Bring IT, Together 2017

Use the agenda to plan your BIT17 attendance!

Please note that unless otherwise noted, sessions at the conference are offered on a first-come first-seated basis. The agenda planner is meant only for your personal reference as you make your way around our great sessions, and does not guarantee a spot.

All Sessions

Sessions and Social Events Will be added/changed in the lead-up to the conference.

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  • November 8, 2017
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    General Schedule

    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast
     

    Association Meetings

    9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    OASBO ICT Meeting
    Room 202
    Wednesday Full Day Session
     Optional 
     

    Full Day Sessions

    9:00 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Privacy/IMPAC Workshop
    Fallsview Theatre A

    In Partnership with IPC

    9:00-915: Welcome

    9:15-945: Keynote address

    Brian Beamish, Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

    9:45-11:15: Morning presentations

    1. The use of technology in schools

    2. Educational software

    3. Social media monitoring of students

    Q&A

    11:30-12:00: Break-out discussions

    1:00-2:00: Afternoon presentations

    4. Education law and policy on cyber-bullying

    5. Psychological consequences of never being able to forget

    2:45-3:30: Navigating emerging issues in Ontario

    - Ontario School Board

    - Teachers' Associations

    - Ministry of Education

    - Ontario Information & Privacy Commissioner

    - Researcher (Valerie Steeves, uOttawa)

    3:35-3:50: Closing

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    Half-Day Workshops

    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Designing Interactive Textbooks
    Room 203
    Designing Interactive Textbooks (the examples are history based but the applications are cross curricular) The Interactive Textbook workshop demonstrates: interactive books and their potential role in the classroom; application of B.Y.O.D.; technology as an assistive device. how pedagogy should drive the technology not the reverse. Participants will be given free iBooks to download. These iBooks are a potential interactive digital textbook template of the future; textbooks as aggregators that can be instantaneously updated and revised. Combining digital technology with historical and critical thinking skills this workshop presents tablet based (iPads and iPhones) series of works examining: the impact on border relations between the United States and Canada of The American Revolution; The War of 1812 as well as Canada’s role in WW1 and the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 – 19. Students must “think and do” history to achieve success. For the revolution students, must in character (which is randomly generated) and, based on historical evidence, determine if they will support the revolution or not? For The War of 1812 learners must determine for themselves who won the war? The WW1 example is driven by big question. The Spanish Flu asks questions related to the Historical Thinking Concept of historical significance. All resources use an element of gaming, a look at primary documents, multimedia, and utilize an enhanced digital environment. The pedagogy drives the technology not the reverse. The technology and software are Apple based (Macs, iPads, iPhones and iBooks Authoring Software) but the principles are cross platform.
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    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Designing New Literacies: Rethinking Literacy Instruction in our Digital World
    Room 202
    Literacy has always been defined by technology. And as we reflect on what it means to be literate today, and consider the value and complexity of teaching and learning in digital spaces, how are we transforming literacy instruction to meet the needs of today’s learner? This full-day hands-on workshop is designed to provide an introduction to New Literacies - the digital learning environments (apps, websites/blogs, GAFE, Twitter...), technologies (iPads, Chromebooks, etc), and new literacies skills and strategies required to be literate today. Re-examine the Ontario Language Arts curriculum with a lens to future. How does our current Language Arts curriculum lend itself to teaching and learning reading comprehension skills and strategies in digital learning environments? Re-think how you teach reading and writing -communicating- as a social process. How are we integrating experiences for students to read, write, create, reflect and connect using social media platforms = literacy-rich learning environments? Re-envision what it means to be literate today... "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn" (Alvin Toffler)
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    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Electric Literacy: Powering up student writing with interactive fiction
    Room 207
    “Interactive fiction” is a story where the reader plays an important character and directs the story. By typing English sentences, the readers decide where the main character will go, what objects he or she will pick up and use, how he or she will solve problems, and how s/he will behave toward other characters. Creating interactive fiction stories is an incredibly engaging and fun activity for students that combines inquiry, collaboration, literacy skills, creativity and STEM, and connects directly with curriculum in most subject areas (especially the Humanities, History & Geography, English, and Math), or as a great cross-curricular activity for students in grades 5-12. This hands-on session will prepare you to teach students to use inquiry and collaboration to write Interactive fiction - including how to co-create success criteria with students, create concepts, character, place and plot, how to write a design, how to code with Inform 7, and how to assess student creations. Do you wonder if you can learn enough coding in a couple hours to do anything substantial with students? You can. Since Inform 7 code reads like English sentences, it uniquely accessible to non-programmers. It's very easy to get started.
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    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Everything is Awesome - it really really is!
    Room 205
    This session is all about assessment FOR, OF and AS learning tracking, analysis and sharing, made easy-peasy. Not joking. You will learn how to create ONE form for all of your rubric/feedback assessments & observations. The responses go to ONE spreadsheet file (it can be filtered to multiple sheets if required). The feedback goes to INDIVIDUAL student documents, auto shared at time of creation. The ability to share with parents is also available. It’s the perfect feedback loop. We will be creating a workflow using Docs, Forms, & Sheets and 3 Add-ons: autoCrat, docAppender and formRanger (possibly formMule if emailing parents). Familiarity with spreadsheet queries/filters may also be of benefit. Come with a Chromebook, laptop or notebook device. Tablets will not allow you the functionality to build the workflow, but will be fabulous devices to complete your data collection. As an intermediate forms/sheets user, look forward to rolling up your sleeves and diving in; we will be moving quickly. You’ll walk away with a practical, immediately usable assessment tool, that will make writing reports almost pleasurable! See you soon! Resources will be available in session, including video tutorials and slides.
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    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Robots to enhance learning using a winning formula
    Room 206
    Robots provide engagement for students of all ages! This session attempts to build a bridge between elementary and secondary panels. Our goal is to present educators with a continuum that leads to the workforce. The session focuses on skill development based on STEM. How can we prepare elementary students for computer science and engineering study in secondary school and beyond? Our presenters from elementary and secondary will help meet individual goals. Through hands-on learning, participants will build robots and discuss game strategy. Sample robots will be available for inspection! As a large group, we will look for a common thread in skill development from elementary to secondary. As well as classroom application, we will share a winning formula for a successful robotics team. Team 2056 has competed on the world stage in First Robotics for 10 years. We will share our experiences and best practices. After this session, participants will have a thorough knowledge on design thinking, game strategy and problem solving to maximize the use of robots in schools. Beginners are welcome!
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    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Supporting Executive Function and the Ontario Learning Skills through Technology
    Room 204
    Executive Function includes skills such as time management, goal-setting, task initiation and materials management. These skills are vital to success at school and in life, and are directly related to the Ontario Learning Skills. Tools such as G Suite (including Google Classroom and Google Calendar), website building sites and organization, planning and sharing apps provide options to help students stay organized, manage their materials, and meet their deadlines. This session will discuss the implications of low executive function in the classroom setting. Participants will explore a variety of tools that can make a world of difference to a student with poor executive function. By the end of the session, participants will gain an understanding of how simple changes to the way they share and use information can have a huge impact on the success of their students. To get the most out of this session, participants should have a google account and the Mindomo and Aurasma apps.
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    9:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Transforming the Library from Traditional Space to Learning Commons
    Room 208
    In an effort to keep our library current and relevant, we transformed our traditional space into a vibrant, energy filled Learning Commons/Makerspace. In this hands-on workshop, participants will rotate through some of the different stations that our K-8 students experience weekly (Ozobots, Osmo, Makey Makey, Dash & Dot, Stop Motion, Bloxels Builders, etc.). We will discuss our process of transforming our library to a Learning Commons in our school, as well as some of our growing pains and successes.
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    Full Day Sessions

    9:30 AM  -  3:30 PM
    Minds on Media (MoM): Come Learn with Ed Tech Giants!
    Peller Estates Ballroom A

    Join us for MoM!

    • Spend the day with the inventor of the touch screen!
    • Learn along with the creator of the most successful hypertext application of all time!
    • Would you like to learn from the person who invented graphic organizers?
    • How about a pioneer & author in George Lucas’ Edutopia and an expert in digital storytelling and global project-based learning?
    • Or a pioneer in robotics in education who worked with Seymour Papert—the father of the digital maker movement and coding for kids?
    • Be empowered by the best of Ontario’s educators to support deep learning in your school or classroom!

    Don’t Miss the Opening! Details to Follow!

    Grand Prizes at 2:30pm!

    What is Minds On Media©?

    Minds On Media© (MOM) is a model of professional learning that respects the learner's 'desire to know'—created in 2009 by Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen.

    You come to learn and we respect your choices in how you wish to do that. We want you to take a 'minds on' approach.

    It is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) event with a variety of centres focusing on being learners in the 21st century—the age of ubiquitous media.  

    What will teachers learn?

    Imagine a room full of educators who are experts in information and communications technologies (ICT) and learning theory. What could be learned from them?

    That is up to you! You can visit one of the centres or visit them all! You might be an absolute beginner or comfortable with technology—but this is about authentic use with students to develop deeper understandings.

    The facilitators at the centres will have the skills to support all learning styles with awesome classroom projects as exemplars!

    Why is Minds On Media© unique?

    It's not 'wait for the workshop' any more. It's 'just in time' learning - not 'just in case'. Teachers will gain expertise in nurturing and leveraging a robust professional learning network (PLN).

    Pedagogistas are there to ensure that we don't get lost in the mechanics of the tools—but rather remind and support us to think deeply about the role of technology in learning and teaching.

    (Check mindsonmedia.ca to understand the philosophy and organization of the day!)

    Details of centres will follow here!! bit.ly/bit17mom

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    General Schedule

    10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Learning Hall Open
    11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch
     

    Half-Day Workshops

    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Artists, Writers, Graphic Designers, Researchers, Creators through Technology
    Room 206
    Grade 2’s can do it! Luckily for me, I’ve had the chance to see Grade 2’s use technology to enhance their learning. Yes, they are young. Yes, they still need to learn how to print. Yes, they don’t even know how to type...yet! But, the power of technology has changed my classroom, and my students. They are engaged and driven. They are motivated and challenged. They are reflective and responsive. They are artists, writers, graphic designers, researchers and creators because they are connected. Together, we will look at Web 2.0 tools, the Google Suite and iPad Apps to enhance and engage even the youngest of learners. Participants will walk away with a variety of tools to use with primary students for independent work, learning centres, collaborative work and assessment purposes.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Book Creator - Documenting the Inquiry Process and Student Learning
    Room 208
    This session will demonstrate how students can document their learning and inquiries in Book Creator. Examples of books created by students at various grade levels will be shared to demonstrate how this awesome tool can be used in every subject area! Participants will then be given time and support to explore the app “hands on” (whether novice or expert). We will also discuss apps that can be "smashed" with it. Bring an iPad with the Book Creator app downloaded onto it (free or paid version) so you can walk away with practical ideas to use in your classrooms right away.
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Coaching Coding
    Room 202
    In this session, participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with various coding technology. We will be using Sphero, Dash and Ollie. The presenters are high school students passionate about coding. Participants will have the unique experience of being taught by students; they will learn the basics of these robots, how to code them and how to incorporate them in the classroom. Another hands-on activity will incorporate art and creativity - we will be using Sphero's to create art. The final activity will include constructing your own obstacle course for your robot to navigate, which incorporates the final access point of STEAM, engineering.
    Speakers:
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    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Digging Deeper: Harnessing the power of technology to grow successful class gardens
    Room 203
    In this session, participants will discover how they can create a successful classroom garden, with the use of technology. Using a variety of programs, both on the iPad or Chromebook, students deepen their understanding of curriculum content in multiple subject areas as they research, plan and document progress in their garden project. Attendees will learn how to engage students in the process, as they participate in activities connected to each step of the project. Attendees will walk away with plans to develop their own classroom garden; either indoors or out, hands on experience with how to demonstrate learning with Scratch Jr, EduBlogs etc and clear links to curriculum expectations.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Literacy Learning and Teaching Across the Disciplines through Technology
    Room 204
    Technology is changing the way we engage with language, literacy, and learning. How can we integrate technology and digital competencies into our intermediate/senior classes to deepen student literacy learning? In this workshop, we will examine the Vision of Literacy for the Adolescent Learner and explore ways that technology supports communication and collaboration while leading to deeper thinking and understanding in the disciplines. We will share learning from the field from a variety of boards across the province, including those in the London, Toronto, and Thunder Bay regions. The shared examples will provide concrete demonstrations of how technology, digital competencies, and literacy are engaging students in learning in a variety of disciplines at the intermediate/senior level. The examples will provide participants with some ideas and/or strategies to use in their own contexts. “In the adolescent years, it becomes increasingly important to consider: the connection between literacy learning and the engagement and motivation of adolescents; the increasing complexity of literacy demands in a variety of subject disciplines; and the influence of technology and students’ out-of-school literacy experiences” (Adolescent Literacy Guide, 2016, p 10). This workshop provides opportunities for participants to engage in learning activities that demonstrate how we can work towards meeting student learning needs in intermediate/senior classes. Participants will engage in thinking and hands-on learning connected to integrating technology and digital competencies into intermediate/senior classes in ways that redefine literacy skills, understanding of literacy, and approaches to teaching and learning practices. Some questions for participants to consider as they engage in the learning tasks in the session include: “How could my students engage more deeply with, and have a better understanding of, information in the subject area?” “What do we listen to, read, and/or view to understand content in the subject area?” “How could we share what we know about the subject area with others?” and “How do we communicate and collaborate with others to deepen our understanding?”
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    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Making for All
    Room 207
    Makerspaces have taken education by storm! As educators test the waters of the maker movement, the special needs population is often left behind. This workshop will explore and provide resources on the use of robots, gaming, green screen, stop motion (and much more), through the lens of 'all children can make'.
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    1:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Technology Integration for Administrators
    Room 205
    Designed for Superintendents, Principals, Vice Principals and Department Heads; in this session you will learn ways to get your school set up using Social Media, electronic documentation and managing school communication using Google Apps, including Gmail, Shared Calendars, and using Google Slides to create professional newsletters and memos.
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    General Schedule

    2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Coffee Break
  • November 9, 2017
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    General Schedule

    7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Registration Open
    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast
     

    Keynote

    8:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Thursday Keynote: Dr. Michael Geist
    Fallsview Theatre A
    Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Haifa, Hong Kong University, and Tel Aviv University. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Dr. Geist is the editor of many books including Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (2015, University of Ottawa Press), The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He is a regular columnist in the Globe and Mail, the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.
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    General Schedule

    8:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Opening & Welcome
    8:30 AM  -  6:00 PM
    Learning Hall Open
    9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Coffee Break
     

    Français / French

    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Développer les compétences globales par l'entremise des applications et extensions google
    Room 201
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    50 Minute Sessions

    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    #OwnYourEd Conference
    Fallsview Theatre B (Seats)
    Make everything you do in your school matter a whole lot more by inviting the community in to celebrate and share in the learning. Drawing on two wildly successful years of organizing the #OwnYourEd Conference, come and learn how you and your school can put on a similar day. Inspired by BringItTogether, amongst others, the #OwnYourEd Conference recreates the powerful conditions of freedom and shared community to get students, staff, and the local community to share their learning. Basically, your school chooses a day and you ask anyone connected with the school to come out and share a passion, a skill, or a story and let people choose what they want to learn that day. Although simple in concept there is a fair amount of logistics to take care of which can be daunting…this is why you need to come to the session! I’ll share my forms, surveys, press releases, letters, schedules, etc. and help brainstorm possible hurdles you may encounter. Check out our 2016 & 2017 Conference Schedules (www.ownyoured.ca) where all presenters were current students, teachers, alumni or friends of friends… it is amazing the talent connected to every school that needs to be shared! 
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Adventures in the Connected Classroom
    Room 206
    Connecting my Intermediate Class to the world outside our classroom walls has allowed me to grow as a teacher and allowed my students to gain confidence, skills and global awareness. Come to this session to hear how the ongoing modelling of digital citizenship skills and making real world connections has added value to my daily practice. Hear from students as they share their thoughts about their experiences. You will take away strategies and resources that will help you connect your classroom.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    I need help STAT (Student Tech Assistance Team)
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    For the past three years HWDSB has been exploring the implementation of a School Student Tech Assistance Team. This team of students assists staff and students with technical issues, volunteering in the classroom, or offering support via an appointment booking system. There is great value in empowering the students at your school to help others, by creating a method to offer their assistance in a more “official” capacity. The idea is not to replace the Board Technician assigned to the site, but to aid in the support of software adoption (Google Apps and Office 365, the VLE and other OSAPAC Software, Code Club Mentorship), and to provide ways for students to help support each other in the effective use of technology in their learning. What began as an experiment in elementary, in club format, has been launched as a course for credit in one of our Secondary Schools (Leadership and Peer Support, Grade 11, Open (GPP3O). This presentation will share the the journey so far, and provide pathways to replicate the model back at your own school.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Leadership in the Digital Age
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    Join us for a series of fast-paced and engaging Ignite sessions where school and system leaders from all across Ontario share their secrets, insights, and strategies for impactful leadership in the Digital Age. You will take away some inspirational stories of how technology is enabling new ways to connect, lead and partner in the digital age and engage in conversations with participants about insights you gain from each Ignite presentation. http://www.ignitetalks.io/
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Learn to Code with iPad
    Room 203

    Coding is an essential skill that teaches problem-solving, develops teamwork, and inspires creativity. Learn how you can engage elementary and middle school students in the world of coding on iPad with Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code resources designed for teachers.

