Motivation Matters

The question of how we can motivate students to learn and stay in school is as old as formal education itself. Motivation isn’t just a necessary skill for education, it’s also a character trait that leads to success in later life–professionally in our careers, personally in our relationships with those around us, and generally speaking, … Continue reading Motivation Matters

Competency Education and the Equity Agenda

Equity and social justice are central to my teaching philosophy and have been since my early experiences as a teacher in a low-income school in Ottawa. I had, perhaps naively, believed that I could change the world through teaching, but instead, I was left with lingering doubts about the my school’s ability to address wider … Continue reading Competency Education and the Equity Agenda

The Pioneer Mindset for Students, Educators, and Innovators

Last week the Hekademia team attended the iNACOL symposium in Palm Springs, California. A theme that surfaced across keynote speeches, session presentations, and conversations at networking dinners was the pioneer mindset. It got me thinking: what exactly is a pioneer and what attributes can the pioneer mindset offer students, teachers, and innovators? Historically or in … Continue reading The Pioneer Mindset for Students, Educators, and Innovators

The Purpose of Education: A Critical Creativity

In a previous blog, Nicki posed the question: what is school for?  In a famous TED talk titled, How schools kill creativity, Sir Ken Robinson suggested that the purpose of schooling should be to foster creativity. Since 2006, Robinson’s lecture has become the most-viewed on TED, generating over 28 million views in over 150 countries … Continue reading The Purpose of Education: A Critical Creativity

Reflections on The Online Learning Institute

Attending a conference is a powerful professional development experience. The opportunity to connect face-to-face with your peers, share ideas with like-minded colleagues, and learn about the latest research in your field can be both exciting and intimidating. There can be more to a conference than just attending sessions presented by experts in the field: you … Continue reading Reflections on The Online Learning Institute

Atlanta, Here We Come!

Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go. But where, you ask, the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, of course! You could say that ISTE 2014 is Hekademia’s official public launch. The Hekademia team has been hard at work creating our premium eLearning, blended learning, and adaptive … Continue reading Atlanta, Here We Come!