Hopefully there is a link or a video that connects with you and starts a discussion. I am finding I am having fewer interesting discussion online – hopefully something here might help.
Top 3 “Culture of Yes” Blog Posts which have generated the most traffic this year:
Top 3 Learning opportunities I went to:
- CONNECT 2015 – I am usually not a fan of large conference events, but this one has a good mix of sessions are great opportunities to network across the country. I see they have Chris Hatfield as a keynote for 2016.
- IGNITE West Vancouver – Sean Nosek hosted our first Ignite session in West Vancouver. It was a great way to learn with colleagues in a relaxed environment. Who knew pro-d at the bar could have so much value.
- C21 Superintendent’s Academy – A group of about 25 superintendents from across the country have monthly conference calls meet in-person a couple of times a year. We helped put together the Shifting Minds (pdf) paper earlier in the year.
Top 3 Education Books I Read That Influenced My Thinking:
- Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros
- Beyond Measure by Vicki Abeles (and the movie is also excellent!)
- Creative Schools by Ken Robinson
Top 3 Speakers I Saw And Remembered Their Messages Days or Weeks Later:
- Yong Zhao – I saw him speak several times in 2015, and even if I heard some of the same jokes a few times – he said something that stuck with me each time.
- Wab Kinew – I got to see Wab in the spring, and I am really looking forward to having him as our opening day speaker in West Vancouver this coming August.
- Will Richardson – Will’s TEDx Video (see my next list below) proved again that he is one of the best out there at making the urgent case for change in our education system.
Top 3 TEDx WestVancouverED 2015 Videos:
- Collaboration . . . It’s Starts with Competition by Allison McNeil
2. The Future of Education is Ready by Lane Merrifield
3. The Surprising Truth About Learning in School by Will Richardson
Top 3 Technology Influences I Saw in Schools This Year:
- FreshGrade – It is a monster in British Columbia and likely it will be across Canada soon.
- Google Classroom – If you don’t think people in your district use it – you are wrong. They are just not telling you.
- Coding – Each year it gains momentum and Hour of Code is part of most schools now.
Top 3 Signs That Have Nothing To Do With Technology (mostly) That Show Schools are REALLY Changing:
- new curriculum in British Columbia with a focus on big ideas
- all the value being placed on core competencies for students
- the changes in student reporting
Top 3 Pop Culture Phrases That Get Used Too Much in Education:
- This ain’t my first rodeo
- Go down the rabbit hole
- Anything 2.0 or 3.0 or 4.0 or . . . .
Thanks everyone for continuing to read and engage with me through my blog. It continues to be a great place to work through ideas and connect to some of the most passionate people I know. I have struggled to get a tweet from Dean Shareski out of my mind – he said something like, blogging is like jazz – it is not for everyone but will have a loyal following. I did think that blogging was going to be for everyone but I was wrong. There seem to be fewer people in education writing today than even a year ago. I am not sure why. That is probably a good blog post for the new year :)
Happy New Year – I look forward to learning together in 2016!