This day, September 30, 2021, marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation designated to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. The coloured cloths placed on the trees above reflect Canada’s social solidarity and rich diversity that is yet to fully embrace orange – the colour of the Indigenous-led grassroots movement to share the truth of the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
As we commemorate on this day and move down the path of reconciliation, wear orange, reflect and share Indigenous stories and culture, and donate to organizations seeking to support Indigenous projects, movements, organizations, and Nations. We can, and we will, be one nation under Canada.
As October arrives, there are many professional learning opportunities to take advantage of, and some CANeLearn partner events are listed below. As we all steel for yet another year of the pandemic, we must continue to lean on each other, share as we can, and know that caring and providing for the safety, health, and well-being of our students is first and foremost as education professionals.
photo credit: Ellen Kinsel
October 22, 2021 – Provincial PSA Day
Fully Virtual/Online Conference
Join us for an amazing day of professional learning online on Oct. 22, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
12th EdTech Leadership Summit 2021
October 27-28 — Hybrid Event!
Announcing the 2022 Digital Learning Symposium!
Mark the dates! April 6-8, 2022 – A return to the Delta Burnaby Hotel for in-person learning!
More information soon!
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Searchable Directory of Selected Journals in Online and Distance Learning
Journals play an essential role in online and distance learning, crucial tools for sharing the latest in research, innovation, theory, practices, and events. Educators find ideas and connections, building a collective academic knowledge base that advances teaching, learning, management – and student success.
This list is a work-in-progress, offering a non-exhaustive list of journals of interest to faculty, instructors, instructional designers, managers, technologists, and others exploring the world of online learning.
Research Showing that Virtual Learning is Less Effective than Classroom Teaching — Right?
A recent blog post, based on several studies of post-secondary student performance comparing online learning with in-person teaching, argues that online coursework generally yields worse student performance than in-person coursework.
Or does it?
Check out Tony Bates’ post that offers an analysis of just what the studies looked at and what was labelled as “online learning”. Be wary of the ‘sound bytes’ and headlines in social, news, and even academic media.
Student-Centered Learning In Michigan K-12 Schools: Factors that Impact Successful Implementation
While the more traditional teacher-centered model of education does work for some students, it does not work for all. By connecting with district administrators, school administrators, and teachers through both a survey and interviews, this study aimed to capture the ways in which some Michigan K-12 schools are implementing student-centered learning practices along with the factors that impact the successful implementation of such practices.
It is the hope of the study’s authors that the effective practices, guidance, and advice gleaned from the many innovative educators who so generously gave their time to participate in this study will help other schools and district personnel overcome their own barriers to the successful implementation of a more student-centered approach to learning.
It’s Time We All Use Common Definitions for Key Concepts in Online Learning
What do the terms “blended” and “online” mean? And where does “hybrid” learning fit into the emerging lexicon?
There are no common definitions across Canada’s education system, which makes it difficult for learners to understand their choices and for policy-makers to compare developments in different jurisdictions. The situation is confusing, with varying definitions of what kind of learning is on offer within institutions as well as between them, even in the same geographical area.
Crash Course is one of the best ways to educate yourself, your classmates, and your family on YouTube! From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter. Access the website here
Crash Course for Kids covers topics aimed at elementary science students.
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
Identify the best teaching tools for your classroom. Engage students and families around positive tech use. Support students’ emotional development as they use media for learning and for life. Links to resources.
From previous newsletters…
Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All
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 on 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
Adventures in Archives
Check out links to past CANeLearn events