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Sharing Ideas at HiveWR

HiveWR  had a great turnout for their third membership meetup on July 26th.  It was a great evening of sharing ideas, perspectives and networking.

Featured ignite session speakers were:

  • Victoria Raab:  Mom’s Influence
  • Scott McKenzie: Creative Power of Coding
  • Carlo Fusco: Your Hidden Trail
  • Justin Watkins: Digital Kitchener Strategy and Digital Inclusion
  • Darya (Dasha) Berezhnova: Downtown Kitchener Gentrification Study
  • Alice Cecile: Machine Learning and the Arts
  • Brent Wettlaufer: 300 Seconds

Couldn’t attend?   Enjoy their sessions via the live stream recording archive.

HiveWR Board Member

2011: Looking Ahead

As it turned out, I was not home on January 1, 2011 so I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I typically do not create a big list of New Year resolutions, but at this point in my life, I will commit to focusing my efforts on some key things.

  • open transformational leadership
  • contribute to educational change
  • building communities
  • improving student learning
  • rebalancing work/family/personal time
  • live the ‘Habitudes
  • better exercise routines
  • and maybe get a little more sleep!

I look forward to sharing the journey ahead with you. I hope 2011 will be an exciting, go forward year.

~ Mark

The Training Factor

During the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to attend 2 interesting events: our Board’s PLP kickoff session and a K-12 briefing with IBM. In some ways one might think these event would have little in common.  However, in looking at effective teaching and leadership, there was a list of common elements which included: a focus on student needs, learning, collaboration, networking & relationships.

Reflecting upon these events, I found that I was left with one major question.

What would teaching look like today if all faculties of education primarily focused training on

  • building communities, both face to face (i.e. classroom) and online (extension of classroom) and
  • inquiry & research based, collaborative learning and problem solving

as the key strategies to address the various literacies required to today’s student?  Where would we be today?

Just thinking.

~ Mark