1. Alec Couros

    Romance Scams Continue And I Really Need Your Help


    If you follow me closely, you know that I’ve been discussing romance scams (also known as “catfishing”) for several years now. In short, a romance scam is where criminals will harvest photos from social media and dating site profiles and then use these photos to set up fake profiles on …

  2. Alec Couros

    Knowledge vs. Understanding


    “Once u have a rigid way of thinking in your head, sometimes you cannot change that, even if u want to.” This is relevant to so much of what we do with professional learning, change, policy, education, etc.

    This video is definitely worth a watch. More to come on this …

  3. Alec Couros

    Developing Upstanders in a Digital World


    This past Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to co-facilitate a Day of Pink event for local school division. We invited approximately 100+ elementary students (mostly 7th graders) to participate. The themes included (digital) citizenship, (digital) identity, anti-bullying, and becoming an upstander (someone who stands up to support the protection, safety, …

  4. Alec Couros

    Generosity and Relationships


    I was just moved by this video/story that I discovered on Reddit.

    And in case you missed what was in the envelope …

    I don’t know anything about this family, but I can relate to the son’s relationship to his parents. I loved this way his father nuzzled up …

  5. Alec Couros

    Shared Human Moments


    Take a few minutes to watch this video.

    Powerful. Here’s the backstory.

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how Twitter is not simply about sharing information – it’s much more about sharing our collective human experiences. When we read tweets, we read lives – or at least the …

  6. Alec Couros

    Identity, Love, and Catfishing


    I recently received the following message via email. I’ve omitted a small portion of the text to protect the privacy of the sender and have only corrected a few spelling errors to improve the overall readability of the passage.

    I know you do not know me, but I had to …

  7. Alec Couros

    What Does It Mean To Be Literate?


    I am working on a keynote presentation for the CEGSA conference coming up July 17, and I am hoping to gather insight from individuals for a crowdsourced portion of the presentation. It is my goal to gather original text/quotes, images, videos, audio, slides, etc. from you, members of my learning …

  8. Alec Couros

    A Goomba’s Perspective


    I came across this Super Mario Brothers video on Youtube today. It’s a wonderfully produced, short animation written from the Goomba perspective. As I watched it, the former social studies teacher in me thought that this would be a great video to introduce topics like historical perspective, bias, and propaganda …

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