TVDSB students will have equitableaccess to a range of programs,services and resources to supportdiverse learning needs and pathways.
“In a diverse classroom, no single method can reach all learners. Multiple pathways to achieving goals are needed.”(Hitchcock, Meyer, Rose, & Jackson, 2002, p. 18)
Equitable access for all – creating a physical and virtual presence for students, staff, and community members. Challenges access to the learning commons monitoring of the virtual space privacy issues space Solutions The learning commons could be opened during recesses and over lunch administration of the virtual space could be a shared responsibility Placement of more wi-fi hubs throughout the school will make technology more widely accessible with the purchase of netbooks privacy controls could be put in place, and password accessible
Provide professional development for staff to become more adept at the technologies that are available, and how they may be applied to assist in curriculum delivery. Challenges Time Willingness Speed at which technology changes Solutions Offer PD in-house, at a variety of times to meet needs of many Make PD practical, with new learning that can be applied immediately to enhance curriculum, not add to it Just-in-time technology, and focus on how many tools are the same
Embed Technology into inquiry-based learning Challenges Costs of technology often surpass school budgets Making it a daily practice Solutions Web 2.0 tools Allowing student-owned tech tools into classroom
“Teachers, teacher-librarians, principals, technical staff, students… all can collaborate in learning partnerships. And all can switch the emphasis from teaching to learning. With everyone modeling how to learn, the learning process will become a natural part of a student’s being.”(OSLA, 2010, p. 7)
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