One incredible challenge in being a leader of 21st Century leaning is how to approach the use of digital resources in classrooms. I believe that Alberta Education and many school jurisdictions are also struggling with this issue as well. Do we purchase and license resources? Do we try to collect suitable resources for teachers into repositories? Are online textbooks the answer? How do we manage the volume of resources available? These are just a few thoughts that I have in relation to this incredible challenge that is ahead of us.
The concept of Flipped or Inverted classrooms has been around for a number of years. Some universities have provided instruction in this format since 1996. With improvements in technology we have seen a resurgence of this idea starting in about 2004. It is a relatively new ideology that has a variety of methods to implement it into today’s classrooms. It relies on digital technologies to develop a blended instructional environment enabling students to access quality instructional resources 24/7.
Alberta Education has recently confirmed their Framework for Student Learning Document and graphic model have been approved by the Minister of Education. The document and the model are a framework for implementation of the new vision of education that emerged through the Inspiring Education and Setting the Direction initiatives. Continue reading
Rocky View Schools has a number of Superintendent Working Committees (SWC) that come together to work on important initiatives that emerge from our Three Year Plan (3YP). I have the pleasure of representing the Education Centre of three of these committees.
Alberta Education has spent a great deal of time and effort to engage the greater community in seeking feedback on how to change Alberta’s Education system. In 2008 they began one initiative, to examine the current delivery and supports for special education students within the province. They travelled the province asking stakeholders what was working with the current system and how we could make that system better. This initiatives led into the development of Action on Inclusion, which was one of the action agendas that was then rolled out through Inspiring Education – Inspiring Action. http://education.alberta.ca/department/ipr.aspx
As part of the Action on Inclusion initiative Alberta Education made a call for school jurisdictions to assist with the change through participating by becoming a Change Agent for Action on Inclusion. Continue reading