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OCSB takes part in the Hour of Code

From December 5th to 11th, schools from all across the OCSB took part in the Hour of Code, a global movement designed to celebrate computer science and to show that anybody can learn the basics. Not only does learning code promote problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity, it also creates a foundation for success in the 21st century. And on top of all that, our students absolutely loved it.

OCSB students and staff shared their Hour of Code experiences on social media using the hashtag #OntarioCodes. Take a look at our Storify for some highlights.

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#OCSB10DAY Challenge

​OCSB staff took part in a 10 day Twitter challenge designed to help employees sharpen their Twitter skills. The challenge was led by the OCSB Learning Technologies department and included daily tasks for newbies and seasoned "tweeters".

OCSB staff enjoyed learning about Twitter and the various applications associated with it, such as Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. Challenge participants were eager to demonstrate their twitter skills and for more challenges.

The purpose of the challenge was to help OCSB colleagues collaborate and learn with each other using the popular social media tool. The tasks for new Twitter users varied from setting up their account, uploading a photo, updating their bios, "favouriting", "retweeting" and "quoting" tweets.

For seasoned tweeters, the tasks included recruiting colleagues to the OCSB twitter family, using hashtags, creating Twitter polls, using the Hootsuite application to organize tweets and joining a Twitter chat.

Along with completing the challenge, part of the incentive to participate was the possibility of winning the #OCSB10DAY contest. The prize would be to have the Director of Education, Denise Andre, act as an Occasional Teacher for your class! The winner of the random draw was Carina Quinn, teacher at Georges Vanier Elementary School. 

Congratulations to all who participated in the challenge!  

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St. Thomas More School wins national contest

The St. Thomas More grade 1 teaching team (Left to Right): Linda Bouzanis, Shannon Riley, Tammy Doyle, Natalie MacDonald, and Principal, Denise Gotell.

It is with great pleasure that I announce St. Thomas More School was named one of three winners from across Canada in the 8th annual Classroom of the Future Challenge. The contest, run by MindShare Learning, challenged Canadian teachers to capture innovative teaching and learning practices and upload a digital portfolio that demonstrates the role technology plays in engaging and motivating students in their classroom. We had a total of five of our schools participate in this contest this year, demonstrating the breadth and depth of innovation present here at the OCSB.

The grade 1 teaching team from St. Thomas More claimed one of three Makerspace prize packages for their school valued at over $10,000. I am very proud of the the many passionate educators here at the Ottawa Catholic School Board who use innovative teaching and learning practices to inspire others on a daily basis. With their cutting edge integration of technology and digital tools to enhance learning, they truly make 21st Century Learning fun! 

Denise Gotell and the St. Thomas More team have truly embraced deep learning and will definitely put the prize package to good use. View their full submission.

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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights March 22, 2016

​​​The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • NDHS students win Provincial Cardboard Boat Race Championships
  • e-Learning at the OCSB
  • Student Success: Indicators and Credit Recovery, Semester 1, 2015-2016 Highlights & Graduation Rate
  • Student Voice at the OCSB
  • 2016-2017 Budget Process and Guidelines

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Principal Andrea Green featured in MindShare Moment

St. Cecilia Principal Andrea Green

OCSB Principal Andrea Green was recently featured in the MindShare Learning Report's Top 10 News Stories, a national learning and technology eMagazine. In the report she was given the opportunity to speak about the Board's vision that technology is not just a tool in the classroom, but a way to access curriculum for deeper learning. Green notes that although each school site within the Ottawa Catholic School Board may be designed differently, the philosophy and strategy of technology and 21st century learning is rolled out across the district.

Her school, St. Cecilia, is designed with that vision for deeper learning in mind. There is a school wide focus on collaboration at St. Cecilia, where even the design of the school itself lends to collaboration. The classrooms are open to pod areas, where students can collaborate in small groups. Green explains that the students are taught how to collaborate with each other, and accept each other's ideas and opinions. She says that the students are responding really well because they are engaged in their learning. Once students are taught the expectations of collaboration and give it a try, they learn to articulate themselves on what it should actually look like, sound like and feel like, to truly collaborate.

Green says the teacher's role in the classroom has shifted with students do more of the talking and explaining. When students persevere through tough tasks, collaborate with each other, add to classmates ideas, and share their knowledge, these strategies help and add to their character development. Green says that the backing and support from OCSB has been tremendous and the board level support has given her the opportunity to lead her staff and bring this vision of technology as an accelerator of learning to life. Listen to Andrea Green's full MindShare moment.

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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Nov 10

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics: 

  • Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week 
  • Parent and Family Literacy Centres 
  • Grade 12 Exit Survey Results - Creating Pathways 
  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit (FNMI) Initiatives for 2015 - 2016 
  • The Power of Hapara 
  • Vice-Principal Leading & Learning Opportunities
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Spotlight: Board Meeting Highlights - Oct 13

The Boardroom Spotlight provides a summary of what took place at each Board meeting. This issue covers the following topics:

  • Chapel Hill becomes OCSB's first Platinum EcoSchool
  • OCSB recognized for "Innovation that Sticks"
  • Digital resources for all: OCSB Staff and Student Portal
  • Trustee Honoraria for 2015-2026
  • Board approves school excursions

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"Innovation that Sticks" at the OCSB

The Canadian Education Association recently selected the Ottawa Catholic School Board as the winning district in their "Innovation that Sticks" case study program. Out of 35 school boards across Canada, the OCSB was selected to participate in their project. 

As we reflect on our Board's journey over the last five years, the transformation has been incredible. In 2010, the main form of technology in our classrooms was an overhead projector and we had minimal and limited interaction outside our schools.

-Denise Gotell, Principal at St. Thomas More School
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Guest — KellyMcKibbinocsbca
So much great coverage of this honour. Read more about it!Ottawa Citizen: Catholic school board studied as a model digital ecosys... Read More
Thursday, 01 October 2015 4:04 PM
Guest — Kelly
More sharing! The Catholic Register: http://www.catholicregister.org/item/21098-students-guided-by-samaritan-s-hand
Monday, 19 October 2015 4:04 PM
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OCSB recognized for innovation in Canadian education

I am very pleased to share the great news that the OCSB has been chosen from districts across Canada to be the subject of the Canadian Education Association "Innovation that Sticks" Case Study. We are proud of what we have accomplished in innovation, and welcome the opportunity to share and learn through the research and connections presented by CEA. 

This acknowledgement is the result of collaboration across all of our system, with support from staff, parents, students, trustees, and community partners. The ceremony on September 24th at St. Thomas More School will have representatives from all of these contributors to this recognition.

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St. Joseph High School hosts Human Library

During Catholic Education Week, St. Joseph High School hosted a Digital Citizenship Human Library in their Learning Commons on May 6, 2015 which allowed students to interact with people who work with social media on a daily basis. The seven social media specialists gave students a unique and interesting perspective on how personal use of social media can have a direct impact on their professional lives in the future. It was an entertaining and educational day for all! 

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