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