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Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments

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Twitter Stream -- #DLsymp18

Archived Recordings -- https://blendedbc.com/dlsymp18/
  • Selected keynote & workshop sessions
Click here for curated notes Google docs folder - or find links to Gdocs in session descriptions.

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Wednesday, April 18
 

4:00pm

7:00pm

Developing 21st century skills: Why blended and digital learning are so important
Session archives:

Session description:

Join Tony as he provides an overview of blended and digital learning, setting a framework for the 2-day symposium following.   In his talk, Tony will:
  • identify core 21st Century skills and why they are important for today's teachers;
  • provide background research on what we know about skills development;
  • indicate how blended and open education can facilitate the development of such skills; and
  • demonstrate how this affects course and curriculum design.


During his presentation, Tony will touch on notions related to online design for indigenous learning, especially a need for new design and development models.  
Tony will leave us with three or four action items to take forward for our dialogue and deliberations during the next two days of the symposium.


Tony will draw on some of the work already published in his online book Teaching in a Digital Age.  
Check out his online book (free) here:
https://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/


Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KiK9_xaqD6VbRZzYRaQ-YbBpAoEij85OG4d2RgV_XqA/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Tony Bates

Tony Bates

President & CEO, Tony Bates & Associates
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom

8:00pm

Welcome Reception
Join us in the foyer after our opening keynote address.  Mix with exhibitors and delegates as they arrive.

Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Foyer
 
Thursday, April 19
 

7:00am

Registration
Thursday April 19, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Foyer

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday April 19, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Foyer

8:30am

Conference Opening
Aboriginal Welcome
Welcome from Symposium Hosts
Opening Remarks from the Ministry of Education
Symposium Overview

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that co ordinates SD 73's Elementary program (k to 7). David uses blended teaching strategies to... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Guerin

Morgan Guerin

Councillor, Musqueam Indian Band
avatar for Paul Lachance

Paul Lachance

Direction adjointe / Membre du CA, CAVLFO / CANeLearn
avatar for Jennifer McCrea

Jennifer McCrea

ADM Learning Division, Ministry of Education
The Learning Division within the Ministry of Education is responsible for transforming education to ensure BC students remain among the best in the world. The Learning Division reflects the diversity of BC students and provides leadership and support to school districts in the areas... Read More →
avatar for Dave Truss

Dave Truss

President, BC Distributed Learning Administrators Association
David Truss works at Inquiry Hub Secondary, Suwa'lkh Learning Centre, and Coquitlam Open Learning (COL). He is also the President of the BCDLAA - The British Columbia Distributed Learning Administrator's Association. This is his 8th year with COL, he helped found Inquiry Hub 7 years... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom

8:45am

Keynote - Key Elements for Effective Learning Environments
How are we connecting students to their community?  To the land?  To each other?  Children entering Kindergarten today will live and work in a world profoundly different.  Students in our schools today need to learn in ways far different from the manner and environment we learned in.  Students are not recipients of learning, they are the actors for tomorrow.

The BC curriculum envisions this need to foster different ways for students to learn and share their knowledge, but how do we transform learning experiences at the school level?  How do we ensure that technology-supported online and distributed learning experiences are profoundly personalized, learner-centric, social and inclusive, highly structured and well designed?  How do we reorganize, reschedule, restructure, and rethink learning?

Join the Cowichan Team as they reflect their story and journey in pursuit of this change.  Learn how the Key Elements for Effective Learning Environments became a driver for their pursuit of inclusive, personal learning for students in the district.  Reflect on how their journey compares with your own as the Cowichan team shares their story.  

Add your curated comments here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EEh2-pCOzL139LikfMZNd6S6kkrchEXyupBXfIYahLk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Rod Allen

Rod Allen

Superintendent of Learning, Cowchan School District 79
Rod is the Superintendent of Learning for the Cowichan Valley School District 79.  Prior to this, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education and architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Under Rod's... Read More →
avatar for Denise Augustine

Denise Augustine

Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement, Cowichan School District 79
Denise Augustine (Swee’alt) is a Coast Salish educator with over 20 years experience.  Denise works with children and youth from pre-school through grade 12 in the Cowichan School District. As the director of Aboriginal education and learner engagement, Denise works closely with... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Vice-Principal, SD79
I am a lifelong high school Chemistry/Science teacher who was gifted the role of administration of alternative education and distributed learning programs in recent years. I started my career in Kashechewan Ontario, then worked 12 years in Fort Saint James BC and then 6 years in Merritt... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Technology Coordinator, BCERAC
I am the Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley) and lend some of my time and 27+ years K-12 experience to BC ERAC, as a member of the Professional Learning team. My current projects in district are the ADST curriculum, especially Design Thinking and computational thinking... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:45am - 10:30am
Ballroom

10:30am

BREAK
Thursday April 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Foyer

10:31am

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:31am - 11:00am
Bridgeport

10:31am

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:31am - 11:00am
Bridgeport

11:00am

Emerging Issues: A Deeper Dive
Limited Capacity seats available

Join facilitated dialogue on a choice of topics emerging from the keynote presentation.  
  • Speak with leaders from Cowichan in a post plenary deep dive discussion and dialogue on key topics emerging from the plenary session.
  • All sessions will provide a showcase, discussion, and facilitated dialogue enabling delegates to build pertinent connections to their own practice.
  • Topics and sessions to be determined and posted soon!

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LztxBuhVx7_E-uQgb0JlKXj1DGjBz2YIhp8chvl2VYk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Denise Augustine

Denise Augustine

Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement, Cowichan School District 79
Denise Augustine (Swee’alt) is a Coast Salish educator with over 20 years experience.  Denise works with children and youth from pre-school through grade 12 in the Cowichan School District. As the director of Aboriginal education and learner engagement, Denise works closely with... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Vice-Principal, SD79
I am a lifelong high school Chemistry/Science teacher who was gifted the role of administration of alternative education and distributed learning programs in recent years. I started my career in Kashechewan Ontario, then worked 12 years in Fort Saint James BC and then 6 years in Merritt... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Technology Coordinator, BCERAC
I am the Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley) and lend some of my time and 27+ years K-12 experience to BC ERAC, as a member of the Professional Learning team. My current projects in district are the ADST curriculum, especially Design Thinking and computational thinking... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Steveston A&B

11:00am

New Models for Learning: Integrating Competency, Inquiry, Curriculum through Flexible Models (Approaches from across Canada)
A follow-up dialogue and deeper dive into notions from the Cowichan keynote from a variety of leaders who have implemented innovative programs in similar efforts to create flexible, learner-focused, and inquiry-based programs to address curricular change.

  1. Leaders of other programs from across BC and Canada will share via a short (3-5 minute) ignite presentation an update of critical features of their programs,
  2. A panel dialogue and open discussion will summarize key principles from the change initiatives undertaken by leaders of these programs,
  3. A facilitated discussion exploring how these principles derived from other leaders journey's can be used to provoke change in your own situation.  The session will provide a showcase, discussion, and facilitated dialogue enabling delegates to build pertinent connections to their own practice.

