Well, we somehow made it through to June – screen fatigue and all. We at CANeLearn hope this newsletter finds you well and looking forward to connecting with friends and family. This is the summer of the ‘staycation’ and we hope you get yours soon. Of course, the summer is also about recharging and getting ready for the upcoming school year. Scroll down for some articles to check out on the beach.
While we hope September will see a return to students in schools, how many and how often is yet to be determined. Upcoming online workshops and keynote sessions are being planned this summer and throughout the school year to help.
- CANeLearn Leadership Summit: The annual summit is August 20 and 21 — key topics include leading and organizing models for learning in uncertain and changing circumstances, plus essential skills, tools, and strategies for engaging students both online and in class
- CANeLearn Workshops: A new monthly workshop series will launch following the August summit and will consider topics emerging from the August event
Watch for more information coming about the summit and professional learning options from CANeLearn that will be announced throughout the summer.
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2020 CANeLearn Leadership Summit
August 20 & 21 Online
Connecting virtually – networking across Canada
Featuring keynotes from Canadian & International leaders
Pan-Canadian remote teaching, physical distancing plans & supports
Models for online and onsite learning – how to plan for both
Skills, tools, and strategies for engaging students online and in class
Blended Digital Ed Conference 2020
October 23rd – Virtual/Online
Call for proposals open
11th Canadian Leadership Summit 2020
Date and location announcement soon!
Mark the dates: June 14-16, 2021 in Austin, TX
In the News
BC Teachers share experiences on return to class in June
- Positive stories from BC teachers on student part-time return to school in June found here
Remote teaching precipitates call for rural broadband access
- The Ontario government calls on the federal government for support to expand broadband access
- CTV news report here
From Emergency Remote Teaching to Rigorous Online Learning
Silver Lining for Learning
US Survey Tracks Impact of Coronavirus on Schools
Resources for the Digital Classroom
Common Sense Education Resources
Quality Matters Emergency Remote Teaching Checklist
CANeLearn’s Emergency Remote Teaching Resources, Tools, Ideas
- CANeLearn has published a page with a collection of resources from other organizations, emerging tools, and ideas about pivoting to remote teaching
- Check it out here
eCampusOntario’s updated list of tools and resources
The 7 elements of a good online course
- George Veletsianos, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, offers seven tips for parents and students about what makes a good course
- “Physical proximity isn’t a precondition for good education. Comparing one form of education to another distracts us from the fact that all forms of education can — and should — be made better.”
- Find out more in The Conversation’s publication
BCcampus’ Resources for Finding and Using OER
- From quick links to learn about Creative Commons licenses and attribution, general OER collection sites, open textbooks, and open media searches this BCcampus PDF document has it all at your fingertips!
Dig into Tony Bates’ Latest
- Check out some of Tony’s latest blog posts and advice for educators from K-20
- Issues including equity, artificial intelligence, Covid-19 post-impact, online learning myths and future, and more
- See his latest blog posts here, but don’t forget to see his home page for additional information and advice from him
Michael Barbour’s 5 Minutes on K-12 Online Learning series
Creating an Online Community, Class or Conference – Quick Tech Guide
- Check out Stephen Downes’ CC-licensed Google doc guide with tools and resources to use technology for communicating and sharing with others online
- From calendars to collaborative documents to sync/asynchronous communication, Stephen has it all here
Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field
- This AACE and SITE-published, open-access eBook contains 133 chapters with over 850 pages documenting best practices, strategies, and efforts by teacher educators, professional developers, researchers, and practitioners.
- It is divided into seven sections that address pedagogy, collaboration, field experiences, preservice education methods, professional development, digital tools, and equity issues.
- Chapters are presented as innovations with supporting materials that could be easily replicated or studied.
- Full text or download found here
K-12 Community of Inquiry: A case study of the applicability of the Community of Inquiry framework in the K-12 learning environment
- Garrison, Anderson, and Archer’s Community of Inquiry framework continues to evolve and remains one of the central models for understanding online pedagogy over the past two decades.
- This recent publication from Kyle Sanders and Anissa Lokey-Vega from Kennesaw State University situates the model specifically in a K-12 environment
- Check out the Abstract and links to the full text, or download it for summer reading
Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute: Quarterly Research Clearinghouse Newsletter
Adventures in Archives
CANeLearn Leadership Summit
Digital Learning Symposium April 2019