All posts by markwcarbone

I have 36 years experience in K-12 education. I have been fortunate to work in many different roles including teacher, department head, ICT consultant, IT Manager and CIO. Personal interests include performing in the Venturi Winds woodwind quintet, the Cambridge Symphony and the KW Community Orchestra as well as composing and arranging music. Connect, Learn, Reflect & Share - make a difference today!

DigCit Toronto 18

As excitement builds for first Digital Citizenship Summit Toronto on Saturday October 27th, I look forward to participating, sharing and networking at the event.

Digital Citizenship is an ‘old‘ but important concept –  brought to life at the birth of social media.  Areas of consideration and discussion included your digital footprint, staying safe online, building and participating in online communications etc.  Educators shared ideas and resources regarding approaches to embed Digital Citizenship into the classroom. In the educational context, current work expands to digital leadership, using digital tools to solve problems, expanding understanding (global perspectives) and to move society forward in positive ways.

Context: 

I can remember the early adopter days 10-12 years ago.  Everyone, at least in my mainly educators circle,  was focusing on the potential – new connections, sharing blog posts and resources, kicking the tires on new ideas and approaches, developing your PLN etc.  The future looked bright and rosy.

When you consider how things have evolved,  the complexity is overwhelming! While I do think the ‘solid base’ I described above is still there, one must contend with Influencers, bots, fake news, the far left,  the far right, alternative agendas, promotion of “the negative”, privacy challenges etc.  We owe it to today’s youth, our students, to learn to navigate this digital landscape safely and positively with an eye for opportunity and “doing good”.

Check out related blog posts by other conference organizers Jennifer Casa Todd and Tina Zita

If this topic interests you, consider attending the first Digital Citizenship Summit Toronto,   this Saturday (October 27th, 2018). I hope to see you there!

~Mark

 

 

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Have we lost the long game?

A highlight of my week was spending a day with Stephen Hurley for great conversation, insights, question asking, music making and of course great food!

One of our conversation stops was taking time to explore the question: “Have we lost the long game?” With our respective backgrounds, an easy place to start was the K-12 educational arena, but this question easily applies to many aspects of society. This particular week, we looked at education and health care.

On the health care front, we wondered about two particular elements: finding a better optimization of health care through remixing best strategies rather than polarizing traditional against alternative. Why is this so often viewed in a polarized one vs the other viewpoint? Why can’t it be easier to blend both approaches? Our other focus was on the idea of achieving greater personalization of services at a faster rate. What are the barriers for faster more impactful change? What are the best questions to ask re change?

In terms of education, we explored what we observe – such as the continued focus on “now”. While improving math scores, literacies etc. are important elements of learning and achievement themselves, we wondered what is being neglected while this narrow focus occupies our collective head space? In 20 years, will it matter if a jurisdictions math scores are up one or two percent? Where are we at with teaching other important disciplines? Say creativity for example. Everything in the world around us is changing so quickly, how do we align a long term path of learning for each student that will addresses finding passion, creativity …

By coincidence, I happened to hear TEDx speaker Lucas Foster of WatchMojo, present a session on the Creative Business Cup at the new Idea Exchange in Cambridge on the weekend. In his presentation he made the case for recognizing the crossroads for change at the go forward/no going back stage. He emphasized the need for creativity as part of the process. He pointed out the importance of how we teach, practice, promote creativity as a core element of moving society forward. In my view, this reinforced elements of the “Have we lost the long game?” discussion.

I am looking forward to more exploration of this idea of the long game, and of course, I am looking forward to my next day with Stephen to explore the long game with deeper thinking and questioning.

~Mark

Privacy: what went down

Since the Facebook privacy scandal news broke, I have been collecting articles from a variety of sources and writers representing different perspectives. As summer draws to a close, and things are somewhat quieter on this front, I decided to share my list of articles. This list is not intended to be a complete listing of “what went down” but provide readers with a broad range of perspectives with the intent of raising awareness to privacy issues. Do your part: be aware, stay current, be as safe as you can.

