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Improving teaching and learning 21 oers


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Improving teaching and learning 21 oers

  1. 1. Improving Teachingand Learningfor the 21st Century
  2. 2. Where to find me: • Twitter: #OERS13 • Follow me: adrossis • Wiki Spaces: • • Resources for this presentation: • ERS+2013
  3. 3. What is Learning Connections?Learning Connections (LC) is:• funded by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Education, Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat• an online community driven by the collaboration of school districts called District ChampionsDistrict Champions• align their involvement with their district level plans• engage in sharing and collaborations with other district champions• build capacity within their district with support from LC
  4. 4. Research in LC• Partnered with Institute for Research in Learning Technologies, York University• research and evaluates the work of the program• 2011-2012: Learning Connections: Project Year End Report• 2012-2013: Learning Connection: Developing Skills for the 21st Century
  5. 5. Who is involved?
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  7. 7. Blended Approach toProfessional Learning “Student learning depends on every teacher learning all the time.” (Fullan, 2007, p. 35)
  8. 8. Blended Approach toProfessional LearningPersonalized Learning• Learning Online• Educational Speakers CollectionCollaboration and Learning• Online Book Studies• Pilot Applications21st Century Leadership• ABEL Leadership Round Table• Leadership SummitABEL Summer Institute• ASI 2013: Level UP
  9. 9. VoiceThreadWhat is VoiceThread?• Simple interactive collaboration tool• Post comments on pictures, videos or other multimedia• Comment by writing, recording voice or videoCheck out our VoiceThread:• Go to• Or:
  10. 10. Building Community andSharing Best Practice “Connected learning communities are designed to support the professional development goals their members have chosen to improve instruction and subsequently bring about increased growth and achievement for the 21st century learner.” (Nussbaum- Beach & Ritter Hall, 2012, p. 38)
  11. 11. Building Community andSharing Best PracticeFace-to-faceat York University• two conferencesWebsites• access to the tools, resources and professional learning• share, collaborate and learn from each otherMonthly Online Meetings• synchronous to share, collaborate, and build community
  12. 12. EdmodoWhat is Edmodo?• Free and safe way for teachers and students to connect and collaborate• to collaborate, share and learn• Create an account and login• Join our group (code: p4s7zp)
  13. 13. Sample LC Projects “The integration of technology and pedagogy to maximize learning must meet four criteria. It must be irresistibly engaging; elegantly efficient (challenging but easy to use); technologically ubiquitous; and steeped in real-life problem solving.” (Fullan, 2013, p. 33)
  14. 14. Sample LC ProjectsLimestone DSB• Improve communication and thinking through purposeful, accountable interactions for students• Engage students in authentic reading and writing experiences
  15. 15. Sample LC ProjectsNear North DSB• Professional learning for teachers to effectively integrate technology across the curriculum• Use of Adobe Connect to encourage collaboration between the three regions in their district
  16. 16. Sample LC ProjectsThunder Bay Catholic DSB• Teacher librarians use Edmodo for collaboration and communication• Focus on “Edmodo into practice” to support other work in the district
  17. 17. Reflector App•• Cool features: • You don’t need an Apple TV to project your iDevice • You can project multiple devices • Inexpensive• Cautions: • Use the trial version to check if it works on your network
  18. 18. For more information Learning Connections LC Collaboration ABEL Program site