TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - For the past two days, Groupe Média TFO
has hosted education professionals at a forum to discuss the new ways
that today's technology platforms can be applied to teaching.
The starting point for Forum TFO Éducation 2013 was the launch of the new TFO Éducation web site. This accessible,
interactive, online platform is closely linked to the actual needs of
today's teachers and inspired the forum's theme: L'apprentissage au-delà des murs de l'école (Learning Beyond School Walls).
As the forum wrapped up, its organizer, Julie Caron, Manager of
Educational Services at Groupe Média TFO, shared her impressions. "It
was really stimulating for me to see so many leading educators
passionately discussing their recent initiatives in this area. That is
exactly what we wanted this forum to accomplish: to provide a vehicle
for exchanging ideas and discovering what other people are up to".
The forum also explored the impact of music on learning. The
participants attended presentations by two guest speakers whose work
confirms the importance of music in this regard. One of these speakers
was François Mario Labbé, the founder of Analekta and virtuoso
violinist Angèle Dubeau's manager. As he stated, "Music is a way of
knowing oneself. Because music is so portable and accessible, it opens
up all kinds of opportunities and new horizons, and it can cover the
whole range of human emotions."
The other guest speaker was Dr. Jonathan Bolduc. He is an associate
professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and
director of its Mus-Alpha Laboratory, which looks specifically at how
music education contributes to learning. Dr. Bolduc reported the
results of various studies showing that 82% of children who participate
in structured music programs finish high school, compared with only 68%
of children who have not. Other studies confirm that children who
participate in music-enrichment programs are two times less likely to
be the victims of social exclusion.
In launching various music-related initiatives over the past year, TFO
was well aware of the importance of this aspect of learning. From
nursery rhymes to emerging-artist showcases to nights at the opera, TFO
offers its audiences a rich selection of musical content on a variety
of platforms tailored to their diverse interests. Through this
approach, we at TFO seek to maximize the success of our educational and
cultural mission. And that is music to our ears.
About Groupe Média TFO
Groupe Média TFO produces and distributes quality French-language
educational and cultural media content along with supporting content to
meet the needs and aspirations of its target clientele. Groupe Média
TFO thus contributes to the civic and cultural development of Ontario's
Francophone community and makes its content available on a large number
of media platforms. Based in Toronto, TFO is the largest producer and
distributor of French-language educational products in Canada.
Image with caption: "Jonathan Bolduc, François Mario Labbé, Walter Boudreau, Patrice Labelle and Glenn O'Farrell (CNW Group/GroupeMédia TFO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130227_C8999_PHOTO_EN_24113.jpg
Image with caption: "Jonathan Bolduc, François Mario Labbé, Walter Boudreau and Patrice Labelle (CNW Group/GroupeMédia TFO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130227_C8999_PHOTO_EN_24114.jpg
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