Programs featured:
  • Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL) -- a blended interdisciplinary school/district program where personal student learning occurs through inquiry and project-based learning using a variety of digital tools in a multi-aged classroom (elementary) and cohorts (secondary).  Students have the flexibility to advance according to their learning capabilities and are challenged to embrace an innovator's mindset within a makerspace environment.
  • John Paul II Collegiate  -- Winners of the McDowell Foundation Research Project of Year JPII High School in North Battleford, SK transformed their school through blended learning and participation in teacher action research.
  • Navigate Programs -- Navigate (NIDES) was created through a shift from a regional, paper-based, "school in a box" to a fully online K-12 platform that supports cutting-edge blended learning programs in more than a dozen communities throughout British Columbia.  Navigate programs were recipients of the iNACOL "Innovative Blended Learning Program" award in 2014, and the CEA "Innovator of the Year" Award in 2016.
  • Heritage Christian Online School -- HCOS took the chance to build a new online course design this past year to engage students through inquiry-based online learning.  Challenges came in how to scaffold instruction and provide adequate support for distance learners. 
  • Sun Peaks (SD73) -- SD73 uses several models to engage students including video-conferencing, online courses to support DL and classroom instruction, but there is a shift to a Blended Model for the delivery of new curriculum and support for students taking their courses outside of the traditional classroom. @KOOL provides an interactive model to engage students in meaningful learning experiences through the Sun Peaks model. 
  • CAVLFO (Ontario) -- CAVLFO is a consortium created by the twelve French Language School Boards of Ontario. One of our mandates is to offer online, over 100 high school credits to students in 104 high schools.  We will present a brief history of CAVLFO and its mandates, and will at our newest online courses and ressources that support our student centered approach in the delivery of the provincial curriculum.


Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mdTCy4w0hom0oY6K1-qDnS-5x-p7tGRHwnsQlJRd1Rk/edit?usp=sharing

Moderators
avatar for Randy LaBonte

Randy LaBonte

Canadian eLearning Network
I have been lucky to serve as a senior level executive for over 30 years in the education sector: - lead consultant for seven years at the BC Ministry of Education involved in field work leading to the development of policy, agreements, and e-learning standards; - helped develop... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that co ordinates SD 73's Elementary program (k to 7). David uses blended teaching strategies to... Read More →
avatar for Peter Johnston

Peter Johnston

Principal, Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning
Principal Peter Johnston is leading a new public school start-up called Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning, K – 12, in Surrey, B.C. Peter has 23 years educational experience. After four and a half years in the private sector, he returned to his real passion and rejoined SD 36... Read More →
avatar for Sara Kraushar

Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School, Heritage Christian Online School
Sara Kraushar is the Academic Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, based in Kelowna, BC. Previously Sara has worked with HCOS as a teacher, curriculum writer, Regional Administrator, and Curriculum & Instruction Leader. Her educational experience also includes time... Read More →
avatar for Paul Lachance

Paul Lachance

Direction adjointe / Membre du CA, CAVLFO / CANeLearn
avatar for Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart

District Principal - Distributed Learning, Navigate/NIDES
Jeff has served as a principal of elementary, middle, and secondary schools and currently works in the fast changing and wacky world of distributed learning in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  For the last seven years, Jeff has led Navigate (NIDES) and negotiated the shift... Read More →
avatar for Ramona Stillar

Ramona Stillar

Projects Coordinator, JPII High School, Light of Christ Catholic School Division
Ramona Stillar is a Projects Coordinator in Light of Christ Catholic School Division. Over her 20 plus years of teaching she has been a French Immersion teacher, consultant, administrator, and coordinator in Alberta and Saskatchewan.


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Ballroom

11:00am

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Bridgeport

11:00am

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Bridgeport

11:00am

* Fake News! Discerning Truth from Fiction in Media
Limited Capacity filling up

Bias and false news in the media shifts public perspective and has the power to alter events as they transpire. In this workshop, we'll investigate the role of the media in past events, and how to teach students to better understand events reported in the news today. With the new curriculum, each educator is responsible for educating youth about research strategies so that they widen their perspective on each news item. We'll delve into the topic by analyzing the media’s influence on the Bosnian War, using Voices into Action, an award-winning free online resource. We'll then move toward contemporary issues like Islamophobia, hate, and the spread of racist doctrine in our news feeds. We'll explore skills needed to question history, reflect on our own biases, and acquire a necessary, valuable lifelong skill - media literacy. Through a variety of lenses, we can learn to seek truth and become more responsible citizens.
www.voicesintoaction.ca

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TlDUD0uOXrXUlqdmIodSz5zl61WL33sW9xALM__ltAw/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Derkson

Jodi Derkson

BC Regional Director of Educational Programs, FAST
Jodi Derkson, MEd. is a BC Certified teacher, with over twenty years of professional teaching and facilitation experience. She has always broached topics of discrimination, racism, and bullying with her students and hasn’t lost her drive to really make a difference. Jodi is very... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lulu Island

11:00am

* Meet Your Virtual Client - Developing a Fully Interactive Learning Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

The Capstone course for the Software Product Management specialization required a unique type of learner interaction. Onlea Corporation and the University of Alberta collaborated to bring to life a project simulation where the student started his first day as Product Manager interacting with a new client to gather requirements and formulate a project plan:
A brief sample section of the learner interaction can be found here: http://bit.ly/28Pvku6

The full specialization is hosted as a MOOC in Coursera (http://bit.ly/22afaFt) and it is composed of 6 courses where the student is given the theory to master Agile software management practices to lead a team of developers and interact with clients. In the final Capstone Project, the student is able to practice and apply management techniques to realistic scenarios that are faced as a Software Product Manager.

In this talk we will take you through the design process followed to develop the Software Product Management Capstone. We will also review the gamification techniques currently used to generate engagement and increase completion rates in Online Courses and Digital Learning Experiences.
http://bit.ly/28Pvku6

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XntY8ijwfygoAd3Hp8P_JdFEnboGHbrtQURxdzZCL3g/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Adriana Lopez Forero

Adriana Lopez Forero

President, Onlea Corporation
Adriana is lifelong learner with a deep passion for Onlea's mission: Mindful online learning crafted with scholarship, creativity and quality. As President, Adriana brings to Onlea over 17 years of leadership and management expertise. She has a Bachelors of Computer Engineering from... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Gulf of Georgia

11:00am

A Learning Journey: Pathways to Success with Implementing the New BC Curriculum
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Mary for an overview of several Vancouver Island University Masters student projects that address curriculum implementation challenges faced by elementary and secondary teachers.  Four teachers will share their work showcasing inquiry in the intermediate classroom, design elements in e-learning, coding, and social & emotional learning.


Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaaN_2OOydluxc2Q36bHrxVQEf-nlQ86ApkrSQ_9J4I/edit?usp=sharing



  • eWarriors- Never Fear, Your Internet Mentor is Here!
    A Workshop Informing Elementary Students about Online Safety, Privacy and Citizenship in a Fun and Engaging Way
www.ewarrior.ca
Author: Angela Jurgensen





  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
SEL for BC teachers: integrating SEL, digital technologies and the BC curriculum
http://selforbcteachers.weebly.com/
Author: Stefania Crema

Speakers
avatar for Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill

Coordinator, OLTD Program, Vancouver Island University
Mary has been with VIU's Education Faculty since 1991 and has seen the program advance in its integration of technology in all curriculum areas. She serves as Program Coordinator for the Online Learning & Teaching graduate Diploma (OLTD) and instructs OLTD 501: Introduction to Online... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Ballroom D

12:15pm

LUNCH
Thursday April 19, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Foyer

12:16pm

Educators for Distributed Learning - AGM
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators for Distributed Learning AGM will be held over lunch in the Lulu Island room.

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that co ordinates SD 73's Elementary program (k to 7). David uses blended teaching strategies to... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 12:16pm - 1:00pm
Lulu Island

12:16pm

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 12:16pm - 1:15pm
Bridgeport

1:15pm

* Breaking Blended in Secondary School: The Challenges and Triumphs of Blended Learning in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

The presenters will discuss blended learning and some of the benefits as an introduction. Each presenter will then highlight a case study of a blended unit completed in their math class (AW math 10 and Pre-calc 11). The discussion will include supports, LMS, resources used, an overview of daily lessons, challenges, and student testimonials. Finally, the majority of the session will include small group conversation followed by a large group share-out on what strategies worked, what challenges were found and how we can overcome them, and what can be done going forward to maximize learning in a blended classroom.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UoReohtXCE4QDoVnU94a_CIGhDmaMAlQTIio9_gAAfc/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

Teacher, Highland Secondary, School District 71
Stephanie Baker and Becky Sulek are Math and Science teachers at Highland Secondary in the Comox Valley. Both educators have experience teaching online and/or completing online course design at School District 71’s blended/online school, Navigate NIDES. Currently, both women are... Read More →
RS

Rebecca Sulek

Teacher, Highland Secondary School


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Lulu Island

1:15pm

Compass Nanaimo: Finding Our Direction
Limited Capacity seats available

Jessica is in her seventh year of teaching and new to the world of blended learning. Melissa is now in her fourth year with NIDES. Together they have kicked off the first year of the Elementary Compass Program in Nanaimo.

Melissa and Jessica will be giving an overview of our new K-12 program called Compass.  Our blended program consists of a "Connection" and "Exploration" day that is supported by at home learning.  We will look at the success and challenges we have had during this first year.  Students will Zoom in to share their Compass day curricular projects, VEX robotics and maker space classroom.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bL9uY9NoYThAQU8pQiCKXud2XVlK6CkEkfIS8e8DTdU/edit?usp=sharing



Speakers
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Melissa Mullis

Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, and found my way back to Vancouver Island in 2014 after earning my BEd at the University of Alberta, my MEd at the University of Calgary and teaching in various positions in Abbotsford, Calgary and Abu Dhabi. Now, in my 5th year as a teacher... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Stubbs

Jessica Stubbs

Teacher, Navigate (NIDES) Compass Nanaimo
Jessica is in her seventh year of teaching and new to the world of blended learning. She started her career teaching primary grades in rural Saskatchewan, where she taught all subject areas as well as reading intervention. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Steveston B

1:15pm

DL & BL Communications within your District (SMS2)
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the greatest challenges within DL and BL programs is effective communication (with students, with parents, and with other local schools).  Effective communication can improve success rates, as well as relationships with local schools and counselors.
 
In this session, we'll look at how the SMS2 is being used to improve communications.    Your students, parents, and local counselors can all have 24/7 access to their corresponding students.   Better communication leads to better programs and better audits.

Specifically, this session covers two overlapping topics:
  1. Using the SMS2 (student management system) to save staff time, improve your record-keeping and report cards, and polish your audit preparedness.
  2. How you can use your online infrastructure and staff to help your entire district better adapt to the new curriculum using BL (blended learning).
You will also find out that these two topics can overlap nicely with a solid district strategy.
BCLearningNetwork.com

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1746H-VXOQvAb8unlg2NAumqPS5-Hf26G45SBK__ODQ4/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Technical Director, WC Learning Network
BC Learning Network is a consortium of BC and AB districts, building DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration. Brent is the technical director of WCLN.Kari Daniels, Toni Kormish, Nick Smith, Fiona Graham, Clint Surry, Glen Stiven, Francis Tsen, Laurie Mitchell, Craig Simmons... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Gulf of Georgia

1:15pm

Learning is Personal not Personalized
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will make you THINK! Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon of Modern Learner and Change School talk deeply about one of the biggest buzz words in education: "Personalized Learning." We will present how SAIL has made online learning "personal" not personalized.

So, you might be wondering if there is a difference between personalized and personal education. There is!

We will argue that personal learning is a school culture and an educator's mindset. Personal learning should occur in every school K - University. Personal learning means shifting the agency to the learner. Educators give up control of the learning to the student.

We will look at the amount of money people in schools are spending on technology tools that claim to personalize learning. We point out that we tend to align schools with content delivery. Content that is neatly packaged because they cannot sell pedagogy and no one considers how relevant that content will be in the modern world.

We will conclude by encouraging all educators, parents, and even students to have more critical conversations about the need to think more deeply about what the learning environment should be for students and it shouldn’t just be about picking up the latest and greatest personalized learning software application.

We will suggest that the learning environment and the educators working alongside their students and parents make learning personal.

We will reference this article: http://bit.ly/2k0nkAa
Also, check out:
modernlearners.com
https://change.school/
https://sailacademy.ca/programs/

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CaFB0Fe-KEXPhrBjw1FaepZKSHFkoa_rgYl3TXjfIE4/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Peter Johnston

Peter Johnston

Principal, Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning
Principal Peter Johnston is leading a new public school start-up called Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning, K – 12, in Surrey, B.C. Peter has 23 years educational experience. After four and a half years in the private sector, he returned to his real passion and rejoined SD 36... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom B/C

1:15pm

Pace, Place, Time: Using Flexible Design & Delivery to Support Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

What is the experience of teachers when they are required to explore alternatives in time, pace or place of learning? Winners of the McDowell Foundation Research Project of Year will share how they transformed their school through blended learning and participation in teacher action research at JPII High School in North Battleford.
Participants will:
  • participate in activating, dialogue, and summarizing strategies to understand the goals and outcomes of the action research project;
  • hear how to support teachers to embrace change and transform practice; and
  • have the opportunity to ask questions and think about how to apply our experience in their own context.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KeOaGLInszWdLnv--6QHPUlIz562BFgBcT2xaAebRJk/edit?usp=sharing

McDowell Foundation Research Information
http://mcdowellfoundation.ca/research/time-pace-place-using-flexible-design-and-delivery-to-support-learners/

Speakers
CH

Carlo Hansen

Principal, John Paul II Collegiate
Carlo Hansen is the Principal at JPII High School in North Battleford, Sask. Carlo has 20 plus year teaching and administration in both Canada and Malaysia.
avatar for Tracie Harty

Tracie Harty

John Paul II Collegiate
avatar for Ramona Stillar

Ramona Stillar

Projects Coordinator, JPII High School, Light of Christ Catholic School Division
Ramona Stillar is a Projects Coordinator in Light of Christ Catholic School Division. Over her 20 plus years of teaching she has been a French Immersion teacher, consultant, administrator, and coordinator in Alberta and Saskatchewan.


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Steveston A

1:15pm

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Bridgeport

1:15pm

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Bridgeport

1:15pm

Ask an Expert: Online Learning Research Updates
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this interactive session on emerging trends in online learning in K-12, post-sec, and training in Canada and abroad.  "Ask the experts" your questions before the panel and at the session.

Researchers will engage in an active Q/A dialogue about emerging trends and insights curated from online learning research.

Post your questions here for the research panel to address:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ww5fodx-RN4LhXQzmGDWs7DBgC4gJ1_NLDHFKbP22dg/edit?usp=sharing

Moderators
avatar for Paul Lachance

Paul Lachance

Direction adjointe / Membre du CA, CAVLFO / CANeLearn

Speakers
avatar for Michael Barbour

Michael Barbour

Touro University California
Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for two decades as a researcher, teacher, course designer and... Read More →
avatar for Tony Bates

Tony Bates

President & CEO, Tony Bates & Associates
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom D

1:15pm

* Building Relationships and Engagement in DL
Limited Capacity filling up

As a student, teacher, and administrator of distributed learning courses, I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly! There must be a better way!
At Heritage, we aspire to implement the pedagogy of the BC Ed. Plan in an effective way that builds relationships and engagement in our online courses. Join me as we share successes and challenges in this process. The transition from isolated satellites where teachers may have served as mere "Marking Monkeys" and students may have experienced "boring" or "dry" courses can be a thing of the past.
Communication is key, and we all have resources and experiences to contribute.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RoRJINIexCiCl6AT0zm8vcoKQtFLboegvm2dtyYLbVQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Alisha Hadley

Alisha Hadley

Heritage Christian Online School
After twenty years of campus school teaching, I transitioned to a unique online teaching position in which I led live lessons of Core French in virtual worlds. Students attended classes as avatars and developed projects in this context. We experience great success with student engagement... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom A

2:30pm

BREAK
Thursday April 19, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Foyer

2:30pm

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Bridgeport

2:30pm

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Bridgeport

2:45pm

* A Day in the Life of Blended Learning at Seven Summits
Limited Capacity seats available

We will share the daily experiences of the administration, teachers, students and parents in an established Blended Learning Model Centre. A discussion of the challenges in creating our Centre, and our evolution, will help the audience to understand the realities and opportunities in creating a model similar to ours following five years of operation. The flexibility found in DL learning adapted to a blended model has several key essential components and requires partnerships both inside and outside of the community to be successful. The presenters with their depth of experience will share the "how-to's" and constant evolution of our Centre which of course includes some small town creativity. The teachers will also provide insight into how to create and teach in a blended environment. The session will leave time for questions and answers to help reveal the value of a Blended Learning Model and the ability to create a similiar Centre or classroom of their own.
Co-presenters: Andrea Pierce, Jonny Coleshill, Jennifer Boutilier
http://sevensummitslearning.com/
http://www.navigatenides.com/

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GptUpLvUujXzJLyqab_UGNayuV80oUyC8NFFctL_blY/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Sue McBride

Sue McBride

Administrator, Navigate: Seven Summits
Sue holds a Masters of Education and Special Ed and has taught all ages from Palo Alto, California to Stockholm, Sweden for over 25 years. She lives an active outdoor lifestyle and thus understands students' need to access a flexible education. As the Administrator at Seven Summits... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom B/C

2:45pm

* Engaging All Learners: Bring on Blended Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion about bringing a fully blended model of teaching and learning to classrooms that are filled with all kinds of learners. We will demonstrate how blending your high school classrooms will engage all learners and all learning styles.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/194ICGFLbPYTtudZUULHOLSR2MFVdmCtFiM6il9GVnNk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Lowe

Thomas Lowe

@Kool
BSc. in Biology, BEd. in Elementary, MBA. I enjoy Hockey, Skiing, and making beer. I worked at Maple Leaf in China, Sun Peaks Blended learning classroom on top of a ski hill and now I work for Sd73. My professional interests include 21st century assessment practices, competence... Read More →
LS

Laurel Seafoot

Kamloops Open Online Learning - School District 73
I am the Distributed Learning Coordinator for the Kamloops School District. Working with school aged students from K-12 and with adult learners, I strive to bring more success to students working in the online setting through Kamloops Open Online Learning. I also work with classroom... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom A

2:45pm

* Personalized Learning In The Visual Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Visual Arts students come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and stages of learning. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how to create personalized learning plans for students to explore the world of Visual Arts, and literally, the world of Visual Arts in a globalized online environment within FAME (Film, Animation and Media Exchange).
www.myfame.org (website coming soon with information in 1 week)

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cSASSt6AAotariHEMJk_Yjy-djPQlAEEPep6zkec754/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Rod Peters

Rod Peters

Coordinator, vLearn
Rod is currently the Coordinator for the DL program delivered by SD22 in Vernon BC. He has a MED Tech degree with a focus on Online pedagogy. He loves problem-solving and chasing the leading edge of education with 2 decades of online course development and online course delivery driving... Read More →
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Mario Pochat

Vancouver Animation School
Mario Pochat’s hobby as a teenager led to a career that has taken himaround the world while winning a national award for opening the first “cloud school” in Canada called Vancouver Animation School. Mario has been an integral part of the planning and design team in high profile... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Steveston A

2:45pm

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Bridgeport

2:45pm

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Bridgeport

2:45pm

* Science Labs in DL: Supporting Competencies and Metacognition
Limited Capacity filling up

What is the biggest omission in online science classes? Labs! How can we teach lab and lab writing competencies if students aren’t able to perform labs? The deeper understanding and real world connections that commonly occur in science labs were missing. Online simulations are too controlled and clean to prepare students for post-secondary labs. We needed to do better for our students. Though our Inquiry Project we were able build a course that scaffolded lab and lab writing skills, included a hands-on home lab, collected critical data on students learning needs, and fostered metacognition in both the students and ourselves.
https://go.edpuzzle.com/resources_teachers/

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/12O23x-4Vjp66KrZKkcKQR7uxUXsQPFmLyMJmNYDuLuI/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Megan Boniface

Megan Boniface

Vice Principal, Ebus Academy
Megan Boniface has been teaching grades 8 through 12, as well as adult education since 2007. Her experience includes years of teaching in classroom, blended and DL environments and administration. She is passionate about supporting students and her professional learning interests... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Sedgwick

