Team Members

John Clarke - Head of Business and Computer Studies - Goderich District Collegiate Institute - Goderich, Ontario
Diana Doctor - System Computer Trainer - AMDSB Learning Resources Centre - Clinton, Ontario
Sherry Mason - eLearning Coordinator - Avon Maitland District E-Learning Centre - Seaforth, Ontario
Michael Vandepoele - Head of Business and Computer Studies - South Huron District High School - Exeter, Ontario


Our initial proposal
- we acknowledge the change that has happened already, e.g. wireless access in the schools
- plans to increase wireless access points in schools
- just a couple years away from kids bringing their own hardware on a regular basis
- moving beyond email to Web 2.0 cloud computing/collaboration
- teachers need to be able to talk students about the digital world they are living in
- desire to move professional development beyond “training” on specific ministry initiatives to changing attitudes/daily practices/attitudes
- schools must be ready because wireless access is (or very soon will be) ubiquitous; schools will not be able to “control” student access to the Internet (hopefully they will not want to)

Inquiry Question: What happens when we introduce an environment that allows teachers to learn and collaborate within Web 2.0?
Answer: Collaboration amongst schools, classes, teachers, students using Web 2.0 will be an embedded part of learning.

This year (2009-2010)
1. Create a collaborative sharing environment (Ning/wiki) to support/train Web 2.0 liaison teachers.
2. Recruit a teacher from each secondary school to be the Web 2.0 liaison in their school
3. Lobby board to provide one period during first semester for these 9 teachers to support this initiative
These teachers will be the “mavens” in each school (see Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point)

Next Year (2010-2011)
1. Teacher liasions will teach/support other teachers within their schools as they introduce Web 2.0 practices
2. Teachers will regularly contribute/share via the collaborative online environment that was created in the first year
3. Encourage collaboration between schools, classes, teachers, students.

Year 3 (2011-2012)
1. Extend collaboration to feeder schools through teacher liaison.
2. Collaboration beyond borders of our school board.