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Thunder Bay Catholic DSB 2012-13

May 16-17, 2013 

Learning Connections Champions Spring Conference

The wrap up conference for the year took place at York University where the team shared our insights on the use of edmodo in the classroom with a variety of other Ontario boards in a roundtable format. Below are a few images from our Keynote created slide presentation we demonstrated in addition to our notes and experiences.

May 10, 2013 – Forest of Reading 


One of the ways that our Teacher/Librarians collaborated was registering in the OLA Forest of Reading reading program .T/L’s  and students read the nominated selections and voted for their favourite books. T/L’s collaborated with classroom teachers and CAHEP (Community Arts and Heritage in Education Program) to produce works of art that were inspired by the “Blue Spruce” nominated selection. As a culminating activity tocelebrate the winning books and authors, students attended the Festival of Trees.

Click on the link below to view the 2012 Festival of Trees in Thunder Bay

(2013 video pending)

Animoto video – Festival of Trees 

February 1, 2013 – Ontario Library Association Super Conference 


To encourage the use of Edmodo amongTeacher/Librarians as a useful Web 2.0 tool,we wanted to share our project with a greater audience. We decided to submit a proposal to the OLA poster session selection committee for the upcoming 2013 Super Conference. The OLA Super Conference is an international conference for all types of library divisions including Public, Medical, College & University and School libraries. Our proposal was accepted and we shared our Edmodo project at the Super Conference which attracted many delegates in our school library sector. Anita Drossis was in attendance and we met other District Champion team members.

Click the link below to view our “Poster Session”.

Animoto video from Ontario Library Super Conference 

December 2012 – February 2013 – Creating Interactive Lessons for Blue Spruce


 The following are examples of the lessons that were created through our TL collaboration sessions.

December 5, 2012
Anita Drossis travelled to Thunder Bay to attend our training day and we had board level guests from the IT and Literacy Departments.
View our presentation below.
Three members in our team signed up and participated in a online book study on the “Connected Educator” by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
and Lani Ritter-Hall. Over the course of two months we logged in for web meetings while we investigate new applications and the use of technology in the classroom. We attended the online webinars listed below.

Author Link to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall


November 5 and 6 – Planning Days for EDMODO Project




September 2012 – 2013     Learning Connections – District Champions Year 2


To move forward with our District Champions EDMODO project we reviewed  our Edmodo survey that was conducted at the end of the school year in June of 2012. We determined how we would move forward by incorporating the usage of Edmodo as a PLN (Personal Learning Network) and use as a source of collaboration between Teacher/Librarians and classroom teachers. We would like to stress the importance of on-line safety and usage  by teaching online skills demonstrating digital citizenship. We will use the Forest of Reading nominated titles as a springboard for using SMARTboard technology by creating interactive lessons using “Notebook ” software.

June 2012  - Planning for 2012-2013