Author Archives: Cameron Jones

“Unaffected”: Hawthorne Students Are Learning Language and Filmmaking at the Same Time

**NOTE** In this edition of the XL Blog, students in the English Literacy Development Program (ELD) at Hawthorne Public School share their story (in progress) of filmmaking as the method of language learning in their transition year from Elementary to … Read More

Made2HelpOttawa: Social Enterprise, Helping Others, & Learning Along the Way

In the midst of the most disruptive period in public education in recent memory, Jason Whiting chose two paths that stand out as exceptional: first, reflecting upon his practice he saw the urgency for more student agency; second, with a … Read More

“Made at Sir Wil” – Beyond Consumers: Creating in Our Own Image

Looking under the hood can be a dangerous discovery; in the case of Richard Young’s robotics program at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, it was an epiphany. Richard is the polymath engineer-cum-educator behind the most innovative robotics program that I … Read More

R6B’s Learning Adventure in Flight – To The Moon and Back, and Back Again

What if our belief in the capacity of students involved challenging our assumptions about baselines; challenged our thinking about “learning loss” by taking one giant leap, I mean a giant leap like in the footsteps of a space program…? What … Read More

Aliens and Pikachus: real-time tech goes to high school (Osgoode Township High School)

When Marc Dubeau first suggested that students, with the right tools, could create in augmented and virtual reality I was skeptical. It wasn’t a question of capacity. I had only just returned from a Canadian Apprenticeship Forum conference where, for … Read More

OCDSBXL Podcast (S2E3): GCI student historians uncover the truth about the True North

By Jessica McIntyre History students at Glebe Collegiate Institute, participating in the OCDSB’s Project True North,  have been uncovering the hidden stories of Canada’s first and only segregated Black Battalion.  By studying military service files, medical records, and other primary … Read More

Tackling Homelessness at Adult HS: “These issues are important. I think we need to take action on something that is important.”

Alexandra Woods teaches at the OCDSB’s Adult High School. In this guest post, Xan shares the story of her Families in Canada (HHS4U) course moving from theory to action, a student driven project that culminated in timely and poignant advocacy. … Read More

Students at Henry Larsen Elementary School Podcast into 21st Century Learning as Content Creators

Written by: Angela Robinson Students at Henry Larsen Elementary School explored podcasting this year and became their own content creators while developing their digital fluency skills There has been a recent shift in the way we entertain ourselves and … Read More

TEJ3M Robotics – Mars Rover Project: LIVE in Mr. Young’s Living Room

By: Richard Young; Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School Normally, one of the highlights of our Robotics courses involves working with our programmable robotic vehicles. Unfortunately, the January lockdown meant that students and teachers were doing everything from home, which meant … Read More

Craig Cardiff’s Songwriting Workshops Bring Learning to the Airwaves

Students, young and old are learning, and turning their words into the soundtrack of their lives.  Craig Cardiff has spent a lifetime on the road uncovering stories to tell through songs based on the people he encounters. One need only … Read More

Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat: Reconnecting with Anishinabek Traditions and Culture (Part 3)

Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat reconnected with his Anishinabek traditions and culture in a learning experience like no other. #WhatLearningLooksLike Read the introduction by Derek Brez; and Part 1 by Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat  Project and Story By: Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat (Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School) In this, the third installment of … Read More

Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat: Reconnecting with Anishinabek Traditions and Culture (Part 2)

Sweat Lodge Read the introduction by Derek Brez; and Part 1 by Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat  Project and Story By: Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat (Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School) A sweat lodge is a very sacred traditional way of helping out the “ spirit, mind and … Read More

#OCDSBTimeCapsule: Student Artefacts

We asked OCDSB students to “Leave an artefact; build a time capsule; share your experience.” And they did. In song.; as spoken word; with images and creations, videos and experiments. … Read More

Kee’Adyn Pitawanakwat: Reconnecting with Anishinabek Traditions and Culture (Part 1)

A little person’s pipe “memegwaas puagan” are created to use and to honor and speak to little people. … Read More

Morgan’s Story: #BellLetsTalk

“Tired”Words by: MorganPerformed by: MorganMusic by: Micco; used with permission.  Contributor: Ruth McKeague and Morgan Bouncing Back (#RHSBouncingBack) is a school-wide initiative at Ridgemont High School aimed at building resilience and wellness into students’ day to day experiences. It promotes a school … Read More

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Craig Cardiff explores the power of song with Woodroffe HS English Language Learners

English Language Learners at Woodroffe High School were given the opportunity to put their words (in multiple languages!) to music with singer-songwriter, Craig Cardiff.  Cardiff is a Juno-nominated Canadian folk artist who, in addition to recording and touring, runs workshops … Read More

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Time to Take Action: Ridgemont High School and the National Capital Commission (NCC) #LookOutside

Recently, as part of the larger #RHSBouncingBack initiative, grade 10 and 11 Science students at Ridgemont High School, in partnership with the National Capital Commission (NCC), applied their learning to combat climate change as citizen scientists.  Students and staff alike … Read More

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Environmental Activism & English Language Learning in Adult High School

Students in the Central Orientation Class at Adult HS spent weeks completing an environmental audit for the school.  They were shocked by their findings. This ignited in students a desire to bring school wide awareness to the issue, inform their … Read More

A group of students holding shovels out in nature.

Are you an OCDSB High School Student Interested in Spending Semester 2 in Nature? Learn More…

Before becoming a classroom teacher, Chris Drummond worked as an ecologist, a park naturalist, and an outdoor educator.  His passion for the outdoors and how human beings interact in the ecosystems around Ottawa and beyond led him to develop a … Read More

Students Build Friendship Centre with Knowledge Keepers & Elders at Sir Guy Carleton SS

In the times we live in currently, Reconciliation is a term used and spoke of quite often. To see it acted out though, is another story. The Friendship Centre at Sir Guy Carleton is a great example of what can … Read More

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From Passion Projects to a Whole New Mind: Making as Learning

When Leslie Mott’s students began imagining passion projects in March there was no way for them, or their teacher, to fully understand where the initial steps would lead: how could a 10-year-old imagine shrinking themselves down to elfin height to … Read More

Red poster with hand drawn pictures of non perishable food items.

Solutionaries: Children solving real-world problems

Confronted with a National problem for Canada’s food banks, students at Fielding Drive Public School implemented a solution: enlisting the support of multiple community partners, students led an awareness campaign to promote “Ottawa’s Most Wanted”, and needed, food donations.  The … Read More