Technology in the classroom: Canada's digital education leaders talk opportunities and risks

Groupe Média TFO launches second edition of Les Tablettistes conference

TORONTO, Feb. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Groupe Média TFO, Canada's leading French-language educational media company, is proud to announce the Les Tablettistes, a bilingual conference exploring the biggest issues in digital education today. The conference will tackle the controversies facing the modern classroom, namely the commercialization of e-learning and a recent TFO survey of educators which revealed that 34 per cent see a need for a national body to validate digital classroom content. Les Tablettistes is a forum to boldly discuss the benefits and implications of the increasingly tech-savvy classroom.

"Sixty-seven per cent of educators and parents consider e-learning an important or very important part of modern education. The growing importance of technology in the classroom has benefits and poses implications that both parents and teachers must consider," said Glenn O'Farrell, President and CEO, Groupe Média TFO. "We are proud to host discussions by world-class speakers and encourage innovation, awareness and critical thinking among educators and digital activiests ."

The second annual Les Tablettistes conference brings together 22 speakers for a day of talks about the intersection of technology and education. The roster of distinguished speakers will share differing views across the spectrums of education, technology and media. This year's speakers include Mitch Joel, digital evangelist and award-winning author; Michelle Blanc, web strategist, consultant and blogger; James Milward, Founder and Executive Producer of Secret Location; Ron Canuel, President and CEO of the Canadian Education Association and Annie Kidder, Executive Director, People for Education.

The conference aims to inspire educators and content producers to examine current classroom norms as well as equip technologists and educators with a lens to critically evaluate emerging learning technologies. In addition to the commercialization of education, other key themes of the conference will include: the state of education, standardization vs. customization, the learning economy, exploring the virtual space, the battle for bandwidth and uploading your consciousness.

Les Tablettistes takes place on February 18, 2015 at York University's Glendon College. Programming updates and registration details are available at tablettistes.com.

About Les Tablettistes
Technological innovation is redefining learning in the 21st century. Les Tablettistes is a bilingual forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas, a meeting place for the different players in education, content producers and technological innovators. The second annual conference gathers 22 speakers from Canada's media, tech and education industries to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future in a digital world. To register or for more information visit tablettistes.com.

About Groupe Média TFO
For children and their world, looking for a stimulating experience, Groupe Média TFO is a premium destination for children and audiences seeking award-winning, educational, and innovative content in French. Groupe Média TFO is at the forefront of digital learning and can boast of having some of the highest levels of in its educational content for children at the international level. It offers numerous digital properties includingTFO, MiniTFO, and EduLulu, the first online evaluation service for educational apps in French and English.

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For further information: For more information and to book an interview, please contact: Touria Karim, Groupe Média TFO, 416.968.8225, tkarim@tfo.org; Erika Casupanan, Media Profile, 416. 342.1824, erika.casupanan@mediaprofile.com


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