Keynote Speakers

Spotlight Speakers

Rob Dunlop

Rob Dunlop

IT4 Elementary Consultant - DSBN

Cory Ell

Cory Ell

Secondary Teacher

Carlo Fusco

Carlo Fusco

Teacher-Librarian

Jim Pedrech

Jim Pedrech

Department Head

Mike Washburn

Mike Washburn

Host, OnEducation Podcast

Wendy Wright

Wendy Wright

Teacher-librarian

IGNITE Speakers

Rob Dunlop

Rob Dunlop

IT4 Elementary Consultant - DSBN

Jen Giffen

Jen Giffen

Digital Literacy Resource Teacher - York Region DSB

Kyle Kitchen

Kyle Kitchen

IT4 Elementary Consultant - DSBN

Presenters

Audra Abromaitis
K-12 Learning Technologies Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Audra is a K-12 Learning Technologies Consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Before moving into this role, she taught grades 7-12 geography, science, social studies, English, Phys. Ed., and even art! Audra is passionate about differentiation and about ensuring that every student gets what they need in the classroom to learn, innovate, and discover.
 
Jeff Allison
TELT Contact
HWDSB
K-12 Program Consultant & Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) Contact for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Jeff is passionate about eLearning, EdTech, Leadership and Assessment & Evaluation.
 
Philippe Bélanger-Leroux
Coordonnateur STIAM
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Philippe Bélanger-Leroux est enseignant au cycle intermédiaire et coordonnateur du programme d’excellence STIAM à l’école secondaire Toronto Ouest du Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Depuis le début de sa carrière en éducation, Philippe se distingue par ses pratiques pédagogiques innovantes, sa perspective de l’internationalisation de l’apprentissage ainsi que son approche de la pédagogie culturelle. Philippe détient également une maîtrise en éducation de l’Université d’Ottawa.
 
Patricia Baker
Learning Commons Technician
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Patricia Baker is a consultant and library technician with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Patricia works with other schools to help transform their space and make purposeful makerspaces, flexible schedules, and participatory learning environments.
 
Ms Swarnaly Banerjee-Modi
Teacher/Instructional Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation
Peel DSB
Swarnaly is the Instructional Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation supporting teachers from K-12 in the Peel District school board. She has been teaching for over 20 years and is particularly passionate about all things Math, Science, Assessment and Technology. A lifelong learner herself, Swarnaly loves to empower students and teachers to recognize their own potential as modern learners.
 
Amy Beecham
Instructional Coach
Peel District School Board
Amy is currently a grade 6 teacher at Sir William Gage Middle School in Brampton. She has been teaching for 20 years with a wide variety of experiences. Amy is a Google Certified Trainer and has a Master's degree in Educational Technology. She enjoys integrating technology into every day teaching and learning in a way that engages students and gives them ownership over their learning.
 
Fernanda Bianconi
Learning & Adaptive Technology Facilitator, Faculty
CICE Program, Georgian College
Fernanda Bianconi is a Learning & Adaptive Technology Facilitator and Faculty Member for the Community Integration through Co-Operative Education (CICE) Program at Georgian College. In her role, Fernanda supports students with diverse learning challenges who require academic accommodations and modifications in order to be successful in their post-secondary studies. More specifically, she encourages her students to utilize their adaptive technology in order to maximize their overall achievement.
 
Nayaa Bonsu
Teacher
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Nayaa Christelle Bonsu est une enseignante et chargée de cours à la faculté d'éducation de l'Université d'Ottawa (campus de Toronto), en Ontario, au Canada. En tant qu'apprenante, elle forme et participe à des conférences et à des forums éducatifs et innovateurs; comme le forum des enseignants, qui s’est tenu au Parlement du Canada. Mlle Bonsu, pédagogue influente, responsabilise les enseignants en explorant et en mettant en œuvre des projets novateurs, tout en renforçant simultanément l'engagement des élèves! Ses principes sur les pratiques pédagogiques efficaces la poussent à soutenir les enseignants et les élèves sur divers sujets tels que la robotique, le leadership, le bilinguisme, la résolution de problèmes et le soutien aux jeunes leaders. Enfin, éducatrice constructiviste, elle est aussi un défenseur passionné de l’équité dans l’éducation. Elle croit fermement en la réussite de chaque élève, quels que soient les objectifs fixés par celui-ci/celle-ci. Selon elle, les rêves chéris par chaque élève, aussi profonds qu’ils soient, peuvent se réaliser. Tout est possible! Telle est la vision de Mlle Bonsu.
 
