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“It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure.”






I saw this description for a course offered by U of T and thought is was a brilliant observation of what skills are needed today. http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=260# Are you tired of dealing with information overload in your work? Perhaps you’re looking at it from the wrong perspective. Clay Shirky, professor and author, says, “It’s Not Information […]






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Active learning






“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the U.S






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Why aren’t we there yet






Why haven’t we got there yet? This video was done in 2007 What are the barriers teachers are facing to move towards Educational Technology in the classroom. Please see http://t4.jordandistrict.org/payattention to learn how you can become a better teacher.






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noise and error






“good ideas are more likely to emerge in environments that contain a certain amount of noise and error.” Stephen Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From






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Developing confidence with a variety of systems






I was on LinkedIn today and saw this comment by Kerry Boyle “I don’t think we’re doing our young people justice by making them proficient users of only one brand. The future of the internet and the success of it depends on peoples ability to use a variety of different programmes, operating systems, applications and […]






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Sometimes you just need to get out of the way






After watching this video , I realized that sometimes you just have to get out of their way. Education scientist Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education I like the idea of setting up learning pods with technology that links to a subject expert (near end of video). Letting group members switch or stay together or look […]






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way of thinking






“As teachers, we have to remind ourselves sometimes that our way of thinking is not the way of thinking. We have to remind ourselves that the point of education is not to go through the motions of teaching, but to go through the hard scrabble process of helping someone else learn.” Shelly Blake-Plock (2011), I […]






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Thinking deeper






I am terrible at remembering the name of things or using the wrong name. That doesn’t mean I don’t know the thing? It just means I suffer from the occasional “brain fart.” Is there a name for that…. some say ‘old age’ .. LOL So why are we so hard on our students when they […]






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Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity











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Password joke






During a recent company password audit, it was found that a secretary was using the following password: “MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofyOttawa” When asked why he had such a long password, he said he was told his password had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital. . .






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