Leading Learning Through Technology
Leading Learning through Technology (formerly Round Table on Technology)
Advancements in information and communication technologies (ICT) are transforming classrooms everywhere. The challenge is to make sure school administrators, teachers and students reap the greatest benefits from technology in the classrooms of the 21st
Leading Learning through Technology - LLT
(formerly Round Table on Technology) is a dynamic community of private and public sector partners, established in 2008, who share a common vision for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education. Through presentations from industry experts, education practitioners and policy developers, LLT provides a knowledge exchange forum where participants share best practices with colleagues from other school boards, technology experts and private sector ICT businesses to learn how best to optimize the use of technology in schools.
Learning from the private sector and sharing best practices and research has
made the Leading Learning through Technology a go-to event for over 10 years. The half-day sessions provide a venue to hear about board ICT policy development, strategic planning and successful student based initiatives.
Benefits of Leading Learning Through Technology Program
We engage 90 corporate, education, government, labour and not-for-profit members by hosting four events per year
to discuss specific Information and Communication Technologies issues in education. Mini-Summits engage educationprofessionals about topics such as Online Social Networking, Online Communities for Professional Development, and case studiesof effective uses of ICT for learning and teaching. For boards that are members, there will be opportunities to build ICT networks in other provinces as well as following ICT initiatives in the United States.
How Does Leading Learning Through Technology Program Work?
There are two levels of participation.
Includes all educators, businesses, non-profit
organizations that are involved in using ICT as a teaching tool to enhance teaching and learning for students. There are three events, which include two half-day meetings and a full day mini summit. There is a registration fee for each event and can be completed online.
Includes all those who have become a member of Leading Learning through Technology. There is a board member fee as well as a corporate member fee. The LLT members are entitled to the following:
- Priority registration at no cost for the half-day October for up to 25 participants
- Priority registration at no cost for the half-day November for up to 25 participants
- Priority registration at no cost for the full-day May
- Personal invitation for the December 10, 2013 Phi Delta Kappa lecture series at York University on 21st Century Education in Public Education
- Exclusive participation, for sponsor boards only, to the series of webinars entitled “ICT – A Look at the Impact of Implementation Across North America for Public Education”. This year will be bringing Alberta, British Columbia and Texas educators to share their ICT initiatives
- The board/corporate logo will be placed on the LLT home page and program materials
Moderators for the event have included senior executives from various national and international ICT innovators. Last year, Willa Black, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Cisco Canada was the moderator for the May mini-summit.
LLT Recognizing Excellence - Exemplary Practices
This year, we were pleased to initiate our Recognizing Excellence program that highlights exemplary practices whereeducators are engaging and inspiring students through the meaningful integration of technology into curriculum delivery and other classroom practices.
Certificates were awarded to the following innovative educators at our spring Mini-Summit:
, Donald Cousens Public School, York Region District School Board
Jeff Demacio embodies lifelong learning and innovation and is a fantastic role model for students and staff. He considers himself an ‘explorer of useful technologies’ for learning because he sees the power of 21st Century literacies to engage and advance student learning. Finding ways for his students to apply what they are learning to real-life is top of mind when Jeff plans, instructs and assesses. Jeff is a master of leveraging emerging technologies to transform traditional tasks so they are more meaningful and relevant to his students.
Examples of some of Jeff’s projects include:
- All About Me - students completed Multiple Intelligence surveys and learned about SMART goal setting toestablish an academic and personal SMART goal for the term
- The All-Time Favourite Lists - students identified things they liked in the world, and created, posted, and presented one minute introductions to the website and class using a free online avatar creator tool called, VOKI
- Personal Life - students produced movie trailers and print/digital posters, then using the Aurasma Augmented Reality app, were able to see their videos playing in augmented reality on the page via any iOS or Android device
, Assistive Technology Central Coordinator – Special Education Department, Toronto District School Board and her team
The TDSB Assistive Technology Team is a coordinated, multidisciplinary team supporting the needs of schools with assistive technology.
The Special Education Assistive Technology Team has taken a strategic, exemplary approach to the Ontario Ministry ofEducation Special Equipment Amount (SEA) funding. In addition to providing the required equipment and standard raining, this team has developed a professional learning offering that extends over 600 unique Board-wide learning opportunities. Working from the ideology that “what is essential for some, is beneficial for all” they have innovated a sustainable model to increase student engagement and achievement using assistive technology.
This approach has seen traditional assistive technology
like text Help Read and Write Gold become integrated as education software that is available for all teachers and students in the TDSB on-site and at home. It is now also being widely used when students are writing EQAO. With respect to the EQAO, TDSB reports that for students with exceptionalities, there is a trend that shows a decrease in exemptions and the number of students who are accessing assistive technology as an accommodation has increased through EQAO pilot.
The Learning Partnership’s Leading Learning through Technology is delighted to recognize innovative educators. Congratulations!
For more information about any of the levels of participation please contact:
Director of Technology Strategy
Phone: 416 440 5123