Have You Googled Yourself?

I really enjoyed the School Council meeting and parent workshop last night. It was great to see a strong attendance of people invested in our students’ education. I really appreciated George Couros, PSD Division Principal’s presentation on Digital Identity. It was an awesome time of learning and discussion that challenged us about the importance of understanding who you are online. When you google yourself, what do you find?

Your digital identity can open doors of opportunity for our students (just ask Justin Bieber) and just as quickly close them. The opportunity for learning, connecting, collaborating through technology is phenomenal.  It provides real life, learning experiences with an authentic audience (just ask our students who Face Timed with students in Tanzania). It can be a source of motivation, encouragement, inspiration, and creativity that fosters innovation. The flip side… it can be a source to air your “dirty laundry”. It can represent and showcase the best of who you are… or give a misguided, negative perception to others. Google IS the new business card.

The challenge for us as parents is to learn alongside our children. Continue reading

Technology Innovation Plan

We are very excited about this Google Apps and student e-portfolio initiative that will empower students to increase collaboration, develop technology and digital citizenship skills, and demonstrate and showcase their learning through creating personal learning e-portfolios. You can read in detail about the initiative below; however, we just wanted to qualify that this plan will be implemented in stages. We wanted to take the opportunity to make you aware of this project; however, prior to your child participating in this, you will recieve a paper copy explaining the initiative and letting you know that your child will be starting to create their own e-portfolio.

The Vision of Muir Lake School and Parkland School Division

Our students use technology to learn. Technology is essential to facilitate the creative problem solving, information fluency, critical thinking skills, and collaboration that we see in today’s world. While we want our students to be active contributors in our connected world, we also want them to be safe, legal, and responsible.

About The Parkland School Division Initiative

Based on the idea of “Collaborate. Create. Learn.” as created by the Future Planning Team, and the Alberta Education Competency Wheel, we believe it will be extremely beneficial to Parkland School Division to look at moving towards creating digital portfolios for all students. Continue reading