Infusion 2011

Beautiful North Bay, Ontario was the host to Infusion 2011 conference at Nipissing University.


The journey to get to North Bay, Ontario from Port Lambton took me on multiple small aircraft.


The excitement of travelling hit a crescendo when I met Mike Babcock (coach of the 2010 Gold Medal Winning Canadian Olympic Hockey team, and the Detroit Red Wings).


It was a real treat to meet Ken Waller face to face, a professor at Nipissing’s Faculty of Education, who I’ve known via the SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast for sometime.

It was a privilege and an honour to present the keynote address along with @kellypower.

The keynote address is below.

Field Guide for Change Agents

This past weekend I was at Educon 2.2 and have the opportunity to present two sessions. One of the sessions was with Rodd Lucier. During our planning for this session Rodd and I decided to plan a session that would require participants to collaboratively write a document. To do this we used Google Docs’ presentation tool within frameworks that we had brainstormed. Basically, we wondered if we could have a discussion about supporting each other as we lead colleagues through the change process, then document these thoughts in a book called, A Field Guide for Change Agents.

As Rodd wrote:

Teaching by doing, we did our best to model:
1] how to build relationships among project participants;
2] how to contribute to shared documents simultaneously;
2] how to attribute Creative Commons licensed content;
3] how to offer ‘choice’ to participants;
4] how to take shared responsibility in creating a product;
5] how to engage remote participants in a meaningful way;
6] how to create and distribute a product for a real world audience.

Educators in person and around the globe contributed their ideas and
wrote a book in a session. This book is available to freely download at

Each author contributed at least one page with ‘one-liner’ wisdom and
a creative commons image from The book was then shared
back with participants and the education community by posting it on a
sharing site,, where it was the most downloaded content
in the first 24 of its release.

“This Field Guide for Change Agents was developed during a workshop at Educon 2.2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 30, 2010. As workshop leaders, we were honoured to have participation by educators from around the world, including remote participants who joined us via Elluminate.”

The creators have agreed to license their work with an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Creative Commons license. You are free to share or adapt the work, on the condition that the author page and photo attributions are included.

The following folks have reflected, posted, or commented on this process:
Lorna Costantini, Tony Searl, Anne Weaver, and Cathy Nelson.

Join Us Online For Educon 2.2

This weekend Educon 2.2 is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Please participate with us, online, for the following sessions that I am co-facilitating (aka playing sidekick).

Here is the schedule:

10:00 am – 11:30 am (Eastern Time) on Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Teaching Big Ideas to 21st Century Learners through collaboration, innovation, and differentiation (follow this link for the live stream of the session) with Zoe Branigan-Pipe

Planning Wiki

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern Time) on Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Field Guide for Change Agents (follow this link for the live stream of the session) with Rodd Lucier

Planning Wiki

Finding the Right Partner: Cross-Classroom Collaboration @ ECOO 2009

The following is my presentation from ECOO 2009.

How can you extend your classroom to include professional collaboration that links classroom for student projects?
Participants will explore:
– Finding the right partner based on your professional comforts
– Matching your comforts to project ideas
– Tools that enable a collaboration project with the right partnership

I welcome your comments and thoughts from the slides below. This presentation is a brief version of my research that resulted in teachersconnecting.comHere is an explanation of the site.