What is the purpose of District Based Synergy Projects?

two students working on an ipad in the fieldDistrict Based Synergy Projects assist district learning teams and district specialists build their capacity to use learning or complex technologies to support students with diverse needs in multiple classroom settings. Each district-based synergy project requires a project team leader and one or more classroom teacher partners, in one or more school settings.  The reason behind this requirement is to encourage greater intercommunication and exchange amongst teachers within a school or district to share their ideas around innovative and integrative technology use to support students in their curricular and social competency development.  District Based Synergy Projects support project teams with opportunities to employ personalized learning strategies and resources through available classroom technologies to provide student access to their curriculum and more meaningfully include all students in the learning environment.

The 2018-2019 District Synergy projects are designed to assist district learning teams and district specialists build their capacity to use learning or complex technologies to support students with diverse needs in these key skill areas:

The District Based Synergy Projects are also structured around a Professional Learning Community, with teachers within each project stream participating in monthly provincially facilitated online meetings to share and learn together within their stream’s focus.  Project participants also publish project blogs which document their process, challenges and growth. All these components contribute to a deeper level of teacher inquiry and professional development through the Spirals of Inquiry process.

This project stream explores innovative and respectful strategies for including Aboriginal teachings and content into student learning. Technology in the stream encourages students’ artistic expression, original music composition and digital storytelling through apps such as Explain Everything, iMovie, Photoshop Mix and Sketchbook. Project teams regularly participate in a provincially-facilitated online community of practice to share their learning and grow together in their inquiry.

The Place-Based Education Stream is specifically focused around the Learning Commons. This project supports Teacher-Librarians in secondary schools to explore the use of technology to support place-based learning activities, using available technologies to include students in accessing the curriculum and learning through a variety of multimedia formats. Project teams regularly participate in a provincially-facilitated online community of practice to share their learning and grow together in their inquiry.