Dear Queen's Supporter,
When Cmdr. Chris Hadfield joined an assembly of over 800 students, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 8, at Chris Hadfield Public School in Milton, Ontario, live from the International Space Station, we all tuned in with awe. As he played his guitar, all of us on Earth marvelled at the miracles of technology.
Who could have predicted, just a few years ago, that such an opportunity would present itself in a school context? How can any teacher education program prepare us for a future that is evolving so rapidly?
The Faculty of Education at Queen’s University provides us with the foundation we need to understand and integrate these kinds of emerging possibilities. No matter what the classroom of the future looks like, Queen’s gives us the tools we need to prepare for possibilities we can’t even imagine today.
During one of my Professional Studies courses, a guest instructor welcomed additional speakers via Google Hangout, effectively expanding our classroom – and showcasing the utility of new technologies.
These unique experiences would not be possible without the generous support of alumni like you. Thanks to you, we are benefitting from the Faculty of Education’s state of the art facilities, such as the e-Learning Hub, as well as the knowledge and experiences of its high-calibre faculty and staff.
This outstanding professional education program has put at least one Queen’s University Faculty of Education graduate in every public school in Ontario – and you may be one of them in your area!
At Queen’s, we have the opportunity to apply concepts both in our school-based instruction and in practicum.
Every week, we get together with our Professional Learning Community groups to increase our knowledge by connecting the dots between on-campus learning and practicum experiences.
This type of collaborative networking helps us learn – and forges friendships that will last a lifetime. Most of us have already connected with individuals who fill our buckets daily, and with whom we can brainstorm innovative lesson ideas and activities.
We are part of the Queen’s tradition – a community that imagines together what the future could be, and works together to realize it. But we can’t do it without you. Please make your gift to the Teaching Excellence Fund, where every gift creates opportunity.
Class of 2014