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2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference
  • April 5 – 7, 2017 — Vancouver, British Columbia
Blending Boundaries: Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning

Thursday/Friday Main Symposium (registration required to attend)
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Wednesday, April 5
 

11:00

13:00

Pre-Conference Sessions (separate registration)
Registration is required to attend the Pre-Symposium event
Pre-conference Symposium Program details can be found here  

Wednesday April 5, 2017 13:00 - 17:00
TBA

17:00

Opening Social
Join us in the foyer to mix with Pre-Symposium delegates, exhibitors and delegate arrivals.

Wednesday April 5, 2017 17:00 - 18:30
Foyer
 
Thursday, April 6
 

07:00

Registration
Thursday April 6, 2017 07:00 - 08:30
Foyer

08:30

Conference Opening
Welcome Remarks

Thursday April 6, 2017 08:30 - 08:45
TBA

08:45

Keynote: Education for Social Innovation: Sparking Deep Learning with Social Change

Michael Furdyk will share with us his 15 years of work at TakingITGlobal in working with schools in over 100 countries to develop relevant, authentic, deep global learning. He'll explore digital tools and resources that educators can use to bring complex issues into the classroom, highlight success stories and engage in a conversation with us about how students can be engaged in their learning through real-world problem-solving.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk

Co-founder; Director of Technology, TakingITGlobal
Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World”. Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise and passion for youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. | | One of “10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy” as... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 08:45 - 10:00
TBA

10:00

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Thursday April 6, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
TBA

10:30

Administration Conversations: of Audits and other Matters
DL Administration is a complex business, and the knowledge and experience required to lead a DL school differs in many ways from administration in a neighbourhood school. As in most things, sharing knowledge and experiences can make it easier for DL administrators to understand the work and face new experiences, such as compliance audits. This session will focus on providing participants with examples from one school’s audit experience, as well as some practical tips for preparing and ensuring your school’s evidence is accessible to your audit team. If there is time, we will take the opportunity to network and open the conversation to general questions/concerns about life as a DL administrator.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Flello

Karen Flello

Past President/Principal, BCDLAA/SIDES
Karen Flello is the principal of the South Island Distance Education School and the Past President of the BCDLAA. She has worked in DL in BC for the past eleven years as a teacher, course developer and administrator. Karen is passionate about providing learning opportunities for students and recognizes the crucial roles strong leadership and skillful liaising with the Ministry of Education and service providers play in allowing DL schools to... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

Engagement Experiences: Student Reflections on the Learning Landscape
Join Michael in a follow-up to his keynote presentation as online and classroom-based students join him to share their own experiences in learning in a global and online world.  

Speakers
avatar for Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk

Co-founder; Director of Technology, TakingITGlobal
Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World”. Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise and passion for youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries. | | One of “10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy” as... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

Adventures in Deep Learning - Live Dive

Come and explore how to make a shift into Deep Learning. Don’t just take the word of the Ottawa Catholic School Board staff or the Canadian Educators Association,  in this session you will visit in real time one of the most innovative schools in Canada on a virtual field trip. Take a live walkabout and talk to the teachers and students that are embracing Deep Learning, new pedagogy, and tools that inspire students to learn, create, collaborate and achieve.  Ask them for yourselves!


Speakers
avatar for Robert Long

Robert Long

Coordinator Learning Technology and Support, Ottawa Catholic School District
@longrwr Love Ed Tech, Learning, Sharing - mobile computing - Accommodating with AT helps all - love summer and water - 3 boys and 1 good and 1 evil dog
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Stephanie Myers

Learning Technology Consultant, Ottawa Catholic School Board


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

Disruptive Learning Through the Fine Arts
The Fine Arts eCademy is an award winning, blended learning program in the Comox Valley. Music, art, dance, drama and digital arts are used as vehicles for students to explore the curriculum. Teachers from the program will deliver an interactive workshop describing the innovative practices that are employed which have helped students to achieve significant social, emotional and academic success. Participants will learn about online tools, personalized learning programs, and the ways in which the arts are integrated into the curriculum. Come prepared to experience a week in the life of FAe.

We will facilitate an interactive workshop that models the daily practices in our program. Participants will have an opportunity to experience activities that we share on our face-to-face days as well as explore the programs and tools we use with parents and students to personalize at-home learning.

Speakers
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Jennifer Forsland

FIne Arts eCademy @ NIDES
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate (NIDES)
Currently Vice-Principal of K-9 programs at Navigate.
avatar for Laura Mann

Laura Mann

Navigate (NIDES)
I am a teacher with Navigate's Fine Arts eCademy in the Comox Valley and have recently completed a MEDL with a focus in online teaching and learning. I love how our flexible and personal fine arts program engages and motivates students to think and express themselves with creativity and compassion. I also love using technology to support learning and solve problems in creative ways. I like to balance my tech time with outside activities like... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

Raising Consciousness with Voices into Action – Online, Free, ERAC approved
An interactive, engaging workshop introducing humanities educators to a resource which takes a focused look at historical and contemporary incidents of hatred, discrimination and heroism. Voices into Action is an online, ERAC approved secondary school program with over 300 pages of primary and secondary sources, thought provoking lessons and over thirty original, short documentary videos with first person accounts of events like the Holocaust, Chinese Head Tax, Japanese Internment Camps, Komagata Maru and much more. The human rights of aboriginals, women, the LGBTQ community and people of all cultures within Canada (and internationally) is explored fully within this user-friendly resource. The workshop prepares educators to broach these difficult topics with their students to raise social consciousness and improve the school’s social climate. Join us to explore this incredibly useful online resource together!

