Welcome to the June CANeLearn News. As we look forward to exploring outdoors, pausing to reflect on nature’s abundance, our thoughts are likely to turn to wonder how we survived a full school year managing student learning through a pandemic.
As we consider what we learned from our experiences, what worked and what didn’t, understanding how best to embrace the affordances of both the online and classroom learning environments is key. We thank @drtonybates and his session at DLsymp21 for the term “affordances” as a frame within which to plan online and classroom learning activities.
Several articles below speak to and expand on this notion and help us plan for active learning, not just content delivery, keeping our focus on the social and emotional needs of our learners.At CANeLearn we believe with careful planning, and learning from each other’s shared experiences, even better learning options can be offered to all students. Check out our August 20 leadership summit to see what we have in store.
The CANeLearn board wishes you a restful summer and a return in the fall offering robust and improved learning for all students.
CANeLearn Annual Leadership Summit
Looking Back to Look Forward: Online Successes and Lessons Learned
Online/Virtual August 20, 2021
Join us as we share pandemic experiences and insights from Canadian education leaders
Leaders & Legends of Online Learning: Dedicated to the Experts (Podcast)
Interviews that last approximately a half hour and include links to guest’s work. You will encounter rich and interesting perspectives on online learning and education and links to the sort of work you ought to be reading.
Canadian Consortiums: Compulsion for Collaboration (YouTube)
Randy, LaBonte, Michael Barbour, Michael Canuel, Frank McCallum, Todd Pottle, and Bruce Weitzel talk about Canadian eLearning consortiums and Canadians’ compulsion for collaboration. Recorded presentation made for the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin, TX, June 2021.
The Cobblestone Collective – Take an Adventure with Us
The Cobblestone Collective team joined thousands of classes across Canada through a co-taught lesson series. They explored Sustainable Development Goals, the Design Thinking Process, digital citizenship, mindfulness, and gratitude.
Students coded in CS First and Minecraft, looked at using PowerPoint as an art canvas, Sway as a storytelling platform, and Google Sites as a new resume!
Lessons are either 60 or 90 minutes and recorded so you can still use them with your students at any time. These lessons are great whether you’re teaching in-person (project on your screen) or virtually (send the link directly to your students).
Each YouTube video’s description provides any instructions you may need.
The online teaching experience involves pedagogical methods that can be very different from those that many instructors are accustomed to using in a face-to-face environment. Fostering self-directed learning in a digital environment, conceptualizing the learning goals and methods of assessments, requires learner-centered practices and intentional instructional design. Includes resources providing foundational support for teaching online.
Embracing Ways of Knowing BCcampus supported the co-creation of the OER Pulling Together: A Guide for the Indigenization of Post-secondary Institutions. These resources are designed toEngage with varying audiences, including administration and educational leadership, teaching faculty, student services personnel, researchers, and instructional designers;Include resources and considerations on meaningful and authentic engagement;Supplement rather than replace training currently offered. From previous newsletters…
Conferencing Tools for teaching & learning: Best practices Included are considerations for general etiquette, hosting virtual office hours, facilitating group work and presentations, lecturing, showing videos, hosting external presenters, and managing the space. Additionally, theoretical frameworks to support best practices when teaching online are provided.
BlendEd A UK program of professional learning by and for teachers to support the pedagogy of blended learning. BlendEd helps teachers, school leaders, and other educators design effective teaching and learning that makes the most of digital technologies – in the classroom and from home, live and self-paced, in-person and online.
Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment Useful ideas for creating and using rubrics with guidelines for assessing a wide variety of activities, including e-portfolios, video and multimedia projects, teamwork, and research process.
Designing for Accessibility (PDF posters) Includes tips for designing content for accessibility for special needs such as autism, dyslexia, users of screen readers, low vision, physical or motor disabilities, deaf or hard of hearing, and anxiety.
An Important Distance Learning Resource for Teachers, Students, and Parents
Wide Open School offers free learning activities for all grades. Students can browse activities related to various subjects including social studies, emotional wellbeing, reading and writing, math, arts, music, science, English language learning, digital citizenship, and more. Within each of these activities, you can search for materials by grade level or search label. You can for instance search for activities that include videos, worksheets, lessons, etc. Some of these activities offer free downloadable materials. You can also share them to Google Classroom.
Tools for Project-Based Learning
Project-based learning, or PBL, challenges students to design and engage in more authentic, extended, and complex learning. But while PBL is a trusted strategy for increasing student engagement and learning, it’s not easy to orchestrate. If you’re doing it right, students will be engaging in a variety of interest-driven projects all with various needs and on different schedules. So how do you manage it all? Tech can be a huge help. This list gathers some useful productivity and organization tools that can help both teachers and students keep track of, finish, and assess projects. There are also a few tools designed specifically for PBL, as well as plug-and-play PBL experiences. Learn about these tools here
Rough Guide for Spotting Bad Science
Being able to evaluate the evidence behind a scientific claim is important. Being able to recognize bad science reporting, or faults in scientific studies is equally important. Includes 12 points to help separate the science from the pseudoscience. Download the PDF here
ABC Learning Design
Spreadsheet template to facilitate the collaborative design of learning scenarios. Check it out here