I stopped at the Starbucks at King & University this morning on the way to see Carlo Fusco at Waterloo CI to consult regarding his library project. As I entered, I happened to notice the striking view change that (literally) just one step made.
One step, a small step, can strikingly change your perspective. Have a listen to Carlo’s perspective on library change.
Using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) offers many opportunities to develop new ways to approach curriculum delivery, instructional design, providing feedback, assessment … well, you get the picture – OPPORTUNITY!
At 2:30 p.m. EDT (today, October 17th, 2015) Andrew Bieronski and I team up to deliver a session at the Ottawa GAFE Summitto dig into this topic from a WRDSB perspective.
If you would like to join us remotely, we will be sharing our session via @Livestream (free account needed to view)
Note: the stream will be activated approximately 15 minutes before the session.
This post in my Virtual Coffee Shop series features a discussion with Huron Heights Secondary School Principal Ed Doadt examining the initial excitement, impact and observations around launching the school into a 1 to 1 program for all grade nine students are provided with Chromebooks.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend and present at the Cyber Summit 2105 conference. I was thrilled to be partnered with Jonathan Schaeffer, a Distinguished University Professor of Computing Science and currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science, at the University of Alberta for the presentation topic: Are MOOCs Past Their Peaks?
Jonathan shared his perspective and insights on the MOOC movement, noting that while it is only a few years old, it has already had a tremendous impact on teaching and learning. Although some of the original hype surrounding MOOCs has not been realized, the reality is that they are here for good and are influencing institutional thinking.
In reflection, although the perspectives we each presented represented significantly different contexts, some very interesting commonalities emerged. In summary:
teaching is all about meeting the students needs (not limited to the teacher’s needs or comfort zone)
MOOCs do, and will continue to play a role in moving learning forward
MOOC’s are playing a disruptive role along with other technologies
Educators own the responsibility to keep exploring new possibilities (including with technology) to achieve the best possible learning experiences for students.
There is an important need for “mini moocs” that needs to be recognized and acted on
Building a quality brand matters
My slides for the OSSEMOOC portion of the presentation: