Technology and Innovation in Education
Toronto District School Board

Technology and Innovation in Education

FOSTERING ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP LEARNING IN THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD: ASSESSING TEACHERS’ AND ADMINISTRATORS’ ATTITUDES, PERCEPTIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND PRACTICES AND STUDENTS’ MINDSET AND SELF-EFFICACY: This study focuses on evaluation of the first phase of the Entrepreneurial Thinking (ET)  program through the analysis of surveys designed to elicit feedback on participants’ perceptions, attitudes, knowledge, and practices regarding ET teaching and learning, as well as the quality and effectiveness of the professional learning activities and resources offered in the program. It also provides comprehensive research literature in the area of ET in K-12 schooling. Click here for the full report (2015).

GLOBAL LEARNING AND TEACHING WITH EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD: This report has been written to provide a foundation and to inform the strategies in  the area of global competencies and educational technology. It can be used to inform effective integration of educational technology into teaching and learning and curriculum. Click here for the full report (2014).

K-12 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING STRATEGY: INCORPORATING THE ARTS IN TO STEM: This fact sheet has been written to inform policy decisions in regards to the TDSB’s Improving School Effectiveness and Student Achievement & Well Being through Learning Centres Strategy. Click here for the fact sheet (2016).

PRE-PILOT KNOWLEDGE BUILDING PROJECT: YEAR ONE REPORT: This study provides empirical findings that can be instrumental for educators and policy decision-makers to identify the effectiveness of Knowledge Building (KB) in K-12 schooling and inform current and future KB initiatives. Click here for the full report (2014).

RESEARCH SERIES ON SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: CREATING ACHIEVEMENT GOALS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF DEEP LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY: In this research series on School Effectiveness and School Improvement we are focusing on informing school improvement practices on “creating achievement goals with an understanding of deep learning and technology”. Click here for the research paper (2016).

STEM TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD: TOWARDS A STRONG THEORETICAL FOUNDATION AND SCALING UP FROM INITIAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE K-12 STEM STRATEGY RESEARCH SERIES I: Using longitudinal research design this “use-inspired developmental evaluation” study examines the system-wide STEM implementation in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). At the end of the first year of implementation of the STEM Strategy, our research revealed important findings about administrator, teacher, coaches, and student attitudes towards STEM education, STEM teaching and learning practices, and STEM professional learning practices. This research study provides comprehensive empirical data to track outcomes for teachers, administrators, coaches and students’ learning and involved a longitudinal STEM strategy over three years to improve educational opportunities, decrease marginalization and improve school outcomes for all learners. This report also includes comprehensive literature on STEM pedagogy, trans-disciplinary STEM education, robotics and STEM education, characteristics of effective professional learning communities, and coaching. Click here for the full report (2016).

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has recently set forth an innovative vision for learning, and this research brief will unpack this vision for learning, focusing on a core aspect of digital fluency. By doing so, we are targeting to inform recent practices and policies regarding digital fluency across the board and the province. Digital fluency is an essential part of global competencies and an important part of preparing young Canadians for a strong future. It is the hope that this research brief will motivate you to think about ways to better support digital fluency. Click here for the research brief (2016).

UNPACKING THE TDSB’S VISION FOR LEARNING: RESEARCH BRIEF ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AND CHARACTER: The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is committed to preparing all learners to succeed in the ever-changing competitive global environment. As such, the TDSB has identified five foundational skills and competencies that are important for student success. They are: (1) global citizenship and character, (2) communication, (3) critical thinking and problem-solving, (4) collaboration and leadership, and (5) creativity, inquiry and entrepreneurship. In this research brief we are targeting recent practices and policies regarding Global Citizenship and Character. Click here for the research brief (2016).




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