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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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STEAM3D Maker Lab Helping “Make” Alternative Practicum Placements Work During Pandemic

By: Laura Morrison

STEAM3D Lab Research Project Manager & Faculty of Education Sessional Instructor

June 18, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Education students and Durham College Child and Youth Care students have been unable to fulfil their normal face-to-face practicum placements this year. The STEAM3D Lab has offered to provide students with alternative practicum placements that can be fulfilled virtually. The lab is currently working with 10 BEd students and four CYC students. Throughout the pandemic, the lab has been supporting teachers and parents in the transition online and the requests for support have resulted in a steady stream of online teaching and learning sessions for teachers, parents and students. This has opened up an opportunity for the lab to start developing rich, curriculum-connected online resources for teachers and parents as they both continue to help students learn at home. 

The BEd and CYC students will be helping to develop these resources which will be housed on the STEAM3D lab’s website.

To help BEd students and their instructors in their continued professional learning, the STEAM3D Lab will also be hosting virtual sessions every Wednesday in June from 1-3 PM EST beginning June, 10th.