    Presented by Apple Education
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Maze-Craft: Creating a Sphero Robotics Maze Challenge with Math and Code
    Room 206
    We will share how we created a Sphero maze competition where students used their math knowledge to both construct their maze and code the Sphero robot through the maze. Team coaches focused on the mathematics in coding a Sphero, and had the students build their maze with math knowledge, and tools. We will discuss the challenges that arose in the competition, and the successes that students had as they built the maze their Spheros coded through.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Privacy and Staying Safe Online
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    This session will cover the online threats that can impact your organizations privacy. Learn about the new targetted online threats like spear-fishing and whaling that are specifically designed to target individuals. Helpful tips will be shared to help you stay safe online and also prepare students to do the same. Educators and IT professionals will leave this session with concrete examples and strategies to deal with online threats they may encounter.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Schools of the Future Through the Internet of Things
    Room 208
    The Internet of Things is transforming our daily lives and it will completely change the way schools look and operate in the future. Take a multi-media journey with me to explore what schools in the future might look like with seamlessly embedded technology. We will look at how classrooms and other school spaces could transform through connected and wearable devices, what a day in the life a future student might look like, how the Internet of Things will transform the lives of those with Special needs and the effects it will have on how everyone teaches and learns. Join me for a sneak preview of what the future of education may hold for us all.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Stop Motion Animation with Slides
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    Did you know that Google Slides can be used for so much more than just presentations. How about building a short stop motion animation movie. Yup - that’s right. You can turn your students into real animators using nothing more than Google Slides. By the end of the session, you’ll walk out with a (short) stop motion animated “movie”. Before you know, you’ll be hearing the words, “And the Oscar for best animated short film goes to…”
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    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Student Centred: Differentiating your Classroom with Voice and Choice
    Room 204
    This session will focus on how we honour student voice and choice in the classroom by rethinking the learning space with each individual student at the centre of it. Differentiation has been a buzzword in education for over 100 years, but it’s only with today’s technological advances that we are able as educators to bring true personalization into our classrooms. In their TLLP, Jamie and Andrew gave students ownership of their learning through the use of various technological tools utilized with the purpose of communicating their thinking in a variety of methods. The creation of student videos, photos, social media, and other various texts allowed the students the ability to be creative as well as draw connections between course content and current issues in the world or various other texts. With a strong focus on metacognition, students were able to assess their current skill level, have deep and meaningful conversations with their peers about their respective skills, and work together to leverage the skills of the community in order to grow as learners. The tools enhanced the learning as students were able to identify appropriate methods to communicate their understanding, reflect on their abilities, and further enhance their skills. Check out this session if you’re an educator who wants to remove themselves from the centre of the classroom and make their students individual needs, wants and interests at the core with practical examples and strategies from our secondary classrooms.
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    Français / French

    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    La salle de classe animée avec Pixton
    Room 201
    Aimeriez­vous animer davantage votre salle de classe? Venez donc découvrir Pixton, un nouvel outil de création de bandes dessinées en ligne. Vos élèves seront en mesure de démontrer leurs acquis de façon novatrice et engageante, peu importe la matière à l’étude. Quelle meilleure façon de prendre des risques en réfléchissant et en créant!
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    50 Minute Sessions

    11:00 AM  -  11:50 PM
    Bring 360 Image and Video into Learning
    Room 208
    Time to create your own VR. Come to this session and learn how to create, post share, collaborate with 360 images and video. You may have viewed some 360 images even some video but it is time to get creative. Work through the steps and discuss how and why you would use this in the classroom. It applies across the curriculum. We will share examples of content we have created and then take you through the tips and tricks to actually edit and publish.
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 PM
    Don't Think Outside the Box - Redesign It!
    Room 206
    Ever wondered how you could create a more inclusive and engaging learning environment for students who have different learning needs and challenges? Through our TLLP project, we are exploring how a change in the learning environment and hands-on resources can provide new opportunities for students who struggle in a traditionally structured classroom. See how our project aims to instill in students a greater confidence and an increased ability to problem-solve and collaborate, by using STEM, innovative technology, makerspace and simple room design changes. If you have essential level or at risk students you want to inspire to reach their full potential, in a learning environment that better suits their needs, this is the session for you! Explore how to adapt the makerspace ideology to meet the specific clientele of your school. Whether you already have a makerspace or are just thinking about starting one, this session will offer concrete ideas and help uncover resources to take your space to the next level.
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Filling Your Collaborative Toolbox
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    This session will explore a number of ways that teachers can engage all of the students in their classroom in collaborative activities and promote discussion. We will discuss tips and tricks for using GAFE tools like Google Docs, Maps and Forms (with extensions such as Doc Appender) to build knowledge and streamline the process of group learning and peer assessment. It would be quite ironic to have a session on collaboration that was merely a presentation; participants will share their own ideas and contribute to a central "bank" of techniques, tricks and valuable apps that will be shared with everyone after the conference.
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    From eLearning to eTeaching: Rethinking how we teach online in Ontario
    Fallsview Theatre B (Seats)
    After 20 years of eLearning in Ontario, we still see this: Students respond to asynchronous content and meet deadlines. Teachers ensure deadlines are met, grade work, and report. What’s missing? The human connection. Teachers are not present in the learning of students. How can teachers remain present in a process where they may never see or hear their students? How can they personalize the process of learning in order to encourage authentic critical creative? responses from their students? Just as importantly, how can principals and system leaders ensure that support systems are in place for successful eTeaching? After two decades of eLearning in Ontario, the template is still closer to the correspondence courses which predated online education. Delivery is usually asynchronous and stagnant and the onus is on the student to process content and meet deadlines often with very little, if any, individualized teacher contact throughout this process. Students work largely in isolation as “independent learners” with little, if any, peer contact. Teachers administer pre-written course material and their role becomes one of facilitator, ensuring primarily that student submissions are received on time, graded, and that reports are issued. They often find themselves stuck idling in a learning system that is overly tedious to maneuver within. They may be limited in terms of their ability to edit or manipulate the course content they have inherited within that platform. Or, and this seems to be the case most often, they may have arrived online without a support system. They are good teachers who are struggling to transfer what they know how to do into a different medium. They are as isolated as the names which populate their student rosters. What’s missing? The human connection. Teachers guide students through the process of learning and this is a process which requires practicing collaboration, cooperation, creativity, compromise and community. As online teachers we combine our teaching talents with technology to enhance student engagement and the quality of their responses. We can design material that is flashy and fun, colourful and creative, and which incorporates interactive audio-visual components. We can embed or link out to any number of further sources of enrichment meant to entertain, engage, and enlighten our students.
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 PM
    Good Digital Citizens are Good Citizens First: Embedding Digital Citizenship in the Learning Skills
    Room 204
    Halfway through our year-long TLLP project “Digital Citizenship Is Not A Subject”, our team of 4 teachers veered off course. We began the year committed to embedding elements of digital citizenship throughout the academic subjects we were teaching. This improved our teaching practice, but did not have the desired impact on our students’ learning. Our “Aha!” moment came when we realized that good digital citizens are first and foremost good citizens who make good decisions when working and sharing online. We turned around, and adjusted our focus, explicitly integrating elements of digital citizenship with our teaching of the 6 learning skills. Join us as we share our journey and the resources we found and created to support us along the way.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Lights, Camera, Action!
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    Presented by two members of the Halton District School Board, this session will concentrate on how video can be used to: - Support staff and system learning. - Promote the work happening in our schools. Topics covered will include: - Developing a project request system and production process that enables clients to access our service efficiently. - Building cross-functional teams to support this complex function. - How professional development costs have been reduced through the use of video content. - The role live streaming video plays in innovative content delivery. - Using video to support and promote system messaging. - How production happens (equipment and client requirements to be successful). - Use of social media to deliver content over multiple platforms. This includes the development of our own YouTube channel, and an internal video portal.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Re-assessing Assessment
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    This session will focus on reassessing how we look at assessment in the classroom, taking into account the Ministry's Growing Success document and expectations around assessment, evaluation and reporting. Presenters Andrew and Jamie made this a key focus of their TLLP research project for the 2016-2017 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. This is a difficult space for many teachers to navigate, both because it's a giant shift in thinking, and secondly, after making that shift, it can be a workflow nightmare leaving teachers feeling unsure and uneasy. A key component of this session will be sharing Andrew & Jamie’s experience using the free online tool Markboard, from Chalk.com, that helped them greatly manage many of the assessment practices we're asked to adopt in a user-friendly and intuitive way. Come to this session to discuss modern assessment philosophy, see it in practice in the classroom, and learn about a free online tool for teachers to easily manage all of the above.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Streamlining Administrator Tasks with Google Apps
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    Administrators have a huge amount of paperwork and data to manage on a daily basis that takes away from opportunities to engage with students, staff and parents. This session will provide school administrators with examples and strategies on streamlining a great deal of paperwork by using Google Apps as well as as forum to share best practices. Participants will have the opportunity to walk away with templates for their own professional use.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Teach App Development with Swift (Grades 9–12)
    Room 203

    Learning to develop apps is an exciting way to help students solve problems, work together, and bring ideas to life. Learn how to teach Intro to App Development with Swift, a free one-semester course designed to teach students with little or no programming experience how to build their first iOS apps.

    Presented by Apple Education

     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Using Technology to Make Your Music Program Sing
    Room 207
    Have to teach music but aren't a music teacher? Want to incorporate music into your daily lessons to differentiate instruction, increase engagement, and foster creativity? Learn how to leverage technology tools to find resources that will inspire you and your students to engage in the power of music. Music is more than just learning about notes and rhythms. It is an important literacy that can open up a whole new world for you and your students. Music has a unique history and diverse culture waiting to be explored. We will discuss, share, and experiment with a number of tools and devices that will make the world of music easily accessible. We will also discuss the importance of self-assessment, metacognition, and critical thinking involved in improving musical skills. Not only has music been proven to promote brain development, it also improves our well-being and promotes creativity. For "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." - Plato
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    General Schedule

    Lunch
     

    50 Minute Sessions

    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    A Robotics Playground (K-8)
    Room 205

    Presented by B & B Education

    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 not only be introduced with recommended grade levels and curriculum connections, but best practices and sample student projects will also be presented. The workshop will cover LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Cubelets, Dash and Dot as well as BeeBot and BlueBot. Cet atelier est présenté en anglais, mais les participantes et participants peuvent poser des questions en français.

     Optional 
     

    Français / French

    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Découvrir la programmation, un univers de possibilités!
    Room 201

    La programmation est une pensée informatique fondamentale du 21e siècle. Comme la technologie continue de s'intégrer à notre vie quotidienne, il est important que les pédagogues fournissent aux élèves des occasions d'exploiter leur capacité d'innover et de créer. De plus, cette habileté de la pensée permet aux élèves de résoudre des problèmes, de prendre des risques et de développer leur pensée critique et logique.

    Dans cet atelier interactif, néophyte ou pas, n'importe qui pourra apprendre à programmer avec ou sans la technologie. Dans un premier temps, les composantes de la programmation seront mises en lumière. Des exemples concrets seront partagés. Dans un deuxième temps, vous pourrez explorer des plans de leçon et des applications portant sur la programmation dans l’objectif de faire cheminer vos élèves dans l’acquisition de leurs habiletés d'apprentissage et de la pensée, et leurs habitudes de travail. Un partage en plénière clôturera l’atelier. Cet atelier est destiné à des pédagogues de la maternelle à la 8e année.

     Optional 
     

    50 Minute Sessions

    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Creativity Unleashed
    Room 207
    How do We Model, foster and Cultivate Creativity in the Classroom? Tina Zita In this interactive session we will share our journeys of creativity from genius hour, to #the100dayproject, popup maker spaces to drama camp. How has creativity impacted our practice? After briefly sharing our story we will engage the group through conversations around what is creativity, it’s role in today’s classrooms, and how we foster creativity. This session will include opportunities for discussion and sharing, allowing us to leave with a curated list of ideas to take back to our individual practice.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    DSBN Case Study - From Firefighters to Service Providers – Transforming the Image of your IT Departm
    Room 205

    Presented by TOPdesk

    Imagine it is the first week of September. All the children filling the classrooms, teachers getting ready to introduce new lessons, and the principals across the districts are giving their welcome speeches. But, someone forgot their login credentials to get into the staff site, there is a hack in the school’s twitter account, chromebooks are not available contrary to your list of available assets, and that problem printer still thinks it’s on summer break.

    Is your IT team ready to respond to this workload? At DSBN, student success is their number one priority. To ensure students are happy, everything needs to be running smoothly, including their service desk. Service excellence has always been in DSBN’s favour, but they knew that they had to tackle the problems with their old system first. This TOPdesk presentation will explore how the District School Board of Niagara was able to improve its service desk operations and boost the image of its IT Department.

    It will demonstrate the methods and best practices that can help other IT Departments transform from being firefighters to service providers in their organizations.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    From Club to Classroom - Schoolwide Integration of Computational Thinking
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    After witnessing the engagement and learning taking place during after hours robotics and coding sessions, a small group of educators sought to transfer these positive ideals from club to classroom. But how would this endeavor be received by administration and colleagues in the school? How could PD and support be provided? Who would lead school wide instruction for teachers and students in the area of coding and robotics? How would the learning be documented and upon which framework would look-fors, learning goals and success criteria be established? Come and explore these questions, and many more.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Green STEAM Ahead
    Room 205
    Green STEAM ahead Marcie Greatrex In this dynamic hands­on workshop, participants will take part in a wide variety of STEAM challenges that focus on environmental conservation, link to a range of environmental global projects and connect to Ontario Ecoschools initiatives. Participants will see first hand how STEAM challenges can be integrated and assessed across the curriculum. We will examine how students can document this learning using such apps as Adobe SPARK, Chatterpix, Book Creator and more! From using nature at our doorstep, to taking the STEAM outside, to using re­useable materials in our classrooms, participants will experience first hand the excitement, problem solving skills and collaboration of STEAM challenges. Participants will leave with some ready to use ideas for their classrooms, and will become part of a network of STEAM educators in Ontario ready to go full Green STEAM Ahead!
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    How Mind Maps Help Students Become Architects And Stakeholders of Their Own Learning
    Room 203

    Powered by Mindomo


    This presentation is intended for all K-12 and university educators who want to teach their students to be cognitive cowboys poking bullet holes into every received concept, thinking that there might be more than one correct answer to a question and whether an answer is “correct” might be more subjective than objective. Through mind mapping, students are basically learning to develop a healthy questioning and rationalizing attitude, which in turn prepares them for life, citizenship, and career. 

    There are many ways to help students develop independent learning and critical thinking skills, so how do mind maps make a difference? 
    First, students take the information they know or receive and identify what is being said: the topic, the issue, the thesis and main points. Moving forward, they break everything into smaller pieces, based on relevance and hierarchy. Third, they look for connections between new information and what they already know.
    The result?

    A clear image of their systematic reasoning, which they are even more likely to retain due to the use of short words and phrases, images, colors, and shapes. After all, research shows that our brain processes images 60 000 times faster than text.

