The start of this school year has an extra kick of pizzaz for me. WRDSB is launching a 1:1 Chromebook program for all grade 9 students in the system. The intent is for students to keep their chromebook for their 4 years of secondary school.
The learning space has changed: access to digital resources for all, leveraging online learning environments such as Google Classroom and Google apps noting that over 60% of WRDSB staff and students currently use this environment daily for writing, researching, collaborating, exchanging ideas, providing feedback, documenting and sharing their learning. In many respects, moving to 1:1 is a scaling up based on the successes of the Futures Forum project.
Graphic from http://michaelfullan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/13599974110.pdf
On Sept. 1st, I had the opportunity to attend the grade nine orientation session at Cameron Heights CI. Principal Ray Teed estimated that over 90% of grade nine students were present. It was great to feel the energy and excitement in the building. Here are a few highlights from the tour, lunch and chromebook pickup.
… and a nice touch at Southwood SS.
Make it a great learning year!
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.
Learn the insights through our discussion.
A new school year brings new opportunities. Last Thursday I enjoyed attending the professional learning sessions at Huron Heights Secondary School and Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School in preparation for our 1:1 chromebook launches this week. The energy was high and collaboration was benefitting all – awesome.
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In conversations with principals Ed Doadt (HHSS) and Kathy Young (SJAM), I think we all agree that this project serves as a catalyst for visible change, new thinking, kicking the tires on ideas, exploring new practices and sharing our learning collectively and collaboratively. I am very excited to see what opportunity brings.
I thought I would share some of the excitement and conversation from my sites visits Thursday.
I look forward to phasing Jacob Hespeler Secondary School into the project in October.
Make it a great year – innovate, learn, collaborate and share.
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In the fall, we are initiating a 1:1 chromebooks for all grade nine students project in 3 of our secondary schools.
Our planning team would be interested in learning from your experiences. If you have a suggestion, tip or perhaps would have done something differently, please share via this [google doc].
Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas and learning.