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This Week’s #FF – Ana Cristina Pratas


It’s Friday again. Where does the time go?

Before acknowledging this week’s #FF, I’d like to say thanks to all the people who chose to follow me this week. I won’t name you all (I hope that’s okay) but here’s a sampling:

  • Barak Kassar (@barakkassar), founder, partner at digital content, branding, and marketing agency @EngageRassak San Francisco
  • Mostafa Azad Kamal (@makamalBD), professor at the Bangladesh Open University
  • Tech Girl (@Silicon_Val) a tech guru based in San Jose CA
  • Woden (@wodenworks), storytellers for hire: An advertising agency for today’s share culture based in Philadelphia (
  • ED puzzle (@EDpuzzale), an education software company based in Palo Alto (CA) & Barcelona (
  • David Anderson (@elearning), speaker, teacher, trainer on design and elearning, Community Manager @Articulate from Valley of the Sun (CA?) (

and, to all those who mentioned or retweeted one (or more) of my tweets – thank you as well.

Now, on to this week’s #FF,  someone I’ve been following for years – Ms Ana Cristina Pratas. During that time, Ana Cristina Pratas has consistently shared links and resources which were nothing short of “pure gold” (many/most have re-emerged in my Twitter stream). In some ways, that’s hardly surprising given her over-achieving nature. While most of us would be content to curate one, maybe two topics on a sharing site like or, Ms Pratas curates 7!  Some focus on various aspects of education and technology but two, “Digital Tribes” and “Voices In The Feminine: Female Voices Around The Web” explore very unique topics. So, dear reader, your decision here is not whether to follow Ms Pratas – that’s a given – rather, it’s how many of her “Scoop.IT topics will you try to keep up with.

Twitter: @AnaCristinaPrts
Scoop.IT Page:

Thank you Ana Cristina for sharing such great resources.

John Goldsmith

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This Week’s #FF – Tom D’Amico


Have you noticed? There doesn’t seem to be many senior education administrators on Twitter or any social media platform for that matter.

In BC there’s Christ Kennedy (@chrkennedy), Superintendent of the West Vancouver School District who tweets on a fairly regular basis and blogs too. Jordan Tinney (@jordantinney) Superintendent of the Surrey School District posts occasionally and there may be a few more. If so, they’re certainly not prolific – not like Tom D’Amico (@TDOttawa) Superintendent of the Ottawa Catholic School Board and my #FF pick for this week.

Not only is Tom interested in 21st Century teaching and learning he actually uses 21st Century edtech and social media tools to share links, resources and information he feels are important. For example, Tom curates and shares three different topics on his “Scoop.IT” curation site; “iGeneration – 21st Century Education”, “Learning Commons – 21st Century Libraries” and “Human Resources and Education Law”.

No matter what the topic, Tom can be counted on to provide great resources, articles and information from all across the web. Part of my daily ritual now includes reading Tom’s posts and many of the links and information I share originally come from him. Leadership by example – what a concept!

Thank you Tom, for finding, curating and sharing all those great resources.

Scoop.IT Page:
Twitter: @TDOttawa

John Goldsmith

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This Week’s #FF: Tracier Mercier/Digcit Daily


Digital literacy, Digital Citizenship, Digital Footprint, Cyber-Bullying, Digital Safety, etc., have all become hot topics in this age of social media and instant sharing. While today’s youth may be technology proficient and have access to some powerful sharing services such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat, they’re still kids who don’t always make the wisest decisions. For parents and teachers, keeping them safe while staying current with the latest online developments (threats/) can seem like an daunting task but, there is help.

Education consultant, Tracy Mercier curates a Paper.Li publication called “Digcit Daily” which is filled with articles and stories related to Digital Citizenship and safety. For example, her latest issue (Friday, February 6, 2015) contains articles with titles such as, “Rules for Tweeting Teachers”, “Helping Your Child Succeed With Technology”, “5 Digital Citizenship Lessons for 21st Century Learners” and one that an increasing number of schools are having to deal with, “Whose job is it to teach Technoliteracies?”. For anyone interested in young people, safety and technology, this is a “must subscribe”.

Digcit Daily:

Tracey Mercier – Twitter:
Tracey Mercier – Website:

John Goldsmith

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This Week’s #FF: Educational Technology and Moble Learning Web/Blog Site


This week’s “Follow Friday” acknowledgement goes out to a Web/Blog site called, “Educational Technology and Mobile Learning”. This site consistently shares web links and educational resources that are first rate, to say the least and many of their items can be found in my Twitter feed. Here’s just a small sampling of items which were recently posted; ” A Great Overview Of The Flipped Classroom” and “A Very Good Checklist for Accessing 21ST Century Learning Skills”.

Users can stay current with new posts via RSS feed, Twitter follows, Facebook page, Google+, Pinterest or good old email subscription.

