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Leading Learning Conference Reflections

Well the Leading Learning Conference is over for another year, although the discussions are still going on in the online community.  A couple of quick reflections:

With reference to Game Based Learning, a Ludic epistemology – a theory of play based learning and knowledge, rather than simply engagement when referring to gaming in education.

Workplace rather than workshop learning, since most of our learning occurs on the job and informally, rather than the few times educators get pulled out for PD or go to a conference.  It was nice to see a more self directed approach to PD, with a mentorship component to it.

It was really nice meeting Patricia Glogowski and listening to her presentation “Creating Open Learning Environments with Online Tools: Blogging and Podcasting.”  There was quite a bit of positive feedback that I was hearing from attendees and a buzz about her topic focus on the ESL learner.  (Patricia’s presentation notes)

Rob and I did a presentation titled “Web 2.0 Promises and Potentials” that seemed to go over quite well.  We focused on five shifts :

1.    User Created Content
2.    New Forms of Publishing and Research
3.    Webware vs. Software
4.    Mobile Learning
5.    Openness

The Powerpoint presentation has been posted  on

Leading Learning 2007 – Online Community

The online community for the Leading Learning conference is buzzing. A number of presenters have posted questions about their upcoming sessions as well as engage in pre-conference discussions. I haven’t seen this type of online interaction as a pre-cursor to a conference in Ontario before. If you have a few K12 examples I would love to hear about them.

The online community is supported using ELGG through I can’t thank Tim Hawes enough for all his support for the Leading Learning online community. ELGG has a social networking component of adding “friends” (other members of into your own profile, as well as joining different communities within the web site.

Perhaps we will one day have a few more sessions that are fully online. I’m thinking of the wonderful experiences of the K12Online Conference. I added my session from K12 Online into the conference wiki space as a virtual session, with the hopes that more people will feel interested in participating. Especially those who wanted to attend the conference as a presenter but could not.

Feel free to jump into the conference discussions or the wiki.

Please use the conference tag is “LL2007” on related posts and items. These tags are aggregated on the online community home page at from feeds from all over the web. You can also find RSS feeds for the different parts of the online community on that home page.

(full disclosure – I am on the Development Committee for the Main Conference) 

Leading Learning 2007: MAKING CONNECTIONS

An Invitation To You:

Leading Learning 2007 presents its third annual conference May 6-8 at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.The title of this year’s conference is “Making Connections”.

We invite you to participate in this interactive learning conference, where you will explore how educators are making effective use of technology to develop innovative models for teaching, learning and training.

Educators will enrich their thoughtful and effective use of ICT to enhance teaching practice and increase student achievement.

Leading-edge e-learning programs, technologies, and the effective practices presented at this conference will provide participants with opportunities to interact, network, engage and make connections.

Web-registration is now open at

Leading Learning 2007 is jointly hosted by, Toronto Catholic DSB, Trillium-Lakelands DSB, Peel DSB, York Region DSB, The Strategic Alliance for eLearing and York University .


Please tag items related to the Leading Learning 2007: Making Connections with "LL2007".

(Full Disclosure – I am on the Development Committee for the Leading Learning Conference)

100+ Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to RSS and More

As part of my presentation for the K12 Online Conference I am publishing this 50 page document. It is a combination of the 50+ RSS Ideas for Educators document and the Teaching Hacks wiki. It is geared towards an introduction to RSS, but carries on a bit further into topics such as tagging, social bookmarking, wikis and more.

As always, I appreciate your valuable feedback – through a comment, email me or leave me audio comments through Vaestro.

Please stop by my session today and join in the conversation around RSS and its many uses.

I’m Still Here …

Just coming up for air from a few weeks of in-services in Toronto. Doing the same 1.5 hour Web Based Report Card in-service four times a day for three weeks has not been the most appealing task, but the teachers at my school board really seem to appreciate the personal connections and assistance. You can have many different help components that are included in an application – videos, online documentation, FAQs, Feedback Forms – but people make the real difference in the successful launch of anything new across a school district.

As I have learned, it is not the easiest work. There is a real range of knowledge out there from those who are still learning how to use a mouse to the digital native teacher. Sometimes I call upon the patience that I learned working with the smaller kids to get me through the day. I have a few more weeks of these in-services and then it will be mostly support until the end of the first term.

In the little spare time I have, I'm also preparing for a new and improved version of the RSS Ideas for Educators document for my presentation at the K12 Online Conference . The new version focuses on Web 2.0 a little more than RSS, but contains over 100 ideas.

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K12 Online 2006

We are back on – YES!

I was disappointed in Shifted Learning losing steam, it looks like Darren , Will and Sheryl have taken up the lead for an online K-12 conference.

This is going to be fun:

Let's get the word out on this conference and make it a resounding success.

Video Streaming: Moving Forward Event (con’t)

The last three podcasts from the Streaming Video: Moving Forward event are organized by presenter.

  1. Peter White from McIntyre Media and Tom Matusos from CBC Education Sales
  2. Patrick Hartman and David Blair from Dynamics Professional Video Systems
  3. John Taylor from Waynor Media Solutions

As a follow-up to the conference I have been accessing some streaming video resources that you might like to investigate. – Hours of audio and video from the CBC – CineRoute Program from the NFB offers 600 films in their entirety online. – Offers very large selection of fully streamed video educational programs and resources from TVOntario (similar to PBS) for Ontario educators to access in their classrooms.

Video Streaming: Moving Forward Event

I thought I would jump into the world of online podcasting, by recording a
few of the events that I attend. Most of my recording has been for my coworkers,
so I have just opened up the audience a bit … okay, maybe a whole lot. I built
an intro using some sounds from the FreeSound and ccMixter web sites.

This event, Video Streaming: Moving Forward on June
14, was organized by the Waterloo District School Board and was billed as a day
of presentations and discussions, "to explore the future of video streaming in
school boards, colleges, universities, and government." I only recorded the
presentations by the vendors in the morning. The real strength of the day came
from the discussions in the afternoon, where we round-tabled with board IT
staff, Education Staff (K-12, College and University), video production, and
distribution industry people.

I also learned something important about microphone placement from the second
speaker in this series. Don't place it too near the person speaking. After
starting his presentation with videos in a bag, he placed the empty bag over my
microphone and recorder. (I'm also learning more tricks in Audacity) There is a
bit of twittering in the audio, so if you know how to get rid of it please let
me know for the other parts of this day.

Part one includes the opening presentation by Mark Carbone from WRDSB, and
the next is Gary Carlson from Distribution

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