A Couple of OTF Things

My friends at OTF (Ontario Teachers’ Federation) have asked me to promote a couple of things so here goes…

First, @pbeens notes that the OTF Curriculum Forum is gathering information from Ontario teachers.  A survey has been constructed and is attached to his blog here.  The survey is entitled “From Obstacles to Opportunities – Classroom Teacher Survey”.  They appear to be in search of honest opinions about obstacles in the classroom.  It looks like a great opportunity to have some input.  Peter is asking that the Twitter tag #o2o be used for online discussions.

Secondly, @cyndiejacobs who is spearheading the OTF/CUE Google for Educators has put a closing date on registrations.  While the response to registration has been great, there still remains a few open seats.  She’s going to close registration on October 12 so that all the logistics of food, computers, etc. can be addressed.  Cyndie is asking that we use the Twitter tag #otffeocue for this event.  It will be great to meet everyone at the Tweetup the night before the event.

My original post appears below.


The Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) is delighted to provide a unique professional development activity to OTF members.

OTF has contracted with Computer-Using Educators, Inc., an official Google certified Professional Development partner, to provide “The Google Learning Institute”, an intense one day of learning focused on Google applications.

Search, learn, share! Brought to you by Computer Using Educators (CUE), the producers of the Google Teacher Academy, the Google Workshop for Educators (GWE) introduces participants to innovative ways Google tools can be used in education. A full day of fast-paced presentations and hands-on activities includes experience with advanced search techniques, collaborative web-based applications, and inspirational instructional strategies. Google Certified Teachers share ways they’ve implemented tools such as Google Search, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Sites, and… even more. Participants who complete the event are given access to the Google Workshop for Educators Network, an online community focused on supporting educators as they learn more about the power of Google to drive student learning.  This workshop is designed for educators with intermediate or better computer skills.

Successful workshop participants are given access to the Google Learning Network for continuing support after the institute and an OTF/Google certificate of completion.

Join fellow members of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation for a full day exploring Google Search, Sites, Documents, Earth, and more.  This institute will be of particular interest to those educators who have been involved with OTF’s continuing series of computer based professional development activities.  This event will be capped at 75 OTF members, so please make your plans and register early to avoid disappointment.

Location: Humber College – North campus – Rooms J130, J132 and J140.

Date: Saturday, October 23 – 9:00-4:00

Accommodations: OTF will pay for hotel accommodation based upon double occupancy at:

Comfort Inn Airport North,
445 Rexdale Boulevard,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M9W 6K5

Participants will make their own reservations.  If you would like to stay at the Comfort Hotel Airport North and do NOT have a roommate, please contact Michelle Rouleau (michelle.rouleau@otffeo.on.ca) and she will facilitate this.

Registration Fee: $250 via Credit Card when you self-register at:  http://bit.ly/cRC422
(Note that you may be able to use Board or local Federation PD funds)

Once you have registered online for the CUE Workshop, and received a confirmation email, please contact Michelle Rouleau at OTF by email to indicate that you are attending the event. OTF will need to know your Affiliate and the name of your Board. OTF will send out information regarding hotel accommodations, find you a roommate if you need one, parking at Humber, etc. This event is facilitated by Cyndie Jacobs: Director, Curriculum and Assessment. The email address of Cyndie Jacobs’ assistant is: michelle.rouleau@otffeo.on.ca.

Meals: OTF will provide a continental breakfast starting at 8:15am and a light lunch

Note: You must be a member of OSSTF, ETFO, OECTA, or AEFO to register.

Pre workshop discussion plus details about a Tweetup on Friday night can be found by following @msjweir and the hashtag #OTFFEOCUE on Twitter.


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