1 to 1 BYOD Parent Information Sessions

We are excited to be extending our 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative into the 2013/2014 school year. This initiative will continue to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) in the classroom to be used when it is the best tool for the learning activity. This 1-to-1 pilot began with our grade 9 and grade 4 classes; however, we are excited to expand this initiative to invite all of our students from grades 4-9 to participate.

Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will:

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