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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 12, 20179:59 AM
Divisional Policing Support Unit
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, and Mayor John Tory, celebrated the International Day of Pink by highlighting student-based, anti-bullying initiatives and an awareness video created by members of the Service’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ) Internal Support Network.

Students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute have been spending the last several weeks developing anti-bullying campaigns and displayed them for the first time at the celebration. Projects included dance and singing performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

“The Toronto Police Service has made significant strides working with the LGBTQ communities. One of our proudest moments is celebrating the International Day of Pink,” said Deputy Chief Jim Ramer. “We will always have more work to do and we look forward to listening to these students and learning about new ways to rally behind LGBTQ youth, not just today but every day.”

“I am proud to lead a city which is seen around the world as a leader in recognizing, respecting, legislating, upholding and, as much as anything else, celebrating LGBTQ rights,” said Mayor John Tory. “But that doesn’t mean we are perfect. There is still too much bullying and discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and that’s why the Day of Pink is so important. I want to commend the work students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute are doing around anti-bullying initiatives and setting an example for the rest of us.”

The International Day of Pink started when a Nova Scotia teen was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. His fellow students rallied – by all wearing pink – and showed their solidarity against LGBT-based discrimination.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following community partners for their support and dedication in making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Agincourt Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– You Can Play Project

For anyone who is a victim of bullying, has witnessed bullying, or is a bully, there are resources available. Please visit any of the following websites for support:

Toronto PFLAG
Kids Help Phone
Supporting Our Youth.
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

For more information:

Meaghan Gray
TPS Corporate Communications
647-530-8911

Ryan Bird
TDSB Corporate Communications
416-540-4449

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

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No country for shoe schools


Rachel Muenz Has Discovered There Are No Shoe Schools in Canada - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Rachel Muenz Has Discovered There Are No Shoe Schools in Canada - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

By Rachel Muenz

There are no shoe design schools in Canada and you can blame that on our climate.

Because of our ever-changing weather, Canadians tend to put function over fashion, according to Sarah Beam-Borg, the assistant curator at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum. “North Americans, traditionally, haven’t been sticklers for beautiful manufacture in footwear also because we need so many different kinds of shoes for our climate,” she says.

There’s a saying at the Bata Shoe Museum, Beam-Borg adds. The average Italian is willing to spend up to $500 for a single pair of beautiful shoes and they’ll have about 10 pairs of shoes in their closet.

The average North American will spend about $70 for a fashionable pair of shoes but they’ll have 30 or 40 pairs in their closet.

Canadians need winter boots, summer sandals, footwear for wet weather, shoes for work, and shoes for play. Paying $500 for each pair would put most people in the poorhouse.
As a result, we don’t worry about style so much and Canada has never gained a reputation for fashion.

“We have our own Fashion Week but Canada isn’t really a fashion centre on the world stage,” says Beam-Borg. “It isn’t known for its footwear design or manufacture and never has been.”

Most shoe manufacture is done in China where labour is cheapest and most of the design is done in Italy, seen as one of the major fashion centres of Europe, Beam-Borg says.
There’s also been little interest in shoe design programs here.
Beam-Borg has worked with the Ryerson University fashion department for the last six or seven years doing shoe design competitions with the students. When the competitions were mandatory, 150 students would show up, but as soon as shoe design was made optional, only nine came to compete.
“Unless it’s a course requirement, students aren’t seeking it out,” she says.

As far as Beam-Borg knows, no one has tried to establish a shoe design school or program in Canada and she doubts anyone ever will.

Greg Flood also says no one has tried setting one up in Ontario.

Flood, a spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, says if post-secondary schools in Ontario saw shoe design as necessary, they would submit curriculum and criteria for a shoe program to the ministry for funding.

No such submission has been put forward.

“I’m not aware at the present time about a university or college that has identified shoe design as a need within the province of Ontario,” he says.

But, there is one program that focuses on shoes in Canada and it fits perfectly with the North American desire for needs over style.

It is the post-graduate program in pedorthics at Western University.

Pedorthics involves the making of special shoes and inserts for people with foot injuries or ailments. Those who practice it are called pedorthists.

All aspiring pedorthists must take this program.

“Anybody new now entering into this field must graduate and get a diploma through Western,” says Linda Deschamps, a certified pedorthist and kinesiologist who’s also an instructor in the program.

Before, students did an apprenticeship program which involved three years of work to get certified. Deschamps says the new program is better because it is more objective and faster to finish, taking only one year to complete.

With Canada’s aging population, you would think a single program wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the demand for pedorthists’ skills, but Deschamps says this isn’t so.

“If it was just pedorthists that were dealing with the aging feet, it would not be enough,” she says from her clinic in Kingston, Ontario. “But there are other Allied Health Professionals who also deal with the feet.”

Orthotists, who make custom inserts for shoes, chiropodists, who treat foot diseases and deformities, and podiatrists who also care for the foot, are some of the other professionals helping to deal with the increasing foot problems that come with age.

The program at Western is also open to people all across Canada because the courses are offered online with three work terms in between that can be taken almost anywhere in the country.

It was started by one of the first Canadian certified pedorthists, the late Howard Fiegel, and is in its fifth year. Only about 20 students are accepted and around 12 to 20 graduate each year. But, there are advantages to staying small.

“They’re not high numbers from our course but these are very strong students who help another clinic along the way and eventually open up their own,” Deschamps says. “We could take more but those are the numbers that appear to be good candidates.”

She says the program is growing slowly because pedorthics is not a well-known field, having only been in Canada for about 30 years. There are now around 400 pedorthists registered with the Pedorthic Association of Canada.
This slow growth does have its positives though.

“In some ways it’s a very good thing because we have control over the students that come through and the product that leaves in the end,” Deschamps says.

She expects the program will expand to another university in the future, possibly in western Canada, but says it probably won’t get bigger than that.

Also, a second program isn’t likely to open soon.
“There’s only one program because of numbers, because of financing, because of the need at this point,” says the pedorthist, who was certified 17 years ago through an apprenticeship. “We’ve looked into it, [. . . ] but at this point, numbers are only dictating the need for one.”
There are negatives to those low numbers as well.
“If we had larger numbers applying, of course, it would allow us to open more doors and offer more because, financially, we would be more feasible as well,” Deschamps says.
Overall, she says the program is a great one to be in.
“It’s a very strong, young program,” Deschamps says.
As for Canadians interested in the fashion side, there are still options.

Beam-Borg says people usually go to schools in other countries, such as Cordwainers, a shoe design school in London, England.

“You go where the best education is and [. . .], Canada’s never been a traditional place for shoe design or shoe manufacture,” she says.

But she agrees it is difficult for people who don’t have a lot of money to afford the cost of a foreign education. The one-year, post-graduate shoe design program at the Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing in California costs $30,000 in tuition.

“If you can’t afford to go then perhaps you can’t be a shoe designer, which sociologically is a problem, absolutely,” Beam-Borg says. “But I think if you have the skill, a lot of people also get bursaries and grants.”

Many people could also take a fashion illustrations program in Canada and then get into shoe design by gaining experience at a fashion house or shoe design company in the U.S. or Europe, Beam-Borg says. There are three such programs in Toronto at Seneca College, Humber College, and Ryerson.

“If you want to do shoe design, fashion illustration seems to be the quickest way to get into that vein,” Beam-Borg says. “If shoes catch your fancy, odds are really good if you can draw a shirt, you can draw a shoe.”

