An Albertan politician gets existential, and in doing so succinctly and accurately summarizes where Canada’s political leadership sees value in our citizens’ lives: “…the only reason we exist is for the resources around us. If you take away the resources, there is no reason for us to exist.” Sometimes the priorities, policies and actions of […]Read more "The ineffable enigmas of existence are no puzzle to Canada’s ruling class"
It’s always a pleasure to participate in a workshop hosted by BC’s Educational Technology Users Group. This year’s event did not disappoint, and I had the pleasure of attending provocative and thoughtful sessions on maker culture, open educational practice, portfolios, and OER. I’m always struck by how carefully facilitators and speakers prepare their sessions, and […]Read more "Privacy in a Big Data Post-Privacy World"
I was honoured to be invited to deliver a keynote at the CNIE conference being hosted here at TRU. But with the other keynotes being Audrey Watters and Nancy White, I knew I would be held to a very high standard. Desperately casting about for a gimmick, I stumbled across an idea that worked better […]Read more "CNIE Session: “Eat the Data: Reclaiming Innovation” with Dr. Jones"
Fort McMurray, Alberta – Operation Arctic Shadow by kris krüg From DeSmog Canada: The province of Alberta has recently released a development plan for public schools that enlists Suncor Energy and Syncrude Canada in the creation of future Kindergarten to grade three curriculum. Oil giant Cenovus will partner in developing curriculum for grades four to […]Read more "Education in an aspiring petrostate"
As Jim has noted, we are working on an article on the theme of innovation lost and how it might be regained. One section of the piece as it stands is a fairly full-throated attack on the Learning Management System. Jim pulls out one of the critiques in his most recent post, we have drafted […]Read more "Wrong about the LMS"