Tag Archives: #onted

Ontario Educator Blogs: Reconsidering “Bullying”

We have amazing thinkers here in #onted!

Take time to read Ontario Educator blogs, and take time to share your blog with us here if you are a blogger in the #onted scene.  Or, Tweet the link to @ossemooc.

Today we are featuring the work of Ontario Blogger, Andrew Kelly (@therealMrKelly).

Andrew wants us to reconsider the use of the word “bully” and the way we approach bullying in schools.  This post is worth your time!

 

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Blog by Andrew Kelly: http://mrkelly.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/2016/04/12/stop-using-the-word-bully/

 

Featured Image by Andrew Kelly.

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#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

#InnovatorsMindset Goes Live Tuesday, February 23 at 8 p.m. EST

A live Hangout on Air conversation about The Innovator’s Mindset will take place Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. EST.

The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ4322Q4QbE.

Please join us live and on Twitter as we tackle these questions:

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*Images by Tina Zita

#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.

Lots and Lots of Self-Directed Professional Learning Options!

OSSEMOOC (Awesome-MOOC) is committed to providing OPEN, FREE and relevant professional learning for all educators, with a focus on Ontario Education Leaders.

  1. What’s your “OneWord” for 2016?

Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 3.17.39 PMTweet the word to #OneWordONT by January 15 to be included in this year’s list.

Need some inspiration?  Check these out:

Lisa Neale

Julie Balen

Melanie White

Julia Rowe

Tina Zita

Aviva Dunsiger

Diana Maliszewski

Velia Viola

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2.  Leveraging Twitter for Rich Professional Learning

3. Get your copy of Innovator’s Mindset.  The book club is coming! Contribute your thinking here.  We will start emailing details on Monday, Jan. 18.

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Kicking off 2016 With ‘OSSEM” Learning for Education Leaders

Happy 2016!

Let’s make 2016 the year you self-direct your professional learning.

TAKE CHARGE!

Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license
Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license

OSSEMOOC (Awesome – MOOC) is a hub for free, open learning opportunities, with a focus on the needs of Ontario Education Leaders.  We invite educators to use this site to promote and organize learning events.

We respond to requests from education leaders for the kind of learning they need.

The line up for 2016 (so far):

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Get your copy of The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, and join Ontario educators as we discuss and learn together throughout February 2016.  Follow this blog or join OSSEMOOC to be sure you get the email updates.

2. Join Principal Kim Figliomeni as we continue through “30 Days to Become a Connected Educator” (in 10 minutes per day).

3. Mini-MOOC Courses – You asked for them, and we have them!  Sign up here for Twitter and Blogging courses beginning in 2016.

4.  #OneWordONT – We did it in 2015 and we are back for 2016!  Tweet and share your one word using the #OneWordONT hashtag and let’s see where it takes us this year.

 

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What’s a constructivist MOOC?

Would you like to include your blog on our site? Join here.

 

 

It’s About the Spread: Sharing Teacher Thinking

At last year’s 21C Roundtable, there were many conversations about how to spread “best practice” around the province.

Over the past year, speakers such as Pak Tee Ng and Simon Breakspear have emphasized that learning is contextual, and a “best practice” in one setting might not translate well into another setting, but educators can adapt and adopt the ideas of others to suit their environment.

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One great way to spread “best practice” is to have educators share their work and their thinking openly on their blog.

Today we highlight the writing of Jamie Reaburn Weir, as she documents her thinking about her work.

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While I read Jamie’s blog faithfully, I was particularly drawn to her post entitled “Team Teaching“. It’s a powerful post, in that Jamie reflects on her own state of mind during this busy time, her conversations with her colleague, Andrew Bieronski, and his visit to her classroom.  But the real gem is the documentation of the student voice after the visit, and Jamie’s reflections on how team teaching might change the learning opportunities for her students.

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As leaders, how can we enable, encourage and nurture this type of open practice (team teaching, deep conversations about learning, and blogging/sharing openly)?

Take a moment to comment on one of Jamie’s rich posts, and consider how her work can inform the work of other educators in 2016.

Day 15: Encouraging our Writers, Nurturing Those Who Share

Today is Day 15.  If you are just starting today, please feel free to work on this session, or to begin on Day 1.

If there is no sharing, there is no learning.

Bloggers take time to share.  They make their learning and thinking open and searchable.  Taking time to read educator blogs helps you to learn from practitioners and to challenge your understanding of best practice.

How do you nurture those who model sharing and connected learning?

Take a moment to thank a blogger, to comment on a connection, to extend their thinking or to share a related story.  Let them know you care.

Today we look at the process of learning to comment on blogs.

This will be our last group session on 30 Days of Connected Leadership for 2015.  We will return to this work in January.

We will now highlight Ontario Education Bloggers on the OSSEMOOC site, and continue the learning on Twitter for Absolute Beginners, and Twitter for Education Leaders.

 

TEN MINUTES OF CONNECTING: DAY 15 – COMMENTING ON BLOGS

 

 

Day 12: Curation as a Critical Digital Literacy

Today is Day 12. If you are just starting with us today, you might want to check out Day 1 here.

We often hear from teachers and leaders who have just had their “coming out of the cave” moment – that realization that their colleagues are learning together in powerful ways online, and they had no idea they were missing out.

Suddenly they realize that the information flow is just too overwhelming.  They don’t know their next step.

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Shared by Alan Levine (@cogdog) under a CC BY 2.0 license.

Curation is a way to start making sense of the information overload that is social media and the web.  Curation is the process of sorting and sifting through, sensemaking and organizing, and sharing back the information that you think is valuable.

Curation is a critical digital literacy.

Connecting with great curators will enhance your ability to effectively and efficiently learn online.

Today we begin to explore the importance of curation for educators and learners of all ages.

Congratulations on continuing to become a connected leader!

TEN MINUTES OF CONNECTING: DAY 12 – A DEEPER LOOK AT ‘CURATION’ IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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From “Digital Leadership” by Eric Sheninger.

Day 11: Why Our PLN is a Professional Standard in Education

Today is Day 11. If you are just starting with us today, you might want to check out Day 1 here.

OSSEMOOC is a project of OSAPAC, and over the past three days, the OSAPAC group has been meeting f2f in Toronto, doing incredible work for Ontario students.

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Members of OSAPAC sharing with OSSEMOOC the role of the team in ensuring great digital resources for Ontario students.

IMG_0151On my way back to northern Ontario, I was reflecting on what a privilege it is to be part of a group of educators so passionate about what is best for children, so knowledgeable about digital resources and so determined to make a difference.  I am proud to have them in my PLN, both face-to-face as it was this past week, and over social media, as we work together until our next opportunity for a f2f session.

My Professional Learning Network is critical to my success as an Ontario (OCT) educator.

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Today we explore why building that PLN is especially important in 2015.

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From Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger

We will also take you on a tour of some of our favourite places to find personalized information online.

Thank you for continuing your journey to becoming a connected leader.

TEN MINUTES OF CONNECTING: DAY 11