Tag Archives: chromebooks

2016 1:1 Kickoff

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.

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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.

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Make it a great learning year!

~Mark
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Positive Disruption

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.

~Mark

New School Year, New Opportunities

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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Image adapted from: 
http://schools.wrdsb.ca/jam/files/2015/07/chromebook1to1project.jpg

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.

Related Resources

Check out the twitter stream at #121wrdsb
Project Resource site: 121wrdsb

~Mark

Help us learn about one to one

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.