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Derkson

Jodi Derkson

BC Regional Director of Educational Programs, FAST
Jodi Derkson, MEd., is a BC Certified teacher with over fifteen years of professional teaching experience. Throughout her fulfilling career she has worked very diligently to keep her students engaged, focused, and enthusiastic about their own education and accountability in this world and their various communities. Jodi believes that opening the dialogue on difficult subject matter, even online, can be highly transformative for students and their... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

Reimagining the Primary Program
Facing the implementation of new curriculum, and under very tight timelines, the primary team at SIDES designed a streamlined online program for our Kindergarten to grade 3 students and families. Having used Open School materials for years, we had to completely reimagine the structure, as well as the instructional and assessment model for this program. We’ve created a month-by-month structure that emphasizes inquiry, is responsive to the needs of our students, and can be easily revised and updated by our teachers. This is a program that could be implemented with relative ease in other online schools. We’ll begin by hearing from you about how you’re delivering the primary program at your school, and then show you the reimagined SIDES’ primary program. We’ll also share our process and struggles, and share materials and templates to help enhance the program you are now offering or to help you implement a program similar to ours.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Course Development Coordinator - K-12, South Island Distance Education School
Sally Morgan leads the course development team at SIDES and is currently working on projects ranging from a reimagined online primary program to grade 12 math and science courses. She still doesn't understand tangent functions.


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

60+ ways to be a more Efficient online educator
Being efficient is not an innate talent, it’s simply a matter of organizing your time & space so you can efficiently get your work done. This session will go over 60+ (last year there were 50) ways to be a more efficient online teacher. If one or more of these ideas saves you time...then you’ll have more time to interact with students (or go for longer walks or…).

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Rozitis

Christopher Rozitis

Educator, Vancouver Learning Network
Christopher P. Rozitis is secondary distributed learning teacher for the Vancouver Board of Education. He has been teaching teenagers for 22 years and he still enjoys it. During the last 12 years, he has transferred to the virtual world of education. Currently, he is teaching secondary sciences and computer classes online with the Vancouver Learning Network. As a teacher, Christopher’s main goal is to motivate students, be it online or... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

BCLN – Supporting BL In Your District & SMS2
This session covers two overlapping topics:
1) how to encourage the use of BL (blended learning) in your district, and
2) how to use the SMS2 (student management system) to save staff time, improve your record-keeping and report cards, and polish your audit preparedness.
You will also find out that these two topics can overlap nicely with a solid district strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Tech Director, BC Learning Network
In BC, we've used a 50+ district consortium model for the last 15 years to evolve online learning resources. I work for the BCLN directors and help by leading the development team (teachers and tech staff) as we develop 70+ courses and student management tools.


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

10:30

Blending our way to Comptency-based Education
What kind of resources do teachers need to make in growth the core and curricular competencies evident in their classroom? What is the role of technology in this shift? In this session we will discuss how digital curriculum in general, and StudyForge’s math and science curriculaware in particular, can support teachers in moving towards the new BCED’s plan focus on competencies, without sacrificing rigorous knowledge and understanding of the content.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Marketing and Development, 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 opportunities for this relationship. I live in Kelowna with my wife Chelsea who partners with me in life as we raise our 5 kids, as well as in business as we... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
TBA

11:30

BREAK
Thursday April 6, 2017 11:30 - 11:45
TBA

11:45

Student engagement and success in Math - through Competency Based Learning

Competency-based learning CAN be effectively and positively achieved through enhanced and engaging online content.  It can include visual feedback and guided corrective studies, intermingled with enhanced teacher intervention, directed specifically to the areas where a student has demonstrated they are having difficulty or, conversely, where they excel. 

Competency-based learning can efficiently:

  • streamline enhanced students towards content that challenges them at their level and provides competency on new subjects; and
  • identify gaps in knowledge and coax struggling students through targeted smaller chunks of content that build towards concept competency, greatly enhancing their confidence.

This session will show how a competency-based course is not just about how fast a student can complete the course and get a grade but, more importantly, how they can achieve their highest possible engagement and success levels from the course and have the confidence to knowledgeably communicate and apply that new knowledge when working with others.

http://www.contentconnections.ca/ 

https://www.awinfosys.com/main/public/website.asp?id=8&type=2 


Sponsors
avatar for Grant Ashlee

Grant Ashlee

President, Content Connections
Content Connections designs a dozen highly interactive and engaging online Math courses, currently from Grade 9 to 12 - plus grade 11 Physics and Math Literacy. Key features include assessment and feedback using the multi-media, interactive, user-friendly courseware that is accessible through Moodle, Blackboard, D2L or HTML/HTML5 (for mobility applications). All of this is available through a Single Sign-on with any LMS and works in PC, iPad... Read More →
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Debbie Willock

CEO, AWIS
AWIS manages the electronic delivery for the Grade 4 and 7 Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), the Secondary Provincial Examinations, the Ministry Satisfaction (Student Learning) Surveys, CMEC national assessments, Industry Trades Certifications programs, private industry and various other assessment tools currently used in school boards and universities across British Columbia and nationally across Canada. | | Debbie is the owner and CEO of... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

Disrupting Career Education with Gamification
Today’s teen is overwhelmed with information! ChatterHigh Founder Lee Taal uses examples from his unique career path to demonstrate the value of Career Education. He explains how active exploration of pathways contributes to ‘hope’ in students and how this leads to the critical outcome of becoming adaptable. Lee provides a free online career exploration activity that creates accessibility to many postsecondary pathways and possible career goals. Schools across Canada participate in “Canada’s Most Informed School” Competition, raising funds while students explore! Educators can make this experience fun and create a sense of community as students explore their opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Taal

Lee Taal

Founder, Chatter High
All of Lee’s work today is around building accessibility to the information teens need to explore. This has an impact on the pathways the students can see themselves going and an increase in engagement in school. Lee believes that a more engaged learner will lead to a reduction of first year attrition due to a ‘lack of interest’ in the program they selected.Considered a ‘philanthropreneur’ in his approach to helping schools, Lee... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

Gamification is About Success, not Gaming

Not talking Games.  Not talking Game-Based Learning.  Gamification.  Success. 

I am NOT a gamer, and I abhor fun in its various manifestations.  And yet, I have added gamification principles to my pedagogy.  I don’t do these things lightly.  I’m not a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person who is happy to try every new, fluffy, mamby-pamby pedagogy that shoots across our screens.