Stephanie Sedgwick

Senior Secondary Science Math Teacher, EBUS Academy
I completed both my BSc and my MSc in Astrophysics at UofC. I fell in love with teaching during Master’s program so I taught a few years at Mount Royal College. Later I caught the travel bug and I decided to work and travel. I completed my Bed at UBC, then had the pleasure of teaching... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom D

2:45pm

Designing Online Learning Opportunities in Elementary Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Engaging upper elementary students through inquiry-based online learning opportunities creates unique challenges and opportunities. HCOS took the chance to build new online Science and Math courses for grades 5-7 this past year. Challenges came in how to scaffold instruction and provide adequate support to these younger distance learners. Come hear about what we learned through the experience of designing and implementing online courses for elementary learners.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x3DSxUGXyIDbTSeeDuMlqFFOa0yoQIo_DSpECqg0Jmc/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Sara Kraushar

Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School, Heritage Christian Online School
Sara Kraushar is the Academic Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, based in Kelowna, BC. Previously Sara has worked with HCOS as a teacher, curriculum writer, Regional Administrator, and Curriculum & Instruction Leader. Her educational experience also includes time... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Lulu Island

2:45pm

GeoHistory Map: Google-enabled Online Canadian History
Limited Capacity seats available

Martin Plante, the creator of GeoHistory Map, an application that works with Google maps, invites you to come and join him to learn a new way to teach history. This new approach combines a timeline with a map, along with additional information on each event. During this presentation, you will receive a login so that you can use and try GeoHistory Map yourself.  GeoHistory Map permits you to teach history in a new interactive way. You will discover how easy and fast it is to learn how to use it.

How the program works: Students can search different historical events based on any word(s), and GeoHistory Map will create a timeline and interactive map with those events in seconds. From there, they can explore each event from the timeline or map to find more information about that event. They can see an animation, video or image, informational text and can follow the source link(s) for more information.   In a presentation to the Lester B Pearson School Board in Montreal, GeoHistory Map received a thumbs up by 20 out of 21 social study teachers at the presentation. Now, these teachers are all using GeoHistory Map in their classroom to teach social studies to their students. They discovered how easy and interactive this new application is, with over 800 events about Canada and the USA, with the animations, images, videos, and links. 

GeoHistory Map also includes free educational material for teachers.  Modules can be downloaded about specific historical topics that use GeoHistory Map as the resource to help answer each question.

Join Martin in this presentation to learn how you can use GeoHistory Map with your students!

https://geohistorymap.com/


Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eMrnUk4WnH0Aqwl9__YD2EkFdSJ1G8rbj9VTmQ5fFx0/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Martin Plante

Martin Plante

Owner, MPO Educational Enterprises
Martin has over 29 years of experience in creating interactive programs for students. He has worked for LM Soft (Geoscope), Mad Science, Space Camp Canada, and now MPO Educational Enterprises. His love for geography and history, combined with his experience in creating interactive... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Gulf of Georgia

2:45pm

StudyForge: Become more proactive in connecting with your students
Limited Capacity filling up

At StudyForge we believe that you the teacher are the key to your student’s success. Being proactive, and providing on-time encouragement and intervention, is absolutely crucial in virtual and blended environments. But that’s hard to do. This is why we create digital curriculum that leverages powerful tracking and learning analytics to provide you with an early warning system: suggesting which of your learners needs attention. Bring your device, and come take a test drive in the StudyForge digital math and science courses designed for the new BCEd plan!

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZyB5OYlhKclBb4MYg6Tq2tAMOpqzPYfUZ5gtVlhnbhY/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Hi! My name is Richard and I love to teach! My classroom and online teaching experience have led me to be part of building the StudyForge math and science curriculum. My passion is for the teacher-learner relationship, specifically how we can create systems and tools that create richer... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Steveston B

3:30pm

BREAK
Thursday April 19, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Foyer

3:30pm

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bridgeport

3:30pm

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.

Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions


Use the link before to sign up for one of the 30-minute sessions available (please select only blank fields and do not overwrite/delete someone else):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nuz99llND5IIAobXqO3ky0it1ifXUml__tsjCIEEccY/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bridgeport

3:45pm

* Career Ed and ADST in DL and BL Settings
Limited Capacity filling up

KOOL has spent the year developing Career 8, Career 9, ADST 8, and ADST 9 for distance learners. Using Moodle, we have created four courses that allow students to have access to a variety of interesting concepts that would be offered in face to face settings. These courses can be used in both a distance and blended model. Find out what our students think of these courses and what we have done to provide students with opportunities not previously found in DL settings.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YMfI_th2-DP9jGxaPk3xmyaBJOEw7QKOsCudLf0YMR8/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
LS

Laurel Seafoot

Kamloops Open Online Learning - School District 73
I am the Distributed Learning Coordinator for the Kamloops School District. Working with school aged students from K-12 and with adult learners, I strive to bring more success to students working in the online setting through Kamloops Open Online Learning. I also work with classroom... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom A

3:45pm

Issues in Distributed Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Join in an open discussion about issues facing distributed learning schools in BC.  Topics suggested for discussion include:
  • Student "grade shopping"
  • in loco parentis at a distance
  • Blending programs
  • Learning management systems - pros/cons, provincial alignment?

Ask your own questions for discussion. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dXjbwVhZbLsIhLyphhxhpp7DBymFAuOjbC3Dj3VeV7o/edit?usp=sharing

Moderators
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Vice-Principal, SD79
I am a lifelong high school Chemistry/Science teacher who was gifted the role of administration of alternative education and distributed learning programs in recent years. I started my career in Kashechewan Ontario, then worked 12 years in Fort Saint James BC and then 6 years in Merritt... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom B/C

3:45pm

GSuite Goes Cross Curricular - Drop in Sessions
These 20-minute drop-in sessions are designed to help you discover ideas from within Google’s Suite of Tools (GSuite) as well as from other web-based apps that will help you enhance your lessons across the curriculum.  

Sign up for sessions here:  https://edtech.team/CanELearn

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Bridgeport

3:45pm

Open School BC: Moodle / MyEdBC Mash-Up “Ask an Expert” – Book an expert or Drop-in
Do you have questions about how to use Moodle or MyEdBC effectively? If so, here is your chance to get some one-on-one support with expert users. Sessions are available throughout the day.
The Open School BC team can help you learn some new tips in Moodle, find a solution to a problem you can’t seem to nail down, or make better use of the OSBC SMS.
Or
Meet the MyEdBC team and get a hands-on lesson and ask them anything workshop.
Open School BC Moodle and SMS/MyEdBC Training Sessions
Online booking form to come.

Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Bridgeport

3:45pm

School/District Team Meetings
Limited Capacity seats available

Scheduled time for teams of delegates attending the symposium to meet, debrief their experiences so far in the symposium, map out plans for their own needs and programs, and determine which of the remaining sessions should be considered.

•Or invite others to discuss a session or topic of shared interest.


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Steveston A

3:45pm

School/District Team Meetings
Limited Capacity seats available

Scheduled time for teams of delegates attending the symposium to meet, debrief their experiences so far in the symposium, map out plans for their own needs and programs, and determine which of the remaining sessions should be considered.


