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Professional Learning that Empowers the IndividualWednesday, October 23, 20138:30 AM - 3:30 PM
An ECOO 2013 Event: see complete conference info.

(This wiki is a work in progress...watch it unfold as Minds On Media Facilitators complete their pages!)


What is ‘Minds On Media’?
Imagine a room full of teachers who are experts in playing, learning and teaching with technology. What could you learn from them?

That is up to you! Visit one of the ten 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, be led by one of our facilitators or pedagogistas or have no plan! Learn what you need to know to play deeply and thoughtfully with your students this year!

Tinkering

When we speak of 'tinkering', we are blending two constructs:
  • physical tinkering and construction of artefacts
  • cognitive tinkering - with ideas


We want to emphasize the 'bricolage' nature...the ability to 'tinker'...to play...to choose... to learn in the way that suits.
Bricolage: "construction (as of a sculpture or a structure of ideas) achieved by using whatever comes to hand"

The main outcome we wish is that you will enhance:
  • your play-based approach to learning; tinkering (a bottom-up approach to problem-solving)
  • project-, problem-, passion-, and inquiry-based learning
  • a constructionist philosophy across your curricula
  • cross-curricular attitudes and practice

Join Brenda Sherry & Peter Skillenas they host this fabulous event for ECOO - a day-long BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) workshop with a variety of learning centres focusing on 'Bringing IT Together'!

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

  • Create More, Consume Less: Creation apps and effective use. Angie Harrison,York Region DSB: @TechieAng,
  • Tune In To Learn: Broadcasting with your Students - Aviva Dunsiger, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB: @avivaloca
  • Rock Your World: Creating in Garageband for iOS - Royan Lee , York Region DSB: @royanlee
  • Inquiry Science: Tinker. Play. Think. - Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB: @colinjagoe
  • ArcGIS - online & mobile: Mapping & Geography Peter McAsh, Avon Maitland DSB: @pmcash
  • The Sum of the Parts: Constructing and Capturing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics - MaryKay Goindi, Upper Grand DSB: @MKGoindi
  • Playing with Media Literacy - Michelle Solomon, Neil Andersen, Carol Arcus, The Association for Media Literacy: @msolomonteacher
  • Introducing Kids to Computer Programming. It might be easier than you think ... David Scott Upper Grand DSB:
  • Nurturing your Inner Hacker: Maker culture and how to thrive in digital learning spaces - Tim King, Upper Grand DSB: @tk1ng
  • N00bing it up in Minecraft: Making, Breaking and Learning with Video Games - The GamingEdus Project with Liam O'Donnell, Toronto DSB: @liamodonnell


Minds On Media Structure
  • Welcome & Intro
  • The Main Deal: Activity and natural free-flow among centres & interaction with Pedagogistas
  • Summary

Pedagogistas


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


Check out Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager