Learning from Ontario Educators

Here in Ontario, we love Fridays!

It’s not just because warm sweaters and jeans are finally acceptable work attire, but also because Doug Peterson is working his best magic in connecting Ontario educators and enabling the sharing we all need to do to keep up with change.

Doug’s #FollowFriday “Active Ontario Educators” posts on Twitter are the perfect starting place for new and old tweeters alike as we build our online PLNs in social media.

But what is really special, is Doug’s curated summary of the Ontario edublogs that impacted his thinking through the week.  What a great opportunity to sample the rich thinking this province has to offer.

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So as we embrace this last Friday of October, and think ahead to our November work in nurturing leaders into becoming “connected”, we want to thank Doug for his tireless efforts to connect our thinking in Ontario, and suggest that following Doug’s work is a great starting point for any Ontario educator looking to become a connected leader.

Happy Hallowe’en!


Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders: Ontario Leaders in the Spotlight @k12Online Conference!

Thanks to our Ontario Education Leaders who so generously shared their journey to getting connected for the K12 Online Conference this morning.

Join OSSEMOOC, and work through each day in November to become a connected leader in 2014!  Our “10 minutes to getting connected” tutorials begin November 1.  Don’t wait!

Passion-Driven Learning: K12 Online Conference!

You are a busy educator with no time to go to a conference, right?

The K12 Online Conference is PERFECT for you!  This week, K12 Online Conference features passion-driven learning.  Below is the schedule for this week.

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If 8 a.m. EDT is not a good time for you, you can watch the presentations (as far back as 2006!) at your convenience!

OSSEMOOC is proud to be presenting at this year’s conference.  Be sure to check out our video on Wednesday, October 29 at 8 a.m. EDT (in this time block) to hear about passion-driven learning through education leaders in Ontario.

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Learn about Pedagogical Documentation

Join OSSEMOOC on Tuesday Oct. 28th, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT for a presentation and discussion about pedagogical documentation.
Click  [here]  to connect to the online meeting space any time after 7:30 p.m.

We look forward to connecting with you.


Welcome to Ontario’s Newest Blogger

We welcome Andrea Gillespie, Superintendent with Trillium Lakelands District School Board to our growing list of School and System Leader edubloggers (left side of this page).

Andrea is a force behind #TLDSBLearns and she is modelling the practice of making her thinking and learning visible so that we can all learn from her.

Check out her blog here (I’m sure she would welcome your comments!): http://andreagillespie.wordpress.com/ and follow her on Twitter @1223Andrea.

Let’s continue to encourage all education leaders to blog and share their thinking.  If nobody shares, nobody learns!

Google Forms for School Administrators

Are you looking for a great tool to collect and organize data?

Google forms are simple to create and easy to embed in your email or website.  The responses are automatically organized into a spreadsheet where you can sort and manipulate the information to suit your needs.

Would you like to learn more?

Participate in the OSSEMOOC open mic  Tuesday October 21st to learn and ask questions about how Google Forms can be used in your practice.

Click  [here]  any time after 7:30 p.m. EDT to join our 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. session to learn more about this very useful tool.


Here we are playing with how to embed Google Forms

Flipping Your Staff Meeting session resources

The session recording of the Flipping Your Staff Meetings presented by  Mark McMath  from Oct. 14th, 2014 is now available  [here].

The sample files referred to in the session are all linked in this Google Doc.

Thank you for leading a very informative session Mark.