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February 3 and 4, 2012
UOIT Faculty of Education
11 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa


Garfield Gini-Newman

Garfield Gini-Newman is a Social Studies Lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto and a senior national consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium.  Formerly a curriculum consultant and classroom educator with the York Region District School Board, Garfield spent 15 years teaching a range of subjects including History, Philosophy, Politics and English.  He currently teaches pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education and Masters of Teaching programs at OISE.  Garfield is also actively exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching and learning in the digital age.  Working with schools, he has led major projects exploring the use of interactive technologies to support critical thinking and the use of digital technologies to enhance critical, creative and collaborative thinking.  Garfield has spoken across Canada and internationally on critical thinking, brain compatible classrooms, curriculum design and effective assessment practice. Garfield has also authored seven textbooks and has taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia.


Confirmed List of Workshops and Presenters

THEME: Initial Teacher Education
Geoffrey Roulet, Queen’s University
Teaching and Learning Online: One Faculty’s Experience with a Course Designed to Support Beginning Teachers’ Use of the Web   (More...)
Julia Ferrari & Madison Aitken, OISE/UT
Rhonda Martinussen & Kathleen Hipfner-Boucher,  Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, UT
Watching Effective Literacy Practice on YouTube: A New Direction in Teacher Preparation (More...)
Alison L Griffith, York University
Integrating Social Media into Pre-Service Education: A Case Study (More...)
Cliff Moon, UOIT
Social Media and Teacher Education (Science/Technology)
Maria Cantalini-Williams & John L. Vitale, Nipissing
The Mobilization of Pedagogy: BlackBerrys and Pre-Service Teacher Candidates  (More...)
Clare Kosnik & Lydia Menna, OISE/UT
Shawn Bullock, UOIT
Diving Into Social Media: Using a Wiki to Support Student Teacher Learning  (More...)
Patricia Danyluk & George Sheppard, Laurentian University
Student Teachers’ Use of Social Media  (More...)
Christine L. Cho, Trent University
Leanne Taylor, Brock University
Remediating Social Justice Education: Using On-Line Digital Animation Software to Foster Pre-Service Student Engagement with Equity Issues  (More...)
Awad Ibrahim, University of Ottawa Urban Education Community: Research and Practice in Teacher Education  (More...)
THEME: Professional Learning
Pamela Beach, doctoral student, OISE/UT; teacher, DSB Niagara
Virtual Classroom Tours as an Interactive Online Professional Resource for Elementary Teachers and Administrators  (More...)
Brenda Sherry, UGDSB
Peter Skillen, YMCA of Greater Toronto
Connected Educators Get Their Shift Together  (More...)
Monica Anne Batac, OISE/UT
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)  (More...)
Chi Lam, Queen’s University
Engaging teachers for professional learning with social media  (More...)
Stephen Hurley & Michelle Solomon, Edcamp Toronto
Social Media and Professional Learning: Virtual-Real World Connections  (More...)
Laura Buker, Kym Caldwell & Moushira Issa, Lakehead University
Empowering the teacher practitioner through the use of social media pedagogy: a new model of transformative learning  (More...)
Anne Rodrigue, Michelle Hudon, Alexandra Craig and Carrie Nethery, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
CoPs in the 21st Century: Facilitating Our Way to Collaboration and Critical Engagement  (More...)
Christine Larouche, TFO Éducation L’enseignement et les médias sociaux   (More...)
Christine Suurtamm, University of Ottawa Using wikis to create virtual professional learning communities  (More...)
THEME: Research, critical discussions and policy issues
Wendy Hirschegger, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)
Using Social Media Safely   (More...)
Jane Mitchinson-Schwartz, Ryerson University
Conditioned To Be on Call: A presentation on a research paper and documentary   (More...)