No.  I am very serious about the business of education, squinting distrustingly at new and ickily game-like concepts and pedagogies. But, when something works, regardless of it’s making learning a joyful experience, I just have to sigh and bear the positivity to best of my ability.  What can I do, when simple gamification principles increase student engagement and enjoyment of learning when students are finding that they like having control over their grades, when more agency and choice in how students handle their learning makes learning quintessentially personalized, and even when students become somewhat addicted to the learning process?  There’s just nothing to be done but to grudgingly accept the student success, grimace in some semblance of a smile, and move forward.   

Let me show you how you can integrate simple (or complex) gamification principles into your practice and still avoid having fun.  And the best part: Come and argue with me as I present a simple assessment tactic that has transformed my practice.  Argue?  What do I mean argue?  Well… you won’t like this simple assessment practice.  You will WANT to argue.  It’ll be fun.  But not too fun. 


Speakers
avatar for Avi Luxenburg

Avi Luxenburg

Instructor, Vancouver Island University
In almost 30 years as an educator, Avi Luxenburg has worked with students from Grades Two through 12 in subject areas as diverse as Film Production, Humanities, Media Studies, Mathematics, Information Technology, Psychology, Photography, and much more.  | Avi is an instructor in the Vancouver Island University Education Program.  | His online development portfolio includes several K-12 courses (Photography, Humanities, Information... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

Multiplying OER Awareness and Use
OER development is a growing area within K-12 teacher professional learning that addresses educators’ need for flexible learning strategies that are designed, used, contextualized, and shared by practicing teachers. Through the Campus Alberta OER Initiative, a media creation project has created open licensed podcasts and videos that will be offered through Athabasca University’s graduate courses MDDE 622 (Openness in Education) or BOLT 676 module (Systems Theory and Learning), part of the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) initiative. Come, interact, and learn how the content of these media can multiply the thoughtful use of OER.

Speakers
avatar for Constance Blomgren

Constance Blomgren

Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
K-12 OER and Open Pedagogy. | | As an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Dr. Connie Blomgren has been the project lead in the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) initiative, a professional learning partnership with the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. As an innovative response to in-service teacher learning needs, BOLT strengthens teachers’ digital competencies and their... Read More →
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Learning Specialist - Technology, Rocky View School Division No. 41
Verena Roberts is a Technology for Learning Specialist with Rocky View Schools. She has facilitated or developed a wide range of open networked learning projects with a focus on online and blended learning and open educational resources (OER). Some of her projects include cMOOCS like #Digifoot12, #ETMOOC and Alberta's #OCLMOOC as well as the #Gamified Project. She has consulted with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC), Michigan... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

The frontierland of secondary school eLearning: Conquering fear and fostering courage
This session will show you the results so far of our action research project in improving student motivation. Through teaching strategies for increasing student curiosity, control, collaboration, scaffolded challenges and recognition we are conquering fear and fostering courage in the frontierland of secondary school elearning. You will gain full access to our strategies as we harvest your ideas for further exploration and testing.

Speakers
avatar for Alanna King

Alanna King

Teacher-librarian/eLearning teacher, Upper Grand District School Board
Alanna King is an agent of change in the Upper Grand District School Board. She has written elearning curriculum for the Ministry of Education in Ontario, and has taught secondary school English online for 5 years. Most of the time she can be found working tirelessly to improve availability and access to resources in all media forms in her secondary school library learning commons.


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

The Karma of Convention Breaking : Why Blended Innovation Is So Important
Over the past six years, Navigate (NIDES) has developed an array of award winning blended learning programs (K-12), that are challenging the accepted instructional norms, frameworks, roles, experiences and outcomes of learning for students, teachers, parents and administrators. What we have learned as a school community speaks to the very reason why instructional innovation is so important, why it is so difficult, and where it is leading us in a digital era. In this session, we will engage participants in a (hopefully) inspirational discussion around the karma (the heart and soul) of creating new flexible learning environments, ones that change the learning game for all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate (NIDES)
Currently Vice-Principal of K-9 programs at Navigate.
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Jeff Stewart

District Principal - Distributed Learning, Navigate (NIDES)
Jeff has worked in education since the mid 1980’s. His teaching career began in a remote fishing village in St. Vincent & the Grenadines and evolved to include work in inner city, rural, First Nations, independent and public schools in British Columbia and Ontario. He has been in the business of educational administration for the past fifteen years in elementary, middle and secondary schools and currently works in the Comox Valley on... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

Insight- Creative DL program for Students with Autism
The SCIDES is a distributed learning program in Merritt BC, our team will take you on a quick virtual tour of one of their partnership programs that supports only students with Autism. In this blended environments students flourish.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

Principal, SD58
Colleen is in her third year as the Principal of the Kengard Learning Center in Merritt B.C. This centre houses SCIDES, a distributed learning school, and also the Community Learning Center, CLC, which focuses on alternate and creative educational strategies for at risk learners. 


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

Learning Without Limits for Every Learner: Moving from DL to BL to Best Practice
This presentation shares how the transformative system and structures of starting a new public school “”start-up””. How staff’s mindset went from Distributed Learning to a Blended Learning mindset. We will share how our little learning lab has helped transform our (and others in the district) instructional practice so that it is in complete alignment with the new provincial curriculum. As well we will share how our incubator of ideas has manifested itself in a legitimate public school that has waitlists for every program.
I will share when I first came to the DL world; my mindset was to make it more like a regular high school. My mindset has changed. The presentation will focus on the notion that regular bricks and mortar schools need to embrace the flexibility of Blended Learning and reevaluate the systems and structures within regular schools that hold back student learning. The presentation will suggest that disruption and innovation in all schools need to occur to implement some form of BL which is in alignment with the new provincial curriculum. This disruption and innovation will allow for the ultimate in learning without limits for both the student and teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Johnston

Peter Johnston

Principal K -12, 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. In a 2 and a half years, SAIL transformed its pedagogy and delivery system. He has presented at ASCD, NASSP and numerous other major conferences over the last decade... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

11:45

The Classroom that never gets a snow day-- BC ERAC's Digital Bundle!