    The earlier kids learn to use mind maps in their learning, the better. Elementary or primary grades are an ideal place to start.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Incorporating Digital Fluency in a Balanced Literacy Program Using Ipads
    Room 204
    The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has recently implemented a new vision for learning with an emphasis on digital fluency. This session will look at how educators can use iPads to engage Primary and Junior students’ literacy learning with global competencies in mind. Using online websites, rich eBooks, and creation app allows students to learn how to effectively communicate their ideas, thinking, and learning. Attendees will walk away with various examples of how they can reshape their balanced literacy program to include digital fluency learning goals in the classroom. Some of the apps that will be showcased include Epic! Books for Kids, Adobe Spark, Book Creator, Do Ink Green Screen and Animation, ChatterPix, and Google Apps.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Putting the 'A' in STEAM - How Virtual Reality, Coding, & Robotics Grow 21st Century Competencies
    Room 208

    DescriptionThis session will highlight our District’s exploration of virtual reality alongside coding and robotics tools which allowed us to introduce students to the creation of innovative digital media. Through the exploration of exciting emergent technologies like the HTC Vive and Tilt Brush by Google, students not only to create, but to collaborate in virtual spaces on increasingly impressive and creative works of virtual Art. Art created this way can be showcased across schools, districts, and to a global audience to inspire possibilities.

    Following the steps that lead to a culminating district showcase including Sphero art, etc., the RCDSB TELT­Contacts will share insights and valuable experiences from the design and implication of this large­scale project. Participants will get to experience the HTC Vive and Google Tilt­brush tools and learn how to share and promote the creations made by staff and students.

    Attendees will leave this session with a new appreciation of the power of student creativity and knowledge of tools and skills needed to initiate their own digital­art showcase. Come see how VR can be applied to enhance creativity and collaboration while highlighting the importance of the Arts in a STEAM program.

     

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Real vs Alternative Facts - Hands on activities for Junior/Intermediate
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    The ability to identify reliable sources of information has become an increasingly important component of digital literacy. This session will provide engaging, hands-on activities that will assist junior/intermediate students to identify authentic sources of information online. The session will also give teachers strategies to guide their students through effective digital research and the inquiry process.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    TedEd Talks and Beyond
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    So you've had your students create TED­Ed talks and now you're wondering ""How can we spread these ideas even further? How can we give these students more opportunities to develop their presentation skills?"" We've gone from one class doing talks, to spreading the idea, to connecting with other clubs and then going beyond individual classes or clubs to a larger TED­Ed event bringing together 3 schools. We will share the challenges we faced, the benefits for our students, how we made it work and where we will go from here.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Transformation: Flexible, Collaborative, and Engaged Learning Spaces
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    Innovative Spaces are a part of 21st Century Teaching and Learning. When we create new learning environments, we ignite curiosity, develop wonder and foster collaboration. Innovative learning environments also enables the shift of teacher practice and pedagogy. This workshop will give participants an insight into the Durham District School Board’s journey as we update and transform learning environments and Library Learning Commons across the district. We will examine findings from our Board 21st Century Learning Spaces Committee, look at new buildings, grassroots planning and renovations. As part of our journey, we have also reflected on the use of technology and creating transparent and flexible virtual learning environments. The workshop will give participants the opportunity to see examples of projects, provide tips and tricks and examine how our learning spaces relate to student achievement, success and well-being.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    Français / French

    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    We can do Lego WeDo 2.0 - Programming for the younger ones
    Room 206
    During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to build a Lego WeDo 2.0 project, take a look at the basic programming blocks in Scratch to program their creations and take away a better understanding of its applications in the primary/junior classroom. The integration of Lego WeDo in numeracy and literacy allows students to express their learning in new ways. With Legos the possibilities are endless and students can build and rebuild all while becoming more comfortable with programming.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     

    50 Minute Sessions

    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    #InnovatiON21C - What's Next - Journey ON
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    *Note - this session is bilingual (English and French) All 72 Ontario school districts are engaged in Innovation Research funded by the Council of Directors of Education (CODE), in partnership with the Ministry of Education. Join us for an exploration of Innovation Journeys from Ontario districts that have led to the development of a district self-assessment rubric for innovation. Hear board stories about how Innovation Inquiry Projects are driving exploration, adoption, and transformation of approaches to cultivate deeper learning and foster global competencies. Build common understanding and exchange knowledge, harnessing the collective insights to inform future iteration of the rubric, in order to support districts’ Innovation Journeys ahead. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the ways school districts in Ontario are moving forward with innovation and global competencies.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    A Kids' Guide to Canada: By Kids, For Kids
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    What happens when you invite every JK-Grade 8 class in Canada to start teaching each other about the land and the people of their home communities in a time of major social, educational, and technological challenge? Come see our students’ exciting creations and accomplishments, and find out their hopes and plans for where we go from here! Beginning on January 1st, 2017, elementary classes across Canada began to create the very first interactive, multilingual, and multicultural “Kids’ Guide to Canada” written BY children, and FOR children, and to help build a new culture of "understanding, empathy, respect" and hope. Classroom teachers began using the Digital Human Library to find and connect with teachers from coast to coast who wanted to connect their classes for deeper learning, or who wanted to expand their personal learning networks and their own professional learning. With the support of educational organizations like ECOO and the Canadian Education Association, small businesses like Contact North and BonZa Global, and the Canadian Ministry of Heritage, every part of the “AKGTC” project has been created and co-ordinated by elementary classroom teachers from every province and territory in the country. Come discover the amazing roller-coaster ride, and find out about some exciting opportunities for elementary students to pursue this journey! Session participants will learn * exciting student accomplishments, challenges, and heartbreaks along the way * a variety of ways to connect with classes across the country * current and new opportunities for teacher and student learning * plans for creating an historic archive of student content * key lessons from dealing with social, educational, and technological challenges
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Designing Opportunities to Infuse Indigenous Perspectives in Collaborative Projects
    Room 208
    Infusing Indigenous Perspectives through Provincial Collaborative Projects 2015 Wab Kinew challenged all Canadian educators to help students from First Nation schools connect with students from “mainstream” schools to talk and learn about each other’s communities and then discuss what reconciliation could look like in their lifetime. They were then challenged to build a representation in Minecraft of what reconciliation might look like in their future. We decided to take Wab Kinew’s challenge one step further. The result was an Ontario wide, 25 classroom collaboration known as #CraftReconciliation. 2016, ­2017 saw the next iteration of our collaboration called #CDNcraft that worked within the theme of Canada 150. The goal of the collaboration, to bring Indigenous and non­Indigenous students together across Ontario to build knowledge that continues the conversation around reconciliation, remained unchanged. However, the focus this time was around the theme of “What Does it Look Like to be a Great Canadian?”. Students were challenged to consider the their understanding of their country beyond hockey and maple syrup. Concepts like pride, stereotypes, privilege, and identity were often the at the heart of cross­class conversation. In this session, we will share information about the technologies used to connect students and how we worked together to create questions and build knowledge together. We used the VLE (Brightspace by D2L) to support a threaded discussion forum for 400 students and 18 teachers to collaborate asynchronously and the VLE chat tool as a backchannel for discussion during our synchronous Google Hangouts on Air. Students worked together in the same Minecraft world from across the province. Throughout the collaboration students also used a variety of media creation tools and collaboration tools. This project not only encouraged students to collaborate and learn together, it also resulted in some of the best, organic professional development we have participated in! Our work can be viewed at http://CDNcraft.com
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Head First into Hyperdocs
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    Dive into an amazing new way to deliver learning! Learn to map out meticulously planned, unique, diverse learning activities for all students in your class. Cannonball into lesson-design creativity! With HyperDocs, make a landing spot for any number of tasks that encourage collaboration, independence, and content creation to demonstrate learning. Leverage technology to provide opportunities for exploration, inquiry, and creativity. Start making some serious, disruptive waves today!
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Learning Design by Making Games
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    This session will focus on sharing the process, results and artifacts of a full-year, project-based learning activity with Grade 5 students in a public school in Brampton during the 2016-2017 year. Students were challenged with the following goal: "Design a computer game using Scratch that makes learning about fractions fun and easy for younger students." Detailed resources and links to artifacts will be shared and discussed.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Math and Digital Portfolios
    Fallsview Theatre B (Seats)

    In the past we have explained to our students how important their notes are to their success, yet year after year we allow students to throw away their notes at the end of the year. The students then restart the entire process at the beginning of a new grade. We would like to demonstrate the best practice for creating a digital “rule book” for students so that they can add and adapt it each year. Their digital binder is threefold:

    • A section with their numeracy strands where they key can add their key concepts and examples that will be helpful to them in following years
    • A portfolio where they can add pieces of their work for successive teachers to see their strengths and weaknesses
    • An EQAO section where students can complete practice EQAO questions at the end of each strand and remove the stress of the build up review week.

