Great things happening in Ontario

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.

Keep in mind Techbook is free for all teachers in Canada and the US until the end of June.

Comments

  1. Karen McEvoy

    Dean,
    Thank you for taking the time to come to OCSB last May to support our group of K-6 educators involved in the Learning Connections Initiative! We have grown considerably to include instructional leaders and students and look forward to sharing some of our work with you!
    Your insight, expertise and ability to reach all educators inspired our group to take that next step in our journey of planning rich learning tasks that leverage digital and provide those learning opportunities that are truly innovative and transformative.
    We look forward to continuing that journey in OCSB and hope that we are able to connect again in the near future!
    Karen

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