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Steveston B

3:45pm

* An Official Investigation: Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered what Inquiry actually looks like? Or how to support your online classrooms engage with inquiry based learning? Let our successes and failures inspire you to implement inquiry activities and learning in your own online classrooms!

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1It4NauBX06B87lESLSwHeW81pmFgrMI6yfqqC_ZxYQk/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Bitgood

Chelsea Bitgood

Curriculum Development Project Manager, Heritage Christian Online School
My drive and passion is to see curriculum built that students are highly engaged in, that’s interactive and drive student personal inquiry, while still meeting all the required provincial outcomes. I’ve been teaching and writing curriculum for over 10 years, with a focus on Mathematics... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom D

3:45pm

* Completion half-life as an alternative way to measure completion rates in DL schools
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

DL schools typically have continuous enrolment and flexible completion dates. Completion rates as measured in brick-and-mortar schools are less applicable to DL schools. I have developed a way to measure completion rates that is fully applicable to DL schools, called completion half-life, by analogy with the scientific concept of radiation half-life. Measurement of completion half-life at VLN tells a fascinating story. Completion half-life shows us at any given time how quickly students are working through courses. The regular variation of completion half-life throughout the year is informing our communication strategy at VLN.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ub572Y5kgX2nXLH9PYVAp-Cib0xtJvwd4FAWWNZ_uNY/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Handscomb

Kerry Handscomb

Vice principal, Vancouver Learning Network
Kerry Handscomb has worked as a mathematics teacher, department head, and administrator in Vancouver school district since 2000. He joined Vancouver Learning Network as Vice Principal in September 2016. Kerry graduated from Simon Fraser University with a doctorate in mathematics education... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Gulf of Georgia

3:45pm

Callysto: Helping Today's Kids Become Tomorrow's Digital Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine if grade 5-12 students had access to a tool capable of big data processing, data visualizations, math equations, and text formatting — all in a web browser. Such a tool would provide a real opportunity for simple, accessible learning, and it's cost-free — we call it Callysto.

The goal of Callysto is to seamlessly introduce students to "computational thinking" through a Jupyter notebook based platform. The ability to think analytically will be in high demand as students enter the progressively automated and digitally skilled future. Callysto's curriculum-based learning modules will support multifaceted problem solving through beginner level coding and data analysis. Our Callysto session will go over how our tool will help develop computational thinking in the classroom and what the next steps for teachers are.

Cybera and the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences are proud partners on this federally funded CanCode project. Byron Chu (Cybera) and Michael Lamoureux (Innovation Coordinator at the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Professor at the University of Calgary) will provide an overview of the project, demonstrate sample Callysto content and our future plans.




Speakers
BC

Byron Chu

Project Manager, Callysto
Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and network-enabled projects. As a burgeoning data scientist, Byron is interested in the... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Lulu Island

4:30pm

VIP Reception
Sponsors Social

Brought to you by:
  • Educators for Distributed Learning
  • StudyForge

Invitation from Content Connections

Speakers
GA

Grant Ashlee

President, Content Connections
University of Alberta B.Sc. Mathematics, B.Ed. In-Classroom Secondary Math Teacher 25 years Grade 10 Mathematics - Calculus 12 Designer and Developer of Online Math Courses Online Mathematics Teacher NIDES 10 years Interests: Coaching and Playing Basketball, Private Pilot and enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Hi! My name is Richard and I love to teach! My classroom and online teaching experience have led me to be part of building the StudyForge math and science curriculum. My passion is for the teacher-learner relationship, specifically how we can create systems and tools that create richer... Read More →
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that co ordinates SD 73's Elementary program (k to 7). David uses blended teaching strategies to... Read More →
BM

Brad McAruthur

Content Connections
avatar for Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart

District Principal - Distributed Learning, Navigate/NIDES
Jeff has served as a principal of elementary, middle, and secondary schools and currently works in the fast changing and wacky world of distributed learning in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  For the last seven years, Jeff has led Navigate (NIDES) and negotiated the shift... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Foyer
 
Friday, April 20
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Friday April 20, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Foyer

8:30am

Conference Updates Over Breakfast
Join the delegates and planning committee over breakfast for a summary of Thursday's sessions and a preview of the day.  Who knows - maybe even a draw for one of the coveted prizes could happen!  Set your alarms!

Speakers
avatar for Brad Hutchinson

Brad Hutchinson

District Principal, Abbotsford Virtual School
Brad has been an educator for 33 years. From Science and Math teacher to DL Administrator, he has remained focused on the uses of technology in the classroom. He has built online courses from the ground up in Chemistry and Science starting in 1999 and moved onto the development of... Read More →
avatar for Randy LaBonte

Randy LaBonte

Canadian eLearning Network
I have been lucky to serve as a senior level executive for over 30 years in the education sector: - lead consultant for seven years at the BC Ministry of Education involved in field work leading to the development of policy, agreements, and e-learning standards; - helped develop... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Ballroom

9:00am

Google Classroom: Reduce, reuse, recycle
Limited Capacity filling up

Google Classroom helps teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. Things that are old can be incorporated into the new. We just need to rethink how we engage students in this new era. Classroom is one such vehicle for engagement. During this workshop participants will play alongside each other in a Google Classroom as students and see what is possible for them to implement. Learn34.com accounts will be provided to session attendees prior to the workshop, to expedite learning time during the session. Please bring your teacher laptops.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e-aAYT-YpKaPrP3jS3GrakFaanvFOTWvbklEiUT7XF4/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Bryon Carpenter

Bryon Carpenter

Teacher, Abbotsford Virtual School
Bryon currently serves as a secondary math, science and technology teacher at the Abbotsford Virtual School since 2010. He took a leave from AVS in 2015-16 to serve the Abbotsford School District as a Helping Teacher for Technology at STaRT Education supporting Learn34.com (GAFE... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Bridgeport

9:00am

* Project Based Learning in Online Courses
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ever wondered what Project Based Learning (PBL) can look like with some of the constraints that are inherent in the DL environment? Come learn the basics to Project Based Learning and how you can apply that to your online courses for an engaging experience for all students.
At the time of filling this out, I don't have my resources available but would be willing to update before the conference.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dmOp8S0g5a_ceciXqkB_Dz7FvNec5MtRHvIq068fki4/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Bitgood

Chelsea Bitgood

Curriculum Development Project Manager, Heritage Christian Online School
My drive and passion is to see curriculum built that students are highly engaged in, that’s interactive and drive student personal inquiry, while still meeting all the required provincial outcomes. I’ve been teaching and writing curriculum for over 10 years, with a focus on Mathematics... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Steveston A&B

9:00am

Connections-based Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

"Connections-based learning should be the future of education" - hundrED.org


 “We need to take advantage of this connected world we live in. Connections-based learning gives my students real-world experience that cannot be recreated in any other way.” – Global Teacher Prize 2018 top 10 educator, Barbara Zielonka
https://hundred.org/en/articles/connections-based-learning-should-be-the-future-of-education


 Do you long to break down classroom walls? Are you wanting your students to make a local or global difference but not sure how to start?  Come find out more about connections-based learning. CBL is leveraging connections with the community, experts, organizations, and classrooms around the world for learning. I will share why we connect our classes, platforms for connection, and how we leverage connection for learning. Come with a unit in mind with which you would like to play around.


