2017 updated guide to the Technology and Learning Fund

Source EduGains:  Technology and Learning Fund (TLF): A Guide to Implementation: Updated 2017 (author is CODE Council of Ontario Director’s of Education)Click on < Technology & Learning Fund / Overview > in the left menu on 21st Century Learning or the pdf

From page of the PDF: “This guide was developed to assist districts, leaders, and teams with their understanding of the processes, considerations, and supports available for their TLF innovation research projects. The guide also includes the Celebrating Ontario’s Innovation Journey – An Iterative Rubric which represents district work and experiences to-date in innovation scaling, informed by research and practitioner knowledge and expertise.”

Check it out! Rowan

March 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Check out this Canadiana website – great for researchers, secondary students

Written by Natalie, one of our fabulous reference librarians:

Canadian is a database of digitized Canadian historical documents contributed by libraries, archives and universities across Canada including University of Toronto, Bibliothèque et Archives Nationale du Québec, TPL and many more. Documents include periodicals (journals & newspapers), images, digitized books and other ephemera. Think primary documents.

You can search the Canadiana Discovery Portal here: http://search.canadiana.ca/?usrlang=en

Through this portal, you’re searching through all of Canadiana’s collections. You can change the interface to French and find French documents. You can also search each of Canadiana’s collections individually.

Canadiana has 4 main collections:

  • Early Canadiana Online (monographs, government documents, periodicals) related to law, literature, religion, education, women’s history and aboriginal history
  • Héritage: Microfilm from Library & Archives Canada, archival documents from individual fonds, focus on politics, arts, literature, military, aboriginal history, women’s history
  • Public Collections: Digital collections from partner libraries & universities, contains full periodicals, eBooks and other documents
  • Student Voice: An initiative of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries – online portal to growing historical collections from post-secondary students between 1945-2000

Check it out!

Natalie C


March 29, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Unesco on learning objectives for sustainable development

Unesco has released a new document titled Education for Sustainable Development  Goals: Learning Objectives  (ESD)

On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN, 2015) – there are 17 goals, see image below.

“ESD aims at developing competencies that empower individuals to reflect on their own actions, taking into account their current and future social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts, from a local and a global perspective. Individuals should also be empowered to act in complex situations in a sustainable manner, which may require them to strike out in new directions; and to participate in socio-political processes, moving their societies towards sustainable development.” (p. 7).

This resource discusses key competencies for sustainability (There is general agreement that sustainability citizens need to have certain key competencies that allow them to engage constructively and responsibly with today’s world.p. 10) and a series of objective to support the 17 goals.

Check it out! Rowan

Image below is from the SDG website http://en.unesco.org/sdgs 


March 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

UNESCO on education & substance use by adolescents

Unesco has released booklet 10 in the Good Policy and Practice in Health Education series titled Education Sector Responses to the Use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs.

From page 10 (executive summary): “This booklet provides the context and rationale for improved education sector responses to the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs among children and young people, with a focus on primary and secondary education sectors. It presents evidence-based and promising policies and practice, including practical examples from different regions that have been shown to be effective by scientific research. It also suggests issues for the education sector to consider in sustaining and scaling up effective approaches and programmes to tackle substance use.”

Check it out – you may find it particularly relevant with the fentanyl crisis across Canada, read the Globe and Mail article  Five things to know about fentanyl as Ontario moves to avert crisis (Jan 10 2017, Fred Lum)


March 28, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

voicEd.ca : internet radio station all about – you guessed it – education

voicEd.ca is thrilled to announce the creation of voicEd Radio—Canada’s first (we think) open, 24/7 internet-based radio station dedicated to education. It’s an adventure that not only allows for the sharing of education-related content from across the country and around the world, but it also allows any Canadian with something to contribute to create their own content, host a radio show or broadcast live from their school or community!”

“Our mission is to change the way we talk about education in Canada by opening up a multi-media space for vibrant, provocative conversation about the issues, challenges and opportunities that are coming to define us in the 21st century.”

Check it out! Rowan

March 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

People for Education response to Ministry’s Well-being strategy

On March 22, People for Education released a response [pdf] to the Ministry’s Well-Being Strategy.

From page 1: “The Ministry of Education’s Well-Being Strategy follows strategies developed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in identifying four domains of success: Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Emotional. Using the same framework goals within the Ministry and across the youth sector is an essential step in establishing coherence in Ontario’s goals and policies for youth, from early learning through post-secondary education. The Well-Being Strategy has also articulated some important core policy areas – for example, Healthy Schools – that have a central role to play in supporting conditions of wellness in relation to learning in schools.

While People for Education supports the broad strokes of this work, we recognize that there are significant challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges sit in three critical areas: 1. Policy confusion, redundancy, and competition 2. Specificity and definition 3. Measurement”

From page 4: …”we recommended that the Ministry use existing policy – in particular the Creating Pathways to Success policy, portfolios, and professional development – as a key anchor for the upcoming Well-Being Strategy. We also recommend that the Ministry develop consistent language and goals throughout its policies so that the links and interconnections are clear. For example, one consistent strategy could link the portfolios in Creating Pathways with the WellBeing Strategy and the Learning Skills and Work Habits on Ontario report cards.”

Check it out! Rowan

March 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

MediaSmarts: Talk Back! How to Take Action on Media Issues

MediaSmarts has created a new guide titled Talk Back! How to Take Action on Media Issues

“This guide will introduce parents to the organizations that oversee Canadian media, the codes of conduct that cover children and other important issues, and steps they can take to voice their concerns. Areas of discussion include: advertising rules, codes of conduct for television, rating systems for video games, music, and movies, and using social media to speak out to large organizations about issues.”

Check it out  – and the MediaSmarts site too – there are lots of resources on digital literacy for teachers – and parents too.


March 27, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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