Archive for April 19, 2017

Ministry funds reading & spec ed project in selected schools

Today the Ministry announced “Ontario Providing More Support for Students with Learning Disabilities: Innovative Pilot Programs Underway in Schools Across the Province

Selected from the news release:

  • “Ontario is launching eight pilot projects to provide more reading support for students with learning disabilities, with participating schools in Cambridge, London, Sudbury and Windsor.”
  • “These projects are intended to help students with learning disabilities get the support they need closer to home, and improve their reading skills.”
  • “The pilots are supported by a research team and are intended to strengthen school boards’ capacity to provide more support for students without having to leave their community. This team will provide input and guidance on how best to share the knowledge gained from the pilots with other school boards across Ontario.”


April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

MediaSmarts: Canadian teens and sharing photos

Mediasmarts has released a new 44-page report titled  To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media. [pdf]. Note that this report was based on interviews with 18 (only) youths.

Here are some selected out-takes from the release/announcement titled How Do Canadian Teens Make Decisions When Sharing Photos?

“The most common motivation the teens gave for sharing photos online was to build and maintain a consciously crafted image. They often spoke of being aware that the audiences they reached through different apps would judge them, and of the need to choose and, in some cases, edit their photos to fit into what was acceptable and desirable on each platform”

“As opposed to simply ‘not posting’, most of these teens’ efforts are aimed at controlling who sees particular photos and preventing them from being spread to unintended audiences. The main tool that they use to ensure that only desired audiences see particular photos is selecting which platform and account to post them on” (like Snapchat)”

“They have little awareness of the ways that the corporate owners of their favourite platforms make use of their photos and other data, these teens have a strong sense that their photos are – or ought to be – their property, and that those corporations should seek their consent in the same way they expect of their peers.”

These findings help to show us the way forward in educating youth about the ways in which they participate in the information economy, and about their rights as digital citizens:

  1. Digital literacy education.
  2. Digital citizenship education
  3. Consumer awareness education

For more information and details, check out the report and news release. There is lots more there.  Rowan

April 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Re-Imagining the Novel Study (EduGains Literacy)

From Edugains Literacy: 

Book project 2.0 is a series of three videos in which students are involved in an independent novel study. Students independently read three books of their choice from a collection of titles related to a common theme. Teacher-librarian Michele Shapiera created this learning for students to help them engage in and enjoy reading literary texts.

Book Project 2.1 builds off the experience of Book Project 2.0 by using similar teaching. In this video, each student selects a novel of their choice from a teacher-created-collection of titles. As students read their novels, they annotate their thinking related to an inquiry question related to the idea of labels, and engage in conferencing with the teacher about ideas related to their novels and the answers they are discovering to the inquiry question.

Book Project 2.0 and Book Project 2.1:Re-imaging the Novel Study shows how inquiry, annotation and choice were key aspects as part of guiding students to think deeply about ideas related to their novel study. The resource includes a series of videos and a facilitator’s guide.

Book Project

Click on < Professional Learning Content / Book Project 2.0 & 2.1 > in the left menu under the Professional Learning Facilitator tab of the Literacy K-12 site.

April 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Think positive – new books

Check out these new-for-us-books:

TDSB teachers may reserve books in the catalogue using the Virtual Library, or by contacting us (416) 395-8289 or


April 19, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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