(If you are just starting today, Day 1 can be found here.)
In our first video yesterday, we watched how learning is all about putting simple concepts together into more complex thinking.
When we consider what it means to be a connected learner, we can break it down into several components:
- Collecting information
- Collaborating and Co-learning
- Creating and Remixing
Today we are going to focus on how we can efficiently gather information. Where can we go to find out what other educators are thinking and doing? How do we stay current with knowledge about learning?
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In Ontario, many educators deprivatize their practice and make their thinking and learning visible through blogging. You can find an extensive list of Ontario “edubloggers” (curated by Doug Peterson) here. As well, the left side of this page has links to school and system leader blogs in Ontario. The right side of this page has links to a number of Ontario educators who are leading learning by participating in connected learning through OSSEMOOC.
In your ten minutes of connecting today, take some time to read what other Ontario bloggers have written. How does their thinking align with yours? What new ideas have they shared? What is working/not working for them? What opportunities exist for further connection and collaboration?
We have suggested some Ontario bloggers below. In our resources section for today, you will find more links to other blogs of interest to educators, suggested collections, and some other thinking about the importance of blogging.
As you browse and read, consider following the blog to get automatic email updates when a new post arrives. Most blogs have a “follow” button or a place to subscribe.
If you like the blog, why not check out the blogs that the writer follows? There is often a link to this information on the website.
Is reading blogs already part of your daily routine? Please share your favourite blogs in the comments.
A Few Ontario Bloggers:
Sue Dunlop (Superintendent, HWDSB)
Brenda Sherry (Vice-Principal, UGDSB)
Paul McGuire (Principal, OCSB)
Brandon Grasley (Secondary Math/Computer ScienceTeacher/Lead, ADSB)
Julie Balen (Secondary English Teacher/Leader Wikwemikong Board of Education)
Aviva Dunsiger (Grade 1 Teacher, HWDSB)
Kim Figliomeni (Principal, SNCDSB)
Stacey Wallwin (TELT, SGDSB)
Katie Maenpaa (TELT, SNCDSB)
A Few Canadian bloggers:
George Couros (Division Principal, Parkland School Division, Alberta)
Kathy Cassidy (Grade 1 teacher, Author of Connected From The Start: Global Learning for the Primary Grades)
David Truss (Vice Principal of Coquitlam Open Learning & Lead Administrator of the Inquiry Hub at School District 43 (Coquitlam)) Update: Winner of the CEA Ken Spencer Award for Innovation, 2015
Dean Shareski (Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada)
Collaborative Blogging: Canadian Education Association
Some other blogs of interest to educators:
Jackie Gerstein (USA)
Diane Ravitch (USA)
Langwitches (Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano, USA)
Tom Whitby (USA)
Pernille Ripp (USA)
Ontario edubloggers (on CourseHelp.ca)
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