Mr Devin Bright
Instructional Design Technologist
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Devin feels most at home in his Makerspace. A dedicated educator, maker, programmer, cyclist, and gamer, he brings his passions into the classroom and hopes students take them further. With several years of experience teaching with robotics and DIY hardware, he is always looking to what is next.
 
Mr. Carl Bull
Vice-Principal
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board
I am on a quest to seek out life's adventures, while learning as much as possible along the way. I have taught and worked administratively in both panels; after wrapping up 13 years in the elementary panel, 10 of which as principal, I have returned to the secondary panel this year as a teaching VP. I have a passion for the combination of great pedagogy and technology as it results in compelling lessons embedded in a 21st century skill environment. This includes 3D printing and design, coding, robotics as well as many other applications. I have been fortunate to have shared these experiences at BIT, TELL and ConnectEd conferences and love the 'back and forth' with colleagues that results in compelling seminar experience. Additionally, I am a dad of three talented daughters, french language learner, and enthusiastic participant in all things outdoors, particularly cycling. Please feel free to visit my webpage www.carlbull.ca or newly launched blog at thetoolswehave.blogspot.com.
 
Anne-Marie Cenaiko‎
Manager, Public Education and Outreach
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
As Manager, Public Education and Outreach at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Anne-Marie Cenaiko is responsible for leading the office’s public awareness campaigns, including work to improve the privacy awareness of seniors and youth. When she is not checking her privacy settings, she loves camping with her husband, Adam.
 
Bill Corcoran‎
Coordinator - Learning Technologies
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Bill is a Coordinator (K-12) in the Learning Technologies department at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He works inter-departmentally and collaboratively with central staff to help support student learning system wide. As a Deep Learning board, he strives to "Leverage Digital" purposefully and intentionally, while being "Samaritans on the Digital Road" and Humane Users of Tech.
 
Desurée DeGagné‎
Outreach Coordinator
Queen's University
Connections Engineering Outreach (CEO) is the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University’s Educational outreach branch. Connections develops and facilitates quality engineering education workshops that are aligned with the Ontario kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum. Additionally, Connections provides support and professional development opportunities for local educators who are looking to integrate engineering, educational technology and 21st Century learning skills into their classrooms. Desurée DeGagné is an Outreach Coordinator with CEO. She holds a Bachelors of Education from the University of Ottawa, and is currently completing her Masters of Education at Queen’s University. Since joining CEO in 2017, Desurée has become the program lead for the Tech ‘n’ Tinker Trailer; CEO’s mobile outreach initiative. Her efforts have helped CEO to reach delivery targets of upwards of 10,000 Kindergarten to grade 12 students, and hundreds of educators.
 
Angelo Delli Santi‎
Online Teacher
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
In 2007, I graduated from the University of Alberta as a secondary teacher. Being a traditional classroom teacher for 9 years, I decided to try my hands at a different field of teaching. Currently being an online teacher at St Gabriel's Cyber School in Red Deer, Alberta has proved to create different barriers to overcome compared to a traditional teacher. I get the opportunity to share new technology tools with my students on a normal basis which consequently means I am always searching and learning new technology tools to help enhance my lessons and that is the best part of my job.
 
