Perfecting the Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

Perfecting the Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

This year I wanted to streamline the theme for the Director’s Student Voice Forum and make it a bit easier to navigate and more accessible for users. I was using the Minimatica theme for the site, which I love, but it does require quite a bit of maintenance and the […]

A Window Into the Classroom – Optimizing Parent Engagement

This past October (Oct. 24th, 2013) Aviva Dunsiger and I presented “A Window into the Classroom” at ECOO 2013 (…and no Aviva I was not late). We are presenting a similar model tomorrow at Brock University’s Tech Showcase in Hamilton, ON. Aviva and I are very passionate about parent engagement […]

Renaming Your Bookmark Tags in Delicious #whatilearnedtoday

I was revisiting my Delicious social bookmarks yesterday and noticed that the app has received a bit of an overall since I last visited. Previously I had used Diigo but I’m really not a fan of the interface. It feels bloated to me. I really like the simplicity and the […]

What’s Your Space Jam?

In one of my last posts about re-designing the Director’s Student Voice Forum blog theme this year I referred to it as my “Space Jam”. In fact, ever since I watched the video “A Pep Talk from Kid President to You”, and he asked me “What will be your Space […]

2013 Annual Report for the HWDSB Director’s Student Voice Forum

2013 Annual Report for the HWDSB Director’s Student Voice Forum

I have written numerous times in this space about the Director’s Student Voice Forum, it’s creation and evolution, and it’s design to engage students their way. Every year WordPress puts forth a report for blogs that have their Jetpack plugin activated. This plugin allows for me to see statistics for […]


Parent Engagement

A Window Into the Classroom – Optimizing Parent Engagement

A Window Into the Classroom – Optimizing Parent Engagement

This past October (Oct. 24th, 2013) Aviva Dunsiger and I presented “A Window into the Classroom” at ECOO 2013 (…and no Aviva I was not late). We are presenting a similar model tomorrow at Brock University’s Tech Showcase in Hamilton, ON. Aviva and I are very passionate about parent engagement […]

continue reading

Student Engagement

Our Student Voice Made a Difference

A student from Sir Robert Borden Junior High School (Dartmouth, NS) describes how their Student Leadership Team transformed the school’s decision-making process. Check out “Our Student Voice Made a Difference” on Vimeo http://t.co/oVesBdLLf9 #Vimeo #intellectualengagement #kenspenceraward — Aaron Puley (@bloggucation) February 11, 2014  

continue reading

Reflection

Important Perspective

Sometimes we expect more from others because we’d be willing to do that much for them (@FamousWomen on Twitter) A brilliant line – says a lot! “@FamousWomen: Sometimes we expect more from others because we'd be willing to do that much for them.” — Aaron Puley (@bloggucation) February 11, 2014

continue reading

Tutorials

Perfecting the Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

Perfecting the Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

This year I wanted to streamline the theme for the Director’s Student Voice Forum and make it a bit easier to navigate and more accessible for users. I was using the Minimatica theme for the site, which I love, but it does require quite a bit of maintenance and the […]

continue reading

Recent Posts

Our Student Voice Made a Difference

A student from Sir Robert Borden Junior High School (Dartmouth, NS) describes how their Student Leadership Team transformed the school’s decision-making process. Check out “Our Student Voice Made a Difference” on Vimeo http://t.co/oVesBdLLf9 #Vimeo #intellectualengagement #kenspenceraward — Aaron Puley (@bloggucation) February 11, 2014  

read more

Important Perspective

Sometimes we expect more from others because we’d be willing to do that much for them (@FamousWomen on Twitter) A brilliant line – says a lot! “@FamousWomen: Sometimes we expect more from others because we'd be willing to do that much for them.” — Aaron Puley (@bloggucation) February 11, 2014

read more

Perfecting the Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

Perfecting the Twenty Fourteen WordPress Theme

This year I wanted to streamline the theme for the Director’s Student Voice Forum and make it a bit easier to navigate and more accessible for users. I was using the Minimatica theme for the site, which I love, but it does require quite a bit of maintenance and the […]

read more

A Window Into the Classroom – Optimizing Parent Engagement

A Window Into the Classroom – Optimizing Parent Engagement

This past October (Oct. 24th, 2013) Aviva Dunsiger and I presented “A Window into the Classroom” at ECOO 2013 (…and no Aviva I was not late). We are presenting a similar model tomorrow at Brock University’s Tech Showcase in Hamilton, ON. Aviva and I are very passionate about parent engagement […]

read more

Renaming Your Bookmark Tags in Delicious #whatilearnedtoday

Renaming Your Bookmark Tags in Delicious #whatilearnedtoday

I was revisiting my Delicious social bookmarks yesterday and noticed that the app has received a bit of an overall since I last visited. Previously I had used Diigo but I’m really not a fan of the interface. It feels bloated to me. I really like the simplicity and the […]

read more

What’s Your Space Jam?

