TV Ontario’s Steve Paikin has Michael Fullan on The Agenda on Aboriginal Education

A panel discussion on the future of aboriginal education, a lecture on how technology is changing the face of classrooms and educational activities for children will be part of TVO activities in Peterborough March 2 and 3.

TVO, the province’s public educational media organization, is bringing its On the Road program to Trent University in Peterborough’s north end.

This year, the theme for the On the Road series is Learning 2030, said Jill Javet, TVO vice president of communications and marketing.

“The kids who are born now are going to be in 2030 graduating from high school,” she said. “What we have now is sort of a critical point in time where the digital revolution is beginning to transform how we learn and how teachers teach.”

All the activities are free and open to the public. Register online at

TVO Kids Mozilla Hive Pop-Up activities will take place at Gzowski College at 2510 Pioneer Rd. from 1 to 4 p.m. March 2. The zone will include a digital workshop for children to get hands-on experience with building a website, using a 3D printer and creating electronic books. Most of the activities are designed for children ages eight to 14.

From 2 to 4 p.m. March 2, Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s the Agenda, will discuss the future of aboriginal education with Trent University indigenous studies chairman David Newhouse and Trent students Jennifer Henry and Ryan Decaire. The discussion will be streamed online live by TVO.

The discussion will touch on issues such as how aboriginal education should be structured, whether there should be a specialized model and how First Nations issues should be taught to non-aboriginals, Javet said.

“Trent University has an incredibly strong school of education and an excellent indigenous studies program there as well,” she said. “It’s just something that we are very happy to be able to take advantage of.”

Paikin will hold an informal meet-and-greet at Bernie’s Tap and Grill at the Holiday Inn on George St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 2.

On March 3, TVO will record two programs at the Great Hall at Trent.

The Big Ideas lecture series will start at 12:30 p.m. featuring author and former University of Toronto dean of education Michael Fullan on the challenges teachers face in making their classrooms open to technological changes. Then Paikin will host the Agenda’s panel discussion on the same topic.

Both parts will be streamed live online. The Agenda will broadcast on TVO at 8 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. Monday.

NOTE: To register to be in the audience for the lecture and filming of the Agenda, visit TVO’s website at

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