Welcome to January CANeLearn News.
Long gone are the thoughts for many of us of the warm waters of a vacation. If you were lucky enough to be somewhere similar pinch yourself!
This newsletter, the first for 2018, highlights several events of interest, links to news and announcements, along with a curated list of research and articles relevant to leaders and practitioners of blended and online learning.
K-12 Open Conference (online – free!)
Building the K-12 OER Teacher Network
Thursday, Jan. 25, hosted online by Athabasca University
Program details & registration at OpenCon2018
Canada Moodle Moot 2018
February 21-24, Toronto YorkU
Program details & registration at moodlemoot.ca
April 18-20, Richmond, BC
Annual Digital Learning Symposium brought to you by the BC Partners in Online Learning and the Canadian eLearning Network
Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments.
Tony Bates, Rod Allen, new models for online & blended learning
Dialogue, networking, sharing, creating, and learning
In the News
Common Sense Education
- Get resources for teaching in the digital age.
- Expert-tested. Teacher-approved.
- Check it out here
Best EdTech of 2017
- The editorial staff at Common Sense Education evaluated and rated approximately 180 tools for learning potential in 2017
- Check out the 2017 list here
- Check out the 2013-2016 archive list here
State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada Updates
- The 2017 edition of the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada study represents the tenth anniversary of the project
- Provincial, Territorial and Federal Profiles Updates
- New issue papers & vignettes
- French version released also!
- Check http://k12sotn.ca/
Steve Dotto’s Tech Toolkit
Searching Copyright – from @dougpete
- A good overview in the use of the Council of Ministers of Education new ‘Decision Tool’ regarding copyright in Canada
- See Doug’s post here…
Twitter EDU – The Twitter Guide
- From David Truss (@datruss)
- A free online book: Your One-Stop-All-You-Need-To-Know-Guide to Twitter.
- “The hardest part of Twitter is that it does not have a friendly entry point. Until you develop a network, it actually takes a bit of work to make it meaningful and rewarding.”
- Filled with ‘live’ links to help you Tweet and Retweet as you read the book, Twitter EDU makes learning to use Twitter an engaging experience!
- Find downloadable versions here
Why I Left Silicon Valley, Ed Tech, and “Personalized” Learning
- Not only were we a brand new school, encountering the issues that new independent schools generally do, but in addition to that, we were tasked with the never-before-done vision of individualizing every child’s education. The workload was immense and unsustainable, and even when I felt like I was doing what we set out to do–curate educational playlists of cards that were specifically chosen for them–I didn’t feel like it was entirely effective. It was isolating with every child working on something different; it was impersonal with kids learning basic math skills from Khan Academy; it was disembodied and disconnected, with a computer constantly being a mediator between my students and me.
- Read more here…
Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning
- From the Christensen Institute
- Proponents believe personalized learning offers the best way to prepare students for college and career success.
- From educators who are hesitant to abandon a model that has worked for them, to edtech skeptics that fear computers will replace teachers, many question the benefits in an approach that has little research supporting its ability to improve most students’ outcomes.
- Read the blog post here…
From Contact North: 2017 Top Online Learning Books Worth Reading
- 2017 was a strong year for books and publications with respect to teaching and learning in the digital age, whether through online and blended learning, open education or technology-enhanced learning.
- We selected ten books which help capture the ideas and best practices that emerged in 2017.
- Click here for the full review…
That was 2017 in online learning
OLTD/MEDL Major Project and Process Papers
- Recent Masters papers on topics related to blended and online learning from Vancouver Island University
- Read more here…
Adventures in Archives
2017 Leadership Summit
Check out presentations, curated documents & video recordings!
2017 BOLTT (Bringing Online Teachers Together) Conference
Presentation Padlet archives here:
blendED 2017: Alberta’s Blended & Online Learning Symposium
Links to Curated Notes in Program Session Descriptions:
Video Archive of Selected Presentations:
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