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Hello!

Not good blogging practice I know–to be absent for a while there. I blame it on technicalities…frustrating technicalities!

This site, I am pleased to announce, is now called -WIRED TO LEARN… if you haven’t already noticed! Changing it over from an old name (of old relevance), shiftreview.ca, to this one, caused the headache and delay. The old site name, in passing, related to the site I spent five years working on CitizenShift (CS); I had planned on keeping a blogging account of extra details regarding CS on The Shift Review but… ahhhh, I digress. I’ll just say that working on CS was an awesome experience and it’s a fabulous site packed with tons of educational information–perfect for classroom application… if I may say so.

Now then, it’s summer and I’m back in Montreal, my home town, and soooo happy to be here! The camera is ready to go and a film about my own high school experience will be in the bag before I return to Toronto in September. I’m really looking forward to this one. The critical shooting will not take place until the admin and some instructors are back at work in August. Until then, B-roll will keep me busy on the film end of things.

Audio interviews will also be adding up in the horizon. July is simply a bad month for catching up with educators and students. The week I came home though, I had lunch with a dear friend, Michele, who I love talking with. She works at the English Montreal School Board so, it’s always interesting to hear about her insight and projects related to education — the system, the improvements that are being made, and the discoveries she has made working with and documenting teachers and student in Quebec.

I was blown away by how similar our documentations have been as of late. There is a lot of overlap in terms of the questions we are posing students and educators regarding their level of satisfaction with their educational milieu.

Here’s a thought to walk away with (it seems obvious but..): if policies are going to change in terms of system functioning we must learn from those who are at the core of the system we intend to alter.

About cayoup

Colleen Ayoup was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She has been engaged in media creation for nearly twenty years. After attending the Dawson Institute of Photography (Montreal), she worked as a commercial photographer for several years until the craving for different creative pursuits gave way. This desire led to two subsequent degrees in Psychology/Film Studies and Film Production (B.A., B.F.A) at Concordia University in Montreal. Her short fiction films and documentary, Kings (2001), about drag-king culture in Montreal toured festivals internationally. In 2004, she joined the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated Doc Shop, a program designed to give emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn trade skills from industry professionals and produce a short documentary for broadcast on CBC. She also contributed to the development and creation of CitizenShift (citizenshift.org), the NFB’s first social-media website that she subsequently coordinated for five years. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)