Association for Media Literacy Fall Additional Qualifications Course


“. . . an excellent foundational course on teaching media. The explanations and applications of the key concepts and media triangle alone are worth taking the course! Along with guest speakers and insightful material to support the ideas presented, the course is interesting, engaging and valuable.”

“An excellent introduction [to] Media literacy …”

“. . . it reached beyond what most people think of as media literacy . . .”

“ I quickly learned that the definition of media is much broader than I ever knew and that formed [a] refreshing new lens for my learning through the rest of the course.”

“The course was very insightful and provided a practical and realistic approach to teaching media literacy [across the curriculum]…”.

-participant comments from our Spring Part One Media AQ

The Association for Media Literacy’s course provides lively, enjoyable discourse and rigorous examination of contemporary media environments to support K-12 media literacy practice. We seek out and collaborate with global scholars and classroom teachers on the cutting edge of media literacy education, combining pedagogical theory and its grounding practice.

Dates: October 13 to December 15, 2022
Cost: $685.00CAD
Details: Synchronous and asynchronous, including weekly synchronous Thursday evening classes from 7 – 9:30 PM EST. Open to all K-12 educators across Ontario and beyond. Successful OCT members will have Additional Qualification Media, Part 1 added to their teaching qualifications. Non-OCT members will receive AML certificates. (Registrants must have wi-fi, software and hardware to operate Google Meet.)

Even if you have not decided whether to register at this time, please take our very brief survey (less than a minute) so that you may pre-register with no obligation, or advise us otherwise:

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Standalone applications

I had to smile as I wrote the post about Microsoft Works in the “Whatever happened to …” post.

At the time, it was very powerful and just about everything that I needed in a productivity suite. And, despite it running on MS-DOS and a really slow processor and minimum memory, it was fast. Really fast.

I started to think of other DOS-based applications that were so powerful and added Doom and the Canadian Encyclopedia to the list.

What do they all have in common – yes, they were running on DOS but they were standalone applications.

These days, I have a much more powerful computer, far more RAM than I ever thought that I’d need. I’ve bought into the concept that everything can and should be done in the browser. So, no I wonder. My pinned tabs look like this.

That would be OneTab, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, Google Docs, Instagram and, of course, WordPress.

Not only are they convenient by sitting there just a click away, they’re all protected by extensions that I have here – notably uBlock Origin, Cookie AutoDelete, MalwareBytes, my password manager and a few others.

As I typically do, I’m starting to wonder if I would get better performance if I forego the browser and run these as applications. I already do so for Slack since this browser (Microsoft Edge) doesn’t like Slack. I’ve done my reading and even the most power computers with lots and lots of memory will end up choking a browser.

Periodically, I do use OneTab to collapse all the applications so that they have to reload and, in theory, starting fresher.

I know that dropping the web browser would open me up to a whole lot of alt-tabbing but if it results in better performance it may be worth the experiment.

I may just give it a shot.

OTR Links 09/19/2022

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.