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Note: The below agenda is current as of April 21, 2018. Updates to the agenda after this date may not make it to this web page. For the most accurate agenda check out the conference app where you can also see the room numbers. For more information on the app go to www.canconnected.com/download

Tuesday, April 24
Morning Workshop 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Accelerate at CONNECT

Accelerate at CONNECT is unique and powerful opportunity for school and district administrators, government representatives, and technology industry leaders to connect with exhibiting EdTech startup companies. This mutually beneficial workshop allows startups to get immediate direct and authentic feedback from decision makers while industry leaders can get an inside look at emerging tech trends in education. This workshop will allow leading decision makers to experience: Four 30 minute sessions with your companies of choice, An exclusive opportunity to learn about innovative ways to raise the standards of 21st century teaching and learning, A unique look at emerging products and services, Networking with the entire EdTech ecosystem from startups to associates from other industries, schools and districts Register today to play your part in Canada’s EdTech Innovation Ecosystem!

Afternoon Workshops 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Are YOU Certifiable? Microsoft Certification Workshop and Certifications

Canada is behind the rest of the world when it comes to certifying in the technologies required for tomorrow’s jobs. It’s time for us to take the lead and arm students with the industry recognized vocational skills needed to be competitive in a global ICT job market. Discover the power of Jasperactive, the world’s first hands-on kinesthetic learning solution for Microsoft Office and get a chance to earn a globally recognized Microsoft certification for FREE. Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for this interactive and hands-on workshop to not only test your own skills but learn how you can make a greater impact in the lives of your students Don’t miss this hands-on professional learning opportunity with a chance to become certified in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for FREE – over $260 value! Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Code Create Teach

This workshop will be broken up into parts all being very interactive for educators for all levels and backgrounds to bring coding into the classroom. Welcome and Unplugged Activity It’s the time to make new friends and complete our unplugged challenge. Introduction to Computational Thinking In this part of the workshop, we will discuss the definition of computational thinking and how it exists in everyday life. Fundamental Coding Concepts with Scratch In this session, we will explore fundamental coding concepts using the popular visual programming platform, Scratch. Micro:Bit Workshop micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun! We will explore fundamental concepts in a new context with this popular tool and a hands-on project. Laptop is highly recommend to get full enjoyment from this workshop

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Basso


Andrew McDonald

Educational Outreach Manager – Kids Code Jeunesse
Andrew is a physics, chemistry, mathematics teacher with a side passion for computer science, geography and robotics in the classroom. Having taught in the Middle East from 2012-2016 he was able to hone his teaching craft while integrating technology into the classroom. Educated in Ottawa with his M.Sc in Medical Physics, Andrew gained valuable experience working in a cancer clinic before changing career paths to become a teacher in 2011. From discovery learning, robotics and G Suites in the classroom, he is always looking for ways to inspire his students and the teachers around him. He has been a proponent in improving the educational technology in the schools where he has taught. Upon returning to Canada, he has joined Kids Code Jeunesse as their Educational Outreach Manager to empower kids and teachers with digital literacy in Canada. As an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, AppsEvents Google Certified Admin, Google Earth Education Advisory Board member, BETT panel speaker, and Raspberry Certified Educator, he is looking to help other teachers bring various educational technologies into the classroom.

Abhi Vair

Regional Coordinator – Kids Code Jeunesse
Abhi currently works as a web developer and a regional coordinator for Kids Code Jeunesse. She has a passion for education and technology, and hopes to help make programming more accessible through community outreach and training workshops for teachers, kids, and parents.

Deep Dive into Elearning

Come and hear from those that have been there. Whether you’re new to e-learning looking for survival tips or an experienced teacher looking to go deeper into the pedagogy of effective online course delivery, you will find what you’re looking for. This session will highlight the broad perspectives, including a Ministry overview as well as provide hands-on strategies that you can incorporate into your class right away.

Presenter(s):

Paul Hatala

Education Officer, Technology Enabled Learning Ontario – Ministry of Education
Paul is an Education Officer in the Student Achievement Division at the Ministry of Education. Prior to his work with the Ministry of Education, Paul was the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) contact and head of science in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. In addition to his K-12 experience, Paul has also taught at McMaster University in the Faculty of Science and Brock University in the Faculty of Education. A passionate educator with an eye to leveraging technology to make the experience even more engaging, Paul loves to share his learning and experiences with other educators. In his spare time, Paul enjoys snowboarding, Netiflixing and being a father to three wonderful children.

Entrepreneurial Thinking Through Google Suite for Education

Students are eager to innovate to create change and put their mark on the world. G Suite Edu is a series of tools that allows students – and teachers – the freedom to do just that! Learn how to use Entrepreneurial Thinking and G Suite to engage students in the Global Competencies by creating solutions to real world problems. Learn:  Ideation using Docs & Drawings  The pitch using Slides Customer experience using Forms  Promotion using Drawings & Sites Organizing it all in Drive & Classroom Join me in learning how to promote student voice and empowering students to collaborate and innovate.

Presenter(s):

Arianna Lambert

Teacher – TDSB
I’m a grade 4/5 Teacher in the Toronto District School Board who loves integrating technology and mindfulness in the classroom. Through inquiry and Entrepreneurial Thinking, I work with students who are engaged in meaningful learning opportunities while looking at ways to make the world an even better place. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of co-facilitating the STE(A)M Certificate Course for Junior Teachers in our board. For the last 2 years, I have been fortunate to co-moderate #tdsbEd, Twitter chats for educators in the TDSB. Through conversations on trends in Education from STEAM to Mindfulness, it has become an online community of educators dedicated to improving their practice to ensure greater student success, well-being and achievement.

Gamify Your Classroom! Engage All Students With Game-Based Learning

Are you looking for ways to inspire and empower all your students to take control of their own learning? Investigate how to develop game-based learning elements that challenge students to collaborate, create, and investigate their curriculum. Explore the fundamentals of theme, game mechanics, reward systems, items and badges, quests, and more! Enrich student experience through digital tools like online portfolios, G Suite Edu, Classcraft, QR Codes, and even augmented reality. Bring your device to learn how to begin gamifying and augmenting your classroom today!

Presenter(s):

Shailah Damji

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher – YRDSB
Shailah Damji is a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with York Region District School Board. As a former secondary school teacher for 9 years, Shailah is passionate about engaging student learning by integrating digital tools in the classroom with a intentional purpose. Shailah collaborates with staff and students to integrate creative uses of technology and inquiry based learning in the classroom. Shailah works with educators to foster deeper thinking, build relationships, and technology integration using Google Apps for Education.

Jocelyn Kervin

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher – York Region District School Board
Jocelyn Kervin is a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher in the York Region DSB. She was previously a Department Head of Music at Dr. G.W. Williams SS, where she developed a gamified music program with her students. Jocelyn has presented at Ontario Music Educators’ Association annual conferences, EdTechTeam Summits, Ontario Teachers’ Federation summer institutes, and her current role as DLRT involves regularly designing and presenting PD/workshops for staff and students across the YRDSB. Jocelyn is also a Canadian Opera Company teacher advisor and workshop leader, and is a Google Certified Educator and Soundtrap Certified Educator.

Integrating Literacy in the Makerspace – Out with Literacy Centres in With Makerspace

If you are looking for a way to develop 21st century learning skills, incorporate more student voice in your classroom and engage students in all areas of the curriculum, then let us show you how to put a makerspace in your classroom. This session will focus on our quest to replace literacy centres with makerspace. We will share tips for starting your makerspace, show you how to integrate the curriculum and look at some of the high tech gadgets our students have been engaged with including Dash and Dot, Makey Makeys, Microbits, Green Screen, coding in Scratch and Scratch Jr. and more.

Presenter(s):

Stephanie Chislett

Grade 3 Teacher – TLDSB
Grade 3 Teacher was currently introduced to Makerspace this school year, excited to learn more!

Roger Reynolds

Teacher – Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Roger Reynolds is a grade 6 teacher with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board in Lindsay, Ontario. Roger is passionate about engaging students through the use of technology and makerspace. His focus this year has been allowing students to explore their own interests and passions through makerspace and embedding curriculum into their self-selected passion projects. You can check out what is happening in his classroom by following @ReynoldsTeach.

Open Data Tree Mapping Activity

This workshop is a place-based cross-curricular tree mapping activity. Participants will use open tree data from the Niagara Region Open Data Portal and a Geographical Information Management tool to map and calculate the benefit of trees to managing our carbon footprint. The workshop will also explore other Open Education Resources and tools to support inquiry-based experiential learning outside the classroom.

Presenter(s):

Brock Baker


Jonathan Brown

Retired Public Servant – Northumberland County
Jonathan was a former adult, alternative education teacher and eLearning coordinator with the Kawartha Pine Ridges DSB. In 2000, he joined the Ontario Ministry of Education where he worked on multiple policy and program initiatives until his retirement in June 2016. Since then, Jonathan has been volunteering his time on how Open Data can be used to support experiential learning outside the classroom.

Passion + Play + Purpose: Using Modern Learning to Foster Innovative Mindsets

How can teachers inspire innovation in students? In this session, we will utilize Tony Wagner’s principles of Play, Passion, and Purpose to explore how EdTech tools and modern learning approaches can be combined to engage students. Participants will be given choice in the activities to best suit the needs of their students. Choices will include Breakout EDU, Mystery Hangouts, Digital Storytelling, Maximizing Student Voice, and Makerspaces, among others. We will explore how teachers can idea smash using a variety of EdTech tools to increase student engagement.

Presenter(s):

Joanna Bull

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher – York Region District School Board
Joanna Bull is a Digital Literacy Resource for the York Region District School Board. She is passionate about responsive teaching and facilitation that builds trust and community as well as scuba diving and ocean conservation.

Jen Giffen

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher – York Region DSB
Jen Giffen, formerly a secondary English and Math teacher, currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board just north of Toronto, Canada.. She is a Sketchnoter and Google for Education Certified Innovator (#WDC17). Her teaching passions centre around EdTech and finding ways to reach struggling students. She can be found on all over social media @virtualgiff and on her website virtualgiff.com

STS UC Meeting – Live from Connect

Live from Connect! This is your chance to see what all the fuss is with the User Community of ECNO Shared Technology Services. We are a dynamic group of techies from School Boards across Ontario, in charge of supporting technology in the classrooms and throughout. Join us in a community meeting, where we will discuss hot button issues and planning trends rolling down the pipe. This meeting will be a mix of live and remote attendance. If you can get through the doors @ Connect, you are welcome to attend this meeting. It’s an open forum, so come in and be a part of the conversation to help shape the technology landscape in Education.

Presenter(s):

Juan Granados

Microsoft Canada

Darryl LaPlante

IT Support Specialist – PVNCCDSB – Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington CDSB
Having worked previously as an original member of the ECNO K12 Shared Technical Services team I am now engaged in several facets of IT as a Support Specialist at the Catholic School Board in Peterborough Ontario. I enjoy spending my free time in the great outdoors with my girlfriend and my two young daughters. Playing Ultimate Frisbee and SloPitch are a few of my favorite ways to stay active and social.

Damon Srokosz

Technical Analyst – ECNO Shared Technical Services
US Marine, Technical Writer, Volunteer Firefighter, Restauranteur, as well as working through the ranks of IT. Working in Education, by supporting the development of our next generation, drives a passion in me!

TJ Walia

Senior Technical Account Manager – Microsoft Canada
TJ is a Senior Technical Account Manager with Microsoft and brings over 10 years of experience within the Services Business. He currently leads the Education (K12/HE) Business for Microsoft Premier Support; ensuring that organization’s in the Education sector build roadmaps for technology that support not only their immediate needs, but also use technology to innovate in how they deliver education in the classrooms and beyond.
TJ has received a degree from Ryerson University and is consistently advancing his knowledge in areas of AI, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. He’s an accomplished author of a number of training courses to improve how to be more efficient at managing your time and email.
TJ’s has a strong passion for coding and being a good role model for his children which is why he invests a lot of time mentoring, tutoring and teaching classrooms how to code in his spare time.

Student-Lead Robotics Feeder School Challenge

Over the past two years, we have made connections between a secondary school FIRST Robotics Team and the feeder schools in their community. The students from the secondary school designed and ran a modified LEGO EV3 challenge for grade 7 & 8s. The high school kids designed an obstacle course and 3D printed obstacles. They ran a kick-off event, then followed up by supporting students in their schools. The Robotics Team showcased their FIRST robot and inspired grade 7 & 8s about coding, robotics, and STEAM.

Presenter(s):

Mike Brohart

TELT – C – Renfrew County District School Board
Mike Brohart is a teacher with the Renfrew County District School Board. After 10+ years in the classroom, he has recently joined the TELT-C team at RCDSB.

Jonathan Pratt

TELT-Contact/eLibrary Coordinator – RCDSB
Jonathan Pratt is an Educator with the Renfrew County District School Board. Over the past three years, Jonathan has been part of the TELT-C team-leading technology innovation and integration in K-12 classrooms. Along with establishing and maintaining a district-wide digital eBook resource as eLibrary Coordinator, he has also worked to extend the use of virtual reality, coding, and robotics through authentic challenge-based learning for students.

Why Should I Watch This? Moving towards better use of video in our classrooms – Download the Presentation Files

It seems that video is the answer to everything lately – whether it be flipping the classroom or in other blended models of learning. But how can we be sure that our students are actually watching and learning? This will be an interactive session where you will examine ways to make video use even more effective in your classrooms. You will experience ways to scaffold the learning that happens when we ask students to view or create videos. You will also have the choice to create or explore the concepts further. Please BYOD! Earphones or buds are essential.

Presenter(s):

Tracy Rosen

Education Consultant, Quebec’s RECIT network – Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles
Tracy Rosen is an education consultant with the Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles and a Provincial resource person with the RECIT, Quebec’s technology integration resource network. She believes that technology is best used when it helps to share our stories around teaching and learning and that if we want to see change in our classrooms, we need to see it in our professional development as well. She has taught in both the youth and adult sectors since 1996.

Wednesday, April 25
Spotlight Speaker – Brian Aspinall 8:00 am – 8:50 am

Code Breaker

Break the code for student success! In the next three years we will see a rise in the number of devices connected to the internet. In fact, more objects will be connected to the internet than people and it is imperative we teach our students to be mindful of their behaviours when everything they do is tracked, shared and marketed. In this session, participants will learn the basics of coding to have a better understanding of how the Internet of Things works, but also focus on a shift in how student content is assessed and evaluation. When we provide sandbox type activities for students we provide multiple entry points and low flow / high ceiling opportunities where all learners can feel success. If you can learn to code, you can code to learn. Come and chat about what this looks like, and how we should be evaluating student work!

Brian Aspinall

University Instructor – York University and Trent University

Brian Aspinall is an educator, best selling author and is considered one of the brightest STEM innovators in Canadian education. His book, Code Breaker – 15+ Ways to Get Started With Coding, continues to top the charts in STEM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation. Recently he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors!

Sessions 8:00 am – 8:50 am
Antidote : Le remède à tous vos mots (French immersion, welcome)

La rédaction en français peut s’avérer complexe, surtout pour les novices. Plus qu’un simple correcticiel, Antidote, un logiciel disponible gratuitement dans toutes les écoles de l’Ontario, aidera vos étudiants à comprendre la cause de leurs erreurs tout en intégrant 20 dictionnaires pour enrichir leur vocabulaire, et encore plus! Oh,vous connaissez déjà le logiciel? Je vous assure que vous ne connaissez pas toutes ses forces. Pierre Sarazin, membre du CCPALO, animera cet atelier.

Presenter(s):

Pierre Sarazin

Solutions specialist – CFORP
Teacher, computer programmer, physicist and mathematician, Pierre Sarazin has worked at the high school level for 9 years. Seeing every problem as an opportunity to learn and apply a new solution, he has earned the nickname MacGyver among his peers for his creative problem-solving skills.
A Google Certified Teacher, and former learning technology coordinator, he strives to effectively use technology in his classroom. Pierre is a proponent of the Connectivist learning model, proposed by Siemens and Downes. The premise of this model is that it is more important to know where, know how and know why, than to simply know.
Currently, Pierre works at the Centre Franco-Ontarien de Ressources Pédagogiques (CFORP) as a solutions specialist for the Ontario provincial implementation of Desire2Learn (D2L) by Brightspace.

Ghislaine Laurin

Chargée de projet – CFORP
Chargée de projet au sein du service Appui technologique du Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), agente responsable de la Banque de ressources éducatives de l’Ontario (BREO), de la Communauté d’@pprentissage Ontario (C@O) et d’autres initiatives appuyant les services numériques et les infrastructures techniques des conseils scolaires de langue française de l’Ontario.

Are YOU Certifiable? Microsoft Certification Workshop

Canada is behind the rest of the world when it comes to certifying in the technologies required for tomorrow’s jobs. It’s time for us to take the lead and arm students with the industry recognized vocational skills needed to be competitive in a global ICT job market. Discover the power of Jasperactive, the world’s first hands-on kinesthetic learning solution for Microsoft Office and get a chance to earn a globally recognized Microsoft certification for FREE. Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for this interactive and hands-on workshop to not only test your own skills but learn how you can make a greater impact in the lives of your students Don’t miss this hands-on professional learning opportunity with a chance to become certified in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for FREE – over $260 value!

Assessment That Matters

Our students are now using technology to create and demonstrate their learning in so many ways; videos, collaborative documents, screencasts, to name just a few. With all these amazing creations at our fingertips teachers can gather incredibly rich assessment information. During this hands-on workshop participants will explore the role of formative assessment with the main focus on assessment for learning and assessment as learning. They will develop their ability to identify the learning that is evident when students are given choice in how they demonstrate their learning.

Presenter(s):

Kim Meldrum

Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning – West Island College
As a passionate educator and author, in June of 2016 Kim published her first book entitled, “Assessment that Matters: Using Technology to Personalize Learning” about how to gather rich assessment information from students’ creations using technology as a tool for learning. In her book Kim provides the reader with an understanding of the different forms of assessment and provides examples of how to help students use technology to demonstrate their learning in different ways. Kim works to change the way educators view technology. Her expertise includes a focus on effective differentiation, digital literacies, assessment and reflective learning practice. Kim is a device-agnostic educator who encourages education professionals (including teachers and administrators) to develop a growth mindset, and to take risks in the classroom in order to transform teaching and learning for students. Kim has presented at educational technology conferences; ISTE 2016, ISTE 2015, ASCD (2015), the first Canadian Google for Education Leadership Symposium, The Toronto Maker Festival and more. kimmeldrum.com @meldrumkim

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Data-Driven Education. The next great frontier or a pipe dream?

Data has been described as the new oil. However, does more data always lead to better decisions and outcomes? Is all this investment of time and money worth it? See the role data has played in the history of education and get to know its role for the future of education. Hear why schools are hiring data teams and understand the pitfalls of data and visualization.

Presenter(s):

William Zhou

CEO – Chalk
William Zhou is the CEO of Chalk, a K-12 education company that utilizes data to help schools. Zhou has been passionate about entrepreneurship from a young age, founding his first company in high school. He launched his first Internet business in 2010, which he sold at the age 18 during his first year of computer science at the University of Waterloo. To pursue the bigger challenge of changing education, Zhou founded Chalk to create data-driven education. Forbes named Zhou top 30 under 30. From small, independent schools to large, national school networks, Chalk is behind the academic strategies influencing millions of students.

Get creative with Windows 10 Paint 3D – by Microsoft

Discover how to spark your students interest and creativity by making incredible creations using mixed reality and Paint 3D. Add your 3D creations to other media platforms, along with music, captions, and other special effects to create presentation. In this 1-hour workshop you’ll learn how to create using Paint 3D in Windows 10, to customize and incorporate your 3D creations into photos, videos, PowerPoint and more. You’ll also learn to use Photos to edit and improve videos you’ve already made, and export and share your creations with colleagues, parents and community members.

Presenter(s):

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Going Gradeless with Technology

Going Gradeless has been one of the best decisions that I have made in the classroom. In my classroom, we develop learning goals, success criteria and standards that all students reflect on. Come join me as we explore the various ways in which we can engage with technology to develop critical and reflective students. Some of the technology we will be discussing is google forms, sheets, docs, screencasting, and classroom. Come ready to ask to engage in meaningful discussion around assessment and learn some practical advice for implementing it in the classroom.

Presenter(s):

Jonathan So

Teacher – Peel Board of Education
Jonathan is a teacher in the Peel District School Board. He is currently teaching Grade 6 at Ray Lawson Public School. He has also taught grades 2 to 6 and is one of the lead instructional technology and math coaches at his school. He is always looking to promote creativity and exploration in his students and colleagues. Jonathan uses Google Apps in his daily teaching and loves how it opens his classroom to the world around him. He is a google certified teacher (level 2). His interests lie in math and technology (not in any particular order) but he is also passionate about inquiry and the endless possibilities it has for his students. Jonathan also loves building connections with other teachers and classrooms. Opening the classroom doors and letting the world in has been one his most recent passions. Connect with him @Mrsoclassroom.

Inspiring Mini Makers: Ideas to bring design thinking into your core classroom

In this session, we will look at different ways to bring ‘makers’ out of makerspaces and into your core classroom. Examples include tech options like scratch & micro:bits coding platforms, micro:bits, spheros and Lego Mindstorms and Wedo’s, and low-tech options using paper, cardboard, MakeDo’s, pipe cleaners etc.

Presenter(s):

Robin Holt

Teacher of Awesomeness – Peel District School Board
Robin Holt is a PJIS teacher in his 9th-year teacher; 1 year in the Bahamas, and 8 with the Peel District School Board. This year is his 2nd year at Centennial Sr. P.S. in the SciTech Regional Program teaching Grade 7. In SciTech, Students view the curriculum through an inquiry lens, use design thinking, science and technology to engage and empower them as modern learners.

L’enseignement hybride à l’élémentaire

En 2015-2016, une centaine d’élèves de 8e année des écoles de langue française de l’Ontario ont participé à un projet pilote mis en oeuvre par le Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario (CAVLFO), en collaboration avec les 12 conseils scolaires de langue française. Les commentaires des élèves et les recommandations qui en ont découlées ont jeté les assises d’un nouveau projet pilote ambitieux, lancé en septembre 2016 et intitulé HYBRIDE. Projet HYBRIDE: Ainsi, de 2016 à 2018, nous avons entrepris la deuxième phase du projet. Plus de 300 élèves de l’Ontario, répartis dans trois cohortes, ont participé à un cours de 7e ou 8e année de Géographie ou d’Histoire à distance. Il s’agit d’une première dans les écoles de langue française de l’Ontario. Cette communication/ Cet atelier vise à répondre à ces questions: Qu’est-ce que l’apprentissage hybride? Qu’en ont pensé les différents acteurs qui ont participé au projet, en particulier, les élèves? L’apprentissage hybride est-il, pour nos élèves, une manière efficace d’acquérir les compétences mondiales qui leur sont nécessaires au 21e siècle? Est-ce que l’enseignement «HYBRIDE» est la clé qui nous permettrait de stimuler l’apprentissage dans nos salles de classe? Quels ont été pour nous les conditions gagnantes pour mettre en oeuvre ce projet. Un enseignant qui a participé au projet pilote vous présentera sa perspective.

Presenter(s):

Denis Turbide

Directeur Adjoint – Consortium d’apprentissage virtuel de langue française de l’Ontario
Depuis 2015-2016, il est directeur adjoint au CAVLFO et coordonne un projet pilote pour les élèves de 7e et 8e année de langue française de l’Ontario.

Making in the Curriculum: Makerspace your Literacy and Numeracy Program – Download the Presentation Files

Stuck aspiring how to run a stellar literacy/numeracy program AND makerspace? Do you lay awake at night wondering how you can successfully make curricular links? Wonder no more!This hands on workshop will illustrate how these worlds(making, literacy and numeracy) can be combined to foster critical thinking, communication,collaboration, creation,innovation and ingenuity to address curricular expectations in your classroom.

Presenter(s):

Melanie Mulcaster

Teacher Librarian – Peel District School Board
Melanie Mulcaster is an elementary Teacher Librarian in the Peel District School board. A life long learner and maker, she is passionate about inspiring and empowering modern learners to discover, connect, innovate and explore.

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MJS IM & COM Identity Privacy Protection platform with use case for Social Media and Medical information

Open for Education

In response to increasing demands from teacher candidates and new teachers, the education librarians at Queen’s have shifted from teaching licenced sources to supporting the creation and curation of open education resources. This session will showcase examples of the new directions we are exploring.

Presenter(s):

Brenda Reed

Education Librarian – Education Library, Queen’s University
Brenda worked as a teacher librarian in Quebec before moving to Kingston and a position in the Queen’s University Education Library. In the Education Library Brenda works most closely with teacher candidates in the Primary Junior program and is currently developing strategies for continuing to provide resource support to teacher candidates after they leave the building for their careers.

Mary Claire Vandenburg

Education Librarian – Queen’s University Education Library
Mary Claire has been in her role an an Intermediate Senior Librarian at Queen’s Education Library for 2 years, prior to this she held a variety of posts within Queen’s Library over the previous 10 years. This new environment has encouraged a sense of discovery and dedication to the service of education in Ontario.

Pumping up Student Inquiry Through Assessment and Technology – Download the Presentation Files

One of the challenges teachers face when facilitating inquiry is how to manage and synthesize the variety and volume of information collected as students’ learn. Tech tools can solve the challenges teacher face in documenting student learning. Come join us for 50 minutes as we deeply consider how to observe and nurture student skills during the inquiry process. During this presentation we will examine the stages of inquiry and consider the technology tools that help both students and teachers make inquiry learning ‘Genius’, ‘Wonder’ful and worth ‘20% of your Time’.

Presenter(s):

Karen Cummings

Instructional Leadership Consultant: Adolescent Literacy, Assessment and Evaluation – Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Both Karen and Kerry are Consultants with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. With a shared love of literacy, Kerry specializes in Innovations while Karen focuses on Assessment Culture. Together, they have collected a wide range of presentation experiences at the school, board and provincial level.

Kerry Zinkiewich

TeLTC – KPRDSB
Kerry is a Consultant with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. With a shared love of literacy, Kerry specializes in Innovations while Karen focuses on Assessment Culture. Together, they have collected a wide range of presentation experiences at the school, board and provincial level.

Regional Cross-Collaboration Initiative for Youth

Opportunity Niagara, co-ordinated by the backbone organization Spark Niagara, ignited a workforce initiative to engage young people, age 14-24. Leaders from the District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Workforce, Municipal townships, employers, post-secondary educators and community partners have joined in a collaborative program to provide career pathway, work skills credentialing, internship and employment opportunities. The program is supported by Workbay, a technology platform developed by one of Spark Niagara’s companies.

Presenter(s):

Mary Hayes
Teaching Special Education Students to Learn and Find Their Voice

Learn how integrating a variety of technology can assist junior special education students to learn and express their ideas. See how using programs such as Bitsboard help to preteach vocabulary and concepts, providing immediate feedback to the student and teacher. Explore empowering tools including Clicker 6, PicKids and Bookcreator that allow students to use text, audio and visual supports to share their ideas.

Presenter(s):

Julianne Birch

Elementary Teacher – Peel District School Board
Julianne Birch teaches at Mount Royal Public School in Brampton, Ontario. She has experience in the primary, junior and intermediate grades and loves to integrate technology into her lessons and classrooms. As a Special Education teacher, Julianne focuses on matching innovative technology with students’ strengths.

Katherine Dashawetz

Teacher – Mount Royal Public School
Katherine Dashawetz teaches Media Literacy and Technology at Mount Royal Public School in Brampton. She teaches students from grades 1 to 8 and is developing a consistent level of technological knowledge in all students as they progress through their education. Katherine challenges students to be creative as they learn to express themselves using various applications (e.g., PicKids, Book Creator, Green Screen).

Tech + Art = Pixel Art

This program will explore the creative side of Google Sheets and how it can be used in an Art classroom. Teachers will learn how to create pixel art using Google Sheets to make beautiful art pieces. (Grades 6-8)

Presenter(s):

Sapna Khosa

Grade 6 Teacher – Peel District School Board
I am a grade 6 teacher in the Peel District School Board and a self-taught Google Geek, who loves to make all aspects of teaching more efficient, effective and manageable. I am always looking to learn and explore new ways to use technology and I enjoy the level of collaboration that Google Apps and other programs bring to the classroom.

