Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Seeking sponsorship

The EVA (Elite Volleyball Academy) is starting to come together. I am looking for a couple of things, a sponsor for the clothing line. I am looking for a title -corporate sponsor (s) who will become part of the virtual locker room area. I am looking for videographers who can videotape practices and edit videos for the virtual locker. I am looking for others who would like to get involved on the ground floor. Start date is March 4 so let me know if you can help.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Announce the launch of the Elite Volleyball Academy

If you know of an athlete who is interested in high-level volleyball training tell them about this academy. It is for the serious athletes who are looking to train so they can reach the next level. There are limited spots in the cycles so register early.

I just wanted to drop a quick note to you announcing the launch of the Elite Volleyball Academy. The Academy website can be seen at:

I am open to suggestions and comments. I am will also be looking to employ guest coaches for different sessions during the Academy cycles, if you are interested, please let me know or if you know someone that would fit the level of expertise needed to help make this venture a success.

Dr. Darren Cannell

P.S. Any free advertising you can give us to help make the Academy a success would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Many Different Ways Technology Affects Sleep

The Many Different Ways Technology Affects Sleep:

"Do you suffer from the pangs of sleep loss? Has it been so long since you’ve gotten a decent night’s sleep that you’ve simply just accepted that this is the way it is? Some people chock it up to insomnia or that they have small children. While those reasons are often quite valid (especially the small children, I should know), sometimes you have to look past the easy blames and really determine if there’s some other reason you’re not sleeping well. Like technology, perhaps. There are tons of ways that technology affects sleep. But I’ll overview the most common, and ones that I’ve determined are a problem for me, so you can decide for yourself if it’s something to consider."

Monday, 29 August 2016

5 Reasons Why Organizations Should Use Online Training

5 Reasons Why Organizations Should Use Online Training:

"A budget sheet that is in the red, a plummeting customer satisfaction rating, a rise in employee turnover…these are all things that strike fear into the hearts of organizations. Unfortunately, many companies have also added “online training” to this list. But there is nothing to fear. In this article, I will share 5 reasons why organizations should not be afraid of online training, as well as some tips to help you get the most out of your online training program. There are a myriad of myths that surround online training, and some organizations have taken them at face value. In fact, the mere thought of moving their training online might rattle their nerves. Sadly, they’ve also forfeited the many advantages that a corporate eLearning program can offer their employees AND their bottom line if they use online training. If your company is still resistant to online training, read the following 5 convincing arguments."

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Just How Dangerous Is Soda?

 Just How Dangerous Is Soda?

 " Are you slowly killing yourself with sugar? As disturbing as that sounds, millions of Americans are doing this every day. And even though we doctors constantly talk about the dangers of too much sugar... Too many people don’t get how dangerous sugar really is! High sugar consumption is linked to all kinds of serious health problems, such as: Addiction and Craving High Blood Pressure Tooth Decay Elevated Cholesterol Diabetes But... scientists have discovered another, even more serious side effect: HEART DISEASE. Yes… Heart Disease. According to research published in the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Society, eating too much sugar can significantly increase your risk of death from heart disease.1 The joint study, conducted by a team of scientists from the CDC, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Emory University, looked at people’s sugar habits in detail. Here’s what they found: People who get between 17-21% of their calories from sugar are at a far greater risk for heart disease, compared to people who eat less... 38 percent higher, in fact! But the findings get even more extreme… For the people who ate the most sugar (more than 21% of their daily calories)... Their risk for heart disease shot up to more than double that of the people who ate the least sugar! So when I tell you to avoid excessive sugar, I’m not just talking about staying slim... I’m trying to help you stay alive! And thankfully, word is spreading and people are cutting back on unhealthy foods like sugary cereals, pastries, and candy. But... there’s one area where I still see people damaging their health with sugar: Soft Drinks. Soft drinks are bursting with added sugar. But most people have no idea just how much is in there. Here are the facts: A 12oz can of Coke contains about about 9 teaspoons of sugar. But according to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of daily sugar you should eat is: 9 teaspoons per day for Men 6 teaspoons per day for Women In other words, a single serving of Coke equals your entire daily allowance for sugar if you’re a man... And if you’re a woman, that one little can will to put you 50% over the daily limit! See how sneaky the sugar in soda can be? So you can understand why cutting out soft drinks (or at least cutting back) is the smart thing to do for your health! And just because you ditch soda doesn’t mean you have to live on tap water alone... There are many delicious options for staying hydrated and refreshed. Some of my favorite sugar-free drinks are fruit-infused water, lime-flavored seltzer, and pure coconut water. Now, if you’ve been a diehard soda drinker all your life, making the switch could take some time. But I guarantee you it’s worth it. And in my next email, I’m going to share with you a healthy new summertime drink I discovered… I think you’ll like it as much as I do. Stay tuned! For your health, Dr. Cary Nelson, MD Director of Science & Nutrition P.S. How are your soda habits? Reply to this email and let me know. Are you trying to cut back, or look for alternatives? Please be honest… because the more we know about your sugar habits, the easier it will be to find solutions.

