It was great to attend the final OASBO ICT meeting of the 15/16 school year yesterday. It was my first meeting in quite some time and it was great to feel the friendship, passion, and energy in the room – such a strong sense of team and professionalism.
To me though, this particular meeting seemed to be a marker in time as the close of this school year brings change. Three members of the ICT family are retiring: Greg Elliott, Ron Plaizier and Wayne Toms.
Greg Ron Wayne
These IT leaders are exemplary professionals who have provided leadership, guidance, mentoring, visioning, problem solving and openly learned while forging a strong and vibrant ICT family in the Ontario K-12 education space.
Congratulations to all of you. I wish you a long and happy retirement. Please don’t stray too far from our IT/ICT family!!!
There is certainly a lot of thinking, conversation and energy concerning K12 instructional practice right now: innovate, take risks, leverage technology, collaborate, create content, student voice & choice. Here, here – critically important thinking for moving education to a new and important place.
I would argue that a parallel discussion is alive and well on the business side of K12 education as well. I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the preparation of this article for the OASBO (Ontario Association of School Board Officials) fall publication.
(Click the page graphic to read the full article)
Rozanski Hall – personal photo
Today’s post shares the resources being used in a presentation at the Education Technology Summit with Lorie Hough.
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.
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’s Google Hangout: a data classification with Sandra Vieira and Lorie Hough.