Category Archives: Education
Planning a WOW! Experience
Soon the hallways and classrooms will be bustling with the first day chaos of students returning to school. Some kindergartners will be crying and clinging to their parents, and some parents will be crying and clinging to their kindergartners. Elementary … Continue reading
Artificial Intelligence and Snuggling
Did you know that Google built an artificially intelligent computer that defeated the world champion in Go, a game that is considered much more complex than chess? And programmers did not explicitly ‘teach’ the computer the game. Instead it used the human brain’s neural networks … Continue reading
Same Essay. Same Rubric. Different Marks.
Marking student writing can be challenging. It’s not like there is one right answer like there is in math. So it is understandable that there is some variability in marks when we assess student writing. But, how much variability is … Continue reading
Our “Bring Your Own Device” is a Success!
Last spring I approached my principal and assistant principal about having our junior high students bring their own devices to school. Our student population was growing, most of the junior high classes were in portables away from the main building, and … Continue reading
What the Heck is a Startup Weekend, and How Did I Ever End Up in One??
That’s me in the picture, with all those handsome young men! How did I end up there, you ask? Well, it all started with a couple of friends of mine who somehow seem to persuade me into doing things that … Continue reading
Cursor and Curiouser Round 2!
In June, our grade 7, 8, and 9 students wrapped up a second running of the Cursor and Curiouser project (I first posted about it here last year), and what a round it was. We’ve had some successes and challenges along the … Continue reading
Time to Stop Devaluing the McDonald’s Fry Cook
Last week I marked my students’ Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Tests. This year’s assignment was to write about the importance of learning in a person’s life. As I was marking them, I became a little worried and had to sit back and … Continue reading