Minds On Media

A Constructivist Approach to Digital Storytelling and Multimedia Presentations
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:00 - 3:30
ECOO Conference 2009 Sheraton Parkway North Hotel, Richmond Hill
How are you reaching your digital learners?
What is ‘Minds On Media’?
Imagine a room full of teachers who are experts in digital
storytelling and multimedia creation. What could you learn from them?

Join Peter Skillen as he hosts this new ECOO event - a full day BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) workshop with a variety of learning centres focusing on planning, production, post-production, and exhibition of final media works to audiences - local or global.

What Will You Learn?
That is up to you! Visit one of the centres or visit them all! You can be an absolute beginner, or a 'techie' wanting to bump your skills up a notch!

You choose your ‘entry point’. Build your own plan for the day or be led by one of our facilitators. Learn what you need to know to bring digital tools to your students this year!

You may want to learn all about podcasting. Or moviemaking, music creation, HyperStudio, iLife, Audacity, Adobe Premiere Elements, Comic Life, Transform, Inspiration, Web 2.0 tools, digital photography, digital storytelling, etc. You get the idea. The facilitators at the centres will have the skills to support you. A broad range of media products and tools will be supported with awesome classroom projects as exemplars!

Who are Our Facilitators?
Minds On Media has a wealth of Ontario expertise with a couple of out-of-province stars thrown in for good measure!
• Mali Bickley & Jim Carleton - iEARN-Canada country coordinators and Adobe Youth Voices experts
Hall Davidson, Director, Discovery Educator Network where he blogs, creates webinars, and entertains, inspires, and educates teachers worldwide!
Kendra Grant and Anne Tyas - Ontario's experts on learning/writing/engaging ALL learners with Inspiration Software and Promethean Interactive Whiteboards
Kent Manning - Want to motivate your boy writers? Come and learn from Kent.
Barbara McLaughlin - KABOOM! Barbara can show you how to bring student work to life with Comic Life!
Michael Quinn - president of Global Thinkers and long time educational software creator
Jane Smith & Nathan Toft - Scholastic authors and experts in all things music, blogging and podcasting.,,,,
• Roger Wagner - creator of HyperStudio! Come and try fusion for divergent thinkers
• Jennifer Connelly (Apple Distinguished Educator) and Leann LaFramboise - experts in learning with iLife et al

Who are Our Support Teachers (Pedagogistas)
Pedagogistas are built in as part of the carefully planned support system. This arises from the tradition in Reggio Emilia schools. Pedagogistas, in this case, are teachers that focus on implementing the constructivist philosophy and advocate for respecting the learners competence and 'desire to know'. We will strive to support you in your learning throughout the day.
• Mike Anderson
• Susan Couprie
• Cresencia Fong
Andrew Forgrave
Doug Peterson
Brenda Sherry
Bruce Summers
Peter Skillen