Make IT Happen
Two of Waterloo Region District School Board’s finest classroom teachers, Cheryl Kewley, OCT (grade 1) and Kim Gill, OCT (Special Education) demonstrated effective use of SmartBoard technology and Web 2.0 tools for our current Teacher Education Candidates in a two hour evening workshop at Ryerson Public School in Cambridge. Ryerson was newly opened in September of this year with innovative technologies infused in classrooms and throughout the school. The workshop was an opportunity to assist new teachers in making the connection between current technological tools and 21st century learning and teaching. Both Kim and Cheryl presented effective practices for engaging students, collaborating with other classrooms and experts in the community, and networking with a professional community of teachers. SmartBoard features, classroom wikis and blogs, collaborative cross-country projects, and individual Vokis to communicate messages, were just some of the topics addressed.
Teacher Education Candidates from both of the P/J and J/I cohorts met in the Ryerson library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a short tour of the school and the technology available to teachers and students. It was an excellent opportunity to see technology in action and anticipate the future of teaching and learning from practicing professionals. Thank you to Peter Berndt, Principal; to Kim and Cheryl; and, to the entire Ryerson staff for sharing their facilities and expertise.