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DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DR CHRIS EMDIN LAUNCHES NEW BOOK IN TORONTO‏


DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR DR CHRIS EMDIN LAUNCHES NEW BOOK IN TORONTO
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A Different Booklist and Free Your Mind HipHop Stemposium present 
                                     
 
BOOK LAUNCH
 
“For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education”
 
BY DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR, DR CHRISTOPHER EMDIN

Drawing on his own experience, Dr. Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.


With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the “Seven C’s” of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.


 
WHEN
Friday, 22 April 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT) – 
WHERE
Central Technical School – 725 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  View Map


A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R6
Tel:416 538 0889; Fax:416 538 6914
email:info@adifferentbooklist.com
www.adifferentbooklist.com

 

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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students


Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Police Service celebrates International Day of Pink with students

Wednesday, April 13, 201610:14 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with the students at Harbord Collegiate Institute, celebrated the International Day of Pink by highlighting student-based, anti-bullying initiatives and an awareness video created by members of the Service’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer (LGBTQ) Internal Support Network.

Students at Harbord Collegiate Institute have been spending the last several weeks developing anti-bullying campaigns and displayed them for the first time at the celebration. Projects included dance and spoken-word performances, videos and other presentations by various student groups.

This year, students heard from special guest speaker Olympic gymnast Rosie Cossar, who shared her story with the students. Also bringing a strong message was Ottawa Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, who spoke about his personal feelings toward LGBTQ-based bullying.

“LGBTQ youth face bullying, harassment and discrimination on a daily basis,” said Chief Mark Saunders. “We need to remember to stand up and support this community, not just on the International Day of Pink, but every day going forward. I am committed to leading the way on behalf of the Toronto Police Service and especially for my LGBTQ members.”

The International Day of Pink started when a Nova Scotia teen was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. His fellow students rallied by all wearing pink and showed their solidarity against LGBT-based discrimination.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the following community partners for their support and dedication to making this year’s International Day of Pink event a success:

– Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee
– Harbord Collegiate Institute
– Toronto District School Board
– Amazing Party Store
– Balloon Celebrations

For anyone who is a victim of bullying, has witnessed bullying, or who is a bully, there are resources available. Please visit any of the following websites for support:

Toronto PFLAG
Kids HelpPhone
SOY – Supporting Our Youth
The 519 Community Centre
Egale Canada

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

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Working From Home as a Professor


Professors that work in traditional settings sometimes need to work from home. Also there are professors that are teaching online education courses that also need to work from home. Here are some ways you can make sure you get your work done.

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Understanding Part-time Professors


Some of the professors you may have in university and college may be part-time and there are special things you need to keep in mind about having professors as this. There are advantages and disadvantages.

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Get a Glimpse of the First Ever Self-Publishing Around The World Course at the University of Toronto


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Find out how to release your unpublished manuscript to the world. More and more established people and organizations are self-publishing. Learn how to publish your work in a cost-effective way that stands up to the rigour of traditional publishing. This course will expose you to the various online and print shop resources to make your work part of your financial plan. This course is also open to those who are looking to publish a book to give to friends and family.

Learning Outcomes

  • To learn how to self-edit your work
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  • To find out the various resources available to bring your book to a wide audience of readers
  • Finding out inexpensive and cost-effective ways to produce a book of quality
  • By end of class should have two hundred pages written

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Available To Do Mental Health Awareness Workshops


Focusing on my latest book How To Talk To Crazy People, I am available for mental health workshops so I can also promote the book to social workers, healthcare professionals, educators and media professionals.

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Self-Publishing Around The World at The School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto


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Media advisory – Early education for all – making it happen


TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – October 22-23, 2012 – Researchers and policy makers are meeting here in a two-day symposium to examine the best ways of delivering preschool education to all Canada’s children. International and Canadian experts will present the latest evidence on effective program policy and practice to government officials from across Canada and the three northern territories. Continue reading

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18th OISE Survey finds public satisfied with schools but less willing to increase spending


TORONTO, ON—Public satisfaction with the school system as a whole, and with the job teachers are doing are at record highs, according to the findings of the 18th OISE Survey of Public Attitudes Toward Education, conducted by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Continue reading

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Youth find self-expression through words, movement and painting in a AFCY’s Digital Dialogues program


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TORONTO, ON (May 22, 2012): On May 23, more than 60 students from three Toronto public schools will come together to collaborate on an innovative multi-disciplinary arts project coordinated by Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY). Made possible with funding from TELUS, the AFCY project is called Digital Dialogues, and it’s inspiring Toronto youth to use arts/media technology as a tool for communicating what matters to them, and how they want to convey that to an international audience. The collaborative performance takes place between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, at Lord Dufferin Public School located at 350 Parliament Street in Regent Park.

The project combines filmmaking with three other arts disciplines: mural making, dance and beatboxing. Students in Grades 7 and 8 from the three schools have been working with AFCY artist mentors over the past three months to use the arts and technology to convey key messages such as Loyalty, Pride, Inspiration, Education, and Leadership. Students at Lord Dufferin Public School (Regent Park) focused their creative learning on mural making, Silverthorn Community School (Former City of York) students learned the art of beatboxing, and students at Beverley Heights Middle School (Jane-Finch) learned how to express themselves through dance. Each group’s creative journey was documented in three short films. Now that they have perfected their art forms, they will have the chance to share their talent with each other in a collaborative performance piece in which they can share their own cultures and experiences.

The big day on May 23 will be the first time the students from these schools will come together to collaborate and share their talents, with guidance from the artist mentors. The students will demonstrate their art forms for each other and have a chance to try each other art forms, culminating in a collaboration involving all the participants in one giant multidisciplinary performance. The artistic creations and collaborative experiences will also be documented in a short film.

The documentary film from the collaborative performance on May 23, and the three short films from the individual schools will be edited into a longer compilation film, which will be submitted for inclusion in the 2012 Olympic Horizons international film project in London, England, where it will represent Toronto in all its diversity at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“All of AFCY programs offer young people a platform and a safe collaborative environment where they can have their say,” explains Julie Frost, AFCY’s artistic and executive director. “This special collaborative project aims to position the work of young Toronto artists to be seen by international audiences in conjunction with the 2012 Olympics. 2012 Olympic Horizons, a youth arts initiative based in the UK, will select excerpts from AFCY’s film to be collaged into a collaborative film featuring the creative work of youth from several international cities. We are thrilled to be part of this amazing spotlight on youth arts and culture!” says Frost.

Young people realize that they are the future. Referring to her own aims with the project, one of the young participants emphatically proclaimed, “Kids need to have their voice heard because adults are not going to be here forever, and we are going to be in charge of everything!” Another chimed in, “I chose to depict the word Inspiration because, without inspiration, you’re a nobody!”

The Digital Dialogues film will also be shown locally at community celebrations at the three participating schools in June.

About Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY)
AFCY is a registered charitable organization. We ally with high priority communities in Toronto and empower marginalized children and youth by engaging them in hands-on, community- and school-based arts education programs that respect existing cultural and community activity, resulting in participatory action and social awareness. To learn more about us, please visit http://www.afcy.ca. You can email us at info@afcy.ca or call us at 416-929-9314.

