One teacher from each of our secondary schools, one representative from our Alternative Education and Training Centres, and one representative from our Virtual Learning Centre. These teachers support the ICT department through peer to peer learning at their schools, promoting the numerous initiatives, and instructional methods using technology, that is encouraged by the department. Secondary Champions use communication and collaboration to support their colleagues.
2014-2015 Scaling Up:
In the 2014-15 school year we expanded the program to include a teacher from our Virtual Learning Centre (online high school).
The feedback from the previous school year from our Secondary Champions was to increase the number of face-to-face meetings and decrease the online meetings. We supported this feedback by having the Integrated Learning Technology Consultants meet with the Secondary Champions three times in person and once online during the 2014-15 school year.
Our Secondary Champions also attend the Bring IT Together – Educational Computing Organization of Ontario conference in the fall. Not only do they share what they learned with the other Champions, but also with the staff at their school.
With the help of our Secondary Integrated Learning Champions, we have seen large scale improvements in the embracing of the use of technology in classrooms. This initiative provides opportunity within the school for new learning partnerships focussed on the sharing of effective and innovative teaching practices through the use of technology.
2015-2016 Scaling Up:
We no longer have online meetings. We increased the number of face-to-face meetings to four dates. For the two previous school years our Champions attended the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) conference. This year, they attended QUEST 2015 – Deep Learning in a Digital World conference. The experience exposed classroom teachers to a breadth of technology initiatives, fostering a common understanding sector wide.