Ontario Edu Students’ Chat (@ONedSsChat) was founded by Leigh Cassell in the Spring 2017 to connect K-12 students across Ontario to discuss topics related to character education, social justice, and citizenship. @ONedSsChat creates opportunities for students to network with others, gain perspective, build relationships with new learning partners in a literacy-rich learning environment, experience social media as a powerful platform for learning, and establish a positive digital footprint.
Provincial Ontario Edu Students’ Chat Team
Nigel Klemencic is a high school student in 12th grade in Clarington, Ontario. He spends most of his time studying linguistics, learning Norwegian, traveling, or with friends. He loves opening his eyes to new ideas and hearing other people’s stories. In the future, he would like to go into teaching and working to make the best environment possible for students.
Rylin is 13 and goes to Howick PS. She is a tech savvy girl. She can code a robot, set up a website and Rylin is now looking forward to helping with the Ontario Students’ Twitter Chat. Rylin’s hobbies include playing many musical instruments, listening to many genres of music and watching HGTV with my family. Some of Rylin’s accomplishments are passing Swim Kids 10, completing her babysitting course, and receiving a orange belt in karate.
Leigh Cassell loves kids. She is an innovator, adventurer, and partner in learning with teachers and students around the world. Leigh works as an AMDSB Technology Coach and she is Founder & President of the Digital Human Library. For the past 13 years Leigh has been teaching students in K-8 with a focus on integrating technologies effectively to inspire learning, create global connections for teachers and students, develop 21st Century Competencies, and prepare students to succeed as next generation learners. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher, and Co-Founder of A Kids’ Guide to Canada.
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Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board, and the author of the book, Social LEADia. She also is a grad student, and a food-loving, book-loving Ukulele player-want-to-be. She is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place.
Nicole Kaufman has a love of learning and sharing. Qualified as a Kindergarten to Grade 12 teacher, she has a vast knowledge of the different skills needed to teach at any age or developmental stage. Student voice and connected based learning opportunities are the central focus of Nicole’s practice. Nicole has been innovative in the creation of new projects within the AMDSB. She is proud to be the creator and moderator of the #AMDSBkidschat on twitter, a member of the New Literacies Team, a member of the Connected Learning Partnership Team, and most recently a member of the #EveryoneCanCode PLC in AMDSB. While Nicole finds passion within the classroom her skill sets and interests extend into areas such as music, photography and volunteering. In all that Nicole does, whether in school or out, she continues to inspire in children and adults an appreciation of how their lives are continuously enriched through the process of learning.
Brock Baker is an experienced Canadian high school educator, speaker, writer, analyst, consultant and project manager. In collaboration with his students he co-founded the provincial wide sharing network @ONThoughtBakery in 2015 and in 2016 started the student educational conference #OwnYourEd. Brock is a frequent speaker and organizer at edtech conferences, sharing his expertise in eLearning, blended learning, and philosophy of educational technology. He is constantly exploring new ways to engage students to develop the critical knowledge, skills and attitudes required for responsible citizenship and healthier lives.
Jay is an energetic primary/junior teacher in the Thames Valley DSB embracing the power of 1:1 tech and having a blast watching his students amplify student voice. His goal is to turn students from consumers into content creators with authentic learning experiences that connect with real world. Uncovering curriculum in the community, providing choice in best ways to show thinking and bringing students into the assessment cycle are current interests. His classroom mantra is Explore – Create – Digitize – Reflect & Connect and believes that it’s important for students to feel like contributing members of their communities.
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Allison Fuisz is an enthusiastic learner from Ottawa, ON, who ditched the traditional ‘teacher’ desk in favour of a co-learning space with amazing students. She has her Masters in Professional Education with a concentration in Student Voice and digital tools. Everyday she enters her co-learning space with an attitude of gratitude and PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and hopes that her students do too. On the side, she is the co-founder of #ONedchat and is a firm believer in the world becoming a better place for all with the UN’s Sustainable Global Goals.