Transforming pedagogical documentation while generating student analytics to improve learning outcomes

Is Documenting Learning driving you crazy at reporting time? Would you like to see analytics that are relevant for teachers to inform practice?
Capturing evidence of learning through pictures and video has become common place among Kindergarten and primary teachers across the country. The next challenge however is how to make that documented evidence pedagogically relevant without going crazy! Edsby, a solution built on Microsoft Azure, has consulted with Kindergarten teachers across Ontario and crafted a solution to tackle this frustration head on. The workflow created in Edsby allows teachers to not only effortlessly gather but tie each piece of evidence back to curricular expectations, learning goals or competencies. Documentation can be shared between co-teachers and/or ECE. Feedback from students and parents is encouraged in a shared feed then all documentation may be dragged and dropped into analysis notes then ….finally into report cards! No need to type and re-type all the while trying to keep documentation safe and private.
Edsby has also worked with School Boards to make analytics work for teachers. Old-school data warehouses provide dated summaries and do little to inform instruction in the here and now. Edsby’s powerful visualizations through the magic of PowerBI bring rich data sources and information to life. Come see how this can change understanding of student learning across the district whether you’re a teacher and or administrator.
Edsby is a Microsoft partner storing data in Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s hyperscale, cloud platform.

Presenter(s):

Karen Woods

Sales Director – Edsby
Karen has worked in the ed-tech space for 30 years; LOVES to see learning and technology coming together to make a difference with the biggest thrill: smiles on kids faces when new things are discovered.

2 Hour Session 8:00 am – 9:50 am

Introduction to Design Thinking

Spend time with IBM Canada Design Thinking experts to learn what Design Thinking is and how you can apply it to your daily role. In this hands on workshop, participants will work through a problem statement relative to education today to illustrate the Design Thinking approach. You will also benefit in the collaboration with your peers in sharing of ideas, understanding commonalities and brainstorming potential solutions.

Krista Shibata

Leader, Public Affairs and Women in Technology – IBM Canada
Krista Shibata is the leader of the IBM Canada strategic initiative focused on closing the gap for Girls in STEM/Women in Technology. In this role she guides IBM’s presence as a leader in driving positive change and engagement for girls in STEM and women in technology. Prior to accepting her current role, Krista has held global leadership roles for IBM and Cognos in the areas of communications and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as sales. Prior to joining high tech, Krista spent time in small business as well as amateur sport. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Queens University.
Krista is trained in IBM Design Thinking methodology and leads these workshops with educators and students all over Canada.

Spotlight Speaker – Robert Dunlop 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Making Happiness a Priority in Education

There is nothing more powerful in education than a teacher that loves being a teacher! That is why staying happy as an educators should be at the top of teachers’ priority lists. The good news in that we have more control over our happiness than we think (40% to be exact!). Join us as we delve into the research behind happiness/positive psychology and see how making this part of your Annual Learning Plans can help you stay happy throughout your entire career.

Robert Dunlop

Blended Learning Resource Teacher- District School Board of Niagara

Robert Dunlop is a national award winning teacher with a passion for technology and teacher motivation. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award of Teaching Excellence, Robert always strives to make learning engaging and meaningful. Whether working with students or teachers, he believes that inspiring a love of learning should always come first. Robert also believes that we need to tap into our passions to find happiness. As part of the Terry Fox Lesson Plan writing team, Robert created a series of K-8 lesson plans to help keep Terry Fox’s dream alive. These lessons have been viewed over 3 millions times internationally since they were create four years ago. Click here to view these lessons. His current role as Blended Learning Resource Teacher at the District School Board of Niagara has afforded him the privilege of working with thousands of K-12 educators throughout the province. Through his experiences in this role, Robert has developed a passion for making a positive impact on teacher wellness. He is currently writing a book on Happiness in Education. His mission is to celebrate, connect and inspire educators around the world and empower them to find happiness and fulfillment in education.

Sessions 9:00 am – 9:50 am
10 FREE Microsoft Tools that Make Learning Fun

Who doesn’t love free tools? Come join us as we take a look at some of Microsoft’s top free tools for empowering teachers and students and making leaning fun. Learn how these tools can be used across the curriculum to increase productivity and student engagement.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

5 Best Practices of Inspirational Technology Leaders

Presenter(s):

Melanie Kitchen

Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC
Melanie is a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Staff Development for Erie 1 BOCES, which services 108 school districts in Western New York. For the last 14 years, Melanie has worked with students, teachers and administrators to implement research based instructional strategies combined with purposeful technology integration.

Accessing Student Data – an administrative perspective into the Aspen Student Information System

Are you interested in finding out about Follett’s Aspen SIS functionality through the lens of an administrator? This workshop will provide insight into how you can access valuable student data and how this data can be used to inform decisions.

Presenter(s):

Mike Czukar

Follett School Solutions

Ian Gorman

Follett School Solutions

Joe McDonough

Follett School Solutions

Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification

Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Building and Maintaining an eLearning/Blended Learning Program

Learn how the HWDSB has been able to build and support the tremendous growth that we have experienced in our eLearning and Blended Learning programs over the last few years. We will share our strategies for which groups to build relationships with within your own school board.

Presenter(s):

Jeff Allison

TELT Contact – HWDSB
Jeff Allison is the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact, and eLearning/Blended Learning Coach for the HWDSB. His interests include leadership, digital tools, engagement strategies, assessment and evaluation approaches and special education programs. He is passionate in his support of fellow eLearning educators and is proud of our accomplishments in building our eLearning/Blended Learning programming.

Kevin Graham

Principal – Hamilton wentworth District School Board
I am a Principal at Delta Secondary School in Hamilton, ON, Canada. I am also the eLearning Administrator for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and have been involved with technology, eLearning and course design for over 10 years. I have also been involved with bringing in a portal to engage parents into schools virtually within HWDSB. Additionally, I have a passion for leadership development and have been a Principals’ Qualification Program (PQP) Additional Qualifications instructor and course developer for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Michelle Pollington

DeLC – Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Michelle Pollington is the eLearning/Blended Learning Technical Support Contact for the HWDSB eLearning program. Michelle is passionate about students opportunities for learning and engagement.

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Data and AI 101 – Artificial Intelligence for Beginners

Hearing a lot about Artificial Intelligence lately but not sure how it applies? Join Microsoft for a 100-level overview and get in the know. We’ll discuss the hot topic of AI as well as dive into Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services. You’ll learn how to infuse your apps, websites, and bots with intelligent algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand, and interpret your user needs through natural methods of communication!

Presenter(s):

Wemba Opota

Technology Strategist – Microsoft Canada
Wemba is a Technology Strategist at Microsoft Canada. He is passionate about innovation and likes to explore new possibilities at the blurring frontier of technology and business. For more than 15 years, he has been working with organizations from various industries around the world, helping them to reimagine and transform their business models, reach their digital aspirations and capitalizing on relevant business disruptions and leading technologies. Wemba has degrees in Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Business Administration from the University of Dijon, McGill University and HEC.

Engaging Students Through the Stories of Holocaust Survivors

This session will explore the use of a cross-curricular approach to engage students in the learning of the Holocaust through survivor memoirs. In this session I will share how I engaged a group of students in Genocide studies by using survivor memoirs as the basis of our inquiry & exploration. Students shared their thoughts and learning in an online space (https://memoirs.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/) as they co-created a digital timeline of their survivor along with the dates of historical significance during World War 2 (https://memoirs.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/timeline/). Student engagement was amazing!

Presenter(s):

Aaron Puley

Department Head / Teacher – HWDSB
I am an inquiry minded historian with a passion for engaging students, the department head of Canadian and World Studies at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton, ON, and above all that, a father of two amazing little ladies! Prior to my current tenure at SWC, I was the consultant for student and parent engagement for HWDSB (5 years) and, previous to that, a consultant of 21st Century learning for K-12 (2 years). Engaging students in new and innovative ways brings me joy.

Explore the Classroom App for iPad

Presented by Apple – Classroom app turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant. In this hands-on session, you’ll experience new Classroom app features as a student, then as a teacher. You’ll learn how to set up classes on the fly, launch apps on student devices, view student screens, share documents with the class, and much more.

Presenter(s):

Don McNamee

Development Executive – Apple Canada
Apple Education

Faciliter une communication efficace avec Google Formulaires – Download the presentation files

En plus de recueillir des données et des informations, l’utilisation de Google Formulaires en salle de classe permet aussi de maximiser le temps et d’automatiser plusieurs tâches récurrentes. Au cours de cet atelier vous apprendrez comment il est possible d’utiliser Google Formulaires et certains de ses modules complémentaires (DocAppender et FormMule) afin d’assurer le suivi de vos élèves, des activités tout comme la communication avec les parents. En quelques clics sur votre tablette vous pourrez informer les parents, la directions etc des progrès, des défis, des besoins, du comportement de chacun des élèves. Un outil indispensables pour le titulaire, les spécialistes et l’administration à maximiser la communication avec les parents sans y passer vos soirées.

Presenter(s):

Dominyk Kuhn-Bach

Teacher – CSViamonde
Teaching computer science and technologies since 1998. Now working for the french schools as an online teacher for the last 7 years in social sciences and technologies of communications. Developping tools to ease the process of communication with the parents and to keep traces of all communications. How to ease the process for a more efficient communication?

Pascale Vandenhaak

Physical and Health Educator – CS Viamonde
Pascale is completing her 24th year as a teacher, 21 of which have been in the physical & health education field. She teaches in her area of specialties of H&PE and music at École Nouvel Horizon in Welland for the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde. She is passionate about promoting health and physical literacy with her students and colleagues across her board where she assists with coaching and in-service training. Pascale is also an Ontario Physical Health Education Association (Ophea) Ambassador and helps to promote teaching resources through leading workshops, webinars, blogs and resource review. A curious learner with an interest in technology, Pascale looks for ways to incorporate technology in all facets of her job to facilitate delivery and to enhance learning for her students.

Implementing Disaster Recovery for a Business Application utilizing Azure Site Recovery

What happens if your Computer Room is flooded ? Come and see what is possible utilizing Microsoft Azure Site Recovery. We will discuss planning, architecture and recovery options available to protect your critical applications.

Presenter(s):

Damon Srokosz

Technical Analyst – ECNO Shared Technical Services
US Marine, Technical Writer, Volunteer Firefighter, Restauranteur, as well as working through the ranks of IT. Working in Education, by supporting the development of our next generation, drives a passion in me!

Presenter(s):

Stephen Young

Senior Technology Analyst – ECNO
Stephen is currently working with the Education Network of Ontario, Shared Technology Services team as a Senior Technical Analysts. In June 2017, Stephen retired from the Thames Valley District School Board as Manager, Information Technology Services. Throughout the 30 years of supporting both instructional and administrative technology in education Steve has been involved in many exciting technology changes. Those technology changes range from the original deployment of the Internet to schools to currently exploring the use of cloud technologies in supporting the administrative systems of School Boards.

It’s Alive: Creating an interactive Math Classroom

At times, the world can see math as a dull and boring subject. So often Kids and Parents say, I hate math. However, we know math is such a beautiful thing. In this session, we will discuss some interesting ways to incorporate technology into a math classroom that will engage and make mathematics come alive. We will engage with robotics, Dash and Dot, various game shows and programs (knowledgehook, Mpower). Come ready to play, have fun and enjoy the beauty of mathematics.

Presenter(s):

Jonathan So

Teacher – Peel Board of Education
Jonathan is a teacher in the Peel District School Board. He is currently teaching Grade 6 at Ray Lawson Public School. He has also taught grades 2 to 6 and is one of the lead instructional technology and math coaches at his school. He is always looking to promote creativity and exploration in his students and colleagues. Jonathan uses Google Apps in his daily teaching and loves how it opens his classroom to the world around him. He is a google certified teacher (level 2). His interests lie in math and technology (not in any particular order) but he is also passionate about inquiry and the endless possibilities it has for his students. Jonathan also loves building connections with other teachers and classrooms. Opening the classroom doors and letting the world in has been one his most recent passions. Connect with him @Mrsoclassroom.

Modelage et Impression 3D

Je présente le logiciel (TINKERCAD – gratuit) et son fonctionnement (ou se trouvent les tutoriels, accès pour enseignants, télécharger le fichier produit, etc.). Je démontre les liens avec le curriculum de l’Ontario et comment faire la demande d’achat auprès de la direction d’école pour faciliter l’acquisition d’un imprimante 3D. Je touche sur les applications réelles dans le monde de la fabrication et médical. Je partage des ressources de matériel pour imprimer et des fournisseurs d’imprimante 3D. Pendant la présentation, mon imprimante 3D est en fonction.

Presenter(s):

Vincent Bénard

Teacher – CS Viamonde
Enseignant des technologies, motivé par les possibilités pédagogiques qu’offrent les technologies de l’informatique en salle de classe. Les découvertes et l’application des nouvelles technologies maintiennent mon niveau d’enthousiasme et mon désir de partager mes connaissances avec les éducateurs(trices) intéressées. Venez démystifier le monde du modelage et impression 3D.

Paperless Genius Hour with Google Apps – Download the Presentation Files

MINDS ON: We will begin by discussing how to build a paperless Genius Hour program as the one at Millwood J.S. in TDSB. ACTION: We will show how we use Google Classroom, Drive and Keep for organization, facilitation of inquiry based learning and pedagogical documentation. Participants will be guided to set up their own Genius Hour assessment system with Google Forms and DocAppender. CONSOLIDATION: This part of the session will focus on resource sharing and follow-up support so participants will have all the tools they need to start their own Genius Hour program.

Presenter(s):

Hella Richter-Glinos

Genius Hour Teacher (JK-Grade 5) – Millwood Junior School
Hella Richter-Glinos is a Genius Hour Teacher, Resource teacher and chairperson (POR) at Millwood J S. in the TDSB. She is a Digital Lead Learner who enjoys supporting teachers with using Google Apps to facilitate inquiry, improve assessment practices, run a paperless program, manage project-based learning and integrate Global Competencies. She has enjoyed presenting at numerous conferences around Ontario including TDSB Google Camp, Connect Conference, MakerEd TO Conference and EdTechTeam Summits. As a First Lego League (FLL) and JrFLL robotics coach, Hella has helped to lead five teams to the Ontario Championships and one to Ontario Innovation Celebration. Hella is a lifelong learner who, after completing her Special Education Specialist, ICT specialist and PQP Masters Dimension with OPC, is now studying International School Leadership in the MPEd program at the University of Western Ontario.

School Libraries and eLearning: Answering the call for access and equity

School libraries are pivotal to the success of online learning programs. As online students often are transitioning for the first time from face-to-face environments, they realize that they need to develop new strategies for their studies and a new skill set for success. The profile of an online adolescent student in combination with the context surrounding their choice to learn online puts the library at an optimal position to support this learning. As with face-to-face learning, school libraries have the flexibility, security and tools to meet the needs of online learners.

Presenter(s):

Michelle Campbell

Supervisor, Library & Media Services – Upper Grand DSB
Michelle Campbell is a Librarian who has been working at the Upper Grand District School Board in the role of Supervisor of Library & Media Services since 2007. She created the Upper Grand Virtual Learning Commons (UG2GO) which provides 24/7 access to quality digital resources to all Upper Grand students and staff. Currently she is leading the transition from Library to Library Learning Commons.

Alanna King

Teacher-Librarian, eLearning teacher – Upper Grand District School Board
Alanna King is an agent of change in the Upper Grand District School Board. She works tirelessly to improve availability and access to resources in all media forms in her secondary school library learning commons. Alanna is proud to volunteer with the Ontario School Library Association and TVO and can best be found on Twitter @banana29.

THE COLECTVE

Yes, it’s spelled like their intention: To make you think! What can students achieve when they work as a collective? How will the design process foster growth, cross collaboration and ultimately student success? The design process leads their thinking, creativity, knowledge, and learning. This keynote is all about the power of diversity and growth; moving away from working in silo’s towards transparency for open process amalgamation. Through internal thinking, design will foster innovation and drive passion! This presentation will explore the effects of the design process and growth mindset.

Presenter(s):

Scott Currie

Instructor – Peel District School Board / Sheridan
Scott Currie is a sessional professor at Sheridan College in the engineering department and health initiative applications, as well as technology instructor within the Peel District School Board (Design 9-12). His innovative and learning experiences include opening 3 schools for the board, creating multiple maker-space locations in partnership with Sheridan College and leading 3D print health initiatives with numerous health care centres across Ontario. Scott places design process and STEAM at the forefront of learning. In his spare time, Scott can be found trying to keep up with his 3 boys, enjoying time with his wonderful wife, and completing his masters in Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Unlock Student Potential with Cutting Edge STEAM Technology in the Classroom

Participants of this dynamic presentation will learn how to combine different cutting edge technologies in their classroom in order to create STEAM projects into the content areas. First, the presenter will illustrate how to incorporate coding within the content areas. Then, he will show how students can create digital books and artifacts that illustrate their coding knowledge in multifaceted ways. Finally, the presenter will showcase some of the most robust 21st century assessment applications that teachers can use to evaluate their students’ knowledge on the STEAM projects.

Presenter(s):

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

Director of Innovation – Superior Schools
Nikolaos Chatzopoulos is currently the Director of Innovation and Educational Technology at Superior Schools, the management company of Plato Academy Schools in the Tampa Bay Area. He is also the host and organizer of ST4T, an annual EdTech conference in Clearwater, FL. Nik specializes in digital formative assessments, iPads in the classroom, iBook creation, Google Apps for Education, digital storytelling, gamifying curriculum, coding, and robotics. Nik loves strong coffee, and connecting with passionate educators who are not afraid to get out of their comfort zone and try new and exciting things in their classrooms.

Using 3D Printing in the Junior Science Class

Using 3D printing brings technology, design, mathematics and creativity to your students’ fingertips and provides them with a real world object as a culminating part of their learning

Presenter(s):

Robert Bell

Teacher – Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Robert Bell is a Grade 4 and 5 teacher at Dundas Central. He is part of a TLLP project involving school staff and students, and scientists from McMaster University.

Using Satellite Data to Engage the Next Generation of Space Explorers

Highlighting the tools and techniques in using data collected through planetary space missions. How working with these datasets provides users opportunities to think critically, collaborate, gain analytical skills, and communicate effectively.

Opening Remarks 10:10 am – 10:30 am
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – MATT MILLER 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers are no longer the gatekeepers to education. With ubiquitous information available from Google searches, YouTube videos and social media, how do we as educators navigate the new landscape? It’s time to “Ditch That Textbook,” engaging students in digital spaces and rethinking our “textbook” beliefs about education. You’ll leave this session inspired and equipped to provide the most relevant education possible for your students.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Bammy! Top to Watch in 2016, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award. Onalytica named him one of the top 10 influencers in educational technology and elearning worldwide.

After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.

Lunch and Vendor Sessions 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Access more eBooks and audiobooks through sharing

Learn how joining a Shared Collection with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. With these valuable reading and learning resources accessed via a joint OverDrive platform, and all purchased titles available to all members, this just might be the cost-effective digital content solution you’ve been looking for.

Ask the Expert: Microsoft Learning Consultant

You are invited to join and share any questions you may have for Microsoft’s Learning Consultants (MLC). MLCs are fully qualified teachers who have experience and knowledge of all Microsoft EDU related software and can spend this time sharing their insights or helping you resolve any questions you have.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Automated Safety & Compliance Training for Your Campus

Lean how SafeCampus Training can help you streamline your safety and compliance training while saving time and money! You can assign our campus-specific courses or build your own in our system.

AWOW Interactive Flat Panel

This session will demonstrate the functionality of AWOW interactive flat panel. The product built in dual operating systems – Android OS and Windows OS. It enhances student learning with the latest annotation tools and popular education apps, provides interactive learning with students in the classroom and can collaborate remotely beyond the classroom.

Capturing minds and imagination through collaborative learning

Collaboration and creativity within education should be borderless and without limitations. Learn how the next generation of Interactive Flat Panel Displays enhances educational creativity and collaboration with other schools or classrooms on the same network in real-time.

Coding in the classroom

Demonstration of how kids from early years can learn to code while playing.

Current E-Waste situation and world problems

Waste Free Act – Publicly Funded Organizations (PFO) – OECM Partnership – Green House Gas problem – Carbon Footprint – Legislative landscape changing – was controlled by one organization for many years – More products will be obligated under the program – Digital Transformation – Education is transforming and lots of waste is being generated – Smart environment – Electronics exported to third world countries which have environmental and social impacts – Learning Modules to supports the Boards – Achieve higher standards with Vendors that have higher standards – Work with schools on the collection / fundraising events – Logistics – School Boards have so many different locations and have material piling up in different rooms. We centralize the electronics in one room with our secure bin. – Secure Chain-of-Custody This service is incredibly important, because it safeguards against any altering, tampering or loss of sensitive data and materials. You need to know that nothing we collect has been mishandled or misplaced while working with us. – We comply with the following regulations and industry standards • Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) • National Association for Information Destruction (NAID Certification) • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88 Media Sanitization) • Canada Environment and Climate Change • Ontario Environmental Protection Act and ECA • EPSC Electronics Recycling Standards • ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001 and R2 Certifications

D2L

Join us for a live demonstration of the latest features in D2L’s Learning Platform. Our product expert will demonstrate how the latest updates will help you upgrade your learning programs and improve student and employee engagement. In this session, you will learn how to turn students and employees into experts; leverage gaming, badging, social, and video; make bite-sized learning available any time, anywhere; allow self-publishing and peer expertise to formally spread tribal knowledge; and enable practicing of skills.

Dell Canvas – Innovation without limits

Bring your ideas to life with a new 27-inch workspace that empowers natural digital creation, featuring an innovative pen and totem.

Demonstration of Jade Robots
Developing 21st century skills with Google Creative Apps

As thousands of schools and districts continue to deploy Chromebooks in the classrooms, students and teachers navigate through endless learning options and tools which can be an overwhelming task. In partnership with Google, we put together a Creative Apps Bundle designed to help your team reap the benefits of the Chrome ecosystem. The Creative Apps on Chromebooks Bundle will give schools the full creative solution to help bridge the gap of 21st century skills, all while learning the curriculum standards. The bundle includes three apps for use with Chromebooks: Explain Everything, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

Discover Where and Why with GIS

Discover GIS – ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans! GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.

Explore Edwin

Come experience Edwin. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Edwin contains a curated collection of not only Canada’s most trusted learning resources, but leading learning resources from all over the world. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes.

From ticket portal to interactive Service Catalogue: TOPdesk’s Self-Service portal

In everyday life, we have gotten used to a high level of service and information: easy access; fast results and a central location for everything you need. Be it a supersize grocery store as a one-stop-shop for all your weekly supplies, or a search engine that gives you an answer to all questions you might have. At the same time, the work environment is often lagging behind. Information is scattered, services are compartmentalized and employees often need to bother others with questions the could’ve easily answered themselves (if they only had the information available). In TOPdesk’s Self-Service Portal, you can provide an easy centralized overview of the services your organization offers. Combining service information, relevant knowledge and custom designed forms, the portal helps you to provide a higher level of service to your customers and to give your service operators the information they need. Come join us to find out more about how you can achieve this within your organization.

Hatch Immersion A platform designed for autonomy

A supported ecosystem designed professional development. Hatch Immersions enables ALL teachers to teach computer science and facilitates full school participation.

How Crystal Clear goal setting can improve student Achievement

During this presentation research results will be shared as well as examples of how goal setting with Crystal Clear inspires peer-to-peer mentoring, mindfulness and time-management. Using visualization Crystal Clear goal setting app helps teach your students how to implement a plan through routine goal setting to achieve the future they want and deserve.

K-12 STEM, Robotics & Coding Education in the Canadian Classroom

Join us as we explore Learning to Code and Coding to Learn!

Measurement & Robotics

How can you use robotics to teach math?! It’s easy! Visit the booth for a short measurement activity using robotics.

Online Collaborative Grading and Best Practices for Assessments

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to grade student work more effectively. Instructors using Crowdmark cut their grading time in half while leaving more formative feedback for students. We currently serve 24% of all undergraduate students in Canada.

Quiznetix

Brief presentation of Features and Benefits and opportunity for attendees to ask questions and take an online Trivia Challenge with prizes.

Registration Gateway

Registration Gateway is a complete online student registration program. It provides simple parent address entry, district boundary address validation, and document scanning and secure upload for privacy and compliance. New features include the ability to create an ongoing student record from multiple registration documents, direct data integration with all student information systems, and an address authentication that prevents fraud.

Raising the Level of Numeracy with Immersive Technology Solutions

It is statistically shown that over 50% of the Canadian adults don’t have the required level of numeracy, over 50% of Grade 9 Applied math students don’t meet the provincial expectation in math skills, and one-third of students entering colleges are at risk of not completing their program due to their achievement in mathematics.
With over 10 years of research and deliberation, the 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the 72 school boards and Vretta developed an interactive Assessment for Learning platform, with funding from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The platform is designed to prepare students with the required numeracy skills for success in school, college, and their future.
We invite you to Vretta’s Booth #308 for a live demo of this platform.

Staples your BYOD solution provider

During our presentation we provide details on how Staples can support schools and school boards in making 1:1 a reality through our very affordable parent pay BYOD solution.

The Pilot: Making technology pedagogically relevant.
Using Buncee to visualize, communicate and engage your students in their learning.

Buncee is an award-winning, powerful and easy-to-use creation platform for learners of all ages and abilities. Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards – all in a fun and engaging way!

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science

Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Using robots in today’s classroom

This is your opportunity to explore a variety of robots used in today’s classroom to develop 21st century skills, problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Each robotics set or robot will be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections. The presentations will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Edison, Mbot, Drone, BlueBot, BeeBot, Code & Go Mouse, Microbit and Makey Makey.

Virtual High School

See a demonstration of Virtual High School courses, ask questions, and participate in a short survey for your chance to win a Google Home Mini!

What’s New in the QSuite

An overview of knew tools designed to assist struggling writers of all ages and levels.

Lunch and Vendor Sessions 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Access more eBooks and audiobooks through sharing

Learn how joining a Shared Collection with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. With these valuable reading and learning resources accessed via a joint OverDrive platform, and all purchased titles available to all members, this just might be the cost-effective digital content solution you’ve been looking for.

Automated Safety & Compliance Training for Your Campus

Lean how SafeCampus Training can help you streamline your safety and compliance training while saving time and money! You can assign our campus-specific courses or build your own in our system.

AWOW Interactive Flat Panel

This session will demonstrate the functionality of AWOW interactive flat panel. The product built in dual operating systems – Android OS and Windows OS. It enhances student learning with the latest annotation tools and popular education apps, provides interactive learning with students in the classroom and can collaborate remotely beyond the classroom.

Capturing minds and imagination through collaborative learning

Collaboration and creativity within education should be borderless and without limitations. Learn how the next generation of Interactive Flat Panel Displays enhances educational creativity and collaboration with other schools or classrooms on the same network in real-time.

Coding in the classroom

Demonstration of how kids from early years can learn to code while playing.

Current E-Waste situation and world problems

Waste Free Act – Publicly Funded Organizations (PFO) – OECM Partnership – Green House Gas problem – Carbon Footprint – Legislative landscape changing – was controlled by one organization for many years – More products will be obligated under the program – Digital Transformation – Education is transforming and lots of waste is being generated – Smart environment – Electronics exported to third world countries which have environmental and social impacts – Learning Modules to supports the Boards – Achieve higher standards with Vendors that have higher standards – Work with schools on the collection / fundraising events – Logistics – School Boards have so many different locations and have material piling up in different rooms. We centralize the electronics in one room with our secure bin. – Secure Chain-of-Custody This service is incredibly important, because it safeguards against any altering, tampering or loss of sensitive data and materials. You need to know that nothing we collect has been mishandled or misplaced while working with us. – We comply with the following regulations and industry standards • Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) • National Association for Information Destruction (NAID Certification) • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88 Media Sanitization) • Canada Environment and Climate Change • Ontario Environmental Protection Act and ECA • EPSC Electronics Recycling Standards • ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001 and R2 Certifications

D2L

Join us for a live demonstration of the latest features in D2L’s Learning Platform. Our product expert will demonstrate how the latest updates will help you upgrade your learning programs and improve student and employee engagement. In this session, you will learn how to turn students and employees into experts; leverage gaming, badging, social, and video; make bite-sized learning available any time, anywhere; allow self-publishing and peer expertise to formally spread tribal knowledge; and enable practicing of skills.

Dell Canvas – Innovation without limits

Bring your ideas to life with a new 27-inch workspace that empowers natural digital creation, featuring an innovative pen and totem.

Demonstration of Jade Robots
Developing 21st century skills with Google Creative Apps

As thousands of schools and districts continue to deploy Chromebooks in the classrooms, students and teachers navigate through endless learning options and tools which can be an overwhelming task. In partnership with Google, we put together a Creative Apps Bundle designed to help your team reap the benefits of the Chrome ecosystem. The Creative Apps on Chromebooks Bundle will give schools the full creative solution to help bridge the gap of 21st century skills, all while learning the curriculum standards. The bundle includes three apps for use with Chromebooks: Explain Everything, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

Discover Where and Why with GIS

Discover GIS – ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans! GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.

Explore Edwin

Come experience Edwin. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Edwin contains a curated collection of not only Canada’s most trusted learning resources, but leading learning resources from all over the world. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes.

