#ontedleaders it’s #summerlearning time!

Welcome to #OSSEMOOC!

We are taking a bit of a break from the open learning side of @OSSEMOOC over the summer to plan some great learning for next year.

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In the meantime, we have our 10 minutes a day to get connected series on the right side of this page.  Check out the learning opportunities there.  We have links to lots of great blogs for your reading and learning pleasure on the right and left of this page.

Please sign up to get regular email updates about our learning opportunities.  Please suggest things you want to learn about next year.  Follow the blog to get regular updates when this page changes, and use the #ossemooc and #ontedleaders hashtags to share thinking, resources and conversations on Twitter.

Would you like to be part of a planning group for a topic next year?  Email us (ossemooc at gmail dot com) if you are interested in organizing some open free online learning events for leaders around some topics like Social Media for Leaders and What Principals Want to Know about Makerspaces.

We look forward to learning with you next year!


Hey Ontario, What’s Your Next? [A Collaborative Video Project]

“The whole world is watching to see what Ontario does next.”

Simon Breakspear, Ontario Leadership Congress, April 2015

So we are asking, what’s your next?

What will you learn? What will you read? What will you create?

Pack your thinking into a 15 to 20 second video clip.  We’ll put the clips together into a final product where we show the world what our next will be, on a very practical, “this is what it looks like” scale.

This is a peek into the “HOW” of implementation – how people leading on the front line are making change in their day to day work.

This is about the next choice you plan to make to improve your practice.

We practiced creating a collaborative video  back in May under the expert guidance of Darren Kuropatwa and Alan Levine.  Here is the final product we created together in just over an hour:

Your video clip can include an object, your image, a screenshot, a screencast or a combination of all of these.  Briefly explain your next step in your professional learning.  Please stick to the 15 to 20 second limit so that we can share 3 to 4 examples per minute.

Please be sure that the audio is loud and clear!  Remember that if you are using an iPhone, you want the phone to be in “landscape” orientation (turn it on its side) when you record the video.

Email the video file as an attachment to ossemooc_1c02@sendtodropbox.com.  Please put your name in the subject line of the submission so that we can credit you in the final product.

Please get your clips into the dropbox before June 30. *** It’s okay to still submit.  Mark and Donna have been very busy with other projects and we won’t be able to tackle this for a few more days.  Take 5 minutes and get this in asap!  Thanks!

The final product will be licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike License. It will be posted on YouTube and shared on the OSSEMOOC site.  It has been submitted as a presentation proposal to the K12 Online Conference 2015. Personal identification will be by credit only at the end of the video.

Learning Connection Session Resources

Thanks again to Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca) for an informative and inspiring session on leveraging social media for learning, connections and community. Here are the resources from the session:

1. Session Recording

2. Podcast – to be added

3. Slidedeck via slideshare.

4. Class Daily Shoot.

5. A story about literacy centres.

6. 105 The Hive – student led internet radio

7. Bloggers cafe with livescribe.

8. Ideas for parent engagement.

9. Digital Citizenship survival kit

Happy learning!


Learning Connections

On June 2,   Aviva Dunsiger  (@avivaloca)  joins us at  8:00 EDT  to share her journey in engaging students and parents through social media to maximize her classroom learning community opportunities  and deepen the experiences.

Join the online presentation and collaboration space any time after 7:30 p.m. EDT by clicking [here].

Alternatively, you may join the internet radio broadcast.

We look forward to your participation.



May 24, 2015: Curating with Pinterest

Curation is an important component of digital literacy.  Please join us on Tuesday, May 26 at 8 p.m. EDT to learn more.

Did you know that using Pinterest is a form of curation?

If you have never used Pinterest, our 30 days of getting connected has a lesson just for you: Day 10: Pinterest is for more than just crafts and recipes!

If you are on Pinterest, try some of the links we have provided on that site, as demonstrated below.


Challenge: What Pinterest boards can you create to share valuable information with your colleagues? Share the links on #OSSEMOOC!

Curation and Information Literacy

This Tuesday, May 26th at 8:00 p.m. EDT, we are thrilled to welcome Deborah McCallum  (@bigideasinedu)  to share her work on curation as an important part of information literacy,  a skill that serves educators and learners alike. Whether used as an instructional strategy or skill for learning, it is an effective element of knowledge building, taking ownership, and bringing context to the learning process.

You may join the online presentation and collaboration room anytime after 7:30 p.m. EDT by clicking  [here].  As an alternative, you may listen to our  internet radio broadcast.

We look forward to your participation.


May 21, 2015: Curating Content with Scoop.It

Yesterday we looked at the important digital literacy skill of curation.  Today, we learn to use a popular curation platform (Sccop.It) both as a place to gather curated material in areas you are interested in and as a place for you to share back content that you want to curate.

As a resource, we are using Day 13 from our 30 Days of Getting Connected: Curating with Scoop.It.


As a challenge today, set up your own Scoop.It account and share a link you have found valuable this month.  Then, share back on Twitter using the #OSSEMOOC hashtag.

May 20, 2015: Thinking About Curation

As we work through this week, we are looking at a digital literacy skill called curation.

Briefly stated, curation allows us to share resources that we feel are valuable to our practice.  When others curate resources, the wide stream of information on the web is filtered for your personal needs.

In order to get the idea behind “curation” as an important digital literacy skill, we ask you to refer to and read – from our November series – Day 9: Beginning to Share Content,

and Day 12:  A Deeper Look at Curation in Professional Practice.

As a challenge, consider the kind of information you are looking for in your professional life, and the kind of information that you would be able to share back to others with similar needs and interests.

May 13, 2015: Connecting by Commenting on Blogs

Today we continue our series on how to make connections online.

Blogging is a way for educators to share their thinking, their learning and their practice.  When we read a blog, and something resonates with us, we can start a conversation by leaving a comment on a blog.

Bloggers often set comments so that they will not appear until the blogger has had an opportunity to read and approve the comment first, so don’t be frustrated if you can’t see your comment on the blog right away.  This is a way to prevent spam from being posted on the blog.

Resources: Day 15: Commenting on Blogs

In particular, check out the student created list of success criteria for blog comments.

This screencast features the connecting by video work done on Tuesday night. Keep in mind that our final task for May will be creating a similar video where we ask you about “What is Your Next?”, and this will be our submission to the K12 Online Conference in 2015.

This screencast includes some brief learning about commenting on blogs.

Challenge: Take some time to read student blogs and make a valuable comment for their learning. Some examples can be found on Comments4Kids, Kathy Cassidy’s Class Blog, Karen Lirenman’s class, or ask on Twitter for some links to class blogs.

Then, take some time to read and comment on an educator blog.  Links can be found on both margins of this page.

Connecting to Learn


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