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The Fear of Change

In Media awareness,Professional Learning on October 5, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , , , , ,

– by Randy Lyseng

Change is all around us.  In the words of Karl Fisch, Shift Happens!  (see the latest Did You Know video on YouTube.  But how do we respond to teachers who grapple with technology change in the classroom?

On the ISTE Connects Blog this morning, I found a great post about Dennis Baron’s new book  A Better Pencil. Here’s an excerpt of the post:

His new book takes a look at people’s fear of computers having a negative impact on various aspects of human interaction, including common complaints that instant messaging (IM) is ruining the English language and that Facebook is causing us to be anti-social. Baron argues that we don’t need to be concerned. He feels computers are improving writing and actually making us more social. And what I found to be most interesting is his view that this fear of ‘changing technology’ is nothing new.

And it’s true…it is nothing new.  In the final phase of my student teaching, my cooperating teacher used the Gestetner printer and refused to use the photocopier. I preferred using Mechanical pencils in University vs. the standard HB.  I was able to use a calculator in my grade 12 diploma exam…this first year it was allowed (1985).  Some teachers are petrified of using the new SMARTBoard in their class and prefer to use the overhead and project it on their SMARTBoard instead.

Megan Dolman, the author of the post on ISTE Connects provides us with some great advice for working these hesitant teachers:

When you come up against people that are hesitant to implement technology it may be a good idea to remember what Baron is saying: this fear of new communication tools is as old as the pencil. Reassure them that just as the telephone didn’t lessen the need or desire for face-to-face conversations, Facebook and other social media won’t either!

The times…well they are always changing.



AISI Cycle 4: TIPS participate

In Media awareness,Professional Learning on September 21, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged:

ilearnAs an active participant in the AISI Leadership Team (ALT), TIPS members will be reporting on issues in technology planning that relate to the AISI project.  One of the roles defined for members of the ALT is that they “…engage in the communication/knowledge dissemination of the AISI Cycle 4…”.  As such we will be using this blog from time to time to relate information that has been  presented to members of the ALT or appears on the AISI Cycle IV website.

An ezine article on 21st literacies is referenced in the above website.  The article begins on page 4 of the issue.


Alberta’s International Space Station Event

In Media awareness on September 17, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

Alberta’s International Space Station Event is set to take place on September 23 at 9:25 AM.


To ensure that all Alberta students have the opportunity to share in the experience, the question and answer session between students in Palliser Regional Schools and astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be available by live streaming and broadcast on Shaw Cable.  Everyone is encouraged to share in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

To access the live streaming feed, please click here.

To test the site in your school or district please visit

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Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology

In Media awareness,Research on September 17, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

The first fully online issue of CJLT is now available at

The Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes papers on all aspects of educational technology and learning. Topics may include, but are not limited to: learning theory and technology, cognition and technology, instructional design theory and application, online learning, computer applications in education, simulations and gaming, and other aspects of the use of technology in the learning process. Manuscripts may be submitted either in English or in French.


People to follow on Web2.0

In Media awareness,Research,Tools on September 17, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , , , ,

Here are some key people to follow on via Twitter and RSS (blogs) on implications and integration strategies for using Web 2.0 tools.

Big picture stuff would be Don Tapscott –


Establishing New Learning Environments

In Media awareness,Planning,Research,Tools on June 20, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

National Educational Technology Standards for Students
Traditional educational practices no longer provide students with all the necessary skills for economic survival in todays workplace. Students must apply strategies for solving problems and use appropriate tools for learning, collaborating, and communicating. Todays learning environments must incorporate strategies and tools that prepare students for their futures. The following chart lists characteristics representing traditional approaches to learning and corresponding strategies often associated with new learning environments.


Digital Footprints

In Media awareness,Research,Tools on May 31, 2009 by TIPS Team Tagged: , ,

This blog entry is a great reminder of the digital footprint educators and students leave behind: “I can see a day in the not too distant future (if it’s not already here) where your “digital footprint” will carry far more weight than anything you might include in a resume or CV.”

Of course, this has huge implications for the education field.

For the full article, please see: