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    Lorna Costantini
    Edward Gissing

    Michelle Solomon
    Nathan Chow
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    Garth Nichols
    Joseph Wilson

    Valia Reinsalu
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    Sarah Wheatley
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    Jonathan Lin
    interested in a session on technology in education
    Monica Anne Batac
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    Sylvia Kwan
    Mireille Massue
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    Tim King
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  2. page home edited A group of energetic, like-minded individuals organized the first ever EdcampTO on October 15, 20…

    A group of energetic, like-minded individuals organized the first ever EdcampTO on October 15, 2011.
    Planning has already begun for Edcamp Toronto 2012 on September 29. We hope to see you then!
    This exciting unconference was held at York University. For updates and info on upcoming Edcamp Toronto events, please visit the EdcampTO website. We'll be using this wiki again for Edcamp 2012. See you then!
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  3. page Possible Sessions for EdcampTO edited ... Description Briefly describe what you hope to talk about in the session. Colin Harris @dig…
    Briefly describe what you hope to talk about in the session.
    Colin Harris
    Collaborative Inquiry
    How can we move from a traditional consumer model of PD to a blended inquiry based model? What are some of the advantages to this approach? What are some of the obstacles?
    Ed Hitchcock @SciTeacherEd
    How can we foster creativity in problem solving?
    There is too much focus on "The Answer" and not enough on the process of problem solving. How can we encourage students (and teachers) to focus more on the questions and process?
    Sarah Wheatley
    How can we use technology to generate and focus discussion in the classroom.
    Too often, discussion is limited to only a few outspoken students, and it is conducted at a superficial level. How can we deepen the discussion and engage more students and how can technology help.
    Building the Classroom for Tomorrow
    This session would focus on teacher development for the 21 Century classroom. Using social media (Twitter, Diigo, Skype, etc...) to broaden one's professional development, as well as how to implement these tools in the classroom to broaden the understanding of what a "classroom" can be.
    Nathan Chow
    Why do we grade?
    Is there a better way?
    Formative assessment is supposed to give a learner direct insight into ways to improve. Does a 70/100 or a B- do this?
    Universities want to know the quality of student they are potentially accepting, is an average of marks the best way to determine this?
    If not, then what?
    Lorna Costantini
    What's your homework policy?
    Homework policies vary from classroom to classroom and school to school. What is the value of homework and are students benefiting?
    Heidi Siwak
    @heidisiwak on twitter
    Real World Learning
    How can we structure our practice so that students work on tasks that have real and meaningful applications? How and why should we connect students to professionals and experts to collaborate on projects?
    Heidi Siwak
    Inquiry-Based Learning
    What exactly IS inquiry-based learning? Why is it so effective?
    Cat Lee
    Community-based learning
    There are so many people in our communities who can bring unique experiences to share with our students. How can we tap into community resources and organizations to enhance the learning experience? Can we use different technologies to "bring in" experts from the field?
    Heidi Siwak
    What's next?
    We're using social media, we've figured out personal learning networks for educators and learners, we're connecting with the outside world, we're moving to inquiry based learning. How do we build on this? What's next?
    Julie Simcoe
    Differentiating Instruction
    Differentiating instruction is supposed to work well for Gr 7 through 12 in theory...but how do you plan, manage, accomodate, modify andkeep everything running smoothly in practice?
    Julie Simcoe
    Dealing with High Functioning Autism/Asperger's in the classroom
    Effective strategies for dealing with the students who have the knowledge but not the social skills for today's classroom.
    Heidi Siwak
    (Well, I have lots to talk about!)
    Gaming in schools.
    Many of our learners are also gamers. How/Should we bring gaming into "education"?
    Tim King
    Data literacy
    Digital access
    Gaming isn't for education, education is for gaming
    We are irrelevant because we aren't even close to the world students participate in when they aren't in school. We have as little to do with their modern world as medieval people did with industrialization.