More about CBL:
CBL on Amazon: Connections-based Learning

CBL on Wikipedia: Connections-based Learning


Speakers
avatar for Sean Robinson

Sean Robinson

educator, Coquitlam Open Learning
Sean Robinson is a Canadian educator with a passion for local and global connections. He is the creator of Connections-based Learning, an approach to teaching and learning that leverages the connected world. He is also co-founder of Connected Learning Partnerships, where educators... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Lulu Island

9:00am

Direction of Distributed Learning in BC: A BCTF Perspective
The BCTF has appointed a Task Force on Distributed Learning headed by Larry Kuehn (who, unfortunately, is not able to be with us for the symposium). The Task Force is looking at issues around working conditions for DL teachers and other policies around DL education.  Joe will present the findings and then have discussions around where you believe the direction of Distributed Learning should be heading in B.C.  The views expressed will be reported back to the Task Force.
https://bctf.ca/IssuesInEducation.aspx?id=16456

Michael Barbour, who has done research for the BCTF on labour issues related to K-12 online teaching (http://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/Issues/Technology/VoraciousAppetite.pdf) and recently published a paper on working conditions for K-12 online teachers (click here to view the paper), will join Joe.

Ask your own questions for the presenters. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-qy1YaLXlK6zREXCnHapbcs3BnOOpCHf3ew7Rk6E8Pc/edit?usp=sharing

Moderators
avatar for Michael Barbour

Michael Barbour

Touro University California
Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for two decades as a researcher, teacher, course designer and... Read More →

Speakers
JJ

Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
This is a test


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Ballroom

9:00am

Online Instructional Design & New Course Directions for BC's New Curriculum
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

BC's new curriculum presents some challenges for designers of online courses. BCLN continues to evolve resources to help you meet the goals of the new curriculum. In this session, we’ll discuss ideas and strategies in place to accomplish this.  We will demonstrate some tips to help you modify/create courses that build critical and creative thinking skills to enable personalization and active engagement.

Attendees will learn about existing plans and help mold future strategies.  We'll discuss general goals and hit specifics in each topic area (in break-out groups).
Co-presenters: Kari Daniels, Toni Kormish, Nick Smith, Fiona Graham, Clint Surry, Glen Stiven, Francis Tsen, Laurie Mitchell, Craig Simmons, Bruno Vernier, Jodie Reeder

BCLearningNetwork.com

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NLpz-GqCyvYiq8SHhQD54yIP2iyj6X26yT3D6q_Z-Kw/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Technical Director, WC Learning Network
BC Learning Network is a consortium of BC and AB districts, building DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration. Brent is the technical director of WCLN.Kari Daniels, Toni Kormish, Nick Smith, Fiona Graham, Clint Surry, Glen Stiven, Francis Tsen, Laurie Mitchell, Craig Simmons... Read More →



Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Ballroom D

9:00am

* Robots, Streaming, and Whiteboards: In Search of the Ultimate Blend
Limited Capacity seats available

In my pursuit of the ultimate blended learning computer class - wanting to open up the classroom learning experience to students who want to join at any time from anywhere - I've experimented with using everything from Moodle to Blackboard Collaborate to live-streaming to telepresence robots to whiteboards. Join me for a frank discussion of what has worked and what hasn't in my pursuit of the ultimate blend.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ar4DSc0RlfBznh6xHNCmpRarCujwJD0Gn03VL6e-8Ss/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Edward Hewlett

Edward Hewlett

Tech Team Lead, Traditional Learning Academy DL
The joy of helping other students in his computer class in high-school convinced Edward that he might enjoy teaching – enjoying computers was a given.As TLA's Tech Team Lead, Edward has continually explored ways to use technology educationally, both in the classroom and without... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Gulf of Georgia

10:15am

BREAK
Friday April 20, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Foyer

10:45am

Core Competencies and DL: Engaging students through self-assessment and process-oriented activities
Through our work with the new curriculum and the Core Competencies, we’ve been developing structures and activities to engage our students in thinking about their learning in new and exciting ways, providing them with the language and knowledge they need to be successful in our increasingly out-of-the-box world. Join us as we present some of what we’ve done in this area, then lead a group discussion around how to most effectively bring the Core Competencies to our students in ways that engage and energize.
https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies
https://popei.sd38.bc.ca/bcs-curriculum
https://popei.sd38.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Core%20Competencies%20-%20K-3%20Self-Assessment.pdf

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GlklDQYGP4sLN4YzUo4BDPEVj0wPCmt94sodwY-7Byg/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Brian Naka

Brian Naka

Principal, EBUS Academy
Currently doing my best to help students create engaging and relevant education opportunities that allow them to showcase their abilities and talents outside of the traditional learning environment.
avatar for Geneva Standbridge

Geneva Standbridge

Elementary Online Teacher, EBUS Academy
As an Elementary teacher with EBUS Academy for the last 15 years, I’ve greatly enjoyed the collaborative nature of my work in the DL world, as well as the flexibility to share my interests with families/students through online classes and events in genres and areas that are near... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom

10:45am

* Creating Digital Interactive Notebooks
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever had parents or students complain about the amount of printing and scanning in your online class? Go paperless and turn those paper-based worksheets and notebooks into digital interactive notebooks. In this breakout session, learn how to use PowerPoint or G-Suite for Education to create digital worksheets with moveable pieces for diagrams, matching activities, sequence, timelines, and vocabulary/term reviews.

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SDhU3VSRmoqCfrIPrxQPQJb5oh2dbQtIgIrrb3quuUY/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Clarke

Lisa Clarke

Associate Superintendent for Student Learning, SDABC
Dr. Lisa Clarke is the Associate Superintendent for Student Learning for the British Columbia Seventh-day Adventist Office of Education. Dr. Clarke is passionate about technology and distributed learning. In addition to enrolling her children in DL, Dr. Clarke served as principal... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Gulf of Georgia

10:45am

Adobe Spark: A trinity of brilliant web-tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Adobe Spark (AS) is an easy set of three webtools, created by the makers of Photoshop and many other award winning desktop softwares which we love and hate at the same time. AS tools are easy to use and accessible on nearly any device, making them wonderful in the classroom. Making learning visible.
This hands on session will provide an overview of each of the tools: AS Video, Post and Pages and how you can use these in your everyday lives and in your classroom. AS puts design skills into the hand of the novice giving you great results quickly. Bring your mobile device loaded with Adobe Spark Post, Video and Pages as well as your chromebook or laptop. We will SPARK your interests for sure!