From ticket portal to interactive Service Catalogue: TOPdesk’s Self-Service portal

In everyday life, we have gotten used to a high level of service and information: easy access; fast results and a central location for everything you need. Be it a supersize grocery store as a one-stop-shop for all your weekly supplies, or a search engine that gives you an answer to all questions you might have. At the same time, the work environment is often lagging behind. Information is scattered, services are compartmentalized and employees often need to bother others with questions the could’ve easily answered themselves (if they only had the information available). In TOPdesk’s Self-Service Portal, you can provide an easy centralized overview of the services your organization offers. Combining service information, relevant knowledge and custom designed forms, the portal helps you to provide a higher level of service to your customers and to give your service operators the information they need. Come join us to find out more about how you can achieve this within your organization.

Hatch Immersion A platform designed for autonomy

A supported ecosystem designed professional development. Hatch Immersions enables ALL teachers to teach computer science and facilitates full school participation.

K-12 STEM, Robotics & Coding Education in the Canadian Classroom

Join us as we explore Learning to Code and Coding to Learn!

Measurement & Robotics

How can you use robotics to teach math?! It’s easy! Visit the booth for a short measurement activity using robotics.

Online Collaborative Grading and Best Practices for Assessments

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to grade student work more effectively. Instructors using Crowdmark cut their grading time in half while leaving more formative feedback for students. We currently serve 24% of all undergraduate students in Canada.

Quiznetix

Brief presentation of Features and Benefits and opportunity for attendees to ask questions and take an online Trivia Challenge with prizes.

Registration Gateway

Registration Gateway is a complete online student registration program. It provides simple parent address entry, district boundary address validation, and document scanning and secure upload for privacy and compliance. New features include the ability to create an ongoing student record from multiple registration documents, direct data integration with all student information systems, and an address authentication that prevents fraud.

Raising the Level of Numeracy with Immersive Technology Solutions

It is statistically shown that over 50% of the Canadian adults don’t have the required level of numeracy, over 50% of Grade 9 Applied math students don’t meet the provincial expectation in math skills, and one-third of students entering colleges are at risk of not completing their program due to their achievement in mathematics.
With over 10 years of research and deliberation, the 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the 72 school boards and Vretta developed an interactive Assessment for Learning platform, with funding from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The platform is designed to prepare students with the required numeracy skills for success in school, college, and their future.
We invite you to Vretta’s Booth #308 for a live demo of this platform.

Staples your BYOD solution provider

During our presentation we provide details on how Staples can support schools and school boards in making 1:1 a reality through our very affordable parent pay BYOD solution.

Storyboard That In Your Classroom

Learn how to effectively create and utilize online digital storyboards in in YOUR classroom.

The Pilot: Making technology pedagogically relevant.
Using Buncee to visualize, communicate and engage your students in their learning.

Buncee is an award-winning, powerful and easy-to-use creation platform for learners of all ages and abilities. Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards – all in a fun and engaging way!

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science

Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Using robots in today’s classroom

This is your opportunity to explore a variety of robots used in today’s classroom to develop 21st century skills, problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Each robotics set or robot will be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections. The presentations will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Edison, Mbot, Drone, BlueBot, BeeBot, Code & Go Mouse, Microbit and Makey Makey.

Virtual High School

See a demonstration of Virtual High School courses, ask questions, and participate in a short survey for your chance to win a Google Home Mini!

What’s New in the QSuite

An overview of knew tools designed to assist struggling writers of all ages and levels.

Lunch and Vendor Sessions 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Access more eBooks and audiobooks through sharing

Learn how joining a Shared Collection with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. With these valuable reading and learning resources accessed via a joint OverDrive platform, and all purchased titles available to all members, this just might be the cost-effective digital content solution you’ve been looking for.

Augmented Reality in Education

With the power of augmented reality, students and teachers can interact with printed material like never before. Without schools buying new hardware, students are able to utilize the technology already in their pockets to bring their books and materials to life.

Automated Safety & Compliance Training for Your Campus

Lean how SafeCampus Training can help you streamline your safety and compliance training while saving time and money! You can assign our campus-specific courses or build your own in our system.

AWOW Interactive Flat Panel

This session will demonstrate the functionality of AWOW interactive flat panel. The product built in dual operating systems – Android OS and Windows OS. It enhances student learning with the latest annotation tools and popular education apps, provides interactive learning with students in the classroom and can collaborate remotely beyond the classroom.

Capturing minds and imagination through collaborative learning

Collaboration and creativity within education should be borderless and without limitations. Learn how the next generation of Interactive Flat Panel Displays enhances educational creativity and collaboration with other schools or classrooms on the same network in real-time.

Coding in the classroom

Demonstration of how kids from early years can learn to code while playing.

Current E-Waste situation and world problems

Waste Free Act – Publicly Funded Organizations (PFO) – OECM Partnership – Green House Gas problem – Carbon Footprint – Legislative landscape changing – was controlled by one organization for many years – More products will be obligated under the program – Digital Transformation – Education is transforming and lots of waste is being generated – Smart environment – Electronics exported to third world countries which have environmental and social impacts – Learning Modules to supports the Boards – Achieve higher standards with Vendors that have higher standards – Work with schools on the collection / fundraising events – Logistics – School Boards have so many different locations and have material piling up in different rooms. We centralize the electronics in one room with our secure bin. – Secure Chain-of-Custody This service is incredibly important, because it safeguards against any altering, tampering or loss of sensitive data and materials. You need to know that nothing we collect has been mishandled or misplaced while working with us. – We comply with the following regulations and industry standards • Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) • National Association for Information Destruction (NAID Certification) • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88 Media Sanitization) • Canada Environment and Climate Change • Ontario Environmental Protection Act and ECA • EPSC Electronics Recycling Standards • ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001 and R2 Certifications

D2L

Join us for a live demonstration of the latest features in D2L’s Learning Platform. Our product expert will demonstrate how the latest updates will help you upgrade your learning programs and improve student and employee engagement. In this session, you will learn how to turn students and employees into experts; leverage gaming, badging, social, and video; make bite-sized learning available any time, anywhere; allow self-publishing and peer expertise to formally spread tribal knowledge; and enable practicing of skills.

Dell Canvas – Innovation without limits

Bring your ideas to life with a new 27-inch workspace that empowers natural digital creation, featuring an innovative pen and totem.

Demonstration of Jade Robots
Developing 21st century skills with Google Creative Apps

As thousands of schools and districts continue to deploy Chromebooks in the classrooms, students and teachers navigate through endless learning options and tools which can be an overwhelming task. In partnership with Google, we put together a Creative Apps Bundle designed to help your team reap the benefits of the Chrome ecosystem. The Creative Apps on Chromebooks Bundle will give schools the full creative solution to help bridge the gap of 21st century skills, all while learning the curriculum standards. The bundle includes three apps for use with Chromebooks: Explain Everything, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

Discover Where and Why with GIS

Discover GIS – ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans! GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.

Explore Edwin

Come experience Edwin. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Edwin contains a curated collection of not only Canada’s most trusted learning resources, but leading learning resources from all over the world. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes.

From ticket portal to interactive Service Catalogue: TOPdesk’s Self-Service portal

In everyday life, we have gotten used to a high level of service and information: easy access; fast results and a central location for everything you need. Be it a supersize grocery store as a one-stop-shop for all your weekly supplies, or a search engine that gives you an answer to all questions you might have. At the same time, the work environment is often lagging behind. Information is scattered, services are compartmentalized and employees often need to bother others with questions the could’ve easily answered themselves (if they only had the information available). In TOPdesk’s Self-Service Portal, you can provide an easy centralized overview of the services your organization offers. Combining service information, relevant knowledge and custom designed forms, the portal helps you to provide a higher level of service to your customers and to give your service operators the information they need. Come join us to find out more about how you can achieve this within your organization.

Hatch Immersion A platform designed for autonomy

A supported ecosystem designed professional development. Hatch Immersions enables ALL teachers to teach computer science and facilitates full school participation.

Improving Accessibility in the classroom using FREE Microsoft Technology

Our mission is to empower ALL teachers and students to achieve more. The classroom is no different. Microsoft Windows and applications like Microsoft Office, along with other assistive technologies, offer features that make computers easier to use and help meet the needs of diverse learners. These give teachers the opportunity to provide personalized learning and offer students an improved experience and equal opportunity in the classroom. Come learn how Windows 10 and Office 2016 can help personalize learning for all students. We will explore ways to improve student focus, increase reading comprehension, and explore ways students are able to demonstrate their understanding using inputs other than keyboarding and text.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

K-12 STEM, Robotics & Coding Education in the Canadian Classroom

Join us as we explore Learning to Code and Coding to Learn!

Measurement & Robotics

How can you use robotics to teach math?! It’s easy! Visit the booth for a short measurement activity using robotics.

Online Collaborative Grading and Best Practices for Assessments

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to grade student work more effectively. Instructors using Crowdmark cut their grading time in half while leaving more formative feedback for students. We currently serve 24% of all undergraduate students in Canada.

Quiznetix

Brief presentation of Features and Benefits and opportunity for attendees to ask questions and take an online Trivia Challenge with prizes.

Registration Gateway

Registration Gateway is a complete online student registration program. It provides simple parent address entry, district boundary address validation, and document scanning and secure upload for privacy and compliance. New features include the ability to create an ongoing student record from multiple registration documents, direct data integration with all student information systems, and an address authentication that prevents fraud.

Raising the Level of Numeracy with Immersive Technology Solutions

It is statistically shown that over 50% of the Canadian adults don’t have the required level of numeracy, over 50% of Grade 9 Applied math students don’t meet the provincial expectation in math skills, and one-third of students entering colleges are at risk of not completing their program due to their achievement in mathematics.
With over 10 years of research and deliberation, the 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the 72 school boards and Vretta developed an interactive Assessment for Learning platform, with funding from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The platform is designed to prepare students with the required numeracy skills for success in school, college, and their future.
We invite you to Vretta’s Booth #308 for a live demo of this platform.

Staples your BYOD solution provider

During our presentation we provide details on how Staples can support schools and school boards in making 1:1 a reality through our very affordable parent pay BYOD solution.

The Pilot: Making technology pedagogically relevant.
Using Buncee to visualize, communicate and engage your students in their learning.

Buncee is an award-winning, powerful and easy-to-use creation platform for learners of all ages and abilities. Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards – all in a fun and engaging way!

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science

Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Using robots in today’s classroom

This is your opportunity to explore a variety of robots used in today’s classroom to develop 21st century skills, problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Each robotics set or robot will be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections. The presentations will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Edison, Mbot, Drone, BlueBot, BeeBot, Code & Go Mouse, Microbit and Makey Makey.

Virtual High School

See a demonstration of Virtual High School courses, ask questions, and participate in a short survey for your chance to win a Google Home Mini!

What’s New in the QSuite

An overview of knew tools designed to assist struggling writers of all ages and levels.

Spotlight Speaker – Alison Bullock 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Taking Back Creativity

In a time where standardized test scores have become the driving force behind how we teach, creativity often gets asked to leave the room. It seems the daily pressures of improving student achievement and results consume all of our energy, and steer us towards measurable, traditional tasks, bereft of any inkling of personality. What is it that pushes creativity away? Why are teachers so reluctant to toss a wrench into the machine? Let’s talk about why it’s critical to re-integrate our unique brands of creativity into education.

Alison Bullock

Digital Literacy Support Teacher – Waterloo Region District School Board

Alison Bullock works with elementary schools in the WRDSB to promote purposeful integration of technology into the classroom. She works with both French and English JK-8 staff and students. She is passionate about project design, creativity, and student engagement.

2 Hour Session 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm

STEAM & Our Journey

In this session, two Apple Distinguished Educators will present the journey of transforming a laptop, project-based learning program into an Apple Distinguished School. The journey of learning and teaching with Apple technology, the outreach activities for students from K-12, and the most recent use of coding with robots and Swift Playgrounds will be talked about. Some of the current tech in the STEAM program will be available for participants to see and try.

Presenter(s):

Ryan Culhane

STEAM Coordinator – West Ferris Intermediate & Secondary School

I am an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2017) and the Lead Teacher in our STEAM laptop learning program at West Ferris Intermediate & Secondary School. Currently our focus is on project-based learning through outreach activities including coding with robots and Swift Playgrounds. Outside of school/work, I like to spend time outside with my family, and I participate in multiple sports/activities – specializing in triathlon.

Brent Yacoback

Lead Teacher of STEAM – Near North District School Board

I am an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2015) and the Coordinator of our STEAM laptop learning program at West Ferris Intermediate & Secondary School. Currently, our focus is on project-based learning through outreach activities including coding with robots and Swift Playgrounds. Outside of school/work, I like to spend time outside with my family and I enjoy camping, canoeing, kayaking, and rock climbing.

Sessions 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Alternative Facts: Critical Thinking in the Trump Era

In the current age where Google it and fake news often intersect, today’s students – more than ever before – need to be discerning critical thinkers in a complex environment surrounding them with seemingly credible deceptions and sometimes inartful accurate information sources. The presentation will aim to help identify the hallmarks of the alternative-fact universe, the power of social media, and the difficulties experienced by students while navigating a wide technological reservoir of information. Discussion of current events – with emphasis on the Trump era – will also be included.

Presenter(s):

Cory Ell

Secondary Teacher – OCSB
CORY ELL is a senior level Contemporary Studies teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, with over 20 years in the classroom. He received his Bachelor of History (Honours) in 1992 from the University of Ottawa, followed by his Bachelor of Education in 1993 from the University of Western Ontario. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, recording, and performing music in local venues around the Ottawa area, and has built and equipped multiple recording spaces in his home base (St. Matthew Catholic High School in Orleans, ON). He is a self-described “news junkie” and works hard to engage all classes in a critical awareness of current events in the world around them.

Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification

Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Blended Learning with Microsoft Teams?

Let’s explore blended learning, its impact on teaching and learning, and see how the full suite of tools provided within Microsoft Teams will help you build a robust learning environment that fosters student success. Create a dynamic BYOD learning environment using the Microsoft Teams mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Empower learners by leveraging the devices they have in their pockets and using the tools we all love.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Bring Your Own Device partnership program featuring the “Ottawa Catholic School Board 1 to 1 device program

Staples and Ottawa Catholic School Board launched a BYOD partnership last year to facilitate the goal of achieving 1 to 1 status. Together with Robert Long, OCSB’s Coordinator Learning Technologies, we will showcase the BYOD partnership and how both Staples and OCSB are working together to provide the many benefits to schools, teachers, parents and students.

Presenter(s):

Robert Long

Coordinator Learning Technology – OCSB
Learning Technologies Coordinator at Ottawa Catholic. Passionate about leveraging technology for deep learning.

Harmen Berghuis

Manager School Tools and BYOD Partnerships – Staples Canada
Harmen has been in the Retail Industry for over 30 years providing the right solutions for his customers and business partners. Currently he’s the Staples Canada’s Country Manager of the Bring Your Own Device and School Tools partnership program. Harmen’s passion for educational tools and technology has helped him build this National Program focused around helping schools across Canada bring technology and tools to the class rooms. Currently Harmen has successfully partnered with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, Simcoe County School Board and Rowntree Montessori Schools to name a few. His experience and learning has lead him to meet some great Educators and he looks forward to helping more boards get to their educational goals.

Build your own Digital Breakout EDU

Do you want to bring the excitement of an escape room to your class? In this session, participants will experience a Digital Breakout EDU and then, as a group, we will create one using a variety of resources. At the end of the session, participants will feel comfortable creating their own breakout games.Note: Participants should have a basic knowledge of using Google Forms, Drawings, Slides, Sites and Docs to be able to participate fully.

Presenter(s):

Jen Giffen

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher – York Region DSB
Jen Giffen, formerly a secondary English and Math teacher, currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board just north of Toronto, Canada.. She is a Sketchnoter and Google for Education Certified Innovator (#WDC17). Her teaching passions centre around EdTech and finding ways to reach struggling students. She can be found on all over social media @virtualgiff and on her website virtualgiff.com

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Fighting Falsehoods: Education Libraries and Fake News

Fake News is possibly the biggest news-maker since the 2016 U.S. Federal election. Libraries are stepping to the forefront in combating fake news. At the Lakehead University libraries, librarians are providing teacher-candidates with useful tools and classroom activities that will help students navigate the sometimes not so fine line between the “true” and the fabricated. Evaluating information/websites and discerning fake news is an important component of digital and media literacy. Let’s take a look at some Fake News tools, quizzes, activities for the classroom and good-ole critical thinking as ways to fight the fakeness.

Presenter(s):

Gisella Scalese

Instructional Techology/Education Librarian – Education Library, Lakehead University
Currently responsible for Lakehead University’s Education Library on the Thunder Bay Campus, Gisella works with both teacher-candidates and graduate students. Interests include evaluating information and is currently developing a makerspace area for teacher-candidates.

Chris Tomasini

Online Learning Librarian – Lakehead University
Chris is the Online Learning Librarian at Lakehead University. Based at Lakehead’s campus in Orillia, Ontario, Chris supports students from a variety of disciplines, including Bachelor of Education students.

Integrating Engineering Design into the classroom – Download the Presentation Files

The presentation will highlight an engineering design process (design thinking) and connections to the K-12 curriculum. The workshop will focus on applying the design process and focusing on the individual components such as empathy, idea generation, prototyping, and reflection. At the end of the workshop, participants will discuss areas of the curriculum that might be a good place to integrate engineering design into.

Presenter(s):

Scott Compeau

Engineering Outreach Lead – Queen’s University
In the first few years of my professional career, I worked as a chemical engineering and then as a high school Science teacher in the UK. This pathway led me towards completing a masters degree in Engineering Education and then into my current role as the Engineering Outreach Lead at Queen’s University. As the lead, I now get the privilege or working with students, teachers, and school boards to help integrate STEM concepts into the classroom.

La révolution de l’apprentissage/enseignement par Minecraft et sketchnote éducation Robert Powo

Alors que mindcraft révolutionne l’éducation dans nos écoles en mettant les enseignants au cœur de l’action du jeu dans leur enseignement. les élèves quant à eux, découvrent les merveilles de l’apprentissage par le jeu. Ici, les élèves apprennent par amusement les concepts mathématiques qui leur semblaient un casse-tête. Le skectnotiing quant à lui, s’avère être une révélation pour la réussite de certains des élèves qui n’ont pas une facilité à prendre des notes de cours traditionnelles et de faire un résumé complet des concepts d’une unité en quelques graffitis ou caricatures.

Presenter(s):

Robert Powo

Enseignant – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Monsieur Powo travaille au conseil scolaire Viamonde. Il a une formation dans le domaine de la recherche et particulièrement en chimie organique. Soucieux de mettre ses connaissances au service des jeunes, M. POWO s’est engagé dans le domaine de l’éducation en 2015, et enseigne la chimie à l’école secondaire de Lamothe-Cadillac à Windsor. Il est très engagé dans l’introduction de la technologie dans son enseignement. Cette stratégie garde la plupart des jeunes motivés et intéressés à apprendre dans un milieu où les téléphones cellulaires et les tablettes sont en plein effervescence. Il a intégré l’apprentissage par le jeu en utilisant minecraft.

Nacima Zerouati

Enseignante – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Ayant une formation de base comme ingénieur en informatique, Nacima change de cap en 2009 et s’inscrit à l’université d’Ottawa pour obtenir un baccalauréat en éducation. Depuis 2010, Nacima Zerouati enseigne les cours de français et de sciences sociales à l’école secondaire de Lamothe-Cadillac de Windsor. Afin d’offrir un environnement d’apprentissage convivial aux jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Nacima intègre autant que possible les technologies dans sa salle de classe.

Learning and Exploring Cross-Curricular Connection with Minecraft

In this session, participants will explore the endless possibilities of game based, constructivist learning through Minecraft Education Edition. Participants will learning ideal methods for classroom integration along with a variety of cross curricular connections. Participants will be hands on in Minecraft where we will briefly look at how educators can understand the Minecraft Make Code environment. This will support opportunities for students to code their worlds and improve their computational and creative thinking skills. Participants will be directed to the Education Edition resource page for further support. Join us as we explore how to bring the world’s best selling game to classroom activities.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Lego Robotics and the Ontario Curriculum – Download the Presentation Files

In this workshop, teachers will see lessons that have and can be incorporated into their classroom that covers many areas of the curriculum, especially focusing on Science, Language, Math and Learning Skills. Take away lesson ideas, have time to explore the Lego 2.0 Robotics and wonder how you can incorporate this into your classroom.

Presenter(s):

Katie Bauml

Teacher – Limestone District school
I’m a primary elementary school teacher teaching in a small rural school. I’ve been teaching for 13 years and have been exploring coding and Lego Robotics within the last 5 years. My goal is for students to want to learn and for them to become learners while they are attending school. As well as having students explore a variety of coding and innovative activities.

Listen Up, Wobble and Learn!

Come learn the pros and cons of wobble seating, sound fields and amplification systems in the classroom! Best practices and recommendations for purchases will be included from our research with 12 classes of students, at various academic levels and with subjects. You’ll see these tools in action with our video that highlights our findings and you’ll be able to trial wobble stools and a sound field system.

Presenter(s):

Joanne Bridgeman-Sparks

Teacher-Librarian – Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)
Joanne is grateful to have had the opportunity to learn with and from her students in SCDSB for 25 (gasp!) years. Teaching adults and teens has cemented her belief that people learn best when they feel valued and have autonomy over their learning journey. Joanne values relationships and believes a school’s greatest strength and focus should be its people.

Amy James-Popowich

Special Education Department Chair – Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB)
Amy is a passionate educator, always keen to take on new initiatives to support students and teachers. She’s honoured to have worked in a number of roles within the Simcoe Country District School Board (SCDSB), teaching K-12, a principal’s assistant, a board consultant and now as Special Education Chair. Amy has been thrilled to develop various projects to augment teacher practice, like the “Teachers’ Gateway to Special Education” and “Survive and Thrive” sites, for the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), as well as “Classroom Management” professional development for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). Amy loves developing and instructing Additional Qualification (AQ) courses for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and conversing with colleagues to share best practices to continually raise the bar for education in Ontario. Amy enjoys being at the cottage on Lake Simcoe, traveling, hosting dinner parties, and playing euchre!

Literacy in the Making

Makerspaces are often associated with STEM learning but they can also provide exciting opportunities for enhancing literacy instruction. This session will provide ideas and strategies for literacy and makerspace connections.

Presenter(s):

Lori Sands

Director, Teaching Resources Center and SELF Design Studio – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lori Sands is Director of the Teaching Resources Center, a model school library in the School of Education at UNCG, and the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace dedicated to preparing pre-service teachers to become educational leaders who incorporate hands-on, innovative teaching strategies. Lori also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the UNCG Library and Information Studies department, where she teaches courses on makerspace design and implementation and school library practicum supervision.

Naturally Connected – Download the Presentation Files

Get outside AND use technology? I restructured my teaching to allow student learning to take place outside, in our local environment, for one-third of each day. Making this change allowed students to be able to think like community citizens, consider community problems and develop solutions to complex, real-world problems. Technology was used as a driving force for students to become initiators of change. Through the use of google hangouts, drawings, slides as well as blogging and websites, students were given a voice to connect, share, collaborate and initiate change with local government.

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Wroe

Classroom gr3 Teacher – Renfrew County District School Board
Jenn Wroe is an elementary teacher currently with the Renfrew County District School Board with 20 years teaching experience in the Primary division. She has taught in several provinces in Canada, mostly in small, rural communities including remote fly-in northern communities; New South Wales in Australia and in the Everest Region of Nepal. She has developed an outdoor education program that fits into her regular classroom and is keen to share the benefits of connecting with nature on a daily basis and creating enriching classroom experiences for her students.

Reassessing Assessment: Tools, Strategy & Philosophy

This session will focus on assessment, taking into account the expectation’s of the Ministry’s Growing Success document. A key focus will be on their TLLP research project for the 2016-17 school year, specifically examining best practices centred on the ideas of the triangulation of data, easily documenting observations and conversations to inform teacher assessment, and simplifying the practice of using most recent and most consistent work for students in determining a final mark. A key component of this session will be sharing Andrew & Jamie’s experience using the free online tool Markboard.

Presenter(s):

Andrew Bieronski

Teacher – Waterloo Region District School Board
Andrew Bieronski is a high school teacher at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, ON, which is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is passionate about finding ways to leverage technology in the classroom to improve student learning and achievement. Andrew serves as an Educational Technology Mentor to startup companies that are part of the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program and is the founder and director of TEDxKitchenerED.

Student voice: How to share through audio, video and text

Students often have feelings and reflections about what they’re learning. They also have a speaker’s voice (and writer’s voice) that needs to be developed if they’re to advocate for change. How can we give them opportunities to do that? Learn practical ideas for using podcasts, video response tools, student publishing options and more to give your students a voice and hear from everyone!

Presenter(s):

Matt Miller

Author – Ditch That Textbook
Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Bammy! Top to Watch in 2016, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award. Onalytica named him one of the top 10 influencers in educational technology and elearning worldwide.
After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.
Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.

Telling Narratives and Ideas Using Film: Digital Media Film for all Curriculums

Telling Narratives and Ideas Using FilmJennifer will offer strategies to successfully combine hands-on learning, digital media and character building. Jennifer’s film students have been recognized for their award winning short films and public service announcements. This workshop will focus on ways to connect digital media to creating message making that is cross curricular; provide resources which offer character-based lessons and share ideas on how students can connect their media projects to their community.

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe

Media Arts Teacher – TLDSB
Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe has taught Media and Art in the Ontario Secondary School System for over eleven years. She has done workshops for the National Character Education Conference as well as workshops on integrating arts and film cross curricularly. As well as developing arts and film programs for her home school board of TLDSB, Jennifer has been active in creating a career women’s conference, and arts elementary and high school feeder school art connections programs with TLDSB. Jennifer is currently teaching media at I.E. Weldon Secondary School as well as continuing post graduate studies at UOIT.

The OneNote Classroom

Educators will have a chance to learn and explore all the ways that OneNote can be applied in the classroom. With anecdotal examples of OneNote success, and the chance to learn how to use the program, educators will come away with experience and a helpful guide on the best ways to use OneNote in the classroom.

Presenter(s):

Laura Deeves

Teacher – Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Born and raised in Westport, Ontario, I am pleased that my career has returned me to my roots, and the school I grew up in. I have taught in three countries, and all grades from K-6, including Special Education. I currently am enjoying a wonderfully small group of grade 5 and 6 students. Throughout my years of teaching, I have always embraced the idea of being a life-long learner. Over the past few years, I have worked hard to improve how I teach Math, how I approach new lessons and how I use technology in my classroom. A friend once said, You just need to get playing with technology and use it. Just get in and give it a try. I’m so glad I listened! Using OneNote and our Classroom Notebook is now a daily activity that I engage in and so do my students. It keeps us all organized, and allows for many collaborative opportunities. At home, my two teenaged sons keep me up-to-date on technology, as I work to hold my cool Mom status.

Bill Gowsell

Teacher – Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
I have worked for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario for over 10 years. In that time, I have taught from grade 3-8, and worked with a variety of students with multiple learning abilities. Technology in the classroom provides numerous learning opportunities. From booking a Skype Virtual Field Trip to using OneNote to provide feedback to students in real time, the world is open for the students to explore and learn thanks to technology. When I am not teaching, I spend my free time exploring my hometown of Kingston with my wife and two kids.

Jameson Lee

Teacher – Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
Special Education Classroom Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario Jameson Lee strives to help all students reach their full potential, through technology, to engage, enhance and empower life-long learning. Jameson has also served as the Assistive Technology Coordinator for CDSBEO providing support and training materials for the development of special education school-based leadership.

Understand How Ecosystems Work By Breaking Them – Virtually

Engage your students with the biology and ecology through gaming. Explore 116 species from 7 different ecosystems, from Algae in wetlands to whales in oceans. Change the number of any specie at a time and see how it impacts the balance of your virtual ecosystem. Design virtual experiments to validate your hypothesis, and challenge your knowledge of biodiversity to make plants and animals flourish.

Spotlight Speaker – IGNITE @ CONNECT 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

IGNITE @ CONNECT

Each speaker will have five minutes to present on their topic using 20, automatically advanced slides, making this a fun, fast-paced, and enlightening learning Spotlight!

Presenters:

Brian Aspinall

University Instructor – York University and Trent University

Brian Aspinall is an educator, best selling author and is considered one of the brightest STEM innovators in Canadian education. His book, Code Breaker – 15+ Ways to Get Started With Coding, continues to top the charts in STEM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation. Recently he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors!

