Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

Best Practices for BYOD Implementation

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The following is an introductory guide to implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) project in K-12 schools. The information in the table serves as a guideline to aid administrators and teachers in planning for their BYOD initiative. The contributors have a minimum of three years experience implementing technology as a tool for learning within their work context.  

The people involved in this project were:

  • Lori Brown – English & Design Teacher, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School
  • Andrew Hannah – Math Teacher, Beaconsfield High School
  • Rosemary Hill – English & Math Teacher, Beaconsfield High School
  • Amanda McCulloch – English & History Teacher, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School
  • Kim Meldrum – Pedagogical Consultant in Technology Innovation & Google for Education Trainer, LBPSB
  • Louise Outland – French Teacher, Beurling Academy
  • Maria Pan – English Teacher, Beurling Academy
  • Chris Webb – Math Teacher & Google for Education Trainer, Westwood Senior High School

 

Google Doc Version | PDF Version (09/06/2016)

Working Towards Becoming Future Ready

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

In order to meet the needs of our students, teachers and administrators are constantly reflecting on their practices and how they can provide the best teaching and learning opportunities for their students.  In 2016 the way that students learn and demonstrate their knowledge should not look the same as it did ten years ago.  This is because of the rapid growth of technology as a tool for learning.  

Our students have access to information, to creation tools and to the ability to connect with others around the world.  In order to maximize their learning and to assist them in becoming lifelong learners, educators and administrators are looking to the future –  for our students to be ‘Future Ready’.

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Tony Wagner in his recent book entitled “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World”, (p.12) describes the skills of that students will need to have as the Seven Revival Skills:

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving

  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence

  3. Agility and adaptability

  4. Initiative and entrepreneurship

  5. Accessing and analyzing information

  6. Effective oral and written communication

  7. Curiosity and imagination

In order to become Future Ready teachers and administrators need to be actively engaged in professional development. They need to be working hard to improve their skills at providing students with opportunities to creatively share their learning and knowledge.  It is important to remember though, that no matter what opportunities we are creating for our students:

 

Students need to be able to connect with experts outside of the school.  They must be able to share their learning and get feedback from an authentic audience using for example, class blogs and class Twitter accounts. The students need opportunities to record and reflect on their learning through screencasts, photos, voice recordings and other creations.

The students must learn how to be good digital citizens (Digital Citizenship LBPSB)and to develop their digital legacy.  If we provide them with opportunities to demonstrate their learning in different ways then they will become lifelong learners who are curious and seek answers to questions that interest them.

To do this, educators need to reflect on their current teaching practices. They need to continually develop their skills at creating teaching and learning opportunities that allow their students’ to demonstrate their learning in different and creative ways.  Lastly, but critically important, educators need to develop their skills of assessment.  When students demonstrate learning in different ways they are providing rich assessment information that must inform teachers’ decisions.

As you take on the journey of transforming your teaching and learning we invite you to attend the first Canadian Future Ready Summit.  The Summit sessions are designed to engage educators and administrators in hands-on learning opportunities that will give them strategies and ideas to begin implementing on Monday.

Montreal Future Ready Summit

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Works Cited:

Wagner, Tony, and Robert A. Compton. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. New York: Scribner, 2012. Print.

Pause and Think Online

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Teacher Daphne Amster at Edgewater Elementary school and her Grade 4 class created a video based on Common Sense Media’s Pause and Think Online. This project idea encourages students to create a video showcasing the elements of the song, and to think about how they can become good Digital Citizens.

The Video

The Project

The project is based around an existing video which encourages students to become good digital citizens. The song focuses on body parts and encourages them to make connections between how safe, responsible and respectful behaviour online is very similar to that of the offline world.

The original Common Sense Media video is below.

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)