- 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.