Professional Learning that Empowers the Individual
What is Minds On Media?
Minds On Media (MOM) is a model of professional learning that respects the learner's 'desire to know'.
Teachers come to learn and we respect their choices in how they wish to do that. We want them to take a 'minds on' approach.Although it can take many forms, it is often a BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) event with a variety of centres focusing on being learners in the 21st century - the age of ubiquitous media.
What will teachers learn?
That is up to your teachers! They can visit one of the centres or visit them all! They might be absolute beginners or comfortable with technology - but this is about authentic use with students to develop deeper understandings. They choose their ‘entry point’. Teachers build their own plan for the day or are led by one of our facilitators or pedagogistas. They learn what they need to know to bring critical thinking to your environment.
Teachers may want to learn all about podcasting, moviemaking, global projects, graphic organizers, social media, digital photography, digital storytelling, collaborative documents. You get the idea. The facilitators at the centres will have the skills to support all learning styles with awesome classroom projects as exemplars!
We believe that:
At Minds On Media teachers will choose what they need to learn based on their own needs, learning styles, interests, levels of expertise. They are able to move freely throughout the day from centre to centre if, and when, it suits them.
Facilitators spend some time before the event thinking about practical ways to support self-directed learners at a hands-on session. This requires the creation of a wide variety of materials, strategies and access points. Differentiated learning is equally important for adults.
It's not 'wait for the workshop' any more. It's 'just in time' learning - not 'just in case'. Teachers will gain expertise in asking questions using Web 2.0 tools and in developing, nurturing and leveraging a robust professional learning network (PLN).
Facilitators at MOM sessions look forward to, not only teaching but, learning with others. They respect the knowledge and expertise that each person brings to the table.
At each event, we capitalize on Web 2.0 tools to make our learning explicit to all. It is, therefore, also available for sharing and future reflection.
Pedagogistas are there to ensure that we don't get lost in the mechanics of the tools - but rather remind and support us to think deeply about the role of technology in learning and teaching.