TVO’s TeachOntario Team is thrilled to support KNAER’s Communities of Practice. TeachOntario is an award-winning online community to support sharing, collaboration and knowledge exchange amongst educators across Ontario. TeachOntario was created by TVO, in partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), its Affiliates and the Ministry of Education (EDU), and in consultation with teachers from a variety of districts across the province. A unique destination for teachers created “For Ontario’s Educators, By Ontario’s Educators,” TeachOntario’s purpose is to serve and celebrate Ontario educators for the broader benefit of Ontario’s students.
TeachOntario offers the unique opportunity to:
- Support teacher professional learning
- Foster teacher leadership
- Facilitate the sharing of exemplary practices with others
Ontario educators with a Board of Education email address may register with their their EDU, school district (TDSB, YCDSB, etc.), or faculty of education (WU, UofT, etc.) email address to register. They can then log in to follow other educators, create blogs, discussions, documents, upload pictures, videos and files and start groups based on subject matter, grade or interest.
How TeachOntario Can Support You
The plan is for each of the four communities of practice to have a space built on TeachOntario (on the public side of the site), all housed under one Math Knowledge Network hub. We have already built one of those COP spaces for Computational Thinking which you can check out here.
Here’s a diagram of how the four CoPs might flow from the Explore section:
We look forward to supporting you, and here are some steps to help us get the ball rolling:
- Tell Us About Your Project by filling in this questionnaire
- Register onto TeachOntario and establish a Sandbox Group for your CoP to play.
- For a walk through of the process of creating your own TeachOntario account, see: Information for CoP Leaders or Course Facilitators on Creating their Own TeachOntario Accounts and Getting Sandbox Groups Started
- Start thinking about your hub on TeachOntario
- It’s completely up to you what you would like to feature/do with your space. To help you get some ideas, it might be a good idea to check out this slideshow of past designs we’ve done for other groups like yours.
- For tips, see: When You’re Reading to Start Working on Your Hub in Explore
RESEARCH MINIS – AN OVERVIEW (get this info as a single-page PDF)
A research mini is a side-by-side comparison of two different pedagogical approaches for the same content topic.
For example, look at the two different approaches to the topic of Area Representations of Fractions at http://researchideas.ca/sidebyside/fractions.html
The goal is not to show that one approach is better than the other. Often, students benefit from seeing a topic through various approaches and perspectives.
The goal is to showcase a new approach that you have designed that you feel is worth sharing, and to compare it to an approach that educators have likely seen before.
The audience for a research mini are educators. They are busy people who are looking for cool ideas to try out in their classrooms.
Here are some suggestions for designing these side-by-side comparisons:
- Show them as classroom dialogues, with speech bubbles.
- Use stick figures to represent generic students / teachers.
- Give educators enough information to be able to try each approach in their classroom.
- Be as succinct as possible.
You will find more examples of research minis at http://researchideas.ca/sidebyside