#LNDLCA 2018 : The biggest learning take-away?

On the last morning of our Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies Learning, we invited participants to share their biggest learning take-away(s) on a Padlet. We hoped that this final, open reflection would help all of us to reflect on our own learning in relation to, and because of the collaborations we experienced during the week.

Made with Padlet

Illuminated Discoveries: Learning to Use the LilyPad

Written by Julie-Anne Turner, MA Candidate, University of Ottawa

“Here are the LilyPads, there are batteries in the box, and lights too. And don’t forget the needles! “

Michelle handed me the box of supplies, and enthusiastically, I moved to a classroom to begin my project, which consisted of sewing an LED light on a T-shirt of the Institute. I decided to start exploring e-textiles as a preparation for the Maker stream, having never had the chance to play with these tools.

I admit to having some sewing skills, having learned at an early age to do basic repairs, so this component of the project did not cause me any concern. In addition, in terms of knowledge about electricity and circuits, I could hear the echo of my father’s voice in my head: “It’s simple, positives with positives, negatives with negatives ! “

But where to start? And how? I had before me a panoply of tools and gadgets, but no idea how to start my process. So, I must admit that starting the activity was the hardest step for me. Intimidated by a battery and an LED light, this is ridiculous! But, it’s the truth: I had a slight discomfort of this freedom to create.

So, like many Makers today, I found myself looking on Youtube to understand how to tie the battery on the fabric. The first step was to sew the battery in place and then pass the wire to the LED light in order to have a connection between the two positives.

Eager to know if I was on the right track, I decided then to take a shortcut and test the circuit by completing it with the thread and my needle. Success! A little pink light illuminated, just like my face, which radiated of this pretty neat discovery! I then had to sew the wire so that the circuit remained in place.

After sewing the second thread, I could see that my light was still lit and that it was really a success. There you go!

Despite having pricked my fingers repeatedly, due to my lack of practice with sewing, I was able to quickly adapt to the task and finish the first stage of my project rather quickly. Completely energised by this light, I then decide to integrate another one! 

I can now better understand the importance of discovering while learning, and daring to try something new, since it is a very gratifying feeling!  Happy with my project, and filled with creative energy, I am now eagerly waiting to see what the Makers will create during the week of learning!

New Scholarship for B.Ed. and Graduate Students to Attend #LNDLCA

Thanks to the generous support of the Executive Council of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, we are thrilled to announce that ten University of Ottawa students who are currently registered in Graduate studies in a Graduate Diploma, M.Ed., M.A. or PhD program, or who are entering the second year of their initial teacher professional certification (B.Ed.) program will receive student enrichment fund scholarships to attend the 2018 Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies Learning.

Special Student Rate
Any registered student in Education at the Faculty of Education is eligible to apply. Given our interest in helping students to participate in this year’s Institute, any student who registers will be afforded a special registration rate of $450 (HST included).  This is 20% less than the early-bird rate and 35% less than the regular cost to attend the Institute.

The Scholarships
Eight students
 (four francophone students and four anglophone students) will receive $300 partial scholarships, which will cover two thirds of the cost to attend. Each scholarship recipient will pay the remaining cost of $150.

Two students (one francophone student and one anglophone student) who indicate financial need on their application will receive a full scholarship valued at $450.

To apply for this scholarship opportunity, please complete this form before 9 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Eastern Time). Applications submitted after this stated deadline will not be considered.

Link to Application

If more than 10 eligible students apply, recipients will be selected at random in the presence of one or more members of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Education. After the selection takes place, all applicants will be informed, whether successful in receiving an award or not, through their uOttawa email address.

Inquiries regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Michelle Schira Hagerman at the Faculty of Education.

Keynote Speaker for 2018: Dr. Michael Hoechsmann

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Michael Hoechsmann, Associate Professor at Lakehead University (Orillia) will speak to participants of the 2018 Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies Learning on Wednesday, July 11th. Dr. Hoechsmann is a nationally recognized expert in digital literacies in Canada. He is co-author of Media Literacies: A critical introduction (2012, Wiley) and co-author, with Helen DeWaard, of Mapping Digital Literacy Policy and Practice in the Canadian Education Landscape (2015, MediaSmarts.ca). Dr. Hoechsmann serves on the Board of Directors for MediaSmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy  and is the Canadian co-chair of the North American Network of UNESCO GAPMIL (Global Alliance of Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy).  His talk, entitled: Remix literacies in schools, communities and everyday life will offer participants new perspectives on what literacies mean in our digitally networked world.

Dr. Hoechsmann’s talk will be open to the public. Please join us!

FREE Workshop March 24, 2018 : Coding in the Classroom

All B.Ed. candidates at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Education are invited to a special, FREE day of learning about CODING in the CLASSROOM! Generously financed by the Faculty of Engineering Outreach Programs, this day is specially designed for teacher candidates. We’ll begin with an overview of coding as a digital literacy, and a quick presentation of the fundaments of computational thinking.  We’ll also offer ideas and evidence-based recommendations for teaching disciplinary content through coding. Next, we’ll break out into session where we can explore several tools that teachers can use to introduce coding and computational thinking in their classrooms. After lunch, participants will all learn to code in Python, a super useful coding language that will open up new possibilities for innovation in your classroom. This is a Bring Your Own Device event, but we will have Beebots, Ozobots, Chromebooks, and CARLRobots for everyone to play with. Focus will be on exploring possibilities and learning new skills. There are only 50 spots available, so sign up early! Thanks to our funders, we’ll be able to offer everyone lunch and provide all participants with a personalized certificate of completion.

Details below:

Participant Videos

Participants in the Critical Digital Video stream  created an amazing, inspired array of videos. Here are a couple of selected samples of work created in just a couple of days by teachers thinking deeply about their identities, about citizenship, and how to use video to empower students to reflect on who they are, and how they participate in their communities.

Video 1: Bernard reflects on video production and learning with video

Made by Maddie Shellgren and Bernard Nkengfac

Video 2: Conversations about Digital Citizenship with PreService Teachers in the Urban Communities Cohort

Made by Linda Radford, Erin Freeze, Jessica Gladu, Jennifer Sweeney, & Joy Hansai