Kickoff: OSSEMOOC 14/15 Professional Learning Opportunities

We hope that your 14/15 school year has had a great start and that you are now settled in and ready to think about professional learning opportunities.

Your OSSEMOOC team is busy planning an exciting year of events for you which will include:

  • developing professional connections
  • participating in rich online live voice and chat sessions
  • participation in Twitter chats
  • studying publications with other leaders
  • discussing current educational issues in Ontario
  • viewing live-streamed conference presentations
  • benefitting from 1:1 support

Many of our early activities are centered around “mini-moocs” – short sessions designed to help you get connected and develop skills with a variety of online tools. Please note the following session times that are already booked:

  • Live Streaming Learning from Ed Camp Barrie (Sept. 27th)
  • Getting Connected by Brenda Sherry (Sept. 24th at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Flipping Your Staff Meeting by Mark McMath (Oct. 14th at 8:00 p.m.)
  • Google Tools For Administrators by Bill MacKenzie (Oct. 15th at 4:00 p.m.)

We hope that you will include OSSEMOOC in your professional learning this year.  Please check  regularly for updates.

~Mark & Donna
Your OSSEMOOC Connected Learning Team

Learning is Messy

We have all heard the phrase ‘learning is messy’.

When we hear the phrase, do we think only about student learning?

Are we okay with the idea that our learning will be messy too?  We will be frustrated, we may get emotional, and we may be afraid to keep going.

Learning is messy. Expect it! Do it anyway!

Learning is Messy from James Michie on Vimeo.

Here is more thinking on messy learning from Dr. Jackie Gerstein.

Make 2014 the Year You Learn to Connect

#OSSEMOOC is a learning community.

Connected learners need connected leaders.  OSSEMOOC is here to support you in connecting with other education leaders.

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Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders

Todays connected learners need connected school and system leaders.  Further to the presentation prepared for  TEDxKitchenerED about the work that is/needs to be done in the area of personally owned, self directed learning opportunities for school/school board leaders to build awareness and capacity in this area,  we are pleased to announce that  the  official TEDx video is now online.


~Mark & Donna

Picture and Post Wrap Up

June is always a crazy  “go all out”  month in education.  Many thanks to the following educators who joined  Donna  and  me (Mark)  to contribute to the OSSEMOOC  “Picture and Post”  30 day collaborative blogging project.  It has been a great month of reading. Thank you for sharing your thinking and learning.

Julie Balen  @jacbalen
Stacey Wallwin  @wallwins
Heather Theijsmeijer  @HTheijsmeijer
Louise Robitaille  @Robitaille2011
Paul McGuire   @mcguirp
Michael Redfearn  @redfearn
Deb McCallum  @bigideasinedu
Lorraine Boulos  @RaineCB

We will be sharing the occasional summer update here on the blog and/or via the email list as we plan for the next round of OSSEMOOC professional learning opportunities.  Have a wonderful summer.

~Mark & Donna

Considering PBL

Today’s post compliments some of our related posts on Project Based Learning (PBL).


I really like the reference to PBL as an element in eLearning,  and arguably blended learning by extension.  The video referenced in this tweet,  may be of interest to you as you reflect on the 13/14 school year, and look towards Sept. 2014.

Today’s Picture and Post shared by Mark W. Carbone.

Would you go back?

Today’s post is shared by Mark W. Carbone.

Over the last 8 years, one of the constants in my personal growth path, has been through my association with Powerful Learning Practice.  My PLP experiences as a learner, connector, collaborator, community builder and coach have truly been life changing for me.

I continue to enjoy learning through the #plpnetwork twitter stream. This tweet seems to be a perfect fit to the theme of this Picture and Post collaborative blogging project.


After reading  Why I Would Not Go Back to Offline Teaching  why not take a moment and share a reflection by leaving a comment here.  We look forward to learning from your sharing.

Change Readiness: What is your approach?

Today’s Picture & Post is by Mark W. Carbone.

I typically listen to  Craig Norris on CBC KW 89.1  on my morning drive  into the office and yesterday was no different.  I happened to catch an interview Craig did with Roger Farwell, the new CEO of Creative Enterprise Inc.


What caught my attention in the interview was the idea of one’s “change stance”.   In a time of rapid change you can sit back and see what happens OR actively ‘play in the space’ to position yourself for the best possible outcome.

Lets apply this notion to education.  This is a time of rapid change in many areas of the K12 environment.

  • instructional practice: facilitated, inquiry based, PBL, collaborative etc.
  •  assessment practices
  • technology enabled learning
  • SAMR
  • owning your own professional learning
  • sharing
  • reflecting
  • collaborating
  • making your thinking visible
  • mobility
  • technology trends
  • bring your own devices (BYOD)
  • etc.

Summer reflection challenge:  What will your approach be to educational change?  Will you sit back and see what happens OR actively ‘play in the space’ to position yourself for the best possible outcome?

Read the CBC Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) post.

Digging Into Curation

Contributed by Donna Miller Fry

Here at  #OSSEMOOC we are often asked questions like, “How do you find time to blog?”, or  “How do I find good stuff online?”.

While sharing tools is one approach to answering that question, I like to think of all of these activities as part of the process of curation.

When you have a PLN with strong curation skills, navigating through the vast amount of information online becomes so much easier.  In fact, curation is an important skill for everyone.

Sue Waters (@suewaters) has very neatly and concisely explained the curation process.

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In this post, Sue takes us through the process of discovering and recording information that we need, organizing information, contextualizing, editing and making meaning and then sharing.

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She has also described the process in further detail on her personal blog.

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As you head into summer, consider how the suggestions in this post can help you make your own learning and sharing more effective and efficient.

How can we help our students develop better curation skills?



Connecting to Learn


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