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Moodling In Ontario A Professional Learning Approach Final

  1. 1. Moodling in Ontario: A Professional Learning Approach <ul><li>Anita Drossis Nathalie Rudner </li></ul><ul><li>ABEL Professional Learning Lead ABEL School Lead </li></ul><ul><li>Science and Math Teacher Assistant Head of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Vaughan Secondary School Thornhill Secondary School </li></ul><ul><li>YRDSB YRDSB </li></ul>
  2. 2. ABEL and Moodle Professional Learning Community ABEL Partners York Region District School Board
  3. 3. What is ABEL ? <ul><li>A dvanced B roadband E nabled L earning </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Led and funded by York University (Toronto) and the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides educators with innovative approaches to teaching and learning based on research </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a Professional Learning Program in the quest to integrate technology in the classroom </li></ul>
  4. 4. ABEL Values <ul><li>“ The ABEL program values INNOVATION , advancing new ways of learning that impact student achievement; COLLABORATION , connecting people effectively and efficiently through networks and partnerships, where they share their knowledge and expertise; TRANSFORMATION , creating values and opportunities for people and organizations.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. ABEL’s 5 Core Activities <ul><li>Delivering professional learning </li></ul><ul><li>Providing access to learning tools and services </li></ul><ul><li>Providing access to learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Building effective and beneficial partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Driving innovation through research </li></ul>
  6. 6. ABEL Website and Members Portal <ul><li>Online Professional Learning Community for members at </li></ul><ul><li>In the ABEL community, members can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access resources for ABEL tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register for professional learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Request access to tools </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. ABEL Moodle Data <ul><li>ABEL Moodle courses as of March 2009: 329 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Learning: 32 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Durham District School Board: 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simcoe County District School Board: 30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toronto District School Board: 147 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>York Region District School Board: 116 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ABEL Moodle users as of Feb 2009: 5822 </li></ul><ul><li>ABEL Moodle teachers as of Feb 2009: 303 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Implementation of Moodle has been facilitated through the ABEL Professional Learning Program </li></ul>
  9. 9. ABEL Professional Learning Program <ul><li>Offers a variety of professional learning opportunities through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training days at York U </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job-embedded professional learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABEL Summer Institute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Literacy Leadership Seminar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABEL streaming </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Training Days at York U <ul><li>Half day training sessions for Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on Moodle workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Release time is provided to YRDSB teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Easy registration through ABEL portal or YRDSB Connect2Learn </li></ul>
  11. 11. Job-embedded Professional Learning <ul><li>Occurs in the schools </li></ul><ul><li>ABEL staff and ABEL school teams work on Moodle with teachers at the schools </li></ul><ul><li>“ Moodle Month” initiative focused on provided training for several schools in two districts </li></ul>
  12. 12. ABEL Summer Institute (ASI) <ul><li>Annual conference hosted by ABEL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moodle Highlights include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations on using Moodle in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>½ day Moodle Hands-on Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling Moodle using ASI Moodle </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>ASI Moodle used during conference </li></ul>
  14. 14. Digital Literacy Leadership Seminar <ul><li>Moodle is used as platform for DLLS </li></ul><ul><li>Participants are teachers and leaders in their school </li></ul><ul><li>Structured as a series of 5 Moodle modules linked together with a Meta course of resources for the modules </li></ul><ul><li>Offered throughout the year </li></ul>
  15. 15. ABEL Streaming <ul><li>ABEL Webcasts are used to share best practices among the ABEL community </li></ul><ul><li>Two separate Moodle webcasts were produced this year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle in the Classroom: Designing your Course Homepage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle in the Classroom: Assessment for Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Link to Moodle Webcast </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>ABEL provides easy access to Moodle and supporting resources through: </li></ul><ul><li>Tools request page for ABEL members </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the ABEL training Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>ABEL Moodle Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Technical support through ABELhelp@yorkU </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tools Page for ABEL Members <ul><li>The tools page in the ABEL community provides a direct link to request access to Moodle and to elevate to course creator status </li></ul>ABEL receives ~ 20 requests per month. September is the busiest!
