Summer 2015

Happy Summer Everyone!

Before we break for the summer, I thought I would pass along some items that may interest you.

#Peel21st Summer of Learning

An exciting initiative launched last week is #Peel21st Summer of Learning. We're hoping both students & parents take up the challenge and try one of the 10 different learning activities over the summer. Why not try one yourself too?! Learn more about it here:

VLE/LMS Systems Update


Teachers and students in Peel now have a Google account that they can access to compose, create, collaborate, and share. One of the great features is Google Classroom! Learn how to access it here:

Office 365

Staff & students can now download Microsoft office to their personal devices - PC's, Mac, or smartphones. Learn how here:

As well, there are plenty of new features added to Office 365 including Delve, Video, and one of the most exciting - OneNote Class Notebook!. Learn more about it here:

D2L Brightspace

Be sure to back up your courses as you leave for the summer! Check it out here:

As well, if you are looking to become more familiar with D2L for September check out this guide:

Current & Upcoming PL Opportunities

21 (More) Ideas for Summer Learning

Last summer the ITRT team provided 21 ways to continue professional learning over the summer. This is a new, updated, Beta tested, version 2.0 of the list! Check it out:

Summer Writing Teams

There are currently two summer writing team opportunities posted on the broadcast page - 'Game Changers Series', and 'Brightspace Virtual Learning Environment'. Consider lending your voice & input

BIT 15

Bring IT Together is a 3-day conference hosted by ECOO and OASBO-ICT .
November 4-6, 2015 | Niagara Falls

Game Changer Speaker Series #ELearnONT

The Game Changer series was a virtual speaker series hosted by E-Learning Ontario. Educational personalities such as Dean Shareski, Tanya Avrith, George Couros, Ruben Puentedura, Alec Couros, Chris Dede, Heidi Larsonand, and Dr. Jennifer Jenson, shared their expertise on such topics as connecting, gamification, digital citizenship, etc. Watch them all here:

Online Conferences

There are several conferences happening online over the next several months. Try following one using the hashtag or visiting the site:

And as always, follow along and see what other Peel educators are doing!