OSSEMOOC – a community of leaders supporting each other in getting connected.
Digital Citizenship and Leadership for the Classroom
Recently, Ontario educators identified the need for resources for teaching the various aspects of Digital Citizenship. When OSAPAC looked for a suitable product, it was decided that a living resource was most appropriate. Ontario educators curated suitable resources for Ontario students by organizing them by division and topic. Then, they wrote classroom connections for teachers.
The full, open, living resource can be found here.
Educators choose a category and a division, and are then provided with a list of appropriate resources.
For example, Critical Thinking, Junior Division
As well, many classroom connections have been written to guide educators in using resources.
OSSEMOOC was created to scaffold and support school and system leaders in their personal self-directed professional learning about how to leverage technology to enhance and enrich student learning.
The open (no password required, no sign up required) site has a content area where information is shared about events (live chats, Twitter chats, livestreaming conferences, GHO on air, blog hops, collaborative projects, book studies, etc.).
Blogs written by school and system leaders and aspiring leaders are linked to the site.
Courses on how to use social media are run regularly, and can also be completely self-directed.
Links to other OSSEMOOC social media are on the site as well as our 30 days to get connected in 10 minutes per day program.
Be sure to access these free, open, no password required resources.
Contact ossemooc at gmail dot com for more information on free personal support services for education leaders.
Feature image by OSAPAC.ca, under a CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0 licence.
This month, most of my writing time has been spent on a daily blog for OSSEMOOC, the project I co-lead with Mark Carbone in our current roles with OSAPAC in Ontario.
We say that “connected learners need connected leaders”.
We work every single day trying to convince education leaders in Ontario that they need to become proficient in digital spaces and they need to become connected learners.
Why do we say this? Why are we so passionate about this work?
Why do we need educators to be connected leaders?
1.Innovation isn’t cultivated through isolation.
Participating in open networks gives ideas opportunities to spread. “Crowd Accelerated Innovation” is a concept explained by Chris Anderson in this TED Talk. If we want to build innovative schools and systems in education, our leaders must be connected to the best ideas.
2. Digital citizenship is not something to be taught in isolation as a “subject”.
Digital citizenship is a way of being, to be integrated into all that we do (@TanyaAvrith).
Digital citizenship is part of who we are, and education leaders need an established positive digital footprint to fully understand this, and to embrace the digital world our students exist in.
3. If you don’t understand the digital environment, you are becoming illiterate. Doug Belshaw explains the essential elements of digital literacies in his TEDxTalk.
4. Our learning community exists in BOTH physical and digital spaces.
This quote from Dr. John Malloy, currently the Director of Education for HWDSB, reminds us of the critical importance of choosing leaders with the capacity to make great decisions about student learning in both physical and digital spaces:
“Using technology is no longer an option for us. We must support our students to succeed in our physical and digital world.
Students who do not have this opportunity to learn in the digital world will be disadvantaged, something that we cannot accept.”
(Update: Catherine Montreuil is now the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Learning and Curriculum – July 2015)
We can’t just “close the door and teach” any more. The smartest
person in the room is the room, unless someone in the room is a connected leader, and then it’s the world. We need leaders who bring the world to their schools and districts.
6. Connected learning must be modelled at all levels.
Today, it’s no longer about content. It’s about networks. Leaders need to model networked learning for teachers and students. Connected leaders demonstrate that networking is a priority. We need to show our students what our learning looks like. We need to demonstrate to teachers how we learn. We need to share our thinking, leave it open to conversations, and let it be questioned.
Sometimes, leaders are very fortunate to be able to travel to a learning event such as a conference. All that learning needs to be shared!
Live-tweeting at the event is a great start, but why shouldn’t everyone could benefit from your learning? When you share the learning on your blog, it becomes searchable to everyone. Educators from around the world now have free access to that learning.
If nobody shares, nobody learns! Put Open and Access at the centre of your learning.
9. As a connected leader, you bring a world of learning to your practice.
If leaders aren’t learning online, how can they make good decisions around what technology to purchase with public funds, and what learning is required so the teachers can make effective use of technology for deep learning in their classrooms?
Leaders must be participating in “deep learning” so they can understand what that learning looks like, and they can make valid, essential decisions about how to spend funds and time that are critical to moving learning forward.
Update: If leaders do not understand how technology can enable their learning to become a seamless part of their daily lives, they will not understand the importance of their students’ access to the tools for learning.
Update: 10. The End Game Keeps Changing: What’s an Education Worth Having in 2015?
Getting better at old strategies won’t work. An education worth having in 2015 is not the same as an education worth having in 2000. If the world is changing faster than the school system, the school system is doing an excellent job of moving toward irrelevance.