Vital Importance of Summer Down-Time

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute What do you think of having a summer “off”? Do you think kids suffer from being away from school for 2 months in the summer? I think it is essential. I worry about what we lose when kids don’t have … Continue reading

A really Great list: 30 Things To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a really great list: 30 Things To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again. Print this out and put it up on a wall somewhere where you’ll see it often. Read it every day. Seriously. 30 Things To Tell Students … Continue reading

Scythe vs Weed Whacker: Does Tech in the Classroom Help or Hinder?

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes We are having a conversation on one of the lists I’m on about the use of technology in the classroom. A colleague of mine who is not really in favor of tech in schools said that tools do not make … Continue reading

Is Rabbit the New Ethical Meat? — Vogue

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Is Rabbit the New Ethical Meat? — Vogue Rabbits make sense as a meat on so many levels. I think it’s time to start an urban rabbit movement. “Meals that are at once ecologically and gastronomically intelligent are much on … Continue reading

Predator Control: Alternatives to Just Killing Them

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute There are ways to reduce livestock losses that are both better and cheaper than killing coyotes. They include: Livestock Guardians (like my friend Odin here) and good fencing. Hard to believe, but it’s cheaper than killing coyotes. Ending America’s War … Continue reading

The Power of a Nudge?

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve been working on my talk for the EdTechTeam Calgary Summit featuring Google for Education (#gafesummit) and I’ve had a couple of AHA moments regarding gamification. I hate feeling like I’m being manipulated – and this seems to be a … Continue reading

Another End of an Era – Ray the Duck

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute The end of an era. Ray, hatched April 1997 – lived till July 31 2014. Ray taught me an incredible amount about resilience and learning – and that you really can teach an old duck new tricks.   He became … Continue reading

Weekly Web Round-Up (to July 19, 2014)

Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutes We have a lot this week: Gee on Games in School: Don’t Make Prison Better, Use Them to Free Students and Teachers | Games and Learning “Most people involved with games and learning are familiar with the work of James … Continue reading