a virtual learner follow the #edcampbarrie Twitter stream and watch for details about live-streaming of select sessions.
Enjoy your professional learning journey.
One of the highlights of last week for me was kicking off our Tuesday ITS teams meetings. The room was filled with great people, energy, enthusiasm and anticipation. We kicked off our meeting with a “state of the universe” with our Google Apps (GAFE) environment.
We started to talk about goals for this year which led to discussion about the need to further develop our support model. Sounds easy. Seems traditional. We want users to feel well supported and offer timely assistance as needed.
Then it happened, THE disruptive question: Where is this all going? Then more questions: On what timeline? What can we stop doing? How do we improve ‘this’? How do we solve ‘that’?
The broad strokes answer is we are going to the cloud where we have anytime anywhere access, device agnostic functionality and no dependancy on any particular OS. At what rate? With what feature set? With what issues? — the bottom line is no one really knows. Things are changing more rapidly than ever before — and certainly faster than traditional support mechanisms can be designed, learned, documented, workshopped and people can be ready to answer help desk tickets with tiered support levels can be put in place. In my view, this journey is much more like building the plane while you are flying it. Support in this rapidly changing state might mean best effort or we are researching — a far cry from the comfort of a more traditional and methodical approach.
Finally someone stated “but we haven’t functioned or learned in this ‘just in time’ mode before.” BINGO! – it is new and and feels uncomfortable, really uncomfortable. IT staff are supposed to know all the answers. Yet, I believe being in this is the new fluid “technology existence” is the new norm.
I emphasized a few key points to help the conversation end in a good place. The bottom line: the smartest person in the room IS the room. This type of scenario is a great chance for an IT department to play, learn together, collaborate and share — ultimately put themselves and their learning out there to give students and staff the opportunity to use the latest tools to support learning.
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I hope that our user community appreciates the balance of risk taking and just in time learning to offer great technology enabled learning environments.