Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Get Your Summer On!

Woooohooo! It’s almost summertime.

It’s been a great year at 2Learn.ca. Just last week we finished up our Google Apps for Education Trainer certifications and we are all now ready for some summer sunshine. On a related note, we’d like to share our Enjoy Summer page with great ideas for spending your summer in Alberta.  There are links to parks and attractions around the province as well as ideas for getting active.  Maybe this is the summer that you start geocaching? diversify your campfire snack repertoire?  If you don’t remember the rules to Kick the Can, this is the place for you.

Although summer is the next item on our to-do list, we are already excited about the 2014-2015 school year. We’ve got visits planned with several school districts around the province, work with the Learning and Technology Policy Framework, Google Education training, and a Google+ Book study (which will be open to the public) already lined up for next year….and a lot more. We wish you all the very best this summer and look forward to working with you next year!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Alberta Adobe Master Teachers

In 2014, there is no shortage of great technology tools available for teachers and students (Microsoft, Google and Apple for example). The Alberta Adobe Master Teachers group, representing many jurisdictions across the province, is working to make the most of one of those technology suites. Alberta Education and Adobe have made an agreement to put Adobe software in schools from May 2012 to May 2015.  The agreement offers several configurations but most schools have put the Digital School Collection into K-6 environments and the CS6 / Creative Cloud Master Collection in 7-12 grades. With this arrangement comes take-home rights for teachers, which has generated more interest in how best to teach (and learn) with these Adobe products.

In May 2012, 35 Alberta teachers who use Adobe Creative Suite products joined forces in a community of practice professional learning model, allowing the group to meet online to share classroom success stories, division-wide technology plans and professional learning activities.

Based on Inspiring Education and the Ministerial Order, the AAMT group has three objectives:
  1. to increase technical competency in the use of digital media tools;
  2. to improve pedagogical practice in alignment with the Ministerial Order on Student Learning; and
  3. to support colleagues in the effective use of digital media tools.

In the autumn of 2013, 25 more teachers joined, bringing the group to 60. The group meets bi-weekly in an online venue to share ongoing projects, to discuss pedagogy and technique, and to plan professional learning activities. In addition, the group meets in person three times per year. Past meetings have included Adobe-sponsored guest speakers who have provided training on specific Adobe products such as InDesign, Acrobat, and Photoshop. When the group met in May, they used a Carousel Professional Development model in which the group provided its own learning, utilizing the expertise of its members. The group is meeting again in August to learn more about certification options for themselves and their students.

For more information about the Alberta Adobe Master Teachers group, check out this video showing the powerful impact that Adobe Master Teachers have on their students and colleagues. http://youtu.be/sWi3TbAP8cQ.