On the Educational Technologies front…

The streets are lined with golden leaves and the air is crisp and clear. It must be November. Hard to believe that we’re well into the middle of term. Quite a few of our Learning Teams and workshop series have started up and I think I’ve visited almost every school site. 

A short synopsis (especially if you’d like to join us or want more information): 

  • Classroom blogs and department blogs – a great way to communicate curricular information and happenings to a community
  • Digital Portfolios with focus on Communicating Student Learning
  • O365 sessions (beginner, OneDrive, Teams basic) continue to see popularity (more sessions coming) 
  • O365 & Makerspace Writing – this Joint Learning Team is in collaboration with Tanis Anderson and started 
  • ADST centers kits making their rounds – they’re out at Douglas Road now and headed to Clinton next. Entry points for all students and staff. 
  • Coding? Tynker (coding lessons launched > if you’re interested, email Amanda Coutts 
  • Coding? Micro:Bits (kits are ready and classroom support is available – email Amanda Coutts 
  • Coding? Minecraft for Education. Joint Learning Team in collaboration with Donna Morgan has started their journey merging Math & Minecraft.
  • All the Right Type Online – this keyboarding program is part of secondary and elementary intermediate program. Email Michelle Mactavish for information on accounts. 
  • Digital Citizenship – ever on the forefront embedded in everything we do. 
  • SETBC Tier 2 Classroom Solutions – at Gilmore focused on strengthening communication and growth mindset
  • Fast ForWord – supporting vulnerable readers. If you wish more information, email Janet.

Coming your way…

  • VR/AR opportunities (email us) 
  • iPads as creation tools – developing critical and creative thinking. 
  • ideas from you are always welcome – let’s chat! 
  • elementary intro training in MyEd reporting (happening now)

Why Blog?

With the many demands on a teacher’s time, what would make a person want to blog? Yes we know all about how a blog or what I prefer to say, “a web presence”, can communicate. That is what a blog can do. However this is too simple of an answer. 

Here is my current short list of what I think of blogging… Perhaps you have others.

  • global connector to extend classroom activities and learning to the world
  • breaks down walls to invite the world into the classroom (including scientists, mathematicians, artists, entrepreneurs…)
  • connects visible learning moments for parents (yes, it’s automatic – delivery service to their phones or whatever device they use) 
  • creates a place for students to share their story and practice digital citizenship in an authentic environment (positive digital footprint)
  • values the student in owning their voice and story (“They matter… one person can change the world.”)
  • creates an environment for students to push their thinking 
  • inclusive of every learner through visual, audio, video, text (“It’s not just words.”) 
  • share curricular learning journeys and stories that can be discussed at home 
  • gives opportunities for creativity, exploration and pose/answer the questions that truly matter 
  • allows learning to be captured, annotated and reflected upon (“Tell our collective story.”)
  • create opportunities for teachers to engage in capturing formative assessment information
  • allows embedding of content from multiple places (“connecting the pieces”)
  • extend classroom notes and links, criteria reminders, memory joggers (honouring parents/teachers/students time)
  • continues the conversation of learning as never ending, always moving through building a community of practice 
  • access, access, access… anytime anywhere any device

Maybe the bigger question is, do you have a web presence? If you would like to start a blog, contact any member of our Learning Technologies team or go straight to our FORMS/APPLY page to begin the process.