Digital Citizenship: A Parent Perspective

This week a CBC Ontario Today broadcast featured an open lines show with Danah Boyd, author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

(For further discussion on this program, see the blog post here.)

This week, our Tuesday night live voice discussion will take a look at the parent perspective.  We recommend that you take time to listen to the  CBC podcast of  When Keeping an Eye on Kids Becomes Spying  prior to Tuesday night.

The session  (June 3rd, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT)  will be hosted  [here]  to share your insights,ideas and ask questions.  The meeting room will be open at 7:30.  If you are joining us for the first time,  allow a few minutes for the necessary plugins to download.

The book is also available (free) for download at

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We look forward to connecting with you for sharing and discussion.





Collaborative Blogging Round 2

Modelling connected leading and learning is a critical element in our digital learning world. Connected learners need connected teachers and leaders. Try the OSSEMOOC experience where you can participate in connected leadership with a group which offers a supported approach.

Based on the positive feedback and interest in the 30 Days of Learning in Ontario collaborative blogging project, OSSEMOOC will be running another collaborative blogging project during the month of June.  The theme will be “a picture and post” based on what catches your attention on social media. We would be delighted to include you on the OSSEMOOC blog.

Participating is:  as easy as 1   2   3.

1. Watch for interesting education related posts on Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook and/or any other social media sites you read.

2. Screen capture the tweet or post, and write a short paragraph (even 2 or 3 sentences) explaining why the tweet or post resonated with you.

3. Submit your picture and paragraph by sending them to  Include your name and social media contact info (Twitter, G+)

Two examples of a ‘picture and post’ are posted on the OSSEMOOC blog:

Example one: Connecting F2F

Example two: Learning through your PLN

We look forward to connecting and leading with you as you share your learning.


Learning through your PLN

Interacting  with your personal learning network (PLN)  means great learning opportunities every day.   A case in point is represented in this  tweet I read from  @ScottMcKenzie27.

The approach Scott is taking with digital citizenship in his classroom really brings it to life through relationships,  conversation, collaboration and a real world connected learning experience as evidenced through this  screen capture of his tweet.


Thank you for sharing your work and learning openly Scott.

Connecting f2f

Of course, not all our learning comes from our online connections.  We learn from our f2f co-workers as well, when we take the time to sit down (or go for a walk) and talk about our work.

I am very fortunate to work in a center that highly values the building of personal relationships and the informal sharing of our work and learning.

We take time each month to celebrate birthdays and eat a special lunch together.  It amazes me how much learning and how many new projects arise after we take this time to share the work we are doing in our different branches.

Today, I learned so much about the Aboriginal perspective on mathematics education.  This is a completely new area of learning for me, and for those who are interested in learning more, here is a fabulous place to start your understanding:

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Thank you so much to my colleague, Yvonne Morrison (EO, Aboriginal Education) for sharing her learning with me.

I hope you find this topic as fascinating and engaging as I did.


Have your say on May 26th

Have your say!!!   On Monday May 26th (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT),  we will be providing an opportunity for you to learn more about the  OSAPAC  project on  digital citizenship resources  and provide feedback to the project team.

The  online meeting room  will be open at 7:30 p.m. EDT.  If you are joining us for the first time,   please allow a few extra minutes to allow for the necessary downloads (plugins).

We look forward to connecting with you.




During the last few weeks, we have focused on the topic of  digital citizenship.  The discussions and sharing of insights and personal experiences  have been very rich.

Our professional learning sessions for the next two weeks will be special events.

On Tuesday May 20th,   TEDxKitchenerED  is presenting an event (7:30 – 9:30 p.m. EDT)  centred around  “the idea of Fostering Connectivity in the educational space can take on a variety of meanings.  While its name leads many to the digital space, it simply means the state or capability of being connected.  TEDxKitchenerED will look to highlight the many ways connectivity can be fostered in education.”   Check out the speaker list  [here].

You can take in the TEDxKitchenerED event by

We hope you will join us for this “OSSEM” event.   Watch for a special OSSEMOOC connection!

Mark your calendar:  On Monday May 26th (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT),  we will be providing an opportunity for you to learn more about the  OSAPAC  project on digital citizenship resources and provide feedback to the project team.   Additional details will be provided in a future blog post.


OSSEMOOC Live Discussion 2014-05-13

Our Tuesday discussion this week  (May 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT)  will continue our look at the evolving and complex area of Digital Citizenship. Join our live voice conversation  [here]  to share your insights,ideas and ask questions.  The meeting room will be open at 7:30.

Over the month, we are reading the book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (by Danah Boyd) available for download (free) here:

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Continue exploring the  #digitalcitizenship and  #digcit  hashtags  on Twitter as well as resources on the page here.  The Digital Citizen, a weekly publication, may have resources of interest as well.

As you blog, use the #OSSEMOOC tag so others are able to find and respond to your thinking.

Keep learning, connecting and sharing!


Digital Citizenship: What is Our Role as Educators?

As we move into the month of May, OSSEMOOC is focusing on the topic of Digital Citizenship.

How can you participate, share and learn?