Mr. Lotfi Djemai
Curriculum Consultant
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Passionné par la nature, la technologie et les mathématiques, Lotfi Djemai est conseiller pédagogique au sein du conseil scolaire Viamonde. Il était enseignant de mathématiques au niveau de l'intermédiaire et du secondaire et a déjà enseigné les cours d'informatique au secondaire. Lotfi a un background diversifié dans lequel l'enseignement est une deuxième carrière. Même après avoir changé de carrière, Lotfi Djemai est resté passionné par l'intégration de la technologie numérique dans sa pratique d'éducateur. Cette passion s'est encore accrue lorsqu’il est devenu enseignant. Il était très curieux de savoir comment le codage avec Scratch pouvait aider les élèves à développer la littératie numérique, l'une des compétences clés de l'apprentissage au 21e siècle; tout en sachant que Scratch pouvait être considéré comme un matériel d'apprentissage numérique faisant partie de la théorie constructiviste de l'apprentissage.
 
Michael Drezek
District Technology Integrator/Teacher Leader
Lake Shore CSD
Michael is an Instructional Technology Coach in the Lake Shore Central School District. He is passionate about supporting educators and amplifying student voice with educational technology, especially in the areas of global collaboration, digital citizenship, and immersive tech. Michael has presented globally and contributed to various publications and productions in the field of education including EdCamp LSC, EduMatch Publishing, EdWeek, DITCH That Textbook Podcast, #ARVRinEdu Live, Our Global Classroom, and the Digital Citizenship Institute. 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.
 
Iam Ducharme
PRAET
CSViamonde
Ian Ducharme est un conseiller pédagogique dont les clients ont inclus le Ministère de l'éducation de l'Ontario, le Conseil scolaire Viamonde et des organismes de la grande région de Toronto. Il anime des formations et accompagne des enseignants M-12 dans les domaines des TICE, de la robotique et de l'utilisation de plusieurs outils numériques en salle de classe.
 
Mr. Robert Dunlop
IT4 Elementary Consultant
District School Board of Niagara
Robert Dunlop is a national award winning teacher with a passion for technology and teacher well being. 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 Technology consultant 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.
 
Nabil El kerri
Directeur Adjoint. École secondaire Jeunes sans Frontières
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
Conseiller pédagogique Directeur adjoint, École secondaire Jeunes sans Frontières. Nabil occupe actuellement le poste de directeur adjoint de l’École secondaire Jeunes sans Frontières du Conseil Scolaire Viamonde. Avant d’occuper ce poste, Nabil a enseigné les mathématiques et la physique au secondaire, puis a occupé le poste de conseiller pédagogique au secondaire (voter mathématiques et sciences). Nabil est titulaire d’un Ph.D en physique et d’un MBA en administration. Il est marié et père de deux magnifiques jeunes garçons.
 
Cory Ell
Secondary Teacher
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Cory has been a Secondary Teacher in the Contemporary Studies department at St. Matthew High School with the Ottawa Catholic School Board for over 20 years. During that time, he has worked to make his classes an intensive environment of inquiry and engagement, as well as overseeing the construction of an in-school recording studio and production space. He is strongly focused on the evolution of media, particularly the recent trends toward the aggressive spread of disinformation and the infiltration and weaponization of social media, and how technology has been exploited in this area to compromise objective reality for students and citizens. In his spare time, Cory produces and plays music locally, spends time with his family, and fervently searches for a “fake news” cure. Or at least a reliable vaccine.
 
Jessica Forde
Teacher
York Region District School Board
Jess is a Grade 6 teacher in YRDSB. She has been the Modern Learning Lead at her school for the last two years. She is passionate about flexible modern learning environments and using digital tools to enhance learning. She also loves to find ways to incorporate games in her classroom to increase student engagement.
 
Carlo Fusco
Teacher-Librarian
Waterloo Region DSB
Carlo Fusco is a Teacher-Librarian and Science Teacher at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario. He has always been passionate about the use of technology to enhance student learning and engagement. 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. You can also find him on Twitter @mrfusco.
 
Jennifer Giffen
Teacher Librarian
York Region DSB
Google Innovator (#WDC17), Sketchnoter, teacher match-maker, cheerleader, mother of three, and up for just about anything. Co-host of #ShukesandGiff the Podcast, Jen is a believer that you have time to do anything you want – you just need to make time. Former player of the game of school, she now seeks to ensure learning is authentic and relevant, especially for struggling students You can often find her in front of her computer, having a conversation with her Google Home, driving around listening to podcasts and chilling & watching Netflix with her husband (#forreal). She wants you to know that while at first the hokey pokey is hard, eventually you turn yourself around. #Redhead #Canadian #HashtagLover. @VirtualGiff – everywhere.
 
Kristine Holloway
Teacher
Peel District School Board
Kristine is a self-driven educator who has taught middle school in the Peel District School Board for the last decade. She inspires her students to think 'outside of the box' and to engage in global service learning projects that really make a difference in the world. As a Global Learning Ambassador for her country, she has participated in the Climate Action Project, the Innovation Project and is excited about her ongoing work with the Kakuma Project and the Innovation Lab Schools. As a Microsoft Fellow, Skype Master Teacher, Global Minecraft Mentor, National Geographic Certified Educator and TeachSDGs Ambassador, Kristine is looking forward to the next global action!
 
Robin Holt
Teacher of Awesomeness
Peel District School Board
Robin Holt is a PJIS teacher in his 11th-year teaching; 1 year in the Bahamas, and the last 10 with the Peel District School Board. This year is his 4th year at Centennial Sr. P.S. leading the SciTech Regional Program teaching Grade 7. In SciTech, Students view the curriculum through an inquiry lens, using design thinking, science and technology to engage and empower themselves as modern, globally connected learners.
 
Dr. David Hutchison
Professor
Brock University
David Hutchison, PhD, is a Professor at Brock University where he is cross-appointed to the Centre for Digital Humanities and the Department of Educational Studies. David is 2018 3M National Teaching Fellow.
 
Julie Johnston
Teacher
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Julie Johnston is a Special Assignment Teacher for the Specialist High Skills Major Program with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Before this role, she was a high school classroom teacher who, more recently, worked mainly in an eLearning classroom environment.
 
Fatima Khlifi
Enseignante/teacher
Viamonde
Enseignante à l’élémentaire, mentor, leader en technologie passionnée par les nouvelles méthodes d’éducation. Présentatrice à Connect 2019 des ateliers à grand succès sur l’intégration de la technologie dans les centres d’apprentissage et de « Coder pour décoder ». Je tire mon inspiration des besoins des élèves pour développer des outils orientés vers les compétences du 21e siècle.
 
Kyle Kitchen
Elementary IT4 Learning Consultant
DSBN
Kyle Kitchen has been teaching for almost 20 years with the District School Board of Niagara and has been one of the IT4 Learning consultants who specializes in infusing technology and pedagogy into classrooms, for the last 9 years. He is a Makey Makey Ambassador and trainer, Google Certified educator, STEAM teacher, a Maker and Breaker and the creator of Kinders Who Code. He loves working directly with K-8 students and teachers to create curiosity of learning and is often seen speaking at many conferences about his adventures of design thinking, inquiry and making.
 
Melanie Kitchen
Coordinator
Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC
Melanie Kitchen 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 16 of 20 years in education, Melanie has worked with students, teachers and administrators to implement research-based instructional strategies combined with purposeful technology integration. Melanie’s passion is providing students with opportunities for empowerment. Events such as the Western New York Information Technology (#WNYIT) Conference (for students by students), the Consortium for Student Empowerment Through Innovation (#CSETI), and (coming soon) student TED-style talks allow students to engage in authentic experiences to develop leadership, public speaking, creativity, and collaboration skills. In her free time, Melanie enjoys extended camping trips across the US and Canada with her husband, 2 teenagers, and her goldendoodle.
 
Mr. Tim Kivell
Grade 8 Teacher
HWDSB
Grade 8 Core Teacher.
 
Jessi Lalonde
Teacher
Limestone District School Board
Jessi Lalonde is an Assistive Technology Resource Teacher with LDSB. She is passionate about working with kids and teachers to find creative ways to increase success for all students in classrooms.
 