See how Facebook tracks you online

How Facebook was able to siphon off phone data

Essential student privacy and safety questions

Facebook tracks you after account deletion

Firefox work around for Facebook privacy

Go back to old Facebook

#DeleteFacebook is a thing

Potential snooping with mics

Managing facial recognition

Disabling Facebook’s data collection

Firefox extension improves privacy

Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check Google

Firebox Facebook container

Deleting Facebook Data

Delete Facebook data details

Managing Online Tracking

Scrubbing Facebook Data

How Long to Change Facebook

Snow Job

Deleted videos not deleted

Your online data – what they have on you

Facebook servers and data brokers

Privacy Crisis could change big data forever

Cambridge Analytica’s Targeting Model

Facebook admits to tracking users off site

Data collected on people who did not sign up for Facebook

whistleblower says apps and quizzes like ‘Sex Compass’ gathered data from way more than 87M Facebook users

Facial recognition database being built

Do you really have control over your data?

Just the beginning

What you need to know about big data

Facebook changes – what you need to know

Chief marketing technologist: What Now?

Facebook’s new policies translated to simpler language

Cambridge Analytica shutting down

privacy questions not fully answered

Facebook and spy technology

Tracking mouse movements – what Facebook knows

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News: what is fake and what is real?

Online privacy course ready for BC schools

~Mark

Sound Waves in Education with Noa Daniel

Over the last couple of weeks I have have the pleasure of working with Noa Daniel (@noasbobs) to prepare my guest session with her for the Personal Playlist Podcast (P3) on Voiced Radio.

 

 

 

 

The approach used for the podcast series is based on a practice that Noa uses in her classroom. I was asked to choose 3 songs: nostalgic, identity, pick-me-up/inspirational. The podcast conversation focuses unpacking the songs, why these particular ones were selected and why they are important to me.

I found this approach to be a great experience. To me, the idea of bringing personal music choices and relating them to one’s personal story is very powerful. I can certainly see why this would be effective in classroom setting. Noa is a wonderful host and I appreciate having the opportunity to be welcomed to her podcast series.

Here are the links to Noa’s podcast and blog post.

Link to the P3 podcast: Personal Playlist Podcast – Mark W. Carbone

Link to Noa’s blog post: Sound Waves in Education

~Mark

The Virtual Coffee Shop – session 11

This session of the Virtual Coffee Shop podcast features an interview with Waterloo Region District School Board principal Helmut Tinnes. This year, Helmut had the privilege of opening a new school. This podcast captures his vision for learning, school design and a reflection of the first year.

I am sure you will enjoy hearing his perspectives. Pour a cup of your favourite coffee and enjoy!

Resources:
Follow Helmut on twitter
Check out Groh Public School

~Mark

The Virtual Coffee Shop podcast – session 10

I had a  wonderful recent opportunity to connect with Ontario teacher Scott McKenzie to record this podcast on his approach to embracing coding in the classroom, how his approach has changed and evolved over the last few year and catch a glimpse at “what next” in Scott’s classroom.

I hope listeners appreciate Scott’s open and reflective conversation.  Head to the kitchen, prepare a fresh brew and enjoy this conversation with Scott McKenzie.

Resources:

Follow Scott on Twitter
Read Scott’s Blog – the Techno Rookie
About Scott (Google Site)
Workshop: Coding with Spheros

~Mark

Coding Buddies

This blog post features a look at a collaborative coding project at Moffat Creek Public School in Cambridge Ontario. Grade six teacher Vicky McKenna (@VickyMcKenna1 ‏) collaborated with kindergarten teacher Mark Woodfield (@kindycop) ‏to have her students create a custom program for their assigned kindergarten buddy.

The video includes interviews with Vicki, Mark, digital literacy support teacher Jeff Brown (@jeff_dbrown), student feedback as well as some classroom action.

~Mark