Fall colours invite us to take time to reflect on transitions of seasons, time, and the changes surrounding us we have little influence over. In education we serve the needs and interests of our students and their parents, we respond to the shifting world surrounding us and do our best to help make it better. As the leaves and rains fall, we at CANeLearn hope you find strength and renewed purpose and find the hidden treasures in life’s simple changes…
photo credit: Ellen Kinsel
This month we are pleased to announce our partnership with BlendEd BC and our partners in Western Canada to support the 19th Annual Digitial Learning Symposium – a return to in-person learning at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre! We hope you can join us in Vancouver as we enjoy the west coast’s transition of seasons amidst spring blossoms. Plan to stay longer in Vancouver as our preferred hotel rate has been extended both before and after our April 6-8 event dates.
2022 Digital Learning Symposium!
April 6-8, 2022 – Delta Burnaby Hotel for in-person learning!
Early bird registration still available!
Book your hotel room at the 2020 rate – $185!
Rate available before and after the event
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Begin Your Learning Journey
Start your learning journey here by exploring more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
In March 2018, CBC News launched Beyond 94, a website that monitors progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. While the content is continually updated, in September 2021, CBC reviewed the progress status of each of the 94 calls to action. The site provides up-to-date status reports on each call to action, as well as extensive summaries explaining those status reports. It includes in-depth features and short video documentaries that tell some of the community stories behind the calls to action. It also features residential school survivors sharing their experiences.
Digital Badging for K12
Edupass.lu is a badging system that starts from a custom community badge Passport perspective, rather than inside the LMS. It’s based on the same technology that same as CanCred. It will associate schools, teachers, and students and allow students to share badges publicly when they are old enough (age 16 in Canada). The initial implementation is for digital fluency (non-credit). See more about a test case that is being watched with interest.
Data from the Christensen Institute reveals pandemic hybrid learning trends
EMSB proud to be part of the new Quebec Online Alliance
Quebec Online Alliance officially launched in the last week of September for teachers, students, and parents. The Quebec Online Alliance (QOA) is a remarkable achievement as it marks the first time seven English school boards (EMSB, CQSB, ETSB, NFSB, RSB, SWLSB, WQSB) of the province have come together to offer a unified online service to those students who have been granted a medical exemption for the 2021-22 school year. The QOA is being coordinated by LEARN (Leading English Education and Resource Network).
Professional Learning for Ontario Educators
OECM, in collaboration with Dell Technologies and Advanced Learning Partnerships, is pleased to offer exclusive access to a portfolio of free, high-quality Professional Learning (PL) experiences. These virtual sessions have been specially curated and designed by and for Ontario’s K-12 and post-secondary educators (i.e. faculty members, principals, teachers, coaches, classroom educators, etc.)
Link to the website here (includes links to recordings of past sessions and schedule of future sessions)
A Cross-Institutional Study of Instructional Characteristics and Student Outcomes: Are Quality Indicators of Online Courses Able to Predict Student Success?
Design and organization, instructor interactions, and content design and delivery are important to students’ experiences in online courses, but not for all students – we must do more to consider and design for underrepresented students and students with disabilities’ needs in online learning spaces.
Resources for the Digital Classroom
From previous newsletters…
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.
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 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
Adventures in Archives
Check out links to past CANeLearn events