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OCA Spring Training Conference


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Apr 5, 2007, 8:34 AM

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Fieldstone Day School - 2999 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, May 12, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Theme: Taking responsibility! It’s everyone’s job

Opening Keynote Speaker - Jason Nolan PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University

Lions and tigers and Facebook . . . Oh my!

Information technology and the camper

Information technology creates new challenges for camp owners and anyone involved in camping. From helicopter parents to camera phones in cabins, to inappropriate postings about camp life on myspace, the prospect can be daunting. But when the camp and campers join together, it is possible to extend the camping experience beyond the fields and forests into a year round sharing of friendships and community that makes it all worthwhile. Is information technology a burden or blessing?

It all depends on how you engage with it, create a policy, prepare for risks and challenges, practice basic internet safety, and get involved.

Jason has spent 20 years teaching, learning and exploring online and virtual environments as an extension of his interest in the outdoors and real environmental issues. Areas of interest include: children and technology, protection of children’s information, social networking software (blogs, wikis, facebook, second life, flickr), virtual learning environments, critical pedagogy, teacher professionalization and research ethics.

Lunch Time Event – All delegate Mixer with Markus Fehr – Camp Manitou

Icebreakers and Mixers! How to meet a roomful of people you don’t know

Closing Keynote Speaker – Mike Pearse - Camp Tawingo

Making a positive difference this summer!

At camp we have a unique opportunity each minute of each day to make a positive difference in the life of a camper. It doesn’t take much – a word, a gesture, a moment of time. Through activity, story-telling, role playing and humour, Mike will show us all how easy it is to make a difference and just how rewarding.

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

PLUS: Nearly 30 Sessions presented by Ontario camping experts, including - Communicating with Parents; Bullying; Understanding Diversity; Motivating Campers, Fun Eco-Activities, Campfire Leadership, Safety Issues, and MORE!

For complete information, check out conference PDF.

OCA Website

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