Stories, Insights and Reflections from 2018 in Tasmania
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01-14-2019 02:50 PM
Now it’s time to take stock on the year that was in Tasmania – 2018.
We accomplished so much as individuals, as a blended learning team and as a state wide department.
Here are a few highlights from us:
- Canvas, our brand new Learning Management System (LMS), began in all state schools across the state. It replaced a rather clunky, under-utilised, and unloved LMS.
- Our Blended Learning Leaders, a team of teachers, supported many schools K-12 across the state.
- Our Blended Learning Leaders also supported a variety of projects and teams. These continue to grow as people see different potential and purposes for their use.
- Our talented creative team created templates, courses, resources and gave wise advice to us new to the design game.
- Our team presented live broadcasts to staff state wide on things blended and Canvas.
- Canvas was used for state wide moderation and staff professional learning.
- Remote schools were well supported by our team with visits and ongoing communication.
- Solid relationships have been built with so many staff members within the Department across the whole state with regards to blending learning and using Canvas.
- A whole lot of learning and fun happened - and continues to.
So grateful for:
- A fabulous team of Blended Learning Leaders who are eager to learn, teach each other, problem solve, create, encourage, laugh and support. @alannah_roach @isobel_williams @stephanie_koshi @kate_spencer @rachael_donalds and @linda_powell479 - STARS! @tdelillo your team is pretty cool too There’s No “Squirrel” in Team: My Year in Review
- Teachers who see the potential in blending their learning more and give things a go.
- Teachers who ask 'so what?' That's gutsy, and paves the way for exciting and deep learning experiences.
- Canvas Chat!
- The Canvas Community and the active members who share ideas and experiences.
- APAC - knowing there's a special place for our region in the Community. APAC Thanks to these guys in particular @stuart_ryan , @jayde_colquhoun , bdoran
What I'm still aiming for:
We can never lose sight, like I did those years ago, about what technology is. It’s a tool. It’s an amplifier. It is not the learning goal. The app, the tool, the device, is not the “game-changer.” What the students do with it for learning is.
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