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CEA: article on 21st Century Learning spaces (classrooms)

The Canadian Education Association has released a preview article (ahead of the Fall 2016 issue of Education Canada) titled 21st Century Learning, 20th Century Classroom by Zoe Branigan-Pipe co-facilitator in  Hamilton, ON.

Selected from the article:

“It’s time we thought about how our physical space, schedules and classroom make-up support or constrain the type of learning taking place.”

“How do we, as a system, begin to rethink school and classroom design in a way that meets the learning needs of all students and that allows for more exploration, more freedom of learning, more opportunity for self-driven inquiry?”

“In this article, I want to share how, despite some systemic barriers, teachers and schools can make small changes to their classroom set-up and routine.”

Read the article to discover how to make your classroom work by allowing for maker spaces, different subjects, quiets spaces, gathering spaces.

Check it out! Rowan


September 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

21st century competencies for Ontario students

Totally check-out this!

21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document for Discussion: Phase 1 Towards Defining 21st Century Competencies for Ontario (Winter 2016 edition) is a new 67-page Ministry document, available on EduGains 21st Century Learning site.

From pages 3-4:

The document comprises the following five sections:

  1. Introduction – The rationale for defining and supporting the development of 21st century competencies.
  2. Defining 21st Century Competencies – A high-level overview of the 21st century competencies that are most prominently featured in provincial, national, and international research and intellectual debate.
  3. The Ontario Context – A high-level overview of the work being done in Ontario to identify and define 21st century competencies in teaching and learning.
  4. Implications for Practice – A summary of the new learning partnerships and pedagogical and assessment practices that researchers identify as being required to support the development of 21st century competencies.
  5. Implications for Policy – An outline of key questions for consideration in determining policy related to the development of the competencies for the Ontario education system.

Page 56: The competencies listed on the next page support the development of learning in all subject areas, including foundational skills in literacy and numeracy, and apply to both the face-to-face and the online world.

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March 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

Hot topics for this school year: Personalized learning, coding, and sharing. @GoogleForEdu @adambellow

Submitted by Lauren M., one of our fabulous librarians:

Adam Bellow recently posted three hot topics in education for the 2015-2016 school year on the Google for Education blog.  Not surprisingly, the Professional Library has resource lists available to guide you to useful resources on each of these subjects!  These resource lists include books and journals available through the Professional Library to TDSB teachers, as well as internet resources available to anyone!

To access the resource lists, you’ll need to be signed in to your TDSB Google account.  Not sure how to sign in?  Click here: How to Access Your TDSB Google Drive.

The three topics Bellow identified are:

To read Andrew Bellow’s interesting and inspiring blog post, please visit:

Of course, these three topics may not be your hot topics for 2015-2016.  Contact us at to let us know what you’d like to know more about—we’re happy to make a custom resource list for you!

August 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

EduGains: 3 new videos supporting 21st century learning

From EduGains 21st Century Learning.Check ’em out.

New Video Resources21st Century Learning Highlights

From the Maker’s Club to the Classroom
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.

Cultivating a Learning Environment
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 make mistakes.”

Changing Practices
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.

Click on < Innovation in Action / Innovation Videos > in the left menu
on the 21st Century Learning home page.

July 10, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Technology for Deeper Learning

Further to Lauren’s post on new technologies …

Edugains,  21st Century,  has released a 2-page document titled  21st Century Teaching and Learning New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning What Research Tells Us…  which is all bout all about learning with technology and the importance of “… professional learning ought to provide educators with opportunities to develop the mindsets, knowledge and skills to meet the challenge of new pedagogies for deeper learning, and to contribute to the success of all students in Ontario” (p. 2).

Frankly I don’t think that there is anything rocket-science-y about this document, other than being a handy short summary of Ontario’s vision, some relevant research to support the vision, and a couple of references/ links to what other Boards are doing – well put like that it sounds like a lot. Lauren’s post refers to all the fabulous  resources on technology available from the Professional Library. If you’d like some information to get you going on using educational technology (Google, apps, gaming, coding, mobile devices or cell phones), please contact the Library at (416) 395-8289 or . And remember that the TDSB’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Department delivers major support, assistance, ideas, learning opportunities via their AW site at 

The one thing this article reminded me about was the Ontario’s Technology Learning Fund announced last September, see the Ministry or CODE for more info. The Ministry’s news release on the Technology Learning fund, says “Starting this school year, Ontario’s $150 million technology and learning fund will further enrich the classroom experience for students across the province. The fund will give kids more opportunities to become technologically savvy with tools, such as tablets, netbooks, cameras and software, while preparing them for success in the global economy.This investment will also strengthen professional learning for educators who will use technology and digital resources to enhance student engagement, learning and achievement.”

