Minds On MediaProfessional Learning that Empowers the IndividualSaturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
An ECOO 2011 Event: see complete conference info. REGISTER HERE if need be!(site in progress!!!)

What is ‘Minds On Media’?
Imagine a room full of teachers who are experts in social media and critical thinking.
What could you learn from them?
Join Brenda Sherry & Peter Skillenas they host this fabulous event for ECOO - a day-long BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) workshop with a variety of learning centres focusing on 'playing to learn', and 'learning to play'!

What Will You Learn?

That is up to you! Visit one of the centres or visit them all! You might be an absolute beginner or a whiz with technology - but this is about using new technologies with students through a 'tinkering' lens. You choose your ‘entry point’. Build your own plan for the day or be led by one of our facilitators or pedagogistas. Learn what you need to know to play deeply and thoughtfully with your students this year!

Minds On Media Structure

  • Welcome & Intro
  • Peter & Brenda to speak to the rationale of the day
  • Description of the event
  • Activity and natural free-flow among centres & Interaction with Pedagogistas
  • Summary
We want to emphasize the 'bricolage' nature...the ability to 'tinker' choose... to learn in the way that suits.

What Minds On Media Centres are at ECOO this year? (Click on the link in the Sidebar to the left to see more information!)

  • 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
  • Kids Learning & Working Together in Global Projects through iEARN - Mali Bickley, Teacher & Jim Carleton, ICT Consultant; Simcoe County District School Board: @dreamteam4 @jimcarleton


Learning/Teaching Style

Each centre will provide for all types of learners by providing all modalities possible. For example, the
presenter will have on hand any number of small demos, self-guided tutorials/activities, be able to work one
on one with the learner's needs and desires, be comfortable with the ebb and flow of people from centre to
centre or manage the same individuals all day.

More on Constructivism

For more on 'constructivism' you could start with these sites:
Brenda's Site
Peter's Site