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An online community for previous TLLP participants  to continue to share their learning and leadership with colleagues.

Une communauté en ligne permettant aux participants d’anciens projets PALPE de continuer à partager leur apprentissage et  leadership avec des collègues. 

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TLLP – Provincial Knowledge Exchange / PALPE – Échange provincial des connaissances

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Science Quest Summit

Started by Fouada Hamzeh Apr 4, 2016. 0 Replies

Exchanging and Mobilizing knowledge among educators can be powerful. However, what's more powerful is involving the students in the knowledge exchange. Students are the vehicles for change, and when…Continue

2014-15 PKE Application: BARN

Started by Cathy Griffin. Last reply by Derrick Schellenberg Sep 6, 2014. 1 Reply

I'm very excited about our PKE application for this year!  Last year Liz Campbell and I, with consultant Jackie Delong, started the Bluewater Action Research Network as a way to spread an…Continue

Sites created by present and past TLLP Participants

Started by Armand Gagné Jun 26, 2012. 0 Replies

140 VoicesThe 140 Voices project was co-developed by Rodd Lucier and Zoe Branigan-Pipe, who are working to bring co-learners to life through a…Continue

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Comment by Maureen Asselin on June 30, 2015 at 9:07pm

IMPACT OF TLLP-PKE Maureen Asselin (HCDSB) Learning and teaching in the 21st century Collaborative Inquiry We have added teachers from our four regions to include all teachers that are interested in digital citizenship using blended learning in their classroom. In my 2014-2015 PKE-TLLP group we focused on the following: Where the learner is going? Where the learner is now? What does the learner need to get there? We followed George Couros statement of: "How do we move from POCKETS OF CHANGE to a CULTURE OF CHANGE?” We see ourselves as learning out-loud along-side each other and our students. At our meeting in June to wrap up this year’s PKE-TLLP, we had in our own HCDSB IT Specialist who happens to also be an OCT member, Matt Kovacs. He spent the morning teaching us all things Google & GAFE. This summer I will be aiming to figure out how to blend the Ministry of Education D2L platform for blended learning with Google classroom and Google Apps for Education. We are moving forward with students becoming digital leaders, using inquiry and finding out what is best on how to move them forward to be successful with whichever tool the student needs to use to be successful. Some of our learning goals and outcomes: • We have shared effectiveness of collaborative learning models. • We have promoted opportunities for learning about 21st century by attending and presenting at OTRK-12 and at CONNECT2015. • We have promoted successful work of teams within our schools and across our 4 regions. • We shared what didn’t work as well as what did work! - We helped others to learn from our mistakes AND not be afraid of making their own. • Some recommendations about engaging in the work and what professional learning is available to support learning and development for our students and ourselves? • It’s not just about the technology- tech facilitated our learning-shift from content teacher to facilitator and student-led inquiry and teacher led PD. • Help educators/teachers to duplicate our work in their own context/classroom and school communities. Susan Brady TLLP Cohort alumni 2013-2014 writes on June 22, 2015 -PKE project has been incredible professional development. It is great being able to network with other teachers in other schools to share ideas and best practices. Being able to attend the Connect 2015 tech conference has also changed my teaching practice. I saw many 21st Century school clips from the state and noticed all the different seating options. 21st Century Learning is about choice and being able to choose the best tools for learning. I am looking to provide alternative work spaces to appeal to different learning styles and begin teaching in a blended learning environment. We are hoping to extend our PKE-TLLP however with a twist bringing together 21st Century digital citizenship to becoming 21st century digital leaders in the classroom and beyond.We attended OTRK-12 and Connect 2015. The team found these experiences to be transformative for them and their practices in their classrooms. We gave time to our PKE-TLLP team to lead and organize around sharing technology and education strategies being used in their classroom, revising lessons with technology, inquiry and student engagement in mind, giving people time to prepare for next school year. We had HCDSB teachers from across our four regions come together to explore, share, create and collaborate together. One of the key findings/learning was that the sharing and the leadership opportunities were given to all of the team. This day was a chance for all team members to share their learning out loud. Everyone got a chance to see some great technology being used in the classroom including: GAFE, Google Drive, Presentations, Documents, Forms, Drawings, Google Sites, Google Classroom, Kahoot, Padlet, and D2L. Overall, an excellent way to end the year! 

Comment by Derrick Schellenberg on March 6, 2015 at 2:04pm

Our PKE @ Mulock is going with teachers seeking and developing PD in a number of ways.  Instead of focusing on one department or one idea (the flipped classroom) we are focusing our Provincial Knowledge Exchange on pushing the entire staff forward in our collective blended learning/BYOD program.

