Technology in the Classroom

Transforming Learning Everywhere

HWDSB is not engaged in a technology project; rather, we are engaged in a process to enhance instruction, to invite students to engage in rich learning tasks and to rely on student voice to drive the learning environment in classrooms and through technology.

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Classroom Blogs

Classroom blogs provide students with an authentic, collaborative learning opportunity and exposes them to a wider interactive audience allowing for reflection and feedback. Blogs also help to increase the engagement of the parent community.

Steps to blogging:

  • Reading blogs – allows students to understand how blogs operate and the potential they hold in relationship to learning;
  • Digital Citizenship – through blogging, students receive exposure to such things as; internet safety, appropriate digital footprints, and plagiarism;
  • Commenting – skimming comments allows learners to determine the characteristics of quality comments, in addition to understanding diverse perspectives and constructive criticism; and
  • Writing – good posts contain quality content (both traditional and innovative) with an additional focus on the logistics of digital writing such as hyperlinking, embedding, media, tagging (categorization), etc.
Blended Learning (D2L – The Hub)

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 What is an e-portfolio?  

E-portfolio is an electronic format for learners to record their work, their achievements and goals, to reflect on their learning, and to share and be supported in this.

Why use e-portfolios? 
  • e-portfolios effectively reflect the learning PROCESS;
  • technology enables the use of a range of media – video, sound and images – as well as text to show both the LEARNING PROCESS and FINAL PRODUCTS;
  • encourages and facilitates the learner’s support NETWORK to participate and provide feedback on their learning;
  • the quality, not just the quantity, of feedback is enhanced and facilitated via social mediums;
  • e-portfolios assists students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. It encourages and enables the process of REFLECTION, SELF-EVALUATION, and ACTION PLANNING as a process for lifelong learning;
  • e-portfolio develops skills and approaches to learning; and
  • students can carry their e-portfolio throughout their learning journey and use it to record, assess, evaluate, and reflect at any time.
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