The Evolving World of Physical Education

 The one curricular area in education that you might not expect to be embracing the current wave of technological “enhancements” for students in today’s classroom is physical education.

“Not so,” says Professor David Chorney, who teaches in the Department of Secondary Education in the Faculty of Education at the U of A.

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Field Experience in Africa: Cassandra's Story

For Cassandra Westerman, her journey to Ghana all started with a song. Westerman, who is in her final year of early education in a collaborative program at the University of Alberta, had always thought she would travel abroad to China as part of her studies. But during a presentation about the University of Alberta’s EDFX 490 program at her campus in Medicine Hat, Westerman was shocked to hear a familiar tune – a song she had used for a class project. She then learned that the song was actually a Ghanaian song, something she hadn’t previously realized.

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Edu Life | S1 Ep 12 | ECSD Job Application Tips, Child Nutrition

Are you interested in teaching for Edmonton Catholic Schools? You will appreciate some insider tips from Marc Motut, staffing manager for ECSD.

For more information about the application process, visit and

In segment two, we talk to Dr. Field about child nutrition and find out just how important proper eating habits are for students, especially considering their minds and bodies are still growing.

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A Primer on PISA

When it comes to the global ranking of education systems, all eyes are on PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment. Results for its 2012 data collection are set to come out this week (Dec 3rd, 2013).

PISA is the brainchild of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) and is administered to participating countries. It’s goal: “To evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by assessing 15-year-olds' competencies in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science.”

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Advocating Equity For All

A passionate advocate who works tirelessly to ensure equal opportunities and protect the rights of sexual and gender minorities and LGBTQ youth has been honoured by Avenue magazine as one of Edmonton’s 40 most exceptional community leaders under 40 years of age.

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Living and Learning in Europe

By Harrison Campbell (current Education student)

Nestled away in the hills of Tuscany, overlooking Lake Trasimeno the site of one of Hannibal’s greatest victories, lies the small town of Cortona. Situated an hour and a half north of Rome, by train, Cortona maintains strong ties to its past  yet somehow blends with modernity seamlessly. The flashing of cameras or the sounds of an incoming text message on an iPhone are as much a part of life here as the ringing of the town bells throughout the day or the smell of delicious foods emanating from shops.

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Lovin’ Every Minute of It: Alumna Spins LPN & Elementary Ed Degree into an Adult Education Career

You can’t help but feel a little giddy when speaking to someone with so much passion and love for her job.

Since 2006, Janelle Wallace-Meyer, ’03 BEd, has been an education coordinator for The Bethany Group, a health-care organization based in Camrose. And as she puts it, “It’s been a great ride ever since.”

The Bethany Group offers a wide range of programs which include continuing care, supported living, housing services for seniors and low income individuals and many more community services.

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The EDFX 490 Program in Ghana: A Priceless Experience

Brandon Isert will never forget his 28th birthday. The fourth year education student at the University of Alberta spent it at a beach in Ghana. “They have a tradition there where they dump cold water on you if it’s your birthday,” he laughs. “I avoided it at all costs.”

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