Join a member of ERAC's Professional Learning Team as we unpack the contents of the Digital Classroom-- a powerful research and resource collection that you may not even know your school has.  Explore the products, talk about how they connect to the renewed curriculum, how ERAC resources support your personalized learning tool kit, and how to troubleshoot problems with IP authentication, vendor support and creating personalized portals. 


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Information Technology Coordinator; Associate Faculty (RRU), SD79(Cowichan Valley); Royal Roads University
As the Information Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley), Lisa brings 20+ years of K-12 classroom experience to her role in helping teachers integrate technology into their practice. She is also a member of BCERAC's Professional Learning Team, as well as Associate Faculty at Royal Roads, in the MALAT program.


Thursday April 6, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
TBA

12:30

LUNCH
Thursday April 6, 2017 12:30 - 13:30
TBA

12:45

Educators for Distributed Learning Meeting
Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, Educators for Distributed Learning (PSA)
David is the Elementary and Middle School teacher for KOOL. He focuses on individualized and personalized learning in both a distance education setting and a blended model.   | | He is also the president of The Educators for Distributed Learning Provincial Specialist Association (EDLPSA) is a Provincial Specialist Association of the British Columbia Teachers Federation of British Columbia, Canada, for teachers and administrators involved... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 12:45 - 13:15
TBA

13:30

Blended: Kamloops Style.
This informative session will provide an overview of how to develop and maintain a blended learning model in a multi-grade, rural school. Based on the “Sun Peaks Model,” Laurel and David will discuss the successes and growing pains of creating and maintaining a multi-grade blended classroom using Moodle, personalized and collaborative learning while also taking advantage of community resources, support, and a unique learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

President, Educators for Distributed Learning (PSA)
David is the Elementary and Middle School teacher for KOOL. He focuses on individualized and personalized learning in both a distance education setting and a blended model.   | | He is also the president of The Educators for Distributed Learning Provincial Specialist Association (EDLPSA) is a Provincial Specialist Association of the British Columbia Teachers Federation of British Columbia, Canada, for teachers and administrators involved... Read More →
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Laurel Seafoot

Coordinator, Kamloops Open Online Learning - KOOL
Laurel is the Distributed Learning Coordinator for the Kamloops School District. With her MEd in Distance Education, Laurel has focused on the creation and development of elementary and middle school distance education and blended learning programs in the Kamloops area.


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Redesigning and Rethinking the Factory School
I would like to share with you our journey from “a factory school” model where students sat in rows of desks listening to teacher directed lessons, to a “blended model” where students have flexibility in their learning and environment. Over the past 2 years we have reinvented our school in all areas. We have created a flexible learning space that encourages students to self-regulate. We redesigned our school timetable so that is flexible, adding a “just in time” learning block and afternoon inquiry projects with an emphasis on virtual reality technologies. We will share not only our milestones but our failures as well!

Speakers
avatar for Lorrie Burnham

Lorrie Burnham

Teacher, U-Connect
My name is Lorrie Burnham and I am passionate about using tech to change lives in education. I like to push the envelope when it comes to tech, using it to take down the walls of my classroom and create opportunities that would not have been possible in the past. One of my favourite quotes is from Elon Musk who said "Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough." I believe that if you take away the risk of... Read More →
avatar for Angela Davidson

Angela Davidson

Teacher, UConnect
I think Benjamin Franklin's quote: | Tell me and I forget. | Teach me and I remember. | Involve me and I learn | is my most recent and all encompassing passion. The atmosphere that is created when students learn from doing, and are challenged to look at who they are and what their interests are, is inspiring.


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

The Remix Project: Digital Resources for Learning in 2016
In 2016 we are surrounded by an abundance digital resources that can be used in K-12 classrooms. However, there are still numerous questions around how to find the “best” digital resources and how to use digital resources to support learning. Rocky View Schools has created the “Remix Project” in order to examine questions around digital resources. This presentation will examine how to use digital resources in supporting teachers as they develop blended physical and virtual learning environments. We will discuss our current “Project Remix” focus areas which include: How to evaluate digital content (including Open Educational Resources), how to integrate online course content into blended learning environments, current projects to support the use of digital resources and how to “get to” the learning through the digital resources.

Speakers
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Learning Specialist, Rocky View Schools
Dirk is a learning specialist with Rocky View Schools. Much of my responsibilities in that role is about enabling teachers to elevate their students' engagement in a smart and save way. Moodle has been a major part of my professional interest for nearly a decade and I enjoy sharing my excitement with others.
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Learning Specialist - Technology, Rocky View School Division No. 41
Verena Roberts is a Technology for Learning Specialist with Rocky View Schools. She has facilitated or developed a wide range of open networked learning projects with a focus on online and blended learning and open educational resources (OER). Some of her projects include cMOOCS like #Digifoot12, #ETMOOC and Alberta's #OCLMOOC as well as the #Gamified Project. She has consulted with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC), Michigan... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Inquiry and Experiential Learning

The UN Development Global Goals provides context, in all areas of education, for teachers and students to ask questions.In this session, we will share simple strategies for anyone interested in enhancing an inquiry driven classroom, one that is student-centric and has a strong emphasis on Maker Culture, Social Justice, and Experiential Learning. We will talk about the role of self-directed learning, health and well-being, and how we can use a variety of tools, spaces, and lesson types to engage students to think deeply about the world around them.

Why does this matter to me? To my community? To the world?

We will share our successes and failures with our implementation of tools as it relates to the inquiry process - Including,  3D Printers (Tinkercad, Sketchup and many more), Robotics in the classroom (Ozo Bot, Vex, Dash, Sphero, etc.), 1:1 computers, Tablets, and computer programming.  

We will share both micro and macro inquiry-driven lessons and talk about how we can use a blended learning environment (D2L, Google Docs and Blogs) to engage collaborative learning and action.


