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New frontiers for new learning
Category Archives: Digital Literacy
June 18, 2013Posted by on
This summer, our school will undergo a significant “computer refresh”. Our board has developed a plan to help remove computer technology that is unable to run Windows 7 that will be the new operating system our board will use. For our school this will mean the upgrading of over 70 computers in our school. Over the past year I have worked closely with our board’s I.T team and appreciate the plan we’ve co developed to replace these computers through both school and board budgets over the summer. Our continued work as a school in the area of Digital Literacy will remain a key focus area next year. In addition to this refresh, our school has been working hard over the past three years to support technology integration at our school as follows:
– Purchasing additional laptops and netbooks to provide mobile learning both in our Learning Commons and through classroom sign outs.
– Ensuring each classroom has a dedicated technology cart that includes an LCD projector, computer and document camera to support classroom instruction and programming.
– Purchasing 30 iPads to support mobile learning and with a focus on staff professional development.
– Dedicating an Interactive Whiteboard “IRover” in each of our Full Day Kindergarten classrooms to support instruction and enable interactive learning centers in the classrooms.
Technology demands a long term vision with a careful balance of the following:
– Acquiring technology itself to support student learning and engagement with a long term plan to keep the technology as up to date as possible. I’ll be honest and say this is a significant challenge for most schools but am very proud of the work we have done in this area.
– Professional development for all of our staff to support the integration of technology into our classrooms in meaningful ways. No single technology tool itself will improve student learning simply by “existing” at our school. The work for us is to all learn and explore these tools and look for ways that technology can actually enhance learning. Each of us are at different points in our learning at a time when technology itself changes so rapidly. This is a challenge our education system faces however and we will continue to embrace it.
– Supporting student learners. We will continue to support our learners in using technology in responsible, meaningful ways at our school. This includes our implementation of Bring your own Devices which we field tested this year.
We look forward to the “refresh” but more importantly, to our ongoing work on integrating technology in meaningful ways for all of our learners in our classrooms.
May 1, 2013Posted by on
At the West School Council forum in April, there was a presentation on social media for parents. The presentation was shared by one of our board staff and he has kindly offered to share it with our community. The presentation shared some of the challenges and cautions for all of us with regards to technology and concluded with some of the valuable ways we can use social media to positively impact the work we do.
One way our board is working on supporting students and teachers with these new frontiers for new learning is through what we call our Knowledge Skills and Attitudes standards, namely:
1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Communication and Collaboration
3. Research and Information Fluency
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision
5. Digital Citizenship
6. Technology Operations and Concepts
The notion of digital citizenship is worth careful consideration as we all work together to support our learners in developing safe and responsible uses of technology.
We also thank our police partners in York Region for their tips for parents on “Be Net Aware”.
Let us know what you think of the presentation document.
March 25, 2013Posted by on
Thanks to one of our parents for inquiring about resources her family could use at home with children.
Here are some starting points:
- Tumblebooks is a resource we have purchased to support reading at home. Our site license username is: ljps password is: books
- Bookflix is another wonderful resource to support reading with your child. Our username: dsbyork password: dsby7692
- Last week we sent home hard copies of the Ministry Document Reading and Writing with your Child from the Ministry of Education.
- Adlit.org is another website focused on adolescent literacy for parents and educators.
- Last week we sent home hard copies of Doing Mathematics with Your Child from the Ministry of Education.
- Brainpop is a fun site with math activities that your child can enjoy at home.
- For our intermediate learners, the Ministry of Education offers it’s free math tutoring supports.
We hope you enjoy these resources to support your child’s learning at home.