Ontario Teachers' Federation Conference: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century


Learning to be Critical Thinkers in the Age of Media

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Welcome to the Minds On Media site for the OTF Conference : Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century on February 10 -12, 2011. Garfield Gini-Newman will focus on the critical thinking framework on Thursday, and Will Richardson will demonstrate the applications of web 2.0 in education on Friday.

As part of that conference, we are organizing a Minds on Media event.

What is ‘Minds On Media’?

Imagine a room full of teachers who are experts in social media and critical thinking. What could you learn from them?

Join Brenda Sherry & Peter Skillenas they host this fabulous new OTF event - a half-day BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) workshop with a variety of learning centres focusing on learning to be critical thinkers in the age of media.

What Will You Learn?

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

Structure of Day:

Minds On Media will run opposite 2 breakout sessions run by Garfield and Will - 1/2 of the group attending Minds on Media (approx. 75) and 1/2 of the group attending their choice of a breakout session. This structure will be repeated in the afternoon - just flipped so that all participants will attend Minds on Media.

Timeframe: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Minds On Media Structure

  • Welcome & Intro
  • Peter & Brenda to speak to the rationale of the day
  • Description of the event
  • Activity and natural free-flow among centres & Interaction with Pedagogistas
  • Summary

We want to emphasize the 'bricolage' nature...the ability to 'tinker'...to play...to choose... to learn in the way
that suits.
Topic for the Centre
Confirmed Facilitator (s)
Google Tools
Richard Grignon
Creating Media Texts
Kent Manning
Thoughtful Media (video, audio clips)
Danuta Woloszynowicz
Building your PLN
Doug Peterson & Kelly Moore
Global Collaborative Learning
Mali Bickley and Jim Carleton
Photography & PhotoShop Elements
Colin Jagoe & Jeff Brown
Barbara McLaughlin
Google Earth & Streetview
Lynda Kilpatrick
  • Jaclyn Calder - ICT Consultant, Simcoe County District School Board
  • Cresencia Fong - PhD Candidate, OISE/UT, former ICT & e-Learning Instructional Leader, Toronto District School Board
  • Andrew Forgrave - Teacher, Hastings & Prince Edward District

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

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

More on the Critical Thinking Framework
http://www.otffeo.on.ca/ english/pro_critical.php

An interesting article on critical thinking and creativity http://www.edutopia.org/files/existing/edutopianews.html