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1723inR1ymGuT3PwoVEQL7EHRdzkIGnd3XYqIiYnPEM8/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Bryon Carpenter

Bryon Carpenter

Teacher, Abbotsford Virtual School
Bryon currently serves as a secondary math, science and technology teacher at the Abbotsford Virtual School since 2010. He took a leave from AVS in 2015-16 to serve the Abbotsford School District as a Helping Teacher for Technology at STaRT Education supporting Learn34.com (GAFE... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Bridgeport

10:45am

New Directions for Teacher PD: BlendEd BC - Supporting New Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience and learn how an integrated "asking" or "Solution-Focused Coach Approach" can help you to adapt and transform your face2face and online course design and delivery!  Join the BlendEd BC team and Barry Switnicki to learn about and experience cutting-edge strategies to support teachers implementing new and current curriculum through innovative teacher PD support strategies. Learn how blending learning in online spaces is much more than 'flipped' or 'distributed' learning.  Join this interactive experience and conversation to help shape new provincial initiatives to support teachers who are teaching in both classrooms and online learning spaces.
Be prepared to be active, stretching your mind, and having FUN!

Please "Click" on this link to GET MORE OUT OF THIS SESSION (Pre-session component)
https://classroomcoachingcultures.weebly.com/welcome-to-the-session.html

Understand more about how I will help you!
Watch the 4 minute video  
https://youtu.be/FNgNkGdZipA

Bring your own device! 

Do you have questions for the presenter? Here is a Google+ link to share your questions and comments.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/oj8gmB

Link to the Resources for the Session
https://classroomcoachingcultures.weebly.com/resources---new-directions-for-teachers.html

Speakers
avatar for Danika Cottingham

Danika Cottingham

Teacher/Co-Founder, BlendEdBC
Danika is (and has been) a teacher in a face-to-face, blended learning, and distributed learning capacity since beginning her teaching career almost ten years ago in both SD#71 and 72. She is a co-founder of BlendEdBC, and a member of the EDLPSA, and is passionate about the exciting... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Diesch

Thomas Diesch

BlendEd BC
avatar for Barry Switnicki

Barry Switnicki

Engaged Communities, Pacific Change Mentors
Supporting, Challenging and Provoking people to become more engaged and passionate! This essentially is what my personal and professional life is all about. For example, think of an educational environment bursting with highly engaged, excited learners, teachers and stakeholders.For... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Ballroom D

10:45am

Online Instructional Design for BC's New Curriculum
Limited Capacity filling up

BC's new curriculum presents some challenges for designers of online courses. This workshop will show you how to create courses that build critical and creative thinking skills and which allow for personalization and active engagement. You will be creating assignments, projects, quizzes and tests based on the new curriculum draft documents. 

Speakers
avatar for Nick Smith

Nick Smith

DL Teacher and Moodle Admin, SD46 - SPIDER DL
Nick Smith teaches DL courses to teenagers and adults on BC’s Sunshine Coast. He has designed course materials for the Vancouver Learning Network, the BC Learning Network and School District #46. He completed his Master’s of Educational Technology through UBC in 2007 where he... Read More →



Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Steveston B

10:45am

Ok, Google! What's the Fuss?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do Google Drive and Google Docs have you scratching your head? This session will help explain Google's popularity in schools across Canada.  It will also show you a web-based world that you may not have known existed.   And what about the elephant in the room; the data storage and privacy issues?  We'll address those too.  Come join the conversation!!

Speakers
avatar for Ed Tech Team Canada

Ed Tech Team Canada

Regional Director, Canada, EdTech Team
avatar for Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Director of Professional Development, EdTechTeam, Canada
Based in Fergus, Ontario, Canada, Emily is the Director of Professional Development for EdTechTeam, Canada. Previously she was a classroom teacher with experience in math, computer science, ESL and special education in Canada, Belgium and the UK.As a Certified Trainer and Innovator... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Steveston A

10:45am

Teaching coding through robotics
Limited Capacity seats available

Our hands-on coding robotics workshop is designed for educators wanting to explore ways to integrate the new Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum in their classrooms. Participants will learn the basics of coding a robotic device while highlighting our instructional approach and curricular resources. We will also discuss various implementation strategies and what classroom assessment could look like.
http://www.gearbots.org/coding-prod/

Ask your own questions for the presenter. Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/10jzAkL0FExHnhnQVpPzryuk8qqsMyVS2Plh3kek4FjQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
DD

Dereck Dirom

Abbotsford Sr Secondary School
Dereck Dirom currently teaches a Makerspace program at Abbotsford Sr. Secondary School and is a founder of GearBots Makerspace. He has seen first hand how promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) through the use of robotics and coding can be an effective way... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lulu Island

12:00pm

LUNCH
Friday April 20, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Foyer

12:30pm

Closing Panel Session
Join a number of our presenters and keynotes for a summary and closing session addressing symposium themes, discussions, and issues identified throughout the event (more names to be added!).

Ask your own questions of the panel.  Add your questions/comments to the shared Google doc here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j9apjE2JNmRzC3rp4a4Qlae2Myorwk78OfZELmCEqOk/edit?usp=sharing

As the discussion throughout the symposium unfolds we anticipate a number of questions to surface including:
  1. What directions are beginning to emerge for new learning approaches in BC in support of the implementation of new curriculum?
  2. What supports, including policy and funding, are required at the school, district, and provincial levels to implement these changes?
  3. What resources, training, and technologies are needed to support teachers to make the required changes for new curriculum and learning models?
  4. As changes progress, how can we be certain that we are meeting the needs of all students (special needs, aboriginal, adult learners, etc.)?
  5. Finally, what is the "Call to Action” required of teachers, administrators, and government?


Speakers
avatar for Rod Allen

Rod Allen

Superintendent of Learning, Cowchan School District 79
Rod is the Superintendent of Learning for the Cowichan Valley School District 79.  Prior to this, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education and architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Under Rod's... Read More →
avatar for Denise Augustine

Denise Augustine

Director of Aboriginal Education and Learner Engagement, Cowichan School District 79
Denise Augustine (Swee’alt) is a Coast Salish educator with over 20 years experience.  Denise works with children and youth from pre-school through grade 12 in the Cowichan School District. As the director of Aboriginal education and learner engagement, Denise works closely with... Read More →
avatar for Danika Cottingham

Danika Cottingham

Teacher/Co-Founder, BlendEdBC
Danika is (and has been) a teacher in a face-to-face, blended learning, and distributed learning capacity since beginning her teaching career almost ten years ago in both SD#71 and 72. She is a co-founder of BlendEdBC, and a member of the EDLPSA, and is passionate about the exciting... Read More →
JJ

Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
This is a test
avatar for Dave Truss

Dave Truss

President, BC Distributed Learning Administrators Association
David Truss works at Inquiry Hub Secondary, Suwa'lkh Learning Centre, and Coquitlam Open Learning (COL). He is also the President of the BCDLAA - The British Columbia Distributed Learning Administrator's Association. This is his 8th year with COL, he helped found Inquiry Hub 7 years... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom

2:15pm

Prize Draw
Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom