Ontario’s public educational broadcaster has a new online platform, “for Ontario’s teachers, by Ontario’s teachers,” dedicated to sharing, collaboration and knowledge exchange.
Created in partnership with the Ontario Teacher’s Federation (and it’s affiliates) and the Ministry of Education, and in consultation with teachers from across the province, TVO’s TeachOntario is designed to support teacher professional learning, foster teacher leadership, and facilitate the sharing of best practices.
TeachOntario is divided into three sections:
“Explore,” a publicly-accessible space that includes curated Ministry resources and research, teacher blogs, and digital resources for teachers and parents;
“Share,” an educator-only space, features over 48 teacher-initiated groups focused on knowledge sharing and learning resources (e.g., 21st Century Learning and Teaching, Digital Literacy in the Classroom, Mathematics Instructional Strategies for Student Success);
“Create,” a space for informal and formal collaborative and participatory online project development. (As with the “Share” space, “Create” is only accessible by Ontario educators.)
The Explore section is also home to Parents as Partners, a resource bank for parents of Ontario school children in kindergarten to grade 12. Here parents will find everything from age-appropriate reading lists to at-home science experiments they can do with their children using everyday household items.
Explore also houses articles, videos and tip sheets to support children’s health and development.