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Frontiers of Innovation: Curriculum Change in Online Learning Environments

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Thursday, April 19
 

11:00am PDT

* 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 PDT
Lulu Island

11:00am PDT

* 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
As Onlea's President, Adriana believes in making life-long learning a fun experience. She studied Computing Science and Artificial Intelligence back in the 90s. Since then, her career has taken different turns requiring constant re-learning of new skills. From AI Programmer to Video... Read More →



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

11:00am PDT

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 Graduate Diploma 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 PDT
Ballroom D

1:15pm PDT

* 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 PDT
Ballroom A

2:45pm PDT

* 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 PDT
Ballroom D

2:45pm PDT

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
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 PDT
Lulu Island

2:45pm PDT

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 PDT
Gulf of Georgia

2:45pm PDT

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 PDT
Steveston B

3:45pm PDT

* 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 PDT
Ballroom D

3:45pm PDT

* 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 PDT
Gulf of Georgia

3:45pm PDT

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
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools / Cybera
David Hay is a teacher who taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grades 5 and 6. He is also working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Lulu Island
 
Friday, April 20
 

9:00am PDT

* 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 PDT
Gulf of Georgia