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Rosetta Stone Inc. and Lodi Unified School District Announce Language-Learning Program on the iPad Device


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ARLINGTON, Va., Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Rosetta Stone Inc. RST +1.04% , a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions, today announced an initiative program with Lodi Unified School District to provide the Rosetta Stone TOTALe(R) Course(TM) HD application for iPad(R) devices, part of the TOTALe(R) PRO solution, for English language learners. The school district, in the Central Valley of Northern California, is an innovator in K-12 education and one of the first districts to implement the TOTALe Course HD application.

The Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD application for iPad(R) devices was adopted by Lodi Unified School District for a second- and third-grade English language learners whose language development had reached a plateau. Lodi Unified School District is utilizing a blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with an individualized independent study using the full Rosetta Stone TOTALe(R) solution, including the TOTALe Course HD application.

The district seeks to use the Rosetta Stone solution as a resource to build speaking confidence, increase classroom engagement and enhance learners’ proficiency in English. The TOTALe(R) solution offers teachers the ability to create individualized classroom instruction based on each student’s ability.

“We are finding that our students are reacting very positively to Rosetta Stone solutions,” said Art Hand Jr., assistant superintendent for Lodi Unified School District. “Children that have more limited language skills are often less confident in the classroom setting. Now that students are working with a program that enables them to go at their own pace and focus on areas where they tend to struggle, we see their confidence increasing. They’re excited about speaking and learning.”

The Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD application for iPad(R) devices is just one part of the Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO solution, which includes the following components:

— Rosetta Course(R). The award-winning, self-study software, complete with proprietary speech-recognition technology. The Rosetta Stone Dynamic Immersion(TM) method teaches learners to think in a new language immediately by connecting words with vivid imagery in real-life contexts to convey meaning.

— Rosetta Studio(R). Live sessions conducted by native speakers in an interactive, online environment for practicing speaking skills with other learners at the same level.

— Rosetta World(R). An exclusive community dedicated to language learning. Rosetta World presents a structured, online environment to help learners practice skills in games designed for their learning level.

— Rosetta Stone Manager(TM). An administrative tool for teachers to manage and measure student engagement and create actionable reports on student progress and scores.

— Customer Success Services. The Rosetta Stone team partners with schools and districts throughout the implementation process. From systems integration to implementation, to ongoing teacher support for management and reporting, our account managers leverage years of experience in the K-12 educational market to deliver robust services and maintain engagement.

“We are excited that the Lodi Unified School District is incorporating the Rosetta Stone TOTALe PRO solution and the TOTALe Course HD application into their ELL program,” said Cathy Quenzer, senior director of education at Rosetta Stone. “Offering TOTALe PRO provides teachers and students with an improved opportunity for language learning that is not only engaging but also highly effective.”

About Rosetta Stone Inc.

Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. The company offers many languages, from the most commonly spoken, like English, Mandarin, and Spanish, to the less widely used, like Swahili and Filipino (Tagalog). Rosetta Stone solutions are used by schools, businesses, global organizations and millions of individuals in more than 150 countries throughout the world. The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning a language should be natural and instinctive and that interactive technology can replicate and activate the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. The company is based in Arlington, Va. For more information, visit RosettaStone.com.

“Rosetta Stone”, “Rosetta Course,” “Rosetta Studio,” “Rosetta World” and “Totale” are registered trademarks of Rosetta Stone Ltd.

“iPad” is a trademark of Apple Inc.

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SPEAC International Language Institute Offering Courses


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Government of Canada supports “Education to Globalize the Human Mind” Conference


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Waterloo, July 15, 2011 – Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Waterloo, today announced financial support for the two-day public conference on “Education to Globalize the Human Mind” at the University of Waterloo.

“By funding conferences like this one, we help showcase the diversity of our country, and the importance of fundamental respect and equality in Canadian society,” said MP Braid, on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc (SHEN) is receiving $7,200 for the event under Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Inter-Action program.

“The Inter-Action program aims to create opportunities for different cultural and faith communities to build bridges,” said MP Braid. “SHEN contributes to strengthening our society through education and awareness. This conference will facilitate interaction and foster an increased understanding of our diverse community.”

The conference will take place July 16 and 17 at the University of Waterloo Conference Centre, Ron Eydt Village, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and is open to the public.

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OISE/University of Toronto Event


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“Why Disability Studies?”

Wednesday, July 20th, 5:30-7:30

OISE Library, Main Floor, 252 Bloor Street West, U of T, Toronto

Above the St. George Subway Stop

Explore the significance of disability studies for our scholarly, creative and everyday lives with panel members

Free, Open, Refreshments, Accessible, ASL provided

Panel & Public Discussion with:

Dr. Nirmala Erevelles, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, University of Alabama

Dr. Dan Goodley, Psychology and Social Change, Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC), Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Rod Michalko, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (SESE), Ontario Studies in Education of the U of Toronto

Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Director of the Disability Studies Summer Institute, SESE, Ontario Studies in Education of the U of Toronto

Contact tanya.titchkosky@utoronto.ca 416-978-0451 if you have any questions or accommodation requests.

Funded by Office of the Dean of OISE, SSHRC, OISE Library

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Lessons in Public Relations Issues Published


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How to Start Studying Abroad


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Studying abroad is an excellent experience – if you get the opportunity it is worth it in so many ways. Here are some tips on how you can start to plan for studying abroad.

Many schools have an international centre where you can inquire about studying abroad. Most schools also have links with certain universities around the world where you are able to study there. For example, the University of Toronto has a link with a school in Florence, Italy where you can study architecture and design. What a terrific experience this would be for anyone.

As well, there are certain campus-based travel agencies that will give you the opportunity to study abroad.

Going on a student exchange is another option for studying abroad. You can organize this through your school and check your school’s course calendar for more information.

As well, there are schools such as Seneca College that bring international schools on campus so students can find out about their options to continue their studying through travel and learning. Make use of these information sessions and when school representatives are on campus, ask as many questions as you can and find out all the information you need.

Once you have made the decision to study abroad, you will need to make sure you have the necessary health shots that may be needed depending on what area of the world you will be studying in. You will need to arrange accommodation – it is always recommended to live on campus until you get to know the city. As well, make sure you have your passport and other information in order.

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Is Journalism Education Becoming Obsolete due to Citizen Journalism?


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It seems as though anyone can pick up a video camera, a microphone and start a blog today and call themselves a journalist. What does this mean for journalism education?

Journalism education does not have a long history. Actually, the first journalists, such as Ernest Hemingway were not actually trained in journalism. Journalists like William Zinsser were not trained in journalism either. Journalism education is a fairly recent phenomenon especially in places such as Canada, where Carleton University was the first journalism school back in the 1940s. Before that, the newspaper men and women who delivered the current events were trained in other areas.

It seems as though things are coming back to those early days. The Internet is drastically changing the access that anyone can have to produce journalism. This is known as citizen journalism. Ordinary citizens are starting to pick up video cameras, a microphone, and start blogs, as well as posting information on YouTube to get their voices heard – just like journalists. In many ways this is a good thing, however – does it continue to make journalism education relevant?

I would argue that journalism education is still relevant. Many of the successful blogs that exist today are actually about mainstream news events. This shows that the mainstream news, filled with journalists that have graduated from such schools as Carleton University, Columbia University, Northwestern University and Ryerson University are still being put to good use by adding to the blogosphere. As well, because we still live in a paper-driven society where the credentials one has are extremely important in landing paid work, journalism education continues to be important for the purposes of people with interests in the media to find and keep a job. It is a reality that many people who have their own blogs do not make a lot of money from it. It is possible, although people like Matt Drudge of the Matt Drudge Report are more an exception rather than the rule.

