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Theory Into Action: #supdsb

We talk a lot about how the world is changing.  We hear predictions that concern us for awhile, then we go back to our jobs.

But here we are: “Every single job function we can identify is being fundamentally transformed.”

(David Rose, in D. Culberhouse, The Future Will Be Very Different)

Continuing to do what we are doing now is a disservice to our children.

But how do we change?

We know three things that are essential:

  1. Creating the compelling argument for change (Creative Public Leadership, The RSA)

On March 29, I was privileged to learn with educators from Superior North Catholic District School Board and Superior Greenstone District School Board.

The TELT (Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching) Contacts understand the need to create a compelling argument for innovative practice to ensure all of our students are empowered to learn to thrive in their world.  George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset, was invited to lead the learning for the day.

You can find a summary of the learning here and on Twitter using the hashtag #supdsb.

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SGDSB TELT Contact Stacey Wallwin (@wallwins) welcoming George Couros (@gcouros), thanking him for his support in the recent online study of his recent book, The Innovator’s Mindset.


2. Build Community

It was a very special day that focused on building capacity in our communities.

Educators from both English-speaking boards learned together in the same room.  In my experience, formal professional learning rarely involves co-terminus boards learning together, but we know that together we are better and this event was living proof.

Educators from SNCDSB and SGDSB sat together at tables, sharing learning from the day and building a learning network for the future.

SNCDSB TELT Contact Katie DiBiagio cheers on SGDSB Director Dave Tamblyn as he competes with SNCDSB Director Alexa MacKinnon, cheered on by George Couros.
SNCDSB TELT Contact Katie DiBiagio cheers on SGDSB Director Dave Tamblyn as he competes with SNCDSB Director Alexa McKinnon, cheered on by George Couros.


3. Flatten the Organization

How often as educators do we participate in professional learning events with only those in like-roles?

At this event, both Directors were present for the full day of learning.  Sitting at the tables were superintendents, teachers, community engagement leaders, tech champions, school leaders,  digital learning volunteers, IT staff and guests.

From DCluberhouse, https://dculberh.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/from-disconnected-hierarchies-to-connected-ecosystems/
From DCluberhouse, https://dculberh.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/from-disconnected-hierarchies-to-connected-ecosystems/


If we are going to innovate in 2016, we need to entrench practices that enable the flow of ideas.

Congratulations to SNCDSB and SGDSB for putting theory into practice, for putting learning ahead of false boundaries, and for taking some big leaps toward entrenching innovative thinking into professional practice..

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SNCDSB TELT Contact Katie DiBiagio, George Couros, SNCDSB Director Alexa McKinnon.


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Resources for the day



Future Ready – Are We? 10/10

What is Future Ready?

Jon Phillips – Managing Director, Worldwide Education, Dell Inc.


This post is part of a 10 day posting challenge issued by Tina Zita. You can’t be a connected educator if you don’t contribute. Sometimes we need a nudge to remember that if nobody shares, nobody learns. Thanks Tina!


This morning, I had the opportunity to listen to Jon Phillips speak on the concept of Future Ready, and what we know about how to do this in our school systems.  Below are my notes from his session, outlining some of the key messages.

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  • IT and curriculum – they are no longer separate.  They must work together.  [This made me consider the work we do at TELO – capacity building for both TELT Contacts (pedagogy focus) and DeLCs (technology focus).]

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  • We have to build technology enabled critical thinkers.
  • The learning environment is as critical as the curriculum.
  • Student-led learning – this is easier said than done given the current structures that define the system.


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  • Successful schools have a restlessness and ongoing passion for continuous improvement.
  • Information is important, and the whole nature of information has changed.  Access to information is even more important than the information.
  • How are our ideas of student behaviour and achievement in conflict with students’ own ideas of what this needs to look like?

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  • Professional learning is crucial to move from teacher-centered to learner-centered practices in a 1:1 learning environment

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  • Approximately 3 years of ongoing and embedded professional learning is required for teachers to be proficient in a 1:1 student-led learning setting.  This is not about “doing” PD.  It must MODEL student-centered learning with teacher-centered learning.  (This made me wonder – If this is the way forward, is it the way student teachers are learning in their professional programs?)
  • Do we have common language and common understanding of how we use technology?  How do we define the terminology like blended learning, eportfolio, elearning, online collaboration.  [Do we all see the same things in our heads when we use these words? I don’t think we are even close to this.]

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Key elements of change:

  1. Project based learning – studying the “process” of the project. Ask questions like: How did you build this? How did you arrive at this question?  How do we DOCUMENT the process of learning, not just the products.  How do we make the process more important than a test score?

2. School wide projects where students explore passions.

3. More and more creative Internships.

4. Student driven action research projects.

5. Authentic service learning.

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Thinking about “Makerspaces”

Can we allow students to design the room?

What is a maker space?  It is a physical community workspace.

It connects the library philosophy of content, technology, spaces and each other – 4 key pillars

  • Emphasize high tolerance
  • Identify that failure is high
  • Have apparent support from administration

With every concept in learning, is there something we can physically make and/or do?

How do we have all of this work together?

How do we build Future Ready Momentum?

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Do we hire based on this kind of thinking?



When the slides for this presentation are available, I will post the link here.

What do you think of this?  Technology enhanced learning or Technology enabled learning? #TELT

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