There is lots of exciting news on the OSAPAC front. The new OSAPAC website was launched at the recent Bring IT Together conference. In this post, I am highlighting four newsworthy items.
One of the new exciting Ontario provincial licenses is for Mindomo, web based mind mapping software for all educators in Ontario publicly funded schools. Have a look at the handy “get started” poster.
You should also check out the new Ontario developed resources: the SAMR model, digital citizenship and OSSEMOOC, the Connected Leadership opportunity.
Enjoy the new digital resources! Grow your mindset!
Check [here] for more details.
Bring IT Together 2014 has without a doubt been an amazing conference. We are stronger than ever before. One of the aspects that make this conference special is the Focusing on TOGETHER in Bring IT Together.
I want to extent an sincere thank you to the entire “Green Shirt Team” for the vision and work to plan an exciting, engaging and connecting conference. Well done!
The Journey Challenge:
As you prepare to travel back to your respective school boards, savour the highs, the new learnings and your new connections. I also want to encourage you to consider this wonderful event as the starting point of a journey. I am thinking that the most important thing that happens between now and the 2015 conference event is the journey you will take.
Some thinking prompts:
- How has your growth mindset changed as a result of something that happened here at the conference?
- How will you nurture the new connections you made?
- Will you change the way in which you participate in professional learning?
- How will you share?
- How will you make your thinking visible?
- What actions will you take to help a colleague move along their professional growth path?
Plan to make a difference!
Safe travels, see you online.
It was a pleasure for me to team up with Jennifer Paziuk to present on Innovative Learning Opportunities. As promised, we are sharing the session resources.
Futures Forum Project -June 28, 2013 from WRDSB Learning Services on Vimeo.
Additional blog articles about the WRDSB Futures Forum Project.
~Mark & Jennifer
I appreciated the opportunity to team up with Michelle Cordy and Doug Sadler to have a pre Bring It Together 2014 conference interview with keynote George Couros yesterday.
Watch the interview:
Additional ECOO video podcasts are online [here].
Check out this Google Hangout interview with ECOO project manager Michelle Cordy and OSSEMOOC project co-leads Donna Miller Fry and Mark W. Carbone.
Take a moment to learn more about OSSEMOOC and find out about some of the plans for 14/15.
As your school year schedule settles in and your thoughts drift to incorporating professional learning, there are many great opportunities happening in Ontario.
OSSEMOOC launches a mini course series (“mini-moocs”) this week featuring a presentation by Brenda Sherry and Peter LeBlanc on Wednesday Sept. 24th. Details are [here].
Perhaps attending an Ed Camp is on your list to experience. Never been to an Ed Camp? Check out these Ed Camp related blog posts by Donna Miller Fry to get a good sense of what to expect.
Ed Camp Barrie, one of several Ed Camps in Ontario this year, is running on Saturday September 27th. Registration and other details are available at the EdCamp Barrie web site. If you can’t attend in person and are interested in participating as a virtual learner follow the #edcampbarrie Twitter stream and watch for details about live-streaming of select sessions.
A little farther down the road, plan to attend Bring It Together 2014, the jointly offered Ed Tech conference offered by ECOO and OASBO ICT. The conference is running November 5th-7th.
Enjoy your professional learning journey.
Today was an amazing day. After many months of preparation the ECOO sponsored, Waterloo Region District School Board hosted Google Apps For Educators (gafe) event launched at 8:30 this morning. Mark Wagner from the Google Ed Tech team provided a warm welcome and overview from the day. Linda Fabi, Director of Education for the Waterloo Region District School Board delivered greetings to the 525 attendees.
Jim Sill delivered an outstanding keynote address challenging attendees to define the type of world we live in. Jim used effective examples to portray a world of will and reckless creativity, cleverly referencing twitter, sub tweets, selfies, personal branding and digital footprints. I am glad I livescribed this session so I can enjoy listening to it again!
Most of the balance of the day provided a wide variety of workshop strands addressing a variety of skill levels. A closing session provided an opportunity to showcase some awesome tips and clever uses of Google Apps in a 3 minute window. Each presenter concluded with a resounding expression of “SLAM” !
On a personal note, I enjoyed connecting and sharing this experience with so many dedicated educators I know across the province, and of course, meeting new people too. I learned more about using google maps more effectively, leveraging extensions to Google Drive and tucked away a variety of nifty tips and tricks.
I am looking forward to GAFE day 2 tomorrow!!!
One thing really struck me about this ECOO 2011 — energy. There is a genuine energy in Ontario teachers for change in teaching practice. There is a synergy building in the province, and it was certainly great to be part of the learning.
A few personal highlights:
- @snbeach & @willrich45 – great keynotes – motivating: be a change agent
- Trending @dougpete – super group effort
- Finally got to meet @shannoninottawa F2F – must continue the building school admin capacity discussion
- Insightful talk by @gcouros
- Presented my first pecha kucha – wonderful experience
- Interesting discussions at the OSAPAC booth
- The OCT: use Social Media tools but don’t put yourself at risk, maintain professional boundaries
- Connected with new educators, new learning opportunities
- Noon hour discussion topics – removing barriers, great thinking
- Chatting with WRDSB Futures Forum Project teachers — next steps, thinking BIG
- Pleased to have a good turn out for my Facebook in the Classroom session
- Explored new staff development resources at the PLP booth.
ECOO 2011 was a great conference and wonderful learning opportunity. Thank you to the planners and organizers — take a bow!!! This conference was certainly an opportunity to be WRDSB Proud. WRDSB had a strong contingent attending the conference to learn and share. WRDSB presenters were well received on the wide variety of topics presented – go team!
ECOO 2011 Twitter feed
Twitter bio update challenge #changegame