    We will incorporate and explain how this has led to a mastery teaching approach when students are having difficulty explaining the overall concept. Students who need more time with basic math skills need to be granted that time with additional feedback, for student and their parents. This presentation has a strong Math focus but we have worked with teachers that have built this same model in English and Health and Physical Education

     

     Optional 
    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    Too Many Tools, Too Little Time—HELP!
    Room 207
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an easy way to help us decide what digital resources are safe and appropriate to use in their classroom? Well now there is! Join us as we launch the Decision Tree Tool, an online resource to support teachers’ professional judgement when selecting apps and tools for their students. Come and be the first to explore, ask questions and provide feedback. Take the tool back to your classroom and learning community. It’s free. The Ministry of Education would like to acknowledge the contributions of OSSTF, OECTA, ETFO, OTFFEO, AEFO, Ontario Privacy Commission, OASBO-ICT, ECOO and OSAPAC.
     Optional 
     

    General Schedule

    Prize Draws
     

    Association Meetings

    5:00 PM 
    ECOO Annual General Meeting
     Optional 
  • November 10, 2017
  •  

    General Schedule

    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast
    7:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Registration Open
     

    Keynote

    8:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Friday Keynote: Lisa Floyd
    Fallsview Theatre A
    Lisa Floyd, passionate about introducing students and teachers to the world of coding, is the Director of Research and Inquiry with Fair Chance Learning. As a thought-leader on STEAM education, Lisa is currently working with school districts sharing her passion for creative coding and digital making tools with students and teachers across Canada. She is completing her graduate degree in mathematics education and is honoured to be working as a research assistant collaborating with professors involved with Computational Thinking initiatives and co-authoring papers that have been published in North American academic journals. She is a Computational Thinking in Math and Science Education instructor at Western University’s Faculty of Education, for which she has received an undergraduate teaching award. Lisa’s many years of experience teaching secondary Computer Science, Math, Science and Experiential Learning have also inspired her to support teachers with best practices for making learning meaningful for students.
     Optional 
     

    General Schedule

    9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Learning Hall Open
    9:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Coffee Break and Exhibits
     

    Français / French

    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Impression 3D (FR)
    Room 201

    L'emphase sera mis sur la description succincte de la technologie d'impression en 3D, certaines de ses applications récentes, la mise en œuvre de cette initiative avec nos élèves de la 7ième et 8ième années, ainsi que pour discuter des liens entre le curriculum établis avec les projets authentiques que nous avons déjà accomplis.

    Additionnellement, le renforcement des capacités des équipes d’élèves et du personnel sera examiné ainsi que les connexions à l'industrie locale et leur impact sur la voie à suivre cette année. Enfin, le public sera engagé avec des démonstrations de tinkercad, le logiciel de conception utilisé pour façonner nos créations.

     Optional 
     

    50 Minute Sessions

    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Digital BreakOut Edu
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    Come try the digital version of the hit game Breakout EDU where players looks for clues to solve a number of puzzles. In this session we will play in teams to see who can best work collaboratively to be the first team to break out. We will also learn how to create our own Breakout EDU Digital games using G-Suite apps.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Innovation in 3D
    Room 207
    In this session, we will explore the connection between the design process, 3D printing, and deep learning competencies. We will begin with a minds-on activity in the form of a THINK-PAIR-DIGITAL SHARE. Next we will hear what students have to say about innovation in a class-generated video. You will see and hear snapshots of our learning journey using TinkerCad and 3D printing in the classroom. Our journey has been filled with many setbacks and failures which have become a comfortable aspect of our learning. Design projects including the creation of puzzle cubes and monuments to celebrate Canada150 will be explored and design process outline shared. We will discuss how these design projects connect with the deep learning competencies. Finally, you will have time to experiment with TinkerCad through hands-on activities and see student 3D printing creations and failures (First Attempts In Learning). Come on out to see what innovation looks like in 3D design! https://goo.gl/mmcnGh (slide deck draft)
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Introduction to Coding with Dash and Dot Robots
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    Have you started to hear all about coding and programming in the elementary classroom but don’t quite understand all the hype? Are you wondering why coding is considered an essential skill for 21st century learners? Are you interested in learning more but have no idea where or how to start? Have you seen or heard about students using Dash and Dot Robots in their classroom and are interested to give them a try? This session is intended to introduce participants to coding in a simple, hands-on manner through the use of Dash & Dot Robots (provided) and block programming. We will share best practices and tips for getting started and you will leave this session with ideas and resources for connecting coding into your program, even if you don’t have robots in your school. Participants should bring their own fully charged Wifi enabled device with Bluetooth capabilities to use during the workshop. If bringing a school/board device you will need to ensure that it can connect to outside Wifi servers.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Liner Note Lessons: An Encouraging Message from the Canadian Music Industry
    Room 203
    Canadian Music is healthy, vibrant, and profitable. Among industry professionals, there is a sense that more Canadians seem willing to pay for, and give appropriate credit to the incredible music made by passionate Canadians. There’s a feeling of excitement around the portability of music creation and production, made possible by digital work environments, and most excitingly, they really want to engage young people! The way a song is created, recorded, and distributed has changed. The way music is accessed, shared, and integrated into our students’ own creative works has changed, too. This presentation endeavours to walk participants through the ‘Canadian music narrative’, and identify and explain what’s the same, and what’s different in the music industry, with an emphasis in the areas of real-world production, and publishing practices. Throughout, participants will be introduced to lesson ideas, and direct secondary-level curriculum connections in the areas of music, communications technology, and business.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Tech Tools for IEP'd Students
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    Any secondary teacher who teaches students with IEPs should attend this session! Whether you have a whole classroom of students who need accommodations or you have a few students mixed throughout your classes, this session is for you! In fact the tools, apps and sites that will be demoed in this session are really good for any hard to engage or at risk learner. We will discuss tech tools to help you accommodate a variety of learning needs, engage at risk students in course content, keep students focused and help inspire and organize student ideas. Whether you are teaching students who struggle daily with executive functioning or you simply have teenagers in your room who could use some digital tools to assist in their learning and time management, you will walk away with easy to use and accessible tools you can start using in your classroom next week. I’ve taken all the best of my Spec Ed digital tool belt and put them into this one stop presentation. I will share more than a dozen tools, beyond just Google Read and Write that your IEP’d and at risk students will want to use. You won’t want to miss it! (For selection committee only: I attended BIT last year with the primary focus of looking for sessions that touched on Spec Ed topics or tools to assist students who need accommodations. When I searched for sessions that met the Spec Ed Strand only 4 sessions came up, and two were offered in the same time slot. Since EVERY secondary teacher has students with IEPs in their classroom I think there is a need to address this topic on a bigger scale. For this reason I hope you accept my proposal topic.)
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Technology Help Desk: Empowering Students, Families, Teachers
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    In this panel discussion, teachers will gain insight into the action project that Ontario Association of Junior Educators (OAJE) has undertaken through the OTF Teacher Learning Co-Op (TLC). This project involves having students, parents and teachers collaborate in the creation of tutorial videos related to educational technologies. These videos are short in length (>30 seconds) and are designed to reinvent the ways students, staff and parents are supported. They promote student advocacy, ownership, and engagement. These videos are collected in a repository and shared with the whole school board. Other topics that will be discussed on the panel are, the TLC application process, methods for student video creation, and different Assistive Technology supports. New this year, students created ELL videos.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    Understanding Your Digital Footprint
    Fallsview Theatre B (Seats)
    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 of people 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.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:00 AM  -  10:50 AM
    YES! Youth Edtech Summit: A Journey
    Room 204
    YES! We talk about incorporating student voice into our learning but how often does it happen on a district scale? The YRDSB has held two successful YES (Youth Edtech Summits) summits where students from k-12 shared how they have used technology in their classrooms. Join me as I take you through a 3 year journey of creating and implementing successful Youth Edtech Summits (YES) where the presentations created and presented by students for students, and completely different in scope each year. In this session, you will learn how YES came to be, the process (and cost) in creating a summit and hear from students how they enjoyed it so that you can replicate in your school or your district.
    Speakers:
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    Français / French

