Category Archives: Todaysmeet

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

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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

 

EOIT2014 resources and reflections

I enjoyed my recent opportunity to present a session on ever changing EdTech world in K12  education at EOIT2014.  Three points from the various conversations over the day captured my attention.

Limestone DSB,  CIO Wayne Toms described how becoming active on Twitter has “changed his  approach to PD forever”.   He emphasized the importance of having access to a stream of current information and thinking to shape one’s perspective underscoring the importance of connected learning.

If fact,  this coming weekend,  two Ontario based EdCamps  are happening on May 10th as per the  “Tweet captures” below.  Connected learners can participate by following  #edcampsault  and  #edcampisland.

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IT  leaders  Ron Plaizier and James Proulx  openly discussed the challenges of “all the moving pieces” – technology changing at a rate much faster than classroom practices shift and support models can be adapted.  There are no easy answers. The best strategy is to bring people together for conversation and time to play in this “change space”.  Agreed!

The third conversation focused on a notion I would call the  software “power” gap – the difference in capability when comparing a desktop application version against the corresponding web version.  This power gap differential exists in many applications.  In my view, the critical piece of this puzzle is at the intersection of  desktop > mobile, local > cloud and minimal NEEDed functionality vs extra features.  One “crystal ball” question is how long might it take to reach the ideal cloud based offering of a particular application?

I also wanted to share of few highlights from the back channel related to “What is the most important aspect of your work?”

TodaysMeetParticipants stated:

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Related Resources

View  presentation  file

Twitter chat for  #EOIT2014

Blog articles related to the  Futures Forum  project.

Blog articles on the  SAMR  model.

Scoop.it articles on  SAMR

~Mark

 

Web 2.0ing your staff meetings

I had an awesome conversation with WRDSB  Principal Mark McMath after school today. Over the fall, he has been experimenting with some ideas for bringing staff meetings to life by making them more interactive and focused on discussion rather than information distribution. Check out these great ideas!

  • collaborate on generating agendas by leveraging Google Docs
  • gather good news itmes through a shared Google Doc – check out this  Sample Good News doc
  • share links to video resources in a shared document
  • use  Today’s Meet  to generate a back channel discussion
  • summarize group discussion in an online (Google) doc
  • gather feedback via Google Forms
  • create a staff  video message  using a tool such as  ScreenCast-o-matic

Mark has enjoyed learning through his Professional Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter too.  He has found that Twitter connections provide a wealth of knowledge for personal use and sharing with staff.   He notes the importance of gaining comfort in jumping in and out of the information flow as it can be overwhelming.

Additional Resources

Follow  Mark McMath  on Twitter

Follow Cedarbrae PS on Twitter

Follow the #edwrdsb Twitter hashtag

~Mark