Speakers
avatar for Zoe Branigan-Pipe

Zoe Branigan-Pipe

Hamilton-Wentworth District
Zoe has taught in the classroom for the last 16 years as well as consultant and leadership roles intermittently.  Zoe is a TedxOntarioEd speaker and an award-winning Educator that includes the 2014 Canadian Microsoft Educator (MIE) of the Year, and 2016 First Place Ken Spencer National Award for Teaching and Innovation. She is presently a teacher for the Gifted Program at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Ontario and Instructor... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Creating Engaging Video for Online and Blended Learners
A presentation and discussion about how the Sun West DLC has gone from narrated screen casts to using green screen to create engaging videos for instruction. We will look at different ways that video can increase engagement and help to build relationships with online learners. We will walk through the process from idea through to script, storyboard, shooting and editing these types of videos. There will also be a discussion around technical requirements and ways to work within a budget.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Cates

Jim Cates

Jim Cates has been teaching with Sun West for more than 20 years, and has spent the last 5 years working in distance education. His interest is in the use of video in online teaching.
avatar for Jody Polowick

Jody Polowick

Teacher/Video Producer, Sun West School Division
Jody Polowick is a third year teacher at the Sun West Distance Learning Centre in Saskatchewan. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in various capacities in the film and television industry for over 25 years. She is a Life Long Learner and Life Long Maker. 



Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Developing a Cascading Curriculum to Support Critical Thinking and Inquiry

Abstract:

As educators, how do we encourage the development of 21st-century skills and a critical thinking mindset? How can we support learners to adopt a creative, collaborative approach while maintaining critical oversight of their learning process? This workshop will demonstrate how our courses achieve these ideals. 

Description:

Key Concept: This workshop will showcase our instructional design and explore the following links to the learning experience: 

  • curriculum adaptation and screenwriting tools,
  • purpose and design of interfaces, 
  • pedagogical strategies addressed. 

This presentation will:

  1. Illustrate how CFORP Online courses are designed on the cascading inquiry approach which is based on engaging and authentic over-arching questions and tasks that are supported by a variety of interesting mini-challenges.  
  2. Demonstrate how using an emotional design based on a UX and UI user-centric approach will keep the learner involved. 
  3. Show how using a Flat Design with a Metro UI approach to these new online courses will be user-friendly in terms of information architecture: usability and emotional design and based on the Bootstrap Framework.
  4. Use examples to demonstrate how teachers are able to modify course content in the D2L editor while keeping the layout and design of the pages intact.
  5. Illustrate the integration of the Brightspace ePortolio tools inside the course design interface.
  6. Confirm the integration of accessibility standards AA and AAA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0).

Speakers

Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Extreme Makeover: Math Edition
How do we build on the good work of Content Connections Math as we implement new curriculum and continue to focus on student success? This was the question SIDES math teachers asked ourselves as we began developing a new math program at the secondary level. We’ll show you how we’re using Content Connections as our anchor content while incorporating a competency-based instructional model, and emphasizing engagement, assessment for learning and UDL. We’ll also share materials and resources that you can use in your own “Math Makeover.”

Speakers
avatar for David Burnham

David Burnham

Teacher, SIDES
avatar for Sylvia Harrison

Sylvia Harrison

Math Teacher, SIDES
Sylvia Harrison is a long-time secondary math teacher who is creatively addressing the challenges of implementing the new secondary math curriculum at SIDES. 


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Online Course Design and Development: A Team Approach
Using a team approach to design and development, the Sun West Distance Learning Centre has been able to capitalize on the strengths of its various members to improve the quality of our online courses. Content experts work closely with an instructional designer as well as with technical and video support to create a rich educational experience for K-12 students. We believe that #togetherwearebetter!

Speakers
avatar for Jade Ballek

Jade Ballek

Principal, Sun West School Division
I have been involved in education for 20+ years (where did that time go?!) and am currently as principal of the Sun West Distance Learning Centre, a K-12 online school in Saskatchewan. My experiences as a classroom teacher, Lead Technology teacher, Learning Coach, and Educational Consultant, have allowed me to explore innovative ways to improve student learning with learners of all ages. I have been fortunate to lead the 21st Century... Read More →
avatar for Arlene Low

Arlene Low

Instructional Designer, Sun West School Division
I am an educator, a mother of two and the wife of a principal. I am passionate about providing voice and choice for students.  Allowing students to be the leaders of their learning is essential for 21st century schools.  It is because of this passion that I chose to complete my masters degree in Educational Technology and Design.   My career has allowed me the opportunity to teach language classes, to work as a learning coach and support... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

13:30

Moodle 3.x the future in online education
In this presentation we will talk about the latest Moodle releases and will explore some new features, including the new competency framework, a redesigned assignment grading interface, and if we have the time, the recycle bin, tagging and forums.
We will also outline the professional development options available as well as Open School BC’s new licensing model.

We also invite you to stop by the Open School BC booth to talk about our upcoming strategies; we always welcome feedback, insight or new ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Fucile

Frank Fucile

Elearning Administrator, Remote Learner
Remote Learner is the leader in open source eLearning platforms and is committed to providing the best LMS solutions and services at a cost-effective price. | Working to ensure a safe and productive environment for online educators, Open School BC and Remote Learner have partnered to offer a complete online hosting service for school districts and independent schools across the province. Open School BC’s Moodle hosting solution includes... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Henderson

Aaron Henderson

Manager, Education Applications, Open School BC
Aaron leads the Educational Applications Team for Open School BC in the BC Ministry of Education. The team is focused on managing and supporting an online education and training suite of tools including an online Ecommerce store, Student Management System (SMS) and the MOODLE Learning Management System (LMS). Aaron has 20 years of experience working in the internet and software development industry and continues to pursue his passion of... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
TBA

14:30

BREAK
Thursday April 6, 2017 14:30 - 14:45
TBA

14:45

PAVEing the Way to Engagement
Engaging a diverse group of students in a primarily online environment is something that all online and blended learning educators should have the knowledge to implement. PAVE employs a variety of communication methods as well as community building toward this end. This session will explore the different ways that education can successfully be personalized while keeping students and parents/guardians engaged. The presentation is based on research and will include the relevant information.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole French-Gillies

Nicole French-Gillies

Teacher, Peace Academy of Virtual Education
I have been a teacher in the online learning environment for 8 years and have worked with a diverse student population. I live in Grande Prairie, AB with my husband and youngest daughter. I am always looking to share ideas and listen to ideas from around Alberta and BC. 