    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Les cours en ligne de type modulaire, en route vers le postsecondaire!
    Room 201
    Les plus récentes recherches portant sur l’apprentissage privilégient une pédagogie participative indissociable de la technologie pour créer des expériences authentiques, significatives et différentes qui reflètent à la fois la vie quotidienne et l’avenir des élèves.
    Cette pédagogie nécessite d’examiner les rôles du personnel enseignant et des élèves, puis de repenser les compétences à développer au 21e siècle. La pédagogie en mouvance s’inscrit dans l’évolution du profil de sortie de l’élève.
    Cet atelier mettra en lumière le design pédagogique qui sous­tend la conception des cours en ligne de type modulaire. Lors de l’exploration de ces cours, pendant l’atelier, vous découvrirez des outils intégrés visant le développement des compétences globales, des habiletés d’apprentissage et des habitudes de travail chez les élèves. Vous pourrez également constater de quelle manière ce contenu pédagogique peut être utilisé dans un contexte d’apprentissage hybride.
    Le côté ludique en vous sera ravivé en découvrant les ressources pédagogiques novatrices présentes dans les cours en ligne de type modulaire.
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    50 Minute Sessions

    11:00 AM  -  11:50 PM
    Become an Apple Teacher. Fuel Your Passion for Learning
    Room 203

    Build new skills. Inspire your students. Unlock the power of iPad, Mac, and Apple apps in your classrooms with Apple Teacher, a free professional learning program. Explore the Apple Teacher Starter Guides and the Apple Teacher Learning Centre where you can earn badges and track your learning journey.

    Presented by Apple Education

     Optional 
    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Creating a Sense of Community Through Student Video Announcements
    Room 206
    Getting bored with school announcements? Why not change things up a little? Learn how to support a team or class to create announcements on video. Resources will be shared for teaching students how to create a simple newscast that can evolve into a tool to enhance a sense of community while building 21st century skills.
    Speakers:
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Leveraging Technology to Develop Transferable Life Skills: Deep Learning
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    On September 6, 2017, the Ministry of Education announced plans for Modernizing Ontario’s Curriculum. It is “increasing emphasis on transferable life skills that can help students of all ages meet the changing demands of today and tomorrow. Communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and global citizenship are skills that will help Ontario students thrive as they grow up in a changing, interconnected world. Beginning next school year, new report cards will better track a young person's development of these essential and transferable life skills.” Your students might be creating awesome looking presentations for their inquiry projects! But, do you ever wonder how deep their learning is? How transferable are the skills they have acquired? Are students engaged merely in ‘knowledge telling’ rather than ‘knowledge building’? What affordances do technologies provide in supporting and developing these competencies? In this interactive presentation, learn how students can effectively use various technologies for deeper learning—for transferable skills—as they move through the phases of an inquiry project.
    Speakers:
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Linking Coding to Language Arts - Using Makey Makey's and Scratch to tell Stories
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    Participants will have hands on opportunities to try out Makey Makey kits and Scratch ( block based programming) and see new and innovative ways to engage their students in creative and hands on ways to make their writing come to life. This workshop offers ideas for differentiation and open ended tasks for students.
    Speakers:
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Modern Learning - 3 Years of Change
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    This session will feature a cross-curricular panel of teachers from one school who have spent 3 years participating in New Pedagogies For Deep Learning. We will discuss the individual experiences in implementing NPDL in a rural secondary classroom. Teachers will share their journeys through the various tasks and activities that they developed. The growth from a 'one-off' project mentality to one of constant change and evolution of teaching practice will be highlighted. You will come away with concrete ideas and strategies on how modern learning can be implemented in any classroom using a variety of technologies.
    Speakers:
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    Music and Movement Using Sphero Technology
    Room 205
    Redefine how you use movement and represent music in your arts program! Typically, when we think of students moving to music, we think of dance. What about, instead of moving our bodies, we moved a robot? Could students explore and apply the elements of music, just as effectively, with a robot? We will share the experiences of 80 Grade 3 students in an integrated music, dance and drama unit. Students used the speed, direction and colour of the robot to represent the characters in Tchaikovsky’s Peter and the Wolf in a new and innovative way. Come and learn the basics of how spheros work and have time to play and create your own response to a piece of music.
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 PM
    Practical Approaches for Personalized, Large Scale Professional Development
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    How can system-wide professional development be personal and meaningful? How can we efficiently launch and track large-scale projects while maintaining a sense of community and purpose? How much autonomy can/should schools and teachers have to determine learning direction and resource allocation? These are the questions we asked ourselves as we embarked on a long-term, large-scale professional learning project two years ago. In this session I will share both the human and technical aspects of project management. Our success would not have been possible without building positive relationships with teachers, administrators, and several departments within the school board, nor would it have been possible without the availability of digital tools to plan, track, and share professional learning and system spending. Google docs, sheets, slides and sites (together with add-ons such as autoCrat and AwesomeTable) have helped us personalize professional learning, manage board-wide purchasing, and create an online environment where our learning is shared and celebrated.
    Speakers:
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    11:00 AM  -  11:50 AM
    The Art of Making in an Inquiry and Experiential Environment
    Fallsview Theatre B (Seats)
    The UN Development Global Goals provides context, in all areas of education, for teachers and students to ask questions.In this session, we will share simple strategies for anyone interested in enhancing an inquiry driven classroom, one that is student centric and has a strong emphasis on Maker Culture, Social Justice and Experiential Learning. We will talk about the role of self-directed learning, health and well-being, and how we can use a variety of tools, spaces and lesson types to engage students to think deeply about the world around them. Why does this matter to me? To my community? To the world? We will share our successes and failures with our implementation of tools as it relates to the inquiry process - Including, 3D Printers (Tinkercad, Sketchup and many more), Robotics in the classroom (Ozo Bot, Vex, Dash, Sphero, etc.), 1:1 computers, Tablets, and computer programming. We will share both micro and macro inquiry driven lessons and talk about how we can use a blended learning environment (D2L, Google Docs and Blogs) to engage collaborative learning and action.
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    General Schedule

    Lunch
     

    Français / French

    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    La rétroaction documentée et partagée comme un pro avec G Suite
    Room 201
    Avez­-vous de la difficulté à documenter et à organiser vos observations des habiletés d’apprentissage et habitudes de travail (HH) de vos élèves? Est­ce que vous les communiquez régulièrement aux élèves et à leurs parents? Lors de cet atelier pour les enseignants à l’élémentaire et au secondaire, on apprendra comment évaluer régulièrement et rapidement les HH en se servant des outils Google. Les participants apprendront comment utiliser Google Formulaires pour évaluer le progrès de leurs élèves et maintenir un dossier sur chacun d’eux. On verra ensuite comment partager et manipuler les données avec des modules complémentaires. Les observations deviennent un outil dynamique pour appuyer les enseignants lors de la préparation des bulletins scolaires et des rencontres avec les parents. Les outils Google peuvent être une excellente ressource pour les évaluations des enseignants, les évaluations par les pairs et les auto­évaluations. Venez et apprenez comment évaluer comme un enseignant du 21e siècle!
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    50 Minute Sessions