The Internet can actually be used to help improve the level of journalism education. There is more information on the web about what journalism is about and understanding media – this information can be used by professors to make the classroom a more vibrant place.

When it comes to journalism education and getting a job in journalism, it is also important about the contacts you have. Going to a credible journalism school ensures that you will have access to people who can help you to find a job. This is something that will surely help journalism schools not to become obsolete.

When I look back on my own journalism education it was one of the best things I could have done. Most people that get into journalism do so because they want to write. Going to journalism school gave me the chance to do this and make my mistakes while I was in school so I could perform better in the job market. I received many opportunities while I was school, such as traveling to Germany, Belgium, and Holland and co-producing a documentary that is now in the library of the city where I went to school. Producing that documentary helped me to be involved with other documentary projects. Just being at the school started a long working relationship I had with the public broadcaster in my country where working there was like an education on to itself. Later, when I went back to school for a graduate degree, this is what helps me to know about journalism education today and to work in the field, as well as media in general. I teach at the college level and am able to continue working as a journalist to keep current in the field.

A journalism education is important, however, it is true that for anyone that has the talent they will do well in the field. Many times this talent can come through work experience that can be honed by doing citizen journalism work. Equipping yourself with a studio environment right in your home can make a difference in getting your name known and out there, making all the difference in the world when you do apply for a job in mainstream or even alternative media.

I teach at a number of schools and have taught at a number of schools in the past. I have seen great success coming out of the students I have taught. Success levels higher than what I have heard from people who did not go to journalism school. Even people that went to school, however, did not study journalism is still a viable option for breaking into the field. Many people do become successful this way too.

In conclusion, I would say that although citizen journalism, web-based journalism or Internet journalism is a huge phenomenon that is challenging the meaningfulness of mainstream media outlets, many mainstream media outlets are actually combating this situation by “jumping on the bandwagon.” Places such as CBS plans to have many of their programs go online so they take advantage of the power of the Internet. The real answer that journalism schools need to do to find a solution to the challenge of citizen journalism is to make sure they are offering courses and programs that answer to the power of the web. Their students must be prepared to work in the virtual world and prepare to potentially receive employment that is completely web-based. This is future, things will not change anytime soon.

 

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Most Interesting Campuses in Ontario


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Ontario has some of the most beautiful campuses in the country of Canada. Here is a quick description of some of them:

Queen’s University located in Kingston is a picturesque town with a campus that is charming. You can actually see the ivy growing on the university and it is relatively easy to maneuver your way around the campus.

The University of Toronto undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada, and yes in Ontario too. Located in the centre of downtown Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum is close by, plus the Royal Ontario Museum and the Textile Museum. There are great places to eat that surround the entire campus and some parts of it even have cobblestone.

York University’s campus is also beautiful and changing all the time. With its large quadrant that has a grassy knoll, plus a waterfall, it is huge space that has some elements of the old and the new. Just over to the south of the campus is Seneca College that also has many elements of a new design and is a building that displays its strength in understanding technology.

One of the lesser known universities in Toronto, however ones that are extremely interesting include Humber College and Guelph-Humber University. These institutions which are joined actually resemble the Pearson airport that is not too far away. At Guelph-Humber they have a wall that is filled with leaves and foliage right in the atrium. It is absolutely gorgeous for anyone who has the opportunity to see it.

Ryerson University, on the other hand, is like a modern village in the heart of downtown Toronto. With so much going on around it, it is amazing to think the students there actually get an opportunity to get any studying done. With its proximity to the Eaton Centre, as well as great restaurants, jewelry stores and a newly formed square close to the Hard Rock Café, there is so much going on there that it would be hard for a student looking to take a break to be bored.

Another interesting campus is Centennial College at Pape and Mortimer in Toronto that used to be the old teacher’s college. That school also used to be the location where the world famous “Degrassi Junior High” series was filmed. If you look at the show, as well as look at aspects of the school – you can easily identify some of the classrooms and location scenes from the show.

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Education Blogs and Discussion Forums


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Education blogs are showing up everywhere and one has to be careful where they are getting their information from.

There are some education blogs that are not extremely informative and include information from people who do not have any knowledge on the topic. Make sure that if you are consulting with an education blog, it comes from a reliable source.

Many times the best way to do this is to go with suggestions from people that you know. Along with education blogs, there are those education discussion forums that are reputable and those that are not. The Chronicle of Higher Education is one discussion forum that carries a lot of weight in the education sphere and is extremely informative.

What are some of the advantages of being part of an education blog or discussion forum? It gives you the opportunity to dialogue with people who are like-minded. You can meet many people and if you are in a situation of looking for work in academia, this could be a wonderful avenue to increase your social networks.

Another advantage to being part of education blogs and discussion forums is that you receive the opportunity to find out what are some of the “hot” topics people in the field are discussing. This will also help you during interviews if you are in the midst of the academic job hunt.

Even for people who already have work in academia, education blogs and discussion forums can be useful. They can help to keep you up to date on some of the things that are being discussed in the field. This could even help to provide lecture material or to promote discussions in your classroom or in your board meetings.

For whatever reason, you are using education blogs or discussion forums, if you choose them wisely, you cannot go wrong.

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Technology in the Classroom


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

There is no way to escape it. Technology is making a big splash in education. It will be coming to a classroom near you if it is not there already.

Many classrooms are going digital by replacing old chalkboards with electronic podiums that teachers and professors can use, as well as the students when they are doing presentations.

At the click of some buttons, electronic screens can be lowered, projectors can be turned on and PowerPoint presentations of lesson plans can be displayed to the whole class. Many of these electronic podiums also have the capacity to show VCR tapes, DVDs, play audio from the Internet, hook up a laptop and hook up a video camera. Gone are the days of the slide projectors and green, black or white chalkboards that are still in some classrooms.

This technology is making it possible for all kinds of wonderful things to happen in the classroom. Many schools also have a system called Blackboard where it is possible to post previous lesson notes to students, register the grades, create discussion forums, perform podcasts and audio assignments. Things are a lot different for students nowadays than they were when many of us who may teach was at school. Things are a lot different than they were for many of us who are paying for our children to go to school.

The advances in technology will not stop. There will be much more in the making as changes are happening all the time. Many people in schools are looking forward to the day when every classroom has access to computers for the students. Some people who teach do not like this idea because computers can sometimes be a disruptive element in the classroom. With the advent of Facebook, MySpace, MSN Messenger and other social networking sites, some students spend more time communicating with their friends online than actually listening to what is going on in class. Somehow a balance between the advantages and disadvantages of technology in the classroom will be struck.

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Kindergartens try out extended hours Scarborough becomes testing ground for full-day learning


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Ninety schools in the Toronto District School Board are getting ready to welcome kindergarten pupils for full-day classes this fall.

Seventy-one of those schools, including 30 in Scarborough, and another 50 in the Toronto Catholic District School Board offer the program already. The province has committed to phasing in full-day kindergarten in all Ontario elementary schools by 2015.

“There are parents that love the idea of full-day kindergarten,” said Corrine Pech, an early childhood educator (ECE) at the St. Rose of Lima YMCA Childcare Centre. “I love the idea because you’re preparing them for what’s really going to happen in Grade 1.”

Monica Dillon, a secretary in the Catholic board, said she’s not too fond of the idea.