Josee Landriault
Principal
Ecole Gaetan Gervais conseil scolaire viamonde
Josée Landriault is the Principal of Viamonde French School Board’s Gaétan-Gervais High School in Oakville. With over 20 years of experience in education as head of departments, Vice-Principal and Principal in several schools, she is a woman of vision and action with a strong interest for the technology-oriented 21st century learning experience. Josée was in charge of the first French language high school in Canada to get the Microsoft Showcase School designation. The school earned it thanks to Josée’s strong commitment to include technology in the school’s daily operations and Josée’s efforts to open its doors to others schools to demonstrate the benefits of innovative teaching to many teachers. Inspired by the Microsoft Camp 21 model she attended with her team, she has since then a vision to amalgamate French culture with technology workshops. With this goal in mind, she created Pantech and Gagetech, two technology camp respectively at Viamonde’s Jeunes sans frontière and Gaétan-Gervais high schools. The camps consist of two days of collaborative learning between students, are exclusively in French and are free. She works with a team of very dedicated, innovative and creative people inspiring her to go beyond boundaries and strive for excellence. She is also mother of two fantastic young men: Richard (18) and Alex (16). Richard has an autism spectrum disorder, a reality making Josée a strong advocate for all students with special needs. Josée Landriault believes in providing innovative and collaborative professional learning for both her staff and students: her goal is to inspire leadership to all of them.
 
Mahlah Lockey
Teacher
Conseil scolaire Viamonde
Mahlah Lockey a commencé sa carrière d’enseignement en Alberta en 1997 avant de déménager en Ontario en 2004. Elle a déjà enseigné tous les niveaux de la maternelle jusqu’à la huitième année, la plus grande partie de son expérience étant aux cycles préparatoire et primaire. Elle est présentement enseignante à Welland, Ontario avec le Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Passionnée de l’enseignement, Mme Lockey perçoit l’apprentissage comme un parcours et croit fortement au développement professionnel pertinent. Elle est toujours à la recherche de nouvelles idées innovatrices afin d’engager et soutenir ses élèves dans leur propre parcours, surtout à l’aide de la technologie et des activités pratiques et authentiques.
 
Paula MacDowell
Assistant Professor
Upper Grand DSB
Paula MacDowell is an assistant professor of educational technology and design in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. Paula studies the design of constructionist learning environments and works closely with teachers to integrate media and technology in the classroom for meaningful learning.
 
Vickie Morgado
Elementary Guidance Experiential Learning Teacher
DPCDSB
Vickie has been an elementary educator in Ontario, Canada for 19 years. She has taught multiple grades, worked as a technology coach and is currently an Elementary Guidance Experiential Learning Teacher. 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 and Connect as well as internationally at ISTE 2015, 2017, 2018. Vickie is a Microsoft Fellow & Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), Skype Master Teacher, Nearpod PioNear, National Geographic Certified Educator, Ozobot Certified Educator and TeachSDG’s Ambassador.
 
Stephanie Morris
Secondary Vice Principal
Waterloo Region District School Board
Stephanie has been a proud member of the WRDSB for the last sixteen years. She was a Secondary School English teacher for eleven and a half years before becoming the Head of Special Education at Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School. Last year she had the privilege of filling the role of Special Education Program Lead, through which she supported the 16 Secondary Schools in the board. She is currently working at Bluevale Collegiate in her first year as a Vice Principal. She is passionate about learning, leading, making and innovating. She has an amazing stay at home husband and three delightful daughters age 6, 9 and 11.
 
Steph Pearson
Learning Technologies Consultant
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Learning Tech Education Consultant, History and Contemporary Studies,Traveller, Teacher, Dog lover, goof & grilled cheese aficionada.
 
Mr. Jim Pedrech
Department Head
LDCSB
Jim is an English and Canadian & World Studies Department Head in Southwestern Ontario. He strives to provide rich and meaningful learning experiences for my students. He is particularly interested in the role technology, especially video games, can play in education. He has created video games designed to teach students about ancient Egypt, Victorian England, Ancient Egypt, and even grammar. His latest focus, the Scanning History Project, is an interactive museum featuring objects analyzed and scanned by students. Jim has led projects involving schools across Canada and presented at conferences in Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, and Budapest. Jim is also involved in Project Kakuma, which brings teachers from around the world into classes in the Kakuma refugee camp via Skype. Earlier this year, he attended the Salzburg Global Seminar focusing on the role education can play in the lives of refugees, migrants, and displaced peoples.
 
