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Digital learning for everyone – project management + socio-emotional support

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:33:42 +0000

I’m into Year Two (of two) leading digital strategy for the K-12 system here in PEI. I landed in a wonderful situation where almost all the hardware (computers and wires) system-wide had just been replaced when I arrived, and where the educators and curriculum/governance people involved are interested in having conversations about a way forward. … Continue reading "Digital learning for everyone – project management + socio-emotional support"

Our schools aren’t broken, they’re hard

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:37:47 +0000

Another blog post today (which i wont link to) about how education is broken and how technology is going to save it. This is a favoured phrase of the consultant who wants to sell you a technology to ‘fix’ said broken system (#techcharlatans). Fortunately for my blood pressure, a good buddy (@kreshleman) posted a the … Continue reading "Our schools aren’t broken, they’re hard"

Supporting Healthy Digital Practice – An approach to digital strategy in k12

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:29:39 +0000

For the past year, I have been working with the Department of Education in PEI to support Digital Practice (a term i settled on working through ideas with Lawrie Phipps). I landed in a wonderful situation in the k12 system here where someone had already gone through and replaced all the hardware (wires and computers). … Continue reading "Supporting Healthy Digital Practice – An approach to digital strategy in k12"

An introductory Arduino class design

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:14:59 +0000

Last weekend was Oscar’s 11th birthday party. For those of you in the know, that is the age that kids receive their letters of invitation from Hogwarts and, therefore, we were having a Harry Potter themed birthday party. I admit I probably went over the deep end on this. The kids and I made magic … Continue reading "An introductory Arduino class design"

Designing online learning from the ground up for k12

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:05:31 +0000

I’ve been facilitating a variety of conversations in the passed few weeks here in PEI working towards a plan for k12 education. It’s been a fascinating glimpse into all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in the system. This week I moved to a part of the work that I’m really excited … Continue reading "Designing online learning from the ground up for k12"

A Change Sprint – workshopping new ideas in a hurry

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:29:33 +0000

During a conversation in my back yard this summer with the excellent Robin DeRosa, she and I decided, once again, that most of us trying to do things differently in education all face the same kinds of issues. We also noted that as our roles become more embedded and visible in our respective institutions, it … Continue reading "A Change Sprint – workshopping new ideas in a hurry"

Stealing project management language for change in education

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:19:04 +0000

I’m starting out a new role here in Prince Edward Island. I’ve always been interested in the way that educational systems work, they way they were formed, how their systems match their goals. It seems that I’m now going to get the opportunity to work inside another system and see if I can be of … Continue reading "Stealing project management language for change in education"

Learning Ecosystem Participant Model

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:45:01 +0000

A group of us had a conversation a couple of weeks ago about creating a learning community(ies) for an existing nonprofit open online learning site. How do you go about it? How do you translate what we believe about open learning to language that will respond to a project plan? Who are the multiple audiences? … Continue reading "Learning Ecosystem Participant Model"

Planning for educational change : what is education for?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:23:28 +0000

In the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of projects that impact both education as a system and challenge some people’s conceptions of what learning is and might be for. The latter is compelling, and projects like #rhizo14 and #rhizo15 have led to some amazing conversations, some interesting papers, … Continue reading "Planning for educational change : what is education for?"

New Student Orientation – Orienting, Not Informing

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:31:52 +0000

* This is a crosspost of Orienting, Not Informing, posted on Michael Rutter’s Higher Ed Gamma on Inside Higher Education. * For the past few years, I’ve been working on making changes within our institution’s New Student Orientation (NSO) process. For some institutions orientation is about level setting, about placement inside a program. For the … Continue reading "New Student Orientation – Orienting, Not Informing"