Welcome to our Weebly site on Cloud-Based Learning Management Systems.
We have laid out the Weebly into seven sections. At the end of each section, there is also a comment section. Feel free to add any comments, thoughts, or reflections.
Best Practices, Dark Side, and Predictions each have an activity that we would like you to take a moment to complete.
Please work your way across this site and complete the activities throughout the week making sure there is enough time for dialogue. Let's begin with introductions...
My name is Leonora. I live in Toronto, Ontario My background is in teaching and training and most of my career I have worked with adult learners. Currently I work at the Continuing Education Department at Ryerson University where I am involved in designing, teaching and evaluating blended and fully online courses that focus mainly on intercultural and workplace communication. Two of the most commonly used cloud-based computing applications for me are DropBox and Google docs.
My name is Jon Patry, and I reside in the city of Calgary, Alberta. I am currently employed by the Calgary Board of Education as a Grade 4/5 teacher and an in-house Technology Learning Leader. There are many new fun and technology driven projects happening in our elementary school, and the students are becoming savvy digital citizens. Cloud technology was first introduced to me when Dropbox was first making waves. Now, I use that and other cloud-based applications and storage every day using Google Apps to synch my mobile devices. Within my school community we have great access to WiFi, and students are able to bring their own mobile devices if he/she chooses. In the fall, Google Education (fingers-crossed) will make it's debut with our board. I am eager to get the students started using this form of cloud-storage technology.
My name is Dennis Pratt and I am from Edmonton, Alberta where I teach junior high construction and computers for Edmonton Public Schools. As the technology team leader at my school I am pushing towards having students use their personal devices in classrooms and lead the way in 21st century learning. I have a background in Wood Products Engineering Technology where I use CAD drawings and CNC machines to create woodworking quickly and efficiently. We use cloud computing in our school in teaching web design, student group work, teacher file sharing and with the many apps available for the iPad.
Hi. I'm Tim Roos from Chilliwack British Columbia where I teach senior Math and Science in a kindergarten to grade 12 school. I administrate our local Moodle learning management System as well as help set up and install technology tools in the classroom. With the potential cost savings and support benefits of having a learning management system in the cloud, this project has allowed me to investigate this possiblity.
Hello, I'm Kenton Hemsing from Leduc, Alberta where I teach senior mathematics and physics courses. Like Tim, I am also responsible for our school's Moodle based learning management system. I also spear-head several other projects that are based on integrating cloud computing technology into our schools throughout our district, these will include the adoption of Google Applications in the coming fall as well as the integration of Moodle 2.0 with Dropbox for our senior high teachers. The use of cloud-computing technology has a great effect on our students’ ability to access materials and continue their learning while keeping the cost down for the district and the school.