I know it’s trendy for folks to proselytize “Ditching Homework” – it’s a catchy phrase, great memories of your own homework are likely hard to find and you won’t get invited to speak at conferences or sell books if you’re encouraging folks to do the something they’re already doing.Now, I’m… Continue Reading Stop Ditching Homework

Although I said I’d blog every day in November, I meant “school days” and didn’t intend to blog on the weekend. But I had a few minutes between tasks and was browsing Twitter and came across Draper’s post: It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why…… Continue Reading Tech is not the be-all and end-all

So my tour started in Edinburgh and the Hilton Grosvenor was kind enough to host me.  It was in a great old building with long narrow hallways with low ceilings — the signs were helpful but I still managed to hit my head several times.  However, once you opened your… Continue Reading Fife – The Grand Tour Day 1 Introduction

Taking a brief break from my “Getting Started with OneNote Class Notebook” series (you can start that one here)… This is a little advanced so if you’re not comfortable setting permissions inside of Office365 you may want to avoid this.  Or set up a Class Notebook to play with so… Continue Reading So you want to hack your OneNote Class Notebook

When we were creating the precursor to the OneNote Class Notebook, I was heavily influenced (well, I still am) by the work of Black & Wiliam and so improving the quality and quantity of formative assessment is cooked right into the Notebooks.  Likely the whole reason the Class Notebook exists… Continue Reading Facilitating Feedback in OneNote

In the previous post Distributing content in your Class Notebook, I went through the steps of distributing a page to each of my students (effectively handing out what I wanted them to look at).  What’s nice is that it doesn’t involve any email – everything stays captured within OneNote.It’s sometimes… Continue Reading Distributing content in your Class Notebook (the video)

We received great news this week: we’ve been designated a Microsoft Mentor School for 2014; one of only three across Canada. From the website: schools must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and the ability to overcome obstacles in preparing students to be 21st century learners. In addition, they must have developed… Continue Reading Milestones (for a Mentor)