- Marratech- video
conferencing platform. We use a video conferencing platform to have
short duration meetings with our mentors. They appreciate the
opportunity to interact with other mentors, get some additional
information and be able to ask questions first hand without even
leaving their schools. Winter travel in Nova Scotia can be
challenging but even in warmer weather people appreciate not having
to travel long distances to attend a meeting. Some of our
mentors even take part in the video meetings from home.
- Moodle- Content management
system and collaborative environment. It is important to
maintain good communication, to solicit feedback and to share
resources. We do all of this within our Moodle platform.
Our portal provides a 24 hour support to mentors when they are
looking for new ideas, can't remember when the next meeting is or
need a form. It is all there on the portal. We conduct
polls, collaboratively work on documents in our wikis, and most
importantly we share materials.
- Literacy and
Technology Integration- this site was developed to assist
teachers in our Board and province with integration ideas. It
has also provided a showcase for the exchange of mini-lesson ideas.
Further, the Family Literacy section has proved very helpful to
teachers when working with parents and for families to find stress
free ideas that motivate students by using technology to promote
Learning - a wide range of tutorials for a multitude of software
titles. This site has a great free section but even more if you buy
Family Literacy Activities and Ideas- this site gives our
mentors ideas to share with parents that promotes literacy and
technology integration in fun, family friendly ways. The site
also gives parents the vocabulary that mirrors that which their
child relies on for strategies in reading and writing. It makes it
easier for parents to work with their child at home when they are
approaching things in a manner similar to the classroom teacher.