Connected Leadership for the 2015-2016 School Year

As you think about your role as a leader during the 2015-2016 school year, you know that being connected is an important part of your work.  A simple first step to connecting with other leaders around the province and around the world is learning to leverage social media for professional learning.

Educators learn and share together on Twitter.

Update: CBC’s interview on why principals and teacher must be on social media

OSSEMOOC is an open support system for leaders to learn to connect and self-direct their professional learning.  A perfect starting point is to get connected on Twitter.

If you are uneasy about getting on social media, here are some steps you can take to access professional learning anonymously.  This is a great starting point for beginners.

On May 5, 2015, we shared how you can use Twitter as a public library.  Read the full post and access all the resources here or start with just the short screencast below.


Once you are ready to be a participant on Twitter, this resource will help you get started.

This short screencast shows you what you will learn.


Check the OSSEMOOC site daily for more support in becoming a connected leader in 2015-2106.

What’s Out There? Resources to Support the Work of K-12 Educators in Ontario

On August 17 and 18, 2015, CPCO, OPC and ADFO are hosting Technology Enabled Learning and Leading Institute 2015.  School leaders from across the province are invited to attend and learn with lead learners in technology education and innovation.

We are partnering with Joe Russo, Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact for Toronto Catholic District School Board to share with leaders the array of supports and resources available to them as they lead learning with technology.

Joe has generously created and shared a Mindomo mind map to organize a number of the resources.

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Our most valuable resource in our work as lead learners is our Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact.  The Ontario Ministry of Education funds this position in every Ontario School Board.  TELTs are provided with rich professional learning opportunities so that they are able to lead the learning in their school boards.

In addition to the resources organized in the mind map (above), OSAPAC organizes access to numerous resources on its webpage.  There is a brief tour of new resources here, including Digital Citizenship and SAMR.

Of course OSSEMOOC is an ongoing community providing peer support and resources to lead learners in Ontario.  We invite you to explore the  Ontario Educator blogs, accessed through links on both sides of the page.  Check out our supports for getting connected in “10 minutes a day” mini-lessons on the right side.  Join OSSEMOOC for regular email updates, and to have your blog posted on the site.  Contribute ideas for topics of study or volunteer to lead a study group in 2015-2016.  This is your community for learning and sharing.

What will be your next step as you move forward in your learning? Help us build a collaborative video to share Ontario’s NEXT!  This video will be presented at the 2015 K12 Online conference.  Don’t miss out!

Resources from the presentation today:

How do I sign up for Mindomo? (screencast)

How do educators get free 24/7 help with the VLE? Coursehelp.ca by Tim Robinson

How do students get free 24/7 help with the VLE? Coursehelp.me by Tim Robinson

#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 August 30.

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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!

Your OSAPAC OSSEMOOC Team

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.

Your OSAPAC OSSEMOOC Team

 

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.

Your OSAPAC OSSEMOOC team.

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.

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