UGDSB representing at OLA Superconference

Posted February 5, 2019

Last week a number of Teachers and Terry James staff members traveled to Toronto to attend the OLA Superconference.   A conference that brings together all divisions (School, Public, Academic and Health libraries) from across Canada to meet, discuss and of course learn from one another.   Upper Grand teachers and staff showcased their talents, presented and volunteered their time for a number of workshops.

College Heights’ Teachers Sarah Wyche and Brie Worgan presented their experience of being teachers in a vocational school and how the library has provided support for teachers to use knowledge building to empower learners through co-planning, co-teaching, and makerspaces. At the same time, the library has applied the principals to real-life projects for students, most notably the formation of a club that 3D prints, assembles, and donates prosthetic hands for people in need.

Technology Coach, Jen Apgar presented Game-Based Learning Using Minecraft in the Learning Commons. Jen explained how Minecraft’s use of code and design make it a perfect collaborative learning based game that has countless applications to the curriculum.

Westminster Wood’s Teacher Librarian, Sara Furnival was busy hosting in the  OSLA sandbox, an interactive booth for visitors to make & take an e-textile. As a maker Sara illustrated that Makerspaces do not need to be complicated or difficult and that the Learning Commons is a great place to try these little projects.

Of course no conference would happen without the hard work and dedication of volunteers. ODSS Teacher librarian, Alanna King has served the past two years as an OSLA Planner. Insuring all presenters and attendees have an an amazing time. Her duties included just about everything you can imagine from reviewing presenters applications to hand picking keynote speakers. To running around insuring all attendees and presenters have the best possible conference experience.

We are extremely proud to have such a strong and dedicated group of individuals on staff who are passionate about the future of libraries and the role of Learning Commons.




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