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ANTHONY VANDARAKIS, PHD

McGill University
(Department of Integrated Studies in Education)
-Course Instructor 
-Remote Learning Coordinator (Faculty)
-Research Investigator

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EDUCATOR

My educational experience for the past twenty-three years has provided me with a wide and rich perspective on formal education and school leadership. I have lived in four countries on three continents where I have contributed to grade 6-12 education in a range of educational contexts, including high achieving public schools, charter schools serving marginalized urban students, and prominent international schools for children of diplomats and business leaders. I have served as teacher, program coordinator and, for eleven years, as vice principal and principal.  Today I am excited about living in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, and researching in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.

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       MY RESEARCH:

LIBERATION EDUCATION & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

In order to situate my thesis research, I would like to provide some school based historical context by examining the work of John Dewey, Kurt Hahn and Paulo Freire as well as share important indigenous contributions by Luther Standing Bear and Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa).

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MY METHODOLOGY:

PARTICIPANT ETHNOGRAPHY & MULTI-SENSORIAL APPROACH

Sensorial Experience 

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced society’s hand in recognizing and implementing whole system technology mediated education. Any current study of Western educational institutions or students must include analysis of remote instruction mediated by technology. The pandemic’s seismic shift has also necessitated innovation in communication, telemetry, geo-location and health tracking, and has furthered the integration of screens as necessary for everyday life.  Medical exams, doctor’s visits, physical therapy and training are possible through personal health telemetry.   Sensory Ethnography is a way of approaching the world that accounts for the ways in which we are emplaced; a growing part of the everyday environment in which we now live is digital and will require studies capable of examining Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

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MCGILL UNIVERSITY WORK:

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: EDEC 262

Overview Curriculum and Instruction :

Orientation to the equipment and systems of educational technology. Examination of theories of educational technology, media education and technology education and the exploration and development of possible applications in school settings.

Terms Taught: Winter 2020 (2 sections), Winter 2021 (2 Sections) & Fall 2021 (2 Sections) 

Technology Class

EDEC 201 & EDSL 210 

E-PORTFOLIO CREATION & SUPPORT

Purpose:

A digital catalogue of your projects, assignments, over the course of your journey will benefit you.

1. Everything you want to showcase is in one place

2. Web publication forces you to pare down exemplars and write tersely

3. As you curate your experiences and reflect on what you have begun, your identity as a burgeoning educator takes further shape

4. Your body of work should help to inform your ideal student placement focus as well as your initial areas of employment interest


Pedagogy:

In my experience in schools: students, curricular units, programs, and departments organize around online platforms.


Your work designing an e-portfolio has direct implications for your work in the classroom

A. Teachers have multiple class sites that incorporate blended and flipped instructional practices & the core practices of site creation/maintenance

B. Students create and maintain mini-sites: demonstrating standards progress, to house project work, and to satisfy third party validation (Ib, AP)

C. Educational Technology (real time/ formative assessments ) connect with most hosting providers

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DISE REMOTE LEARNING COORDINATOR: SUPPORT FOR DISE FACULTY

● Curate sources of guidance on remote instruction

○ signpost technologies of note connected to teaching and learning at DISE

○ explain relevant videoconference, software, apps for education and hardware

○ continue the work of Professor Harvey, initially on this g-document and eventually migrate to a page in the McGill/DISE website

● Initiate and maintain a dialogue with professors, instructors and student learners

○ ascertain what is working or not, through various modes of inquiry

○ troubleshoot problematic areas, offer extension to successful practices

○ share best practices, and generalized student feedback

● Serve as a resource to DISE professors, instructors and teams of educators

○ provide 1:1 assistance in remote course: redesign, class activities, assessment

○ as remote support through Fall Term 2020, Winter 2020 format TBD

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Action Research at Educare: Shifting Focus to the Learner for the 21st Century
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Action Research at Educare: Shifting Focus to the Learner for the 21st Century

58401 A new small-school, Educare or Edu2 (pronounced edu-car-ai; from the Latin word meaning "to draw out") opened its doors in Montreal, Canada, in September 2019. Edu2 has launched an innovative educational environment to address the challenges of preparing students to live meaningful and fulfilling lives in the 21st century. In order to achieve that, Edu2 has engaged in the challenging work of rethinking how schools should organize and what constitutes worthwhile knowledge. Edu2 sees the need for school to foster a supportive community, promote a healthy and happy learning environment, advance digital and traditional literacies, and view learner-generated knowledge as essential. The Action Research at Educare: Shifting Focus to the Learner for the 21st Century research team is led by professor Elizabeth Wood. We are investigating, in partnership with the founder-educators of Edu2, the extent to which the school’s vision has materialized. An ongoing focus of the partnership research is community building, educational technology, and student-centered pedagogy: Edu2 is committed to these core tenets while meeting the global academic standards of the Quebec Education Program (QEP). Our research team is committed to chronicling Edu2’s first year of operation through the (voices) experiences of all community members - teachers, students, parents, and researchers. This presentation will explore the experiences of both students and teachers as they engage with the various opportunities, challenges and feelings of belonging to this unique community during the initial year. Anthony Vandarakis, Mcgill University, Canada Frederick Farmer, McGill University, Canada Elizabeth Wood, McGill University, Canada
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