Staff have returned to their home communities after our tri-annual staff conference last week in Iqaluit. I had a great time connecting and came home with a renewed commitment to our College community! I think a recent tweet to @NunavutCollege sums up my feelings:
@petrycraft: Congratulations @NunavutCollege for the success of Katinniq 2011. Wonderful to see such dedication & enthusiasm in Nunavut’s educators.
We are a great group of educators and this is one time I won’t be shy about letting everyone know that! Although I often get frustrated with the seeming lack of connections among staff I think we are getting better at it and this conference brought that home to me. I think that our developing knowledge of technology and expanding cyberinfrastructure is making a difference, but the core of our success is our dedicated staff. As our Public Affairs Officer, Jamie Bell, is always reminding us: “It is not about the technology, it is about the people”. Technology gives us access to more tools. How we use those tools is up to us.
Speaking of tools, I came across a great PD activity that you may be interested in joining. It is a free, two week online course from Powerful Learning Practice, a Do-It-Yourself Web 2.0 Tools course. The Powerful Learning Practice website is a great resource for people who want to learn more about using technology in education and for those who want to start developing their own Personal Learning Network.
Another way to jump into open online learning is to sign up for a MOOC—a massive open online course. Terry Anderson, our keynote speaker at Katinniq 2011, mentioned one that is starting up soon, facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier. I found the home page online and have registered for the course…anyone at the College interested in joining us in the course? We could form our own Arctic College sub-group. Click on this link to find out more about the mooc http://change.mooc.ca/index.html.
If you know of other online courses that you think would help us learn more about using technology in our classrooms send us the link in the comments section.