In Unique Times

Hi Everyone, We are certainly in unique times as we try to negotiate our way through this year.  Just a reminder to all sites using Fast ForWord to support our students – this program continues to be online. Students can continue to work through the exercises assigned by teachers....

September – A New Year

Welcome back from holidays. A number of items are new this Autumn. Foundations 1, along with error reports are complete (Last year, it was in progress.) Student Errors are in a single report making it easier to review Reading Readiness and the RPI have been upgraded to html (No more...

New on the Horizon

So many exciting things have been happening with our students’ learning that it’s hard to keep up. Updates on Intervention Practices:  If you haven’t recently looked at our Interventions page, you’ll be happily surprised there are new connected activities for you. If you need assistance, please email me. Consistent...

Happy Holidays

Wishing you a very rest-filled and happy holidays. See you in 2018. ...

It’s October – What’s Happening?

October has entered with stormy weather (I think there’s a song about this..). And as we watch the leaves change colour and blow in the wind, we’ve been able to connect with returning students as well as get to know new students and staff.  This is a significantly busy...

Welcome back

Hope everyone had a great summer. It looks like the warm days aren’t quite ending just yet. I always look forward to beginnings and school startup is no exception – lots of interesting things to learn and new people to meet. With all the changes happening, the dates for...

Being Data Informed – Student Driven Conversations

Funny thing around data – when students are an intricate part of the conversation, it takes on a whole different meaning. Recently, I was facilitating one of our Joint Teams (LSS/Classroom partners and Learning Technologies) with a focus on supporting learners with written output challenges. There were several tools...

Know Your “Why”

Recently we had session 2 of our Communicating Learning via ePortfolios Team. When I wrote up this session to post for the group, it struck me that these thoughts applied to everyone especially at a time when we’re all focused on assessment, report cards and all the things that...

Summer Time

One thing we’re always doing is reflection. The end of year offers a chance to review our year and think about next steps. What is front and center is the work you’ve all done to support students. In whatever role you do, our students are the heart and center...

Thinking Math Supports?

In partnership with Ron Coleborn (Math consultant), we are pleased to announce two Math softwares available for teachers: Dreambox Learning (Math) Skoolbo (Math and Literacy basic skills) (Canadian version) DreamBox is an online Math resource (K-8) intended to support personalized instruction for students from intervention to enrichment. The ongoing formative...

Learning on the Edge – Reflections on Pro-D

We just finished a districtwide Pro-D, where for the first time we squeezed 2000 people into one building. So parking was quite hairy and the deluge of rain didn’t help matters. Once inside, the atmosphere was positively electrifying (thanks to the facilitators and participants). Our opening started with North’s own...

Assistive Software – Inclusion in the Classroom

There are a number of assistive-type softwares that may help students with access to learning in the classroom. The following focuses on writing, reading, and vision supports. Most are free and can be easily downloaded by the student. EASE of ACCESS: This group of tools offers simple word prediction through...

“Citizenship” is Everyone’s Business

February 1st is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, the day before Groundhog Day, the day (1920) of the newly established Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  But more importantly, it is the official launch of our Digital Citizenship Initiative (K-7). While some may hone in on the...

Learning Sessions – Making the Most of Fast ForWord

Fall is definitely in the air – crisp, clean and clear.  For those of you starting Fast ForWord or returning after a break, we have set this year’s 3 part series:   * October 15, October 27, December 1; 8:30-12:00 at Schou-TLC Each session will build upon each other (from...

Connectedness & Relationships

  Welcome back. Exciting things are afoot… This month is all about connecting and relationship building. Behind every one of those faces are stories waiting to be heard. Changes to both our infrastructure and Fast ForWord content is going to make this an exciting year. If you are interested...
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