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    jarbenne 9:55 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ll be archiving this site shortly. The policy is completed, and can now be found on the board website.

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    jarbenne 11:02 am on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Tonight’s Agenda 

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. Here’s what we hope to accomplish:

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    jarbenne 8:02 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    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.

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    jarbenne 1:38 pm on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    An Update, & Available Documents for Review & Commentary 

    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.

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    jarbenne 10:51 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Policy Directives 

    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.

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      bsmith 10:58 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps some consideration/direction needs to be explicit around content – specifically – what is appropriate? i.e. we have YouTube open – but are all aspects/all content on YouTube appropriate to learning?

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      tro 11:02 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      PIM, ethical/responsible use of online/social networks, more widely/specific consent form for photo/video/audio/text of students and their learning. Board provisioned tools vs. commercial tools.

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      bsmith 11:02 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      We need direction around misuse of digital items – either the tools themselves or the medium upon which information is relayed (e.g. facebook, twitter, etc). Many students have been emotionally destroyed by cyber-bullying and the safety of schools have been compromised by instantaneous dissemination of rumours and innuendo through social media. A difficult journey to imagine an appropriate directive to address this matter – however, one that empowers the use of virtual communication and learning with clear understandings around responsibility (and, dare I say, consequences) for misuse in the face of learning Digital Citizenship.

    • Carolyn 11:03 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Mike’s points re: personal devices – BYOD

      elementary / secondary / staff /

      Transparency re: processes / directives – open to parents / community to help build parental engagement in student learning (thinking of the challenges here in parental engagement at secondary)

      Acknowledgement of different learning styles (and comfort level) for both students and staff (and parents) – (ie – Beliefs and Guiding Principles – reads now “Today’s learners choose to learn, live, collaborate and network in a digital world” – but do all learners (students / staff / parents) choose to learn in a digital world?)

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    jarbenne 4:41 pm on June 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve added a link to the old Internet Use Agreement on the sidebar under HWDSB Documents for your perusal. Here’s a link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/hwdsbcommons/wp-content/uploads/sites/1628/2016/05/OLD-Internet-Use-Agreement-Form.pdf

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    jarbenne 12:42 pm on May 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    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?
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    jarbenne 1:01 pm on May 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Tasks to Complete 

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    jarbenne 11:33 am on May 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Setting the Context 

    This link should help set the context for our work together. Please watch the video, consult the questions, and respond by adding comments in the answer fields below each question on the site. Further reflections can be included by clicking on the “Reply” button on this site to add comments below.


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