I took the TRAIN! This was a new adventure for me to take the train to Cornwall for my visit to CDSBEO. Although it was a great way to travel, note to self, don’t take the train that heads to Kingston on the last Sunday of reading week 😉 My visit to St. Andrew’s Catholic School was a great learning experience with the four teachers from the school. This was their third session together with the focus on their inquiry question:
What impact will technology tools have when used to leverage assessment and evaluation for student success?
The session was lead by Andrew, the Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching Consultant with two other consultants. Their technology focus is the Ministry’s BrightSpace LMS along with Microsoft Office 365. The learning for that day was around One Note Classroom to provide students with ways to organize notes, submit assignments and then receive timely and effective feedback from the teacher. The two goals of the day were:
- Leaving ready!!!
- Learn and try!!!
They set the day with a video that inspires the need for us to think differently, be innovative and take action. Have a look at the video The Adaptable Mind which looks to answer the question: What are the skills that prepare us for a world that is constantly changing? Interesting point made in the introduction is that we should not just consider STEM or STEAM, but rather SHTEAM (Science, Humanities, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). We should focus on the human skills that technology can’t master. The video shares examples for a list of necessary skills (nothing really new, but a great scenario is presented with the list):
- Curiosity: opens the pathway to learning
- Creativity: liberates the human mind – have to do something with your creative ideas
- Initiative: get it done using intuition and reach out to others
- Multi-disciplinary thinking: involve others in your idea by multi-asking and collaborating
- Empathy: sense the motives and thinking of others
Thanks to the team in CDSBEO for having me and to Celine and Maryann for taking me on a tour of the town 🙂