Robert Dunlop

Blended Learning Resource Teacher – District School Board of Niagara

Robert Dunlop is a national award winning teacher with a passion for technology and teacher motivation. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award of Teaching Excellence, Robert always strives to make learning engaging and meaningful. Whether working with students or teachers, he believes that inspiring a love of learning should always come first. Robert also believes that we need to tap into our passions to find happiness. As part of the Terry Fox Lesson Plan writing team, Robert created a series of K-8 lesson plans to help keep Terry Fox’s dream alive. These lessons have been viewed over 3 millions times internationally since they were create four years ago. Click here to view these lessons. His current role as Blended Learning Resource Teacher at the District School Board of Niagara has afforded him the privilege of working with thousands of K-12 educators throughout the province. Through his experiences in this role, Robert has developed a passion for making a positive impact on teacher wellness. He is currently writing a book on Happiness in Education. His mission is to celebrate, connect and inspire educators around the world and empower them to find happiness and fulfillment in education.

Michael Drezek

District Technology Integrator/Teacher Leader – Lake Shore CSD

I am the Technology Integrator/Teacher Leader for the Lake Shore Central School District. I earned a B.A. in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification from SUNY Geneseo and a M.S.Ed in Educational Technology from SUNY Buffalo State. I spent 10 years as a Mathematics Teacher and a majority of those as Team Leader at Lake Shore Middle School. It is my 14th year at Lake Shore and 4th as District Technology Integrator. I serve on the District Technology Committee and Western New York Technology Integrators’ Forum Advisory Panel. I am a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Certified Educator and Trainer, 2016 Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds. I was selected as a 2018 Minecraft Education Global Mentor and am an active educator/learning ambassador for Bloxels Edu, Buncee, CoSpaces, CueThink, Flipgrid, Hoonuit and Seesaw. I am a Sutori Storyteller and am also member of the educator focus group for Belouga seeking ways to bring emotional equity through global collaboration to our classrooms. I have also reviewed educational publications for Corwin Press and am currently working toward becoming a Peer Reviewer for coursework on Participate Learning. I was recognized with the NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2016 NYSCATE Annual Conference. In 2016 I also joined the growing number of educators taking on the Teach Sustainable Development Goals initiative to advance and strengthen the work of the United Nations in its efforts to transform our world and meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I enjoy connecting with and learning from other educators on Twitter at @m_drez.

Jen Giffen

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher- York Region DSB

Jen Giffen, formerly a secondary English and Math teacher, currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board just north of Toronto, Canada.. She is a Sketchnoter and Google for Education Certified Innovator (#WDC17). Her teaching passions centre around EdTech and finding ways to reach struggling students. She can be found on all over social media @virtualgiff and on her website virtualgiff.com

Kyle Kitchen

IT 4 Learning – DSBN

Kyle Kitchen is a coder, maker, speaker, presenter, leader, and all-around teacher of innovation. Teaching for over 17 years in the Niagara region (the past 7 as a technology integrator), he often describes his role as the bridge between curriculum and technology. He is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to enhance their learning through the use of modern technology. He is rarely seen in the wild without his Batman tech bag of tricks and an extremely large coffee in hand.

Lee Martin

Educator, Consultant, Professional Risk-taker – DSBN, Brock University

Lee Martin is an Elementary Teacher and Makerspace Instructional Coach in Niagara and an Instructor for the Faculty of Education, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. An award-winning educator, Lee empowers educators and students to see themselves as daredevils who take risks, solve problems and make a better world. Lee is also a consultant and researcher who has supported educators and companies from around the globe on diverse topics such as makerspace, coding and robotics, digital citizenship, risk taking and supporting young mathematicians. Finally, Lee is a passionate advocate of equity in education and demonstrates this commitment through his COMPUTERS4CHANGE charity which seeks to provide greater accessibility to educational technology for students and educators.

Vickie Morgado

Teacher – DPCDSB

Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 17 years. She has taught multiple grades and worked as a technology coach. Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world becoming agents of change. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT, OAME and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE 2015 and 2017. Vickie is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, and PioNear. She uses technology in her classroom to connects her students with the world.

Jonathan So

Teacher – Peel Board of Education

Jonathan is a teacher in the Peel District School Board. He is currently teaching Grade 6 at Ray Lawson Public School. He has also taught grades 2 to 6 and is one of the lead instructional technology and math coaches at his school. He is always looking to promote creativity and exploration in his students and colleagues. Jonathan uses Google Apps in his daily teaching and loves how it opens his classroom to the world around him. He is a google certified teacher (level 2). His interests lie in math and technology (not in any particular order) but he is also passionate about inquiry and the endless possibilities it has for his students. Jonathan also loves building connections with other teachers and classrooms. Opening the classroom doors and letting the world in has been one his most recent passions. Connect with him @Mrsoclassroom.

Sessions 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification

Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Creating a Maker Culture that Sticks – Download the Presentation Files

This session will focus on a school’s journey to create a Maker Culture that engages students and educators in deep learning and thinking from the perspective of a school administrator and teacher. It will highlight how educators can use what they already have, as well as student voice and educator voice in the building to begin a Maker Movement. We will highlight the challenges we faced at the school and classroom level and how through a collaborative approach to learning, a Maker Culture has emerged that everyone in the building feels a deep sense of ownership over. Our focus is not on which are the best low tech or high tech tools but rather on the development of shared mindset that is essential to begin to use any tools available in your school to explore, create and innovate.

Presenter(s):

Christine Aikens

Teacher – Limestone District School Board
I am a primary French Immersion teacher, with 12 years experience in both Ontario and Alberta. After attending the CONNECT conference last year, my colleagues and I have spent the past year using student voice to foster a maker culture within our school community.

Krista Nitschke

Principal – Limestone District School Board
Krista Nitschke is a Principal with the Limestone District School Board at The Prince Charles School. She has been a school administrator for 10 years. She is currently involved in a System Project with other administrators, teachers and consultants that is exploring how to cultivate a Maker Culture within the school and how to spread the movement throughout the Board. Krista also has a keen interest in mathematics and is working with educators within the school to increase student and family engagement in mathematics.

Creating Digital Escape Rooms with OneNote

Learn to create an exciting and fun way to assess student progress using an Escape Room concept in OneNote. Come prepared to leave with your own assessment and learn how to share it with colleagues, parents and students.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Cyber security – The emerging Threat – Prepare for the worst so that we can prepare you and protect your network at our best

In this presentation you will learn
? Cyber threats are real
? The stakes are high
? Who are the “Bad Actors” that we are concerned about?
? What do they do with the data that they steal?
? How does an intrusion occur?
? How des our Cyber Team respond?
? What is our Cyber strategy?
? Where are our gaps in the Cyber Threat Landscape ?
? What are we doing to bridge the gaps?

Presenter(s):

Shawn Zafar

CTO – Stealth Communications Inc.
Shawn Zafar is the Chief Technology officer at Stealth Communications Inc. Leading and managing a Cyber SOC Team of Penetration testers and Network security engineers for Incident response and intrusion detection services specializing in Ethical Hacking simulation, Cyber intrusion detection, Incident response services, Data breach communications, and Deep Cyber security Monitoring 24/7 and Risk Management services. Digital forensics consulting, Cyber Machine learning anomaly. and AI used for Cyber bullying Platforms and BYOD Platforms in the Education sector
Shawn Zafar is heavily focused on Cyber security, Covert Pen testing and Incident respondent & detection services by tracking and uncovering non visible vulnerabilities beneath the Network surface to provide comprehensive security solutions that prioritize the protection of my clients business operations and confidential data and Assets and preventing sophisticated Intrusions.
Shawn helps companies & Education institutions measure and understand their maturity around any existing security controls that protect Their significant business assets. Referencing a common, effective framework like Critical Security Controls is useful in establishing a standard for your organization. Using offensive & defensive security techniques such as Penetration testing, where one of our teams tries to breach your programs and systems, and Network to help uncover vulnerabilities in your existing networks and systems. We also provide fresh insights into likely attack vectors and techniques used for any company’s particular market or industry.

Data and AI 102 – Business intelligence for Beginners

Join Microsoft for a discussion on Data and Artificial Intelligence for beginners. We’ll cover a variety of topics, including how to translate your data into decisions and actions, how to democratize data access, and ways to visualize data with powerful business intelligence (BI) tools.

Presenter(s):

Wemba Opota

Technology Strategist – Microsoft Canada
Wemba is a Technology Strategist at Microsoft Canada. He is passionate about innovation and likes to explore new possibilities at the blurring frontier of technology and business. For more than 15 years, he has been working with organizations from various industries around the world, helping them to reimagine and transform their business models, reach their digital aspirations and capitalizing on relevant business disruptions and leading technologies. Wemba has degrees in Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Business Administration from the University of Dijon, McGill University and HEC.

ECNO Shared Technology Services

Come see what the ECNO Shared Technology Services Team is up to. This session will include an overview of App-V Streaming, (Phase 1), Remote App (Phase 2), and additional benefits of STS Membership such as Wim As A Service and The STS User Community. Learn how these services can help simplify and expedite your Windows 10 Deployment.

Presenter(s):

Owen McIntosh

Technical Analyst – ECNO Shared Technology Services/Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Technical Analyst for the Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB and the Educational Computing Network of Ontario Shared Technology Services Team.

Damon Srokosz

Technical Analyst – ECNO Shared Technical Services
US Marine, Technical Writer, Volunteer Firefighter, Restauranteur, as well as working through the ranks of IT. Working in Education, by supporting the development of our next generation, drives a passion in me!

Fostering a Culture of Social Emotional and Deep Learning – Download the Presentation Files

Do you want your students to engage in deep learning, but they don’t seem to have the collaboration and self-regulation skills to do so? Be a part of our journey that focuses on creating a climate and culture of engaged and self-directed learners. Through a student lens, learn about the potential for students to become increasingly social and emotionally aware. See a correlation between student self-regulation and Deep Learning. Let’s build a capacity of 21st Century Skills and Global Competencies within a school community. Walk away with hands on tools that you can use in your classroom!

Presenter(s):

Katie Brown

Teacher – Ottawa Catholic School Board
I am currently a grade 3 teacher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Ottawa and have previously taught other primary grades. Additionally, I’ve worked with grade 5 and 6 students, leading robotics and Scratch computer programming workshops within the Ottawa Catholic School Board and beyond (presenting workshops for teachers within the Ottawa area, co-presenting at the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference). This experience afforded me the opportunity to deeply engage with technology integration across curriculum areas and to promote meaningful collaborative problem solving between students. Working to make connections between Social-Emotional Learning and technology / Makerspace projects has been a focus of our TLLP (Teacher Learning and Leadership Program) team’s learning this year.

Yolanta Krawiecki

Teacher – OCSB
Gr 5 and 6 Teacher (FSL) from the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Juliana Lacelle

Teacher – Ottawa Catholic School Board
I am a Special Education Resource Teacher at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Ottawa. I have been working in Special Education in a variety of capacities over the last 20 years in Canada, Australia and Ghana. I have spent the last 10 years learning how to support and differentiate for all types of learners. Personal experience has lead me down a path of understanding the impact of stress on behaviour. Working closely with our Social Emotional Learning team I am using my knowledge to support students in identifying how they are feeling, what impact that has on academics and engagement and how through using a variety of strategies they can get back to a place where they are calm and ready to learn.

Going Global – Download the Presentation Files

Bring the world to your door. Learn about methods and tools to connect and collaborate on a global scale and open a world of possibilities and learning adventures with your students.This seminar will look at various methods to connect as well as tools to support collaborations; for example, Skype in the Classroom, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word online, blogging, etc. It will also include an overview of 21st Century competencies and the UN Global Goals, and examples of projects as a jumping off point.

Presenter(s):

Lynn Thomas

Digital Lead Learner, Secondary English Teacher, Acting Deptartment Head of English – Granderie District School Board
I am the mother of 4 children and a Secondary school English teacher at Dunnville Secondary School. I am a Digital Lead Learner in the Granderie DSB, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer. My goals are to support fellow teachers in integrating technology into the classroom and provide innovative learning opportunities to students that will build their 21st century skills.

Allison Timmins

English Teacher – DSB One
I teach high school English grades 9-12. I am passionate about getting students to make connections between texts and people and events in the real world. I use extensive media – particularly music, film, and Skype — to enhance the English curriculum. I am devoted to showing students and other educators how to go global with their specific learning goals.

Power Up: Social Innovation and Digital Technology

As educators of 21st century learners, it is imperative that we teach our students to find purpose and meaning in their learning. As such, this presentation will focus on how educators can use technology to inspire and encourage students to be problem-solvers, social innovators and responsible users of technology. One of our goals is to ensure our students are reflective about the impact on their local and global community. The use of technology can better facilitate student inquiry, and allows students to reflect upon and track their impact in an engaging manner.

Presenter(s):

Abhi Arulanantham

Educator – Toronto District School Board
Abhi Arulanantham [@AbhiArul] is a Grade 6/7 teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She is dedicated to creating inclusive spaces for students, and is passionate about social innovation, building student capacity, & amplifying student voice.

Janis Jones

K-12 Learning Coach – Toronto District School Board
Janis Castle Jones is a K to 12 Learning Coach with the Toronto District School Board. In her role, she is privileged to work alongside educators and partner with parents to enhance equity in education and create inclusive spaces where all students are valued contributors in a learning community. Janis is passionate about connecting educators who are interested in integrating technology and social innovation through an inquiry framework in order to ignite a spark and empower students to contribute solutions to local and global issues.

Production and Post-Production of Online Science Lab Videos

Without hands-on experience opportunities, how can we prepare students of online programs for the rigours of the post-secondary science lab? As one solution, we will look at the production and post-production of laboratory videos that can be used in asynchronous online science courses. The idea is to present students with authentic, inquiry-based lab procedures with a focus on technique and apparatus handling. In addition, we will discuss the creation of a video repository where teachers can contribute their own video creations.

Presenter(s):

Peter Cantin

Open School Ontario Teacher – TLDSB
This is my 10th year as an online teacher of math and science. My goal is to enhance the learning experience for all students by creating authentic activities and content. I am a father of three boys, master of a smelly dog, and husband to a very understanding wife.

Robyn Percival

Teacher – TLDSB
Robyn is an online science teacher for the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. She is currently involved with a TLLP project to create online science videos. The goal is to supplement real-life laboratory experiments for online learners.

ReadON: A revolutionary cloud based SaaS cognitive reading therapy for special education

ReadON is an AI based remedial program for enhancing reading and comprehension skills of poor readers. Students of any age reading below grade level can benefit from this program. A multisensory approach targeting visual, auditory and cognitive pathways simultaneously to create new neuronal connections while working on the process/foundations of reading provides unprecedented benefits to the students. This session will provide scientific background of this product, demonstration of the tool and an opportunity to implement a pilot in your curriculum for special education or in general through out school to empower teachers to increase reading levels of primary and middle school students.

Social Innovators in Business and Entrepreneurship

The presentation highlights a three year applied business research project “Social Innovation in Entrepreneurship” aimed at gathering information that would enable us to understand business potential to address social challenges. The project was implemented at Red River College as a program integrated experiential learning exercise with an emphasis on entrepreneurial ideas that are successfully implemented by small and medium sized business around the world. This applied research project included curriculum development and implementation components as well as use of technology to connect with innovators around the world. The project was designed to teach students about innovation, social innovation and related strategies so that they can gain hands on, job related skills needed to succeed in today’s job market.

Presenter(s):

Tatjana Brkic

Applied Business Research Faculty Lead – Red River College
Tatjana Brkic is a faculty member at Red River College (RRC), where she leads applied business research initiatives as well as social innovation projects. She teaches International Political Economy, Global Economic Issues and Economic Geography courses. Tatjana came to RRC from MTS Qunara where she established strategic planning and business intelligence functions, researched and analyzed eBusiness industry, technologies, markets and competition. Her multidisciplinary professional experience also included the development of an Internet based entrepreneurship toolkit for the UNEP UNDP & IUCN SEED initiative; creation of a global knowledge network about sustainability in business at International Institute for Sustainable Development; as well as industrial engineering & ergonomics work in Volkswagen (Germany) and its subsidiaries in former Yugoslavia. Tatjana Brkic holds an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS; MSc in Engineering from University of Belgrade/Sarajevo and a degree in Informatics from Belgrade Business School (Yugoslavia). Tatjana Brkic Biographie Tatjana Brkic est membre de la faculté des Affaires Internationales du Collège Red River (RRC). Elle dirige les initiatives de la recherche appliquée en affaires, les projets de l’innovation sociale et enseigne des cours de L’économie Politique International, de Questions Économiques Mondiales, et la Géographie Économique. Tatjana est venu à RRC de MTS Qunara où elle a établi des fonctions de planification stratégique et l’intelligence d’entreprise, faire la recherche et l’analyse de l’industrie e-business, ainsi que les technologies, les marches et la compétition. Son expérience professionnelle multidisciplinaire a aussi inclus le développement d’une ressource d’éducation en ligne concernant la planification d’entreprise pour l’initiative SEED de UNEP, UNDP, et IUCN, le développement d’un réseau des connaissances au sujet de la durabilité en entreprise a l’Institut International du Développement Durable, ainsi que du travail en diverses positions d’ingénierie pour Volkswagen (en Allemagne) et ses filiales en Yougoslavie. Tatjana Brkic a accompli une maitrise en administration des affaires à Dalhousie en Halifax, une maitrise en ingénierie de l’Université de Belgrade/Sarajevo et un diplôme en informatique de l’Ecole des Affaires de Belgrade (Yougoslavie).

STIAM – Download the Presentation Files

L’équipe de l’École secondaire Toronto Ouest présenteront leurs apprentissages dans le développement et la mise en oeuvre d’une initiative STIAM (Sciences – Technologie – Ingénierie – Art – Mathématiques) où l’objectif est de favoriser l’intégration des matières axées sur l’apprentissage par enquête et l’utilisation de la technologie en salle de classe. Cette initiative permet à tous les élèves de 7e et 8e année de béneficier de 150 minutes d’activités d’enrichissement STIAM par cycle de 8 jours.

Presenter(s):

Francis Cronier-Thériault

Directeur – École secondaire Toronto Ouest – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Francis Cronier-Thériault est le directeur de l’École secondaire Toronto Ouest du Conseil scolaire Viamonde où la mission est d’enseigner dans une perspective STIAM d’intégration des matières axées sur l’apprentissage par l’enquête. Avant d’entreprendre ce rôle, Francis a travaillé au ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario en tant qu’Agent d’éducation où il était responsable des sciences et de l’éducation technologique, de la politique Tracer son itinéraire vers la réussite et du dossier d’exploration de carrière. Son expertise l’a amené à promouvoir l’enseignement efficace et la pédagogie positive dans plusieurs contextes tant en Ontario qu’à l’extérieur du pays. Francis détient une maîtrise en éducation d’OISE, il est marié et a deux jeunes garçons.

Nabil El kerri

Enseignnat – Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Nabil est enseignant de mathématiques et de physique à l’école secondaire Toronto Ouest. Nabil utilise quotidiennement la technologie en classe comme outil de différentiation et d’évaluation. Il coordonne également l’initiative STIAM à son école depuis septembre 2017.

Student Communication in Mathematics using Technology

Come and explore the many ways that students can use technology to communicate their thinking in Mathematics. Jonathan Berlingeri will present examples of what is possible and share his learning from his TLLP. This session will be hands on – please bring a device (preferably a laptop, netbook, or Chromebook.)

Presenter(s):

Jonathan Berlingeri

Teacher – St. Joseph CES, Douro
Jonathan Berlingeri is currently teaching grade 7 at St. Joseph CES in Douro. He is honoured to be part of the 2017-2018 TLLP cohort and is investigating how technology can support students in explaining their mathematical thinking. Previously, Jonathan worked as a consultant for PVNCCDSB supporting technology throughout the district.

VR-Discover new ways students can experience and create in the VR environment!

Virtual and Augmented Reality applications in Education are rapidly moving through the Gartner Hype Cycle nearing the Peak of Inflated Expectations. The largely untested framework of Virtual Reality in education introduces challenging dynamics in classroom management and technology integration, but also a rich context for Project-Based and Blend Learning environments.

Presenter(s):

Casey Sutton

CDW Canada
They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and when Casey Sutton left the classroom after years as a high school Business & Information Technologies teacher, most people assumed it was to find “greener pastures” in the corporate world. In reality, Casey never lost her desire to educate others, she just found a new outlet to do so. As a Lenovo Brand Ambassador, Casey travels the globe to share her passion for technology and innovation, educating people around the world on just how much Lenovo brings to the table in this ever-evolving world of technology. You may still believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but if you ask Casey, she’s relishing her view from the top of that fence, where she enjoys the best of both worlds.

Reception and Prizing 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 26
Spotlight Speaker – Leigh Cassell 8:00 am – 8:50 am

What If…?

A desire to achieve success interwoven with the right questions inspires new learning and sends learners on rich and meaningful lifelong quests. What if we believed that we too are learners both inside, and outside of the classroom? What if we were all inspired to follow our passions? What if we empowered our learners – and felt empowered ourselves – to wonder, explore, and become forward-thinking creators? What if we nurtured an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset? If our passions and ability to ask meaningful questions are the driving forces behind success, what questions are we asking ourselves, and our learners to nurture a life-long love of learning while developing the future ready skills needed for success? Join me as we reflect on our work in education during these transformational times to move from asking the question, “What if” to taking action and driving change.

Leigh Cassell

Teaching and Learning Coach – Avon Maitland District School Board

Leigh Cassell loves kids. She is an adventurer, innovator and partner in learning with teachers and students around the world. Leigh works full-time as an AMDSB Teaching and Learning Coach and she is the Founder & President of the Digital Human Library. Driven by her passion to inspire in others a love of learning, Leigh’s expertise is grounded in why and how we integrate technology to build relationships (#Learn2Connect and #Connect2Learn), develop 21st Century Competencies, shape new literacy skills and prepare students to succeed as next generation learners. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher, Founder of Ontario Edu Students’ Twitter Chat and Co-Founder of A Kids’ Guide to Canada.

Sessions 8:00 am – 8:50 am
Are YOU Certifiable? Microsoft Certification Workshop

Canada is behind the rest of the world when it comes to certifying in the technologies required for tomorrow’s jobs. It’s time for us to take the lead and arm students with the industry recognized vocational skills needed to be competitive in a global ICT job market. Discover the power of Jasperactive, the world’s first hands-on kinesthetic learning solution for Microsoft Office and get a chance to earn a globally recognized Microsoft certification for FREE. Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for this interactive and hands-on workshop to not only test your own skills but learn how you can make a greater impact in the lives of your students Don’t miss this hands-on professional learning opportunity with a chance to become certified in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) for FREE – over $260 value!

Coding and Robotics in the Elementary Science Classroom: A STAO Initiative – Download the Presentation Files

The Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario (STAO) writing team has developed STEM activities to support coding and robotics in the elementary science and technology classroom (K-8). This team of teachers will present and demonstrate the hands-on resource materials to support inquiry-based learning. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of robots and coding programs to illuminate the expectations and big ideas in the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum 1-8 and the four frames. Participants will walk away with resources they can implement in their classroom.

Presenter(s):

Laura Collins

Teacher – Toronto District School Board
Laura Collins is a Kindergarten/Grade 1 Special Education teacher and DLL with the Toronto District School Board. Laura has taught a variety of subjects in a number of educational roles ranging from Kindergarten – Grade 8 and incorporates technology into her daily teaching. She is a Certified Google Educator and has presented workshops on technology/STEM within her board as well as at OISE, ETFO and Ontario Google Summits. She loves all things Google, coding, robotics, STEM and any edtech innovation that increases student engagement and makes work easier for teachers.

Sheila Rhodes

Assistant Teaching Professor – Faculty of Education, UOIT
Sheila is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Education at UOIT where she teaches Primary/Junior STEM, Environmental Education and Coding and Communications. She runs a summer camp program that serves over 1500 children, families and educators. She is the Partnership coordinator for the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario and serves on the STAO conference committee.

Louise Vaillancourt

K-12 Instructional Technology Coach – Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Louise Vaillancourt is a Technology Coach for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is passionate about STEM and language learning. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for technological tools and strives to make robotics and coding accessible to all. Currently, she is also experimenting with PedDoc, the Maker Mindset and improving workflow for educators.

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Digital Storytelling Around the Campfire

Digital storytelling can engage your students in demonstrating learning in any grade or subject, all the while giving them practice in using valuable technology and critical thinking skills. Join me as we explore a plethora of free tools to help your students share their learning and stories through video, picture and audio

Presenter(s):

Leslie Boerkamp

Consultant – Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board
Leslie has been a teacher with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board since 2004. She currently works as the Technology in Learning Consultant and has a passion for educational technology, assistive technology, and integrating technology tools with anyone and everyone who will listen, learn, and try alongside her! She has facilitated workshops and PD sessions for teachers at her school, her board, at OTF’s Pedagogy B4 Technology conferences, and at Bring It Together conferences. Her favourite thing about education includes the people she meets and their ideas!

Engineering Design in a Mobile Makerspace – Download the Presentation Files

Connections: Queen’s Engineering Experience Program is the Engineering Outreach division within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University. In September 2017, Connections designed and built a mobile Makerspace that can travel around to schools and deliver Makerspace workshops. The thought behind this presentation is to showcase how the technology inside the mobile Makerspace can be utilized as part of the engineering design process to develop 21st century skills. This workshops will ideally take place inside the mobile Makerspace.

Presenter(s):

Scott Compeau

Engineering Outreach Lead – Queen’s University
In the first few years of my professional career, I worked as a chemical engineering and then as a high school Science teacher in the UK. This pathway led me towards completing a masters degree in Engineering Education and then into my current role as the Engineering Outreach Lead at Queen’s University. As the lead, I now get the privilege or working with students, teachers, and school boards to help integrate STEM concepts into the classroom.

Improving Accessibility in the classroom using FREE Microsoft Technology

Our mission is to empower ALL teachers and students to achieve more. The classroom is no different. Microsoft Windows and applications like Microsoft Office, along with other assistive technologies, offer features that make computers easier to use and help meet the needs of diverse learners. These give teachers the opportunity to provide personalized learning and offer students an improved experience and equal opportunity in the classroom. Come learn how Windows 10 and Office 2016 can help personalize learning for all students. We will explore ways to improve student focus, increase reading comprehension, and explore ways students are able to demonstrate their understanding using inputs other than keyboarding and text.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

– Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

iPlay, iCreate, iLearn: Digital tools for little learners

Integrating technology into the teaching practice can transform learner outcomes. Beyond using apps for entertainment or performing repetitive tasks, iPads and Digital Tools provide students with opportunities to create, expand and even share their learning beyond the classroom. This empowers students to lead their own learning and encourages ownership. In this workshop, we will showcase how to change and adapt our teaching practices by integrating the use of digital tools to enhance learning experiences in meaningful and playful ways.

Presenter(s):

Blanca Valdez

Bilingual Teacher – Waco ISD
Blanca Valdez holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Marketing from Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico, and a Texas Educator Certification, Bilingual Generalist EC-4. She is a dedicated and recognized Bilingual Educator and #AppleTeacher who uses the 21st-century skills framework to integrate technology in early childhood and primary classrooms. Miss Valdez strives to be a disrupter and catalyst for change in her school district by encouraging educators to transform teaching practices to improve learning outcomes, student engagement, and academic success. Since 2014, she has been leading the implementation of the Apple ConnectED grant on her campus, a Title 1 school that serves more than 540 under-resourced learners in Waco, Tx.

Making Magic: Empowering our Learners to Lead by Design

The development of “21st Century skills” has become forefront in system wide education goals. But what does this mean for student achievement and students success? How does “design thinking” and assessment fit into this idea of “making”? Most importantly, how does this connect our curriculum? Come and hear about one teacher’s journey to empower students to take the lead on designing, teaching and leading the learning in her school’s ever-evolving Makerspace. Teacher Librarians especially welcome!

Presenter(s):

Amanda Williams

Teacher – Halton District School Board
Amanda Williams is a Learning Commons teacher from Halton with a passion for innovation. As an arts advocate, Amanda has presented provincially and globally, on inquiry based learning and the arts. Her belief in doing school differently has led her to develop a co-plan/co-teach model of instruction with educators in her building. Most recently, she has been sharing the transformation she led from library to Learning Commons, including the development of a Makerspace. She has been a part of innovation based leadership teams within her school board and presents regularly on the impact of making and design thinking on student empowerment and student achievement.

Minds on Media – VLE Style

Are you looking for free resources, aligned to curriculum, to support your students? Interested in a documenting learning and looking for a free, safe, secure and robust tool? Wanting to engage parents as well as your students in the digital wing of your classroom? Curious to know what software titles are available for you to use for free in your classroom? Do you teach elearning and are looking for strategies to deepen engagement and improve retention and student success? Then this is the session for you! Come and ask questions, get answers and tailor the learning to your needs. This Minds on Media session will focus on the VLE, Ministry provided digital resources and engagement strategies for elearning in an open forum where you drive the learning. Visit us to ask some questions, get some solutions or just see what’s out there – everyone will leave with some new knowledge. The London NE Minds on Media session will be running during every time slot on Thursday so come back throughout the day as new questions arise. Last year over 200 educators participated in our session and benefitted from personalized learning. Check out https://youtu.be/lDUzsPypci4 for an idea of the power that the VLE can offer your classroom.

