Driving Question: How do we ensure that our principles of co-creation, cultural relevance and community ownership scale along with our education program for remote communities and the technology which supports it?
Program Summary: Connected North is a leading edge program that supports education in remote and underserved northern communities, through high definition videoconferencing technology. The goal of the program is to provide participating schools with access to content that is engaging and innovative, with the hope of increasing feelings of empowerment in school and in life. This includes virtual guest speakers, field trips and cultural sharing between schools across the country.
At the heart of the program is TIG’s commitment to an approach that holds Indigenous perspectives and reconciliation at the centre of both content and process. As the program expands we aim to stay true to this approach, adapting to serve the unique needs of each school, finding meaningful ways to incorporate local knowledges through culture and language. The program is made possible through a strong ecosystem of cross sector supporters including NGOs, corporations, government and Indigenous communities.
We invite Symposium participants to help us reflect on the following questions:
- How can participatory approaches to education increase student engagement?
- How can interactive technologies be leveraged enhance culture and language rather than detracting from it?
- How can cultural sharing and collaborative learning support identity and empowerment?
For more information please visit: www.connectednorth.org
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