- I don’t get it;
- I know parts of it but want to know more;
- I’ve always wanted to do this but my board doesn’t do PD;
- I want to know if I’m doing it right;
- I know I’m just missing something.
If you have ever said any of the above, then a Minds on Media event may be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s not a formal learning place where you click here, here, and here and get to learn what an instructor has laid on for you. Instead, it’s a place where you can wander the hall looking for the sort of professional dialogue that would help put you over the top. You are empowered to take control of your own learning.
I’m mindful of Stephen Downes’ thoughts about “Open” so I’m a little hesitant to use that term in this context. Yes, there is a cost to a Minds on Media event but typically it’s only to cover the cost of the facility, internet access, and food.
I often get comments after a Minds on Media event from folks who wish that they had known so that they could attend. When’s the next event? It’s Saturday, October 22. It’s the culminating event to the 2011 ECOO Conference. Strategically scheduled for a Saturday, it recognizes that there are many teachers who wish this sort of professional learning activity but funding and availability is difficult to obtain in school districts these days.
So, in a ballroom at the Sheridan Parkway North Hotel in Richmond Hill, educators from Ontario are invited to a day of incredibly active learning when constructionists meet connectionists in a context designed for the Ontario Educational environment. The web, Ontario licensed software, and open source software meet pedagogy and inspiration for success in classrooms.
Look at the schedule…
- Hard Fun with Scratch! – Kat Goodale, creative genius at the Linden School, Toronto: @katgoodale
- Playing together with Voicethread – Jaclyn Calder, ICT Consultant, Simcoe County District School Board: @jaccalder
- Publishing in the Primary Grades with Pixie and Clicker Paint – Danuta Woloszynowicz, OSAPAC: @dwtech
- Working and Playing Together with Google Collaborative Documents – Richard Grignon, Google Certified Teacher & Barbara McLaughlin, ICT Consultant, Ottawa Carleton District School Board: @grignonr @barbaram
- Putting a Face to Online and eLearning – Danika Barker, English Teacher, Thames Valley District School Board: @danikabarker
- Creating & Nurturing your Professional Learning Network (PLN) – Doug Peterson, & Kelly Moore, Greater Essex County District School Board: @dougpete @kellmoor
- The Power of Images – Colin Jagoe & Jeff Brown; consultants with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board: @colinjagoe @techguy1717
- Global projects with TakingITGlobal – Katherine Walraven, Education Program Manager, TIG: @katwalraven
- Constructing media texts with Frames – Kent Manning, Hastings & Prince Edward County District Ed-Tech Teacher & Melinda Kolk, Owner,Tech4Learning: @kentmanning @melindak
- Mobile Technology – Doug Sadler, Vice Principal Online Learning St. Michael’s Catholic High School Windsor: @sadone
- Website Versatility and Simplicity with Google Sites – Peter Beens, Tech Director, Beamsville District Secondary School: @pbeens
Where else can you get such a wide array of opportunities? You just bring your laptop or other computing device and go and sit with the topic(s) that intrigue you. In addition, there are pedagogistas who are on the prowl to handle overflow and any additional questions or topics that are of interest. There has been known to be a get together the night before a Minds on Media event so that you can meet with colleagues and begin the learning.
If this interests you, then you’ll definitely want to check out the logistics and see about your availability on October 22. The event will probably cap at 200 participants so register early to avoid being shut out.
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Free Digital Books | Research & Articles
From the MASIE Centre, free ebook on Learning Strategies.
The MOOC Guide
You are invited to contribute. If you participated in a MOOC, add a paragraph describing your experience (you can sign your name to it, so we know it’s a personal story). If you know of resources or can add information about an element of MOOC theory, add to or edit the text that already exists. If you know of tools, provide a link to the tool, a short description, and your assessment of the tool.
Seven Common Mistakes Online Students Make – Distance Education.org
Online education isn’t easy. It has most of the same pitfalls you’ll find at traditional college, plus a few that are unique to online degree programs—or that are an even greater problem in online programs than at traditional schools. Here are a few of the common mistakes online students are particularly prone to make—and how to avoid them
The Learning Box
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Web 2.0 sites and Startups – Ziipa – shuu.sh
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Mobile Learning Made Easy
Mobl21 is an award-winning, mobile learning application that supports a dynamic, unstructured way of learning. Using Mobl21, educators can develop content that learners can access from their mobile devices, allowing them to study at their own pace and therefore, perform better.
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A Growing number of business leaders, politicians, and educators are united around the idea that students need “21st-century skills” to be successful today. It’s exciting to believe that we live in times that are so revolutionary that they demand new and different abilitites.
Financial Literacy – The Ontario Curriculum Grades 4-8 – Scope and Sequence of Expectations
Education Programs | Investor Education Fund
Here, teachers can find resources to build effective financial literacy programs. Parents can find resources and tools to get smarter financially, plan for their children’s education and instill good money management habits in their children. Students can find videos, learning tools and resources to plan for their financial future.
Mr. Wylie’s Educational Games Site – Mr. Wylie’s Educational Games: Online Fun For All
Hello and welcome to Mr. Wylie’s Educational Games Site. Here you will find links to some of the best educational games online today. They are engaging, exciting, and designed to meet all your curricular needs. Best of all, they are free, require no site registrations, and are available to play right now!
Free Handwriting Fonts for Teachers – Download Free Print and Cursive Handwriting Fonts for School Teachers
These free handwriting fonts for teachers mimic lettering used to teach print and cursive handwriting skills. Below you’ll find a very brief description of each of the handwriting fonts and a link to view a larger sample and download the font. The description on this page covers:
MDE – School Librarians
SL 21 is a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within individual school buildings in Michigan.
How ClassDojo Keeps Students Engaged and Motivated
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ClassDojo enables you to easily award and record points, achievements and rewards for behavior and performance in class in real-time, with just one click of your smartphone or laptop. Social and emotional learning finally gets brought to life!
A Primer on Curriculum Sharing Sites | Edutopia
When I was teaching, the single greatest way for me to prepare was to have conversations with my colleagues who had taught the concepts before. For one, this helped all of us develop a common discourse, which was inevitably clearer once we were working through our thoughts in trying to explain ideas to each other.
Educational Technology in ELT: 40 Things you can do with a Data Projector in an EFL/ESL lesson
There’s no doubt that IWB’s are very popular these days. However, many schools do not have them, but have data projectors instead. A data projector connected to a computer with an internet connection is quite a valuable resource for the EFL/ESL classroom. Here’s a list of possible uses of a data projector for an EFL/ESL context.
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