Erica Phillips
Vice Principal and Grade 1 Classroom Teacher
Halifax Regional Centre for Education
I am in my 16th year of teaching (grade 1 this year 50%) and forth year in administration, as Vice Principal of Sir Charles Tupper Elementary in Halifax NS. I am a risk taker and love trying new things. Technology has become a part of my teaching across all subjects and the response has been phenomenal.
 
Ms Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe
Media Arts Classroom Teacher, Media Maven, and Passionate Teacher to our Future
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Jennifer Pogue-Lacombe has taught Media and Art in the Ontario Secondary School System for over eleven years. She has presented workshops for the National Character Education Conference, Connect 2018 as well as workshops on integrating arts and film cross curricular. As well as developing arts and film programs for her own 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.
 
Mr. Dave Poirier
Teacher
DSBN
Dave is a High School Teacher in Niagara. His focus has been teaching academically focused classes (Geography, Math, History) to students who are developmentally delayed in Special Education programs. He approaches these classes not as a toned-down version of the original, but rather as a different approach. Dave challenges his students to struggle in his classes by helping his students build a toolbox of resources and strategies to take on subjects that at first seem “too hard”. His classroom is a place where students are energized and empowered by setting high expectations for themselves because that’s where the big victories are.
 
Deann Poleon
Technology Integrator
Deann Poleon is in her second year as a Technology Integrator. She has recently presented at NYSCATE 2019 and FETC 2019. She is Google Level 1 certified, a Nearpod Certified Educator, and a Buncee Ambassador.
 
Mr. Dave Sands
Principal of Technology
School District 43 (Coquitlam), BC, Canada
Mr. Dave Sands is the District Principal of Technology Implementation with School District 43 (Coquitlam, BC) and a strong advocate of the safe and effective use of technology in student learning. He holds a Masters degree from SFU in Technology and Curriculum and shares his expertise on several Provincial and District committees focussed on technology. Dave focuses his instructional practice and leadership on empowering students, teachers, and administrators with the use technology-based tools to enhance and deepen the learning process. A father of four children, Dave is passionate about parenting and regularly shares his experience and expertise with educators and parents across Canada.
 
Bushra Shahid
Teacher- Ed-Tech Presenter
Peel District School Board
Bushra is an enthusiastic, passionate, open-minded 21st-century teacher, and Microsoft Certified Educator working at the Peel District School Board. She uses educational technology tools to adapt, modify and accommodate instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners and to develop students’ technological skills through technology-enabled teaching and learning practices. She has experience using emerging technologies and applications that meet current educational standards.
 
Mrs. Kristie Smith
STEM Itinerant Teacher
BHNCDSB
Kristie is an elementary school teaching in Ontario, Canada. She is currently a full time K-8 STEM Itinerant teacher with the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board. Kristie is passionate about design thinking, experiential learning and leveraging digital.
 
Jen Taylor
Teacher-Librarian
Waterloo Region District School Board
Jen Taylor is a secondary school teacher-librarian with WRDSB, working passionately to develop the maker culture at her school. She partners with a variety of departments to create engaging and experiential activities for students and co-leads the extra-curricular Maker Club, providing fun community-building opportunities outside the classroom.
 
Lynn Thomas
Digital Lead Learner, Secondary English Teacher
Granderie District School Board
I am the mother of four children and a secondary school English teacher with the Grand Erie District School Board. Additionally, I serve as a Digital Lead Learner, am an MIE Expert, Trainer Skype Master Teacher, and a Minecraft Trainer. I endeavor to make learning relevant and supportive by teaching sustainable development goals, incorporating mental health and wellness, collaborating globally, and using educational technology to increase accessibility and inclusivity. I also love supporting my fellow educators in our combined learning journeys in providing innovative learning opportunities that engage and empower learners to be independent global citizens.
 
