Waterloo Region School District

Team Members: Rick Budding, Rose Marie Davis, Ann Ford, Shari Nicholas, Rebecca Rouse

Community: Canadian Year 1, 2010-2011

The teacher-librarians in WRDSB have been moving towards implementing the new library guideline document Together for Learning. “A Learning Commons [presents] exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher-librarians and students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn.” (OSLA. Together for Learning, 2010) This PD event is designed to provide teacher-librarians with an opportunity to explore 21st century technologies in the context of their own personal learning and the use of these technologies in the library learning commons.

Question: Is a technology-infused, personally-driven, open-space PD opportunity an effective model for bringing about change in using 21st century technologies in meaningful ways for personal learning and teaching?

Objectives:

Teacher-librarians will have different comfort levels in using these technologies so our objective is to help them move forward from their starting points.

 By increasing the skills and comfort level of teacher-librarians in using technologies in their own personal learning, they will ultimately be able to make greater use of technologies in embedded/transformative ways in their their daily practice. 

Teacher-librarians will also explore the role these technologies play in developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN). 
Participants will come away knowing that they are part of a collaborative community of WRDSB educators who can support each other in their learning.

Assessment: Our goal is to see teacher-librarians making effective use of new technologies in their personal learning and daily practice. Teacher-librarians will be encouraged to reflect on transformative changes in their practice following the PD session and over time. Our assessments will look at how well our model of PD accomplishes the goal of bringing about change in using new technologies in meaningful ways.

Follow-up will include a self-assessment survey asking about the effectiveness of the PD model in increasing participants’ comfort level in using 21century technologies, motivating them to incorporate new technologies into their personal learning or practice helping them make connections as part of a PLC.

– Pre-Event Survey — Feb. 29 – Mar. 3, 2011

– Communication with participants and facilitators — March and April 2011

– PD Event: “Own Your Learning” — April 11, 2011

– Quick post event survey — April 11, 2011

– Reflective post event survey — May 6, 2011

– PLP Action Research Showcase — May 20, 2011

– Pre-Event Survey — Feb. 29 – Mar. 3, 2011

– Communication with participants and facilitators — March and April 2011

– PD Event: “Own Your Learning” — April 11, 2011

– Quick post event survey — April 11, 2011

– Reflective post event survey — May 6, 2011

– PLP Action Research Showcase — May 20, 2011

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.
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