    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Building Rapport with Digital Students
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    We know that e-learning is “exploding”. It solves many issues for small schools, tight timetabling and students need. We also know that some of the most rewarding aspects of teaching are the relational experiences we develop within the four walls of our own classroom. The personalities we get to know. The kids we will never forget. Good teachers know that building a bond with a student encourages them to take risks, believe in themselves and give just a little bit more. While on-line teaching can provide an interesting “change of pace” from the “performance” of the IRL classroom, developing genuine teacher-student rapport is a significant hurdle. Both the teacher and the student can be left feeling isolated in this medium. No one wants to become a “marking machine” without any of the joys of student interaction, but how do you reach through that screen to build genuine connections...with teenagers??? Diane will share some of the tools and tips she has used to build rapport within her digital classroom. You will leave the session with some easy-to-try ideas to build a better online experience for everyone!
    Speakers:
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    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Defining the 21 st century leader: Refreshing the leader standards in a digital world
    Fallsview Theatre B (Seats)
    Planning, executing and measuring progress are key components in the transition to technology-rich learning and teaching. The International Society for Education (ISTE) is working to define the digital age competencies that leaders need to envision and guide this transition. Join us for an interactive session where you can weigh in! Come and share your Ontario perspective on the fundamental shifts and crucial concepts that should be included in the new ISTE Standards for Administrators.
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    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Digital Breakouts
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    Want a fun activity for your class that promotes communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity? In this session you’ll learn about online escape-style games and how to make them yourself using Google Sites and Slides. Join us in this interactive session to see if you have what it takes to Breakout! You’ll leave this session with sample games (English & French!) that you can use on Monday in your classroom and the skills/resources to build your own and to engage your students.
    Speakers:
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    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    EdTech Student Crew - Students Supporting School Communities
    Room 206
    Do you think students in your school or district have technology related skills, knowledge, and resources that the people in their school communities would find valuable? I'm pretty sure you just said, "Yes ... absolutely!" In Grand Erie, we thought the same thing. Or rather, some students told us very clearly this was the case ¬ they have skills, they want to learn more, and they want to be able to share their knowledge with teachers and other students in their communities. Join members of our Ed Tech Team to learn about Grand Erie EdTech Student Crews (ESC Teams). We'll share how we got started in 2015 and take you on our journey since then. You'll learn how we leverage Brightspace (D2L) and Office 365 to support our Crews so they can support their communities with using technology to enhance learning and teaching. You'll even get a chance to hear from some of the students actively involved in our EdTech Student Crews (currently spanning 21 schools including students from grades 3-12).
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Explore the Classroom App for iPad
    Room 203

    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.

    Presented by Apple Education

     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Making Our Own Learning Visible
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    Many of our language curriculum expectations ask for our students to show an awareness of purpose and target audience. We also often ask them to "show what they know". Encouraging our students to document the process of their learning, as well as the product, using different methods and tools, can help them develop an awareness of purpose and audience. Allowing them to share their learning beyond the classroom can open up different audiences, help improve communication with parents, and make connections with a larger world. I'll share some of my successes and failures working with a 7/8 class and would enjoy learning about yours.
    Speakers:
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    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    STEM EDventures with Robotics and Math
    Peller Estates Ballroom C
    With 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.
    Speakers:
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    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Too Many Tools, Too Little Time—HELP!
    Room 204
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an easy way to help us decide what digital resources are safe and appropriate to use in their classroom? Well now there is! Join us as we launch the Decision Tree Tool, an online resource to support teachers’ professional judgement when selecting apps and tools for their students. Come and be the first to explore, ask questions and provide feedback. Take the tool back to your classroom and learning community. It’s free. The Ministry of Education would like to acknowledge the contributions of OSSTF, OECTA, ETFO, OTFFEO, AEFO, Ontario Privacy Commission, OASBO-ICT, ECOO and OSAPAC.
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    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Arduino in Classrooms: Making Learning Hands On
    Peller Estates Ballroom B
    Arduino makes it fun and easy for elementary students to create devices that interact with their environment. The Ontario Curriculum states that students must build a series of circuits using a testing and design method. This hands-on presentation offers a methodology so that this inquiry takes place. With Arduino, students learn many big ideas such as following proper procedures, troubleshooting and advanced vocabulary. Our presentation will share projects to create message boards, buzzers and LED light arrangements. To create a device, learners interact with software and hardware. Students also learn problem solving through programming. The goal of this presentation is to make Arduino accessible in all classrooms and schools to enrich curriculum. Each participant will collaborate in teams with our Arduino kits for guided and independent tasks. We will share how these tools can promote STEM in the school community as an extra-curricular activity. Our presentation is an excellent starting point and allows differentiation for teachers with some experience.
    Speakers:
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    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Enhancing Writing Through Oral Language and Technology
    Room 206
    "We speak not only to be understood but to understand.… Language is the exposed edge of thought" (Britton 1970). Does this quote 'speak' to you? Do you have reluctant writers who have difficulty coming up with ideas and then putting pencil to paper? Do you wish your students had stronger oral language skills that would transfer into other areas of literacy? Come and join us while we share practical solutions and ready-to-use resources for enhancing students’ writing through the use of oral language and technology. We will share classroom examples that were created and implemented during a Teacher Learning Co-Op project funded by the Ontario Teachers’ Federation last year.
    Speakers:
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    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Flipping the Classroom for Teacher PD
    Room 207

    Description:  Professional development should not be dependent on space and time. This session will demonstrate how we used the flipped classroom approach so educators were able to access reviewable content outside of face to face sessions. We will share our experience with using a combination of face to face, online/self­directed, and asynchronous online collaborative learning to support the integration of ABA strategies. Participants will see how the VLE (D2L) and Google Apps for Education (GAFE) facilitated the learning of educators. Learning from our mistakes, participants are invited to come and see how we would flip it differently in the future.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    GSuite in Primary
    Room 208

    Description: K-3 students are very capable of using Google Apps too. Whether you have iPads or Chromebooks in your class (only 1 or a class set) come see how your primary students can utilize GSuite to its full potential. A variety of examples will be shared using Docs, Draw, Forms, Slides and Sheets that PRIMARY students can independently do. All levels of G-Suite knowledge are welcome.

    A slide deck will be available during the session, including digital copies of all the examples shown to create hands on materials you can use with your students the next day.

     Optional 
    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Making the Best of Learning Spaces - the Reggio Way
    Room 208
    Can you imagine a learning space where nature, music, art, and literature are infused in the design of the STE-A-M focused classroom? A kindergarten classroom for students of all ages? A place where tea is served at the start and end of each day in beautiful porcelain cups - where there are no bells or specific transitions and subjects are infused by "Big Ideas or Themes"? A classroom that celebrates community through nutritious food prepared each day by students who gather at a cafe bar or surround a kitchen table and prompted by deep discussions of innovation and creativity? Let us think critically about the importance and value of learning environments and its impact on the Maker (Do-it-Yourself) culture. Let us examine the history of Makers and talk about the value of nurturing students and community through the design of ‘space’ as a key component to achieving truly innovative classrooms and people. Let us talk about it and find out what the research says. Why Tea? Why an indoor garden? Why a cafe bar? Why Knitting or Sewing? Why Cooking? Why Art? Why Chess or Games? Why Guitar/Piano? Why Kitchen Table? Why Livingroom? Why 3D printer? Why 1:1 Computers? Why light? Why Music? Why Blogs? Why Programming?
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    2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM
    Turning A Screen into A Window: The Next Step in Using Technology to Engage with Parents
    Peller Estates Ballroom A
    Last year, we facilitated a session on how to use technology to engage parents in the learning process. We provided a background of the tools to use to aid in this, and shared examples of different ways that educators from Kindergarten to Grade 12 have used technology for the purpose of parent engagement. This session will be an extension of that. It's about more than us telling you about possibilities, and instead, is a way to share how this documentation happens, what learning you may capture, and how sharing this learning extends the conversation at home and in the classroom. Participants will be engaged in the process of documenting learning, and will leave with new ways to capture and share this learning. Twitter, Instagram, Storify, podcasting, vlogging, and blogging options will all be shared and explored. Let's continue to look at ways to open up our classrooms!
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    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    A Safe, Shared and Secure Online Environment
    Peller Estates Ballroom D
    This session will be presented by ORION's CEO Alfonso Licata and Chief Information Security Officer ( CISO ) Farooq Wahab. As the utilization of digital technologies to achieve learning and educational outcomes continues to grow, it is important for our province to ensure that these technologies are safe from vulnerabilities. Through this session, ORION will examine initiatives and opportunities for the community to collaborate and develop a safe, shared and secure online environment.
    Speakers:
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    3:00 PM  -  3:50 PM
    From Stories to Data: Research in Action
    Room 205
    “You should write that up!” How often do we hear that when we share our success stories, but how often do we react with fear and uncertainty. We understand the need for research into effective practices and we see the success of our own instructional strategies. But when it comes to translating those success stories into sound research data, we lose confidence. Canadian School Libraries (CSL) has created a research toolkit for all educators interested in assessing the outcomes and impact of innovative practices, in the library and across the school. The CSL Research Toolkit expands on what we already know and do, suggesting further strategies and tools for research. Join this session to learn how the toolkit has helped the Durham District School Board frame their inquiry into 21st Century Learning Commons Spaces, and see how the toolkit’s practical advice can help you conduct and share your own research.
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