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As the summer fire season embers lose their glow, we launch another school year still searching for clarity on what the new year may bring us. With a fourth wave flourishing, how prepared are we to successfully engage active learning amidst disruption? Often looking back can help steer a path forward and CANeLearn is doing that through its pandemic series and will be offering insight and analysis at the September 24th Leadership Summit.
Check out the fifth report in the pandemic series, highlighting each jurisdiction’s strategies to provide supports, resources, and technologies appropriate for the continuation of teaching and learning over the 2020-21 school year (all reports here https://sites.google.com/view/canelearn-ert/ ). Join us on September 24th for a cross-Canada analysis and discussion about successful strategies for addressing disruption, including recommendations from school and district leaders. Check out all the learning opportunities below – we hope to see you online!
From all of us at CANeLearn, our best for a smooth start to your school year.
CANeLearn Annual Leadership Summit
Looking Back to Look Forward: Online Successes and Lessons Learned
Online/Virtual September 24, 2021
Details on our Summit Site
Cross Canada Roundup & Building Nimble, Tech-enabled Learning
Thank you to our Sponsors
School start-up reading, watching, and listening
Decolonization is Not a Metaphor
Decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and life; it is not a metaphor for other things we want to do to improve our societies and schools. Social justice, critical methodologies or approaches that decenter settler perspectives have objectives that may be incommensurable with decolonization.
Decolonizing Your Syllabus? You Might Have Missed Some Steps
Decolonizing your syllabus is different than including some Indigenous writers on the reading schedule. Inclusion is a form of diversification but it can also be violent. Inviting voices into spaces not built for them or that undermine their messages, lived experiences, and expertise can often work against the well-intentioned goals of inclusion.
People for Education on the Lessons of COVID-19
TVO.org speaks with People for Education’s Annie Kidder about how teachers and students are doing and what they’ll need when they head back to class.
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.
Must-Read Books on Online Learning
Browse through a growing list of 173 books on online learning selected, reviewed, and recommended by Contact North | Contact Nord’s team of experts.
Teaching by the Medicine Wheel
A key question that needs to be addressed in the creation of a, culturally relevant educational process is how to create a schooling environment that reflects Indigenous culture and instills traditional values while providing students with the skills they need to survive in the modern world. This article explores the teachings of Medicine Wheels from an Anishinaabe cultural perspective.
Common Sense Education
Free advice, articles, and tips Access the website here
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.
Resources for the Digital Classroom
Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All
From previous newsletters…
Teaching Online Resources
Frameworks, Tools, Resources
Information Directory: Blogs and Opinions, Books and Videos, News, Research and Reports
Embracing Ways of Knowing
Conferencing Tools for teaching & learning: Best practices
Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment
Tips to Make Your LMS Content Accessible
Designing for Accessibility (PDF posters)
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
CANeLearn’s Emergency Remote Teaching Resources, Tools, Ideas
Thursday, September 23rd (online)
Friday, October 22, 2021 – Provincial PSA Day
Fully Virtual/Online Conference
12th EdTech Leadership Summit 2021
October 27-28 — Hybrid Event!