What’s Your Space Jam?

In one of my last posts about re-designing the Director’s Student Voice Forum blog theme this year I referred to it as my “Space Jam”. In fact, ever since I watched the video “A Pep Talk from Kid President to You”, and he asked me “What will be your Space […]

read more

2013 Annual Report for the HWDSB Director’s Student Voice Forum

2013 Annual Report for the HWDSB Director’s Student Voice Forum

I have written numerous times in this space about the Director’s Student Voice Forum, it’s creation and evolution, and it’s design to engage students their way. Every year WordPress puts forth a report for blogs that have their Jetpack plugin activated. This plugin allows for me to see statistics for […]

read more

2013 Annual Report for Bloggucation

2013 Annual Report for Bloggucation

Check out my year in blogging here on Bloggucation for the year 2013. I need to re-imagine how I blog this year. Any ideas? Direct link if the embed link below isn’t working - http://jetpack.me/annual-report/31837435/2013/

read more

I Accept the Challenge

I Accept the Challenge

Earlier tonight I was mentioned in Sue Dunlop’s challenge “Blogging Meme/Sunshine Award”. Blogging Meme: Why not try it out? @HeidiSiwak @adeletweets @lisaneale @kkeerybi @bloggucation @IngviOmarsson http://t.co/EwIAyGEzhS — Sue Dunlop (@Dunlop_Sue) January 6, 2014 It sounds like a lot of fun and I’m in! Here is her post to set the […]

read more

Re-designing the Director’s Student Voice Forum Blog

Re-designing the Director’s Student Voice Forum Blog

If you’be been following my journey you’ll know that I have been the lead on some pretty amazing student engagement initiatives in @HWDSB – one of which being the Director’s Student Voice Forum designed for students to connect with Director, Dr. John Malloy. It’s my Space Jam for lack of a […]

read more

Re-imagining Professional Learning for Staff

Good Teaching and Learning for All

Recently, this past October, I presented at ECOO 2013 in Niagara Falls, ON. I presented with Lisa Neale (@lisaneale), principal of Ancaster Senior in Ancaster, and our topic was Professional Learning and Expression. During the preparation process for the Grade 8 Student Voice Forum to support students with their upcoming […]

read more

Using Smart Phones and Tablets for Learning (OFSHEEA 2013)

Using Smart Phones and Tablets for Learning (OFSHEEA 2013)

Our students come to school daily with powerful mini computers in their pockets and backpacks. As educators, we can see these tiny devices as distractions, nuisances, and barriers to learning OR we can see them for what they really are….powerful portals to knowledge and enablers of enhanced co-creation, collaboration, creativity, […]

read more

The Student Voice Forum Experience

Blogging with the iPads and Wordpress App

I am often asked what the student voice forums look like, sound like, and feel like. It is a dynamic experience that emulates an instrumented blended learning environment en masse. What this model illustrates is that learning can be differentiated for students with a variety of mediums and tools in […]

read more

Student Voice Forum 2.0 – Their Voice, Their Way #HWDSBvoices

Blogging in the Learning Commons at Highland

This past October (18th, 19th, and 25th), we held the second annual Director’s Student Voice Forum in @HWDSB. As last year, the forums were held one per cluster, on three different days, with approximately 30 students invited to attend from each of our 18 secondary schools in the system (estimated attendance: […]

read more

Gr. 3-6 Students Express Their #HWDSBvoices at the 2013 Junior Empowerment Conference

Gr. 3-6 Students Express Their #HWDSBvoices at the 2013 Junior Empowerment Conference

Documenting the dynamic day of learning and student empowerment at the 2013 HWDSB Junior Empowerment Conference! [View the story "Gr. 3-6 Students Express their #HWDSBvoices at Junior Empowerment 2013" on Storify]

read more

Creating Gatestone’s Child Theme

Creating Gatestone’s Child Theme

Tomorrow is our Grade 8 Student Voice Forum at Gatestone Elementary school in support of their transition to Saltfleet Secondary in the coming year. The principal of Gatestone, Bill Torrens, has been working on the site with me and Dave Weir and I recalled a few tweaks he wanted to make: […]

read more