Last week I flew out to Ottawa Catholic SB to join their team for their Learning Connections Fair. What an awesome day with an amazing group of educators. The team in OCSB has been able to build capacity with the support of a core team of educators who provide the facilitation for the sessions. They are aligning their work with New Pedagogies for DeepLearning where inquiries focus on the 6 C’s and the 4 elements of task design. Their overall inquiry is:
How do we support our students in becoming compassionate Global citizens who are life-long creative, collaborative problem solvers in an increasingly complex and connected world?
The agenda for the day was simple, but very effective for the approximately 80 educators who were present. In the morning, teachers could choose 2 different breakout sessions to attend and in the afternoon they could attend 2 different panel sessions. All the sessions were hands-on and lead by teachers in the classroom. The focus was to have teachers experience different tools by playing and hearing how other teacher use them in their classrooms so they were better prepared to use them with their students.
Some of the sessions that I had the opportunity to visit in the morning included:
- Presenters shared the different applications they used with Dash and Dot in their classrooms including: Blockly, Go, Xylo, Path, Wonder
- We then got to play with a variety of stations including Dash Bowling, Xylo and using Dash to explore a floor map of the world
- So much fun and very engaging for students and teachers!
Getting Google with it! Engaging students with creative technology
- Teachers had a chance to explore the different apps in Google Apps for Education with a focus on Google Drawing
- We learned how to create a Google Drawing and how to edit and add pictures
- What a great way to create electronic posters for students to demonstrate their understanding
- The board uses Hapara to manage Google Apps for Education
- Each student has a “Discover Me” site that they can use for an e-portfolio every year and teachers can access the sites through Hapara
- Great excitement in the room as the teachers discovered how easy it was to edit and manage their own Discover Me site – they couldn’t wait to get back to their classrooms to start e-portfolios with their students.
- Presenters shared many ways to use QR Codes with students
- For example: Created a cube with different QR codes on each side. Students read a story in a group and then roll the die to a QR that has a question they have to respond to.
The afternoon continued with more hands on learning during the panels! The panels in the afternoon were not just discussion time, but all of them had an element of “play” and experiencing the tools.
This was a great and energetic day for everyone and teachers walked away with many new things they could try in their classroom right away. And to top off the day – DOOR PRIZES with a unique way to tweet out the winners and promote using their #LCocsb hashtag.