30 Days to Getting Connected – Start TODAY!!

Today we welcome the leadership of Kim Figliomeni in working together with OSSEMOOC to encourage all education leaders to “get connected”.

Please read Kim’s post here.

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Educators are busy people.  30 Days to Get Connected is a 10 minutes per day program to help you learn to connect with other educators and self-direct your professional learning.  Working through this with others helps you to stay motivated to dedicate a bit of time each day to your own learning.

Begin today with Day 1 of the challenge: Dedicating Time

We welcome your feedback through comments on the blog, or on Twitter under the #ossemooc hashtag.

(Follow the OSSEMOOC blog to get email updates when there are new posts to the site.)


From Brian Harrison: Fair is Fair, Or Is It?

Brian Harrison’s recent blog post begs of us to watch a video (TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson) which will challenge us to think about our “Code of Conduct” policies in schools.

“Bryan Stevenson explains how and why it doesn’t ‘work’ with much more eloquence, authority and urgency that I ever could-I won’t even try (so watch the video-please).”

Please take some time today to watch, and to read how Brian connects the video with his deep thinking about how we need to help our kids, particularly those “in the margins” to thrive in school.

Brian Harrison: Fair is Fair, or is it?: http://brian-harrison.net/2015/11/18/fair-is-fair-or-is-it/

Two New OSSEMOOC Mini-MOOC Courses Start Today! You are welcome to join in!

This fall, #OSSEMOOC has been facilitating some mini-MOOCs to help educators become connected.

So far, we have posted a 3-week course called Twitter for Absolute Beginners and a second 3-week course called Twitter for Self-Directed Learning.

Today, we start Twitter for Education Leaders, and a second iteration of Twitter for Absolute Beginners.

You can sign up for all of our courses here.  You can also just work through the resources at your own pace on the sites.  They will remain up for anyone to use at any time.

If you are starting courses today, you will receive an email before the end of the day outlining how to get started.  The message will come from ossemooc at gmail dot com, so please watch for this in your junk mail if you do not receive it.

Congratulations on starting on the path to becoming a connected learner.   Please share this information with colleagues who want to get connected.



Welcome to #BIT15!

Be sure to follow the #BIT15 hashtag and the #OSSEMOOC hashtag over the next few days as we lead learning here in Niagara Falls.

Today, @OSSEMOOC is at Minds on Media, supporting educators in learning to connect and self-direct their learning in online environments.  Please drop in, have a chat, and share some learning.

Thank you to Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen for inviting us to take part in their amazing learning event.

OSSEMOOC will also be supporting a blogging cafe at #BIT15.  Drop in and visit for a chance to have some quiet time to share your learning or to get some personal support in learning to blog.

We look forward to learning together at #BIT15!  Please drop in and make the f2f connection with your “online” PLN.

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#OSSEMOOC Twitter Chat

This week our learning and connecting opportunities include an OSSEMOOC hosted twitter chat on Tuesday November 3rd at 8:00 p.m. (EST).


New to Twitter chats?  Here are a few resources that explain the basics.

  1. Demonstrating twitter chats (OSSEMOOC resource)
  2. Day 8: Peeking inside a Twitter Chat (OSSEMOOC resource)
  3.  Beginners guide to twitter chats
  4. How to participate in a tweet chat

Our topic this week is learning through curation, and will use the  #ossemooc  hashtag.  We hope you will take some time to join in! 

Sharing Our Learning: Timing  and Guideline (Revised) 

8:00  Welcome
8:08  Q1:  Share something that you are currently reading for professional learning (book, blog etc.).
8:16  Q2:  Share something that you learned on Twitter that was relevant to you.
8:24  Q3:  What tool has worked best for you to curate information online? What did you like about it?
8:32  Q4:  Share one tool that you would like to learn more about.
8:40  Q5:   What is one thing that you would like to explore by the end of 2015?
8:48 Q6:  Share with the group an event that you would like to attend virtually. (#hashtag or conference link).
8:59  Wrap up

Thanks to All of the Contributors to What’s Your Next, Ontario?

An enormous THANK YOU to all of the courageous Ontario educators who shared their next step.


Kudos to:

Heather Theijsmeijer 

Aviva Dunsiger 

Michael Brown 

Helen Dewaard 

Anne Shillolo 

Brandon Grasley 

Christie Currie #eladsb

Sue Dunlop 

Julie Balen 

Kendra Grant 

Chris Theijsmeijer 

Frank Calvano #eladsb

Melissa Roth 

Stephen Hurley 

Sarah McLeod 

Danuta Woloszynowicz 

Lisa Neale 

Kaila O’Callaghan 

Andy Forgrave 

Laurie Azzi 

Ed Doadt 

Donna Miller Fry @fryed

Mark W. Carbone 

Keep connecting, learning and sharing.  We all benefit from learning together!

@ossemooc #ossemooc




Hey Ontario, What is your Next?

In response to this post on the theme of What is your Next?, OSSEMOOC is thrilled to have the “answer” video posted live this morning as part of the K12 Online Conference.  Check out the conference details and the OSSEMOOC collaborative video  [here].


Mark Your Twitter Calendar

Your OSSEMOOC Team has been busy planning our Twitter  ‘NEXT’.  During the week of Oct. 26th, we offer two online “drop in” sessions to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions, share experiences or just say hello via text chat or voice discussion.

These sessions will run as follows:  Tuesday October 27th at 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. EDT  and Wednesday October 28th at 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. EDT.   Join the Adobe Connect session by clicking  here.

November Kickoff:

On Tuesday Nov. 3rd, we will host a live twitter chat 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT. Watch for an upcoming blog post outlining the process and questions.

Enjoy learning from the BIT15 conference by following the  #BIT15 twitter stream November 4th through 6th.


Busting Down Language Barriers

It’s time for French-language and English-language educators in this province to learn together.  Thanks to Marius Bourgeoys (@bourmu) and his Twitter challenge from #GAFESummit Ottawa, we know have a fabulous way for everyone to collaborate through images and short Tweets that can be easily popped into Google Translate for clearer understanding.

Here are the results of our first day of learning together, sharing an image that inspires us.

Why not join in? What a simple way to start collaborating!

New Twitter Courses Starting

Thanks to Peter Skillen and Brenda Sherry for leading the #CE15L chat last night, digging into the topic of “Learning”.  We have many thoughts and ideas to pursue as we continue through our knowledge building together this month.  Please register here if you want to join the conversation.

#OSSEMOOC has new “mini-mooc” courses starting in the next few weeks.  Please show your colleagues our offerings and invite them to register here to receive instructional email messages.  Of course anyone can follow the learning without registering.

Connecting to Learn


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