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ICE Presentation Resources

We extend a sincere thank you to David Sornberger for his presentation on Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

The podcast of David’s session is now available for download [here].

Related Reading:

Ministry SHSM Background Document

I.C.E. in high gear

real world problem solving exercise

Students Put Ideas on I.C.E.



#OSSEMOOC April 8, 2014

This week’s Tuesday night session will be a discussion about “Reflecting on Learning” by sharing comments and insights on the first week of posts in the  30 Days of learning  project.  Check out the great sharing from  week one here.

Join the meeting room by clicking  [here] any time after 7:30.  The session will run 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We look forward to connecting with you.


Focus on Beginners: What do you Need to Start Connecting?

As we have travelled throughout the province this week, we have heard loud and clear that we need an easier entry point for our education leaders to start the connecting process.

Last Tuesday, connected leaders met to discuss how they became connected leaders – the catalyst that got them started.  Here are some of the things we learned.  Which of these do you need?  Which of these can you bring to a leader you know to help them connect?

1. TIME!  When can we possibly find the time to connect?

Educators are busy.  Nobody disputes that!  But could connecting actually make your life easier?  YES IT CAN!  You can pose a question on Twitter 24/7 and get an answer in minutes.  We have heard many stories with this theme.

Learn to make time.  Start with 15 minutes each day.  Some of us do “Tea and Twitter”,  some of us start our day with a cup of coffee and Twitter.  Others put the children to bed and then have some quiet professional learning time on a social network.

A commitment of 15 minutes each day seems reasonable if we know there will be a reward for investing that time.  As we move forward, connecting as a learner and modelling that learning will become essential.  We would argue that it already is.  It’s not going away!

2.  A REASON TO CONNECT.  Why Bother?

Many of us shared that we started connecting because we were faced with a professional situation where we needed help, and social media offered access to that personal professional learning we needed to be successful.  Some needed help with implementing BYOD.  Others found themselves in roles that were new to them, and they needed to connect to others with a similar role in the province.

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 1.23.09 PMClearly an urgent need for information drove many connected learners to the habit of connecting and learning from their peers and experts in the field through social media.

But if our students are to be connected learners, we need connected teachers, and if we need connected teachers, our school and system leaders must model that connected learning.

Fullan: A Rich Seam
Fullan and Langworthy 2014, A Rich Seam, Page 34.

 3. HOW DO I START? What Do I Do First?

It depends.

Once you have set aside your connecting time, plan what you will do with it.  Perhaps lurking is a good start.

  • Read a blog.
  • Get a twitter account.
  • Follow some educators on Twitter (email ossemooc at if you need suggestions).
  • Find a connected educator close to you and ask for help.
  • Make a plan to move forward.
  • Register to attend a conference about connected learning.
  • Go to an EdCamp.
  • Read this site (as an example):
  • Attend OSSEMOOC on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. to find people you can talk to synchronously.
  • Get a Pinterest Account.  Search for education boards to follow.

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Be consistent.  Put in the time.  Get confident and familiar with the medium.  Make it a priority in your professional learning.

Once you decide it is important, and you set aside time to practice, let us know.  We will help.

There are pockets of excellence throughout the province.  Learn from your peers.  Learn from the experts.  Find your own voice.

If you are leading learning, you need to model how learning happens in 2014.  The time to learn is now, and the OSSEMOOC team will support you in your learning.

Get started today!

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Image Credits:

Time: Caro Wallis via Compfight cc

Chicken: C. J. Vizzone via Compfight cc

Hand: Saad Faruque via Compfight cc

Next Steps to Becoming a Connected Leader

March Break is over! It’s time to take your next steps to becoming a connected leader!

Over the next few weeks, OSSEMOOC will be throwing out some simple challenges and habits to form to help move Ontario leaders forward in their goal to get connected.

What are those next steps? What are some of the early habits that lead to being a connected leader?

Join us tonight at 8:00 to explore this topic.

Are you a connected educator? Join us and share your story of getting connected.

Are you new to the idea and habit of learning from an extensive Professional Learning Network?  Drop in and consider your own personal next steps.

Continue to follow us @OSSEMOOC on Twitter (#OSSEMOOC) as we share opportunities to connect and learn.

Join us tonight (Tuesday, March 18) at 8 p.m. EDT here (the room opens at 7:30 EDT for setup and file downloads)


Twitter Chats for Educators

There are literally hundreds of Twitter chats for educators.  Recently, we have heard that there are many educators who love to lurk on Twitter chats to learn from the conversations.  Whether you participate in the conversation, or you just want to sit back and learn at this point in your personal growth, here are some of the MANY twitter chats that are worth your time.


Blogging Over the Break…

As many of you head out for your March Break, keep in mind the learning we have done around the idea of making your thinking visible through blogging, learning by reading blogs, and taking the time to encourage bloggers with your comments.

You might even want to check out Dean Shareski’s latest blog post, on blogging, here:

We will be taking a break from our Tuesday evening meetings next week.  Stay tuned for our next “get involved and connect” project being launched on April 2 at On The Rise K-12.


Blog Roll

The OSSEMOOC session this week will focus on the  role of blogs in your professional learning journey.   Learn, explore and share with us!

Date:  Tuesday March 4th, 2014

Time:  8:00 – 9:00 p.m.   EST  (the meeting room will be open at 7:30)

Where:  [click here]

Note: Please allow a few extra minutes for configuration if you are joining us for the first time.


Connected Learning Opportunity: Mobile Learning

Join us for a session on Mobile Learning with guest presenter Rob De Lorenzo.

Rob has been involved in mobile learning as long as I can remember.  Back in 2007, when most people had not heard about web 2.0, Rob was already predicting the importance of mobile technology for learning.

Here is where Rob shares some of his learning:

Date:   Feb. 25th, 2014
Time:   8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   EST
Where:   click [HERE] to join the meeting room  (room opens at 7:30)

We look forward to your participation.