We hope this newsletter finds you rested after some time away with family and starting this shortened week having found some “thanks” to share over the weekend. At least we can thank 2020 for only having two more months left to get through.
After a difficult September school start, October launched with additional challenges managing not only masked students in school but a growing number of virtual students as parents fear increasing risks of COVID-19. e-Learning has been thrust into every educator’s daily planning – and the use of digital learning spaces has never been more important.
Upcoming online workshops and conference sessions are featured this month to help inform and support every teacher’s online teaching skills and practice. Many are free but do require registration. Of note (others found below):
Blended Digital Ed Conference 2020
October 23rd – Virtual/Online
Leveraging Technology and Inquiry ~ Register Now!
11th Canadian Leadership Summit 2020
October 28-29th – Virtual/Online
The Future of Learning in Crisis & Beyond — Cross-Canada
Mark the dates: June 14-16, 2021 in Austin, TX
CANeLearn is researching what K-12 school districts across Canada have offered in the way of programming and supports during the pandemic. We published our first report in August with a second report to be released this October that details what the Ministries and Departments announced this Fall 2020 for remote learning. A third report will be available in late November that brings the voice of key stakeholders within the K-12 online and blended learning community across Canada that describes what actually happened on the ground.
We are offering insights into each report over a series of three webinars this fall. Sign up to access the full series live online, or register to watch later on our site archives. Live dates are:
Register here. An email with more information and links to live and archive sessions will follow.
2020 Digital Inclusion Challenge
Convergence.tech is launching its 2020 Digital Inclusion Challenge: Embracing Digital Education For All – Following the spirit of a Hackathon, student teams globally will ideate solutions virtually and pitch to expert judges to win $22k in prize money. The event also includes subject matter presentations by industry leaders, free training courses, digital credentials, and much more. The subject matter and final pitch presentations are open for members of the public to attend for free. More information can be found here.
2020 Aurora Institute Symposium (formerly the iNACOL Symposium)
October 26-28 – free and online!
Trends and research in modernizing education, designing new learning models, and cutting-edge innovations that are transforming K-12 education to meet the needs of our rapidly changing world. Find out more about the program agenda here
In the News
Cheating by Student or Faculty: What Can Be Done?
The Digital Divide and COVID-19: Teachers’ Perceptions of Inequities in Students’ Internet Access and Participation in Remote Learning
Emergency Home Learning Summit by Learning Revolution
Innovation and on-line and digital learning: five myths, five barriers, and five strategies
Tony Bates provides a discussion of Dr. Morriss-Olson’s five myths of innovation and provides his own take on five barriers. Five myths:
Resources for the Digital Classroom
Common Sense Education Resources
Quality Matters Emergency Remote Teaching Checklist
CANeLearn’s Emergency Remote Teaching Resources, Tools, Ideas
eCampusOntario’s updated list of tools and resources
Worth digging into…
BCcampus’ Resources for Finding and Using OER
Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide
K-12 Community of Inquiry: A case study of the applicability of the Community of Inquiry framework in the K-12 learning environment
Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute: Quarterly Research Clearinghouse Newsletter