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

Canadian e-Learning Roundup: Program Spotlights and Research of Models of Online and Blended Learning from across Canada
Join this discussion session to learn how schools are shifting practice to create flexible and personal learning. A brief overview of e-learning in Canada will provide the background for learning more about several successful programs from across Canada. A synthesis of successful principles from the programs will be the base for a discussion about how to improve your own program.

Outcomes include:
• Awareness of specific emerging online and blended models;
• Understanding policy and funding implications; and
• How re-characterizing the “Carnegie Unit” opens new opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Randy LaBonte

Randy LaBonte

CEO, Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn)
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, pilot, and implement the Quality Review process for BC online K-12 schools; and | - recently took on the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

Considering Contexts of the Essential Elements of Digital Literacies
Literacy is the means in which we communicate with each other in order to learn. In 2016, in an ever changing world of technology, what are the essential elements of digital literacies that we can use to help support learning? In this workshop, participants will examine the 8 Essential Elements of Digital Literacies developed by Doug Belshaw. Participants will use their own contextual examples to consider the landscape of possible digital literacies and how learners are demonstrating these literacies throughout K-12 schools. The workshop will include three parts: 1) An overview of Essential Elements of Digital Literacies 2) Brainstorming Examples of Contextual Digital Artifacts that demonstrate Digital Literacies 3) A Group Discussion considering how to support Teachers in Developing Competency in Digital Literacies.

Speakers
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Learning Specialist - Technology, Rocky View School Division No. 41
Verena Roberts is a Technology for Learning Specialist with Rocky View Schools. She has facilitated or developed a wide range of open networked learning projects with a focus on online and blended learning and open educational resources (OER). Some of her projects include cMOOCS like #Digifoot12, #ETMOOC and Alberta's #OCLMOOC as well as the #Gamified Project. She has consulted with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC), Michigan... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

Encouraging Youth to Create Positive Digital Footprints in Today’s Competitive Markets
There are 3 types of digital footprints – Negative, neutral, and positive. Our students have been warned well about negative digital footprints, and typically strive for a neutral digital footprint. However, in today’s very competitive market, a positive digital footprint is critical. Over 80% of employers, (even MacDonald’s I am told), universities, scholarship and bursary award committees, just to name a few will “”google”” potential candidates. They are not necessarily looking for “”bad”” or negative content. They are looking for the good stuff. Encouraging students to cultivate a positive digital footprint in today’s competitive virtual market is key.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Blancher

Wendy Blancher

Blended Teacher, SD 23
Wendy has taught online for several years and for the last 4, as been involved in the blended learning program at Central Programs and Services in Kelowna, BC.  


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

English Language Learners and blended/distributed learning: Lessons from the front lines

English Language Learners face many linguistic and cultural barriers that distributed learning -- and blended learning environments in particular -- can help to overcome. Although the Ministry of Education emphasizes that ELL students learn best “within a mainstream classroom,” in our experience some students can benefit greatly from DL in a blended environment. In working with a primarily Chinese demographic (both school-aged and adult grads) we have noticed several trends: cultural barriers to English acquisition in brick-and-mortar schools, undiagnosed learning disabilities, and academic language competence that is not matched by social language competence. In the first part of this presentation, we will highlight several case studies of students who were able to achieve academic success outside of ‘mainstream’ ELL programs, as well as some case studies of students who were not suited to DL. In the second part of the workshop, we will ask educators to share stories and best practices and we will offer up some our own best practices. Our goal is to foster a dialogue about the role that DL can play in transforming the school experience of ELL students.

Over the past four years, Xspace Learning has partnered with DLs in BC to offer a unique program designed to facilitate learning for ELL students. Xspace strives to help ELL students to flourish in the BC education system through its facilitation model, the use of technology (including virtual classrooms), and flexible, personalized learning programs for students.


Speakers
avatar for Lee Blanding

Lee Blanding

Director of Business Development, Xspace Learning Corp
Lee has worked in the education field for the past twelve years as an academic historian and ELL teacher. His role at Xspace is to develop partnerships and programs of study with public and private DLs. Xspace offers a learning commons and facilitation model using virtual classrooms and blended learning. You can talk to him about Xspace's work with English Language Learners, blended learning, and course development.


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

Teaching Digital Literacy to Middle School Students
Given the many challenges students now face in our digital world, educators need to consider the how, what and why of teaching digital literacy. Abbotsford Virtual School’s “Learning in a Digital World” program teams an online and a classroom teacher to purposely teach middle school students how to use the internet effectively, digital citizenship and personal privacy protection. This co-teaching relationship between DL and mainstream school supports learners who are just entering into online learning and social media with a desire to reduce the negative impacts in subsequent years.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Hutchinson

Brad Hutchinson

District Principal, Abbotsford Virtual School
Brad has been an educator for 32 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 the Abbotsford Virtual School. Now he has two main focal areas: shifting AVS to a flexible learning STEM themed school and supporting digital literacy curriculum... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

Making Thinking Visible
  • While SCCyber has been providing quality education to Aboriginal students since early 2000, it has always been on top of the wave of progressive teaching practices for their unique clientele. Uncovering thinking routines helps students KNOW how to be successful in their thinking and understanding, and helps them apply that understanding to any area of life successfully.
  • For the past two years, the SCCyber team has been dissecting thinking routines and applying them in unique ways in the online environment. Many of the thinking routines have been exampled in “”Making Thinking Visible – How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners”” by Ron Ritchhard, et all, and SCCyber has examined the routines, and adapted them to be culturally sensitive, powerful, and engaging for online ELearning students.  Learn how SCCyber incorporates the following strategies for fostering this perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Mavis Sacher