Mobilizing Inquiry Based Learning with iPads/Tablets

With the proliferation of mobile technology, children are often exposed to mobile devices at young ages. They enter school with a wide range of experiences navigating digital environments. Mobile devices can be used in primary classrooms to support inquiry practices. This session will focus on using the iPad and applications to support inquiry based learning. Children negotiate the balance between the physical and digital worlds, using digital landscapes to investigate, explore, and interact. Engagement with quality apps allow children to develop the necessary skills to construct knowledge in an attempt solve real world problems and make meaning of the physical world around them. This session will also explore strategies to engage children and provoke their interest in using apps to construct knowledge.

Presenter(s):

Dane Marco Di Cesare

Sessional Faculty Member – Brock University
Dane Marco Di Cesare, PhD serves as the Program Coordinator and Data Manager of the New York State Technical Assistance Center, as well as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education Department at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Di Cesare’s professional interests involve digital literacies, multimodality, and classroom dynamics with a focus on students with high-incidence disabilities. He has conducted a variety of research activities related to tablet use, multimodality, and literacy with students of varying exceptionalities across different grade levels.

Debra Harwood

Associate Professor – Brock University
Debra Harwood is an associate professor within the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Canada. She specializes in teaching and research that focuses on a multitude of aspects related to curriculum and pedagogy in early childhood education. She has led several projects focused on children’s playing, thinking, and ways of interacting within digitally infused classrooms as well as projects that examine educator pedagogies that support and foster digital literacies.

OneNote Class Notebook and Learning Tools

OneNote Class Notebooks in a powerful tool that is everything you need in your classroom. It includes a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. OneNote integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft Office products (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) and can be installed across every operating system, allowing you to literally only need One Notebook. The Learning Tools for OneNote help everyone improve their reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences or a combination of any of the broad range of unique student abilities. OneNote Class Notebook is a versatile tool that can at its very least, replace paper, and at its best, well… come find out.

Presenter(s):

Nick DiFlavio

Secondary Program Lead – Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
Nick DiFlavio is a husband, father-of-four/ family-chauffeur, amateur chef/professional eater, HWDSB Care, Treatment, Corrections, and Custody Secondary Program Lead, special education teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow, Microsoft Surface Expert, leader, and four-term, 15-year, alderman in Grimsby, Ontario’s Ward 4.

Saving Time and Improving Student Outcomes Through Your Technology Ecosystem

Technology empowers teachers to do more in the classroom. Today’s teachers rely more and more on technology to support students’ learning outcomes. Yet few if any classrooms use a single technology or provider for all their needs. Each classroom is supported by a technology ecosystem, a mix of services and products built by different providers, all with different purposes. How do these technologies work together? Learn how teachers can use Microsoft technology together with other solutions to save time and improve the outcomes for all their students.

Presenter(s):

Colin Birge

Product Manager – Microsoft
Colin Birge, Ph.D. is a product manager and senior program manager in Microsoft Education. He is responsible for driving customer connection and partnerships throughout Canada for Microsoft’s worldwide Education Engineering team, as well as driving the Microsoft Forms for Education assessment service. Dr. Birge has over a decade of experience in higher education as an instructor, senior IT staff member, and researcher. Before returning to education Dr. Birge worked as a consultant and Microsoft program manager, helping design software and services used by millions. His research and professional interests include educational technology, user-centered and inclusive design, and usable privacy & security. Dr. Birge holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in human-centered design & engineering

STEM in the classroom

My fellow STEM teachers and I would like to share some ideas of how to implement a successful STEM program in the classroom. The focus would be on design thinking as well as computational thinking. We will share the benefits of this type of program as well as give specific examples of how to implement STEM giving participants the tools they need to begin right away. From engineering tasks to robotics, teachers will have specific tools to help them proceed with fun, stimulating and robust STEM challenges that are directly related to our math and science curriculum.

Presenter(s):

Lucas Boluk

Teacher – BHNCDSB
I’ve been teaching elementary school for 12 years in the BHNCDSB. Although most of my experience is in intermediate grades I’ve had the good fortunes to test the waters in Junior and primary as well. I’m currently in a new role as a STEM and Innovation Itinerate Teacher. I’ve always had a strong belief in experiential learning, especially when teaching math and science. Integrating STEM inquiries in the classroom has been a vital means for making my classrooms engaging while pushing students to think harder about the world around them. I have a passion for learning educational technology and a hunger for learning new ways to pair innovation into our current curriculum. I’m a proud father of twin 5-year-old boys and I hope they too share my love of learning one day.

Sarah Conway

STEM Teacher – BHNCDSB
I’ve been teaching elementary school for 11 years. Throughout my career I have had the privilege of teaching all grades from K-8 both as a classroom teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher and as a Science prep teacher. I’m currently in a new role as a STEM and Innovation Itinerant Teacher with BHNCDSB. Throughout my teaching career, I have found that through innovation projects and inquiry based learning student engagement increased . Having taught J/I for a number of years, keeping them engaged and enthusiastic was a often a challenge. The more I changed my philosophy and geared it more to the STEM competencies and cross-curricular applications, the higher student engagement became. Integrating STEM inquiries through meaningful curriculum applications, has broadened my assessment portfolio and enabled my students to become part of that assessment process in a more significant way.

Miriam Petrella

STEM Teacher – BHNCDSB
I have served as an elementary school teacher for 15 years with BHNCDSB. Currently, I am a STEM and Innovation Itinerate Teacher who brings a wide range of leadership in curriculum development and implementation. I am eager and willing to continue to learn, and share the implementation of the STEM curriculum with other students and teachers across the province. I have witnessed the success of this program and how it encompasses the competencies of the 21st century learner.
My experiences have allowed me to develop an environment that fosters innovation through inquiry based learning. Developing a growth mindset in students is an integral part of my teaching practices. Student success is most effective when students are provided with opportunities that allow them to build upon their strengths.

The Critical Thinking Process for Student Reflections

The revised Ontario Arts Curriculum, introduced in 2010, includes detailed explanations of and prompts for using the Critical Analysis Process in the arts. But this process is central in all academic work; it involves critical thinking, and this implies questioning, evaluating, making rational judgements, finding logical connections, and categorizing (Arts, 2010). These are all skills that we want to see our youth develop today. Learn how Jocelyn and her students implemented this process in regular classroom activities, discussions, and reflections, and see how you can use this process too!

Presenter(s):

Jocelyn Kervin

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher – York Region District School Board
Jocelyn Kervin is a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher in the York Region DSB. She was previously a Department Head of Music at Dr. G.W. Williams SS, where she developed a gamified music program with her students. Jocelyn has presented at Ontario Music Educators’ Association annual conferences, EdTechTeam Summits, Ontario Teachers’ Federation summer institutes, and her current role as DLRT involves regularly designing and presenting PD/workshops for staff and students across the YRDSB. Jocelyn is also a Canadian Opera Company teacher advisor and workshop leader, and is a Google Certified Educator and Soundtrap Certified Educator.

The impact of Kahoot! on students’ participation in Introductory Physics

The presenter will first give an overview of a recent experiment using Kahoot! with undergraduate students in 2 Introductory Physics classes. The goals were to use technology to help transform the classroom into a more learner-centered setup and to motivate students to participate more. Our results show the competitive spirit of the game motivated the students to come prepared to class. Since Kahoot! is only one of many applications that encourages and fosters student participation, the remainder of the roundtable discussion will allow participants to share their experiences with other apps.

Presenter(s):

Cindy Gunn

Director, Faculty Development Center – American University of Sharjah
Dr. Cindy Gunn is the Director of the Faculty Development Center and Professor in the Department of English at American University of Sharjah (AUS). Before joining AUS in 2001, she lived and taught in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. While a member of the English Department at AUS, she helped to develop the MATESOL program and the Education minor. As the Director of the Faculty Development Center she works closely with the Academic Computing Group to offer workshops on effective use of technology in the classroom as well as assisting individual faculty members in their endeavors to utilize technology in the classroom.

The Role of Gaming in Re-Energizing Your Literacy Centers

Gaming is a part of every person’s live. This new reality can be both worrying inspiring. But no matter your perspective, we know teachers have the opportunity to be transformational leaders in re-defining a new learning journey for kids that opens up doors that were never possible in the past. In this presentation we will review what really makes games so engaging and how to use these principles to get your students excited about learning to read!

Vos élèves vont adorer le cours de math!

Comment rendre le bloc de maths interactif, engageant et motivant pour chaque élève, et ce, à l’aide de la technologie? Découvrez comment certaines applications, la programmation, la pensée algorithmique ainsi que les compétences mondiales peuvent devenir vos alliés dans la planification et la mise en œuvre des blocs de numératie équilibré et de la différenciation mathématique. Parce que les maths n’ont pas besoin d’être un fardeau dans la vie scolaire des enfants. Célébrons les mathématiques… et la technologie !!

Presenter(s):

Milène Brassard

Enseignante-Accompagnatrice – Viamonde
Milène Brassard est enseignante-accompagnatrice au conseil scolaire Viamonde, suite à plusieurs années d’enseignement. Elle est très passionnée par les technologies et se fait une mission de l’intégrer dans son enseignement et ses accompagnements, et ce, surtout en mathématique.

Jennifer Davies

Conseillère pédagogique – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Jennifer Davies est conseillère pédagogique au Conseil scolaire Viamonde depuis cinq ans. Passionnée par l’éducation, elle est ravie de faire partie du programme Viamonde 21 encore une fois cette année. Le programme vise le développement des habiletés technologiques et les compétences du 21e siècle chez les élèves.

2 Hour Session 8:00 am – 9:50 am

Introduction to Design Thinking

Spend time with IBM Canada Design Thinking experts to learn what Design Thinking is and how you can apply it to your daily role. In this hands on workshop, participants will work through a problem statement relative to education today to illustrate the Design Thinking approach. You will also benefit in the collaboration with your peers in sharing of ideas, understanding commonalities and brainstorming potential solutions.

Krista Shibata

Leader, Public Affairs and Women in Technology – IBM Canada
Krista Shibata is the leader of the IBM Canada strategic initiative focused on closing the gap for Girls in STEM/Women in Technology. In this role she guides IBM’s presence as a leader in driving positive change and engagement for girls in STEM and women in technology. Prior to accepting her current role, Krista has held global leadership roles for IBM and Cognos in the areas of communications and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as sales. Prior to joining high tech, Krista spent time in small business as well as amateur sport. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Queens University.
Krista is trained in IBM Design Thinking methodology and leads these workshops with educators and students all over Canada.

Spotlight Speaker – Lee Martin 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Risk Takers Wanted: Becoming The Daredevil Your Students Deserve

Warning: Attendees of this session may experience a significant increase in student engagement, feelings of extreme job satisfaction & play a greater role in shaping the future. Be fearless & explore how adopting a daredevil’s mindset & practice will empower you to take the risks that create a classroom that is a life-changing experience for your students. Join award-winning educator Lee Martin for a high-octane, entertaining & inspirational extravaganza that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator & experience powerful examples on why risk taking is so crucial for us all.

Presenter(s):

Lee Martin

Educator, Consultant, Professional Risk-taker- DSBN, Brock University

Lee Martin is an Elementary Teacher and Makerspace Instructional Coach in Niagara and an Instructor for the Faculty of Education, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. An award-winning educator, Lee empowers educators and students to see themselves as daredevils who take risks, solve problems and make a better world. Lee is also a consultant and researcher who has supported educators and companies from around the globe on diverse topics such as makerspace, coding and robotics, digital citizenship, risk taking and supporting young mathematicians. Finally, Lee is a passionate advocate of equity in education and demonstrates this commitment through his COMPUTERS4CHANGE charity which seeks to provide greater accessibility to educational technology for students and educators.

Sessions 9:00 am – 9:50 am
10 FREE Microsoft Tools that Make Learning Fun

Who doesn’t love free tools? Come join us as we take a look at some of Microsoft’s top free tools for empowering teachers and students and making leaning fun. Learn how these tools can be used across the curriculum to increase productivity and student engagement.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

– Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification

Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Beyond Classroom Walls – Considering Student Privacy and Safety

The transition to digital learning has presented school districts with a tremendous amount of opportunity to improve student outcomes; however, with that opportunity comes a plethora of challenges. Building a strong IT foundation is critical and requires a scalable network, connection reliability and securing student data privacy. While these three major factors seem obvious, student data privacy is the challenge that often gets overlooked. No school district can guarantee complete student privacy and data protection – even Fortune 500 companies are hacked – but schools can take reasonable precautions to protect data with resources that are known and available. In this discussion, Rich will discuss the security threats to student data privacy, where data becomes at risk and possible solutions for providing a secure digital learning environment.

Presenter(s):

Richard Nedwich

Global Director of Education – Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company
Richard has worked in the wireless industry since 2000, including product and marketing management roles at Motorola, Meru Networks, Fortinet and Ruckus. As a thought leader, Richard has been a public speaker and blogger on global K-20 education technology and Wi-Fi for the past 10 years.

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Communication et marketing des ressources ministérielles francophones pour les élèves et enseignants de l’Ontario (French immersion welcome)

Nous présenterons le site internet e-a-v.ca, comprenant les informations de base au sujet des ressources disponibles sur les diverses plateformes provinciales. Entre autres, des communautés d’apprentissage pour lier le personnel enseignant de la province par rapport aux éléments tels la littératie, la numératie, les nouveaux arrivants, langue seconde, etc. De plus, nous présenterons un portail regroupant toutes les ressources produites par le Ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario, pouvant être intégrées directement dans la plateforme d’apprentissage virtuel de l’Ontario.

Presenter(s):

Jean-Sylvain Lapensee

Project manager – CFORP
Ex-enseignant de sciences, math et informatique, je travaille en tant que chargé de projet au CFORP au sein des 12 conseils scolaires francophones de l’Ontario pour favoriser le déploiement des ressources éducatives francophones via les EAV.

Ghislaine Laurin

Chargée de projet – CFORP
Chargée de projet au sein du service Appui technologique du Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), agente responsable de la Banque de ressources éducatives de l’Ontario (BREO), de la Communauté d’@pprentissage Ontario (C@O) et d’autres initiatives appuyant les services numériques et les infrastructures techniques des conseils scolaires de langue française de l’Ontario.

Containers: The New Frontier!

Are you looking for a simple and secure way to deploy server software? Perhaps, you need to deploy a piece of Linux magic with no Linux experience. Join us for a session of discovery where we will discuss the basics of containers as well as tackle a live deployment!

Presenter(s):

Frank Campeau

Programmeur/Analyste – Conseil scolaire catholique Providence
Programmer and analyst for Conseil scolaire catholique Providence. Analyst for the ECNO Shared Technology Services team.

Owen McIntosh

Technical Analyst – ECNO Shared Technology Services/Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Technical Analyst for the Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB and the Educational Computing Network of Ontario Shared Technology Services Team.

Digital Permission Slips, Forms, and Workflows for your District

Learn how you can ditch the manual, paper-based forms you spend too much time chasing around and go digital with Permission Click running on Microsoft Azure. We’ll show you how to build forms, send them to parents who can click and complete in seconds, and the automated reporting you have at your fingertips in our School Edition. We’ll also take a spin through District Edition; powering internal form templates, multi-site control and visibility, and internal approval paths. For the first time you’ll have confidence knowing the right forms are being used, collecting any required approvals, and being securely stored for audit or search.

Presenter(s):

Chris Johnson

Co-Founder and CEO – Permission Click
In my role as Co-Founder and CEO of the award-winning platform ‘Permission Click’, I wake up every day focused on accelerating the internal operations of K-12 districts. Our School Edition delivers digital permission slips, forms, and payment collection between schools and parents. Our District Edition powers internal forms, workflow management, template sharing, district-wide visibility and more.
Very proud to have been recognized by Startup Canada in 2014 as the ‘Canadian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builder of the Year’, in 2016 as an inductee of the ‘CBC Future 40’, and in 2017 by Startup Canada as the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ for the Prairies.

Ditch The Desk, Grab Your PC and Follow Me

Presenting wirelessly in the classroom is not a new concept but if you’re just using wireless display to teach from the back of the room, you’re really missing some great opportunities. Stop, listen, and learn how to save instructional time, redesign your classroom, use your Windows 10 device in new ways, and more! This is not a training but it does give you a chance to learn easy ways to be a more effective teacher while using the tools you already have access to. This hands on session will be fun and engaging and Joe promises that you will learn at least one new trick to take back with you!

Presenter(s):

Joe Archer

Grade 5/6 Teacher – Grand Erie District School Board
I have a passion for Educational Technology and Incorporating 21st Century Competencies into Classroom Pedagogy and Practice.
I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Trainer and Surface Pro Expert and Recently a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow and Global MincraftEdu Mentor! I am also a Write to Give Ambassador and Remind Connected Educator, Ignite Speaker and Canconnect 2017 Classroom Innovator Award Winner.

Free Game-Based Resources from EVERFI

EVERFI provides FREE online resources to support the curriculum and equip students with critical life skills. Attendees will set up a teacher account and preview our courses Hockey Scholar: Math and Science of Hockey, Vault: Financial Education, and Ignition: Digital Literacy. Please bring your device to participate in this session!

Game Based Learning – Download the Presentation Files

Modern board games offer a much wider variety of skills than many people even realize. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the evidence that supports all of the social and physical benefits of games overall as well as discuss some of the specific ways in which board games can be applied to classroom learning. We will examine several different games which could be used in a classroom setting and I will share what my experience has been with doing so. The workshop will discuss how board games can be used to develop skills not only in math, language and critical thinking, but can also be an excellent tool for the teaching of the 21st competencies.

Presenter(s):

Craig Thompson-Wood

Teacher – Peel District School Board
Teacher of 18 years experience, and lover of board games for many more years than that! Now, much like chocolate and peanut butter, finding that the two go great together!

Global Math Project

Join us and learn how your school can join the Global Math Project and improve Math Learning in your school community. This world wide project is one part of a comprehensive Math Program that can change the way your school looks at and learn

Presenter(s):

Greg Farrell

Teacher/Principal – YRDSB
Teacher, Leader, Principal, Father- Greg is a Principal in the YRDSB who is passionate about Inclusive Education, Math, Technology for authentic purposes and Social Justice Pedagogy. Come and learn how The Global Math Project can improve student and teacher learning.

Will Gourley

Teacher – YRDSB
Global Math Project Ambassador and TED Ed Innovative Educator. Blogger, presenter, and relentless encourager for student voice, growth mindset, and mental health awareness in education.

Cynthia Quirion

SERT/French Immersion Teacher – YRDSB
Special Education and modern learning teacher with a passion for Science, French Immersion, and movement in education.

Integrating Hyperdocs & 21st Century Learning in Non 1-1 Classrooms

With the success of the Hyperdoc Handbook educators are integrating hyperdocs into their pedagogical practices at an astounding rate. The low cost, relationship to Universal Design for Learning, flexibility of the documents themselves and ease of use makes this teaching tool a game changer in 21st Century Classrooms. Teachers often say they love hyperdocs but do not have 1-1 technology in their classroom, therefore hyperdocs do not work for them. This session will share how several classes at TLDSB who do not have 1-1 technology have effectively integrated hyperdocs.

Presenter(s):

Mark Janke

Technology Services Consultant – Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Husband, Father of 2, technology enthusiast. Present areas of interest include Hyperdocs, VR, and Classroom Design.

La robotique pédagogique

L’utilisation de la robotique en pédagogie. Une autre façon de s’ouvrir à l’univers des sciences et des technologies par la réalisation de projets créatifs concrets.

Presenter(s):

Lotfi Djemai

Teacher – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Lotfi Djemai détient un ingéniorat en informatique et un baccalauréat en enseignement. Il est aussi spécialiste en mathématiques. Lotfi travaille au conseil Viamonde depuis plus de 5 années. Il enseigne présentement l’informatique au niveau secondaire et la concentration robotique à l’intermédiaire (École Ronald Marion – Pickering). Il anime le club de robotique au sein de son école et a déjà participé aux différents concours de robotique Zone 01.

Media literacy on a budget: Training teachers online

We know that students of all ages are spending more and more time online. And so are their teachers. What happens when teachers and teacher candidates depend on the internet for lesson plans and curriculum resources? We needed a low-cost, manageable and sustainable way to introduce the concepts and importance of media literacy to future teachers. An online tutorial seemed like a logical choice. Using freely available tools and resources, we created a set of online, self-directed, and interactive modules that aims to help teacher candidates increase their media literacy skills, as well as achieve a certificate for their resume or co-curricular transcript. This presentation will explore challenges and considerations of designing an online tutorial with limited staff time and resources, highlight examples of modules, and discuss next steps for promotion and assessment.

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Thiessen

Liaison Librarian – Brock University
Jennifer Thiessen Jennifer Thiessen is a Liaison Librarian at the James A. Gibson Library, Brock University. Her interests include accessibility, elearning, and critical librarianship.

Minds on Media – VLE Style

Are you looking for free resources, aligned to curriculum, to support your students? Interested in a documenting learning and looking for a free, safe, secure and robust tool? Wanting to engage parents as well as your students in the digital wing of your classroom? Curious to know what software titles are available for you to use for free in your classroom? Do you teach elearning and are looking for strategies to deepen engagement and improve retention and student success? Then this is the session for you! Come and ask questions, get answers and tailor the learning to your needs. This Minds on Media session will focus on the VLE, Ministry provided digital resources and engagement strategies for elearning in an open forum where you drive the learning. Visit us to ask some questions, get some solutions or just see what’s out there – everyone will leave with some new knowledge. The London NE Minds on Media session will be running during every time slot on Thursday so come back throughout the day as new questions arise. Last year over 200 educators participated in our session and benefitted from personalized learning. Check out https://youtu.be/lDUzsPypci4 for an idea of the power that the VLE can offer your classroom.

OneNote: Your classroom collaborator and organizer

OneNote is your virtual binder that works across platforms to support organization, and can serve as a lesson hub by organizing and presenting a cohesive environment for students to collaborate and stay organized. Learn how OneNote works across platforms and how seamless other programs integrate within OneNote. Participants will work hands on with creating the free OneNote resource that may support and organize academic standards and outcomes across disciplines. In this workshop we will explore how to organize and support just your classroom or the whole school using OneNote Class/Staff Notebook. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more!?

Presenter(s):

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Social Media and Closing the Equity Gap

During this presentation, research results will be presented, which explored the positive impact of using the social media platform, Twitter, in a Grade 8 Mathematics classroom. In particular, how the use of Twitter impacted student engagement and learning while they were studying concepts and curriculum expectations related to data management and probability will be shared. The results from this research demonstrate how the use of social media platforms can be a part of closing the gap in terms of equity, inclusion, and community and global collaboration.

Presenter(s):

Shelly Vohra

Instructional Coach – Peel District School Board
Shelly Vohra is an Instructional Coach and recently completed her PhD in Educational Technology. She is an AQ instructor in Mathematics as well as having instructed AQs in ESL, Technology, and Media Literacy. Shelly is passionate about inquiry, social justice, and equity through an integrated curriculum. She has written several courses and documents on a variety of educational topics. Shelly is currently planning her next research study as well as writing her book on an inquiry based classroom. You can follow her on twitter @raspberryberet3 and connect with her through her blog techdiva29@wordpress.com

SPRK Imagination with Sphero

The workshop will focus on some research and first-hand accounts from students and colleagues on their journey using coding and STEM in the French Immersion classroom. We will use Sphero Robots to achieve a variety of STEM challenges and look how this can be incorporated into our classrooms. We will see first-hand how sphero can inspire all students to learn, converse and engage in French connecting to various curriculum expectations through coding and STEM challenges.

Presenter(s):

Eric Mendes

Grade 5/6 French Immersion Teacher – Waterloo Region District School Board
Eric is a Grade 5 & 6 French Immersion teacher in the Waterloo Region District School Board. He has been teaching for 8 years. He specializes in incorporating technology, STEM-based projects, and coding into the French Immersion Classroom. His focus is to provide French speaking students opportunities to experience rich-based tasks with authentic purpose while using 21st-century technology. Promoting French language is easy when students are engaged and having fun using technology, such as robotics and coding.

Tinklusioneers: Authentic Coding Project

Kids make apps for kids with authentic Scratch coding! This session will showcase our learning partnership experience with student coders – The Tinklusioneers. By developing apps made with the popular coding platform Scratch, elementary students designed and coded a personalized learning tool for an exceptional student. In this case, the app helped train the student’s eyes as part of his individual education plan. This serves as a model of how truly personalized learning can be achieved, and students can use their creativity to help others.

Presenter(s):

Oliver Gallery

TELT-C – Renfrew County
An educator for 10+ years who has spent the last 5 in a technology coaching role. I am passionate about supporting students with the development of skills that promotes problem-solving, collaboration, and a curiosity for global issues through authentic deep learning tasks.

Candice Levesque

TELT-C – Renfrew County District School Board
I have worked for the Renfrew County District School Board for the past 10 years as a secondary teacher. I have taught a variety of courses mostly in science, math and special education. This past year I have taken a position as a Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact for Renfrew County DSB.

Marcia McDonald

Teacher for Students who are Blind/Low Vision – Renfrew County District School Board
In this, my 10th year as Teacher for Student who are Blind/Low Vision for a rural school board, I continue to be energized by finding uses for technologies which increase my students’ independence and their social connections. I started the Tinklusioneers Pilot Project in 2015 as a way to fuel my inner geek while building belonging for my students with complex needs by involving their peers in the creation of customized learning apps and tools targeting my students’ alternative IEP goals. Tinklusioneers have a motto: Stretch your abilities to make things to stretch the abilities of others! So far, it is proving to be a win-win formula.

Opening Remarks 10:10 am – 10:30 am
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – DR. MARY DONOHUE 10:30 am – 11:30 am

You, Us, Them; Understanding your Communication Capital

* Discover the emerging science of evolutionary psychology as it relates to multigenerational workforces and communicating through technology today

* Understand how this science is winning over North American workforces through a “Creative Chain Reaction” enabled by technology

* Learn how organizations have succeeded in driving innovation by choosing the right application, for the right generation to achieve the right outcome.

Mary Donohue

CEO – Donohue Learning

Recognized as one of the 18 Outstanding Women in Tech and Diversity MBA’s top 50 under 50, Dr. Mary Donohue is a leading social scientist who has pioneered research in the field of evolutionary psychology with a focus on team leadership and management through technology. At Donohue Learning, her team of product designers and educators help organizations increase engagement, innovation and collaboration within their teams. Donohue’s clients include Walmart, American Airlines, TD Bank, Kaiser Permanente, OLG, and many other private and public organizations.

Dr. Donohue is a world-renowned speaker and TEDX presenter, bestselling author, television personality and columnist. Her work appears in leading media, including the Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail and the Financial Post. Her publications can be found in bookstores, online, and in the Library of Congress.

Dr. Mary is a cancer survivor who worked with Paul Newman, learned from Robert Kennedy, Jr., made her film debut with former Toronto mayor David Miller, and was briefly (very briefly) a Supreme with Diana Ross.

In her spare time, she is also an Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Lunch and Vendor Sessions 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Access more eBooks and audiobooks through sharing

Learn how joining a Shared Collection with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. With these valuable reading and learning resources accessed via a joint OverDrive platform, and all purchased titles available to all members, this just might be the cost-effective digital content solution you’ve been looking for.

Automated Safety & Compliance Training for Your Campus

Lean how SafeCampus Training can help you streamline your safety and compliance training while saving time and money! You can assign our campus-specific courses or build your own in our system.

AWOW Interactive Flat Panel

This session will demonstrate the functionality of AWOW interactive flat panel. The product built in dual operating systems – Android OS and Windows OS. It enhances student learning with the latest annotation tools and popular education apps, provides interactive learning with students in the classroom and can collaborate remotely beyond the classroom.

Capturing minds and imagination through collaborative learning

Collaboration and creativity within education should be borderless and without limitations. Learn how the next generation of Interactive Flat Panel Displays enhances educational creativity and collaboration with other schools or classrooms on the same network in real-time.

Coding in the classroom

Demonstration of how kids from early years can learn to code while playing.

Current E-Waste situation and world problems

Waste Free Act – Publicly Funded Organizations (PFO) – OECM Partnership – Green House Gas problem – Carbon Footprint – Legislative landscape changing – was controlled by one organization for many years – More products will be obligated under the program – Digital Transformation – Education is transforming and lots of waste is being generated – Smart environment – Electronics exported to third world countries which have environmental and social impacts – Learning Modules to supports the Boards – Achieve higher standards with Vendors that have higher standards – Work with schools on the collection / fundraising events – Logistics – School Boards have so many different locations and have material piling up in different rooms. We centralize the electronics in one room with our secure bin. – Secure Chain-of-Custody This service is incredibly important, because it safeguards against any altering, tampering or loss of sensitive data and materials. You need to know that nothing we collect has been mishandled or misplaced while working with us. – We comply with the following regulations and industry standards • Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) • National Association for Information Destruction (NAID Certification) • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88 Media Sanitization) • Canada Environment and Climate Change • Ontario Environmental Protection Act and ECA • EPSC Electronics Recycling Standards • ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001 and R2 Certifications

D2L

Join us for a live demonstration of the latest features in D2L’s Learning Platform. Our product expert will demonstrate how the latest updates will help you upgrade your learning programs and improve student and employee engagement. In this session, you will learn how to turn students and employees into experts; leverage gaming, badging, social, and video; make bite-sized learning available any time, anywhere; allow self-publishing and peer expertise to formally spread tribal knowledge; and enable practicing of skills.

