Global Teacher Prize winner shares his winnings with other teachers
Dipti Gupta (Faculty, Cinema | Communications) offers this good news article about a generous teacher in India who shared his Global Teacher Award with other educators who were finalists for the $1 Million U.S. prize.
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AI Book recommendation
Last month, Vanessa Gordon (Faculty, Political Science) had the pleasure of attending FWD50, an annual gathering of some of the world's leading public sector innovators. Spanning five days and featuring well over 200 speakers, this year's theme addressed how to use technology to bring people together. Vanessa sent this note to D News:
As a Dawson Artifical Intelligence (AI) fellow, I was there to learn about how to teach AI at school: it didn't disappoint! Dr. Paris Buttfield-Addison was one of the stand-outs. He gave a compelling talk about AI in Australian school education. He also recommended the book "Future Frontiers: Education for an AI world", available here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/teaching-and-learning/education-for-a-changing-world/media/documents/Future_Frontiers-Text.pdf.
This is a work where sci-fi and education meets. For example, I learned that by the time my kids are my age, AI is forecast to outperform humans in all tasks. What does this mean for my kids?
As the Aussies say: "This is a lot to do. A lot." This book courageously attempts to elucidate the new skills and values that today's kids will need to live good lives in this world of exponentially evolving AI technologies.
This Christmas, I plan to keep reading this book, along with William Gibson's Neuromancer. Here's to time well spent!
Gabriel Tordjman’s book published
Gabriel Tordjman’s book was published this summer. The book is entitled: Darwin’s Tea Party; Biological Knowledge, Evolution, Genetics and Human Nature.
The book by the Dawson College Humanities teacher examines how biological knowledge has transformed the planet and reshaped humanity. Using the concept of biological knowledge, the author explores key persons, places, ideas and events that have shaped the world. He shows that while the development of biological knowledge has opened vast new vistas in our understanding of the living world and promises material abundance for some; refracted through the distorting lens of ideology, it has also contributed to great inequality and oppression.
Guest psychologist on stress of pandemic on college students
The Psychology Profile invited Dr. Nafissa Ismail to speak yesterday about the effects of the pandemic and confinement on college students. She is a psychology professor and researcher at the University of Ottawa. Her area of expertise examines the impact of stressors during different periods of development and their profound long-lasting effects on brain function.
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Practice your French with The CLÉO Podcast
Dawson’s French-language tutoring centre, CLÉO, is offering a new way to practice French and share québécois culture: The CLÉO Podcast.
The podcast (balado en français) episodes are between five to 10 minutes and are offered on an array of interesting topics, including author Gabrielle Roy, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and Expo 67. The first one was about the classic québécois snack poutine!
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Ann Lambert’s second book published
The new book of Ann Lambert, who taught English at Dawson for almost three decades, has just been published. The Dogs of Winter is a compelling story full of hot button Canadian topics pulled from the headlines.
A murderer with a twisted mission targets the most vulnerable on the frigid streets of Montreal while scenes unfold revealing how the #MeToo movement has changed the conversation, but not nearly enough.
It is Ann's second novel in the Russell and Leduc mystery series.
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New mental health resource
Find out more about mental health issues related to COVID-19 and how you can handle them in this easy to read visual pdf document in English produced by the Quebec Government. Click Read More to go to the document, recommended by our College Nurses.
Amplifying Sustainable Happiness
Dawson participants, as well as many from outside the College, are experiencing the concept of Sustainable Happiness (SH) and exploring its implications, both personally and professionally.
During the next six months, SH facilitators will be offering programs for Dawson students, staff and managers. A program for another college will start next week.
A recent SH certificate was also just completed by Colleges and Institutes Canada staff in Ottawa, while a certificate offered in Spanish is on-going with an international group. Both external groups piloted the use of the SH Journal, also introduced to students within four Dawson psychology courses this semester.
Student Services will make 500 additional journals available to students, serving as a method that may help students distance from stress.
Sustainable Happiness programs review sustainability principles and actions that help us as individuals, help others, and/or help the planet. How these actions contribute to happiness, in turn, is identified as a component of well-being that involves positive emotions, satisfaction and fulfillment. Find more information about Dawson’s SH programs here.
Phones as teaching tools in the classroom
Just before this semester began, the Adaptech Research Network completed a one-year ECQ-funded project entitled “Smart Phones: a Neglected Pedagogical Tool.”
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Last Modified: December 15, 2020