Thursday, April 25, 2013

Professional Development with Professor Alec Couros

Over the past couple of years, a number of Regina high schools have been working to create technology catalyst teams.  The mandate of these teams has primarily been to pursue opportunities to learn about technology integration, to support the team members and the school community at large, and to learn more about the implications of technology in improving student achievement.

This year, the teams at Sheldon, Thom, Campbell, Scott and Balfour will be coming together on the afternoon of April 26th.  These team members will have the chance to listen to (and learn from) Professor Alec Couros, currently on sabbatical from the University of Regina.  Once they have had the opportunity to hear him speak, they will be able to work collaboratively with groups from other schools to discuss the changing role of technology and how to support this in their buildings.

Alec Couros is a professor of Educational Technology and Social Media, however, he has spent much of the last year travelling and speaking at local, national and international educational conferences. Teachers may remember Alec as he most recently spoke at the Teachers Convention in March, encouraging teachers to consider the changing role of technology and the implications of social media in the classroom.  He has also overseen the #etmooc sessions offered this year (Educational Technology Massive Open Online Course) drawing hundreds of educators from all over the world.  We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear him speak again to the changing role of social media, the importance of digital citizenship, and the use of mobile devices to increase student engagement and achievement.

If you are interested in learning more about Alec Couros and his thoughts and view on educational technology, you can access more information at the following sites: Alec Couros About Me; Alec on twitter, or on his educational blog, Open Thinking: Rants and Resources from an Open Educator.

Those following us on twitter for this amazing PD opportunity should follow the hashtag #regteach.

Photo Credit: courosa via Compfight cc
Monique Bowes & Ian Mitchell (Instructional Consultants with teams Lerminiaux and Nistor)

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