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Resources from Ron Canuel’s session

We are pleased to share the resources from our internet radio broadcast and twitter chat with Ron Canuel last night.

Download the podcast [here], and the twitter chat has been captured in Storify.   Keep the conversation going at  #ossemooc.

As a courtesy reminder there will not be an OSSEMOOC open mic session May 5th due to schedule complexities. We encourage you to extend your personal learning through other self directed approaches.

We look forward to you joining us on May 12 when Alan Levine @cogdog and Darren Kuropatwa @dkuropatwa share their collaborative work around digital storytelling.

Your OSAPAC OSSEMOOC Team.

Courage in Education Leadership

On Tuesday April 28th, we welcome guest Ron Canuel from the Canadian Education Association (CEA) as we discuss the importance of ‘courage‘ in education leadership.

Please note:  Due to travel complexities we will be using a different approach for our session tonight.  Tune in to our  internet radio broadcast at 8:00 EDT to listen to Ron’s presentation.  Our discussion will happen through a twitter using the #ossemooc hash tag.

We look forward to your participation.

Your OSAPAC OSSEMOOC team.

Are You Really Willing to be Disturbed?

On my office wall, I keep a disorganized array of quotes, articles, images and post-it notes with tidbits that inspire, remind or reinforce the work that I do every day.

This morning, while in a challenging telephone conversation, I looked up and saw this article:

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It reminded me that we are all on a learning journey, not just our students.  While we are creating the conditions for learning in our schools, we need to remember to allow ourselves to be confused and uncertain as well.

Will you find time today to listen to those who think differently than you do?

Day 30: Taking Chances

On our last day of 30 Days of Learning, we welcome new blogger, Denise Buttenaar.

When OSSEMOOC started the month of April with 30 Days of Learning in Ontario asking us to share what we had learned that day I had many ideas running through my head about what I could share. I could tell you face-to-face exactly what they were and what affect they had on me, however, I could not write about them. We are always challenging our students to reflect and yet the only reflection I had was the person staring back at me in the mirror too afraid to open up to her peers.

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I have been an educator for over 30 years starting when the Formative Years, Education in the Primary and Junior Divisions (1975) was the first year teacher’s bible. While there have been many changes in paradigms from teacher centered learning to multidirectional teaching the child has always been the center of focus, aside from the fairly short lived objective-based model. Today we see a shift from what a child will learn to how a child will learn. 21st Century skills, especially those of collaboration are helping drive student centred learning.

One day this week I had the pleasure of instructing two classes on how to use the Provincial virtual learning environment. One was a grade 2/3 class the other a grade 12 class. I learned a few things that day:

1. When technology is involved students want to do not watch.
2. Supply the students with the bare essentials and let them run with it.
3. It is hard to try something new when you are used to doing things a specific way.

Number three is the reason I am writing. I cannot expect the students and teachers to listen to me when I tell them to take a chance and try something new if I am not willing to do so myself.

So here it is. Not the next great novel, just a few thoughts from a life-long learner.

Denise Buttenaar is an education leader and eLearning Contact in Bruce-Grey Catholic DSB in Ontario.

Follow Denise on Twitter: @butden

Photo credits:
Replace Fear: *Zephyrance – don’t wake me up. via Compfight cc