About a year and half ago the Education Technology Initiative was evaluated and and based on the feedback from stakeholders, teachers, students and administrators a new direction for Grand Erie Technology was set in motion. Purposely we have moved away from large centrallized training which we heard loud and clear was not allowing teachers time to digest the information and increased anxiety about putting the learning into practice.
Now we see school based projects, demonstration classrooms, afterschool workshops (streamed and recorded), Student Crews, and Digital Lead Learners. Together these various forms of professional development are helping teachers learn the technology tools and incorporate them seamlessly into the learning in the classroom.
The glue that holds this all together are the 6 Global Competencies that are we adopted from the draft version of the Ministry’s discussion document on 21st Century Competencies.
What this means is to our Education Technology Team is that we filter our work we do through the 6 21st Century Compentencies:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Innovation Creation and Entrepreneurship
- Learning to Learn, Self Aware and Self Directed Learning
- Global Citizenship
I invite you to look at the Ministry Document on 21st Century Competencies and I will try to hilight these in my future posts here on Growing Excellence Inspiring Success.