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FIT Community

(supporting excellence in teaching and learning - primarily for teaching, but not exclusive to teachers


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  1. develop and promote teacher-led programs and services, and share best practices, applications, stories and anecdotal information to support peer learning, teacher professional development and student learning (Gr. 11-12) in ICT skills development and use of Web 2.0 social media;
  2. provide resources to assist teachers in their learning and development:
    1. as teachers using ICTs and Web 2.0 social media;
    2. as FIT teachers using ICTs and Web 2.0 social media;
    3. as FIT teachers working with youth (Gr. 11-12) who are using ICTs and social media;
    4. as FIT teachers who are members of a peer group of FIT teachers across Canada
    5. as FIT stakeholders who are leaders in their communities
  3. support teaching and learning with innovative approaches and strategies for appropriate resources and contexts;
  4. provide insights regarding best practices in learner support
  5. share and promote evidence-based teaching practices (with youth);
  6. provide opportunities for self-assessment and other means of formative assessment and evaluation; and conduct scholarly research about teaching, learning, and assessment

Teacher's Portal

FIT Community Focus Group - TORs / Criteria for Participation

info goes here - work in progress

  • also - downstream responsibilities (TORs)
  • Identify, explain and communicate functional, navigational and usability requirements in a timely fashion
  • Act as ambassadors to peers
  • Share site and resources
  • Be willing to be a focal point in their institution and surrounding areas
  • Be willing to have a "case study" about them (bio, info / role, photo)

Suggested Group Members

(Comment.gif: These individuals have been put forward as potential participants in providing feedback and requirements for the FIT Teacher Community website / portal)

  • Wadih Zaatar, Cisco Canada,


  • Gordon Balbar, Edmonton Public School District
  • Gerald Chung, Bev Facey High School
  • Scott Empson, NAIT
  • Karen Graham, SAIT, Department Head
  • Michael Quinton, Forest Lawn High School
  • Emanuele Quatararo St. Mary’s High School

British Columbia

  • Kelly Betts, Director South Island Partnership (Camosun)
  • Randy James, Chair Networking Academy BCIT
  • Dennis Joel, School District 43
  • John Murtha, FNTC
  • Eddie Wong, Burnaby South High School (SD 41)


  • John Chasty, Superintendent Toronto District School Board
  • Cianfrini, Aldo, Education Officer, Ministry of Education
  • Gregory Hampton, Past member of the Advisory Board, completed Ontario Alignment
  • John McPhee, Guidance Consultant Toronto District School Board
  • Reece Morgan, Education Officer, Ministry of Education
  • Nokhovitch, Sacha, Founding member of the FIT Ontario program
  • Mike Sutcliffe, Key Teacher for SATEC Specialist High Skills Major School
  • Robert Wager, Professor at York University in Technology and Teacher Training
  • Steve Thompson, President of Trillium and Advisory Board chairman
  • Roderick Turner, Professor Seneca College, Reach Ahead Opportunities

Next Steps

  • Discuss member criteria as well as number of people required.
  • Identify appropriate members
  • Develop short email (with links) describing the opportunity and our 'ask' (of them) - and in return, what we will do for them.
  • they will provide constructive feedback on a timely basis
  • they will act as ambassadors within their institution (region) to share info, support their peers and communicate with them regularly
  • they would be comfortable referring to this process, and use of the site
  • they can share story ideas for inclusion in the FIT Newsletter
  • they are willing to be profiled (i.e., FIT website, newsletter, etc.) - this could take the form of a photo, bio and Q&A (See: Roslyn Valentine, Technical Assistance Coach for details
  • Send introductory email to "recruit" these members - and explain purpose and proposed role; share TORs for their participation - have a deadline
  • Develop a lineup/ schedule of activities with proposed dates
  • Dec. 17 - soft launch
  • Feb. 4, 2013 - official launch
  • March 1+, rolling updates
  • Develop a means of communication
  • Google group - good for gathering feedback, establishing group cohesiveness and identity); email not the greatest, especially with larger numbers
  • Inform them, and make sure they Confirm Email Addresses - so they know the communication channel, and what's expected of them.
  • Establish Ground rules
  • no rah-rah input
  • constructive and timely feedback; add to the conversation
  • sense of self-sufficiency and interdependence; building on each other's contributions
  • members help each other - with ICTs, sharing links, meeting times (backchannel help OK)
  • Info from the group will be shared with ICTC regular and iterative basis to inform website / portal development; communicate throughout ICTC and externally;