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Brainstorming: With Anonymity and without

I was reflecting for a moment on the picture here, where Design Thinking was in action, and was thinking about how we often ask students, teachers, parents, administrators, workers, and so on to add their ideas to a wall through a brainstorm method.  But I was also thinking about accountability.  I wonder if it would be better to create a system like this where everyone needs to have their name attached to their idea.  My theory is that it would help in two ways.

The first is that the overall architect(s) would be able to return to the brainstorm and see who’s name is attached to the idea.  This way, if there is a problem, they can quickly follow-up with that person to get a clearer idea of what they were writing about.

The second idea stems from the fact that I assume people will put more effort into an idea if they know their name is attached to it.  With anonymity could come sloppiness, laziness, or downright silliness.

Where I think it might squash some of the better ideas because people may not want to put them forth since their name is attached, to counteract this, people could be asked to come back to the wall or another wall for another turn at it.  This time, they could put any idea that came to their head, but could do it anonymously.

I would argue that using both methods would be most useful because most ideas would be well thought out and articulated from those who had their names attached, but the second method would enable out-of-the-box thinking and the bizarre ideas to flourish.

What do you think?  Has this approach been done before?

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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Design, Education


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Reading Comprehension Teacher Resources


This resource is used by a teacher at IICS in the Early Years.  I have not explored it in depth, but this is what he has to say, "Thought I would share this resource…I have used some of the graphic organisers with much success. Some great articles and powerpoints as well."

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Posted by on June 17, 2014 in


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Books to read…

The following list are recommended by Daniel Pink and his readers in his book, “Drive”.  First, if you haven’t read Pink’s book, put it at the top of your list.  Because I love the insights and strategies Pink submits, I am definitely going to try to read some, if not all, of these books.  If you have any insight about which ones I should read first, I welcome your feedback.

Daniel Pink - PopTech 2007 - Camden, ME

Daniel Pink – PopTech 2007 – Camden, ME (Photo credit: Kris Krug)

Pink’s Reader’s Recommendations:

  1. The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle (This was just recommended to me by a friend)
  2. Encore – Marc Freedman
  3. Rework – Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  4. Linchpin – Seth Godin (I love this author and blogger – This may top my list)
  5. Just Listen – Mark Goulston
  6. Switch – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  7. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  8. Teach like a Champion – Doug Lemov
  9. Mastery – George Leonard
  10. Employees First, Customers Second – Vineer Nayar
  11. How full is your Bucket? – Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
  12. Wellbeing – Tom Rath and Jim Harter
  13. Learned Optimisim – Martin E. P. Siligman
  14. Do More Great Work – Michael Bungay Stanier
  15. Start with Why – Simon Sinek
  16. The Motivated Student – Bob Sullo
  17. Good Boss, Bad Boss – Bob Sutton
  18. Intrinsic Motivation at Work – Kenneth W. Tomas
  19. Wooden Leadership – John Wooden and Steve Jamison

Pink’s Recommendations:

The reason I am putting two of the books at the top of my list is because I have heard a few people talking about them.  I suppose this is why I read most of the books that I do-either recommendation, talk around the water cooler, they are on a list for school, and now because they are on a list from an author who I respect and enjoy reading.

Personally, I would add Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, Blur, and any books that Malcolm Gladwell or Seth Godin wrote to this list.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Education


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A Great New Addition – Pla Sankhum

ImageMy wife, Pla Sankhum, has had a large hand in helping to develop this site.  Many of the images were created and many resources were found by her.

More recently she has become an integral part of the education community at IICS.  Through her job in the library she has developed many new skills both technically and interpersonally.  I am pleased and excited to start to redevelop this website to showcase more of her as a resource and talent.

Soon, you will find a major overhaul and restructuring of the whole site.  Consolidation will take place of the Program of Inquiry, Single Subjects, Initiative, Resources, and Videos, and the addition of Pla’s CV and more about who she is will come to fruition.  This also means this site will link to and from her tweets, Scoops, LinkedIn activity, and her other resources like Scribd and Google Docs if and when it is applicable.  I also hope to see her contributing with posts and other resources where she can.

Watch for these updates in the next few days.


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Great Primary ICT ideas

Just sat in a little meeting about some ideas for tech in the PYP.  These were some of the things that were shared:

Managing blogs:

  • Schools need to set a minimum amount per week for teachers.  The general consensus seemed to be at least once or twice a week.  This way no one in the set was looking like an outlier (bad compared to others)
  • Consent forms for student photos are needed if they are to be used on the blog.
  • The idea of an after-school bloggers club came up.  Some teachers were pursuing this.

Traffic light system:

  • This is a neat and simple idea for students to self assess along with teachers:
  • Red – Student cannot do it
  • Yellow – Student can do with help
  • Green – Student can do this by them self

Using PowerPoint in new ways

  • Students take screen-shots using a program to show progress and incorporate it into the slide-show
  • Students add arrows and text to explain what they have done
  • Students use the PowerPoint presentation to explain what has been done to others

A resources that was mentioned to stay away from was:

  • epals – it was mentioned to be rubbish – not updated and not accessible

Good resources were:


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What’s at Techex 2011

Intended for the average teacher, rather than just the nerds (like me).  Ian Jukes will be the key-note speaker talking about learning as a digital native at TechEx, an exciting conference that I will unhappily not be able to attend.  Ideas for the conference are listed below:

  • The Facebook debate will be a drama contesting and supporting the notions behind this social network
  • 21st Century Learning ideas – 2 minute ideas about lots and lots of different things – with free prizes from sponsors
  • Big building with neat TedTalk – and discussions
  • Flip Thinking- Let’s rethink the idea of homework – Are kids doing the hard stuff at home and the easy stuff in school?
  • iPads and Slates – Sharing of ideas about them – Should 1:1s be switching to these?
  • Hy Tek Software – for use with physical activities
  • Blogs – Student blogs and links to the outside world – How are schools using these properly?
  • One-Note – A Fantastic collaborative tool to be discussed
  • The Perfect School and how it should look
  • 3D World
  • Moodle
  • Intelligently Searching the Search Engines – Searching Twitter, Subscription Databases

John Tratner asked groups at the ISTEC meeting to ask for some of the things that we would like to see.  We came up with these ideas:

  • Inspirational Moodle stuff – courses or styles of courses (innovative ways to use it)
  • Ways that Classroom teachers are using tech beyond the tech teacher
  • How Chrome OS fits into education
  • Google apps and Google Docs – How are they using it
  • Bookmark synching methods
  • Giver (for sharing files) – Linux-based
  • Introducing Lino-It
  • Online Storage – DropBox – Boxnet
  • Using Freecorder – For downloading video, sound from computer and converting files

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Students are resources. Here are some reasons why.

To help develop this website and also to tap into the expertise and know-how of students, I asked them to view the site in progress in order to comment, blog, and make additions.  I set up the class with a Microsoft One-Note* document available for all students to have access to.  I created a few headings.  In this case: good blogs, cool links, neat videos, music and games, and then let them to it.

I started with my grade 7 class and I think they had a lot of fun with the assignment.  In doing this, I found out more about where they were coming from and they also found out a lot of cool things about their peers.

I feel the project worked so well I will have to try it out with other grades.

*One-Note is an excellent collaboration tool because it can be linked through a common server or LAN thus enabling multiple users to write and create on the same document simultaneously.


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