Some of what we are offering include allowing departments to engage in small group collaborative inquiry, combining subject related technology with their practice.  We have people attending subject and/or technology related conferences, such as ISTE, Connect 2015, etc.  Lastly, we are offering targeted PD, organized into small groups (ten teachers at a time) releasing them for a day, and having the three PKE facilitators deliver PD from 8:00 am till 2:45 (all five periods) across Google Drive, all Google Apps for Education and ending with the indispensable Doctopus add-on script (ideal if you are pondering going paperless).  First session went so well we are thinking about both offering consolidation sessions to reinforce and apply the learning and are seeking possibilities both outside of our school within our board (YRDSB) and outside our board.

Let us know if you are interested in having us visit to share learning around Google Apps for Education.

Comment by Nicole Leger on February 8, 2015 at 6:50pm

I meant to post this way back in October, but life got busy and I forgot!  Oh well, better late than never, right?!  

In the fall of 2013-2014 we received a grant from TLLP to conduct a small case study that would measure the effectiveness of iPads (used as learning tools) with students with severe autism who were not accessing the Ontario Curriculum. When the project was over, I sought out ways of sharing what we learned.  You can read more about the project here.
We had the honour of participating in the Research Poster Reception held at the Geneva Symposium for Autism in October 2014.  The Geneva Symposium is a pre-eminent international conference on autism, bringing together professionals, educators, parents and researchers from around the world, and focusing on the leading research and clinical practices in the field of autism.

During the reception, we had several people stop to discuss our project and our classroom, including teachers, parents, ABA Therapists, and Psychologists.  Most of them requested the resource documents that we created and a few expressed an interest in coming to visit our classroom.  But the highlight of the reception was when Temple Grandin stopped to read our poster.  Temple Grandin is one of the most famous people with Autism and has written many books and lectures on her experiences of having Autism.  We also had the opportunity to give her the article we wrote about our project and hear her speak the next day.  We were shocked when she mentioned our project during her talk, citing the importance of using technology with students with ASD, but not replacing teachers with that technology, which one of the main themes of our project.
Comment by Derrick Schellenberg on April 7, 2014 at 8:14pm

Definitely Maureen.  I went back to our team and it was a unanimous yes to keep the learning and sharing going.  Hope the last few months of the TLLP go well for you; the year has gone by so fast.

Comment by Maureen Asselin on April 7, 2014 at 6:55pm
Thanks for all the information on the PKE. I will look into PKE for us in HCDSB. Derrick and Angela, it was great to meet you both. I know you are secondary and we are elementary-however maybe we could continue to share throughout the PKE. So many possibilities seem to abound.
Comment by Derrick Schellenberg on March 31, 2014 at 11:43am

Thanks so much, Jim.  I will definitely email you as we nail down some of the details.  Cheers, Derrick

Comment by Jim Strachan on March 31, 2014 at 10:54am

Great to meet you and Angela last week Derrick!

The intent of the PKE is to provide a venue for boards to tap in to the great work you've done in your TLLP. Implementation would be a collaborative process - and we are able to support both your release time and the release time of the PKE participants themselves.

An idea for the spring may be to connect with your Supt responsible for TLLP and indicate interest in continuing and expanding the sharing. And yes the applications would be available in the fall.  

Feel free to email me as you move forward and I can (hopefully) assist -- All the best!


Comment by Derrick Schellenberg on March 31, 2014 at 10:47am


Great to have a chance to meet you, Jim and Louise, last week at TVO.  One of the first things we wrote down at the meeting was PKE, and were very intrigued to hear about it at the meeting and meet some people engaged in extending their sharing.  

I've looked at the documents provided and the process for the next application appears to be starting up in September of 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.  

I am curious as to whether TLLP teams control the process and application, or if this has to be incited from the board.  Obviously the people engaged and the board (YRDSB, in our case) have to be on the same page, but who drives the project in terms of getting the ball rolling and making choices about how the sharing happens.

Not yet done the TLLP, but excited by the prospects of continuing the learning and sharing.



Comment by Louise Robitaille on May 15, 2013 at 10:18pm
We've been working on a PKE...and it's been a great experience.
Comment by Jim Strachan on December 12, 2012 at 8:17am

Thanks for the "shout out" in your blog Louise - I'm going to forward this to Paul Anthony so he can see first hand the impact of PKE!

All the best!



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