Category Archives: Collaborative Projects

Curating Visible Learning in #onted

We hope you have enjoyed the work of two Ontario bloggers over the past two days, Leigh Cassell and Michelle Parrish.

After two years of promoting connected learners, OSSEMOOC is updating its blogroll to feature active education bloggers in Ontario and beyond.  You can see to the right  ——>

how we are adding ACTIVE blogs to the site, curated so that you can find what you are looking for.

Please share your blog information with us in the form below.  We will be removing links to blogs that are no longer active.

Thank you for your dedication to making your learning and thinking visible to others.

If you are not a blogger, please continue to visit this site so you might learn from your colleagues, and see examples of educators who believe in building our knowledge together.

Featured image shared under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-commercial license by Thomas Hawk.

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We’re Heading to #GAFESUMMIT #TBAY and we Need Your Help!

After a successful weekend of learning at #GAFESUMMIT Ontario in Kitchener last weekend, OSSEMOOC is heading to Thunder Bay this weekend for their first ever Google Apps for Education Summit, hosted by Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board.

OSSEMOOC will be sharing all the great ways leaders use technology to streamline their workload.  We want to share ideas with our northern leaders.  Please contribute to the list of ideas below.

Your contributions will appear within 5 minutes of submitting the form.

Thanks for helping all leaders learn from your work!

Be sure to scroll to see all of the responses.  Responses refresh about every 5 minutes.  You may need to also refresh this page to see the changes.

#innovatorsmindset Blog Hop #4: All the Live Action is Right Here

It’s blog hop day in the #innovatorsmindset book study!

Have you done some writing on this topic?  Please add it to the form below. It’s March Break, so we are taking some time with this one.

Here are the blogs that have been submitted so far. Please enjoy reading and commenting!

We encourage you to keep writing, keep thinking, keep adding to the list.  Let’s really make a big contribution to the knowledge base on this idea.  This is a BIG one to tackle and an important one to consider.

We can all learn more about how we can measure the impact of changing practice in ensuring all our learners will thrive in this changing world.  We look forward to your contributions to our collective understanding of how we can do this well.

 

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Image created by Tina Zita

 

You don’t have a blog? We are happy to post your work for you here on #OSSEMOOC, or just add to the comments below, or post a quick tweet under #innovatorsmindset #ossemooc hashtags, or post to the Voxer Group for the Book Club.

#InnovatorsMindset BlogHop 3: We Welcome You!

Yes it’s time again for the #innovatorsmindset blog hop!

You didn’t even know what a Blog Hop was 3 weeks ago, right?  And now you are going to participate in one, right? Yes you are!

We learn best when we are just outside of our comfort zones, and here at #ossemooc, we do everything WITH you to help support you along the way.

So…

Please do some writing on this topic.  Post it on your blog, then add your name, twitter handle and blog link into the form below.

Here are the links to the blogs created so far. More are always welcome. Remember that there can be about a 5 minute delay between filling out the form and seeing the blog link here.

You don’t have a blog?  We are happy to post your work for you here on #OSSEMOOC, or just add to the comments below, or post a quick tweet under #innovatorsmindset #ossemooc hashtags, or post to the Voxer Group for the Book Club.

See?  Easy Peasy!!  Now just sit back, read, and maybe comment on a blog or two.

 

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The “What Ifs” are on page 117, 118 of The Innovator’s Mindset (copied below)

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Top Image by Tina Zita

Learn With Us! Your Invitation to #INNOVATORSMINDSET #OSSEMOOC Book Club

We’ve come to a cross-roads in education: continue with the status quo or innovate. Where do we go next to best support each of our learners? How can we innovate our practice across the province? At its core, what is innovation in education?

 

Using George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset book as a provocation, educators from across Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles, will engage in book club conversations about innovation in their personal and collective practice.  

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Further details on the Flipagram here: https://flipagram.com/f/i5w9jLfmdQ (or click on the image above)

 

We are a group of Ontario leaders who are interested in delving deeply into the ways in which we can move innovative change forward in the service of our students. We will begin with some of the discussion questions in the book, and our own wonderings and let the conversations go where they may.  We invite everyone who participates to share their questions, their ideas, and their stories.  We have provided a sample overview of what each segment might look like, but we the conversations are intended to be participant driven.

We invite you to join in the conversation!

 

Innovation in Education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it looks like in practice.’

Tuesday February 9th

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

In this segment we will discuss the concept and characteristics of innovation presented in chapters 1-3 of the book. We will also discuss the ways in which we see ourselves, our schools and our Districts exemplifying these characteristics, the innovative practices happening in our Districts, the conditions that have made this possible, and some of the obstacles that get in the way.  Participants are invited to share their ideas and their own stories

 

Laying the Groundwork: ‘Empowering a culture of learning and innovation’

Tuesday February 23rd

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

This segment will focus on chapters 4-7 and will explore a few of these questions:

What are the conditions that are required for schools and Districts to move forward?  How can issues such as equity, privacy, & safety be met without stifling a culture of change? What does an innovative leader look like?  How can we empower students and staff to take risks?  How do we move from vision to reality?

 

Unleashing Talent: A Collaborative Journey

Tuesday March 8th

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

Based on chapters 8-12, we hope to explore how leaders might practice balancing trust and autonomy with strong mentorship. We will also consider the role of technology in our schools.  What is personalized learning and how can technology help with personalization?  What might leaders be looking for when they look for innovation in a classroom?

 

Concluding Thoughts: ‘Relentless Restlessness’

Tuesday March 22th

8 p.m.-9 p.m.

Chapters 13 and 14 are named Concluding Thoughts.  In our last book club discussion, we will consider what successful implementation of innovation looks like and how we might measure that success.  We will explore one thing we’d like to change immediately and what actionable steps can be taken to make that change a reality.  We will share our stories and next steps and we invite you to share yours!

 

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#OneWordONT – Our Collective Focus for 2016

In this exponential age, having a focus helps us to monitor our growth in one aspect of professional practice.

In 2015, we asked Ontario Education Leaders to share a word they would focus on for the year.  It resulted in rich, shared reflection on personal practice.

This year, we have had extensive buy-in, and our collaborative word choices present an interesting perspective on professional practice in Ontario.

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Congratulations to all for choosing a focus.  Please share, using the #OneWordONT and #OSSEMOOC hashtags when you reflect on your progress throughout 2016.

We thank OSAPAC’s Julie Balen from Wikwemikong Board of Education for collating and presenting our collective words for 2016.

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

#ontedleaders

 

 

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.

Twitter Chat Tonight!

As we continue our collaboration with Minds On Media (Peter Skillen and Brenda Sherry) for Connected Educator Month, we want to remind you of the Twitter Chat this evening from 8 p.m.  to 9 p.m. ET.

The hashtag is #CE15L and details can be found here.