Category Archives: Speaking and Facilitation

Speaking and Facilitation

My greatest interest has always involved innovating and integrating ways that emerging media technologies and activities might help us lead more interesting and productive lives.

I welcome opportunities to speak to people in large or small groups. I often use a conversational style where I can let the questions and responses of audience members guide and enrich the ideas I present, but I can direct-address effectively when asked.

I have made over 100 presentations to students, teachers, parents and media scholars in Canada and beyond (Europe, USA, Asia, Australia). In each of these encounters, I have shared concepts and strategies for effective communication and beneficial media management, consumption and production.

When speaking to teachers, I ask, “Who here is a special education teacher?” One or two people respond affirmatively, sometimes none. Then I explain that this is a trick question, that ALL of us are special education teachers. Each student is unique—with a unique set of learning skills—and media literacy is ideal for differentiating student learning to meet the needs of both capable and needy, experienced and novice students.

The same uniqueness applies to families. Each family member has a unique relationship to the media environment and requires a differentiated skillset to maximize their media experiences.

I find it especially gratifying when I meet someone who tells me how useful they found ideas I presented in a past presentation.

I have also organized, promoted and facilitated a large number of events, and am happy to do so again. These activities have included the booking of speakers & spaces, design & printing of posters, programs & web ads, booking catering and hosting & facilitating.

Organizations I have presented to or helped organize include

Educational Computing Organization of Ontario

Association for Media Literacy

Reading for the Love of It

Toronto District School Board

Durham District School Board

Halton District School Board

Peel District School Board

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Australian Teachers of Media (Brisbane)

BUFF Swedish Children’s Film Festival (Malmö)

Summit 2000 World Media Symposium

Halton Catholic District School Board

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Niagara District School Board

Canadian Council of Teachers of English

National Council of Teachers of English

English Language Network

West Lake Media Literacy Conference (Hanjhou, China)

Ofcom (UK Office of Communications, London)

National Association of Media Literacy Educators

Canadian Association of Media Education Organizations

Reel Canada

ESL/ELD Resource Group of Ontario

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board