Dell Canvas – Innovation without limits

Bring your ideas to life with a new 27-inch workspace that empowers natural digital creation, featuring an innovative pen and totem.

Demonstration of Jade Robots
Developing 21st century skills with Google Creative Apps

As thousands of schools and districts continue to deploy Chromebooks in the classrooms, students and teachers navigate through endless learning options and tools which can be an overwhelming task. In partnership with Google, we put together a Creative Apps Bundle designed to help your team reap the benefits of the Chrome ecosystem. The Creative Apps on Chromebooks Bundle will give schools the full creative solution to help bridge the gap of 21st century skills, all while learning the curriculum standards. The bundle includes three apps for use with Chromebooks: Explain Everything, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

Discover Where and Why with GIS

Discover GIS – ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans! GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.

Explore Edwin

Come experience Edwin. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Edwin contains a curated collection of not only Canada’s most trusted learning resources, but leading learning resources from all over the world. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes.

Exploring Digital Literacy with Sway

Want to help students develop their most creative and innovative abilities? Introduce them to digital storytelling, regardless of their digital device! Students can use digital tools to create and share their own stories or experiences, or reflect on what they’ve learned.? Join us as we learn about how you can use Sway, a NEW innovative web-based learning tool that can be used on any device your students may have access to in the classroom. Kids love to be creative and share stories about themselves…digital storytelling is the perfect way to let them do it!

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

– Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

From ticket portal to interactive Service Catalogue: TOPdesk’s Self-Service portal

In everyday life, we have gotten used to a high level of service and information: easy access; fast results and a central location for everything you need. Be it a supersize grocery store as a one-stop-shop for all your weekly supplies, or a search engine that gives you an answer to all questions you might have. At the same time, the work environment is often lagging behind. Information is scattered, services are compartmentalized and employees often need to bother others with questions the could’ve easily answered themselves (if they only had the information available). In TOPdesk’s Self-Service Portal, you can provide an easy centralized overview of the services your organization offers. Combining service information, relevant knowledge and custom designed forms, the portal helps you to provide a higher level of service to your customers and to give your service operators the information they need. Come join us to find out more about how you can achieve this within your organization.

HandTrack – replacing the computer mouse

HandTrack is an update to computer mice, clickers, and touch pads. It requires no wires and is always in your pocket. HandTrack allows the user to use all the features of clickers, touch pads and mice while adding even more customization on top.

Hatch Immersion A platform designed for autonomy

A supported ecosystem designed professional development. Hatch Immersions enables ALL teachers to teach computer science and facilitates full school participation.

K-12 STEM, Robotics & Coding Education in the Canadian Classroom

Join us as we explore Learning to Code and Coding to Learn!

Measurement & Robotics

How can you use robotics to teach math?! It’s easy! Visit the booth for a short measurement activity using robotics.

Online Collaborative Grading and Best Practices for Assessments

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to grade student work more effectively. Instructors using Crowdmark cut their grading time in half while leaving more formative feedback for students. We currently serve 24% of all undergraduate students in Canada.

Quiznetix

Brief presentation of Features and Benefits and opportunity for attendees to ask questions and take an online Trivia Challenge with prizes.

Registration Gateway

Registration Gateway is a complete online student registration program. It provides simple parent address entry, district boundary address validation, and document scanning and secure upload for privacy and compliance. New features include the ability to create an ongoing student record from multiple registration documents, direct data integration with all student information systems, and an address authentication that prevents fraud.

Raising the Level of Numeracy with Immersive Technology Solutions

It is statistically shown that over 50% of the Canadian adults don’t have the required level of numeracy, over 50% of Grade 9 Applied math students don’t meet the provincial expectation in math skills, and one-third of students entering colleges are at risk of not completing their program due to their achievement in mathematics.
With over 10 years of research and deliberation, the 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the 72 school boards and Vretta developed an interactive Assessment for Learning platform, with funding from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The platform is designed to prepare students with the required numeracy skills for success in school, college, and their future.
We invite you to Vretta’s Booth #308 for a live demo of this platform.

Staples your BYOD solution provider

During our presentation we provide details on how Staples can support schools and school boards in making 1:1 a reality through our very affordable parent pay BYOD solution.

The Pilot: Making technology pedagogically relevant.
Using Buncee to visualize, communicate and engage your students in their learning.

Buncee is an award-winning, powerful and easy-to-use creation platform for learners of all ages and abilities. Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards – all in a fun and engaging way!

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science

Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Using robots in today’s classroom

This is your opportunity to explore a variety of robots used in today’s classroom to develop 21st century skills, problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Each robotics set or robot will be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections. The presentations will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Edison, Mbot, Drone, BlueBot, BeeBot, Code & Go Mouse, Microbit and Makey Makey.

Virtual High School

See a demonstration of Virtual High School courses, ask questions, and participate in a short survey for your chance to win a Google Home Mini!

What’s New in the QSuite

An overview of knew tools designed to assist struggling writers of all ages and levels.

Lunch and Vendor Sessions 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Access more eBooks and audiobooks through sharing

Learn how joining a Shared Collection with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. With these valuable reading and learning resources accessed via a joint OverDrive platform, and all purchased titles available to all members, this just might be the cost-effective digital content solution you’ve been looking for.

Automated Safety & Compliance Training for Your Campus

Lean how SafeCampus Training can help you streamline your safety and compliance training while saving time and money! You can assign our campus-specific courses or build your own in our system.

AWOW Interactive Flat Panel

This session will demonstrate the functionality of AWOW interactive flat panel. The product built in dual operating systems – Android OS and Windows OS. It enhances student learning with the latest annotation tools and popular education apps, provides interactive learning with students in the classroom and can collaborate remotely beyond the classroom.

Capturing minds and imagination through collaborative learning

Collaboration and creativity within education should be borderless and without limitations. Learn how the next generation of Interactive Flat Panel Displays enhances educational creativity and collaboration with other schools or classrooms on the same network in real-time.

Coding in the classroom

Demonstration of how kids from early years can learn to code while playing.

Current E-Waste situation and world problems

Waste Free Act – Publicly Funded Organizations (PFO) – OECM Partnership – Green House Gas problem – Carbon Footprint – Legislative landscape changing – was controlled by one organization for many years – More products will be obligated under the program – Digital Transformation – Education is transforming and lots of waste is being generated – Smart environment – Electronics exported to third world countries which have environmental and social impacts – Learning Modules to supports the Boards – Achieve higher standards with Vendors that have higher standards – Work with schools on the collection / fundraising events – Logistics – School Boards have so many different locations and have material piling up in different rooms. We centralize the electronics in one room with our secure bin. – Secure Chain-of-Custody This service is incredibly important, because it safeguards against any altering, tampering or loss of sensitive data and materials. You need to know that nothing we collect has been mishandled or misplaced while working with us. – We comply with the following regulations and industry standards • Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) • National Association for Information Destruction (NAID Certification) • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88 Media Sanitization) • Canada Environment and Climate Change • Ontario Environmental Protection Act and ECA • EPSC Electronics Recycling Standards • ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001 and R2 Certifications

D2L

Join us for a live demonstration of the latest features in D2L’s Learning Platform. Our product expert will demonstrate how the latest updates will help you upgrade your learning programs and improve student and employee engagement. In this session, you will learn how to turn students and employees into experts; leverage gaming, badging, social, and video; make bite-sized learning available any time, anywhere; allow self-publishing and peer expertise to formally spread tribal knowledge; and enable practicing of skills.

Dell Canvas – Innovation without limits

Bring your ideas to life with a new 27-inch workspace that empowers natural digital creation, featuring an innovative pen and totem.

Demonstration of Jade Robots
Developing 21st century skills with Google Creative Apps

As thousands of schools and districts continue to deploy Chromebooks in the classrooms, students and teachers navigate through endless learning options and tools which can be an overwhelming task. In partnership with Google, we put together a Creative Apps Bundle designed to help your team reap the benefits of the Chrome ecosystem. The Creative Apps on Chromebooks Bundle will give schools the full creative solution to help bridge the gap of 21st century skills, all while learning the curriculum standards. The bundle includes three apps for use with Chromebooks: Explain Everything, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

Discover Where and Why with GIS

Discover GIS – ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans! GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.

Explore Edwin

Come experience Edwin. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Edwin contains a curated collection of not only Canada’s most trusted learning resources, but leading learning resources from all over the world. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes.

From ticket portal to interactive Service Catalogue: TOPdesk’s Self-Service portal

In everyday life, we have gotten used to a high level of service and information: easy access; fast results and a central location for everything you need. Be it a supersize grocery store as a one-stop-shop for all your weekly supplies, or a search engine that gives you an answer to all questions you might have. At the same time, the work environment is often lagging behind. Information is scattered, services are compartmentalized and employees often need to bother others with questions the could’ve easily answered themselves (if they only had the information available). In TOPdesk’s Self-Service Portal, you can provide an easy centralized overview of the services your organization offers. Combining service information, relevant knowledge and custom designed forms, the portal helps you to provide a higher level of service to your customers and to give your service operators the information they need. Come join us to find out more about how you can achieve this within your organization.

Hatch Immersion A platform designed for autonomy

A supported ecosystem designed professional development. Hatch Immersions enables ALL teachers to teach computer science and facilitates full school participation.

K-12 STEM, Robotics & Coding Education in the Canadian Classroom

Join us as we explore Learning to Code and Coding to Learn!

Measurement & Robotics

How can you use robotics to teach math?! It’s easy! Visit the booth for a short measurement activity using robotics.

Online Collaborative Grading and Best Practices for Assessments

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to grade student work more effectively. Instructors using Crowdmark cut their grading time in half while leaving more formative feedback for students. We currently serve 24% of all undergraduate students in Canada.

Project-based Learning

We will show you how the Edio platform facilitates project-based learning from start to finish allowing students to become self-empowered learners, teachers to focus on mentoring great work and schools to be future-ready.

Quiznetix

Brief presentation of Features and Benefits and opportunity for attendees to ask questions and take an online Trivia Challenge with prizes.

Registration Gateway

Registration Gateway is a complete online student registration program. It provides simple parent address entry, district boundary address validation, and document scanning and secure upload for privacy and compliance. New features include the ability to create an ongoing student record from multiple registration documents, direct data integration with all student information systems, and an address authentication that prevents fraud.

Raising the Level of Numeracy with Immersive Technology Solutions

It is statistically shown that over 50% of the Canadian adults don’t have the required level of numeracy, over 50% of Grade 9 Applied math students don’t meet the provincial expectation in math skills, and one-third of students entering colleges are at risk of not completing their program due to their achievement in mathematics.
With over 10 years of research and deliberation, the 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the 72 school boards and Vretta developed an interactive Assessment for Learning platform, with funding from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The platform is designed to prepare students with the required numeracy skills for success in school, college, and their future.
We invite you to Vretta’s Booth #308 for a live demo of this platform.

Staples your BYOD solution provider

During our presentation we provide details on how Staples can support schools and school boards in making 1:1 a reality through our very affordable parent pay BYOD solution.

The Pilot: Making technology pedagogically relevant.
Using Buncee to visualize, communicate and engage your students in their learning.

Buncee is an award-winning, powerful and easy-to-use creation platform for learners of all ages and abilities. Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards – all in a fun and engaging way!

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science

Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Using robots in today’s classroom

This is your opportunity to explore a variety of robots used in today’s classroom to develop 21st century skills, problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Each robotics set or robot will be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections. The presentations will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Edison, Mbot, Drone, BlueBot, BeeBot, Code & Go Mouse, Microbit and Makey Makey.

Virtual High School

See a demonstration of Virtual High School courses, ask questions, and participate in a short survey for your chance to win a Google Home Mini!

What’s New in the QSuite

An overview of knew tools designed to assist struggling writers of all ages and levels.

Lunch and Vendor Sessions 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
5 ways to add devices and not lose touch with your students

Let’s face it, 1:1 personal devices in the classroom are inevitable. Chromebooks, laptops, iPads: How do we make these devices profitable? We will highlight 5 different models in which Math and Science teachers are leveraging StudyForge’s digital curriculum to create opportunities for personalized learning, free up time for inquiry, and make the move to mastery-based assessment.

Access more eBooks and audiobooks through sharing

Learn how joining a Shared Collection with districts and schools in your region can give your students and teachers access to an expansive selection of eBooks and audiobooks for a surprisingly low price. With these valuable reading and learning resources accessed via a joint OverDrive platform, and all purchased titles available to all members, this just might be the cost-effective digital content solution you’ve been looking for.

Automated Safety & Compliance Training for Your Campus

Lean how SafeCampus Training can help you streamline your safety and compliance training while saving time and money! You can assign our campus-specific courses or build your own in our system.

AWOW Interactive Flat Panel

This session will demonstrate the functionality of AWOW interactive flat panel. The product built in dual operating systems – Android OS and Windows OS. It enhances student learning with the latest annotation tools and popular education apps, provides interactive learning with students in the classroom and can collaborate remotely beyond the classroom.

Capturing minds and imagination through collaborative learning

Collaboration and creativity within education should be borderless and without limitations. Learn how the next generation of Interactive Flat Panel Displays enhances educational creativity and collaboration with other schools or classrooms on the same network in real-time.

Coding in the classroom

Demonstration of how kids from early years can learn to code while playing.

Current E-Waste situation and world problems

Waste Free Act – Publicly Funded Organizations (PFO) – OECM Partnership – Green House Gas problem – Carbon Footprint – Legislative landscape changing – was controlled by one organization for many years – More products will be obligated under the program – Digital Transformation – Education is transforming and lots of waste is being generated – Smart environment – Electronics exported to third world countries which have environmental and social impacts – Learning Modules to supports the Boards – Achieve higher standards with Vendors that have higher standards – Work with schools on the collection / fundraising events – Logistics – School Boards have so many different locations and have material piling up in different rooms. We centralize the electronics in one room with our secure bin. – Secure Chain-of-Custody This service is incredibly important, because it safeguards against any altering, tampering or loss of sensitive data and materials. You need to know that nothing we collect has been mishandled or misplaced while working with us. – We comply with the following regulations and industry standards • Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) • National Association for Information Destruction (NAID Certification) • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-88 Media Sanitization) • Canada Environment and Climate Change • Ontario Environmental Protection Act and ECA • EPSC Electronics Recycling Standards • ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001 and R2 Certifications

D2L

Join us for a live demonstration of the latest features in D2L’s Learning Platform. Our product expert will demonstrate how the latest updates will help you upgrade your learning programs and improve student and employee engagement. In this session, you will learn how to turn students and employees into experts; leverage gaming, badging, social, and video; make bite-sized learning available any time, anywhere; allow self-publishing and peer expertise to formally spread tribal knowledge; and enable practicing of skills.

Dell Canvas – Innovation without limits

Bring your ideas to life with a new 27-inch workspace that empowers natural digital creation, featuring an innovative pen and totem.

Demonstration of Jade Robots
Developing 21st century skills with Google Creative Apps

As thousands of schools and districts continue to deploy Chromebooks in the classrooms, students and teachers navigate through endless learning options and tools which can be an overwhelming task. In partnership with Google, we put together a Creative Apps Bundle designed to help your team reap the benefits of the Chrome ecosystem. The Creative Apps on Chromebooks Bundle will give schools the full creative solution to help bridge the gap of 21st century skills, all while learning the curriculum standards. The bundle includes three apps for use with Chromebooks: Explain Everything, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

Discover Where and Why with GIS

Discover GIS – ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans! GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, an online mapping application with an abundance of free data, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital data, maps and apps.

Enhance Assessment for the 21st Century Classroom

Looking for effective, easy ways to assess learners and challenge students to demonstrate higher level critical thinking skills? In this workshop, participants will learn how to create, organize, grade, and assess work in a OneNote Class Notebook, quickly collect data through Excel Survey, gather student artifacts using modern apps, and analyze results to impact instruction.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

– Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Explore Edwin

Come experience Edwin. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Edwin contains a curated collection of not only Canada’s most trusted learning resources, but leading learning resources from all over the world. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes.

From ticket portal to interactive Service Catalogue: TOPdesk’s Self-Service portal

In everyday life, we have gotten used to a high level of service and information: easy access; fast results and a central location for everything you need. Be it a supersize grocery store as a one-stop-shop for all your weekly supplies, or a search engine that gives you an answer to all questions you might have. At the same time, the work environment is often lagging behind. Information is scattered, services are compartmentalized and employees often need to bother others with questions the could’ve easily answered themselves (if they only had the information available). In TOPdesk’s Self-Service Portal, you can provide an easy centralized overview of the services your organization offers. Combining service information, relevant knowledge and custom designed forms, the portal helps you to provide a higher level of service to your customers and to give your service operators the information they need. Come join us to find out more about how you can achieve this within your organization.

Hatch Immersion A platform designed for autonomy

A supported ecosystem designed professional development. Hatch Immersions enables ALL teachers to teach computer science and facilitates full school participation.

K-12 STEM, Robotics & Coding Education in the Canadian Classroom

Join us as we explore Learning to Code and Coding to Learn!

Measurement & Robotics

How can you use robotics to teach math?! It’s easy! Visit the booth for a short measurement activity using robotics.

Online Collaborative Grading and Best Practices for Assessments

Crowdmark is an online collaborative grading platform that enables educators to grade student work more effectively. Instructors using Crowdmark cut their grading time in half while leaving more formative feedback for students. We currently serve 24% of all undergraduate students in Canada.

Quiznetix

Brief presentation of Features and Benefits and opportunity for attendees to ask questions and take an online Trivia Challenge with prizes.

Registration Gateway

Registration Gateway is a complete online student registration program. It provides simple parent address entry, district boundary address validation, and document scanning and secure upload for privacy and compliance. New features include the ability to create an ongoing student record from multiple registration documents, direct data integration with all student information systems, and an address authentication that prevents fraud.

Raising the Level of Numeracy with Immersive Technology Solutions

It is statistically shown that over 50% of the Canadian adults don’t have the required level of numeracy, over 50% of Grade 9 Applied math students don’t meet the provincial expectation in math skills, and one-third of students entering colleges are at risk of not completing their program due to their achievement in mathematics.
With over 10 years of research and deliberation, the 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the 72 school boards and Vretta developed an interactive Assessment for Learning platform, with funding from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The platform is designed to prepare students with the required numeracy skills for success in school, college, and their future.
We invite you to Vretta’s Booth #308 for a live demo of this platform.

Staples your BYOD solution provider

During our presentation we provide details on how Staples can support schools and school boards in making 1:1 a reality through our very affordable parent pay BYOD solution.

The Pilot: Making technology pedagogically relevant.
Using Buncee to visualize, communicate and engage your students in their learning.

Buncee is an award-winning, powerful and easy-to-use creation platform for learners of all ages and abilities. Buncee is used in classrooms to help students visualize and voice their thoughts and ideas, as well as to document their mastery of learning standards – all in a fun and engaging way!

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science

Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Using robots in today’s classroom

This is your opportunity to explore a variety of robots used in today’s classroom to develop 21st century skills, problem-solving skills and computational thinking. Each robotics set or robot will be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections. The presentations will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot, Edison, Mbot, Drone, BlueBot, BeeBot, Code & Go Mouse, Microbit and Makey Makey.

Virtual High School

See a demonstration of Virtual High School courses, ask questions, and participate in a short survey for your chance to win a Google Home Mini!

What’s New in the QSuite

An overview of knew tools designed to assist struggling writers of all ages and levels.

Spotlight Speaker – Bashir Fancy 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Bashir Fancy

CEO – Corporate Solutions & Services Inc.

Bashir Fancy is the Managing Director, Corporation Solutions & Services Inc., providing Risk Management, Governance, Security, Operations, IT consulting services globally. Mr. Fancy is former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Information Processing Society National Board (CIPS) and the current President of Canadian Information Processing Society – Ontario (CIPS Ontario). In his role

Sessions 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification

Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Chomping the Carrot: A story, even an Accountant could love

A story, even an Accountant could love. Microsoft has been dangling that carrot in front of us for some time: more savings in Azure. We were able to slap that carrot off its lead and take a bite out of it. We’ll show you how we transitioned from Azure Classic VM’s to ARM, and then snatched savings with pre-pay compute and reserved instance.

Presenter(s):

Derek Galipeau

Connect Staff – DSBN
Experienced Information Technology Professional, specifically in K-12 Ed Tech. Innovative thinker and problem solver with a keen sense for relationship building. Current project manager for the ECNO Shared Technology Services team.

Owen McIntosh

Technical Analyst – ECNO Shared Technology Services/Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB
Technical Analyst for the Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB and the Educational Computing Network of Ontario Shared Technology Services Team.

Classroom experience-a school level perspective into the Aspen Student Information System

From class set up, attendance, communicating with students and parents, to mark reporting and gradebook, there are many times that a teacher will interact with a student information system. This workshop will offer a high-level overview of the Aspen Student Information System through the perspective of a teacher.

Presenter(s):

Mike Czukar

– Follett School Solutions

Ian Gorman

– Follett School Solutions

Joe McDonough

– Follett School Solutions

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Creating Digital Escape Rooms with OneNote

Learn to create an exciting and fun way to assess student progress using an Escape Room concept in OneNote. Come prepared to leave with your own assessment and learn how to share it with colleagues, parents and students.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

– Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Dans quelle langue parle mes enseignants? Ou … Pourquoi parler codage à l’école élémentaire?

La direction d’école a pour responsabilité de veiller à la réussite et au bien-être des élèves… mais quelle est donc la place du codage dans ceci? Dans votre école élémentaire, êtes-vous de plus en plus témoin de cette nouvelle littératie, celle du super-pouvoir? Le langage de la programmation ou codage est important dans la société. Venez en découvrir ses forces pour le développement des compétences globales, et échanger sur des pistes à observer lors de vos visites en classe.

Presenter(s):

Linda Love

Leader pédagogique TacTIC – Ministry of Education
Linda Love a travaillé au palier élémentaire en tant qu’enseignante, conseillère pédagogique et direction d’école pendant un peu plus de 30 ans. Durant ces années, elle a aussi oeuvré à titre de conseillère pédagogique à l’échelon provincial dans le cadre du projet FARE, et de direction des services pédagogiques au conseil scolaire Viamonde dans les volets Politique d’aménagement linguistique et cadre d’efficacité des écoles. Elle occupe pour une quatrième année le poste de leader pédagogique au service de formation professionnelle – volet formation et accompagnement, auprès de l’équipe TacTIC du CFORP. Son rôle d’appui aux directions d’école dans la mise en oeuvre et la poursuite du virage à l’ère numérique la passionne. Apprenante à vie, Linda s’intéresse hautement aux domaines reliés au développement des compétences globales ; et souhaite humblement pouvoir contribuer dans un modèle de collaboration avec les directions d’école et le personnel enseignant à la réussite de tous les élèves.

Digitize Your Diorama

Is it time to upgrade that “project in a box” and meet the needs of the innovative student? We’ll show you how to dive into the world of STEAM and makerspace to enhance student learning and update that classic project that we all love. By showcasing multiple ways to build upon your current project, you’ll learn how to integrate virtual reality, physical coding, and green screen technologies to make learning interactive.

Presenter(s):

Michael Drezek

District Technology Integrator/Teacher Leader – Lake Shore CSD
I am the Technology Integrator/Teacher Leader for the Lake Shore Central School District. I earned a B.A. in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification from SUNY Geneseo and a M.S.Ed in Educational Technology from SUNY Buffalo State. I spent 10 years as a Mathematics Teacher and a majority of those as Team Leader at Lake Shore Middle School. It is my 14th year at Lake Shore and 4th as District Technology Integrator. I serve on the District Technology Committee and Western New York Technology Integrators’ Forum Advisory Panel. I am a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Certified Educator and Trainer, 2016 Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds. I was selected as a 2018 Minecraft Education Global Mentor and am an active educator/learning ambassador for Bloxels Edu, Buncee, CoSpaces, CueThink, Flipgrid, Hoonuit and Seesaw. I am a Sutori Storyteller and am also member of the educator focus group for Belouga seeking ways to bring emotional equity through global collaboration to our classrooms. I have also reviewed educational publications for Corwin Press and am currently working toward becoming a Peer Reviewer for coursework on Participate Learning. I was recognized with the NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2016 NYSCATE Annual Conference. In 2016 I also joined the growing number of educators taking on the Teach Sustainable Development Goals initiative to advance and strengthen the work of the United Nations in its efforts to transform our world and meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. I enjoy connecting with and learning from other educators on Twitter at @m_drez.

Kyle Kitchen

IT 4 Learning – DSBN
Kyle Kitchen is a coder, maker, speaker, presenter, leader, and all-around teacher of innovation. Teaching for over 17 years in the Niagara region (the past 7 as a technology integrator), he often describes his role as the bridge between curriculum and technology. He is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to enhance their learning through the use of modern technology. He is rarely seen in the wild without his Batman tech bag of tricks and an extremely large coffee in hand.

Melanie Kitchen

Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC
Melanie is a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Staff Development for Erie 1 BOCES, which services 108 school districts in Western New York. For the last 14 years, Melanie has worked with students, teachers and administrators to implement research based instructional strategies combined with purposeful technology integration.

Lee Martin

Educator, Consultant, Professional Risk-taker – DSBN, Brock University
Lee Martin is an Elementary Teacher and Makerspace Instructional Coach in Niagara and an Instructor for the Faculty of Education, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. An award-winning educator, Lee empowers educators and students to see themselves as daredevils who take risks, solve problems and make a better world. Lee is also a consultant and researcher who has supported educators and companies from around the globe on diverse topics such as makerspace, coding and robotics, digital citizenship, risk taking and supporting young mathematicians. Finally, Lee is a passionate advocate of equity in education and demonstrates this commitment through his COMPUTERS4CHANGE charity which seeks to provide greater accessibility to educational technology for students and educators.

Escape the Traditional Assignment

Join the escape movement! Inspired by our secondary student’s interest in escape rooms and the importance of imbedded 21st Century skills into our teaching, we decided to create an experience. Hear how we used an empty classroom and minimal funds to build an escape room in our school. Through student and teacher collaboration, creative thinking skills and technology, we used curriculum expectations and a culminating assignment to create the ultimate group project.

Presenter(s):

Jody Jakubo

Teacher – Rainbow District School Board
Jody began her teaching career in 2005 with the York Region District School Board. She moved back home to Sudbury three years later where she is currently an English teacher at Confederation Secondary School. Jody is passionate about incorporating 21st century learning skills into the classroom and allowing students to drive their own learning through the use of inquiry projects. Jody believes that validating student’s personal interests is key to building relationships. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children as well as seeking out escape room experiences.

Victoria Zymantas

Teacher – Rainbow District School Board
Vicki Zymantas is the current program leader of Science and Student Success at Confederation Secondary School in Val Caron.  She has been an incredibly strong advocate for the incorporation of 21st Century Learning Skills into all classrooms.  She introduced the concept of engaging students through break-out boxes and Escape Rooms at her secondary school and is hoping to do the same through her passion for coding and relevant computer related skills. She has also taken on the role as the SHSM lead for the ICT SHSM in her school. She believes that inquiry based learning is key with regards to students discovering their passions and through such learning students learn perseverance, dedication and that failure only leads to success.

Functions & Relations in Language Instruction
Inspiring Young Learners Through Coding

The early years are a great time to introduce coding concepts as a way of thinking about the everyday and digital worlds. Learn from Apple Distinguished Educators who use iPad to inspire elementary students with cross-curricular lessons in coding from the free Everyone Can Code resources.

Presenter(s):

Sharon Drummond

– Apple Canada

Jen Gilpin

Grade 2 Teacher – Lambton Kent District School Board
Jen Gilpin is a Grade 2 teacher with Lambton Kent District School Board. She is passionate about integrating iPad into her classroom and connecting with her local community to create meaningful experiences for students. Jen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and her classroom adventures are chronicled on twitter under #pem137

Introduction to Data Analysis tools – Excel, Power BI, Watson and Beyond

This session will use a basic data set to demonstrate the possibilities with Excel, Power BI and Watson to visualization and analyze a basic data set.

Presenter(s):

Jim Wright

Student Information Systems Supervisor – District School Board of Niagara
Jim has worked in the District School Board of Niagara for 31 years, most recently as the Supervisor of Student Information Systems since 2005. During this time his work has expanded from collecting data, to integrating, engaging in data analysis and visualization of our data sets.

