Discussion Corner … School Council & Parent Workshop Recap: February 11, 2013

School Council Meeting

It was GREAT to see some new faces at last night’s School Council Meeting!  Parents … you are always welcome at School Council.

The Muir Lake Community School Foundation is delighted to have some new people join their executive. Thank you Paige Reiten, Theresa Sokulski and Fiona Majeau for your willingness to serve in this capacity!

Thank you to Felicia Ochs, Parkland’s Youth Resiliency Coordinator, for stopping by to give us a glimpse of the “Healthy Initiatives” in Parkland School Division.  Thank you to Muir Lake’s Health Champions: Lynn Wagner and Cameron Leavens.  Our focus at Muir Lake School is to increase physical activity at recess and to promote healthy eating. Thanks to our Hot Lunch ladies for your role in ensuring that our students are getting milk, fresh fruit and veggies!

Below is our Admin Presentation that was presented at School Council.  We encourage you to check it out if you missed it.

Parent Workshop: Hands On With Google Drive

Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the Parent Workshop following our School Council Meeting.  It was a “hands on” learning opportunity which was fun and relevant.

As I reflect on our time together, I wanted to say how much I appreciated the conversations and dialogue around technology and how it is impacting the learning of our students.

Utilizing technology is definitely transforming the way in which our students are being educated. It’s a “paradigm shift” for all of us who did not grow up immersed in technology.  Our teachers are now “facilitators” and guides of students’ learning … rather than only being an expert deliverer of information. It’s a challenging shift, but a necessary one as we, parents and teachers, continue to strive to provide the best possible learning for our students and open the doors for every opportunity in their present and future.  It’s exciting to have teachers, support staff, students and parents learning together on this technology journey!

We encourage you to make comments on this post … and share your thoughts and insight on the role of technology in students’ learning.  If you were are at the Parent Workshop, please feel free to share your “take away” from the excellent conversations we had last night.

Below is the outline of our Parent Workshop.  Feel free to check it out and try and some of the activities.

Click the link to view the Parent Workshop: Hands On With Google Drive outline in Google Docs.  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