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Celebrating Future-Ready at WRDSB

I have been a longtime believer in a self directed job embedded approach to staff development.  For several years I have had the privilege of working with a dedicated team in IT Services  at the Waterloo Region District School Board to design and deliver staff development programs fitting this ideal.

Last fall I participated in the 2013 Connected Educator Month activities which included an opportunity to complete an interview and submit documentation about our CATC Camp and CATC connections programs along with information about the WRDSB Futures Forum Program.

Celebrate

I am honoured and thrilled that  our WRDSB submission been selected  as a part of the Future Ready program as an international case study and is published on the US government Tech Ed website as a one of six case studies selected.

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A special announcement was shared with over 12,000 US based school superintendents.

Learn more about the Future Ready program.

The case studies, including our WRDSB submission  are online here.

View the Future Ready professional learning toolkit.

I want to acknowledge the team of Rebecca Rouse, Harry Niezen and recent retirees Ron Millar and Anita Brooks-Kirkland for their insightful and collaborative work with me in on our ITS staff development program.  I also appreciate the on going support and collaborative work of Mary Sue Meredith and Ken Whytock.

~Mark

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Learning at CATC Camp (Day 1)

Great CATC conversation

I attended a technology planning meeting tonight with Rebecca RouseCarolyn Graham and the Smithson Public School CATC (computers across the curriculum) team. Reflecting on the meeting, a few thoughts stayed with me:

  • good energy on the team
  • positive outlook towards change
  • technology change is messy right now, and shifting quickly.  Time is needed in the sandbox to play!
  • static vs dynamic use of technology (static = fixed labs etc., dynamic = technology in the student learning space)
  • technology to enable and enhance learning,  not new technology for technology’s sake
  • discussion focused beyond now and short team –> what does the next 3 years look like at the school?
  • increasing access
  • advantages of mobile technology
  • highlighting new learnings at staff meetings

I hope some of the discussion points listed here, might provide guidance to other sites in their planning process.  We look forward to working with the Smithson staff to develop their plan and support them moving forward with their agenda.

~Mark