Thank You

So many people over the years have shared their expertise and passion for teaching with me. Too many to list I am afraid. I am also certain that I would leave out some great contributors to my learning if I tried to list them all. In this post, I would like to take the time to thank four individuals who have inspired me to start this blogging journey.


life long learners.comThe first thank you is to a long time friend and valued member of my PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network), Brian Metcalfe. Brian was one of the first educators to provide me with support as I began my journey learning about educational technology strategies, back in my early days in the 80’s and 90’s – yikes, the last century 🙂

Brian has been and continues to be an active promoter of edtech use, way before it was even referred to in that manner. His motto “Take care & keep smiling” has always resonated with me. Now that Brian has “retired” from Winnipeg School Division, he has a bit more time to work on his blog “Life Long Learners”. And a life long learner he certainly is. Be sure to review all the wonderful learning and sharing on Brian’s site.

Thank you @bkmetcalfe


John Evans
John’s sites

I recall first meeting John at a ManACE TIN (Technology Information Night) session. He was sharing his expertise on the use of wikis. At that time, “Web 2.0” tools were just starting to be used by some educators. I was fascinated with how John used these tools to create a school website – creating in the cloud, which so unique to me at that time. I was using FrontPage to create sites at that time.

A few years have passed from those days and John has since changed careers. His current job with Manitoba Education, as a Web Technologies consultant – is an excellent hire by the province. It was John who first introduced me to the power of Diigo, an amazing social bookmarking tool. As I mention in my Sharing Space page in this site, Diigo was my first step in learning how to use collaborative sharing tools. I encourage you to explore the collection of links found in John’s Literacy with ICT Diigo Group.

At some point I will have to try my hand with – the latest tool John seems to be exploring and curating resources with. Here is a link to two of John’s publications – great sharing spaces.

Thank you @joevans
Andy McKiel

The third thank you goes out to the current President of ManACE – Andy McKiel. His passion for sharing and using various educational tools and strategies to deepen the learning of students is infectious. Andy has been the President of ManACE twice. Hopefully we can convince him to go for a third term in a few years.

Andy has varied talents, ranging from photography to creating works of art with his custom pens (I am the proud owner of one). Be sure to visit his site, to learn more about Andy. He is one of the first educators that I know of who set up a domain to share his passions.

Our face to face and virtual conversations regarding various approaches of using EdTech tools and   the upcoming trends in education are invaluable to me. It is from Andy that I first began to understand the value of Twitter. The teachers in St. James-Assiniboia School Division benefit from his expertise, where he works as a K-12 Curriculum Coordinator.

Thank you @amckiel



Ms. Bee
Ms. Bee’s Buzz

The final thank you in this post goes to Sherri Burroughs, who happens to be my wife. That is not the reason for the inclusion in this list. Sherri is a very passionate math educator who has been using technology in her teaching for many years. Although she will claim that she is just a newbie, she has been at the forefront of using a large variety of ICT tools to support her students’ learning at our school – long before she met me.

Sherri has amazing Moodle sites to provide 24/7 resources for students. These sites are tied into our student account system, so I can not link to an example – but you will enjoy exploring her Weebly sites: Ms. Bee’s Buzz and Ms. Bee’s Project Jump Site. In these sites and the linked Google Sites, you will find lots of great ideas for math projects and great examples of how technology is infused into her subject area. Be sure to explore the “Show Me ” videos her students created using iPads.

You will see from the time stamp of her first blog post in the screen shot above, Sherri beat me to the punch in having a public reflection and sharing blog. Thank you for inspiring me to finally take the blogging plunge. As you have noted, the first posts feel like the scariest.

Thank you @SherriBurroughs


All four of these individuals share a number of common traits. They are selfless and passionate about the craft of teaching. They believe in the power of giving and sharing. In the end, they all keep what is most important in mind – the student – as they model life long learning. All in their own special ways – inspiring.

Thank you all,





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Educational Technology Consultant, Speaker & Trainer | Former SJR Dept. Head of Educational Technology & ICT Educator

8 thoughts on “Thank You

  1. Hey Phil, welcome to blogging! I’m going to add you to my google reader … Oh, well, maybe not … Feedly then. Looking forward to reading, I know you will have great things to share! … And let’s get Andy to carry on as Pres of ManACE one more year, I can wait for my turn. 🙂

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere, Phil! Glad to see that you’ve started up this space to share your thoughts and ideas in another medium. You’ve got so much to share and this will be another great way for you to connect and collaborate with others!

    It’s been a real privilege working with you over the last decade and I’m humbled to know that you’ve taken as much value out of working together as I have!

    1. Thank you so much for your selfless sharing. Looking forward to the next decade.



      PS I would like one of your pens with the tip for tablet devices.

  3. “Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

    We live by that, don’t we? 😉

    Thank you for your very kind words, Phil. Remember always that you, too, are inspirational!

    I am thrilled that you have started this blog – you have so much to share as a thoughtful educator and wonderful human-being. I look forward to reading future posts. xo

  4. Wow Phil … I’m so pleased with your new educational technology blog. With your practical classroom ideas and activities, as well as, valuable links, this site will become a popular resource for educators world-wide. Thanks for being such a risk-taker and sharing your reflections through blogging.

    I am humbled to be included in your post with three other outstanding educational leaders. In fact, I have a saying that … “Any day you learn something new … is a great day!” Thank you for making my day great by sharing links to Sherri Burrough’s educational resources. As a former Mathematics teacher, I am inspired by the creative activities that she uses to engage her students as shared on “Ms. Bee’s Project Jump Site“.

    With the support of an inspiring wife, who is also your colleague, it is no wonder that you are so well respected in the educational community.

    Thanks to both of you for sharing your reflections and classroom endeavours through your blogs. You both exemplify the caring educators that I am proud to consider as both friends and valued members of my personal learning network (PLN).

    Thanks for caring and sharing.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

    1. Thank you Brian for your continued support and sharing of learning. Now I need to investigate how the filters work in WordPress so that posts containing URL’s are not quarantined.

      Looking forward to you future posts at Life Long Learners.


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