Archive for February, 2014

Professional Development at its Best – ESD, Dean Shareski and LCEEQ

Friday, February 21st, 2014

 

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Dean Shareski and Micheal Chechile

We have been very fortunate over the past week at the Lester B. Pearson School Board.  On Friday our Educational Services Department provided professional development to our board’s teachers.  Our morning started with an excellent keynote given by Dean Shareski @shareski Dean shared a great deal with us, but for me the most salient points that he made were:

Passion Projects:  Provide opportunities and support for students to engage in learning about something that they are personally interested in.  Use technology as a tool both for them to research their interest, as well as, to share it with the world.  Remember that technology as a tool for research is vast.  A student can use twitter, blogs, edchats and so much more to learn about their passion project.

Assessment and Evaluation:  As we continue to use technology as tools for learning we need to redress our assessment and evaluation processes.  We need to develop our ability as educators to acknowledge the processes of learning that our students are engaged in, as well as their products.

In 1915 John Dewey (Dewey and Dewey 1915) discussed “learning by doing.” (New York: Holt, 1915; revised edition, New York: Putnam, 1942).

 What better time than now with all the digital tools that we have available to make the words of Dewey come alive!

 On Monday and Tuesday many teachers, professionals and administrators attended the annual LCEEQ conference entitled, “Communicate, Collaborate, Create:  Critical Thinking in the Age of Social Media – Impact on Teaching and Learning”.  On day two we had the pleasure of hearing Alec Couros @courosa .  Alec shared with us his passion for technology as a tool for learning; but what was most powerful was the manner in which he shared.  He was able to engage and enrich us through stories about his father who had passed away, his children and his university students.  He used Twitter as a vehicle for the audience to share their responses to his speech, as well as, to put forth their thoughts.  He had his Twitter feed running simultaneously with his presentation slides.

 My colleague and I felt that the most powerful statement that he made was when he was speaking about a university student who went to an interview with her online portfolio and said to the employer that ‘when you hire me, you are hiring my entire professional learning network!’  Now that is a connected educator!

 @MeldrumKim #lceeq2014 role of technology to help students find their voice – thanks Dr. Couros!

 

It’s Time to Embrace Your Child’s Digital Life – Nov. 6 Webinar

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 2.44.17 PMThe Lester B. Pearson School Board in conjunction with the Board’s Digital Citizenship Program held a live streamed parent webinar November 6, 2013. Dr. Alissa Sklar Ph.D. and Tanya Avrith M.A. Ed Tech facilitated the webinar. The focus of the webinar addresses how we can use social media in positive ways as well as a vehicle to improve learning.

Topics that were addressed:

• Develop an understanding of how your child builds their digital footprint.

• Learn how to instill in your child values that will help them become responsible digital citizens.

• Learn some tips on how to engage online with your children.

• Practical ideas for how you can embrace digital technology with your child.

• Looking at how you can develop an understanding of how your child builds their digital footprint.

The videos that were addressed in the webinar can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TrPwO…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5b6y7…

For more information on the Digital Citizenship Program visit:

dcp.lbpsb.qc.ca

You can also connect with:

Alissa Sklar at www.risk-within-reason.com/ and follow her @alissasklar

Tanya Avrith at tanyaavrith.com and follow her @edtechschools

 

Google Apps For Education Summit at LBPSB – Dec. 2013

Monday, February 10th, 2014

customLogoOur brains hurt!!!  We had four outstanding days of innovative learning with the Ed Tech Team who put on Quebec’s first Google Summit hosted by the Lester B. Pearson School Board at Lakeside High School in Lachine. The four days began with a PreSummit where participants were engaged in a number of sessions that included becoming a Google App Certified Teacher to learning the technical life of Google Apps and how to become an expert on YouTube.

Saturday and Sunday were absolutely amazing!  More than 500 participants arrived before 8:30 am on Saturday to begin their learning.  The buzz in the building was palpable!  It was incredible to be able to host such innovative and advanced professional development.  As we look back it is outstanding that we at LBPSB are pioneering Google Apps for Education.  We hosted the first Google Summit in Quebec and had participants from as far away as California.

The day began with a bilingual keynote by Lisa Galuga (@lisegaluga) who talked about how the lives of her young children are positively affected by technology.  It was an important context to begin the two days.

The summit sessions ran for 60 minutes and were jam packed with incredible ideas.  The enthusiasm in the rooms was incredible.  Participants were engaged and the talk between sessions was all about how to use what they learned in their classrooms.  People were connecting with like minded teachers from outside of their own school board.

A true sign of a successful conference is the fact that on Sunday the sessions were also jampacked!  Jennie Magiera (@msmagiera) was our keynote on Sunday morning and wowed the over 500 participants with her enthusiasm and expertise.

I attended the two day session on becoming a Google App Certified Teacher and was amazed at all that Google has to offer an educator.  Now it is time for me to explore those apps and to think about how they can be used in our classrooms to improve student learning.  One of the first that I would like to pursue is Google Sites.  I think that this offers teachers a wonderfully creative and not complex opportunity to have their students create individual blogs where they can share their learning and open their educational environment up to receive feedback from people all around the world.  What a wonderful vehicle to use to engage students and to reinforce learning!

Check out Jennie Magiera’s Blog: Teaching Like It’s 2999

We would love to hear what your great takeaways were from the summit.  Please comment below.

Kim Meldrum (DCP Consultant)

Digital Citizenship Program Blog (DCPinAction)

Monday, February 10th, 2014

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Fill in the following form to submit a post for the DCPinAction Blog. We are excited to introduce you to the new DCPinAction blog. This blog is a vehicle designed to share and promote examples of innovative teaching happening in our LBPSB schools.  We invite you to submit to us blog posts discussing an innovative practice that you used or are using with your students.  You might have a short video that you would like to have posted.  It is our hope that  this blog will be filled with great teaching ideas that can be adopted by your colleagues and that it will inspire innovation and collaboration.