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June 30th Professional Development Deadline

Jun 20, 2017 jjamison

Hello Educators, This is a reminder to register for COTA's Summer Institute by June 30th. Many of the sessions are starting to fill up. Everyone should fill out an online self-directed pd form even if you are attending the summer institute (June 30th Deadline). There have been cases where unforeseen circumstances prevented teachers from attending their sessions. Having a back up plan is prudent.…

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If We Really Want Students to Be Life-Long Learners, We Need to Empower Them to Own The Learning

Jun 20, 2017 jjamison
If We Really Want Students to Be Life-Long Learners, We Need to Empower Them to Own The Learning

We often talk about the need for students to become life-long learners but how do we make this a reality? How do we create that spark that leads to a thirst for learning? And how do we help students own the process? These are some of the ideas that A.J. Juliani and I explore in our upcoming book _Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning_. I'm getting super-stoked about it, but also nervous…

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Family: Bonds and Belonging resource from the Royal BC Museum

Jun 20, 2017 jjamison

Good afternoon, I would like to tell everyone about another project completed! After such a resounding success collaborating on Bamboo Shoots, OSBC joined forces yet again with the Royal BC Museum. Rumour has it that a year or two ago, someone from the Ministry of Education came up with the brilliant idea to develop educational resources for the RBCM’s upcoming exhibition: Family: Bonds and Belonging.…

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Combating fake news with critical literacy tools for the 21st century

Jun 20, 2017 jjamison
Combating fake news with critical literacy tools for the 21st century

by Ron Darvin Fake news has become a catch-all term for everything from hoaxes to conspiracy theories and junk science. Sadly, it has also become a term to refer to news that people just don’t want to hear or don’t agree with. In this “post-truth” world, it becomes easier for us to rely on what feels right, rather than to figure out what is right, and emotions rather than facts can shape public opinion. Simply…

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Here’s How to Empower Students While Also Hitting the Curriculum

Jun 15, 2017 jjamison

Student ownership sounds like a great idea but what about the curriculum? How do we teach all of the curriculum while also empowering students with voice and choice?  This entry is American and uses the term standards. We could exchange the word standards for content.  Making The Shift from Engaging Students to Empowering Learners   Learning Should Be Epic But it’s not just talk. I’ve seen…

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