Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. Here’s what we hope to accomplish:
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Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts on the Draft documents so far. Your input if appreciated, and will ensure we have a Policy that empowers learners, but is mindful of the care required to raise responsible digital citizens. If you have not yet had an opportunity to contribute, please feel free to do so.
The evolving documents are publicly available here, so if there are others who you feel might be able to help, invite them to comment as well.
Please note a new addition to the sidebar: I have made Version 2 of the Draft Policy and Directives available for review and commentary. Please remember, that within Google Docs, you can add comments that apply to the entire document by clicking on the “Comments” button in the top right corner, or highlight specific passages and Right Click, to add comments about specific text within the document.
Great collaboration and work at Policy Meeting last week. Working on developing directives now to support our work.
What are some of the directives we need to be mindful of as we work to building this policy? Where the overarching policy is something that needs to have longevity, directives more specifically highlight the needs that exist given the current state of needs within our learning spaces.
Tonight’s meeting – June 13, 2012 starts at 5:00 pm for 21st Century Learning & Technology Policy Members. Our work tonight will involve beginning our collaboration using google docs on the DRAFT Policy.
I’ve added a link to the old Internet Use Agreement on the sidebar under HWDSB Documents for your perusal. Here’s a link: http://policy.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/files/2012/06/OLD-Internet-Use-Agreement-Form.pdf
The 21st Century Fluencies Team — in collaboration with the 21st Century Learning Advisory Committee — have created a strategy for creating the conditions for learning in HWDSB, in this digital age. The strategy highlights three pillars of implementation: Blended Learning (the combination of face-to-face and online learning) for all; eLearning in Secondary schools; and Learning Environments that enable these changes to occur.
The document references the International Society for Technology in Education’s Standards: http://www.iste.org/standards.aspx and makes commitments to ensure that students and staff use technology competently, ethically, and effectively, with equitable access for all. The Strategy can be found here and on the sidebar of this site under HWDSB Documents, and will be a guiding document in our work. The 21st Century Learning and Technology Policy should pave the way for these commitments to unfold, and ensure that we create a proper understanding of the HWDSB stance on ethical and responsible use of technology, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), creating authentic learning experiences, and what in means to be a respectful digital citizen. We need to ensure that our policy helps guide the discussion, implementation, and professional development around these types of questions:
- What does an engaging, real-world, authentic learning space look like?
- What does it mean to be a good digital citizen? Is it different than being a good citizen? What transferrable skills should be explicitly set out in order to ensure citizenship extends into digital spaces?
- Why are skills like critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication presented in a document concerning technology? How does technology change/leverage/enable instruction around these skills?
- What role does technology play in including parents and community as partners in learning at HWDSB?
The first part of HWDSB policy work involved creating a scoping report that was presented to Policy Working Sub-Committee and approved by HWDSB Committee of the Whole in March 2012.
This scoping report specifies the proposed Policy, how it meets HWDSB’s criteria, staff recommendations to Trustees and a summary plan for the development of the Draft Policy.
Please review the 21st Century Learning and Technology Scoping Report as this will assist us in setting the context for our learning and working together in the development of the Draft Policy – 21st Century Learning and Technology (working title).
Reflect on the questions below and share your comments.
How will our policy work support creating a digital-age learning culture for all staff and students?
How can this policy support creating learning conditions that are blended, instrumented and focused on the digital age.
What areas of further learning are needed for you or us to continue our policy work together?