Mavis Sacher

Principal, ScCyber E-Learning Community
Hi! I'm Mavis Sacher and I LOVE the world of E-learning and all the endless possibilities it has to offer.  It is exciting to see how online learning has changed and how it will continue to help everyone learn anywhere...anytime! I am a graduate from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology (what a mouth full !) and a Bachelor of Education. Thereafter, I went back for... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

Man vs. Machine: What about Teachers?
Technology and artificial intelligence are advancing at a tremendous pace. Our education systems cannot escape the 4th industrial revolution, which is just starting. Although schools will not go the way of the dodo, at least in the near future, they will have to adapt rapidly. And what will come of the teaching profession as automation threatens so many jobs? Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence in school? We already have robots and bots designed to teach and serve as personal assistants; could they someday replace teachers? Some students have been doing without trained teachers for a long time, and now some schools are experimenting entirely without the latter. This presentation looks at the technological and social forces that will forever change the structure of schools and the role of teachers, especially those that distance teaching and learning. (This session is offered in French Friday at 11:15)

Speakers
avatar for François Guité

François Guité

Consultant en éducation, Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
Pendant ses années d’enseignement, François Guité a toujours exploré les nouvelles tendances pédagogiques. Intrigué dès le début par les technologies de l’information, il forme un groupe de travail pour explorer leurs contributions à l’enseignement-apprentissage. Cette aventure mena à des études postuniversitaires et un séjour dans le secteur... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

14:45

The Ontario eLearning Consortium – A Grassroots Partnership Bringing eLearning Opportunities to Students
This presentation will provide a high level general overview of eLearning in Ontario, its structure and supports. Focus will then shift to a more in-depth examination of how a consortium of 20 school Boards have come together to increase eLearning opportunities for their students and, most importantly, implement best practices in all program areas, including structure, promotion, registration, delivery, tracking, and reporting.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Pottle

Todd Pottle

Coordinator, Ontario eLearning Consortium
Todd is a Secondary School Administrator on secondment as the Coordinator of the Ontario eLearning Consortium - a grassroots partnership of Ontario School Boards that, since 2001, have worked together to deliver online Ontario secondary courses, develop resources, tools and procedures, perform quality assurance, support teachers, and increase learning opportunities for students. Currently, the Consortium supports 20 member boards, both Public and... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 14:45 - 15:30
TBA

15:30

BREAK
Thursday April 6, 2017 15:30 - 15:45
TBA

15:45

Creating unique opportunities for students by partnering with industry and other institutions
This session will be a presentation and discussion about how a chance meeting led to a partnership between SunWest Distance Learning Centre and Vancouver Animation School. We will discuss our process in developing innovative technology and courses to teach art & technology in an online environment. Without this partnership, we would not have the expertise to develop and offer programming in the creative industries for visual learners. The 3D computer animation course acts as a dual credit if the student pursues further training. Our goal: To establish a triangular partnership with a win-win-win situation, which includes administrators, teachers and students.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Pochat

Mario Pochat

CEO, Vancouver Animation School
Mario Pochat’s hobby as a teenager led to a career that has taken him around the world while winning a national award for opening the first “cloud school” in Canada. He has been an integral part of the planning and design team in high profile blockbuster films as well as video game projects from interactive media giants working closely with well-known actors.
avatar for Jody Polowick

Jody Polowick

Teacher/Video Producer, Sun West School Division
Jody Polowick is a third year teacher at the Sun West Distance Learning Centre in Saskatchewan. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in various capacities in the film and television industry for over 25 years. She is a Life Long Learner and Life Long Maker. 


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Online Learning for International Students - Discussion
This is an open discussion session without agenda or presentation.  Drop in to meet with leaders of programs who are presently active, or planning to be active, in using online learning strategies to create learning opportunities at a distance and engage with students who are hoping or planning to study in Canada.  

Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Disrupting Class @ Secondary: PACE and ILCs
Four years ago, our district created Independent Learning Centers (ILC’s) at each of our high schools as students were given the choice to receive an ILC block(s) as part of their regular timetable. During these blocks students are given access to a computer lab where, with the assistance of a classroom teacher, they work independently on courses offered through a variety of DL platforms and institutions. Dwayne (DL Student Support teacher) and I (ILC teacher) will share our challenges and successes, and explain how the relationship between the bricks and mortar school and the online school continues to evolve as we work together to provide students with more choice in courses, pace and learning styles in order to better meet their needs. ILC students will also share their experiences. 

Where regular schools struggle to provide flexibility and adapt to the intensive training, competition and performance requirements that are demanded of high-performance athletes, we excel. You need a flexible learning schedule that works around your routine – we get that. Navigate (NIDES), as one of BC’s premier online learning institutions, has a long history of supporting high-performance athletes, dancers and youth doing specialized training. We know that the standard courses seldom reflect these student’s unique passions and interests. Enter PACE! PACE gives students the freedom and flexibility to make their education work for them, with four distinct options for high-performance students.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Corman

Heather Corman

ILC Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
This is my fourth year working in the Independent Learning Centre at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary. I assist students in taking online courses, from NIDES and other distance schools in B.C., within a regular timetable in a brick-and-mortar school. Prior to this, I taught English for 25 years. I am very interested in a blended/hybrid approach to teaching English, and I have been experimenting with this, within the ILC, over the last few years... Read More →
avatar for Bill Green

Bill Green

CEO, Triple Play Athletics
Retired school principal who has now worked with over 1000 male and female student athletes of all sports...helping them design their academic and athletic goals around their busy lives. Bill has helped to develop the innovative PACE PROGRAM for student athletes...a series of engaging online courses focused on meeting the needs of today's student athletes!
avatar for Britt Hanson

Britt Hanson

Teacher, Navigate NIDES
avatar for Dwayne Mills

Dwayne Mills

Teacher, NIDES Navigate
It all started 15 years ago when I was hired on at NIDES as a young teacher fresh out of completing my University degree. It was a time of transition from the old paper correspondence courses to a more online digital environment and it was an exciting opportunity for a young teacher. Over the following years I shuffled between online education and more traditional brick and mortar environments where I was given the opportunity about 5 years ago... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Online courses in bricks and mortar schools
If you have access to online courses and can regularly meet with your students face to face, you know that you have a winning combination on your hands. It is all about getting the balance right. This workshop will explain why online courses work best in a classroom and why classroom teachers benefit from having their courses online.

