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The Brock Learning Network (BLN) is an innovative, on-line community of the Faculty of Education. It's a bit like Facebook™, YouTube™, news reports, calendars and a staffroom – rolled into one dynamic site. The BLN is a great place to find information, hold discussions, blog, conduct research and contribute to the issues in education and teaching that you care about.
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We are delighted that we have more requests for using and booking the research space at the Critical Literacy Center at John DeCew. Some people are using it on a daily basis and some merely want to book it for a few sessions. To meet everyone's needs, to ensure that space is used equitably and to ensure that things run smoothly, it is evident that we need to establish a few of policies.1. All bookings need to be done through Snezana. Send her an email telling her the date, the time, the duration and the space required.
Please join us as we host a groundbreaking ceremony to formally mark the exciting start of construction of the new Faculty of Education building extension project on Monday September 15th at 9:15am. Very brief remarks will be made by Dr. Boak and Dr. Heap and a formal sod turning will take place.
All are welcome to attend. Please meet on the remaining portion of the circular driveway near the construction trailer.
The registration is now open for the SmartBoard training sessions. You can register
online at https://secure1.foed.brocku.ca/events.
You will see that the sessions are offered at many different times and on several
different days. Note that we will not be offering this introductory session again, so
make sure you don't miss out on this opportunity!
The new colloquium committee, composed of Candace Figg, Doug Karrow, and Mike O'Sullivan with Christina Skorobohacz representing graduate students is initiating the 2008 - 2009 series with this call for presentations. Remember that presentations must involve joint faculty/grad student research.We have booked WH 305 for the following dates (all Fridays): Oct 24, Nov. 28; Jan. 30; March 6; (and, if we need it, April 3)We need presenters for Oct 24; and March 6th; (and April 3)
Effective Monday. September 8, 2008, the operation of the Instructional Resource Centre will include evening and Saturday hours as follows:
St. Catharines Campus
Monday to Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday to Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
On Thursday, Oct. 30 Ridley College will be hosting "Going Global - Whatis international education and how are schools implementing best practice? Keynote Speaker is Patrick Bassett, president of the National Associationof Independent schools. His address it "The Right-Brained Future: Creating the 21st CenturySchool".For further information, please download the PDF or contact me at theschool.
For all of us in Education, this is the "real" new year, n'est-ce pas?? I hope your summer gave you some lovely memories and that you feel ready and excited for another chance to make a difference in this world by touching the lives of your students. :-)
Discovery Education streaming integrates seamlessly into any curriculum with 5,000 full-length videos (by end of 2008) segmented into 50,000 content-specific clips tied directly state and national standards.
Canadian Council on Learning is seeking nominations for the second annual Sharing the Flame: Recognizing Excellence in Learning. Selected programs will be featured on the CCL website and in an electronic “ideas book” that will be released in late 2008 to enable others to learn from successful initiatives. If you would like to nominate a learning program, please review the eligibility criteria before completing and submitting the Sharing the Flame entry form by Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008.
Celebrate Niagara's Culinary Excellence at the Opening of Term Event! President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jack Lightstone and his wife Dr. Dorothy Markiewicz cordially invite you and a guest to celebrate the start of a new academic year.
The event will be marche style, featuring local foods prepared by local chefs. Visit the food stations and enjoy complimentary beverages from the Niagara region.
New and emerging technologies, along with the pervasive worldwide distribution of digital networks, have facilitated widespread Internet and Intranet deployments of digital learning resources in support of teaching and learning across the curriculum. Educators now use such resources in support of in-class lessons, online practice or homework, professional development workshops and tutorials, classroom management, and online courses.
Multimedia Production now supports the creation of podcasts (slides with audio narration).Using our new microphone solution - the Zoom H2 - a professor or other instructor can capture her/his lecture, and if desired, classroom discussion, while concurrently integrating Powerpoint (PC or Mac) or Keynote (Mac) slides. The before-class setup of our laptop / microphone solution requires 2-4 minutes (including the upload of your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation). You may also borrow the microphone to make your own recordings in the location of your choice.
Applications for places in teachers' training fall nearly 20% in 'brutally competitive' job market KRISTIN RUSHOWY Toronto Star July 21, 2008 For the first time in years – and amid a slump in the job market – the number of applications for teacher education has dropped. The Ontario Universities' Application Centre recorded almost 20 per cent fewer applications for education programs starting this fall, as compared to last year.
By Trotter, Andrew
Education Week; 6/18/2008, Vol. 27 Issue 42, p1-17
Globe & MailJuly 12, 2008Cyberbullying is so serious and harmful it should be made a criminal offence, according to a far-reaching policy that a national teachers organization is expected to endorse today.In adopting the document, the Canadian Teachers' Federation plans to urge the federal government to amend the Criminal Code to include cyberbullying, saying current laws do not provide police the tools they need to investigate online harassment.