“The hands on component, vital of course, and the application assignments as we went” were the most useful components of the SD64 Literacy Apps Workshop according to one teacher participant. The all-day workshop was held before school startup at Salt Spring Island Middle School (SIMS) on September 3rd. It was facilitated by Kerry Randle, Provincial Coordinator for SET-BC, the provincial agency that supports enhanced learning supported by technology.

In their lead article for the year, SET-BC reports that…
“The Saltspring Middle School staff got the new school year off to a great start by exploring iOS apps that support literacy. During a one-day workshop… 23 teachers (two from Nanaimo), district and school administrators and district IT staff got together to look at the SAMR model of technology integration and how different iOS apps could be used to support their students’ literacy development.”

To read more from this article, see Saltspring Middle School – Really ‘APPening

A majority of teachers provided feedback indicating personal growth in their understanding and skills in this area. A number of participants called for more professional development to extend our repertoires, and some commented that it was hard to keep up with the pace from time to time.

To learn more about the workshop presentations about SAMR (check it out!) and recommended apps go to SD64 Literacy Apps Aftershare.

You can read more in the Driftwood about Educators Get Versed in Apps.

In other news, the district tech team has been strengthening the capacity and improving the reliability of our digital infrastructure. This work culminates with a connection to the new provincial “Next Generation Network” in the latter part of 2015. A stable and robust network readies us to turn our attention to ways we can enhance learning through reliable technology.

Check out the attached picture from the SET-BC website.

If you are interested in serving on a working group and being part of a leadership conversation about “Learning assisted by Technology” please click to send me an email.

Watch for more information coming soon about other upcoming Professional Development opportunities.

Doug Livingston

sd64 literacy apps workshop
photo: Kerry Randle, SET-BC