Quest 2014: Innovative Practices

Last week I had the privilege of participating on a panel discussion at the YRDSB’s Quest conference  with Lewis Morgulis (DCDSB) and Russ Coles (YRDSB).  The panel was  moderated by Margaret Roberts (YRDSB).  I appreciate that, with permission,  we were able to livestream and record the session to offer a virtual learning opportunity to other interested educators.

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The panel discussion was centred around four guiding questions:

  • What is innovation in a K-12 context?
  • Share an example where innovation has been successfully implemented?
  • What were the elements that made your example successful?
  • What were the challenges?

Watch the panel session.

Following the panel discussion, participants engaged in table discussion guided by the question and statement  set below.

  • What does innovation look like, sound like, feel like?
  • share personal examples
  • How do you engage staff that are resistant to change?
  • How do you build a culture where change is accepted and embraced?
  • Identify barriers and potential solutions

Participants also added comments, ideas and questions to a Today’s Meeting back channel.  I have shared three quotes that resonated with me below.

Russ: thinking outside the box while living in the box

Mary-Anne: innovation starts when we stop accepting the status quo

Donna Miller Fry: (virtually from TBay)  Innovation requires a willingness to be distrubed by M. Wheatley

Do you find these quotes & ideas intriguing?   Check out the full session transcript  [here]  from the Todays Meet  collaboration space.

The closing comment spoke for itself:  As a result of your learning today, what would you do to start to implement this in your own context?

Please share your innovation ideas!

~Mark

Virtual Learning via Quest

This week I have the opportunity to participate at the annual York Region DSB Quest conference on a panel discussion. Our topic is promoting innovative practices.   I have received permission to livestream the panel session Thursday November 20th 2:15-3:45 p.m. EST  to allow for virtual learning opportunities.

The live video stream event will be listed  [here].  (Note: free account needed for viewing) .  There  is a Today’s meet back channel available  at Promoting Innovative Practice.

Session details:

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Additional information about the  Quest Conference.
Follow the Quest twitter stream.

I hope you can join us.

~Mark

 

OSAPAC: Four GREAT Resources

There is lots of exciting news on the OSAPAC front. The new OSAPAC website  was launched at the recent  Bring IT Together  conference.   In this post, I am highlighting four newsworthy items.

One of the new exciting Ontario provincial licenses is for Mindomo, web based mind mapping software for all educators in Ontario publicly funded schools. Have a look at the handy “get started” poster.

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You should also check out the new Ontario developed  resources: the SAMR model,  digital citizenship  and  OSSEMOOC,  the  Connected Leadership opportunity.

Enjoy the new digital resources!  Grow your mindset!

Check  [here]  for more details.

~Mark

Make IT a Journey

Bring IT Together 2014 has without a doubt been an amazing conference.  We are stronger than ever before.  One of the aspects that make this conference special is the Focusing on TOGETHER in Bring IT Together.

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I want to extent an sincere thank you to the entire “Green Shirt Team” for the vision and work to plan an exciting, engaging and connecting conference.  Well done!

The Journey Challenge: 

As you prepare to travel back to your respective school boards, savour the highs, the new learnings and your new connections.  I also  want to encourage you to consider this wonderful event as the starting point of a journey.  I am thinking that the most important thing that happens between now and the 2015 conference event is the journey you will take.

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Some thinking prompts:

  • How has your growth mindset changed as a result of something that happened here at the conference?
  •  How will you nurture the new connections you made?
  • Will you change the way in which you participate in professional learning?
  • How will you share?
  • How will you make your thinking visible?
  • What actions will you take to help a colleague move along their professional growth path?

Plan to make a difference!

Safe travels,  see you online.

~Mark

BIT14 Presentation Resources

It was a pleasure for me to team up with  Jennifer Paziuk  to present on  Innovative Learning Opportunities. As promised, we are sharing the session resources.

Futures Forum Project -June 28, 2013  from  WRDSB Learning Services  on  Vimeo.

Additional blog articles about the  WRDSB Futures Forum Project.

~Mark & Jennifer

30 days of THINK!

Think,  pause,  and think again.

Would you like a chance to role model your online skills and actions?  Do your online actions reflect kindness, respect and support?

The 30 days of THINK! may be just the activity for you and/or your class.  Check  www.preventingcrime.ca/THINK  for more details.

30 days of think

~Mark

Getting Connected With Purpose

Whether you know me personally, are a reader of this blog or have connected online or F2F,  you know that I am passionate about connected learners needing connected leaders, and this fuels much of the work I do.

Today’s post features a video prepared in collaboration with  Donna Miller Fry  for the  K12 Online Conference  as part of the OSAPAC sponsored  OSSEMOOC  project.  Special thanks to  Silvana Hoxha, Brenda Sherry,  Wayne Toms  and  Ken Whytock  for their willingness to share their getting connected journeys.

 

Related Resource: Fostering Connectivity TEDx Talk

~Mark

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