The website can be found at:

John Goldsmith

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This Week’s #FF: Sue Tonnesen


Education leadership is one of those topic I know little about, have even less experience with yet, still find fascinating.

While it’s not the main focus of my digital and Internet inquiries, it remains a topic I enjoy exploring whenever time and opportunity permit. One of my main sources for articles and information is a PAPER.LI publication called “The Principal’s Read” curated by Sue Tonnesen. Sue is the principal of an elementary school on Vancouver Island. Among other things, She lists her passions as her school and leadership and it shows in the quality of articles which appear in her publication. For example, here are a couple of titles from her January 22, 2015 edition, “10 Commandments That Fix All Lousy Meetings”, “How Are Principals Spending Their Time?” and “Do Principals Have An Impossible Job?”

Sue also includes a few general education related items and some edtech topics such as, “Is Facebook The New School Web Page?”

So, whether education leadership is a passion, an interest or mild curiosity, Sue’s PAPER.LI publication should definitely be a part of your personal/professional learning network.

The Principal’s Read:

Sue’s Twitter address:

John Goldsmith

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This Week’s #FF: David Kapuler


If you read my previous post, you know I’m struggling with the Twitter custom of “#FF” and how to handle it. Rather than Tweet a list of Twitter names/’handles” of folks I wish to thank, I’ve decided to focus on just one person per week and provide a reason or two why that person should be acknowledged and followed by you, dear reader.

My very first #FF shout-out goes to David Kapuler – someone who has generiously acknowledged me many times in his #FF Tweets. David has worked with technology in education for more then 14 years which is noteworthy on it’s own. What makes David my #FF pick however, is his blog, “Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero”. In it, David highlights, reviews, describes and critiques new educational apps, software and web 2.0 tools. His reviews are short and concise with just enough detail to explain what the item is, what it does and how teachers might use it. Subscribing to David’s blog or following him on Twitter is a great way to keep up with what’s new in the edtech world. Many of his reviews have been featured in my Twitter stream.

Thanks David for sharing such wonderful resources.

#FF David Kapuler
Twitter: @dkapuler

John Goldsmith

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To #FF Or Not To #FF


To #FF or not to #FF. That is the question – at least it is for me.

For those new to Twitter, let me explain the tradition or custom of #FF (Follow Friday) It’s used by some Twitter folks to show appreciation or acknowledgement of another user – a recommendation to check them out and perhaps even follow them.

Like so many social media conventions, this one isn’t cast in stone. Some do it – many don’t.

There is even some dispute over how #FF should be done. Some users simply send a Tweet containing the hashtag #FF, followed by a long list of Twitter ‘handles” – the folks to be acknowledged.

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Others acknowledge just one person along with a reason(s) why they deserve a shout-out.

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I used to do #FF Tweets but not any more. What began as one post with a couple of names (new followers, people who’s posts I had retweeted, etc.) soon grew to three, four and more. Great for the folks being acknowledged – not so much for other followers for whom, I suspect, it was just annoying. So, I stopped.

In wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate or wasn’t grateful for those folks who had chosen to follow me or share a link. I was – honest. I just could not think of a way to show that appreciation in a way that did not border on spam or annoy other followers – until now and this blog post.

I haven’t given up on #FF entirely. The idea of acknowledging one person a week along with a reason (or two) why the person is being acknowledge has potential. Between the amazing people who follow me and awesome folks who keep me supplied with links and information, I should have enough #FF material to last a lifetime.

In the meantime, I hope this blog post will convince my followers and followees that I really do appreciate your support even if I don’t announce it ever Friday.

Thank you.

John Goldsmith

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The “R” Word


Greetings and Happy New Years.

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. It might have been a lot longer had it not been for a  “Tweet” (and blog post) from Jordan Tinney, Assistant Superintendent of the Surrey School District. He talked about the idea of digital resource sharing and collaboration but there, in the middle of his musings was the “R” word – “REPOSITORY”! I couldn’t stay quiet.

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Buzzword Bingo


Now that I’m retired, I don’t get to attend many conferences. That’s unfortunate because I really enjoyed them. Meeting new people, reconnecting with old friends, being challenged/stimulated by new ideas and at times, being bored to death by a presenter who seemed to have little to say but was determined to include every current jargon or buzzword when saying it; it was all part of the conference milieu.

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RV Sites, Crappy WiFi and Schools


I’m blogging again! Not through choice so much as circumstance. The motivation came upon me while sitting in a RV park near Sedona, Arizona. Sedona, as you may or may not know, is a mystical new age mecca, renowned for it’s aura which is supposed to promote spiritual peace and inner tranquility but, it’s definitely not working on me. I’m so angry and frustrated, I could chew nails or – write a blog post. The source of my frustration is the RV park’s WiFi system. I’m trying to use it to connect to the Internet but for all the success I’m having, I might as well try using to one of the famed “spiritual vortexes” for which this area is also well known.

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