Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BCTLA Winter Webinar Series

Critical Thinking and Inquiry in a Digital Environment
January 17, February 21 and April 17- 4:00-5:00 PM (PST)
Cost - $25.00

In collaboration with The Critical Thinking Consortium, BCTLA is sponsoring a three-part online series focussing on critical thinking and inquiry in a digital environment. The series will be hosted by Garfield Gini-Newman, a Senior Lecturer at OISE/University of Toronto and a senior national consultant with The Critical Thinking Consortium, and offered online via Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Blackboard Collaborate is an online, interactive platform. Upon registration, participants will be given instructions and support in using the platform.

To register, go here on the BCTLA website.

Please contact Arlene Anderson at if you have questions about the series or the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

Session Details:

Session 1: C3 (Critical, Creative and Collaborative)
Inquiry for the 21st Century Part One: Establishing a Framework
January 17, 2012 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

For schools to remain relevant in an information age, the focus for learning must shift from the mere acquisition of knowledge to the use of knowledge to solve meaningful problems. Placing inquiry at the heart of teaching helps to ensure relevance and rigor for all learners. Specifically designed for teacher-librarians at all levels, this workshop will engage participants in an exploration of a powerful critical thinking framework that includes a variety of ready to use strategies that will:
  • Deepen understanding through critical thinking and literacy
  • Encourage exploration, investigation and reflection
  • Construct knowledge through connections and wonder
  • Emphasize critical inquiry in digital learning environments
  • The workshop will build learning around inquiry and offer ways that teacher-librarians can support classroom teachers achieve success through “tweaking” and fortifying the work they already do.

Session 2: C3 (Critical, Creative and Collaborative)
Inquiry for the 21st Century Part Two: Exploring the Opportunities
February 21, 2012 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

In this session, teacher-librarians will consider practical applications of the critical thinking framework for grounding meaningful learning in critical inquiry. Together, participants will explore six ways to invite critical inquiry and identify entry points for infusing critical thinking in their teaching, particularly through inquiry-based reading and learning. Discussion will also include the use of TC2’s intellectual tools for quality thinking and their relevance in a digital learning environment. In their work and in their support role for classroom teachers, teacher-librarians have the opportunity to invite critical inquiry, increasing students’ abilities to think critically about information, its sources and how they may construct thoughtful questions and meaningful responses. This session supports teacher-librarians in applying this critical thinking framework to support all phases of inquiry, deepen student engagement, and build literacy and understanding of core curricular concepts.

Session 3
Critical Inquiry in a Digital Environment
April 17, 2012 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PST)

How can teachers adapt to the changing demands of a global and digital society as well as meet the needs of a diverse population of learners growing up in a digital world? Simply adding new technologies to classrooms and libraries does not ensure transformative learning, and may in fact merely contribute to reinforcing traditional practices. This workshop will explore how teacher-librarians can develop and support learning experiences that engage all learners and prepare them for success in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world by:
  • Considering how we can make invitations to think and solve meaningful problems the driver for learning rather than the culmination of learning
  • Understanding the place of the TC2 framework in the TPACK (Technological, Pedagogical, Content Knowledge) approach
  • Examining the place of intellectual tools to support students in critical inquiry
  • Deepening student engagement through appropriate use of technology