Monthly Archives: February 2016

Teachers Get your PD at home

OTF connects you to online learning of current teaching ideas from practicing classroom teachers through their Learning Connects.

If you have missed past webinars and resources visit their Archive. You will have to have the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher downloaded  on your computer to replay the webinars that are available. You will  be prompted to do so when you click on the link for webinars. Some webinars and resources are accessible for all teachers, not just Ontario teachers. A great resource for your Professional Development.

Created for teachers by teachers, OTF Connects webinars address a wide variety of topics across grade levels. Our easy-to-use webinar technology provides you and your colleagues with free, effective PD accessible from home or your mobile device. Join colleagues from across the province to learn and share together. OTF Connects adds new webinars regularly – please keep checking the calendar for new sessions.


Feb. 29

Moving Forward with OTF Planboard

Andrew Bieronski

Mar. 1

Gamifying Formative Assessment With Knowledgehook Gameshow

Kyle Pearce

Mar. 2

The Re-imagined School: Digitally-enhanced learning

Garfield Gini-Newman

Mar. 7

The Problem Of “Time”

Aviva Dunsinger

Mar. 8

Drawing Kids into Mathematics: Using Turtle Art and Scratch (K-8)

Peter Skillen & Brenda Sherry

Mar. 9

Thinking Like a Mathematician (Gr. 4-8)

Maria Vamvalis, TC2

Mar. 10

Making Space for the Makerspace Movement in Your Classroom/Learning Commons

Mary-Kay Goindi

Mar. 21

Growth Mindset in Mathematics (K-8)

Crystal Lake

Mar. 22

The Paperless Classroom

Andrew Bieronski

Mar. 23

Math?! Where do I begin?  Part 2: Assessment (Jr.)

Cathy Griffin

Mar. 24

Engaging Students through Environmental Filmmaking

Alessandra Cannito

Mar. 29

Using Assessment Tools to Document Learning

Becky Kennedy

Mar. 30

Creating a Thinking Math Classroom – Part 1 (Gr. 7-10)

Laura Gini-Newman,TC2

Mar. 31

Redefining the Math Classroom with Technology Part 2 – Plan, Teach and Assess Using Web 2.0 Tools (Jr./Int.)

Sandra Chow

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Teachers are very familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy. This Common Sense Media video explains its revision over time and the adaptation of the technology to include technology resources to transform their learning opportunities.

Are you integrating technology effectively in your classroom?

Watch this short video that explains the SAMR Model. You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom. Is it an act of Substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or Redefinition?

You then can easily adapt your current learning activities to a more transformational use of technology to promote higher-order thinking skills for your students.

Teachers are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy from their training. Dr. Puentedura compares Bloom’s Taxonomy with his SAMR Model.

Non-Fiction online resource

The Nonfiction Minute provides teachers with an online resource to use with students.  Dr. Myra Zarnowski is Professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, City University of New York. She lists some teaching ideas to get you started using this resource. Use them as a mini-lesson to start your language block. Meet the authors of the ” Nonfiction Minutes”.

Safer Internet Day

Today is the day… Happy Safer Internet Day!
 Safer Internet Day is an internationally-recognized day that investigates and provides insight on how youth can stay up-to-date on online issues.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
Access Resources to use with your students to reinforce Internet Saftey. Resources are from around the world in many languages. Apps such as: Sanpchat, Facebook, and Instagram have provided teacher-friendly activities and information. You will find posters and booklets to use with young students to our teens.
Use the tip sheet Be Respectful, Patient and Kind: How Youth are Building a Better World Online.  This resource was produced in partnership with Facebook, Encounters with Canada, and ICTC.