Monday, June 15, 2015

Imagine a world without

2015 has been an interesting year in Alberta, with a downturn in the economy and political upheaval. With first the uncertainty of the spring and then a significant change in government in May, everyone in education, including the Education Society has faced challenges. For, one of our main challenges is funding, which we have traditionally received in the spring through grants. 

Over the past 18 years, the Provincial Team has exemplified leadership in educational technology. The website has always been a manifestation of the professional development work of the Team. Our January 14, 2015 Blog called Should auld websites be forgot…. captured many of the changes in the website that have occurred over the years, aligned with our professional development focus, projects and programs. Resources have been gathered based on teacher requests, websites have been developed, adapted and updated with advances in educational technology. A most recent example is the “Create” website that grew out of the Web 2.0 site, when our fieldwork indicated a need for the identification of student tools and apps for knowledge creation.

And that brings us to the 2015-2016 school year, where a lack of funding will limit the size and the activities of the Provincial Team. Most significantly, the Provincial Team Teachers will be returning to their districts, to continue their careers in educational technology there.   With much regret, the professional development services offered by the Education Society will be curtailed for this school year. 

So how does the Society face this major challenge?  As Winston Churchill said “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

In the 2015-2016 school year, with limited staff, our primary focus will be the maintenance of the portal and its many sites. With over 50,000 visits per month from educators and their students [resulting in 450,000+ page views and over 5,000,000 hits monthly], we have a great opportunity and responsibility to nurture this highly valued resource. Please stay connected with us through our twitter feed, blog and news on the website.  

We would love to hear from you…..