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OSSEMOOC is no longer funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and therefore, it is no longer maintained by OSAPAC.

#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.

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.

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

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

OSAPAC: What is it?

You’ve heard about OSAPAC. What is it that they really do? Here is your chance to find out!

Tonight, our Tuesday night education conversation is your chance to chat with the great folks who work on the OSAPAC group.

What projects are they currently working on?

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What resources do you need as an educator in Ontario?

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What are your needs as you leverage TELT (technology enabled learning and teaching) in your practice?

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Join OSSEMOOC here (any time after 7:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, April 14 for a conversation with members of the OSAPAC team from 8 p.m to 9 p.m. EDT.

Have your say on May 26th

Have your say!!!   On Monday May 26th (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT),  we will be providing an opportunity for you to learn more about the  OSAPAC  project on  digital citizenship resources  and provide feedback to the project team.

The  online meeting room  will be open at 7:30 p.m. EDT.  If you are joining us for the first time,   please allow a few extra minutes to allow for the necessary downloads (plugins).

We look forward to connecting with you.

Your OSSEMOOC Team

 

OSSEMOOC meets TEDx

During the last few weeks, we have focused on the topic of  digital citizenship.  The discussions and sharing of insights and personal experiences  have been very rich.

Our professional learning sessions for the next two weeks will be special events.

On Tuesday May 20th,   TEDxKitchenerED  is presenting an event (7:30 – 9:30 p.m. EDT)  centred around  “the idea of Fostering Connectivity in the educational space can take on a variety of meanings.  While its name leads many to the digital space, it simply means the state or capability of being connected.  TEDxKitchenerED will look to highlight the many ways connectivity can be fostered in education.”   Check out the speaker list  [here].

You can take in the TEDxKitchenerED event by

We hope you will join us for this “OSSEM” event.   Watch for a special OSSEMOOC connection!

Mark your calendar:  On Monday May 26th (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT),  we will be providing an opportunity for you to learn more about the  OSAPAC  project on digital citizenship resources and provide feedback to the project team.   Additional details will be provided in a future blog post.

Your OSSEMOOC Team