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Thunder Bay Catholic DSB 2015-16

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Title:

Technology to Enable Learning and Teaching

Inquiry Question:

How does educational technology enable teachers to provideTBCDSB Photo opportunities for students to engage in relevant, complex tasks and employ co-learning strategies during the feedback cycle?

Project Description:

We plan to take a blended approach to professional learning, providing a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities.

Face-to-face sessions will focus on the role of teachers as designers of powerful learning experiences as described by Michael Fullan:

"Teacher as designer also calls upon teachers to be designers of knowledge-based products: the learning activity is the product. This creative responsibility distinguishes new pedagogies from the primary roles of teachers as delivering content knowledge. Digital content and learning resources have the potential to fulfill much of the “content delivery” requirements of teaching, allowing teachers to focus more naturally on creating compelling and personally relevant learning experiences that engage their particular students. As students become prepared for a globalized, knowledge-based world driven by technology, teachers become models of the learning attitudes and creative, connected, collaborative, skills they seek to instill through their learning activity designs. The partnership will investigate, cultivate and provide a platform for teachers to share this “knowledge creation” work." (http://www.newpedagogies.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/New_Pedagogies_for_Deep%20Learning_Whitepaper.pdf )

Blended learning opportunities will include 24/7 access to a virtual professional learning space (the provincial VLE) and an introduction to the concept of professional learning through Twitter.

Classroom teachers and teacher-librarians will be invited to participate in this project and will meet 4 times throughout the year. Each session will include an opportunity to discuss and understand the role of the teacher as designer, hands-on exploration of new technologies and resources, an opportunity to work collaboratively with other teachers and an opportunity to share and discuss student work.

Alignment with Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being

Our Learning Connections project aligns with the theories of action for literacy and numeracy outlined in the TBCDSB BIPSA:

Literacy

If educators provide students with opportunities to engage in relevant, complex tasks and employ co-learning strategies during the feedback cycle, then students TBCDSB Photowill be able to:

  • Articulate their learning
  • Understand what level 3 and work looks like
  • Recognize how to improve their work
  • Engage in inquiry-based learning
  • Think critically, make deep connections
  • Reason and communicate effectively

Numeracy

If educators provide students with opportunities to engage in relevant, complex tasks and employ co-learning strategies during the feedback cycle, then students will be able to:

  • Articulate their learning
  • Understand what level 3 and work looks like
  • Recognize how to improve their work
  • Engage in accountable talk
  • Understand multiple solutions
  • Use mathematical language
  • Make links to their lived world

This innovation work also aligns priorities outlined in the TBCDSB Multi-year Strategic Plan:

  • Catholic Graduate expectations
  • Inspiring achievement
  • Supporting collaboration
  • Connecting communities