Our Tuesday discussion (8 p.m. EDT) looks at public attitudes toward the use of devices:

Together, we are reading the book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (by Danah Boyd) available for download (free) here:

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As well, we are suggesting that #digitalcitizenship and #digcit would be great hashtags to follow on Twitter this month to help push your thinking in this area.

We are collating some online #digitalcitizenship resources in the page here.  Check back often to see what has been added, or subscribe to the feed for this page (use the green Follow button when you get there).

It looks something like this:

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The OSAPAC Digital Citizenship group will be joining us, as well as some other special guests.

Check out The Digital Citizen, a by Mark Carbone for new resources and thinking on this topic.  You can subscribe to the paper by providing your email address.

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Remember that this is a Connectivist MOOC, and we all share our learning with others.  Special thanks to Andy Forgrave and Deb McCallum for sharing 30 Days of Learning in Ontario in unique, collated formats.

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As you blog, use the #OSSEMOOC tag so others are able to find and respond to your thinking.


Keep learning, connecting and sharing!

30 Days of Learning in Ontario: What Did We Learn Today?

As the 30 Days of Learning in Ontario OSSEMOOC project comes to a close, we want to thank, and congratulate, all of the educators who took the opportunity to share their learning.  For some, it was their very first time posting their thinking in the blog format.  We thank you for taking the time to let others learn from you.  We hope that you will continue to share your learning and connect with others doing the same.

Thank you as well to everyone who took the time to comment on the blog.  You shared your response and your feedback, and kept the thinking and conversations going.

Special thanks to Deb McCallum for creating a flipboard magazine with the content here:

One of our goals in OSSEMOOC is to have people connect and then create, to go off and learn and share, to sustain those connections and that learning.  We were excited to see Deborah McCallum’s efforts to collate the 30 Days of Learning in a new format.


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Collaborative blogs give ownership to a group rather than an individual.  As co-owners, we all anticipate the next learning.  We are motivated to comment and continue the conversation as we are invested in this community of learners.  Collaborative blogs encourage new thinking, invite new participants, expand our world and our learning.  They give us a focus for reading and sharing.

We learn by watching others.  We teach by modelling the practices we value.  Collaborative blogging allows us to model the action of making thinking visible.

We all have a story to tell, and we learn from each other. Together we are stronger and wiser. Connected learning takes many forms: observing, reading, asking, reflecting, writing, speaking, audio, video and collaborating. Connected learning and leading is a participatory culture. It takes time, time to jump in, time to create new routines and time to build comfort. Courage is needed to put yourself “out there” and find your voice. It is worth the risk to gain insight, broader perspectives and recognize that “the smartest person in the room is the room”.

In our technology enabled learning environments, connected students need connected teachers and leaders. As educators, I believe each of us owns nurturing those around us and role modelling. As pointed out in one of the blog posts, value encouragement and supporting each other with “just right” feedback is important for adult learners too.

Each of the 30 days of learning bloggers has taken the leap of faith, put themselves “out there” to share their reflections and ideas. Congratulations to all for openly participating in the collaborative learning process.

We often wonder why it is so hard to change thinking in education, to bring people into the world of connected learning.  We learned from Tim’s comment that perhaps focusing on the changing world, while validating the work that has been done, is a key component of making this change happen.

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This comment on Stacey Wallwin’s blog helped to reinforce the understanding that what you do has impact that you cannot always see.  Comments like this are the sustenance we all need to keep doing our work to Change the World #CTW

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It’s hard to hit publish.  But opportunity can be fleeting.  Don’t be afraid to share.

Be more dog and grab the frisbee when it comes your way.  Carpe diem!

Mark Carbone and Donna Fry

OSAPAC Co-Leads for #OSSEMOOC.  

Change The World #CTW 


30 Days of Learning in Ontario:

The Lead Learners Who Modelled the Importance of Sharing Learning and Thinking

Our model pre-April blogger: Rodd Lucier @thecleversheep

1 Mark Carbone @markwcarbone

2 Cathy Beach @beachcat11

3 Brandon Grasley @bgrasley

4 Aviva Dusinger @avivaloca

5 Heather Theijsmeir @HTheijsmeijer

6 Jonathan So @mrsoclassroom

7 Louise Robitaille @robitaille2011

8 Julie Balen @jacbalen

9 Jac Calder @jaccalder

10 Scott Monahan @monahan_scott

11 Emily Fitzpatrick@ugdsb_missfitz

12 Deborah McCallum @bigideasinedu

13 Paul McGuire @mcguirp

14 Bea Meglio @megliomedia

15 Lindy Henderson @hendylou

16 Andy Forgrave @aforgrave

17 Brandon Grasley @bgrasley

18 Donna Fry @fryed

19 Mrs. Lewis @mrslewistweets

20 Heather Touzin @heathertouzin

21 Mark Carbone @markwcarbone

22 Daniel Pinizzotto @mrpinizzotto

23 Brenda Sherry @brendasherry

24 Michelle Parrish @mproom31

25 Kellyann Power @kellypower

26 Heidi Siwak @heidisiwak

27 Doug Peterson @dougpete

28 Rita Givlin @ritagivlin

29 Stacey Wallwin @wallwins

30 Denise Buttenaar @butden