December 1997



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The correct web site address for the York University/Co-op model of professional learning is An incorrect web site address was published in the September issue of Professionally Speaking.

Queen’s Moves to "Revolutionize" Teacher Education
Queen’s University is changing the way it trains its teacher candidates. Beginning this fall, the faculty of education is sending its first-year students out to "associate schools" for 14-week periods.

Teacher candidates will receive a mix of practical experience, theory and field-based courses, coupled with meetings or e-mail exchanges with a faculty supervisor during their first term. Queen’s University says teacher candidates will benefit from this new approach to education because of its emphasis on interactive learning methods over lectures and on-campus courses.

During the second term, four-week stints are spent teaching in "alternative settings," such as outdoor and experiential education.

"Many of our teacher candidates come to us with idealism in their eyes," says Rena Uptis, dean of the faculty of education at Queen’s, "and the best teachers keep that idealism for the next 30 years."

For more information, contact Linda G. Ross, Program Development, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University,
tel: (613) 545-6224; fax: (613) 545-6307.

New Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree from OISE/UT
Recognizing that it’s never too late to go back to school, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto has developed an innovative and broadly-based interdisciplinary Master’s degree designed for mature life-long learners. The program, set to begin in September 1998, is primarily aimed at teachers.

It offers a flexible and personally designed year-round timetable, including a new summer institute that will bring students together as a group to learn from one another while they study with senior scholars.

The interdisciplinary Master’s will give older students an opportunity to build on their wealth of personal experience by exploring issues of historical, philosophical, artistic, political, social, economic, technical and ecological importance in our ever-changing world.

The program organizers are asking potential students to contact them before February 1998 so planning for the September launch can proceed.

For more information please contact: Prof. Harold Troper, OISE/UT (416) 923-6641 ext. 2512;

Students, Teachers and Olympians Connecting on the World Wide Web
The Canadian Olympic Association and Canada’s telephone companies have launched a web site to help children learn about and appreciate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Called WOW! (Wired Olympic Winter), the site features information, games, activities and forums for students in Grades 4 to 6. There’s also an on-line resource for teachers with a series of links "to help teachers bring the Olympic spirit to their classrooms."

"The Youth Olympic Program is an exciting educational opportunity for Canadian children to learn about the Nagano Olympic Winter Games," said Carol Anne Letheren, Secretary-General of the COA. "With WOW!, we’re using the leading edge technology of the Internet to allow Canadian youth to talk directly with Canadian Olympic athletes and learn all about Olympic values and ideals in the process."

Some of the site’s highlights include:

  • Snow Studio, where kids can enter a drawing contest called the Postcard Picasso Challenge, or play with the Polar Paint Box
  • Arctic Circle, where students get to know some of Canada’s Olympic hopefuls, in the Ask-an-Athlete section
  • Just 4 Fun – word games like Wacky Wordsearch and Crazy Crossword
  • Quest for the Gold features information on Winter Olympic and paralympic sports, new games and schedules.

As part of the COA’s commitment to "promote the Olympic movement and (its) ideals in Canada through cultural and educational means," the Youth Olympic Program is also distributing a package of educational materials to elementary schools across the country.

For more information, visit the Youth Olympic Program’s web site at

New Imax Film to Take You Through Time and Space
The Ontario Science Centre is presenting the Oscar-nominated film, Cosmic Voyage, this fall at its Omnimax theatre in Toronto. Using Canadian-based Imax technology, the film presents the latest scientific information on the formation and structure of the universe.

Computer-generated images are combined with live action footage to take viewers on a journey of the "known dimensions" of our galaxy and beyond. It promises theatre-goers the chance to "observe stupendous events such as the explosion of the ‘big bang’, the collision of galaxies and the development of our own solar system."

Narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, the larger-than-life half-hour film explores the science of nature from the tiniest building blocks of matter to superclusters in outer space.

Omnimax technology uses film frames 10 times the size of conventional 35mm film and three times the size of 70mm. It is the largest film frame ever used in motion picture history. The wrap-around sound system and dome theatre leaves viewers with the sensation of "being there." Since its premiere in 1970, more than 500 million people have experienced Imax technology.

Cosmic Voyage opened November 1. For more information about special class rates, call the Ontario Science Centre at (416) 429-4100 and ask for the "school booking line." The Science Centre’s web site is

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