Integrating Robotics To Extend Learning in the Primary and Special Education Classroom

Participants will take part in a hands on workshop that demonstrates how various robotics can be integrated into primary/special education programs while connecting coding to the Ontario curriculum in order to support the development of 21st century skills. Session includes exploration of Ozobot, Bluebot, Dash and Makey Makey, along with the opportunity to use these tools in various challenges. Participants will learn best practices and tips for getting started, as well as ideas and resources that can be immediately implemented into any primary/special education classroom

Presenter(s):

Laura Collins

Teacher – Toronto District School Board
Laura Collins is a Kindergarten/Grade 1 Special Education teacher and DLL with the Toronto District School Board. Laura has taught a variety of subjects in a number of educational roles ranging from Kindergarten – Grade 8 and incorporates technology into her daily teaching. She is a Certified Google Educator and has presented workshops on technology/STEM within her board as well as at OISE, ETFO and Ontario Google Summits. She loves all things Google, coding, robotics, STEM and any edtech innovation that increases student engagement and makes work easier for teachers.

Minds on Media – VLE Style

Are you looking for free resources, aligned to curriculum, to support your students? Interested in a documenting learning and looking for a free, safe, secure and robust tool? Wanting to engage parents as well as your students in the digital wing of your classroom? Curious to know what software titles are available for you to use for free in your classroom? Do you teach elearning and are looking for strategies to deepen engagement and improve retention and student success? Then this is the session for you! Come and ask questions, get answers and tailor the learning to your needs. This Minds on Media session will focus on the VLE, Ministry provided digital resources and engagement strategies for elearning in an open forum where you drive the learning. Visit us to ask some questions, get some solutions or just see what’s out there – everyone will leave with some new knowledge. The London NE Minds on Media session will be running during every time slot on Thursday so come back throughout the day as new questions arise. Last year over 200 educators participated in our session and benefitted from personalized learning. Check out https://youtu.be/lDUzsPypci4 for an idea of the power that the VLE can offer your classroom.

Movement to Maker

Our presentation will introduce our Movement to Maker framework — the stages a learner advances through in moving from digital technology consumer to maker/innovator with the same tools. Our study focuses on participants from three participant pools — B.Ed. students, in-service teachers and M.Ed. students. After introducing our “Movement to Maker” framework and providing a brief overview of our study and findings, we will engage participants in a condensed walk-through of the stages using maker tools. This will demonstrate the different situations in which the framework could be applied.

Presenter(s):

Laura Dobos

Research Assistant – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Laura is currently a masters students at UOIT, under the leadership of Canada Research Chair, Janette Hughes. She has a BSc in Biology and Nutrition from the University of Guelph, and graduated from UOIT’s Faculty of Education with a BEd degree in 2017. Having a background in athletics and the arts, she is always striving to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to learning in the classroom. Her passion for learning and growing has pushed her into the work of makerspaces and makerspace education.

Laura Morrison

Project Manager, Research – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Laura Morrison is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She currently teaches the online course Learning in Digital Contexts to primary/junior and intermediate/senior teacher candidates. Laura is also the project manager of research in Canada Research Chair, Dr. Janette Hughes’ STEAM3D lab, located within the Faculty of Education. Laura completed her Master’s of Arts at UOIT, with a focus on the impact of digital literacies in education. Her favourite ways to communicate are through poetry, narrative and image.

So you’re already using GAFE, eh?

This workshop is for teachers currently using Google Apps for Education in the classroom and would like to expand their knowledge by learning how to implement the 6 C’s of 21st century education (Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Character Education, Citizenship) through various Google Applications.

Presenter(s):

Sapna Khosa

Grade 6 Teacher – Peel District School Board
I am a grade 6 teacher in the Peel District School Board and a self-taught Google Geek, who loves to make all aspects of teaching more efficient, effective and manageable. I am always looking to learn and explore new ways to use technology and I enjoy the level of collaboration that Google Apps and other programs bring to the classroom.

Solutions clef en main pour l’apprentissage hybride de la M-12 année (French immersion welcome)

Dans cet atelier, nous vous présenterons une panoplie d’outils mis en place pour simplifier l’utilisation de l’environnement d’apprentissage virtuel (EAV) de l’Ontario. Entre autres, des pages de cours clef en main avec toutes les ressources du Ministère de l’Éducation (m-6) de l’Ontario liées au curriculum et des cours complets (modulaires) dans les matières de base (7-12).

Presenter(s):

Ghislaine Laurin

Chargée de projet – CFORP
Chargée de projet au sein du service Appui technologique du Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), agente responsable de la Banque de ressources éducatives de l’Ontario (BREO), de la Communauté d’@pprentissage Ontario (C@O) et d’autres initiatives appuyant les services numériques et les infrastructures techniques des conseils scolaires de langue française de l’Ontario.

Jean-Sylvain Lapensee

Project manager – CFORP
Ex-enseignant de sciences, math et informatique, je travaille en tant que chargé de projet au CFORP au sein des 12 conseils scolaires francophones de l’Ontario pour favoriser le déploiement des ressources éducatives francophones via les EAV.

STEAM and Make Your Way in K-3

Want to incorporate a makerspace and Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) activities into your K-3 program or learning commons? Join us and learn how we have included a makerspace in our school with STEAM challenges. A makerspace engages students to collaborate naturally to solve real-world problems with a hands-on curriculum. As participants in a recent TLLP project on Making and STEM, we will share our experiences including successes and challenges to get you started in this interactive and hands on presentation.

Presenter(s):

Nancy Martins

Teacher – Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Nancy Martins is a Teacher-Librarian in an Elementary School (FDK-8) in Mississauga Ontario. Nancy has worked with a TLLP team at the school to bring STEAM opportunities into the school through STEM challenges and teacher collaboration.

Vickie Morgado

Teacher – DPCDSB
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 17 years. She has taught multiple grades and worked as a technology coach. Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world becoming agents of change. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT, OAME and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE 2015 and 2017. Vickie is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, and PioNear. She uses technology in her classroom to connects her students with the world.

Nancy Zabukovec

Teacher – DPCDSB
Nancy has been a teacher with the DPCDSB for 16 years. Throughout her years of teaching, she has taught students in the primary, junior, and intermediate divisions. Nancy finds excitement in providing students with engaging opportunities, linking the Ontario curriculum with STEM challenges. Nancy has a passion for health and well-being, showing leadership in health through speaking at OPHEA’s annual conference and in guiding her school’s Health Action Team toward leading many health-related school initiatives. Nancy believes in the importance of teaching students to build healthy relationship with technology.

Taking Learning Beyond the Walls: How technology redefines our idea who makes up a community of learners and breaks down barriers.

Why don’t we encourage students to learn along side one another when they are in different classrooms, schools, or cities? Our classrooms are made of a multitude of learners, how do we meet the needs of ALL learners with multiple needs? We leverage the technology to do this – G-suite for education, chromebooks, student devices and much more!

Presenter(s):

Ian McLain

Instructional Program Leader – Elementary – Halton District School Board
Proud Husband and Father of 2. Instructional Program Leader – Halton District School board. I strive to learn and lead in equal measure and find improvable ideas through knowledge building and networking.

Lisa Pilgrim

Instructional Program Leader – Elementary – Halton District School Board
A former architect and intermediate teacher, I have worked as a Math Coach as well as an Instructional Program Leader for the HDSB.

Judy Sackville

Assistive Technology Lead – Halton District School Board
Judy is the Assistive Technology Lead at the Halton District School Board. She is a passionate advocate for all that is Special Education. Leveraging technology to increase independence, access potential and support student success is a must. What is Necessary for some, is good for all, and essential for specific. Building capacity in schools across Halton to build students independence, self confidence and access their potential no matter what roadblocks or learning differences they experience.

Thoughts on The Ed-Tech Cathedral in Bazaar Times – Download the Presentation Files

More and more web 2.0 tools are vying for both our dollars and our user data. What role do open source initiatives play in helping to wrest ownership away from commercial companies? How do we promote a culture of generosity using Open Educational Resources in a Teachers Pay Teachers world? This session will explore a variety of different emerging and established open source alternatives that teachers should be aware of, including OER, Open Badges, and Open Source software like H5P and WordPress, along with permissive copyright ideals upheld through Creative Commons licensing.

Presenter(s):

Jared Bennett

Consultant – Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Jared is a Digital Program Consultant with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

Understanding Your Digital Footprint – Download the presentation files

As many staff and students embrace the use of social media for home and work, it is important to learn how it can be used effectively. In this session we will look at some of the services that various groups are using. We will discuss how your digital footprint leaves a hidden trail online and what can be done with it (both the good and nefarious). Finally, your digital footprint is yours to control and we will need to be proactive in controlling our personal narrative. Specifically, we will look at how we can attempt to control what we share and to be selective in how it is shared.

Presenter(s):

Carlo Fusco

Teacher-Librarian – Waterloo Region DSB
Carlo Fusco is a Teacher-Librarian at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario. In the course of his career he has been an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher, and a college professor. Carlo has always been passionate about the use of technology to enhance student learning. He regularly shares his expertise when he facilitates Professional Development in the areas of blogging, podcasting, collaborative writing, cloud based tools, 1:1 chromebooks, elementary coding, flipped classrooms, and digital citizenship.

Spotlight Speaker – Student 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

6 Social: Watch fearless Niagara students solve the world’s problems

Niagara students will come together to present their social innovation projects before an audience of educators. They will receive feedback from a panel of technology, social innovation, and education experts, as well as from audience members.
6 Social was awarded an Ontario Centres of Excellence grant to bring real world experiential STEM learning to Niagara classrooms. The program equips teachers to guide students through a process where they break down a social or learning issue that affects them personally into its constituent parts, then apply a design thinking process to develop a practical solution.
Please join this inspiring group of Niagara Grade 4-12 students as they share their ideas to make their classroom and community better places to learn and live. Audience members will be invited to tweet their feedback to students after each presentation, and those who do so will have a chance to win an iPad or Chromebook for their class. #6SocialConnect @the6social

Sessions 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Are YOU Certifiable? Free Microsoft Certification

Join CCI Learning, a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, for your opportunity to earn a globally recognized Microsoft Office certification for FREE (over $260 value!).

Blended Learning with Microsoft Teams?

Let’s explore blended learning, its impact on teaching and learning, and see how the full suite of tools provided within Microsoft Teams will help you build a robust learning environment that fosters student success. Create a dynamic BYOD learning environment using the Microsoft Teams mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Empower learners by leveraging the devices they have in their pockets and using the tools we all love.

Presenter(s):

Ammar Aquil

– Microsoft Canada
After completing my bachelors of arts in politics and history at the University of Toronto, I went abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea for four years. I loved it so much I came back to Canada and enrolled in a Masters of Teaching program through the University of Toronto OISE. The Masters of Education Program also gave me the opportunity to be employed as a Teacher Researcher, which allowed me to assist with ongoing studies on the implementation of language learning policy in Ontario through the Heritage Languages Program. My knowledge of 21st century teaching pedagogy was further refined through my Masters of Teaching Research Paper, through which I immersed myself in studying and sharing the experiences of educators using commercial videogames in the classroom. Through a combination of practical classroom experience, research and education I now find myself empowered by my experiences and knowledge of Microsoft’s learning tools and hope I can help share their capabilities with fellow educators.

Mario Asta

Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program – Microsoft Canada
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve more!

Coulter Lewis

Microsoft Learning Consultant – Microsoft Canada
Coulter holds a Master’s in Education with a focus on motivation in the classroom. He has used his teaching credentials to travel the world teaching in IB International schools over the last 5 years with stops in Dubai, Melbourne and San Francisco. Working within the international private school sector that supported 1:1 technology it was imperative to utilize technology daily in the classroom from collaboration with students to communication with parents. His role as a Microsoft Learning Consultant provides him an opportunity to assist others using technology, making classroom implementation as seamless and simple as possible. His role with Microsoft also provides an opportunity for him to share his expertise with game based learning platforms such as Minecraft.

Capture the Math! Using technology to move beyond traditional assessmen

Mathematics has traditionally been a product-based course when it comes to assessment. But how can we break the mold and effectively capture student thinking through observations and conversations? Join us to learn how apps such as Explain Everything, ShowMe, and Nearpod, as well as online tools such as Flipgrid, Google Sites, and blogs, can revolutionize mathematics assessment and get to the heart of student thinking.

Presenter(s):

Heather Theijsmeijer

Renewed Math Strategy Co-ordinator – Rainbow District School Board
A Math and Physics teacher for 15 years, Heather is currently the Renewed Math Strategy Co-ordinator (grades 7-12) for the Rainbow District School Board. Her role allows her to split her time between working directly with students, and facilitating collaborative inquiry projects with teams of teachers, developing and implementing innovative, technology-enabled teaching, learning, and assessment practices in Math.

CIO Pannel

The Niagara CIO Consortium members will discuss how they were able to create a consortium that collaborates and works together to improve technical services and youth retention within the Niagara Region.

Coffee with a Geek Interviews

Ever wanted to hear EdTech Leaders speak candidly about their work and experiences? Come and watch as Andrew Wheelock interviews your favorite geeks – asking them about their lives as educators in this new tech saturated world. Watch out for the Speed Geek Questions – you may discover that you are a Geek as well! See http://www.coffeewithageek.org/p/geeky-fun.html

Presenter(s):

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator – Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
I am an educator, husband and father of 3!…. after 13 years as an elementary teacher, I slowly found myself gravitating to teaching and learning with technology. I survived the early days of the internet, with turtle slow modems and static webpages to see the incredible age of the technology renaissance. The power and engagement possibilities of today’s technology from mobile devices to virtual environments, to gaming is incredible. The true value is harnessing it to make powerful learning experiences, as well as, helping students navigate technology dangers. I have many ideas of my own on how that happens, but I feel I grow much deeper understanding when I talked to other innovative educators. These educators inspire me to go beyond and push the boundaries.

Digital Lead Learner – Embedded Coaching in the OCDSB

Last year, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board started the Digital Lead Learner (DLL) Network. The DLL Network is an embedded coaching model where every school has one teacher designated as their DLL. The DLL receives three days of in-school release to help colleagues improve the use of technology in their classrooms. DLLs also receive three half days of PD to develop their coaching skills, learn more about various uses of technology, and how to leverage digital technology with strong pedagogy. After one year, the feedback has been positive. Embedded coaching reaches more staff and has the potential for a broader impact than central coaching alone.

Presenter(s):

Jason Rodger

Elementary ICT Consultant – Ottawa Carleton District School Board
A French Immersion teacher from Ottawa and currently ICT Consultant, Jason Rodger has been integrating technology into his teaching since the day a class asked if they could do things differently. He now works with students, teachers, and administrators to bring their vision of learning with technology to life. His motto? Tech if necessary but not necessarily tech.

Richard Swandel

Secondary ICT Consultant – Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Richard Swandel is an educator with 16 years experience as a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. His current obsessions include equity in edtech, GSuite, learning spreadsheets. and Google Cardboard.

Driving Digital Transformation in Education with Modern Collaboration Tools and Services

Join Microsoft for a session on digital transformation through collaboration! We’ll share all the updates on what’s new in Office 365 and some of the latest and greatest collaboration tools to help your education system digitally transform. Learn how you can create the best personalized learning experience for your students and optimize the way teachers and staff work!

Presenter(s):

Wemba Opota

Technology Strategist – Microsoft Canada
Wemba is a Technology Strategist at Microsoft Canada. He is passionate about innovation and likes to explore new possibilities at the blurring frontier of technology and business. For more than 15 years, he has been working with organizations from various industries around the world, helping them to reimagine and transform their business models, reach their digital aspirations and capitalizing on relevant business disruptions and leading technologies. Wemba has degrees in Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Business Administration from the University of Dijon, McGill University and HEC.

Edwin: collaboration that drives innovation and student engagement

In this session engage directly with the Superintendent of Education at Trillium Lakelands District School Board, the teachers and technology consultants about their shared experiences and direct collaboration with Edwin, Nelson’s all-in-one learning ecosystem. Designed by Nelson, Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher, and informed by direct collaboration with students, teachers, administrators and parents, Edwin is the tool for the modern classroom. Edwin is a learning ecosystem built around proven pedagogical knowledge that integrates with a school’s existing technology to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment. Its technology is designed to help educators teach and to keep students engaged, and better engagement leads to better student outcomes. In this session you will learn how Edwin worked to improve student engagement and outcomes through TLDSB’s physical to digital classroom transformation.

Elementary Coding – Download the presentation files

The Hour of Code is a great way to get students started in coding. From Raspberry Pi’s, Micro:bits, Sphero, and Makey-Makey, there are many devices and websites that can be used to extend the learning. With a primary focus on K-8 classrooms, we will examine projects that extend coding into the makerspace and fully engage students with easy to complete projects.

Presenter(s):

Carlo Fusco

Teacher-Librarian – Waterloo Region DSB
Carlo Fusco is a Teacher-Librarian at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario. In the course of his career he has been an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher, and a college professor. Carlo has always been passionate about the use of technology to enhance student learning. He regularly shares his expertise when he facilitates Professional Development in the areas of blogging, podcasting, collaborative writing, cloud based tools, 1:1 chromebooks, elementary coding, flipped classrooms, and digital citizenship.

How do you help?

Starting to find your current helpdesk solution is getting long in the tooth? Doesn’t support modern methods of automation, reporting and planning? Does it take longer to log a ticket than to do the work? Listen to how CSC Providence and the ECNO STS team transitioned to a new helpdesk solution and the rewards it offers.

Presenter(s):

Jason Barker

ECNO Shared Technical Serivces – Analyst – Simcoe County District School Board

Marc Ethier

Technicien en informatique – Conseil scolaire catholique Providence
Marc Ethier has been with CscProvidence since 2003. He has worked on numerous projects, most recently implementing TOPdesk.

Idoceo, un carnet de notes et un planificateur numérique

L’application Idoceo est un superbe outil pour planifier et pour consigner vos observations, vos discussions et vos évaluations. Plus besoin de cartables, de feuilles et de planchettes, plus besoin de transférer des fichiers audio, vidéo ou de photos. Avec Idoceo, tout peut être consigné au même endroit de façon efficace. Tout ce dont vous avez besoin est un iPad, un peu de temps et de la confiance.

Presenter(s):

Josée Millette

Enseignante – Conseil scolaire viamonde
Diplômée de l’Université du Québec à Montréal en 2006, j’ai enseigné en français dans plusieurs provinces canadiennes. Curieuse de nature, j’aime expérimenter de nouvelle méthode d’enseignement et explorer de nouvelles avenues. L’application Ideceo est une belle découverte très pratique…

Kinders Who Code

Why should all the older grades learn coding, when we know it’s the new Kindergarten program is on the forefront of innovative learning? Kinders Who Code is a great way to begin coding with your younger students to enhance learning through spatial development, problem solving and computational thinking. This engaging session features all different types of coding through the use of unplugged activities, robotics and creative apps and will feature hands-on activities and alignment with the Four Frames of Kindergarten, that you can take back to your classroom tomorrow.

Presenter(s):

Kyle Kitchen

IT 4 Learning – DSBN
Kyle Kitchen is a coder, maker, speaker, presenter, leader, and all-around teacher of innovation. Teaching for over 17 years in the Niagara region (the past 7 as a technology integrator), he often describes his role as the bridge between curriculum and technology. He is passionate about inspiring teachers and students to enhance their learning through the use of modern technology. He is rarely seen in the wild without his Batman tech bag of tricks and an extremely large coffee in hand.

Krispii and Curricular Learning

Take a look at the krispii toolset and the krispii library filled with project-based resources in both English and French. This is a bilingual presentation providing strategies for taking language learning to the next level by using project-based learning as a means to transfer knowledge from one subject domain to another.

Life is Short—Capture the Moment!

Clips, a free iOS app for iPhone and iPad, creates a fun new way for video to redefine how students demonstrate learning. In this hands-on session with Apple Distinguished Educators, you’ll explore how to capture and share learning moments with new features like Live Titles, filters, stickers, and more.

Presenter(s):

Sharon Drummond

– Apple Canada

Jen Gilpin

Grade 2 Teacher – Lambton Kent District School Board
Jen Gilpin is a Grade 2 teacher with Lambton Kent District School Board. She is passionate about integrating iPad into her classroom and connecting with her local community to create meaningful experiences for students. Jen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and her classroom adventures are chronicled on twitter under #pem137

Managing Your Classroom & Communications Using Google Forms – Download the presentation files

Google Forms allows you to collect data and document learning while maximizing your efficiency with recurring tasks. During this session, participants will learn how to use Google Forms, as well as some of its complementary modules (DocAppender and FormMule). With a few clicks on your tablet, you will be able to keep parents, colleagues and administrators informed of the progress, needs, and behaviour related incidents of each of your students. A great way for classroom teachers, specialists and administrators to optimize communication with parents without giving up your evenings!

Presenter(s):

Dominyk Kuhn-Bach

Teacher – CSViamonde
Teaching computer science and technologies since 1998. Now working for the french schools as an online teacher for the last 7 years in social sciences and technologies of communications. Developping tools to ease the process of communication with the parents and to keep traces of all communications. How to ease the process for a more efficient communication?

Pascale Vandenhaak

Physical and Health Educator – CS Viamonde
Pascale is completing her 24th year as a teacher, 21 of which have been in the physical & health education field. She teaches in her area of specialties of H&PE and music at École Nouvel Horizon in Welland for the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde. She is passionate about promoting health and physical literacy with her students and colleagues across her board where she assists with coaching and in-service training. Pascale is also an Ontario Physical Health Education Association (Ophea) Ambassador and helps to promote teaching resources through leading workshops, webinars, blogs and resource review. A curious learner with an interest in technology, Pascale looks for ways to incorporate technology in all facets of her job to facilitate delivery and to enhance learning for her students.

Minds on Media – VLE Style

Are you looking for free resources, aligned to curriculum, to support your students? Interested in a documenting learning and looking for a free, safe, secure and robust tool? Wanting to engage parents as well as your students in the digital wing of your classroom? Curious to know what software titles are available for you to use for free in your classroom? Do you teach elearning and are looking for strategies to deepen engagement and improve retention and student success? Then this is the session for you! Come and ask questions, get answers and tailor the learning to your needs. This Minds on Media session will focus on the VLE, Ministry provided digital resources and engagement strategies for elearning in an open forum where you drive the learning. Visit us to ask some questions, get some solutions or just see what’s out there – everyone will leave with some new knowledge. The London NE Minds on Media session will be running during every time slot on Thursday so come back throughout the day as new questions arise. Last year over 200 educators participated in our session and benefitted from personalized learning. Check out https://youtu.be/lDUzsPypci4 for an idea of the power that the VLE can offer your classroom.

Robotics to Support Students With Special Needs – Download the Presentation Files

Come on a journey to see how a small middle school in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board strived to make technology, robotics, and coding accessible to all students including the Behaviour Intervention Program Unit and our Autism Systems Class. See the wonders that came out of the experience, the learning that unraveled, and how robotics can help not only enrich, but access the curriculum of your special needs students. Learn how you can set up your classroom and plan activities, working as a team of educators. Also, get hands-on experience with robots, keeping student’s needs in mind.

Presenter(s):

Suzanne D’Eon

K-12 Instructional Technology Coach – OCDSB
Suzanne D’Eon is a Technology Coach for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is passionate about implementing critical thinking and technology into the classroom. She has been involved with the New Pedagogy of Deep Learning (NPD) piloting project that showcased her Coding project to represent the Canadian cluster as well as her entrepreneur project as a global exemplar. She believes by showcasing the 6 C’s it allows students to grow and excel in their learning towards their Exit Outcomes. Currently, she is investigating new ways to implement technology for all into the classroom including Robotics and Pedagogical Documentation.

Louise Vaillancourt

K-12 Instructional Technology Coach – Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Louise Vaillancourt is a Technology Coach for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is passionate about STEM and language learning. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for technological tools and strives to make robotics and coding accessible to all. Currently, she is also experimenting with PedDoc, the Maker Mindset and improving workflow for educators.

Showcasing OneNote and MORE in Primary Education

I have been using Microsoft OneNote for the last three years in my 2nd and 3rd grade class. I have seen immense improvements in student engagement, increased reading levels, higher critical thinking skills, and an overall love of learning. I am so excited to share how I have been using this tool as a way to personalize my primary classroom, and to make learning more meaningful and fun! If you already know about the magic of OneNote, join this session to learn how it can be successfully used with a younger generation of learners.

Presenter(s):

Kaylyn Dorland

Elementary Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow – Halton Catholic District School Board
Kaylyn is a passionate teacher from the Halton Catholic District School Board, where she has been teaching since 2011. In 2014 she was selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert by Microsoft in Education, Canada. Joining this community of innovative educators was when her journey with 21st century learning really began. Since then, she has developed strategic ways to teach her primary students how to successfully use OneNote, Sway, Minecraft, Code.org and Skype on a regular basis in her classroom. Kaylyn is also strong advocate for global education and collaboration. One of her goals is to help other teachers, students and classrooms to connect worldwide; giving them a live experience of collaborating and learning from and with each other. Kaylyn is now become a Microsoft Educator Fellow and Trainer, as well as Team Lead for an exciting TLLP project. She continues to work closely with 21st century teaching leads across the globe, conducts and participates in webinars, workshops and webcasts as well as write about her experiences with 21st century learning in education.

The Gradual Release Blended Learning Mode

In the 2017-2018 school year two schools from the WRDSB engaged in a cross panel collaborative project focusing on teacher learning about project based learning and inquiry. Huron Heights Secondary School and feeder school Groh Public School brought together teachers from a variety of disciplines and grades to organically pair up teachers and their classes to engage in an open-ended collaboration. Using the PKE (Provincial Knowledge Exchange) model, teachers were given the freedom to design a collaboration that helped enhance their own knowledge about PBL and inquiry. With a strong focus on metacognition, the group is exploring how to best implement PBL and inquiry in both elementary and secondary classrooms, but also foster a continuation of the learning between the panels. Come hear how the team facilitated this learning, the successes and areas for growth, as well as the results of the power of cross panel collaboration.

Presenter(s):

Andrew Bieronski

Teacher – Waterloo Region District School Board
Andrew Bieronski is a high school teacher at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, ON, which is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is passionate about finding ways to leverage technology in the classroom to improve student learning and achievement. Andrew serves as an Educational Technology Mentor to startup companies that are part of the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program and is the founder and director of TEDxKitchenerED.

Jamie Reaburn

Teacher – WRDSB
Jamie is a passionate educator in the WRDSB who focuses on the ideas of personalization of learning and descriptive feedback rather than grades. As an active collaborator, she has co-facilitated engaging and meaningful student-led projects that provide her students with opportunities to have a voice on a global level. Jamie also presents at various conferences across Ontario including BIT and Connect. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is being a mommy to two beautiful, funny, and creative little girls.

Reception and Prizing 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, April 27
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – STEVE BROWN 8:00 am – 9:15 am

Driving equity in the classroom with the right digital learning tools

As our society moves into what has been called the 4th industrial revolution, what ramifications does this have for the modern classroom? Are we pushing the right initiatives to ensure that each student, regardless of their socioeconomic background, is getting equal access to the same resources to prepare them for a rapidly changing work environment? This talk will explore what initiatives have been successful around the world in promoting equity in the classroom and what Nelson, as Canada’s largest educational publisher, is doing to change the way we prepare this country’s students for the future.

Steve Brown

President & Chief Executive Officer – Nelson

Steve Brown has made his mark in Canada and Internationally by leading organizations through digital transformation. His career spans a diverse mix of industry and technology experience from multi-media entertainment, logistics services, automotive, and now to learning solutions. Since joining NELSON in September 2016, Steve has transformed the vision for this 104-year-old company by reimagining the role and purpose of a publisher in 2017 and beyond. Introducing a matrix driven view to the management culture, and unifying a K20 student-centric business division is at the core of this shift to a cohesive customer focused structure. He has reframed the organization’s digital competency by instituting a technology department comprised of some the world’s best and brightest talent based in Silicon Beach California. Additionally, over the past 12 months the company has engaged in various M&A activities, including the acquisition of one of its largest competitors, as well as signing numerous agency and partnership deals to ensure NELSON offers a world class portfolio of learning solution and for all its markets. Steve’s passion and commitment to transforming education, and the student learning experience, continues to fuel the innovation pipeline at NELSON.

Spotlight Speaker – Jennifer Kranenburg 9:30 am – 10:20 am

Be A Game Changer!

Jennifer is passionate about following student voice in order to address relevant social justice issues. She will share her journey of working with a group of students to empower them to create change within their communities. Discover how they harnessed the power of technology, the support of their community and engaged in a multitude of cross curricular activities in order to become responsible citizens in their community.