 1Yang, Quanhe et al. "Added Sugar Intake And Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults". JAMA Internal Medicine 174.4 (2014): 516. Web. 21 July 2016.  "

Cyberbullying: Facts About Cyberbullying and How to Stop It

Cyberbullying: Facts About Cyberbullying and How to Stop It: "Cyberbullying: What Is Cyberbullying and How to Stop It Cyberbullying affects countless teens and adolescents. A 2015 random sample study of 11-15 year olds in the Midwest found that over 34% reported being the victim of cyberbullying in their lifetime. Other studies have found that 1 in 4 teens have been cyberbullied. Victims of cyberbullying are much more likely to use alcohol and drugs, avoid school and have poor grades, experience depression and low self-esteem, and may even contemplate suicide."

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics | Education | The Guardian

OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics | Education | The Guardian:

 "We write to you in your capacity as OECD's (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) director of the Programme of International Student Assessment (Pisa). Now in its 13th year, Pisa is known around the world as an instrument to rank OECD and non-OECD countries (60-plus at last count) according to a measure of academic achievement of 15-year-old students in mathematics, science, and reading. Administered every three years, Pisa results are anxiously awaited by governments, education ministers, and the editorial boards of newspapers, and are cited authoritatively in countless policy reports. They have begun to deeply influence educational practices in many countries. As a result of Pisa, countries are overhauling their education systems in the hopes of improving their rankings. Lack of progress on Pisa has led to declarations of crisis and "Pisa shock" in many countries, followed by calls for resignations, and far-reaching reforms according to Pisa precepts.

We are frankly concerned about the negative consequences of the Pisa rankings. These are some of our concerns:"

5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology

5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology:

 "Even today, we still have teachers across the country fighting the integration of educational technology into their classrooms. Many use similar excuses as to why they should not waste their time learning technology. The simple fact is that they typically are nervous to learn something new and possibly failing. I think everyone can understand that feeling (especially in front of our peers and our students). So... they make up a variety of reasons why they think it is a bad idea to spend time on technology use, or they simply just close their door and leave the technology in the corner of the room. What do we do? Here is a list of the top 5 things you should share with your teachers in regards to educational technology:"

Friday, 20 May 2016

Using technology versus Integrating technology

I found two images on the internet which do a great job of explaining the different.  Check them out.

As an educational consultant, I try to...

As an educational consultant, I try to predict the future and make sure that we design our schools and prepare our students for this future.  As said by others, it is a future that we have no idea what it is going to be like.  So, how can one effectively predict and prepare without accurate knowledge?  Work with what we know.  We are not in a factory era; we are in an information era.  We need to teach students how to answer questions, not content.  The information age presents way too much information to try to learn it all.  Students need to be equipped with skills that will allow them to find the answers to anything they want to know.

There are twelve points every educational institution and educator must understand to continue to be effective in the future.
The eleven and twelve point are:

Community Access

The school should be the center of the community. When constructed correctly a facility connected to the world should welcome all members of the community to utilize what it has to offer. Lifelong learning is a goal for all members of the community and locking the doors of an educational facilities does not promote this concept. Security is a concern and is normally the reason used by naysayers who find it is easier to lock facilities down. The worthwhile effort to utilize a facility fully will greatly enhance the value of a school. A school that is a safe learning environment for all in the community can be a tremendous asset.

Some areas of the school should be designed so they can be opened to the community without giving interested parties access to the whole of the school. Such areas as a cultural center, stage, and cafeteria, kitchen and gym should be secure and include washrooms and separate entrances. This design will allow each of the areas to be used separately by the community after school hours. Somewhere in the school, a historical record of the School and community should be displayed in pictures or art. The school should reflect the community and also be a central part of the community. To make the community a bigger part of the school requires the administration and educators to be willing to facilitate this. It comes with security issues, costs, and scheduling issues but the benefits should far outweigh the negatives.


The 21 years of age dictated by most departments of education as the cut-off age for interested parties to access high school education free in Canada is not something that should be a boundary in these facilities. Anyone who realistically wishes to complete their high school education should be able to within these new facilities.

The concept of grades should not be applied as rigorously as it is currently done within many educational facilities. A learner should be working at the level at which they can achieve success. Education should work in a step-by-step process that will allow the learner to fulfill all the objectives to achieve graduation at whatever rate fits their current lifestyle and goals. Education should be available to students when they are ready to be educated.

The flexibility of online learning, shared First Nations curriculums, and technology are all elements that will make it easier to create individual programs to meet each unique learner’s cultural and learning needs.

An exploration of the elimination of the grade separation of the students into classrooms is the future of education. Individual programs designed for each of the students might create an educational environment which would better provide the necessary resources and learning that the students require. If this goal is reached the need for classrooms at each grade level will not be necessary and informal learning rooms will be needed. But until such a program is implemented then grade classrooms are needed.
Any questions contact me at: dcannell5@gmail.com