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John Abbott Ed Tech Presentations | April 13, 14 & 15

Coming in April 2016, a series of 3 special presentations from John Abbott College Learning & Teaching Resource Center will be broadcasted live on APOP_online. To participate online, please select events of interest from the online registration form.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Quality Screen Time… Empowering Digital Citizens

Presenter: Shanly Dixon, Researcher & Digital Literacy Educator (Concordia University)
Discussant: Eileen Kerwin Jones, Humanities Department (John Abbott College)

Teaching critical thinking skills is more important than ever before as young people are forced to grapple with ethical issues in cyberspace. Incorporating digital citizenship and digital literacy education across the college campus is crucial in helping young people navigate changing online social norms. As young people increasingly become producers of content and creators of online spaces a digital literacy education that explores theories around gender, diversity, identity, community, ethics, civic engagement etc. becomes more and more relevant.

This discussion will explore the role of educators in bringing in helping young people, at college level, to employ cultural, ethical digital literacy and critical thinking in their increasingly digital lives.


Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

New Platforms for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

Presenter: Kevin Lenton (Vanier College)
Presenter: Adamo Petosa (Dawson College)

This workshop will present two learning environments: Visual Classrooms and SmartAmp. These interactive digital spaces enable users to quickly capture thinking and share, analyze and discuss content together using their own computing devices – i.e., laptops, tablets even phones, at home or in the classroom, synchronously or asynchronously.

Several designed activities will be described which indicate that these platforms promote student collaboration and lead to deeper learning.


Friday, April 15, 2016, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Show & Tell UDL

Presenters: Members of Faculty Staff (John Abbott)
Facilitator: Brenda Rowe, Project Leader UDL (John Abbott College)

The principles of Universal Design for Learning include multiple ways of engaging students, teaching, and assessing students learning. During this workshop, teachers will be demonstrating how they use UDL in the engagement, teaching and assessment of students’ learning. The session will encourage and allow teachers to share, ask questions and discuss how to affect academic success.

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