Beyond Classroom Tech Tips…

April 10, 2008

National Congress on Rural Education

Filed under: Conferences,Professional Development — Donna DesRoches @ 5:04 pm

This week Living Sky School Division had two different forms of representation at the National Congress on Rural Education in Saskatoon.

hpim0236.jpgI, along with Jim Ellis and Byrna Luyben-Cronk, did a presentation on the Living Sky Professional Laptop program. Although our audience was small our presentation was well received especially by our Assistant Director.

Our professional laptop program is based on division -wide committees: In-school Instructional Technology Support, Arts Education, Early Literacy and ELA Inquiry.

Jim represented the Inquiry and In-school Instructional Technology Support Committee. Byrna is also a member of the In-school Instructional Technology Support Committee and she represented the Arts Education Committee. Unfortunately we were unable to have representation for the Early Literacy Committee. However, we were provided with a number of invaluable quotes from the committee members one of which I have included below. The others became a part of of our slide presentation.

We are efficient with the laptops during the meetings. In past committee work, we had you typing while we were running for print materials and flipping pages. Now we can all be international travellers through the internet accessing the information at our fingertips. Also, it has given me a tool to help colleagues when they say that they have a need. I was able to share web sites for activities from our committee with a teacher. I think it has made me more aware of and comfortable with technology-using photos and programs. I am gaining the confidence to help others play with these programs

Living Sky School Division was also represented at the Congress by students from McLurg High School who provided e-journalism services to its participants. These students worked diligently to provide a daily newsletter, video reporting and a blog to inform participants about congress events. They were a highly organized team coordinated by their Information Processing and English teachers. These teachers have a strong believe in authentic learning and this was an ideal opportunity for students to experience the tension and the thrill of meeting press deadlines, interviewing prominent individuals and speaking to the public. They handled this e-journalism experience as true professionals! Kudos to the students of McLurg High School!


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Donna,

    Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on one of my early postings. I’ve just got started with my blog and it’s so lovely to have such encouraging comments from yourself and others so soon on the journey! Thanks also for (unwittingly) alterting me to your fantastic work, which I’m delighted to add to my blogroll!

    Cheers and best wishes from down under,


    Comment by Michael — April 11, 2008 @ 10:53 am | Reply

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