Author Archives: Eric Hardie

Bringing Students Together: Carleton University Students Use the OCDSBXL Planner

Written by: Kathleen Moss Instructor for Sociology of Education 3300 Carleton University We’re back…students in the Sociology of Education course (SOCI 3300) at Carleton University have been busy producing creative & innovative experiential learning (EL) projects targeted for students in … Read More

5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trades: An Evening with Parents and Students

On Feb, 25, 2021 the OCDSB and Innovation and Adolescent Learners, hosted a Q&A session with guest speaker Jon Callegher from JobTalks.  The evening allowed students and parents to hear why there was job satisfaction in the Trades. Also, students … Read More

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OCDSBXL Podcast (S2,E1): Finding our Voices; Podcasting to the World

We’re back! The OCDSBXL Podcast is back with a more detailed look into our blog story about the amazing, cross-curricular, multi-grade, inter-panel podcast project by Angela Robinson and her students and colleagues at Henry Larsen PS in the OCDSB. Angela … Read More

5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trade: Thur, Feb 25 @ 7pm

5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trades: An Evening with Parents and Students.  Come join us on Feb 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm as the OCDSB hosts a virtual evening for students and parents. This evening is more than an evening about … Read More

Launch 2020: Keynote, Tina Varughese

OCDSB students in grades 11 and 12 are encourage to register for our first ever virtual post-secondary event on Wednesday, December 2nd. SIGN UP HERE The event’s equity keynote takes place at 9:30am. Who is Tina Varughese?  Tina Varughese is … Read More

Launch 2020: Virtual Post-Secondary Event for OCDSB Students, Dec 2nd, 2020

REGISTER HERE ABOUT LAUNCH 2020 Launch 2020 is an Ottawa Carleton District School Board event for grade 11 and 12 students. You’ll get to meet exhibitors (employers, service providers, post-secondary institutions, etc.) and learn about different pathways, careers and skills … Read More

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Summer Learning Experience Development for OCDSB Staff

***Innovation and Adolescent Learning is accepting applications until Wednesday, July 8th*** This is an opportunity for K-12 educators (teachers, ECE’s, etc.) to build shared resources for the district over the summer to support blended learning. OCDSB Educators, K-12, have been … Read More

Sir Will’s “LaurierLive” Students Continue to Broadcast from Home

LaurierLive is a student-run broadcast news station at Sir Wilfrid Laurier SS. Grade 11 and 12 students broadcast live announcements through closed circuit TVs in classrooms, and stream live to the LaurierLive Youtube channel at the start of every school … Read More

**NEW XL_Challenges: Challenge 1 – #OCDSBTimeCapsule

The #OCDSBTimeCapsule is a living gallery, a collection of student curated artefacts that represent the lived experience of learning and expression present in the time of #LearnAtHome and Covid-19. It is a living history of youth expression in all its forms. In the … Read More

Collaboration for OCDSB Educators w/ #OCDSBLearnAtHome

One of the positive outcomes of our current LearnAtHome practice is that it is generating excellent examples of innovation and collaboration across the school district. Educators are seeking ways of collaborating with colleagues to build and share resources. One strategy … Read More

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Carleton University Students Utilize the OCDSBXL Experiential Learning Plan Template

Student engagement and leadership skills are at the core of student work being undertaken in the Sociology of Education course (3300B) at Carleton University. The majority of students enrolled in the course are majoring in child studies, sociology, psychology, or … Read More

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Student Design: A Low Cost, Eco-Friendly Solution for Home Insulation

–by J-P Brichta, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School When faced with the challenge of, “How can you change the world for the better?”, Nicholas Steinke thought about dirt. Then rocks. Then rubber tires.  And he was just getting “warmed” up.  … Read More

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Projet passionnel à Mutchmor avec Glebe CI

Auteure: Vy Tran (étudiante) Même avant le début du projet, “project-based learning” m’avait toujours intéressée. Donc, j’étais très enthousiaste quand notre classe a commencé les projets passionnels. En particulier, mon groupe avait décidé de faire notre projet à une école … Read More

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Students at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Enjoy Salad Bar Learning Opportunities

Contributor: Farm to Cafeteria Canada (Reprinted with permission) Interested in following their lead? Apply now for a grant. There’s an old adage about how food brings people together. The students at Elizabeth Wyn Wood alternate program have experienced that first … Read More

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Focus on Research: Meaningful Work

Student voice refers to listening to and valuing students’ views regarding their learning experiences, as well as treating them as equal partners in the evaluation process (Blau & Shamir-Inbal, 2018). This is expected, in turn, to empower students to take … Read More

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B&LT Launches 2nd Design Challenge: ‘Caring’

This year,  B&LT (Business and Learning Technology) is challenging students to use their Maker-skills. There will be a total of 3 Maker Challenges that students, classes, and clubs can participate in by coding, making, sewing, creating, programming an app, filming, … Read More

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OCDSBXL Podcast (Ep2): “Growing thinkers; Feeding learning.”

