Connected Principals Posts

I was blessed and honoured to be the keynote for #CUE17. It was one of the best experiences of my professional career. Here is a short snippet from my talk, and one of my favourite stories to share: My favourite part of sharing this story is that it was students who taught me the power … [Read more…]

Read More What could go right?

I often separate people that save their files into two categories; desktop people and super-sub folder people. Desktop people save everything on their desktop.  They have a picture in the…

Read More New Systems, Old Thinking

I often separate people that save their files into two categories; desktop people and super-sub folder people. Desktop people save everything on their desktop.  They have a picture in the background, but no one has seen it this decade. Super-sub folder people have what they believe the greatest system of folders in the world. They … [Read more…]

Read More New Systems, Old Thinking

This article from the New York Times, “I’m Not Texting, I’m Taking Notes“, is pretty interesting.  The basic premise (I suggest you read the whole article) is that a 17…

Read More Output or compliance?

This article from the New York Times, “I’m Not Texting, I’m Taking Notes“, is pretty interesting.  The basic premise (I suggest you read the whole article) is that a 17 year old working at BlackBoard (a technology company),  is ridiculed for using their phone during a meeting by some older adults, because it looks like … [Read more…]

Read More Output or compliance?

The post is inspired by a L2talk I did at the Learning2 Europe conference in Warsaw. “every storyteller has a bias – and so does every platform”- Andrew Postman “My…

Read More Puppets on a string.

I had the tremendous honour to work with the Sage Creek School staff in Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently. I work with schools all of the time, but this was extra special…

Read More Act Like You’re New

I had the tremendous honour to work with the Sage Creek School staff in Winnipeg, Manitoba, recently. I work with schools all of the time, but this was extra special in that this staff is starting a brand new school that will not even open until the 2017-2018 school year. To have an opportunity to … [Read more…]

Read More Act Like You’re New

From the article, “Bored Out of Their Minds“: Yet we’re still keeping them in the kind of education system… that wants nothing from them in terms of their own ideas.…

Read More “You can do that tomorrow.”

From the article, “Bored Out of Their Minds“: Yet we’re still keeping them in the kind of education system… that wants nothing from them in terms of their own ideas. School has already decided what matters and [what it] expects from you. It’s like an airplane: Sit down, strap in, don’t talk, look forward. Why … [Read more…]

Read More “You can do that tomorrow.”

My brother shared this out yesterday: Starting at 11 seconds, great example of student explaining science via vlog format. #eci834 #scichat #edtech https://t.co/i2NzahZRmF — Dr. Alec Couros (@courosa) April 5,…

Read More Preparing Students for Jobs that Exist Now

My brother shared this out yesterday: Starting at 11 seconds, great example of student explaining science via vlog format. #eci834 #scichat #edtech https://t.co/i2NzahZRmF — Dr. Alec Couros (@courosa) April 5, 2017 It is so good. So brilliant. So articulate. My first thought was, “Do we ask our students to do this type of work in … [Read more…]

Read More Preparing Students for Jobs that Exist Now

A few nights ago, I was sitting on the couch with my wife, Missy, when our four children slowly made their way into the living room. Our lives are so busy with three teenage girls and an eleven-year-old boy that we rarely find time to all be together these days. Emily, our oldest, came and […]

Read More PMP:060 How Mindfulness Influences Leadership

I was truly privileged to meet Najwa Zebian recently, and she had written a poem special for my event.  With over 420,000 followers on Instagram, as well as many other networks,…

Read More “Innovate Together”

I was truly privileged to meet Najwa Zebian recently, and she had written a poem special for my event.  With over 420,000 followers on Instagram, as well as many other networks, I can see why her work resonates with so many.  Here is her poem shared with permission. Innovate Together  By Najwa Zebian We say that … [Read more…]

Read More “Innovate Together”

I was truly privileged to meet Najwa Zebian recently, and she had written a poem special for my event.  With over 420,000 followers on Instagram, as well as many other networks, I can see why her work resonates with so many.  Here is her poem shared with permission. Innovate Together  By Najwa Zebian We say that … [Read more…]

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