Mrs Kirsten Thompson
Coordinator of ICT
Mountain View School Division
Kirsten serves as the Coordinator of ICT for the Mountain View School Division in central Manitoba. She holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Pedagogy from Brandon University and was honoured as Educator of the Year by the Manitoba Association of Computing Educators. Kirsten is passionate about the ways in which technology can enhance the educational experience of all students but especially those in rural and remote areas. She specializes in the use of social media as a tool to expand learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls.
 
Craig Thompson-Wood
Teacher
Peel District School Board
Craig is a grade 5 teacher with the Peel District School Board in Brampton, Ontario. Craig is passionate about engaging students through the use of games based learning and gamification. He is always looking for new and innovative ways to add more fun to the learning. You can check out what is happening in his classroom by following him on Twitter at @MrThompsonWood, as well as follow him on Youtube on his channel "The Board Game Teacher".
 
Rola Tibshirani
Educator
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Rola Tibshirani a middle school Grade 7 french immersion teacher at All Saints High School with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Passionate about students taking ownership of their learning and applying Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking processes when embracing challenges. Connecting students ​to make a difference in solving ​real-world problems ​and making a difference in their communities locally and globally. A co-learner with and from the students by encouraging reflections on all learning tasks.
 
Mr. David Tran
Teacher
Peel District School Board
David Tran is a former instructional coach with the Peel District School Board. He currently teaches grade 7 at Roberta Bondar Public School. David has a passion for assessment and promoting thinking through the teaching of Mathematics and Technology. He empowers students through developing self-directed, lifelong learners and fostering metacognition skills. A lifelong learner himself, David is working on his MEd at OISE in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development with emphases in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education and Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy.
 
Louise Vaillancourt
K-12 Instructional Technology Coach
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)
Louise Vaillancourt is a teacher and is currently the Elementary Instructional Technology Consultant for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She is passionate about STEAM and language learning. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for technological tools and strives to make robotics and coding accessible to all. Presently, she is also experimenting with the Maker Mindset, Experiential Learning and improving workflow for educators.
 
Curtis Van de Ligt
Secondary Instructional Technology Consultant
Currently the Secondary Instructional Technology and formally an Itinerant Teacher of Assistive Technology, Special Education and Learning Support Services Teacher. I am also an identified student with Learning Disabilities who benefited greatly in school from Special Education software and hardware.
 
Stephanie Weyrich
Digital Literacy Consultant
York Region District School Board
Stephanie Weyrich is a Digital Literacy Consultant in the York Region District School Board. She has been involved in facilitating professional development, collaborating with leadership teams and colleagues to foster inquiry based learning, and integrating digital tools in the classroom. Stephanie is a passionate lifelong learner intrigued by innovation, curriculum, and student engagement.
 
Andrew Wheelock
Technology Integrator
Erie 1 BOCES/ WNYRIC
After 13 years as an Elementary Classroom teacher I am now a Technology Integrator for the Western New York Regional Information Center. I also am embedded at Pine Valley Central Schools in NY. Regionally, I am part of the NYSCATE Conference Planning Committee and the Co-Chair of the ISTE Virtual Environments Network. My passion as an integrator is helping teacher and students creative apps and programs to enhance teaching and learning. I am also the host of the Coffee with a Geek Youtube Channel and Podcast.
 
Mrs Wendy Wright
Teacher-librarian
KPRDSB
I am an elementary Teacher-librarian. My question was, what to do after hour of code? Where do I go and what do I do…We’ve done this, it was fun, did we learn anything and if so, how do we continue the learning. I now have all students from grades 1 and up in my school working on some aspect of coding and robotics programming. The students are very engaged and excited. The learning curve for both students and myself has been and continues to be huge. I’ve been asked to stand in front of you and present my journey, from NO knowledge and shear fear, to No knowledge and less fear! LOL I think I’ll call it The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, A Robotics Journey Join me, if nothing else, you’ll get some affordable ideas, hopefully some laughs, and a better understanding that not knowing is sometimes your best tool!