Remembering Jack

Jack Layton was a remarkable Canadian in many ways.

A few key words from his  Letter to Canadians  stood out for me.

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Food for thought: How are these words reflected in the way you live your life? What will you do to keep the spirit alive?

~Mark

4 Great Questions

A few days ago my wife received an email from a friend indicating that she was going through some challenging times. In the message she asked for my wife’s perspective on four questions (below).

  • Things you would change if you could?
  • Lessons learned?
  • Things you are glad you did?
  • What do you hope for in the next 5-10 years?
I thought these were great questions that certainly put one into reflective mode.
What would these mean to you personally?  professionally?
What actions will you take?
Happy reflecting.
~Mark

Boot Camp Panel Reflections

Earlier this week, I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a PLP Boot Camp panel discussion.  I enjoyed hearing the thoughts and key messages of the panel members concerning 21C leadership. I captured a key phrase or two from each panel member and share them here for your reflection and what these might mean for you.

  • awakening to the 21 century
  • embrace change
  • continuous learning
  • unified direction needed
  • observe and learn from the cultures in your organization(s)
  • place yourself in the place of most potential, be open to possibilities
  • tools in service of the learning
  • be open and transparent
  • consider support and release needs
  • sustainability planning is critical
Enjoy reflecting on these leadership thoughts. What actions will you put in place?
~Mark

iPad music software

As the calendar roles into August, my thoughts turn to CATC Camp, our Board’s annual summer 3 day, self directed,  computer PD session for staff. This year I will be taking some time to explore music applications with the iPad. Some of the things on my explore list are:

iRig Mic

iRig Guitar Adaptor

iPad music stand mount

Nano Pad

MIDI Interface for iPad/iPhone/iPod

GarageBand

Band in a Box

Music Studio

Pianist Pro

Virtuoso Piano

What am I looking for? — apps and ideas suitable for classroom use, applications that are easily used in the student performance context and applications that can interact with OSAPAC  licensed software (for Ontario publicly funded schools)

As always, I am looking forward to this learning opportunity.

~Mark

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