ECOO members are invited to check out the OSAPAC OSSEMOOC project. The group is currently running a 30 days of learning collaborative blogging project. Details are at 30 days of learning. Contributions to the project may be submitted here.
OSSEMOOC (Ontario School and System Leader Educational Technology Massive Open Online Community) is a free community-building learning opportunity for Ontario Education Leaders provided by OSAPAC (Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee).
OSSEMOOC invites ECOO members to help build a community to access the knowledge in the province and build a network to share it with each other.
Michael Fullan, in Great to Excellent: Launching the Next Stage of Ontario’s Education Agenda states that when systems go from great to excellent, they must access the knowledge of the group, and peer to peer learning and innovation come to the forefront.
“ They found that when you go from adequate to good to great, a system must invest in direct capacity-building of teachers. But once the system reaches a certain level – let’s call it “greatness” – it requires strategies that mobilize the capacities of peers. They put directly: as capacity gets higher (which is certainly the case in Ontario), peers become the main source of innovation if you are to go from greatness to excellence.”
How do you participate? Start here.
1. Join the OSSEMOOC community by registering here. This simply allows the OSSEMOOC team to contact you by email (or through other social media) with further information and resources.
2. Join OSSEMOOC on social media.
Google Plus Community: OSSEMOOC (closed community – search and request)
3. Request specific learning opportunities: Use this form to request help with learning something specific.
The second annual Ontario Google Apps for Educators Summit (GAFE Summit) was hosted by the Waterloo Region District School Board at Eastwood Collegiate Institute on April 5th and 6th.
The event was sold out as 650 educators attended the two-day professional learning session centred around a technology enabled learning theme, building on the recent licensing agreement spearheaded by the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC) for online office productivity suites. Additional details regarding the agreement are available online at http://www.osapac.org/cms/content/google-apps-education-office365-contract-addendum.
Keynote sessions were presented by a variety of Google Certified Educators who shared their expertise on current instructional and assessment strategies, leveraging Google Apps in this context. Each of the four daily breakout sessions featured 16 keynote and local presenters. Details about the specific sessions offered at available at http://on.gafesummit.com/2014/program/detailed-sessions.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend of learning and sharing.
President, Educational Computing Organization of Ontario
Last year, ECOO and OASBO-ICT joined forces for BringITtogether at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. The conference was a tremendous success with overwhelmingly positive reviews, so we are holding it again at the Scotiabank Convention Centre from November 5-7, 2014. The planning committee is hard at work preparing for this year’s conference and the Call for Proposals is now OPEN! So if you have a great story to share about technology in education, apply now to present and share your expertise at Bring IT, Together 2, aka #BIT14. For more information and a link to the Proposal Presentation form, please visit the conference website at http://bringittogether.ca.
The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31.
Are you also an ISTE member? The International Society for Technology in Education is presenting a free online virtual conference on February 13 at 6:00 PM. This conference if for members of ISTE only. The conference will feature the hottest topics from ISTE 2013 and a sneak peek at what’s in store for ISTE 2014 – plus live interaction and discussion with MACUL conference opening keynoter Adam Bellow.
Register today for the inaugural ISTE Virtual Conference.