Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Education

Duncan McArthur Lecture by Bill Belsey on Oct 14

What the Mind Can Conceive!

The Faculty of Education is pleased to invite you to a lecture during Homecoming 2016 by alumnus Bill Belsey (Con.Ed.'81), an educational visionary, trailblazer and one of Canada's most awarded teachers.

Bill Belsey

7:30 - 8:30 pm
Friday, October 14, 2016
Duncan McArthur Hall Auditorium (B101)

Tickets are free, but space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

Bill Belsey (@BillBelsey) is an educational visionary, trailblazer and one of Canada's most awarded teachers. In addition to his classroom teaching, Bill has done presentations and media interviews around the world about a wide variety of educational issues. Come and join Bill as he takes us on an exciting, passionate, global teaching and learning journey. Bill will inspire you as he speaks from the heart and shares remarkable stories from his classroom and beyond. You will leave his presentation feeling that there is almost anything "We can achieve", if "our heart can believe!"

We would also recommend that alumni of our Faculty register for the Concurrent Education Students' Association (CESA) reception that is being held following the lecture on the Homecoming Registration website.

The Duncan McArthur Lecture is funded by the Duncan McArthur Lecture Fund, which was established by a bequest by Helen Hardy in memory of Duncan McArthur, former Queen's history professor and provincial minister of education, from who the Queen's Faculty of Education building is named. The fund supports an annual lecture series in the Faculty of Education. We are grateful for the continued generosity of all friends of the Faculty.



For Mr. Belsey's full biography, see ww.BillBelsey.com

Bill Belsey’s teaching career has included living and working with the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic for nearly twenty years, where he introduced the very first computer into Canadian Arctic schools. In the early 1990's he also helped to bring the Internet to the community of Rankin Inlet and established the very first Community Access Centre in the Canadian Arctic called “Igalaaq” -Inuktitut for window, see http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/igalaaq.pdf. This pioneering work was honoured with the Royal Bank and Conference Board of Canada's National Partners in Education Award.

In 1997 Mr. Belsey was invited to work with Dr. Seymour Papert and Nicholas Negroponte at the world-famous M.I.T. Media Lab to work on issues re. the innovative use of ICTs to support teaching and learning. With Dr. Nicholas Negroponte at M.I.T. With Dr. Seymour Papert at M.I.T.

He was asked by CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency and the World Bank to present his thoughts and his work at the Global Knowledge '97 conference in Toronto on the topic of “Universal Access to Information and Communication Technologies”, see http://www.inukshuk.com/gk-97.html. At this conference, former World Bank President, Mr. James Wolfenson, praised the impact of this work. He has also been an advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the U.S. Peace corps. His pioneering work has been featured at an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization as one of Canada's "Global Heroes".

He is a winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Technology. He is also a recipient of the Royal Bank Fellowship from the Mathematics, Science and Technology Group at Queen's University and the Roy C. Hill Fellowship for Innovations in Education. He has been named as a finalist for the annual Canadian New Media “Educator of the Year” Award. He has also been chosen to be a recipient of the prestigious CANARIE IWAY Awards (IWAY is short for Information Highway). These awards honour Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to Canada’s world-recognized information society – celebrating innovators behind Canada's advanced broadband development and use.

From 1999 until 2003, he was a Senior Educational Advisor for Canada's SchoolNet and was Coordinator for Canada's National Network of Innovative Schools (NIS).

For nearly a decade, Mr. Belsey was the volunteer Executive Director for iEARN-Canada, the Canadian chapter of iEARN, the International Education and Resource Network, see www.iearn.org. iEARN is the world’s largest and most-experienced K-12 professional learning community with over three million members in over 120 countries who share the vision of “Connecting Youth and Making a Difference” by working on international collaborative projects using information and communications technologies.

He is the founder and President of Bullying.org Canada Incorporated, a nationally registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to the prevention of bullying through education and awareness.

One of his projects, www.bullying.org, was honoured with the Cable and Wireless ChildNet Award, which goes to projects that make the Internet a better and safer place for children. This project was also named as a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge Awards, an award that has been called the Nobel Prize of the Information Technology (IT) world.

www.bullying.org has received as many as one million visitors and contributors and is often listed as the number one bullying-referenced Web site in the world.

Mr. Belsey also created www.cyberbullying.ca the first Web site in the world to address the issue of cyberbullying. He is often cited as the first person to use the word and define the behaviour “cyberbullying”.

In 2004, Mr. Belsey was honoured as Cochrane, Alberta’s “Ambassador of the Year”.

In June 2005, Mr. Belsey was also asked to share his work with the United Nations International Research Study on Violence and Children in Bangkok. See http://www.ecpat.net/eng/ecpat_inter/irc/newsdesk_articles.asp?SCID=1625

Mr. Belsey conceived of, and helps to coordinate Canada’s annual National Bullying Awareness Week, see www.bullyingawarenessweek.org Mr. Belsey has been interviewed by the late Peter Gzowksi on CBC Radio’s national “Morningside” radio show and has also appeared numerous times on the CTV and CBC National News. He has been a consultant to “The Dr. Phil Show”, ABC News 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, CNN –Anderson Cooper AC360 and was also asked to offer his input into the United National International Research Study in Bangkok on Violence and Children. His print interviews have appeared in Parenting Magazine, the Globe and Mail, and the Christian Science Monitor. In an interview with Mr. Belsey on CBC TV’s “The National”, Peter Mansbridge referred to www.bullying.org as “One of the best Web sites in the world for children”.

In May 2006, Mr. Belsey received Canada’s National Technology Innovations Award from The Learning Partnership and his presentation “Change the World 101” was given the “Conference Award” as the most outstanding work presented during the entire gathering. See http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/NTIA/NTIA_2006_I&L_conference_awarddinner.htm

In October 2006, Mr. Belsey was named as a Fellow of the World Technology Network in the Education category at a gala event at San Francisco’s City Hall. At this same ceremony, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore was inducted as a Fellow in the Environment category and Tim Burners-Lee, one of the co-creators of the World Wide Web, was honoured in the Internet category. See http://www.wtn.net

In September 2007 he launched Canada’s very first online courses and Webinars about bullying and cyberbullying for parents and educators at www.bullyingcourse.com.

In November 2007 he was nominated for the YMCA Peace Medal.