“If you look at educational laws, they don’t even have to be in school until the age of six but now we’re making them go all day [at an earlier age],” she said. “It’s the parent’s job to prepare [younger children] to be here.”

According to Ontario’s education ministry, third-parties like the YMCA are running before- and after-school programs in a third of schools offering full-day kindergarten.

Rob Armstrong, senior vice-president of YMCA Ontario, said the YMCA community has been a “strong supporter of the government’s groundbreaking full-day learning program.”

“The government and school boards are looking for more ECE positions,” Pech said. “They want it to be more like a YMCA curriculum where … they are trying to incorporate more play.”

Pech said she believes full-day kindergarten will benefit children.

“There’s one thing that kids have in common: all kids play and when they play, they learn,” she said.

Full-day kindergarten classrooms will each have a teacher and an early childhood educator who will help construct a curriculum of play-based and academic-based learning activities.

“Teachers and ECEs were all trained differently: teachers are more academic but we’re more developmental so it blends really well together,” Pech said.

The full-day program isn’t fair to the teachers, the ECEs or the kids, Dillon said.

“You’re asking for a 4-year-old to listen to someone talk for six hours?” she said. “To me, that’s a long day. To me, they need more of a break.”

The YMCA before-and-after school program will start at 7 a.m. and go on until 9 a.m. when the children go off to class and will then resume after school from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The program is a hassle for parents trying to keep their kids to a set schedule, Dillon said.

“I want my child to be able to go to bed at 7 p.m.,” she said. “But if you’re giving them a nap at 1:30 in the afternoon, they’re not going to bed at that time.”

Full-day kindergarten is not set to be mandatory and parents still have the option to enroll their children part-time. The program is provided at no cost to families and the integrated before-and-after school programs are also optional but are offered to parents with a reasonable fee. Subsidies are also available for families who qualify.

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Robots Replacing Teachers


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I can see it now…teachers will be striking just to have the right to teach…robots will start feeling like slaves and expect wages for their work…there will be lawyers for robots…the teaching profession may end as we know it…politics will surround the human faces on the robots and contrary to the Michael Jackson song, it will matter if the robots are black or white…robots will be charged fares to get on airlines with humans as their companions…who really knows?

Please read more at: http://www.dailytech.com/English+Speaking+Robots+Become+South+Koreas+Newest+Teachers/article20510.htm

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MindShare Learning in Partnership with Tech4Learning Sign Province-Wide Ontario Software Licensing Deal


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– Pixie 2 Creativity Software to Help Ontario Students Build 21st Century Skills –

November 11, 2010 @ 05:45PM

Mississauga, Ontario – MindShare Learning, a leading provider of EdTech strategy consulting partnered with San Diego based Tech4Learning Inc., to win a bid to provide 21st Century skill based creativity software to all Ontario public elementary schools.

“With the Ontario Ministry of Education’s licensing of Tech4Learning’s Pixie 2 software, one of the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee’s (OSAPAC’s) key licensing mandates were met. The committee sought to recommend software that would address graphics painting software needs for students in Grades JK-3. Pixie 2 is engaging, award-winning, educational software elementary students can use to further their exploration of the world around them. Pixie 2 combines a paint program with text options, clip art, voice recording, and standards-based curriculum activities, helping students build 21st-century skills as they develop podcasts, online storybooks, videos, and Flash animations,” said Mark Carbone, OSAPAC Committee Member & Chief Information Officer.

“The OSAPAC Committee is excited by the licensing of Pixie 2, which will perform well in Windows and Macintosh computing environments in our Ontario classrooms,” said Mark Carbone, OSAPAC Committee Member & Chief Information Officer for the Waterloo Region District School Board.

The Tech4Learning Pixie 2 software will begin shipping to Ontario school districts later this fall. Pixie 2 is available to Ontario teachers through their educational site Ontario Educational Software Service (O.E.S.S.) representative. The representative can be found by clicking on the Contact Search link at oess.sjpg.com.

“We are thrilled to see Pixie selected as a tool to help students across Ontario build 21st-century skills as they develop podcasts, online storybooks, videos, and Flash animations,” said David Wagner, CEO, Tech4Learning, Inc.
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“With the Ontario Ministry of Education’s licensing of Tech4Learning’s Pixie 2 software, one of the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee’s (OSAPAC’s) key licensing mandates were met.”

“The OSAPAC Committee is excited by the licensing of Pixie 2, which will perform well in Windows and Macintosh computing environments in our Ontario classrooms.”

Mark Carbone, OSAPAC Committee Member & Chief Information Officer for the Waterloo Region District School Board
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About OSAPAC

The OSAPAC Committee (Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee) is composed of English and French Canadian representatives from across the province of Ontario who advise the Ministry of Education on the acquisition of provincial software licenses for publicly funded schools in Ontario, Canada. http://www.osapac.org
About Tech4Learning, Inc,

Tech4Learning, Inc. is an innovative educational technology company that develops and markets original professional development programs and create products for K-12 education. Since the company was founded in 1999, we have focused on developing tools educators need to be successful with technology in their classrooms.

At Tech4Learning we believe in a vision of education where students are actively and creatively engaged in the learning process, and graduate prepared to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired. http://www.tech4learning.com
About MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning, a division of Martellacci & Associates, Inc., is a privately held company based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Its hallmark is providing EdTech strategy consulting to learning & technology providers in the K-12, HED, and corporate learning markets. MSL is also the proud publisher of the MindShare Learning Report—Canada’s Leading, Learning & Technology eMagazine. MSL’s partial client list includes Adobe (Macromedia), Blackboard Inc., Dell, Discovery Education, EPSON, GlobalScholar, Learning.com, Microsoft Canada, Pearson Education, RM PLC UK, Softease Ltd. UK, netTrekker, IMSI (ClipArt.com), CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), SMART Technologies, Tech4Learning, NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada. http://www.mindsharelearning.com

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From Staging Mock Parliaments to Uncovering Aboriginal Artifacts… How Canada’s Top Teachers Took Their Students Back in Time and Captured National Attention


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November 12, 2010 @ 08:45AM

Ottawa, Ontario – If put on the spot, most adults would probably be hard-pressed to name the pioneer who paved the way for women to vote in Canada or the general who led his troops in victory on the Plains of Abraham. Certainly, no one would expect elementary and secondary students to instantly name these important historical figures in Canada, except maybe some of Canada’s top teachers.

Eight remarkable educators from British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec are receiving national attention for bringing `history to life` for their students. These passionate teachers encouraged their students to uncover historical Inuit artifacts, recreate Nellie McClung`s mock Parliament, and retrace the roots of democracy from ancient Athens.

For their innovative and interactive teaching concepts, Canada’s History has selected the following eight educators as the recipients of the 2010 Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.

Adrian Charles French – Mount Douglas Secondary – Victoria, British Columbia
Daniel Conner – Rockridge Secondary School – West Vancouver, British Columbia
Darcie McDonald – St. Patrick’s Community School – Red Deer, Alberta
Amy Park – Heritage Heights School – DeWinton, Alberta
Diane Vautour – Loretto College – Toronto, Ontario
Lucie Labbé, Paule Labbé & Marcelle Thibodeau – École Monseigneur Fortier – St. Georges, Quebec

Detailed biographical information, photos, and audio-visual materials for each of the recipients are available at http://www.CanadasHistory.ca/Awards/GG.

The Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian history were established in 1996 by Canada’s National History Society to encourage innovation in history education. Every year, the awards recognize teachers from elementary and secondary schools who have inspired and challenged students to explore Canadian history in a unique, interactive atmosphere. Deborah Morrison, CEO and President of Canada’s History Society says, “These exceptional teachers have a way of `doing` history, rather than reading it.” Morrison adds, “They inspire their students to take a genuine interest in Canada’s past, and they help them develop a sense of place.”

On November 19, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the awards at Rideau Hall. Another highlight of the award festivities is the celebration dinner to be hosted at the Canadian Museum of Civilization by Canada’s History Society.

The eight recipients will be awarded $2,500 and a gold medal and their respective schools will also receive a cash gift of $1,000. The awards and memorable events are made possible through the generous support of the TD Bank Group.

“At TD we believe that it is creative and enthusiastic teachers who can truly make a difference in our classrooms,” says Alan Convery, National Manager Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “We applaud those teachers who continually seek new and innovative ways in bringing a proud Canadian history to life for their students.”

The awards events also bring together over 150 of Canada’s top historians, educators, writers and media producers of our history to participate in a National History Forum at Library and Archives Canada. The event will be broadcast live via the Internet at CanadasHistory.ca

In addition to the Governor General’s Awards, the Rideau Hall ceremony will also include presentations for several other Canadian history honours, including two prizes initiated by Canada’s History Society: Desmond Morton, recipient of the 2010 Pierre Berton Award, and the winners of the Kayak Kids Illustrated History Challenge which encourages Canadian students between the ages of 7 and 14 to create their own illustrated story based on any aspect of Canadian history and heritage they find of interest. This year’s recipients are Billy Parrell from Central Technical School in Toronto, Ontario and Chanelle Albert from École Jeunesse Active in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.

This year’s ceremonies will also include the announcement and presentation of the 2010 Begbie Canadian History Contest which provides high school students with the opportunity to test their skills in history against those of other students from schools across Canada. This year’s recipients are Eden Nzeyimana from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia and Gregory Bailey from Gander, Newfoundland. Other awards to be presented include the Canadian Historical Association’s Sir John A. Macdonald Prize and the Historica-Dominion Institute’s Great Canadian Questions Essay Competition.

Media are invited to attend the 2010 Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History on Friday, November 19, 2010, at 10 a.m.at Rideau Hall.

Detailed biographical information and photos of the recipients, as well as copies of the student stories and essays, are available at http://www.CanadasHistory.ca/Awards/GG.
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About Canada’s History

Canada’s History is a Winnipeg-based national charitable organization dedicated to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to the Governor General’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, the Society also publishes Canada’s History Magazine and Kayak, Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

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Program a model for early childhood education


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RICHIBUCTO, NB, Oct. 16 /CNW/ – La Boussole, Centre de la petite enfance et de la famille de Richibucto inc. celebrated its official opening today in Soleil Levant School. Elected officials and community leaders from business, culture, health, and education joined children, their parents and caregivers to tour this unique “one-stop” location for children from birth through Grade 8.

La Boussole (“The Compass”) is one of nine early childhood demonstration sites in the province. Its team of staff delivers programming to parents and children including full- and part-time child care, parent and child playgroups, immunization clinics and healthy lifestyle programs integrated with school-based services.

The school location was chosen because it is familiar to parents and helps facilitate the transition to school for young children. The concept is based on the latest national and international research of best practices in early childhood service delivery. New Brunswick is one of the first provinces in Canada to test integrated service delivery as a way to improve supports for parents and young children.

“The early years are the most important years and quality of care that a child experience in their first years has a direct effect on their ability to succeed later in life. That is why we are committed to working with New Brunswickers to make quality early learning and childcare more accessible, more affordable, and more inclusive,” said Claude Williams, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister representing Jody Carr, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

La Boussole serves Acadian and Francophone families in Kent County as well as English speaking families who want their children to attend a French school. Michèle Doiron Campbell, Vice President of La Boussole and the mother of two preschoolers welcomes the strong linguistic and cultural identity the program offers.

“Minority francophone children often do not have the opportunity to acquire pre-literacy skills in French before they start school. This centre will help children build a strong linguistic foundation for their ongoing learning and development.”

The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation has partnered with the Government of New Brunswick to support the development and evaluation of the demonstration sites. The Health and Education Research Group (HERG), based out of UNB and l’Université de Moncton, is conducting the evaluation.

“Our goal is to demonstrate the profound payoffs that public investment in education and development targeted toward our youngest children can have,” says Foundation chair, the Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain. “Research tells us early childhood programs that are partnered with public education and encourage the involvement of parents and the community excel in fostering creative thinking, confidence, and leadership among children, educators and parents. These skills benefit the entire community.”

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vRetta Shifts Paradigm from E-Learning to Cloud Learning


Anand Karat - September 19, 2010

TORONTO – August 18, 2010 – vRetta, an education company that uses cutting-edge immersive technologies to create business simulations, e-learning courses, and online learning platforms, announced today the industry’s need for a paradigm shift from standard e-learning to Cloud Learning.

“Standard e-learning is in need of a radical transformation,” says Anand Karat, President of vRetta. “People are being trained using e-learning courses which are nothing but slideshows with an audio track that has minimal interactivity. It’s time to provide learners with enriching and impactful learning experiences.”

“Today, emerging Cloud Learning technologies are enabling organizations to deliver their e-learning content through a virtualized pool of thousands of remotely hosted secure servers across the globe,” says Charles Anifowose, Director of New Media at vRetta.

Cloud Learning technologies increase the bandwidth available for content delivery, permitting the use of immersive cinematographic techniques to create highly engaging business simulations that enhance the learning experience. These highly interactive experiences feed into sophisticated, data-rich statistical software, which administrators use to assess and evaluate both hard- and soft-skills learning outcomes.

vRetta announces the need for a paradigm shift from Standard E-learning to Cloud Learning through the release of this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmZL-5h5zeE

About vRetta

vRetta specializes in the production of finely-tailored training and learning content, course design, learning platforms, and statistical assessment and evaluation tools that are delivered on-demand. vRetta also offers its expertise in providing organizations and academic institutions with learning solutions through its consultative practices.

While empowering learners with virtual simulations and immersive learning tools, vRetta’s Cloud Learning stimulates engagement and learner retention, which significantly reduces the time to proficiency and improves ROI on training initiatives.

For more information, visit www.vretta.com.

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Back to School Part III


Donna Kakonge Ends Her Series on Students Preparing to Go Back to School – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Back To School Part III - August 31, 2010

Going Back to School? This ends the three-part series in going back to school for students of all ages. If you have not checked out Part I and Part II – you can find them on this magazine. Here are the tips for Part III:

  1. Make sure you sleep! It is extremely important to sleep and rest while you are in school. This will help to keep your stress level down and make it possible for you to concentrate on your studies.
  2. Keep your personal drama to a minimum. Things come up. Everyone knows this. Try to keep out of any personal drama around you in your family, as well as any personal drama happening at school. You are at school to study – really in essence not to do anything else.
  3. Keep out of the bars and avoid smoking – easier said than done, trust me I know. You will be much better off to lay off the alcohol completely and avoid smoking to deal with your stress while in school. Many of these bad habits are formed while you are in school. An entire dissertation could be written on this topic. Avoid becoming a statistic.
  4. Try not to miss classes. Try to go to all of your classes. It is important that you go and your professor will respect you for it. If there is a good reason why you must miss a class, let your professor know with as much notice as possible.
  5. Do not forget to enjoy yourself. Going to school will contain some of the fondest memories of your life. Enjoy it and be successful.

