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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Geo-spatial training and other events

Using Geotechnologies (Geo-visual and Geo-analytical) with the New Notebooks Gr7-12 / T&L-SWSH –For TDSB teachers
Grade 7-12 Geography teachers are invited to a 2 session module to train, and support curriculum, using geotechnologies to enhance the geographic Inquiry process. This two day workshop will be focused on and using the new TDSB notebooks. Particular attention will be placed on teaching /learning strategies, the thinking concepts in the new geography curriculum, the role of problem based learning to create authentic learning opportunities plus, assessment (as, for, and of learning).

Session 1 & 2 May 7 and 9 - location East York Collegiate, rm. tba
(there is an expectation that teachers commit to the entire cycle of sessions)

The Two sessions will include:
• Training in a range of geo-visual and geo -analytical tools including ArcGIS, ArcGIS online,  and Google Earth
• Explore various planning and Teaching learning strategies to support effective geographic Inquiry as spelled out in the new curriculum
• Deconstruct effective lessons and begin to co-plan specific lessons with a focus on problem based learning and authentic tasks 
• Use field studies including GPS, photo capture  and Geographic inquiry methods

Teaching and Learning will pay for two days of release. Space is limited to 20 participants. Please register on Key to Learn. After registration you will be emailed with your release code and further details.

Reminder of Pax warrior simulation
Pax Warrior is a Hybrid New Media product for the educational and training markets that extends the nascent "Interactive Documentary" form to incorporate decision based simulation and collaborative learning tools. It is at the lead of the new genre of "Serious Games".

We know that's a mouthful - so if you like you can just call Pax an engaging way to learn about history, civics, citizenship, social studies and current events! Others have so you'll be in good company!

Pax Warrior - The Experience : our introductory module - weaves the tragic story of the UN experience in Rwanda placing the user, first person, in the shoes of a UN Commander trying to maintain peace.

What are the terrible choices to be made? What would you have done in his shoes? What will you do to make sure this never happens again?

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Model UN at Albert Campbell
On behalf of the Secretariat of the Albert Campbell C.I. Model United Nations Conference (ACCIMUN), it is our pleasure to invite your school to participate in our Model UN held at Albert Campbell CI on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Please refer to website.

Mark Lowry
Geography and Geotechnologies Instructional Leader
Social World Studies and Humanities
Toronto District School Board
1 Civic Centre Court
Toronto , On ,M9C 2B3
Tel; (416) 394-7269
Cell; (416) 576-4515
Fax; (416) 394-6420
twitter @geogmark

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