Things to check out!


June 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Parents are partners in 21st century learning

A couple of months ago , I brought to your attention a blog for parents hosted by the organization C21 Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation.

The American organization, Partnership  for 21st Century Learning, has created a web page for parents, and it includes a tip sheet titled Parents Guide for 21st Century Learning and Citizenship: Tips and Strategies for Families. It includes content under the following headings:

Make 21st century citizenship a topic of discussion at home

  • current news & events
  • community participation
  • make responsible digital practices together

Highlight your owns 21st Century Practices

  • be active in elections
  • discuss your own role in the community
  • share you priorities within the community
  • set an example for collaboration and compassion

Get hands-on with at-home and local activities

  • maps
  • world cultures
  • think globally, act locally
  • set expectations
  • use you knowledge (volunteer, mentor)

Support 21st century education at  your child’s school

  • get involved
  • make connections to after school activities
  • learn another language
  • create consistent digital policies
  • stay connected

Back in Canada, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has for some time made available a parent engagement tool kit and some of the topics  include:

  • BE A COACH: includes specific suggestions for providing at-home help for success at school
  • BE A MENTOR: includes suggestions for helping with homework and the supportive role parents can play
  • BE AN ADVOCATE: deals with parent-school communication and ideas for helping students present themselves well
  • STAY INFORMED: deals with reinforcing classroom learning at home
  • FITTING IT ALL IN: provides tips to help with at-home organization that supports success at school
  • THE TEENAGE YEARS: focuses on talking to your secondary school student about school and provides tips for raising responsible digital citizens

Check them out! They are all online resources.


May 29, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Report on Digital Learning

Speak Up is an initiative of Project Tomorrow, and an American nonprofit organization that examines digital learning in the education environment. They have released a report titled Digital learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students. At this link your will find the key finding (reproduced below), plus the full report, and couple  of infographics, press releases, etc. The report is based on a 2014 survey from 4 specific types of non-traditional school learning environments, that is from students immersed in daily digital learning:

  1. where laptops, tablets, Chromebooks are provided
  2. offer blended learning environments
  3. learning may be 100% online or virtual
  4. offer STEM academies, computer program.coding clubs

Key Findings from this year’s report include:

  • Whether driven by parental demands for increased personalization or higher goals for student achievement, many administrators are finding that blended learning environments hold great promise. In fact, 45 percent of district administrators in this year’s Speak Up surveys indicate that the implementation of blended learning models within their district was already yielding positive results.
  • Students in blended environments use technology more frequently than their peers in more traditional classroom settings. In addition to use in the classroom, these students are also more likely to self-direct their learning outside of school by tapping into mobile apps, finding online videos to help with homework, emailing their teachers with questions and posting content they create online for comment.
  • When students have access to technology as part of their learning,especially school-provided or enabled technology, their use of the digital tools and resources is deeper and more sophisticated.
  • The availability of online learning continues to increase with only 27 percent of high school principals reporting that they are not yet offering any online courses for students. Interest among students continues to grow, with 24% of high school students saying they wish they could take all their classes online – a large increase from 8% in 2013.
  • Almost three-quarters of students with school-provided devices as well as students with limited or non-existent technology access at school agreed that every student should be able to use a mobile device during the school day for learning.
  • Students connect the use of technology tools within learning to the development of college, career, and citizenship skills that will empower their future capabilities.
  • Digital experiences for students in a 100 percent virtual environment are much different than those in traditional schools. For instance,72 percent of high school students in virtual schools take online tests, compared with 58 percent of traditional students.
  • Students see the smartphone as the ideal device for communicating with teachers (46%) and classmates (72%) and for social media (64%).
  • A gender bias exists in STEM interest–middle school girls are 38% less likely and high school girls are 32% less likely than their male peers to say they are very interested in a STEM career.

Check it out! This is interesting in comparison to yesterday’s blog item on the impact of cell phone use lowering test scores (distraction).


May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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