I spent the last few days in the province of Ontario with some fantastic educators, parents and students.
Monday and Tuesday I was with the Learning Connections team in Ottawa from the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Karen McEvoy facilitated the work of nearly 60 teachers from grades k-6 who were exploring a variety of technologies in their classrooms. Not a prescribed method or district determined focus, but rather a invitation for teachers to explore and share. I witnessed teachers simply sharing what they had learned and inviting questions and ideas for moving forward. Teachers being empowered to determine their own learning path and providing accountability through sharing is to me, the most powerful form of professional learning. Too often we make it more complicated than it ought to be. I felt privileged to be able to share a few ideas with this wonderful group of educators. Watch for great things coming from Ottawa. Follow the #ploscb to see them in action on twitter.
Wednesday night featured our first Canadian Techbook Community Night. This was a great partnership event featuring teachers from Kawartha Pine Ridge School District and their students showcasing the work they’ve done in using Discovery’s Science Techbook. DEN STAR Joe Tompkins was a key supporter and district leader in their implementation. Watching parents with their children engage at various stations was a testament to the work of these teachers and the way they’ve utilized techbook in their science programs. Considering it was the Toronto Maple Leafs were playing in their first playoff game in 9 years, the turnout of nearly 100 people was outstanding.