If a School is Isolated from the World,
then Bring the World to the School
Despite being a small rural school in a somewhat isolated, Northern Ontario community approximately one hour west of Sudbury, St. Mary Catholic School in Massey strives to stay connected to the world. Dedicated efforts, the use of available technology and strategic planning of the staff and its School Council have made the world a smaller place to navigate, with emphasis on graduating global-minded citizens responsible for the care of this earth given to us by our creator.
Student Summit Features Google Apps
Students Become Teachers
The Superior North Catholic District School Board hosted the first ever Student Summit featuring Google October 16th at Holy Angels Catholic School in Schreiber. The Ed Tech Team from Google flew in from California and Calgary to teach 90 students (10 from each of the Board’s 9 schools) all about Google Drive, Chrome, Docs, Drawings, and Forms. The Ed Tech team is made up of people that come from all over the world and they present summits around the world!
What’s unique is that usually the Ed Tech Team works with teachers, but with the idea beginning with Katie Maenpaa, E-Learning Contact for SNCDSB, Superior North used 21st Century Grant money to host this amazing day for our students.
“We’re teaching students here how to use Google tools in the classroom … typically we come in and do summits for teachers but this is the first time we have been able to come in and have the students as our audience.”
… Michelle Armstrong – Ed Tech Team Leader
Faith Walks Enhancing Catholic Principals’ Council Ontario PQP Courses
Sandra Donaghue, Principal at St. Veronica Elementary School – Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board – has introduced a unique experience when she delivers the CPCO Principal’s Qualification Program. Candidates visit various areas in her school on their Faith Walk to see various displays of Catholic icons; pictures of students during prayers, communion and confirmation; photos displayed in the form of a cross; bulletin board displays; words and quotations from the Bible; religious icons in the community; and paintings that depict the importance of faith in Catholic schools.
“Enter to learn and prepare to serve.”
… St. Veronica Elementary School
Vice-principals at York CDSB
Using CPCO eLearning Resources
Principal Angela Di Prima has reviewed hundreds of online resources to construct the content for workshops she delivers to vice-principals at York Catholic District School Board. The challenge is to whittle that down to the very few she needs to deliver successful and faith-based professional learning. That’s where the CPCO eLearning portal provided some of the rich content she was seeking.
She has used the George Couros module wherein he outlines why leaders in education should embrace social media to further develop relevant, respectful relationships with students, parents, educators and communities. In fact, Couros is scheduled to present to the members of the YCDSB 21st Century teams of teachers and administrators in April.