  18. 18. The ABEL Training Moodle <ul><li>The ABEL Training Moodle allows teachers to experience the different Moodle tools </li></ul>
  19. 19. Different tools modeled in the training Moodle
  20. 20. ABEL Moodle Pages <ul><li>A step by step instruction guide on how to create a Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers, by teachers </li></ul>
  21. 21. [email_address] <ul><li>Help desk staffed by York University IT personnel and a computer resource teacher from YRDSB </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 110 emails per month for Moodle support </li></ul><ul><li>Peak times for support are the beginning of the school year and February (start of second semester) </li></ul>
  22. 22. YRDSB and Moodle Professional Learning Community ABEL Partners York Region District School Board
  23. 23. York Region District School Board <ul><li>YRDSB has a long history of innovation and expertise in information technology and curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>The district's mission is to inspire and prepare learners for life in our changing world community. </li></ul><ul><li>YRDSB and ABEL work together closely to help teacher effectively integrate technology in the classroom </li></ul>
  24. 24. YRDSB Moodle Data <ul><li>Piloted in 2006-2007 school year (mostly elementary) </li></ul><ul><li>Launched November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>As of February 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>34 000 + moodle user accounts (27 000 in use since Jan. 1 st ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~3200 individuals with course creator status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3200+ courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>~1900 secondary level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>~1200 elementary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>~ 100 other (Leadership, curriculum, etc.) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>YRDSB provides easy access to Moodle and supporting resources by: </li></ul><ul><li>Providing all teachers and students with Moodle accounts in order to support student learning and student achievement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers  seamless with Board email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students  uses school network logins </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. YRDSB Moodle <ul><li>Closed Moodle  Only YRDSB Staff and Students </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging and Blogs disabled </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal plug-ins  currently spellcheck, math symbol editor, Turnitin </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Professional learning opportunities through YRDSB include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultation with Computer Resource Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Literacy and Moodle Training Sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job-embedded Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for participation in ABEL training </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Consultation with YRDSB Computer Resource Teachers <ul><li>4 regional Secondary CRTs </li></ul><ul><li>4 regional Elementary CRTs </li></ul><ul><li>Provide formal and informal training and support to staff using technology in the classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics range from “Overviews of Moodle” to the use of specific tools such as Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respond daily to Moodle inquiries in person or online </li></ul>
  29. 29. Training Sessions <ul><li>Group sessions </li></ul><ul><li>All levels: beginner  advanced </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers register through “Connect2learn”  professional learning tracking system </li></ul>
  30. 30. Professional Development Days <ul><li>Moodle presentations and workshops at subject specific PD days, for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle in Science : Engaging Students online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In-school PD day Moodle sessions facilitated by CRT’s and/or ABEL program </li></ul>
  31. 31. Job-embedded Learning <ul><li>Teachers at schools coordinate with ABEL and CRTs to provide in-school professional development such as hands-on workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers share best practices at staff meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced “Moodlers” mentor teachers new to Moodle </li></ul>
  32. 32. Support for participation in ABEL training <ul><li>Teachers are: </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged to participate in ABEL programs </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged to use ABEL release time </li></ul>
  33. 33. Moodle Resources Moodle <ul><li>All teachers are enrolled in “Moodle Resources” </li></ul><ul><li>Contains training videos, “Moodle Pages”, Moodle Links </li></ul>
  34. 34. Partners Professional Learning Community ABEL Partners York Region District School Board
  35. 35. <ul><li>The ABEL program engages in and maintains successful and beneficial collaborations that have allowed the program to transform practice and to improve results. </li></ul><ul><li>Some partnerships include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>York University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>York Region District School Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Connections </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. York University <ul><li>York University is a lead partner in the ABEL program </li></ul><ul><li>York University helps provide support for ABEL members through ABELhelp </li></ul><ul><li>York University server hosts ABEL Moodle pages at: </li></ul>
  37. 37. Orion <ul><li>Orion partners with ABEL to provide PL webcasts to teachers across Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Orion webcast series goes live in February 2009 with Moodle in the Classroom as one of the first webcasts </li></ul>
  38. 38. View webcast at:
  39. 39. Learning Connections <ul><li>The Ontario Ministry of Education's Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat-sponsored Learning Connections project is a networked learning community and professional development program open to K-8 educators across Ontario. </li></ul><ul><li>ABEL provides LC members with access to their tools including Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>ABEL provides LC members with Professional Learning opportunities for ABEL tools </li></ul>
  40. 40. Moodle in Ontario Professional Learning Community ABEL Partners York Region District School Board
  41. 41. <ul><li>Network of teachers who share best practices through the ABEL community </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiated Professional Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and support </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for leadership within the community </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes dynamic and innovative uses of technology in the classroom </li></ul>Keys to the ABEL Professional Learning Community
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