    Until we stop applying 20th Century IT to 21st Century schools, we're never going to have the access and diversity of technology that we need to access the information revolution.
    Patrick Tucker
    How can we teach critical thinking skills?
    Being critical is very difficult. How do you teach students specific strategies they can use? How do you arm them against the persuasiveness of the expert? Of the marketer? Of their teacher?
    Patrick Tucker @ginrob_pt
    What makes a good outdoor classroom?
    What strategies or equipment is needed to have an outdoor space that doesn't just teach students out side, but one that also teaches them about the outside?
    Patrick Tucker
    Analyzing the effects of SM in School
    Using an analytical framework from Neil Postman to develop a deeper understanding of the affects of all media but specifically Social Media. 5 questions that need to be addressed: What are the positives and negatives; how are those advantages and disadvantages distributed across the population; that is the bias of SM - how does it transform our understanding of discourse, information, social networks; how does it affect the entire ecosystem or school / learning / society; how might we work to change SM to be more advantages to learning in school?
    Jennifer Chan
    What is failure?
    What does failure in school mean? How do we teach/learn from failure?
    Valia Reinsalu
    Beyond the curriculum: What does it mean to be educated?
    What skills, interests, and qualities should our students have once they have graduated through our school system in order to be successful? How do we measure success today?
    Monica Anne Batac
    Values and Priorities in Teaching & Learning - Specialization or Generalization?
    Many of us subscribe to some sort of teaching interest/passion: educational technology, environmental education, holistic education, inquiry-based, media literacy, physical education, and so on. Our students are the same - they may like games, nature, drama, music, dance, literature, scientific inquiry, etc.
    Are we doing ourselves and our students a disservice by limiting and narrowing what we value and prioritize in teaching and learning?
    If I choose to focus on outdoor education... who will teach my students how to navigate their way in the digital world?
    If I emphasize creativity and the "arts", are all of the students engaged?
    If I put my child in a sports-focused or arts-focused school, am I limiting their potential?
    How do we balance our own interests and passions? How about creating and promoting student interests & passions? Do we want well-rounded teachers and learners? What place does specialization have in elementary education?
    Monica Anne Batac
    Does teacher = advocate & activist?
    Everywhere and anywhere, we are exposed to societal, political, ideological, and cultural issues and ills. Do we address these in our classrooms? By choice or by mandate? Scripted or personal?
    Why do we choose particular causes/concerns to address in our classroom over others? Racism, discrimination, poverty (local or developing world), illiteracy, environmental issues, LGBTQ support and understanding, bullying, whatever it may be... are we building understanding, sensitivity, and awareness in/with our students? At what age? What's off limits and what's age appropriate?
    What/where are the possible backlashes? Do we fight back? Or are we supposed to just be rather removed from these heated subjects... do we avoid politicizing our classrooms?
    Monica Anne Batac
    Social Media use - who teaches our students? Who teaches our teachers?
    We all saw the Ontario College of Teachers' advisory on Social Media. With no mandated curriculum for reference, teaching internet safety and social media use aren't set priorities in our elementary classrooms. Some of us choose to expose, encourage, and teach students about responsible use. Others do not with their own sets of reasons.
    Why? Why not? How?
    Do teachers even know how to do this? How can we teach this to students when our own personal and professional use is so varied?
    Is it up to the parents? Do students learn by trial and error? By experience - by error and consequence?Toronto Fishing Charter
    Eventbrite registrants
    Read some of the topic ideas by registrants of Edcamp Toronto. {Eventbrite0923.pdf}

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    like-minded individuals are organizingorganized the first ever EdcampTO on
    exciting unconference will bewas held at York University, You can register here.University. For updates and info on upcoming Edcamp Toronto events, please visit the EdcampTO website. We'll be using this wiki again for Edcamp 2012. See you then!
    If you are interested in helping in any way, please join this wiki and add your contact info here.
    Want to lead/facilitate a session at EdcampTO? Add your topic/question here.
    To read more from the organizers of EdcampTO, or to find useful links for edcamps, click here.
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