Enhancing teaching practices with personalized Professional Development

Students completing a Lumio game-based activity individually and collaboratively.

Teachers & School
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board 
St. Catherine of Siena, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Adam Borrelli
Anne Connelly
Monique Daniel
Stacey English
Patty Ferraro
Nsume Hyacienth
Chantal Leblanc
Delphine Rodrigues
Alicja Torun

Key Challenge
Providing personalized professional development to help teachers create interactive activities that target specific learning goals.

SMART Solution

St. Catherine of Siena teachers began to regularly use Lumio to enhance their teaching practices and create interactive lessons to target learning goals.

"This was such a great PD experience. It applied to what we needed in our classrooms."
-Anne Connelly


Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and fastest growing school boards in Ontario, with over 81,000 students attending 149 schools. The board includes areas of Mississauga, Brampton, Bolton, Caledon, Orangeville and Dufferin County. Dufferin-Peel believes the innovative staff they hire has a direct impact on student success. They believe in educating teachers on current trends in education and technology is essential in fostering continued success.


Dufferin-Peel had been using SMART hardware and software for many years. While renewing their Lumio license for the 2017- 2018 school year, they realized there were features of Lumio that were not being used to their fullest potential. They chose to work with SMART's Efficacy and Implementation (EIM) Team, because they could create a needs-based professional development plan for their teachers; one that would offer pedagogically relevant training focused on enhancing learning and teaching practices.

Initial Implementation:

Knowing the school board wanted to offer training workshops to all elementary schools within Dufferin-Peel Catholic District Board, the EIM team worked with multiple schools over the course of two weeks to showcase how the new features of Lumio could create highly interactive learning experiences for students. St. Catherine of Siena in Mississauga was one of these schools. In a lunch-and-learn session, teachers caught a glimpse of the potential of Lumio, and were eager to engage in more in-depth training.

Personalized Professional Development:

Coordinating goals with the school administration, the EIM Team returned to St. Catherine of Senna for 4 days, and worked with 8 teachers to integrate Lumio into their classrooms. Throughout those 4 days, teachers had access to professional development that was personalized for them. Each teacher shared what they were working on in the classroom, what they hoped to gain from the training, as well as any difficulties they faced with technology integration. SMART's collaborative planning period meetings consisted of:

  • Conversations involving learning goals for students
  • Current content being stuffed
  • Barriers in the classroom regarding technology integration
  • Constructing essons using Lumio
  • Modeling effective use of Lumio in the classroom

Overall, teachers were shown elements of Lumio that supported their learning objectives in the classroom. They then built lessons using Lumio, and implemented them in their classroom with support from the SMART EIM Team. On the last day of the sessions, students could engage in an interactive Lumio lesson with support from the EIM Team.


The SMART EIM Team returned to St. Catherine of Siena one month after the initial in-depth week to follow up with teachers. Teachers expressed how easy it was to create and integrate Lumio activities, and that their students were more engaged in the learning process than before implementation.

"It's not often you can do lessons in five minutes!"
said Anne Connelly.

Teachers took it even one step further, and allowed students to create question sets within Lumio. The teachers felt supported and comfortable implementing the new technology in heir classrooms.

Through SMART's personalized professional development, teachers were able to see the value of Lumio, because it was immediately applied to their classroom goals. After four days of training, teachers were able to build interactive lessons using SMART Notebook and create engaging learning experiences using Lumio on their own. Teachers were excited to continue using Lumio to facilitate active learning experiences for students in their classrooms.