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RECIT AGE NEWSLETTER
September 2020
Welcome back! It is a new school year and it will likely be extremely different from the “Back to school” days of the past. There will be ups and downs, victories and defeats, but mostly there will be collaboration and help. Avi, Emilie, Giovanna, and Marc of the RECIT AGE team are here for you. Technology may very well contribute to your continued success as a teacher. We will constantly be looking for new ways in which we can help you better your online communication and teaching. Contact your local consultant or centre director and ask them to get in touch with us. You can also reach us through our new Facebook group.

If it is educational technology, yes, we can help you with that.
A NEW FACEBOOK GROUP!

Recent activities

HOT TOPIC

RECIT AGE on Facebook

The RECIT AGE team is happy to announce our newest means of communication: our Facebook group! We are counting on you, newsletter recipients, to spread the good news. Teachers, consultants, and other stakeholders in the AGE community are welcome to join. Here is the link: bit.ly/recitagefb

Feel free to share it with everyone involved in Adult Education. If you are simply looking to find RECIT AGE on Facebook, it is best to use the search engine in the Groups tab.

We will have weekly posts on just about everything under the sun relating to educational technology. Our PD activities will be at the forefront along with some tips about teaching in a digital setting.

If you do not have a Facebook account, you are welcome to browse our PD à la carte and RECIT AGE websites.

WORKSHOPS AND PD ACTIVITIES

On the (virtual) road again!

There is busy and then there is good busy. We would qualify August and September as good busy. The RECIT AGE team has strived to offer workshops that will directly benefit teachers and students in the short term. Every centre’s situation is unique and as such, we have adapted to their specific needs. Here is a summary of our online PD activities over the past few weeks. Please reach out to us via our PD à la carte form if your centre is looking to explore some facet of educational technology.


WQSB
Our partners at the Pontiac Continuing Education Centre were first up at bat. We spent almost two days with the teachers, a consultant, a centre director, and an incredible TLT to talk about how to use Moodle in an efficient and effective manner. Their strong team dynamic was reinforced by sound leadership and technical prowess. Bravo PCEC! We hope to see you again soon.

LBPSB
At about the same time, we were collaborating with the consultants and centre director at Place Cartier. The order was tall; the classes were many; the buildings were far from one another. Given all of these variables, the whole affair still went off like a Swiss watch keeping time. Collaboration and open discussion were keys to the success of this foray into combining in-class and online learning and teaching. Kudos to the organizers, the facilitators, and the teachers for all of their hard work.

ETSB
Lastly, we had the opportunity to meet with the teachers from New Horizons and Brome-Missisquoi sister centres twice last week. We started with an introduction to Zoom & Moodle. Teachers had questions and we tried to find the answers. There were happy faces and bright ideas all around us. Then, we held an information session on copyright online. This is a touchy and complex subject. The teachers kept us on our toes as they gained knowledge about Creative Commons licences and possible copyright infringement.  

Next up will be an info session about a new RECIT project involving teacher groups to create online resources for students. Read the “What’s Next” article to learn more about what we are planning to do.

Check it out!

WHAT'S ONLINE

The PD à la carte website

The PD à la carte website is multifaceted professional development resource created for the members of the AGE community. This year, along with self-directed PD in the top menus and “à la carte” PD sessions, we are adding open workshops on specific topics. Let’s have a look at these new components of the site.

There are several online resources on just about every subject. The advantage of going through the PD à la carte website is that these resources have been hand-picked and vetted by education consultants. Beginners will find videos to familiarize themselves with their school board’s tools. Veterans will be able to up their online game. Our website has it all.

The open workshops are available to everyone. Have a look at our PD calendar for specific dates and times. These sessions will deal with very specific topics like screencasting or online course design. At least two of the RECIT team will be present during each session.

We are ready to help with your targeted professional development. Centre directors and consultants, you may request an à la carte PD session on the topic that best responds to the needs of your milieu through our request form.

If you would just like to peruse an online library, may we suggest our RECIT AGE website.

WHAT'S NEXT

Info sessions for RECIT resource groups

In the next few weeks we will be sending out a flyer inviting you to join our info sessions about forming RECIT resource groups. The focus will be on creating digital resources for students to use online. We are looking to assess students’ online needs according to what participating teachers experienced at the end of the previous school year and what their challenges are for this year. We will then make them accessible to the rest of the AGE community.

RECIT VT

Welcome, Daniel

The RECIT VT team has increased its membership. James Burn, our hard-working VT counterpart, welcomed Daniel Jordan on board in June. Daniel is a data processing technician with over 25 years experience in computer programming. If VT teachers need some technical support and don’t know who to contact, he is your man!

Daniel gave us a brief overview of his responsibilities. He has been answering a lot of questions about Moodle and helping teachers and students access the platform. He also provides training and technical support after James has given a workshop and during the online sessions. James often refers to him as his right hand man. We are very happy to welcome Daniel to RECIT and hope to work with him more and more in the future.

With Daniel taking a load off his shoulders, James Burn has started to work on expanding his resource bank for teachers and students. He wants to help them expand their online knowledge and increase their comfort level when using digital tools. James is very excited about the opportunity to focus on resource creation.

James Burn: JBurn@rsb.ca   @jamesburnedu
Daniel Jordan: DJordan@rsb.qc.ca

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