Technology Hubs: How they benefit our students

SCDSB is getting top accolades for its commitment to promoting lifelong learning among students and teachers, alike. A new research paper by Harvard University showcased SCDSB’s ‘Technology Hubs’ as
a stand-out approach to promoting effective use of technology in the classroom. Through an exclusive invitation, the ‘Hubs’ team will also present their work to all 72 Ontario school boards at the fourth annual 21st Century Round Table conference.

Girls hands on tablet at homework session.SCDSB Technology Hubs are innovative collaboration teams that mobilize the use of technology across the board and share their learning about how to leverage digital tools in a variety of forums. The Hubs, established with funds from the Ontario Technology and Learning Fund Action Plan, through the Council of Directors of Education (CODE), were designed to enable teachers come together to explore and develop new ways to promote technology-supported learning in their classrooms.

In 2013, (the year that the Hubs were open for business), 33 teachers came to the Hubs to share and develop ideas. Enthusiasm for the Hubs was contagious: In the second year, an additional 130 teachers joined the network growing technology-supported teaching skills. To date, more than 90% of SCDSB schools now have participating teachers, all of whom bring new and exciting learning back to their own classrooms and to colleagues at their schools.

To further support teachers’ use of technology in the classroom, teacher librarians at all schools were provided with a variety of technology tools to engage and inspire learning including iOgrapher kits, iPads, GoPro cameras, and Green Screens. And the learning associated with SCDSB’s Hubs continues: Technology Hubs have now been rebranded as ‘Innovation Hubs’ to further support the SCDSB innovation agenda. This continuous expansion and rev

isioning of the Innovation Hubs foreshadows ongoing improvements throughout the SCDSB, since ultimately, when teachers make their work public, the quality of their practice and student outcomes improve (Lieberman & Pointer Mace, 2010 in Dede, 2015).

~Deb Scharf Manager of Research and Evaluation Services

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