21st Century Learning Strategy

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?