TeachOntario is an award-winning online community to support sharing, collaboration and knowledge exchange amongst educators across Ontario.
TeachOntario was created by TVO, in partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), its Affiliates and the Ministry of Education (EDU), and in consultation with teachers from a variety of districts across the province.
A unique destination for teachers created “For Ontario’s Educators, By Ontario’s Educators," TeachOntario's purpose is to serve and celebrate Ontario educators for the broader benefit of Ontario’s students.
TeachOntario offers the unique opportunity to:
- Support teacher professional learning
- Foster teacher leadership
- Facilitate the sharing of exemplary practices with others
Ontario educators with a Board of Education email address can register and log in to follow other educators, create blogs, discussions, documents, upload pictures, videos and files and start groups based on subject matter, grade or interest.
In the summer of 2014, TeachOntario started as a prototype with 20 elementary and secondary teachers who were part of the Teaching Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP). Over the 2014-2015 school year, our online community expanded through word of mouth. Educators started sharing content and ideas in groups, and TVO made changes to the platform as per your feedback. As the prototype grew to a formal pilot last year, activities and features on TeachOntario expanded to include TeachOntario Talks, book clubs and professional learning opportunities.
In February 2016, TeachOntario was awarded the platinum 2015 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in public policy and management. From Windsor to Moosonee, Red Rock to Ottawa, and all points in between, TVO embraced the opportunity to connect and learn alongside educators across the province in this shared achievement. TeachOntario thrives on the courageous leadership fostered by educators exploring, sharing exemplary teaching and learning practices, and co-constructing innovative projects that educators contribute to daily. The first of its kind, this innovative approach to professional learning is central to TeachOntario's growth and evolution.
On March 31, 2016, TeachOntario launched at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in the Halton CDSB. Present at the launch were Hon. Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, OTF President Francine LeBlanc-Lebel, and executive staff from TVO and the HCDSB. Presentations and a tour of TeachOntario was led by your colleagues Maureen Asselin and Daniel Rolo, and their students.
In February 2017, TeachOntario received the 2016 Ontario School Library Association OSLA Award for Special Achievement. Presented at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference, the OSLA Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have provided significant support to teacher-librarians, and school library information centre development, in Ontario.
TeachOntario consists of three key spaces:
Explore is a publicly accessible space that celebrates the exemplary work of Ontario educators while serving Ontario’s educators and partners. The space includes Ministry Resources, Research regarding provincial, national and international education and Digital Resources for teachers and parents. The Explore space also includes Teacher Blogs, TeachOntario's e-Book, Learning Out Loud, which was co-constructed by educators across the province, and TeachOntario Talks, which are multimedia blogs profiling and celebrating exemplary teaching and learning practices. The Explore space is also the starting point for several professional learning resources for educators including the Professional Learning Series webinars and videos, Mentoring for All, and Building Futures.
Share is a space is for all educators registered on TeachOntario. It offers two possibilities for sharing knowledge. There are educator-created groups focused on learning such as Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK), 21st Century Learning and Teaching, Inquiry-Based Learning, Digital Literacy in the Classroom, Blogging, and Mathematics Instructional Strategies for Student Success. There are also engaging discussions focused on professional learning and the latest innovations in teaching.
Create is a space also for all educators registered on TeachOntario. It's where to find formal and informal teacher-initiated projects and collaborations. There are cutting-edge projects by educators in the Teacher Learning & Leaders Program, the Provincial Knowledge Exchange. The Create section is also where innovative educators collaborate on projects with others in the TeachOntario community. Finally, the Ontario School Library Association partnered with TeachOntario to run its robust online book club.
TeachOntario Fast Facts:
- TeachOntario provides a tremendous opportunity to promote professional learning, foster teacher leadership, and facilitate the sharing of exemplary practices with others for the broader benefit of Ontario's students
- Educators are registering from right across the province, including the English Public, English Catholic and French Language sectors
- Educators have created over 200 Groups in which they are sharing and collaborating. Inquiry-Based Learning, Blogging, iPad Apps, Google Apps for Education, and Supporting Mathematics are samples of these types of groups
- Educators are engaging in professional dialogue by talking, tweeting and blogging, uploading files, and posting video, images, and messages
Quick Links to Resources to Share TVO Digital Education Products with Your Colleagues
Brochure for TVO's Digital Learning Products
TVO's innovative educational products provide Ontario teachers and students with the digital tools, programs, and resources they need to succeed.
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TeachOntario is an award-winning online community to support sharing, collaboration and knowledge exchange among educators across Ontario.
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Currently in development, mPower is a K-6 online math game designed for Ontario students. The new K-2 release was released August 29, 2016. TVO is still looking for pilot teachers. Click here to join the pilot. And click here for the mPower community in TeachOntario.
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TVO's Homework Help
Homework Help provides FREE, live one-on-one tutoring from Ontario teachers for math students in Grades 7 to 10. Open Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 – 9:30 PM, ET.
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The ILC is Ontario’s designated provider of distance education and the province’s largest high school! ILC offers credit courses through distance education in French and English for individuals looking to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma or upgrade their credentials.
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Click here for GED information document from the ILC.
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