For more information about school and education matters – please check out The Education Generation at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

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Back to School – Part II


Donna Kakonge Continues the Series on Going Back to School for Students – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Back to School Part II - August 30, 2010

Getting ready to go back to school? Here are some tips to help you out on your new journey:

  1. Food can be a big expensive while you are studying. There is a program called Foodshare that will allow you to get fruits and vegetables for as low as $12.00 CDN for an individual. This is a great way to keep healthy and stave off the extra pounds from the sedentary life of study.
  2. Join the gym on campus. Make sure that you join the gym on campus. You should try to work out as often as you can to deal with stress. If the location of your school is far from where you live and it is not convenient to work out on campus, try to do walking or any kind of sport that you enjoy. Even putting on music on your computer and dancing to it for an hour in your bedroom every day can show can real results.
  3. Take advantage of the health care plans available to you. You can usually get eyeglasses, dental cleanings and discounts on any medications you may be taking by going to school. Take advantage of it. If you are young, you will not be on your parents’ health plan forever.
  4. Watch the company you keep. Make sure that you make good friends while you are at school. Try to associate yourself with the hard workers. They will be a good influence on you. It is quite true sometimes that you can tell a person by the company they keep. Sometimes you may even be better off sticking to yourself.
  5. Enjoy the student discounts of the TTC bus service while you are a student. The TTC is going back to picture cards and discounts for students – to take advantage of this! You will save a lot of money by taking public transit such as the TTC, GO or the public transit in your area which is hopefully good, rather than driving.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when there will be Part III.

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Back to School – Part 1


Donna Kakonge Writes About Students Who Are Going Back to School – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Back to School Part 1 - August 29, 2010

What an exciting time it is for many people of all ages all over the world as they return to school for September. Being a teacher and student myself, here are some tips on how you can make your new learning experience, or continued learning experience its best:

  1. Get to know your professors: this is something that one of my former students told me about while he was my student and I was not even conscious that it did make a difference in his success. Of course, you need to back up your knowledge of the professor with hard work, however, it is important to build a rapport with your prof. If you cannot – then perhaps you should drop the course if you can.
  2. Organize your work early: make sure you set up folders on your computer that help to organize all your different courses and files for various assignments. Try to find out the deadlines for assignments right away and write them down. There really are not many good excuses for missing deadlines. If you know an assignment is coming up, try to do it in advance and you can even get help from your campus writing centre to improve your work. The people at the writing centres are experts and are almost as good as having your professor look the work over. Many professors are busy so sometimes this is not possible.
  3. Make sure you have the right tools for your learning job: make sure your computer is working well and that you have a good backup system for files, such as Dropbox.com where you can store the files on your computer for free at 2 GB and under.
  4. Show up to class on time!: it’s important to show up to class on time. You do not want to miss anything. You will also be making a very good impression and showing your initiative and eagerness.
  5. Try to participate in class discussions: some people are naturally chatty and participating in class discussions is not a problem. For those professors who create a safe, calm and open learning environment where all students no matter what feel free to discuss things – this is terrific. If you have a professor from hell, well…what can I say…I feel sorry for you. Try to make the best of it and try to think positive thoughts.

Well, this is just the beginning of the tips. Tomorrow there will be Part II.

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A Big Thank You


Thank you to all of you who will be participating in one of the first ever courses on black hair politics done online. All of the 42 participants are pioneers and part of history. I thank you all for joining. I apologize to anyone who wanted to join the group and could not. The participation far exceeded my expectations. This is absolutely terrific! God Bless you all!

The course starts on Monday, July 19th. The ebook from the course will be made available for free on Lulu.com and will let everyone know about it.

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Aboriginal Literature in Canadian Schools


Aboriginal Resources - June 16, 2010

Here is a listing from the Government of Canada on Aboriginal resources that can be used in education: http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng/ao31045.html.

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A Journey End


Chris Temelkos Writes about Graduating from Seneca College – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 4, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

As the summer approaches, I say goodbye to my days as a Broadcast Journalism student at Seneca College. It seems like yesterday, that I entered the bustling hallways of the college. I can vividly remember the new faces, all staring anxiously in anticipation as a new chapter in their lives began to open. All those new faces are now familiar friends who share the same laughs and tears that we put into our work at Seneca.

As each semester passed, assignments would become more difficult, putting me and my classmates under stress and fear of failure, but somehow we all managed to come through. By conquering all the challenges I faced in Broadcast Journalism, I grew as a person and knew anything was possible if I put my mind to it.

We will celebrate one last time as a class before we say goodbye and hopefully, our paths will cross again, allowing us to recount our tales at Seneca and reminisce about the good old days. Now that the semester has come to a close, I am not sure what lies ahead but I do know that the confidence I gained in my college career will lead me down the right path.

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Radio Conference in New Zealand


Radio Conference in New Zealand - March 18, 2010

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Radio Conference January 11-14, 2011, Auckland.

The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, January 11-14, 2011.

This conference aims to provide a forum for radio scholars, teachers and broadcasters from all parts of the world. The 2011 conference will build on the progress achieved at previous conferences at the University of Madison, Wisconsin in 2003, RMIT University, Melbourne in 2005, the University of Lincoln, the UK in 2007 and York University, Toronto in 2009.

In January 2011, the conference returns to the southern hemisphere with Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand hosting this significant event for radio thinkers and doers. The conference is organized by a local and an international committee and is held in association with the Radio Studies Network.

We look forward to hosting you in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2011.

We welcome presenters as well as observers to the conference.

Please see the ‘call for papers’ page for guidelines for submissions of abstracts for peer review.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CONFERENCE WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM:
12 April 2010.

Full registration: $NZ 500
Student registration (with proof of enrollment): $NZ 250
Conference dinner: $NZ 100

Send abstracts of 300 words by Monday, May 31, 2010, to:

rosser.johnson@aut.ac.nz

For more information please contact:
Matt Mollgaard
matt.mollgaard@aut.ac.nz
+64 9 9219999 ext. 7876

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Spacedteacher’s Adventures In The Middle Cosmos


This Lady is a ” Sister Of The Jardeen Rose “. ” The Sisters Of The Jardeen Rose ” are the sworn enemies of the HaNazees

Spaced Teacher - January 23, 2010 - 2

This woman is a ” Sister Of The Jardeen Rose” They are the sworn enemy of the HaNazee
Spacedteacher vs. The Committee of 17 { Local Branch} { Sub Committee On Foreign Holidays }
or
Halloween In Tijuana { Definitely NOT!! }
By Spacedteacher

Dear Readersbat :

I was teaching in a small town in Central China. I was the first ” laowai” / foreigner that this school had ever had. I was also the only ” laowai ” at this school. The responsibilities were great. I was very excited to get involved with my students many of whom had never even seen a ” laowai ” before. Basically, I was in a situation where there were a lot of very eager impressionable young Chinese minds to be educated. The best thing was I was given carte blanche to do it my way. I was in heaven at the thought of this opportunity. Not so much later I would come to realize that I was not in heaven at all. I was in, I suspected, someplace in the opposite direction. My suspicions would be confirmed in due course.

