…we don’t need to be the experts in every room I spent the first 10 years or so of my teaching career in a classroom where the overhead projector was the most advanced piece of technology. My spouse could send docs digitally to his office photocopier years before that tech showed up in our work […]
Over the past year, a team of teachers from Durham Alternative Secondary School (DASS) have been focusing on ways they can leverage digital to improve student achievement, student engagement and 21st century skills. Through the Building Collaborative Inquiry (BCI) sessions, teachers have focused on ways they can streamline processes and engage students in tasks that […]
We have more devices, more resources and more access to digital tools than ever before. While this is exciting, it can be overwhelming and challenging to choose the best opportunities for incorporating technology in our teaching. This consideration of the most effective uses and timing is necessary to ensure effective and accountable programming while leveraging […]
“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)” David Bowie Being in a space where students are engaged, excited and motivated to learn is one of the true joys of teaching. What’s not so joyous is feeling as if you are losing the battle to every distraction the online world provides. Mitigating this balance is challenging. I […]
DDSB Innovative Education has been shifting culture, practice and thinking in our schools. As we leverage digital we are creating a paradigm shift. We believe this shift is positive and we recognize that this shift can’t occur without debate, conversation and some uncomfortable moments. Our Library Learning Commons are acting as a catalyst for positive […]
We gave teachers great conundrum in our Board when we made G-Suite available to our teachers. Now that we have different platforms which should we be using? Teachers have been asking us this question all school year! The answer is – BOTH! Both platforms have their advantages and disadvantages when looking for tools to use […]
Students have access to more information than ever before. When thinking about how I accessed information in my elementary and secondary days, I am reminded of the beautiful white, leather bound with gold tree Book of Knowledge encyclopedias I had on a shelf in my living room. I couldn’t contain my excitement when the new […]
Chromebooks have become part of the DDSB mainstay, what are we to do. Does it mean everything we do is now online? No, you are the teacher and the Chromebook is the tool and the tool does not work unless it has someone to wield it.