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Free'scool | Where Free is Cool & School is Free

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:35:17 +0000

Free sharing of community knowledge while attempting to circumvent, if not outright oppose, the pitfalls of institutional education.

At the moment they are offering a course in subjects  such as creative cooking, economics, tango, art and more.

You can also offer to teach a course.

You can get involved in the project in a variety of other ways too.

Toronto Free skool

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 05:01:44 +0000

 This project appears to have ended, try Free'scool for a more recent manifestation of the free school concept in Toronto.

The Toronto Free Skool is fundementally opposed to the competitive, heirerachical and authoritarian educational models typical of the education industry. It exists as an attempt to create a healthy, radically inclusive learning environment where engaged people gather to actively learn from each other. Courses are offered through the Free Skool on a variety of subjects at various locations in the city.

Free Skools exist all over the place. See the wikipedia article for a general info on the movement.

L.I.F.E (Learning Initiatives Fostering Elevation)

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:28:25 +0000

LIFEmovement is a collective of youth adovocates.

They use hip hop culture to help empower youth and strengthen community engagement.

CityLife Film Project

Thu, 19 May 2011 15:47:43 +0000

The city life project gives young filmmakers a chance to make a film. They connect neighbourhoods with reduced opputunities with experienced creative mentors to build media prodcution skills.

As a result we're given the oppurtunity hear stories from our city that wouldn't otherwise be told.

Check the website to apply or otherwise get involved in the program.

Honey Bee Murder Mystery Game with lesson plan

Sat, 07 May 2011 17:23:07 +0000

As a beekeeper I often have the opportunity to speak to people about why bees are dying or colony collapse disorder(CCD). In response I’ve developed the Honey Bee Murder Mystery Game. We've put together two versions for different age groups. Choose the one you would like to download here: 1) For kids (pdf 4.9M). 2) For teens - adults (pdf 5.3M). 3) See the bottom of this page if you want source files or other variations of the above. Here is a sample game card from the two different versions: Watch a slideshow of all the cards here. Age: 10-adult. Time: 45 minutes. Intro ideas: 5 - 15 minutes - Importance of pollination if not previously discussed or bees and co-operation(it’s a co-operative game). - Explain they are going to play a murder mystery game. A beekeeper named Billy has lost all his bees and that they will each take on the role of a character and talk to each other to discover what happened to the bees. Hand out game cards: 5 minutes - There are 16 game cards. - The first page of 8 game cards should be enough to play the game if it is a smaller group. - Larger groups can be split into teams and compete to solve the mystery first. - Each person should get one card. Give them a minute or two to get familiar with their character. Playing the game: 15-20 minutes They will then be asked to work as a group, sharing information with each other to try and solve the mystery. Conclusion: 5-10 minutes Have the students explain their conclusions. Explain it’s a real phenomenon called CCD and answer any questions the game raises. Solution Groups using the full set of characters should be able to identify stress of transportation on bees, pest/diseases, queen genetics and poor nutrition for bees on monocrop farms as contributing factors, however, Nick and the pesticide company he represents should be seen as the primary culprit. Thanks To the Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-op for all I’ve learned with them, Dave Barr for writing the simplified version of the text, Melissa Berney for editing the texts, paticipants of the Practicle Group Dynamics class at AFU for their support and feedback, and all the photographers who made their photo’s available for me to use via a Creative Commons license(see game file for details). Related resources Queen of the Sun (FIlm) Vanishing of the bees (film) Pollen Nation (film) 5 Things Kids Can Do to Help Pollinators (pdf) What You Can Do For Pollinators (PDF) Get the Buzz on Honey Bees (Various elementary lesson plans from scholastic) Five things you can do TODAY to support honeybees (Blog post) Nicotine bees (film) Understanding the Science: the Impact of Imidacloprid on Bees (web page) Other variations 1) The teen-adult version with solid white behind the text (pdf 4.8M). - This might help those having trouble getting readable photocopies. 2) This version has no text on the game cards (pdf 3.8M). - Use this if you'd like to write your own text. 3) This is the ziped PSD file (zip 58M). - Use this if you want to use photoshop to edit the game cards. 4) Game text of kids version - Use this if you would like to translate the game into another language. I will make new graphic game cards from translated text. The Honey Bee Murder Mystery Game is published under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0. You are free to copy and distribute this work for non-commercial purposes as long as you attribute it to: Shawn Caza of [...]

Anarchist Free University

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 05:30:57 +0000

This project appears to have ended, try Free'scool for a more recent manifestation of the free school concept in Toronto.

Anarchist U is a free school who's aim is to bring "together those who want to share their passion and interest in something and those who want to learn about it." It is a volunteer run organization that has been offering courses at various locations around Toronto since 2003. Yes! you can enroll without actually being an anarchist yourself.

I Started my first course, Practical Group Dynamics facilitated by Possum, in February 2011. Five of us met weekly over tea in the comforts of a participant's living room. One member of the class was to present to the rest each week. I'd say each class was about as well or better prepared than the handful of paid courses I took over the past year. Though it may not have been as information heavy as some of those other courses, my classmates were engaged and sincerely interested in having a meaningful discourse. The atmosphere was intimate, relaxed and conducive to people opening up and sharing ideas with one another and I got a great deal out of the experience.

If not a better way, those involved with Anarchist U are certainly trying to offer a different approach to learning than one is likely to find at most institutions big or small. What I do know is that wisdom should be collected, as a bee makes honey, by seeking nectar from many sources. So, I'll lbe keeping an eye on what interesting courses are coming up here.

Mr. Lister's Eco-Blog

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 18:02:22 +0000

Mr.Lister is a Toronto teacher who runs a garden program at his school. Follow along as he works with his students to help keep his school green.