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  Ottawa-Carleton DSB (2015)
Real World Math Connections

 
  Real World Math Connections

The video provides a glimpse into a grade 7 mathematics class in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board where students are working on an authentic, rich task. It shows how a growth mindset and risk-taking is valued in the classroom and how the school is focused on using math through practical practice.

   
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  Transforming Learning and Teaching

 
  Transforming Learning and Teaching

Directors, principals, educators and students share insights about successful practices that have been implemented system-wide and where they hope to go next. System leaders share how and why their student achievement scores have increased, while students reflect on how their learning environment has changed.

   
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  Greater Essex County DSB (2015)
Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

 
  Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

This video highlights the ways in which a Digital Learning Team in the Greater Essex County District School Board enriches student understanding of digital citizenship during a half day program. Students engage in various activities to learn about the various aspects of digital citizenship, culminating in an oral presentation to demonstrate their learning. These student sessions coincide with teacher professional learning about the use of technology to deepen students’ learning.

   
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  Greater Essex County DSB (2015)
Professional Learning Facilitators : Leveraging Technology to Support Student Learning


 
  Leveraging Technology to Support Student Learning

This video offers a glimpse into one school board’s journey of building a foundation of understanding across the system and growing digital skills for their teachers. The professional development aimed at leveraging technology was enabled by the creative use of a digital learning team. While the team teaches students about digital citizenship through interactive lessons, teachers attend a half-day facilitated workshop. With this model, every teacher in the board will attend this professional learning session.

   
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Sagonaska Demonstration School : Using Assistive Technology for Creativity and Communication

 
  Using Assistive Technology for Creativity and Communication

This video offers a glimpse into how students with learning disabilities use “technology to support and personalize their learning” as well as for demonstrating their creativity and improving their communication skills. Students become proficient at using their mobile devices and assistive technology resulting in increased self-confidence and success as learners.

   
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  Ottawa Carleton DSB (2015)  
  Ottawa Carleton DSB (2015)

This video offers a glimpse into how an elementary science class made connections to learning that occurred in an extra-curricular “Makers’ Club” that allowed for student ideas to fuel the direction of their learning and in turn influence their classroom learning. It also highlights the importance of community support in helping students deepen and see the relevance of their learning.

   
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  Cultivating a Learning Environment Highlights (2015)  
  Cultivating a Learning Environment Highlights (2015)

Educators discuss assessment for learning as they integrate more opportunities for students to benefit from technology-enabled learning. The shift in practice not only allows students to have more choice in how they consolidate their learning, but also greater advocacy to determine their next steps. The teacher’s role is to “create an environment in which all students feel valued and confident and have the courage to take risks and makemistakes.”

   
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  Changing Practices Highlights (2015)  
  Changing Practices Highlights (2015)

Educators share insights about how their practice is changing as they intentionally incorporate technology to enable and support students in attaining learning goals. Some teachers have been using the SAMR model to encourage their students to become digital “creators of content”. These educators also speak about how students become more reflective thinkers when they have opportunities to turn and talk and engage in purposeful conversations with their peers.

   
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  Highlights (2014)  
  Highlights (2014)

This video highlights the role of students and leaders from across the province sharing their thoughts on what makes learning engaging, relevant and authentic.

     
  Upper Grand DSB (2015)
Peer-to-Peer Learning
 
  Peer-to-Peer Learning

This video highlights how educators can use specific instructional strategies to elicit students’ thinking while using a new on-line mind-mapping application, Mindomo. Students are engaged in the process as they become producers of content rather than consumers. As well, the video highlights the importance of considering how technology is being used to deepen and enrich students' learning experiences.

   
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  Rainbow DSB (2015)
Student Engagement in Mathematics
 
  Student Engagement in Mathematics

This video highlights how a classroom educator and technology coach work together to support technology integration in the mathematics classroom. It highlights how technology,tablets and interactive whiteboards, are used to support strong pedagogical foundations. This approach has deepened student learning by furthering opportunities to collaborate and share their thinking.

   
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  Keewatin-Patricia DSB (2015)
Deep learning through gamification
 
  Deep learning through gamification

This video highlights how educators can use gamification in science to encourage deep learning and student ownership of learning. It highlights how one educator provides real-world problem-solving situations to engage students in their learning. Students employ decision-making skills as they learn about environmental issues and questions of sustainability over time.

   
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  Keewatin-Patricia DSB (2015)
Mystery Skype
 
  Mystery Skype

This video provides a glimpse into a grade 4 classroom in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board. It shows how new learning partnerships between teachers and students, within and beyond the classroom walls, are being developed through real-world, authentic tasks.

   
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  Huron – Perth CDSB (2014)  
  Huron – Perth CDSB (2014)

This video highlights how the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board is embracing a virtual learning environment (VLE) to meet the diverse needs of all students. The VLE is helping educators bring blended learning into their classrooms, and support the development of higher-order skills such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

   
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  Hamilton-Wentworth DSB  
  Hamilton-Wentworth DSB

This video highlights two classrooms focussed on digital citizenship. It features a grade 6 class learning about copyright laws and a grade 3 class learning about website credibility. The video emphasizes the important role that educators play in providing students with the structure and understanding they need to navigate the on-line world.

   
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  Bruce Grey CDSB  
  Bruce Grey CDSB

This video highlights the importance of teachers and students as co-learners. It describes how technology should be used to support effective pedagogy, and not drive it. Teachers learn to incorporate technologies that are applicable and relevant to the students' learning.

   
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  Halton DSB  
  Halton DSB

This video discusses the use of Cloud technology and how it removes barriers to collaboration between learners, (e.g. between students, students and teachers, and between educators). Cloud computing is helping students develop higher order skills such as collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.

   
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  Simcoe Muskoka CDSB  
  Simcoe Muskoka CDSB

This video discusses the new role of teachers and students as co-learners, and of students as self-directed learners who develop greater autonomy through participation in real-world, authentic tasks.

   
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  Thunder Bay CDSB (2012)  
  Thunder Bay CDSB (2012)

This video highlights how technology is providing students with voice and choice, and is increasing student engagement.

   
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