Toby Goodfellow, Lakehead University
‘Facing the inevitable’ – Social Media in Classrooms & Education Policy (More...)
Dragana Martinovic, University of Windsor
Digital Divide, Social Justice and Equity – Revisited  (More...)
Nick J. Scarfo & Shawn Lennie, UOIT
The Tyranny of E-Learning in Teacher Education: the Faustian Bargain of Convenience at the Cost of Critical Discourse  (More...)
Lourdes Villamor, M.Ed. student, York University; Staff, George Brown College
Participatory Social Construction: The Student Usage of Facebook in Post-Secondary Education  (More...)
Susan M. Drake & Camille Rutherford, Brock University
The emerging new story of education in a digital age  (More...)
T. G. Ryan, Nipissing University
Cyberbullying  (More...)
Shirley Van Nuland, UOIT The Courts and Social Media  (More...)
Denis Tardif, la Fédération canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants, Féderation canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants (FCE)
Technologies et construction identitaire   (More...)
Tracy Atkins, Teacher Candidate, UOIT Online Identity Representation and Education   (More...)
Maureen Davis, AEFO Les cyberconseils  (More...)
THEME: Literacy Development
Tajinder Uppal, OISE/UT
Internet Use for Literacy Lesson Preparation by Teacher Candidates   (More...)
Katelyn J. Bryant, OISE/UT
YouTube as a Source of Information about Reading Instruction (More...)
Jia Li, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Orientations toward using social media to improve literacy skills among diverse students in inner-city schools  (More...)
Kasia Kania and Dale Willows, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, UT
Disseminating Evidence-Informed Literacy Practice through YouTube and other Social Media  (More...)
THEME: Student Engagement and Learning
Rebecca Zak, Brock University
YouTube as a Multimodal Pedagogical Device  (More...)
Shawn Lennie, OISE/UT
The Google Potential: Facilitating Student Engagement and Interactivity in the Google App Ecosystem   (More...)
Bryan Metcalfe, PhD Candidate, OISE/UT; Secondary School Teacher, DCDSB
Beyond Entertainment: Social Media and Critical Student Engagement (More...)
Neil Andersen, Michelle Solomon & Sheridan Hay, Association for Media Literacy
Social Media & 21st Century Learning: Choosing the Right  Tool for the Right Job  (More...)
Valerie Steeves, University of Ottawa
Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom   (More...)
Ena Holtermann, Queen’s University
Motivational Underpinnings of Social Media Use by Adolescents  (More...)
Dawn McGuckin, Durham College
Social Media in the Online, Graduate Experience  (More...)
Janette Hughes, UOIT
Stephanie Thompson, DDSB
The Writing is on My Wall:  Engagement and LearNING through Social Networking: An interactive digital collaboration between students of the present and teachers of the future  (More...)
Anne MacLachlan, UOIT Creating an Accessible Online Classroom   (More...)
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, University of Ottawa
Empowering Marginalized Youth:
Curriculum, Digital Media, and Character Development   (More...)
Daniela Fraietta, Dan Roel and Matthew Calmes, Teacher Candidates, UOIT The Debate Surrounding Technology in the Classroom   (More...)
Christine Upton, Lourdes San Juan and
Sara Hamilton, Teacher Candidates, UOIT
Class Websites   (More...)
THEME: New Resources
Lesley Dookie, Dept. of Curriculum, OISE UT
Julia Forgie, Ryerson University
Dale Willows, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, UT
Collaborating on the Internet: Building an Evidence-Informed Website for Elementary Educators  (More...)
Dominic P. Tremblay, Youth Science Canada
SMARTS (2 sessions - one in English and one in French)   (More...)
Paul McGuire and Shirley Hooker, UOIT
William Fongying and Oleg Valin, Teacher Candidates, UOIT
Workshops in Social Media – A ‘BYOD’ (Bring Your Own Device) workshop.  Post a tweet, or blog or video, create a collaborative site, a “hands-on” session.   (More...)
Jim Greenlaw, UOIT
Tour of UOIT Faculty of Education, including the Education informatics lab, and the virtual library  (More...)
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