Classroom Supports → Effective use of Technology

Canadian School Libraries Journal

This is a website that is focused on centering the experiences, viewpoints and research on school libraries. There are many articles, teaching strategies and lesson ideas that new teachers can learn from. It also shows the power of collaborating with the teacher and school teacher-librarian on various curriculum subjects. This website is powerful because it can help new teachers get ideas of how to approach various projects and lessons for various subject areas with a particular focus on literacy education.

Canadian School Libraries Journal

The Top 10 Recommended Podcasts for Professional Development

This is a great list of curated podcasts for teachers that cover a variety of topics and grade levels. Most of the podcasts listed are by teachers for teachers so they have a great insider perspective to the lived experiences of teachers. The podcasts cover topics such as math, equity, steam and leadership. There is something for everyone!

The Top 10 Recommended Podcasts for Professional Development

Teaching Tolerance

This website provides resources that support teachers as they help their students become active citizens through a social justice lens. The resources are categorized in different topics for easy browsing and accessibility such as Classroom Resources, Professional Development and Podcasts. Teachers will be able to find a variety of resources to support their work in different subject areas as well as gain ideas and continue to develop their social justice teaching lens.

Teaching Tolerance

Example Article: Favorite Holiday Poster Projects Aren’t Inclusive

8 Strategies to Manage the 21st Century Classroom

Using technology in the classroom can seem overwhelming when you have multiple objectives to achieve each day and a class full of students to engage simultaneously. So how do we manage the advancing 21st-century classroom environment? Here are eight real-world strategies to slay the daunting, technology classroom dragon.

8 Strategies to Manage the 21st Century Classroom

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

Through partnerships and innovative programs the Center brings forth research on pedagogy, child development, and tools that will help you develop your teaching practice to better serve your students.

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

Google Tools for Education

Wishing you know more about Google tools for education? Wish no more! Google has an entire library of online tutorials to help you, from basics of using their platform to info on how to use the tools to facilitate learning of the diverse needs of the students in your classrooms.

Google Tools for Education

Common Sense: Digital Citizenship

Help students take ownership of their digital lives. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum:

Addresses top concerns for schools.

Prepares students with critical 21st-century skills.

Supports educators with training and recognition.

Engages the whole community through family outreach.

Common Sense: Digital Citizenship

Code to Learn

Code to Learn offers free professional learning to Canadians on coding with young people. MicroWorlds coding software is available at no cost to engage youth across Canada. They work with educators and other community members to co-design curriculum activities & Coding Challenges—including the popular micro:bits!  Access the Code to Learn Community to get started with simple activities, request free books, resources and workshops, and find self-directed learning about computational thinking, MicroWorlds EX, JR and micro:bits coding activities.

Code to Learn

Codewars

As OTs we are sometimes required to teach unfamiliar material, such as coding. To start your own learning journey check out Codewars, which offers a fun and unique way to learn to code. With a martial-arts theme, the program is based on challenges called “kata.” Complete them to earn honour and progress to higher ranks. This is a fun way to learn programming online if you’re motivated by a little gamification!

Coding challenges they offer: CoffeeScript, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Java, Clojure, and Haskell

Codewars

Genius Hour

This is by google and supports literacy development. Students explore any topic they wish and then presents their findings to the class.

Genius Hour