In Episode 2 we talk with Derek Brez from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Derek is pushing the boundaries of what Science education looks like in high schools, with some of the most reluctant learners.  When … Read More

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Youth Ottawa & OCDSBXL Featured in 1310 News Interview

Check out the interview featuring the great work done by our friends at Youth Ottawa in partnerships with OCDSBXL.

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Project Period: Featherston Drive PS Students Promote Gender Equity

Written by Grade 8 Students : Mariam Abdulhamidkhon, Abod AlAmeer and Rokayah Karim, R8A At  Featherston Drive Public School, the students of R8A have worked on a project to empower girls and to ensure every female has the right to … Read More

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OTSS Students learn about Manufacturing & Business with Junior Achievement

Submitted by: Heather Galigan, Teacher Librarian OTSS students in the Manufacturing class are learning all about product development through participating in the Junior Achievement (JA) program organized by ONFE.  Through trial and error they developed a mid century modern plant … Read More

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Share Your Stories With Us

OCDSBXL wants to share your stories! Staff and students from the OCDSB are invited to submit stories about the innovative learning going on in their classrooms and communities, which embodies the pillars of the board’s strategic plan: innovation, caring, and … Read More

Featherston Drive PS: “Shooting Stars & Stories”

                  Written by Larisa Taha & Malak Mutter, Grade 7 Students   Since October, Ms.Conley’s grade 7 class from Featherston Drive has been working on a storytelling showcase. We went to see Jacqui … Read More

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SHSM Students at South Carleton Engage with Toddlers & Seniors in the Community

Contributed by: Teachers Jamie McIntyre & Kristine Kelly Fortin. Video by Grade 12 Student Ben Grant Playgroup has been a part of South Carleton High School for decades, bringing the community together through play. It’s been embedded in the Richmond … Read More

Merivale HS SHSM Students work with DeSerres Ottawa

Submitted by Merivale HS Teacher, Irv Osterer: SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) Students at Merivale High School, doing the compulsory SPCE (Sector Partner Contextualized Experience) certification, presented their product advertising work to the regional manager of DeSerres Ottawa, Mr. Thomas Baribault. Thomas … Read More

OCDSBXL Hosts NetworkingXL1

As part of its work to build a network of innovation in the OCDSB, the Innovation and Adolescent Learning Department hosted its first networking event for staff from across the board: NetworkingXL1. Over a hundred staff filled a room at … Read More

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Hands on Learning in the Trades at John McCrae SS

A new program is being offered at John McCrae to help students looking to get into the skilled trades. The course started by math teacher Sean Mikkelborg, supports students in college pathway programming to learn about the math necessary for … Read More

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Farm to School Month celebrated at Sir Guy’s Parent-Teacher Night

Tatiana Vorobej and her Hospitality and Tourism students serve up their freshly made delicacies Guest author: Josie Di Felice from Sustain Ontario (used, with thanks) Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School in Ottawa celebrated Farm to School Month 2019 in style on October 24th … Read More

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Welcome to OCDSBXL

#OCDSBXL is the new home of Experiential Learning and of the Innovation and Adolescent Learning Department of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (the XL is short for eXperiential Learning). We are committed to sharing innovation, facilitating the creation of networks, … Read More

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After recent ‘Skills Ontario’ Success, OCDSB Students Ready for this Year’s Competitions

May 6-8, 2019 Skills Ontario held its annual Skills Competition for Elementary, Secondary and PostSecondary students at the Toronto Congress Center. Students from the OCDSB and across Ontario competed in 14 elementary contests  and 47 secondary contests. Team OCDSB was … Read More

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OCDSBXL Podcast (Ep1): “Learning is Messy; Standing Back is the Hard Work”

In our first episode, “Learning is Messy; Standing Back is the Hard Work,” we talk with Leslie Mott from North Gower Marlborough Public School, in North Gower, Ontario, Canada.  Leslie reflects on the story of powerful learning with grade 4 … Read More

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My Lens, My Story: The Power of Student Stories In Film

Youth Ottawa’s Youth Active Media (YAM) begins with a premise: the outcome of empowering youth to tell their stories has the collateral effect of developing, in the words of Executive Director, Ian Bingeman, “idea generators through transdisciplinary connection.”  Providing students … Read More

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Welcome to our new blog!  This site will be the home for eXperiential Learning and the Innovation & Adolescent Learning department of the OCDSB. The site will be used to share the stories of innovation in the district, provide professional … Read More