This week the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Learning Communities started!
Schools with new Interactive Whiteboards in their Special Education Classrooms have been divided into small Learning Community (LC) groups to support similar classroom needs. During LC sessions Assistive Technology teachers collaborate with LC teachers to support the integration of IWBs in the classroom. Direct support from the AT department will be on-going throughout the school year.
The first Learning Community Session focusses on teaching Visual Literacy/ Critical Thinking Skills using the tools available on the IWB. Some resources that might be helpful when planning visual literacy lessons are:
• Canadian International Development Agency Photo Gallery
• Committee for the Children: Second Step Resource
• Grolier on-line encyclopedia (includes both multimedia and news options)
Ultimately, our goal is to incorporate IWBs as effective teaching and learning tools in the TDSB classroom and to increase student engagement and achievement through a model of Differentiated Learning. Including both East and West regions, there are over 25 Learning Community sessions which include Special Education teachers, whose classrooms received an SEA interactive whiteboard group claim this 2012-2013 school year.