Jennifer Kranenburg

Elementary Math Coach – Lambton Kent District School Board

Jennifer is an Elementary Math Coach working with students from FDK to Grade 7 across the Lambton Kent District School Board. She seeks to find innovative ways to engage students in developing 21st century skills as they develop their conceptual understanding of curriculum content in all subject areas.

Sessions 9:30 am – 10:20 am
A Digital Privacy Guide for Teachers: How to Protect Student Data in a World of Free Apps

This presentation is for educators and is designed to increase awareness about digital privacy and student data. Attendees will explore a free online course designed to inform educators on the importance of protecting student data in our digital world. There will be collaborative discussion on current issues surrounding student data, digital privacy, and the use of free applications. We will also highlight a simple online tool that we created to help teachers evaluate the safety of free digital resources (e.g., apps, websites, software).

Presenter(s):

Michael Cain

Consultant – Durham Catholic District School Board
Michael Cain has been teaching for over 20 years at both the elementary and secondary level. He is currently the Consultant for ICT and eLearning for the Durham Catholic District School Board. Michael’s areas of expertise include Office 365, Windows, Mac OS, Global Competencies, Digital Citizenship, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and Distance Learning. He has presented at previous Connect Conferences as well as Bring IT, When Faith Meets Pedagogy and CASSA

Brian Chen

Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact – Durham Catholic District School Board
Brian is a teaching and learning consultant with the Durham Catholic District School Board currently in the role of the TELTC (Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Contact). He has been a high school teacher, a business curriculum manager for an online private school and an online teacher. He and Michael Cain co-wrote the 21st Century Shepherds: Stewards of Student Data course in 2016 and he is eager to share his experiences with digital privacy at Connect 2017.

All I need to know about Augmented Reality, I learned in kindergarten.

You want to infuse some excitement into exploring and discovering a topic in your classroom but the only “budget” you have is your time. Wouldn’t you like to be able to leverage augmented reality to encourage learners to self-discover information and have a more engaging multimedia experience? Join me to learn how to create AR experiences for free, in 4 easy steps, in less than a minute.

Presenter(s):

Cindy Plunkett

Manager, eLearning and Educational Technologies – Baycrest Health Sciences
Cindy Plunkett is a project manager of eLearning and educational technologies at Baycrest Health Sciences and the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. She is also an executive director of finance for the eACH Conference, a lecturer in the graduate studies programs for family and community medicine at the University of Toronto, and a sessional lecturer in the education faculty at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

BYOD in Primary? Yes You Can!

Learn firsthand from a primary grade teacher how to effectively integrate BYOD into a primary classroom. Hear about best practices and how to connect to curriculum areas and document student learning. Explore challenges and issues around digital equity and management of devices. Find resources to help you create a classroom of next generation learners!

Presenter(s):

Vickie Morgado

Teacher – DPCDSB
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 17 years. She has taught multiple grades and worked as a technology coach. Vickie believes in empowering her students to take charge of their learning to create positive change in the world becoming agents of change. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Brock University and has presented throughout southern Ontario at various conferences including BIT, OAME and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE 2015 and 2017. Vickie is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, and PioNear. She uses technology in her classroom to connects her students with the world.

Customizing The Microsoft QNA Maker Chat BOT

QnA Maker allows you to build, train and publish a simple question and answer bot based on FAQ URLs, structured documents or editorial content in minutes. Learn how to build and test a simple chat bot, review the chat logs, and keep your bot up to date. Kyle will also demonstrate an interface built using standard HTML along with a MySQL database to allow for greater customization and more helpful responses.

Presenter(s):

Kyle Tuck

EdTech Coordinator – Brock University
Kyle evaluates, tests, and deploys, and trains a wide variety of instructional, collaboration, educational, and information technologies. He provides training on use of the technologies, including best practices. He has worked for Brock University’s Faculty of Education for nearly 20 years.

Le mouvement FIXER : une version plus écolo du mouvement MAKER

Le mouvement MAKER permet aux élèves d’exprimer et d’illustrer leur créativité en créant et en fabriquant une foule d’objets. Or, cela exige souvent un grand investissement en équipement, en plus d’avoir un impact écologique discutable. Si nous nous servions de cette créativité pour réparer, améliorer ou donner une seconde vie aux objets et aux appareils que nous possédons déjà, nous pourrions réduire notre impact sur la santé de notre planète. Venez en discuter pour déterminer la façon de mettre en œuvre un mouvement FIXER à votre école.

Presenter(s):

Pierre Sarazin

Solutions specialist – CFORP
Teacher, computer programmer, physicist and mathematician, Pierre Sarazin has worked at the high school level for 9 years. Seeing every problem as an opportunity to learn and apply a new solution, he has earned the nickname MacGyver among his peers for his creative problem-solving skills.
A Google Certified Teacher, and former learning technology coordinator, he strives to effectively use technology in his classroom. Pierre is a proponent of the Connectivist learning model, proposed by Siemens and Downes. The premise of this model is that it is more important to know where, know how and know why, than to simply know.
Currently, Pierre works at the Centre Franco-Ontarien de Ressources Pédagogiques (CFORP) as a solutions specialist for the Ontario provincial implementation of Desire2Learn (D2L) by Brightspace.

Pedagogical Documentation in the Early Years

Journey through our TLLP project – Fostering 21st Century Learning Through Pedagogical Documentation: Home and School Connections. Through our project, we are digging deep into Pedagogical Documentation using Microsoft Teams and Class Notebook as our platform. We will look at best practices based on our experiences through our TLLP with connections to Pedagogical Documentation research. We will aid you in setting up your Team for your future use.We could do this sessions as a presentation or BYOD Workshop.

Presenter(s):

Jennifer Nalon

Teacher – CDSBEO
Jennifer has been an elementary teacher for 17 years, teaching K – 8 including Special Education and Differentiated Instruction. This past year, she has been the lead teacher of a Teacher Learning and Leadership Project with a focus on Pedagogical Documentation. She has always been passionate about Math and Growth Mindset, but a new passion is emerging: fostering teaching and learning with technology.

Robots in the Classroom

Using a 21st century learning lens, this presentation will investigate the use of technology in the classroom to support teaching and learning through inquiry. Several sample projects will be displayed showing how the use of robots (such as the dash, ozobot and sphero) can create a culture of innovation and collaboration in your classroom. In addition, this presentation will demonstrate how to connect the use of popular robots across the curriculum and incorporate programming and problem solving skills into collaborative projects for the junior classroom.

Presenter(s):

Amy Beecham

Instructional Coach – Peel District School Board
I have been teaching for 18 years and have a range of experiences from primary to intermediate classrooms, special education and ESL. Most recently, I taught in a paperless grade 8 classroom with flexible seating using a maker stance approach. I have a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and a passion for everything tech. Currently, I am an instructional coach in Brampton where I get to do what I love everyday!

David Tran

Instructional Coach – Peel District School Board
David currently works as Instructional Coach with the Peel District School Board. His passion includes promoting thinking through the teaching of Mathematics and Technology.

Tech & Leadership

Technology integration leadership can be difficult to manage. Whether it’s fostering band-wagon building and organic growth, or successfully implementing administrator leadership, find out what pathway might be most helpful for you to lead for empowering teachers and students.

Presenter(s):

Jonathan Redeker

K-12 Technology Coordinator – Goshen Central School District
Educational Technology Specialist, K-12 Technology Coordinator, NYSCATE Social Media Coordinator, educational disruptor

Technologie portable – notre avenir

Cette atelier sera d’intérêt aux personnes qui désirent découvrir le CODAGE avec MICROBIT. Le participant(e)s seront introduit au codage simple et gratuit pour MicroBit et créeront le code pour un compteur de pas. Les bénéfices d’apprendre à coder sont explorer ainsi que des applications réelles de technologie portable.

Presenter(s):

Vincent Bénard

Teacher – CS Viamonde
Enseignant des technologies, motivé par les possibilités pédagogiques qu’offrent les technologies de l’informatique en salle de classe. Les découvertes et l’application des nouvelles technologies maintiennent mon niveau d’enthousiasme et mon désir de partager mes connaissances avec les éducateurs(trices) intéressées. Venez démystifier le monde du modelage et impression 3D.

The Power of Minecraft in a Library Learning Commons

Reaching kids today in an increasingly digital world requires tools that both inspire students and meet educational goals. The collaborative and explorative design, coding and game-based elements of Minecraft are a perfect fit. Learning to harness this tool in a Library setting will support 21st century skills for a generation of learners.?Participants in this session will learn how powerful Minecraft: Education Edition can be in a Library Learning Commons space, and see examples of student growth collaboration, creativity and learning impact from around the world

Presenter(s):

Cynthia Gozzard

Itinerant Teacher Ed Tech Elementary – Grand Erie District School Board
As an Itinerant Teacher Ed Tech Elementary I help to support schools in their quest to infuse technology into the classroom. I’ve helped to support many schools in their transition from a traditional library space to a Learning Commons. Last year I focused on integrating game based learning into our Learning Commons set up which also featured print materials, digital materials and a MakerSpace.

Spotlight Speaker – Chad Whittington 10:30 am – 11:20 am

Everything I really need to know I learned teaching Coding

This isn’t another session about teaching coding. It’s a session about what coding can teach us. In this session I will share lessons learned from nearly twenty years of coding. You can apply these lessons in your classroom even if you are not a coder. Teaching coding has taught me problem-solving and critical thinking; collaboration and communication; project design and creativity. It has taught me to use assessment as a learning tool, to motivate students to achieve their goals, and to continually expand my learning. Join me for a thought provoking expedition into what it means to teach and learn in the digital age

Presenter(s):

Chad Whittington

K-12 IT4 Learning Consultant – District School Board of Niagara
Chad Whittington is the IT4 Learning Consultant with the District School Board of Niagara. In this role Chad works with an outstanding team of educators who promote the effective use of technology in the classroom. Chad is passionate about finding ways to use coding across multiple subject areas and grade levels. He believes that each decision we make as educators is an opportunity for learning. Before joining the IT4 Learning team Chad taught Computer Studies at Grimsby Secondary School for thirteen years.

Sessions 10:30 am – 11:20 am
Big Data and ITOA

Big Data and IT Operations Analytics Interactive session focused on Use Cases with examples and experience from Toronto District School Board.

Presenter(s):

Kiril Pamporov

IT Manager – Enterprise Administration – TDSB
IT Leader, with over 13 years of experience in IT Planning, Transformation and Delivery Operations. Leading Toronto District School Board IT Operations Analytics and Big Data transformation.

Ernando Silva

Senior Analyst, Database Services – Toronto District School Board
Ernando has 27+ years of progressive IT experience being 21+ years leading, managing, supervising, and coordinating teams responsible for 220+ systems simultaneously including 60+ mission critical applications. As well, he is an expert database architecture, database administrator, and data analyst. In addition, he is a PMP, an ITIL, a COBIT, an Oracle, and a Microsoft certified professional.

Creating and using 360 pics and video in the classroom

This session will introduce participants to different types of 360 media environments including Google Street View and Expeditions. But then take them through examples of how teachers might create and use similar environments in their own classrooms. Participants will be shown how to take 360 images share them with others. Participants will then be able to either shoot 360 videos or use ones already shot to edit and share using things like phones and Google Cardboard. This is a new presentation so I am attaching a presentation that will be part of this exploration.

Presenter(s):

Robert Long

Coordinator Learning Technology – OCSB
Learning Technologies Coordinator at Ottawa Catholic. Passionate about leveraging technology for deep learning.

Creating Carousel & Custom Applications for Blended Learning Classes

The DCDSB TLLP Team will be presenting the various software (e.g. Articulate Storyline, Flash, html5 and others) used to create custom web applications used in the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) for blended learning and eLearning. Through a Teacher Learning and Leadership Project (TLLP), we will showcase how we learned to create customizable web-based games and applications for our own students through the use of student voice and global competencies.

Presenter(s):

Carla Esposito

Teacher – Durham Catholic District School Board
Carla Esposito, one of the leads for the TLLP, is a Grade 7 & 8 French Immersion teacher with Durham Catholic District School Board. Her classroom experience extends from grade 2 French Immersion to grade 12 French Immersion, as well as Lecturer experience at the University of Waterloo. She holds a Master’s degree in 18th Century French Literature and History and is an AV, tech and robotics enthusiast. As a dedicated professional, she is committed to student achievement and success and looks forward to creating the French Carousel & custom applications for blended learning classes with her team! She will be joined by two co-presenters, Hillary Rogers and Michelle Courville, teammates in the TLLP. This TLLP gratefully came to fruition thanks to Kimberly Boyer-Miller, a French Immersion teacher with the Durham Catholic District School Board.

Creating Wonder: Getting students to LEAN-IN to learning

You don’t have to be a magician to get your students to wonder what will happen next! Come learn how to get your students to “Lean In” with wonder and curiosity. The steps are simple and the impact is incredible. Learn how a creating a culture of innovation in your classroom will inspire and engage your students, and reenergize your teaching career.

Presenter(s):

Quin Henderson

Technology Coordinator – Weber School District
Quin Henderson is a magician turned educator. As the Technology Coordinator at Weber School District in Ogden, Utah, Quin develops technology and innovation strategies that inspire teachers and students. He is a keynote and spotlight presenter with the natural ability to entertain, engage, and inspire audiences to take action. In conjunction with his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Quin is a Google Certified Innovator (#SWE17), Certified Educator. Certified Trainer and Administrator. Quin is currently teaching Innovation and Design Thinking on the secondary level at the districts Innovation High School and is working to launch a whole new PD experience for educators. He welcomes anyone to reach out to share ideas or to talk shop on education, technology, or anything else they may be passionate about.

EdTech Student Crews – Students Supporting School Communities

Come learn about EdTech Student Crews. We’ll share how we got started 2 years ago. You’ll learn how we leverage Brightspace & Office 365 to help our crews help others. You’ll even get a chance to hear from some of the students actively involved in our EdTech Student Crews (currently 30+ schools from grades 3-12).

Presenter(s):

Jeff Dumoulin

IT Teacher Consultant – Grand Erie District School Board
IT Teacher Consultant · Grand Erie Ed Tech Team @GEDSB21C · Microsoft Certified Educator · #MIEExpert · Sharing Ed Tech tools to support 21st Century Competencies.

Edventures in STEAM

Pack your bags and lets go on a STEAM Edventure together. Join me as I show you my road map to implementing STEAM teaching into your classroom. I will show how I set up my classroom, share lesson ideas and resources, and make meaningful curriculum connections. Learn about STEAM challenges that you can participate in with your class or STEAM club. I will also discuss high tech and low tech tools that you may want to explore with your students. Walk away with ideas that you can take back into your classroom tomorrow and spark your students curiosity.

Presenter(s):

Miriam LaPeare

Elementary Teacher – Grand Erie District School Board
An Ontario public school educator for the last 14 years. I am currently teaching Grade 6 and am a Digital Lead Learner for the Grand Erie District School Board. My goal is to foster curiosity, creativity, innovation and collaboration in classrooms that will prepare students for a rapidly changing, technological and interconnected world. I believe STEAM explorations inspire students curiosity while exposing them to real world, challenging issues.

En route vers une salle de classe sans papier

Il est de plus en plus important à développer chez nos élèves une sensibilisation aux problèmes environnementaux et des pratiques écologiques. Pendant cette présentation, je vous partagerai plusieurs outils et applications qui peuvent être utilisés par les élèves, le personnel enseignant et les parents afin de réduire le montant de papier consommé en salle de classe. Bien que la plupart soient destinés aux élèves et enseignants des cycles primaire, moyen et intermédiaire, ces outils peuvent s’avérer utiles dans toute classe de la maternelle jusqu’à la 12e année.

Presenter(s):

Mahlah Lockey

Teacher – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Mahlah Lockey began her career in the Alberta public school system in 1997 before moving to Ontario in 2004. She has taught all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8, but she has spent the majority of her career in Kindergarten and the primary grades. She is currently teaching full-time in Welland, Ontario with the French language school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Passionate about teaching, Mahlah views learning as a journey and believes strongly in meaningful and pertinent professional development. She is constantly seeking new and innovative ideas to engage and nurture her students in their own learning journey, particularly through the use of technology and authentic hands-on experiences.

How to Teach Assistive Technology to Teachers

We would like to share with you our strategy on how to teach teachers on the use of Assistive Technology (AT). We focus on 4 main areas, Speech-to-Text, Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, & Content Extraction. We have students that use iPads, laptops, and Chromebooks. We show you how through the use of Read&Write for Google Chrome, the ClaroPDF app, and built-in tools of devices, that ALL staff and students can utilize AT comfortably – at school and at home.

Presenter(s):

Tina Franzen

Technology Services Coordinator – Trillium Lakelands DS
I have worked in the Technology Services department now for 6 years. Prior to that, I have taught mathematics grades 9 – 12 for 13 years. I am a mother and I love to run and kickbox!

Is your makerspace making a difference?

You’ve invested a lot in your makerspace — the space itself, the tools and resources, and countless hours of staff time. Is this investment making a difference for your students? This presentation will explore strategies for assessing your makerspace, including one team’s experience with with designing and implementing an assessment process.

Presenter(s):

Lori Sands

Director, Teaching Resources Center and SELF Design Studio – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lori Sands is Director of the Teaching Resources Center, a model school library in the School of Education at UNCG, and the SELF Design Studio, a makerspace dedicated to preparing pre-service teachers to become educational leaders who incorporate hands-on, innovative teaching strategies. Lori also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the UNCG Library and Information Studies department, where she teaches courses on makerspace design and implementation and school library practicum supervision.

Taking Your Online Space To The Next Level

Are you interested in taking your online learning environment to the next level? Are you interested in creating an online learning environment that mirrors your innovative classroom? Then, this is the session for you. The session will focus on using online learning environments such as Desire2Learn, Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams to provide opportunity for student voice, reflective learning, and collaborative discussion in innovative ways to help improve student engagement and achievement in your classroom.

Presenter(s):

Jeff Cummings

Technology Enabled Learning Coordinator – Wellington Catholic District School Board
Jeff Cummings is an educator passionate about changing classroom experience and creating innovative learning experiences for students. As Technology Enabled Learning Coordinator at Wellington Catholic, Jeff has focused on integrating technology to promote a vision of the creative classroom which moves students beyond industrial style education to modern learning spaces which promotes global competencies. Jeff has been involved in the Math Knowledge Network Community Practice as a Co-lead where he has developed and integrated the Grade 10 Math + Coding mesh credit at Wellington Catholic District School Board.

The New Journey Through Calculus

Calculus, the mathematics course that many students require for their program is now online at Brock University. With technology becoming an integral part of daily life, students can now access the course through their smartphone. The course is conducted through a sequence of interactive modules, consisting of exploratory units developed to meet research-based mathematics design principles for effective learning (Gadanidis et al., 2004). We will showcase the methods used to bring the difficult subject of calculus to a mainstream website.

Presenter(s):

Mark Willoughby

Online Course Developer/Administrator – Brock University
Mark has been developing several online courses for the Department of Mathematics at Brock University. Mark has also been an instructor of calculus for the past 7 years. Mark has been involved with integrating technology in the classroom for many years, including the Caribou Contest, a world-wide online mathematics contest for elementary students. Mark has an M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. from Brock University.

Spotlight Speaker – Todd Sniezek 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

There Is No App for That

How do we focus on skill development in the classroom in an era where there is always an app to solve our problems? Let’s look at how minimizing our application usage, and focusing on experiential learning, problem solving, and critical thinking skills using a smaller set of multi-use tools can make students learn more effectively and focus skill development. The future is not full of students who can search for apps. Instead we need students who can develop methods to solve problems when no obvious solution exists.

Presenter(s):

Todd Sniezek

Instructional Coach – District School Board of Niagara

Todd Sniezek is an Instructional Coach at the District School Board of Niagara. In his past position as the IT4 Learning Consultant and in his new role, he spends the majority of his time learning and sharing his passion for technology integration with his board. His love of everything digital and fondness for embedding rich, technology-enabled learning in the classroom is infectious for everyone around him. Todd is known to champion technology for special education and his focus on utilizing low-cost solutions for classrooms ensures that students have more access to tools in and out of school. For Todd, effective technology integration is an essential need for all students to be successful in all areas of the curriculum from K-12. He constantly pushes the limits of what can be done with the tools available and he is more than willing to share his excitement with anybody who asks and often with those that don’t.

Sessions 11:30 am – 12:20 pm
A Path Forward: Digital Skills and Citizenship Guide Development

Explore the path taken by two educators on a journey to create a digital skills and citizenship guide for the secondary level. The document outlines a continuum of digital skills and citizenship concepts for teachers and students that connects directly to the English curriculum expectations (9-12), so that all students will acquire the necessary skills to learn, work, and live effectively in the 21st century. Our goal is to share our experiences, challenges, as well as the final document as a means to continue the conversation on digital skills and citizenship in Ontario.

Presenter(s):

Kyle Geerlings

Teacher – Grand Erie District School Board
Kyle is a secondary English and Media Arts teacher with the Grand Erie District School Board who is passionate about collaborative teaching and continued professional learning. His current interests revolve around equity and EdTech, gamification within the English classroom, and the impact of the attention economy on education.

Jenna Tsuchida

Teacher – Grand Erie District School Board
Jenna is a high school English teacher in the Grand Erie District School Board who loves collaboration for herself and her students. She values professional development and believes strongly in the importance of continuous growth and self-reflection. Jenna is interested in exploring healthy, constructive technology use in education. She also advocates for the importance of mindfulness in education for both educators and students. Jenna recently completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at OISE, focusing on student-centred research and social streaming.

Fostering the LOVE OF READING with Technology

Research shows that the love of reading drops off drastically in middle school grades and rarely picks up after that. This session explores how we used technology and Forest of Reading Red Maple books to re-engage students in Grade 7 and 8 to read and write and talk about their books. Similarly, we also used this format to support teachers to explore technology that supports and meet the needs of their students and accelerates learning.

Presenter(s):

Karen Wilson

Consultant – HWDSB
Karen is part of the Digital Program Consultant Team at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Her teaching experience includes Teacher-Librarian, Family Studies, Careers, and Science in both Hamilton and Windsor. She has also enjoyed participating in collaborative writing projects for the Ministry and eLo related to Adolescent Literacy, Financial Literacy, Geography and Social Science and Humanities.

Gérer votre classe avec un site web

Construire un site web pour gérer les communications avec les parents, responsabiliser les élèves, faciliter la tâche des enseignants, fournir des outils indispensables aux apprenants, que ce soit au plan des enseignements reçus, des tâches à accomplir, des projets et évaluations à venir, etc. Créer un site web de gestion de classe permet mille et une possibilités et allégera le travail des enseignants en bout de ligne. Ils pourront y verser leurs notes de cours, créer des liens internet vers d’autres sites reliés à leur matière, y déposer leurs devoirs, projets et autres, etc.

Presenter(s):

David Martin

Enseignant – Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Je suis enseignant depuis 2001. Après avoir enseigné 12 ans au Québec, j’ai décidé en 2013 de relever un nouveau défi en Ontario, plus précisément à Toronto. Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en enseignement de la langue française, d’un certificat en communication publique et d’un DEC en lettres et cinéma, j’ai à cœur la réussite de mes élèves et j’essaie d’innover et de me perfectionner jour après jour afin de répondre à leurs besoins. En 2018, ces besoins passent inévitablement par l’intégration des technologies, d’où la pertinence de l’atelier que je vous présente aujourd’hui: la création d’un site web pour gérer votre classe et vos cours.

Helping Students Find Their Inner Genius

Do you sometimes feel like you’re working harder than the students? Do you feel like students are suffering from a disengagement epidemic? Learn how to turn your class around with Genius Hour! Genius Hour is student centered learning which allows them to find and explore their passions while using the skills needed for the 21st Century. In this session, you will learn what Genius Hour can look like in your class, see examples and resources, and have your own Genius time!

Presenter(s):

Jody Jakubo

Teacher – Rainbow District School Board
Jody began her teaching career in 2005 with the York Region District School Board. She moved back home to Sudbury three years later where she is currently an English teacher at Confederation Secondary School. Jody is passionate about incorporating 21st century learning skills into the classroom and allowing students to drive their own learning through the use of inquiry projects. Jody believes that validating student’s personal interests is key to building relationships. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children as well as seeking out escape room experiences.

Andrea Kleinsteuber

Teacher – Rainbow District School Board
Andrea began teaching in 1996 after completing the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Warwick. She currently teaches English at Lockerby Composite School in the Rainbow District School Board. She is passionate about helping students find their interests and encourages them to use their creativity that sometimes gets lost along the way. Inquiry based learning and 21st Century learning skills are underlying practices in her teaching. Outside the classroom, she enjoys reading, writing, going to camp and watching movies.

How my website helped me differentiate in class and be connected with parents – Download the Presentation Files

I am a math teacher at a high school in Chisasibi, a first nation community located 1,400 Km north of Montreal.I like to talk about my website, mr.akyuz.ca and explain how I truly differentiated my class using technology, how parents helped me with the progress, what results I am getting from the students, and why every teacher should have a website. I also like to talk about my YouTube channel if time permits.

Presenter(s):

Sukru Akyuz

Math Teacher – Cree School Board
I currently teach math at a Cree Northern Quebec community, called Chisasibi. I drive 16 hours from Ottawa to be here. This is my first teaching job I started five years ago. I got my Ontario teaching licence in January 2009 and started hunting for a wife. Got happily married in June 2009 and now have two girls, 2- and 4-year-olds. I am good at using tech tools and can learn new things very fast. My goal is to build a better website, and have an app to integrate with it.

Micro:bits in Makerspaces and Beyond

In this presentation, I will discuss how Micro:bits were used as a vehicle to help inspire and engage students in Makerspaces through creating and coding. Example activities and lessons will be shown and shared with participants of Makerspace and Ontario curriculum connected activities. Discussion and examples of how to use Micro:bits as an intermediary step towards syntax based coding and arduino prototyping will be shown.

Presenter(s):

Ryan Smith

Technology Services Consultant – Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Originally a high school math and science teacher in Huntsville, ON, I am currently a technology consultant with the TLDSB. I have been working with teachers to integrate coding into their classrooms at a district level during the past two years. Personally I have two awesome kids and am an avid mountain biker and hockey player.

STEAMing Ahead: Developing 21 St Century Competencies in a School-Wide Environmental Inquiry

Join us on our journey of including STEAM to our school-wide environmental inquiries. This years inquiry was about renewable energy with the essential question being, Can Fergus be a fossil fuel free town?. This workshop is applicable to teachers from K-8, with varying experience. Through our action research as part of a TLLP, the students had opportunities to deepen their understandings through Making Thinking Visible Strategies, knowledge building circles, workshops, questioning, design challenges, webinars and the use of Thoughtbooks to build their critical thinking.

Presenter(s):

Barb Caunter

Teacher – UGDSB
Teaching for 20+ years. Participating in a TLLP with Laurie Vonk about adding STEAM to school wide environmental inquiries. Presenters on Literacy, Inquiry and Repeated Interactive Read Alouds.

Laurie Vonk

Teacher – Upper Grand
As a primary educator for almost thirty years I am excited to share new understandings from our TLLP with fellow educators with an emphasis on STEAM, school wide inquiry and reflection journals.

STEM EDventures with Robotics and Math

STEM EDventures with Robotics and MathWith the increased focus on math in the classroom, learn how you can integrate robotics and coding into your classroom. By enabling students to become tech leaders in the school and support teachers in embracing the technology, we were able to create a rich and supportive learning environment for teachers and students. We will share resources, tips, and stories. Come learn about our EDventure in robotics.

Presenter(s):

Jane Hirst

Teacher – Grand Erie District School Board
Jane Hirst is a DLL with Grand Erie District School board. She is a MCE, an MIEE and a MIET. She is passionate about integrating technology in the classroom to facilitate student engagement, differentiation and 21st century learning competencies. She runs the WGES Digerati at her school, where a group of dedicated students help staff and other students with technology. She also runs a technology session where student representatives from other grades learn coding and robotics. These students then take what they have leaned and share their expertise with their homeroom teacher and the other students in their class.

Student Agency in the Innovators Classroom

Want to know more about preparing your students for a future-ready education? Are you thinking of ways to be an innovative teacher in the classrooms of today by promoting student agency? Yes? Then this workshop is for you! We will be taking you on a journey through how you can engage learners in the 21st century with a focus on Deep Learning and leveraging tools to facilitate rich, authentic, and meaningful learning experiences.

Presenter(s):

Stephanie Myers

Consultant, Learning Technologies – Ottawa Catholic School Board
Stephanie is a Learning Technologies Consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is passionate about learner agency, future ready schools and is a former seconded teacher to the University of Ottawa where she taught integrating technology in the classroom. Stephanie is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Hapara Certified Trainer/Consultant.

Julian Daher

Teacher – Ottawa Catholic School Board
Julian Daher is a Grade 4 Teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He has focused his work and classroom practice around New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) and leveraging digital tools in the classroom to support student learning/experience to encompass every learner profile. Julian is a Hapara Certified Trainer.