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The AMDSB Technology Learning Community was originally founded in 2013 to provide a collaborative learning space for members of the 2013-2014 TLLP team. Our TLLP, Blogs as Digital Portfolios, provided students with a balance of inquiry-based learning opportunities designed to improve student outcomes in AMDSB’s priority areas: Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:

Teachers in our Technology Learning Community (TLC) are learning how to design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning into high levels of achievement for students. The SAMR model is one of the tools we use to help us think about our own technology use, and the ways our students use technology as we continue to make shifts in the design and implementation of technology driven learning experiences. Students blogs, digital portfolios, and the AMDSB Technology Learning Community Blog are the tools we are using to:

– raise awareness
– start conversations
– find answers (to the students’ questions)
– join partners
– change minds
– make a difference
– take action
– drive change
– show growth over time
– document learning

Teacher Learning and Leadership Program for Experienced Teachers (TLLP), 2013-2014

In 2014-2015, our TLLP team expanded to include a 10 more teachers as we continued moving forward with our learning and implementation of blogging as pedagogy in our schools. By the end of the year over 300 teachers in the AMDSB joined us in our learning journey and are have now integrated blogging as a platform for learning to improve student achievement in literacy and maximize student outcomes in the areas of 6Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking & problem solving, citizenship, and character). The Technology Learning Community blog has become THE collaborative hub for blogging as pedagogy in the AMDSB, supporting hundreds of teachers during the stages of technology implementation, and throughout the process of learning new literacies.

By the end of the 2015-2016 school year, I anticipate that 85% of all K-8 teachers and students in the AMDSB will be using blogging as a platform for learning. We hope you will join our conversations and share your stories, reflections, favourite resources, and thoughts about teaching and learning with technology!

Leigh Cassell

The following AMDSB staff were members of the TLLP project teams between 2013-2015 and are recognized for all of their contributions to the AMDSB Technology Learning Community:

TLLP Team 2013-2014

Leigh Cassell (Project Author & Project Lead), Stephen
Jennifer Regier (Project Author & Project Lead), Seaforth
Danielle Mascolo, Anne Hathaway
Jennifer Yantzi, Avon
Jen Cook, Brookside
Becky Versteeg, Eastdale
Laura Stanley, Elma
Tracey Peters, Goderich
Shannon Hughes, Milverton

TLLP Team 2014-2015

Leigh Cassell (Project Author & Project Lead), Stephen
Jennifer Regier (Project Author & Project Lead), Seaforth
Danielle Mascolo, Anne Hathaway
Rosemary Halle, Anne Hathaway
Jennifer Yantzi, Avon
Susan Steven, Avon
Jen Cook, Brookside
Kim Liddle, Brookside
Becky Versteeg, Eastdale
Kerry Hill-Keil, Eastdale
Laura Stanley, Elma
Becky Dietrich, Elma
Tracey Peters, Goderich
Sherry Hodges, Goderich
Shannon Hughes, Milverton
Corey Hernden, Milverton