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.

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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


Quelle journée! What a day!

We kicked off the Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies Learning today! And what an amazing day it was!

Together, we are 75 engaged educators dedicated to thinking deeply about teaching practices that will equip students with all of the skills, strategies, mindsets and dispositions they need for making meaning and communicating meaning with digital texts.

We started the morning by thinking about the question: What are digital literacies?

Everyone, individually or with a partner, recorded a video and posted it to Flipgrid. Together, this curated collection of ideas — in English and in French — is an incredibly powerful example of how a technology can be used, so easily, to explore complexity and to support all of the processes required to construct integrated understandings of an idea! Together, we captured 32 videos — 32 shared and individual perspectives on What Digital Literacies Are, and how we understand them at the start of our week of learning!

Next, during the keynote, we created a Multimodal Digital Literacies Manifesto. With partners, we identified the paths we need to take, as teachers, working in systems of schooling, to ensure that every student graduates fully digitally literate.  We have put our stake in the ground — and we know where we need to go! We’ll spend the rest of the week working toward those goals — trying to build projects that will ensure the students we serve learn more ways of thinking with and through digital tools.

During the afternoon sessions, Dr. Megan Cotnam-Kappel (see her talk here), supported by Andrée Levasseur, Joshua Caissie and Camille Boudreau presented on the Maker Movement and how to integrate maker-inspired lessons in the classroom. Here is the link to their presentation.

Dr. Diane Watt, with Kayf Abdulquadir, Fartousa Siad, Geneviève Cloutier and Jamilee Baroud presented on Critical Digital Video Production and the importance of giving students experiences and a space to write their own stories in school. AMAZING.




Bienvenue! Welcome!

The Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies kicks off this morning, July 10, 2017 in the Foyer of Lamoureux Hall (LMX).

After making a flipgrid video with new colleagues over coffee or outside on campus (time to explore!) participants will be welcomed to the Education Resources Centre on the 2nd Floor of LMX for the welcoming address.

If you like to follow along with the slides on your own device, here they are in .pdf format.


And, if you prefer to add these things to your Google Drive, you can find them here as well.