“Knowledge is the most important currency of the 21st Century.” – Drew Faust
21st Century Innovative Learning Environments
At the HCDSB, we are committed to providing opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of all learners in a supportive, creative and innovative learning environment.
Our current 21st Century Teaching and Learning Initiatives includes 4 pillars: Curriculum, School Staff, Learning Environment, and Community. Each pillar drives our thinking and collective understanding about how we want to deliver learning for our students.
- Promote differentiated instruction through the use of Blended / E-Learning in the provincial virtual learning environment across our schools.
- Blended Learning and E-Learning Credit Courses provide learners with the flexibility they need to succeed, and provide diverse learning opportunities as they work towards graduation.
Technology is one of the Drivers of Student Learning measured by the Tell Them From Me (TTFM ) Focus on Learning Teacher Survey. Specific questions on technology use are included in the chart below. In the chart below, 0=Strong Disagreement, 5=Neutral, 10=Strong Agreement.
One of the key components of digital citizenship is demonstrating personal responsibility for lifelong learning. Two items on the TTFM Student Survey capture this learning outcome and are shown in the charts below.
The majority of our elementary students agree with these statements, which suggests that our elementary curriculum is using teaching and learning practices that inspire lifelong learners.
- Use Collaborative Inquiry as a professional learning model for staff who are learning more about how to support student learning as connected to the 21st Century teaching and learning outcomes.
Planned Learning Opportunities was one of the Dimensions of Classroom and School Practices measured by the TTFM Focus on Learning Teacher Survey. The following chart highlights two characteristics common to many professional learning opportunities provided across our school district.
- Improve access to resources, regardless of format. This includes transitioning from resources available only on school computers to resources available anytime anywhere.
- Transition from resources that adults think students should use or read to resources that students will use.
- Use the information literacy resources developed through library services, such as bibliographic citation, the inquiry process, and website evaluation.
The following chart outlines the various ways we supported a 21st Century Learning Environment across our school district during the 2013-2014 school year.
Online Community Engagement
During the 2014-2015 school year, we set out to further expand our online presence for the HCDSB as a way of supporting engagement with stakeholders via social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube). From September, 2014 to June, 2015, we increased our overall presence from 5 to 35 elementary schools engaging on Twitter.
We also used 21st Century tools and strategies to engage parents in the education of their children and in making connections through Catholic School Councils and CPIC, including webinars and online streaming of events and presentations.