21 October 2013

Getting Started - the 2013-2014 Interactive Whiteboard Learning Communities underway

The year-long Learning Community sessions got underway last Friday, October 18 at both Terraview Learning Centre (East) and Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre (West). This year there are 19 Learning Communities supported by the AT team's six itinerant teachers and SEA Consultant, for those teachers receiving the SEA interactive whiteboard group claim in their Special Education programmes this school year. Teachers are grouped not only geographically but by the exceptionality of the students they teach as well as grade division (as much as possible).

This year LC teachers come together for sessions four times during the school year. The first session is called Getting Started. During this initial session the goal is not only providing an introduction of a few Promethean ActivInspire software tools to support the differentiation in student learning, but also to begin to build the LC community of teacher-learners.

TDSB teachers of Low Incidence exceptionality students including Rob Lovering Spencer, Maryvale Public School use the ActivExpression (photo on the left) during the Learning Community session at Terraview Learning Centre. The ActivExpression (learner response system) promotes participation and engagement, including each  “student voice”, engagement and participation. (Photo right) An introduction page created by Sumithiraa Arif Ahamed, Victoria Park P.S. incorporating Promethean tools to support student learning (large text, sound recorder and images).

The Learning Community sessions have a large hands-on component. Home School Program (HSP) teacher Troy Shepherd, from McKee P.S. demonstrates how to use the Sound Recorder to record an oral response. This tool supports students who may have fine motor difficulties and/or written expression needs.

Chandri Gupta, HSP teacher at Knob Hill P.S. reveals her image using the eraser tool. Hiding and strategically revealing parts of an image is one focus and attention strategy to support student learning.

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