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In my last post I was looking at the Raspberry Pi with my kids, and their interest was high while we were looking at the physical make-up of the device, but it dropped when the problems started with the operating system.

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A Second Helping of Pi

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This spring break I’ve been testing out some of the Maker materials advocated by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, and supplied by our district.  My kids, ages 8 and 10, are my co-experimenters, and we’re checking out some of the new learning oriented

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Grade 9 Timetable

The timetable is the frame for all aspects of school life, and a well designed timetable lays the foundation for a quality learning experience for students and for teachers. Designing a change to a timetable is a significant challenge, and

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The Best Learning…?

The plane bounces in the air after a delayed departure. I look at my colleague and we wonder if we’re in for a rough flight. It takes a few minutes, but the turbulence starts to settle down, and we each

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Looking back at old ideas

The book I’m currently reading, “The Clockwork Universe” (by Edward Dolnick) rides along with the scientists and thinkers whose ideas made our modern world possible, in both it’s philosophical and technological forms. These pioneers and thought explorers didn’t live in

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Learning From Our Students

Over the past two years at Johnston Heights we have seen a lot of conversations take place between staff, students and parents about the kind of learning community that we are and the kind of learning community that we want

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Pedagogy 2.0

Image from the IDEO “Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators“. Sometimes we look all over the world for innovation, only to find it in our own backyard. A learning project in Maple Ridge takes students into a new world where mobile

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