Blowing the Doors Off! All-staff, All-student, School and Regional online collaboration in FirstClass. Michael Komljenovic, Russell Baker, Regan Heffernan & Jeff Catania Abbey Park High School, Halton District School Board Leading Learning 2006
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Blowing the Doors Off! All-staff, All-student, School and Regional online collaboration in FirstClass.
Michael Komljenovic, Russell Baker, Regan Heffernan & Jeff Catania
Abbey Park High School, Halton District School Board
Leading Learning 2006
Komljenovic’s Website- http://chatt.hdsb.ca/~komljenovicm
Komljenovic’s Blog- http://nlcommunities.com/communities/komljenovicm/
Abbey Park High School Website- http://aph.hdsb.ca/
Find out how one school has created an inclusive on-line learning community school-wide by bringing staff and students together with FirstClass. Our presentation will outline the processes and strategies used to blend the traditional face-to-face school with an on-line school to create a school learning environment that enhances communication, collaboration, and learning.
“The revolution is not about technology. The real revolution is about access to information and communication. It's not about the wires, it's about what flows through them." Alan November
Intranet Tools For Schools
How does having this technology available to us impact our teaching practice and the school's practice?
"The truth, as always, will be far stranger"
Arthur C. Clarke
What does it look like?
“Grok the Power” - tour of Abbey Park’s online student conferences
grok ( P ) (grõk)tr.v. Slanggrok·ked, grok·king, groks
To understand profoundly through intuition or empathy.
District-wide: whole district communicating and collaborating on-line
School-wide: whole school communicating and collaborating on-line
Class-wide: whole class communicating and collaborating on-line
Abbey Park High School Technology Umbrella
Building Capacity and Moving Forward
Building Awareness and Understanding - Action Plan
Abbey Park High School is an inclusive learning community celebrating student growth through the pursuit of excellence and lifelong learning.
Achievement: Celebrate achievement by maintaining high standards in a dynamic learning community which values respect for self and others.
Citizenship: Foster leadership, community participation, the appreciation of diversity and respect for the environment.
Collaboration: Commit to a shared responsibility for education involving students, parents, staff and community.
Moving Beyond a Communication Tool Toward a Learning Tool.
The Online Virtual Classroom (a.k.a. online class conference)
- tour of Abbey Park class conferences
"Good teachers never teach anything. What they do is create the conditions under which learning takes place." -S. I. Hayakawa
Online Learning Communities
"Intranets not only reflect, but shape the organizations in which they evolve. When individuals are entrusted with the capacity to create knowledge, the result is not only personal growth but an organizational vision promoting learning which emerges from all levels. The maxim 'Learn, Share, Collaborate' has been genuinely reflected in the core design principles of First Class since its genesis in the educational field. But now, organizations of all types can choose to become learning communities--with intranets as democracies rather than dictatorships."
Jeff Catania, eLearning co-ordinator, HDSB
Thanks to Jeff Catania and other Halton Visionaries for leading the way!
Tom Jenkins, Enterprise Content Management, Waterloo, ON, CA: Open Text Corporation, 2004
Alan November, Empowering Students with Technology, Glenview, IL: Pearson, 2001
Marc J. Rosenberg, E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001
Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, New York: Currency, 1990
www.firstclass.com -FirstClass communication platform
www.hdsb.ca - Halton District School Board