As any ” laowai ” teacher with experience will tell you the Chinese students always will tell you they want to learn about Western culture. The truth is quite to the contrary. 90 % of them have absolutely no interest in anything that is not Chinese. I’m fairly certain now after six years of experience that The Committee of 17 Sub – Committee On Education tells them to say that. The thinking is probably that they will make themselves look smart by saying that to a “laowai “and that it will probably please the ” laowai ” that foreign people are interested in their cultures. In any case, I was still fairly new in China so even though I was beginning to have doubts and starting to see the big picture I took them at their word. I now know that the vast majority of Chinese students like to talk the talk but when it comes time to walk the walk they’re not interested. That you see takes effort. Emperor Wo Bu Zhi Dao strikes again as it were.

Halloween was the first Western / American Holiday we encountered during the year. I was so excited about the fun I was going to have with these kids teaching them about Halloween and partying with them. I asked all my students in all my classes if they wanted to learn about Halloween. A resounding yes was the response. I was quite pleased. I then asked them if they would like to go trick or treating and have a party. A resounding yes. I explained to them about costumes and told them to buy/make one. Now being an American with a twisted bizarre sense of humor as those of you that know me are aware of I was not happy just keeping this on campus.I wanted to involve some of the local townspeople living near the campus. We made flyers in Chinese explaining to the local people what Halloween was and what would be happening on their streets come Halloween night. They appeared to be quite interested and supportive. They were lying or to play the Devil’s Advocate maybe they were just being polite. I ended up doing a shitload of work for the very little benefit for anybody concerned due to their misplaced politeness. The attitude on their part regarding that seemed to be ” tough shit lao wai.”

Halloween night arrived and all of my students met me at my apartment on campus. Most of them had no costume at all. A few had masks. A few had great costumes. Off we proceeded to introduce Halloween to the people living on campus.

Halloween night arrived and all of my students met me at my apartment on campus. Most of them had no costume at all. A few had masks. A few had great costumes. Off we proceeded to introduce Halloween to the people living on campus. We tricked and treated. We hid behind trees and scared people. We did some simple fun tricks such as throw eggs on windows and silly string cars and what not. I was beginning to notice though that as we went further and further along my posse was greatly diminishing. I also was disappointed that they didn’t want to do anything on their own. I had to be the center of attention to get them to do anything. By the time we got to the far end of campus we had about ten kids that were still with me and having fun. I was very disappointed in the other 300 but I figured what the Hell at least now I know who wants to have fun. We proceeded onward.

Picture 40 students in a class giving you that look. You need to be strong to teach in China. lol

Interesting Masters Degrees - January 22,2010

It was time to take the celebration off campus. Off to the main street surrounding the campus, we went. The Chinese merchants and family living there were very supportive and seemed to be getting into the spirit of the day.They also appeared to be highly entertained. I had noticed though that by the time we got to the end of the street we were down to three kids. I told them ok we’ll finish up this street and call it a night. We did and I sent them home. I, however, was NOT finished. I wanted one good ” BOO!!! experience before I went home.

I walked into an internet bar. I think I was costumed as a

This Demon looks familiar. lol

Demon as I remember. My face was painted and I’m sure I was a fearsome sight to the Halloween rookies. I just walked in and strolled up to the head of the room. Everybody’s eyes were on me. I’m sure they didn’t know quite what to think although they seemed to be chuckling. I waited about two minutes just staring at them intently. Finally, at the top of my voice, I shouted Happy Halloween BOO!!! She sprang from her chair like an angry Tigress protecting her cubs. She had a broom and she wasn’t afraid to use it. Out of her internet bar, she chased me swinging her broom violently and extremely accurately

The people on the streets were falling down laughing although they were a bit concerned for my safety. A couple of gentlemen restrained her and began, judging by the way they were pointing at the flyers we had posted, explaining to her what was going on. She was PISSED!! She ceased her attack but she kept her eyes on me and her broom handy. There was no way she was letting me back in her internet bar. My mission was completed. I placed my thumbs in my ears, help up my fingers and wiggled them at her while sticking my tongue out. The Chinese people were roaring. I went home happy that night. I had brought a little bit of Western culture to China although in not quite the way I had intended.

I played this movie a few years later for another Halloween Celebration. It constantly amazes me that these kids have never even heard of these movies. They loved it. They didn\’t quite know what to make of it at first though. lol

Some people have no sense of humor. The HaNazee Yellow Knights Of Ignorance And Chaos are certainly

Is there a bad moon rising over China?

amongst the foremost of those folks. How unfortunate that so many of the Chinese students are also among them. They are way too young to be this boring. To be this young and be constantly afraid of taking part in the fun things of life or of taking a chance doesn’t bode well for the future of China in my opinion.There is a sadness that afflicts the Chinese people that I guess is reflective of their history. How unfortunate it is that in this time of great economic prosperity and hope in China the Chinese people do not seem to be able or perhaps willing to overcome this sadness.Emperor Wo Bu Zhi Dao still has them in his grip it would appear. Let’s all pray that The Sisters And Brothers Of The Jardeen Rose And Jasmine will eventually defeat Emperor Wo Bu Zhi Dao and his Yellow Knights bringing freedom to the Jardeen people A.K.A. the righteous Chinese.

Is there a bad moon rising over China?

By the Grace of Li Tan

“The Adventures Of Spacedteacher In The Middle Cosmos { China }” is a collection of short stories based on my actual experiences.They are written from the point of view of an American ” laowai” { foreigner}. As is the case with all of the humanity’s gardens there are flowers AND weeds.The Chinese garden is no different in that regard, they have flowers in the form of the Jardeen Roses and Jasmine and crabgrass in the form of the HaNazees. I try to weed the crabgrass while focusing on and accentuating the Jardeen Rose and Jasmine.
I have taken only the barest minimum of poetic license in an effort to make these stories more enjoyable to read for you. Trust me when I tell you it happened 99 % exactly as I tell it. All names have been fictionalized to protect the guilty from legal action be that civil or criminal and to protect the innocent from the guilty and most importantly to protect the author, yours truly, from the crabgrass in the Chinese garden. Those HaNazee can be vicious bastards!! lol

The HaNazee are well known for having an aversion to the spelling and grammar challenged among us. These guys are in the employ of the HaNazee.

All characters, plot lines, fictional places, and anything else even remotely associated with these stories is the intellectual property of Spacedteacher D.B.A. Bea Wildered Enterprises and may not be used without the express written consent of the aforementioned Spaced one or Bea herself.

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The Cost of Education


The Cost of Education - December 2, 2009

As a teacher, I really admire anyone who goes to school. School is so important. It teaches you not only the basics of reading, writing, math and a concentrated area of study – it also teaches you a lot about yourself. It is a shame though that the cost of education often makes it difficult for some people to take the route of enlightenment.

I recently heard about a woman who is an engineer and an architect and is currently on employment insurance. She is in her eighth month. She wants to switch careers to become a youth worker, however, is finding it hard to come up with the money to go back to school. It is good though that she has the desire to do so, despite the fact she is not the age of the average student.

I know someone else who desperately needs to go back to school to upgrade because she does not even know how to use a computer. She keeps saying she will and it is the Spanish expression, “manana, manana.” It is always tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow does not ever seem to come. I know that if she was aware of programs out there where she could upgrade her skills for free – she would do them.

In this economy, it is so important to be investing in yourself. If you already have the education, you are one of the lucky ones and I hope you are using it to your advantage. Investing in yourself will secure your future and give you more opportunities to choose from. I know my journalism and media studies degrees have been a tremendous benefit to me.

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