Category Archives: Thinking About Leadership

Harvard Graduate School of Education on OSSEMOOC

As part of an international study on personalized learning, Harvard Graduate School of Education reported on Ontario’s OSSEMOOC.

Please take time to read the Ontario section of the report, or the full international report here.

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Harvard Graduate School of Education Report on OSSEMOOC

Sincere thanks to the many Ontario Education Leaders who supported OSSEMOOC and learned together over the past two years.

OSSEMOOC is no longer funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and therefore, it is no longer maintained by OSAPAC.

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Ontario as a Networked Learning Environment: Empowering Leaders

Sincere thanks to the many Ontario Education Leaders who supported OSSEMOOC and learned together over the past two years.

OSSEMOOC is no longer funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and therefore, it is no longer maintained by OSAPAC.

However, all co-created resources remain on this site, open and accessible to those who want to continue to use them for self-directed learning.

Over the past two years, OSSEMOOC has worked to empower leaders to be digital leaders in a networked learning environment.

The motivation to learn, and access to the tools to self-direct learning, are vital.

Knowing how to connect with other educators and how to model the learning we need to see in our classrooms are key ingredients to ensure Ontario students are learning what they need to learn to thrive in 2016 and beyond.

We are grateful for the many leaders, both formal and informal, who have participated, led and learned with us since OSSEMOOC began in 2014.

Ontario students need connected leaders and we are proud of how Ontario has embraced digital leadership in education.

 

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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.

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!

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.

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

Please Share: How Do School and System Leaders Use Google Apps in Their Practice?

We are collecting the different ways School and System Leaders use Google Apps in their practice.  

The OSSEMOOC team will be sharing this at the GAFE Summit in Kitchener, and then we will share back with Ontario Educators.  

Please take a moment to share how Google Apps are used in your practice.

If nobody shares, nobody learns!

 

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship: David Sornberger Leads a Discussion on ICE in SHSM

Join us [here]  to discuss ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) in the Specialist High Skills Major program in Ontario.  David Sornberger,  District Principal of School Improvement with Trillium Lakelands District School Board,  shares the work his board is doing with this program.  We encourage you to join in, learn, and share in this conversation.

This discussion is also available on live internet radio and through podcast after the event.  We post recordings on this site as well.

We look forward to this conversation Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8 p.m. EDT.