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Hamilton Wentworth District School Board – A flexible learning platform gives all students access to enriched resources

Challenge One System To Address Everyone’s Needs To bring teachers back into the fold, the HWDSB needed a single learning platform that would make every one of them happy. At the...


Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board – A digital book club and other unique ways that HWCDSB uses Ontario’s VLE

Ontario’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a dynamic learning platform powered by D2L’s Brightspace. The VLE is provided by the Ministry of Education at no cost to Ontario publicly funded school boards. Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) is the Catholic school board for Hamilton, Ontario, serving students in 48 elementary schools, seven secondary schools, and one adult and continuing education program. "I believe that the VLE is a rich resource of digital tools for all educators and students in Ontario. The VLE has radically transformed over the past few years and continues to become both a more user-friendly and mobile-friendly platform. It always keeps safety and security at its core and continues to make great strides in all areas." —Michael Noronha, TELT Contact, HWCDSB

SIDES – Bringing students and teachers together with engaging distance learning

When British Columbia introduced a new curriculum, SIDES faced a major challenge: nearly all its courses needed to be revised, and some of its older paper-based materials needed to be rewritten for online delivery. SIDES used the Brightspace platform from D2L to create a new set of flexible and engaging courses fast, enabling teachers to provide the right level of content to meet each student’s needs.

The STEAM Academy – Transforming the Way Students Access Education and Careers in Technology

Providing students with more opportunities to learn, to further their education into post-secondary, and to connect with their courses in a more meaningful way is of major importance to the SNP STEAM Academy. Created as an extension of Six Nations Polytechnic, the STEAM Academy provides a secondary-school education in a culturally diverse community, with a strong focus on connecting students to careers in the technology industry. Students can attend this program entirely for free. Using a blended learning approach, students can earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and earn college credits towards their college diploma within a 5-year period. And this is what makes them unique.

Necedah Schools – Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom

In an increasingly AI-driven world, it’s hard for schools to know how to prepare students for future careers in roles that may not even exist today. Necedah Schools is embracing D2L technology to help its students learn independently, in their own time and on their own terms—giving them the skills to adapt to whatever the future holds.

Halton Catholic District School Board – How Brightspace gives all students access to enriched resources

Joanne Kenney, Curriculum Consultant and Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact (TELT) for HCDSB spoke to D2L about how schools in her district use Brightspace in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). One of the Brightspace tools in the VLE, Portfolio, is widely-used in HCDSB. Teachers use Portfolio to connect in-classroom learning with out-of-classroom experiences. Joanne shared with us how four teachers at Christ the King Catholic Secondary School (CtK) in Georgetown, Ontario were using Portfolio in the VLE and we were intrigued.

Gwinnett County Public Schools – Going Online to Provide Education in All Circumstances

Early in the 2017-18 school year, Hurricane Irma exhausted the three built in inclement weather days leaving no days left for the typical ice or snow school closures. When the snow came in January, Gwinnett executed a plan that was a culmination of several years of training and planning. GCPS successfully held three Digital Learning Days and preserved the continuity of instruction.