It is suggested that attendees register with the BC Learning Network at http://bclearningnetwork.com/ in order to access online course material used in the presentation. A school district email address is required. 


Speakers
avatar for Nick Smith

Nick Smith

DL Teacher and Moodle Admin, SD #46
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 focused on instructional design for blended learning environments. He has written for The Tyee about education and educational technology.


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Using Curriculum to Drive Assessment (or if you prefer) Curriculum Mapping and Assessment

Teachers and Administrators have so much to do in their day that sometimes making those connections back to curriculum seems overwhelming.  How can we use curriculum mapping to drive instruction and assessment in classrooms, whether in a face to face, blended or online learning environment? Teachers who develop curriculum maps learn what and when to assess and the importance of being explicit in their instruction. Let's talk about the process and the impact that it can have on student learning. Curriculum mapping provides a clear path to student assessment and instruction and gives everyone permission to know when to stop.  Join our conversation to learn more.


Speakers
avatar for Terri Reid

Terri Reid

Learning Services Coordinator, Black Gold Regional Division No. 18
Terri Reid ​​is the Learning Services Coordinator with Black Gold and is also the Vice-Chair of the Canadian eLearning Network's Board of Directors (http://canelearn.net). Terri is a creative visionary leader who motivates people to turn big ideas into reality. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, online and blended learning.​ @ter_reid​


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Building Community Via 3D Virtual Education

Any teacher actively researching “the next big thing” in technology knows that the vast majority of our students must go home to experience what THEY consider to be “21st Century Learning.” Increasingly, they are staying at home to get a technology-driven individualized education that’s beyond the imagination of many educators. Robert Cline captures this trend in his best-selling science fiction novel “Ready Player One.” His vision of the 2040s shows that real-life classrooms have been deserted for those which are virtual and 3D. What Cline probably does not know is that this option has been at Heritage Christian Online School for 6 years now, doubling its enrollment each year. Cline does appear however to understand that these environments, when leagued appropriately with the students’ imagination, transcend the virtual and become every bit as real as real life, and often more so. This workshop will explore the power of this approach when it comes to building a sense of “community” across diverse student populations.


Speakers
avatar for Gord Holden

Gord Holden

Immersive Technology Specialist, Heritage Christian Online School
Gord Holden is the director of the Immersive Technology Program at Heritage Christian Online School. His staff of 12 provide immersive learning in 3D virtual environments for academics in grades 5-8, language courses in French and Spanish, a variety of Art courses, and academics for students with special needs. He is a well-known speaker in this area internationally and was recently awarded “Edovator of the Year” by the... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Connecting all the parts at Island ConnectEd
Island ConnectEd K-12 has brought two programs (K–7 and 8-12) under one roof. In this presentation we will review the challenges and successes involved in moving under one roof. We will discuss our embedded program within our school district, and the challenges presented. As well, we will discuss the ways we are trying to connect and engage our students and community.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Doucette

Kirsten Doucette

Teacher, Island ConnectEd
DL Science/Math teacher! Talk to me about whatever you'd like to. Especially Star Wars, and cats. :)


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

Instructional Design competencies for online high school teachers

Online teachers often create or edit online courses. In many instances, teachers of the course may modify it for use with their own students (Davis, Demiraslan, & Wortmann, 2007). Some online schools have instructional design professionals to assist with this process, but many do not. Specific skills are needed in online classrooms that may not be as relevant in face-to-face classrooms. In a review of K-12 online school documents, Ferdig et al. (2009) identified five schools in which online teachers lacked instructional design skills necessary for designing, developing, and revising online course content. However, it is not clear which instructional design standards are needed (Keeler, 2003).  New sets of skills are needed for high school online teachers, and the term designer-by-assignment helps describe it.  The designer-by-assignment is asked to take on the role of both instructional designer and teacher. A valid set of high school online instructional design competencies is needed to provide support and guidance for high school online designers-by-assignment. The purpose of this qualitative Delphi study, through expert agreement, was to identify instructional design competencies that can benefit high school online designers-by-assignment and the instructional design profession.   


Speakers
avatar for Christopher Rozitis

Christopher Rozitis

Educator, Vancouver Learning Network
Christopher P. Rozitis is secondary distributed learning teacher for the Vancouver Board of Education. He has been teaching teenagers for 22 years and he still enjoys it. During the last 12 years, he has transferred to the virtual world of education. Currently, he is teaching secondary sciences and computer classes online with the Vancouver Learning Network. As a teacher, Christopher’s main goal is to motivate students, be it online or... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

15:45

The BOLT Initiative: Reimagining Professional Learning for Blended and Online Teachers
Teacher professional development and professional learning are two distinct activities that have been previously tied to time and place constraints. However, through digital technologies a shift is occurring to ongoing professional learning options such as the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) initiative. Through a partnership between the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre(ADLC) nine professional learning modules were redesigned and delivered to a pilot group of ADLC teachers. The BOLT modules, created from graduate Masters of Education courses, weave together the theory and practice of teaching in digital spaces to K12 students. The presenters, including the BOLT participants, will summarize the learning experienced in the professional learning modules and how it relates to personal, professional and evidence-based practices of using digital strategies with K-12 students. By experiencing such situations as learners themselves, the BOLT students as practicing educators share their own lived experiences of what it means to learn and teach with digital flexibility and how learning from these modules have enhanced their ongoing development of digital pedagogy.

Speakers
avatar for Constance Blomgren

Constance Blomgren

Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
K-12 OER and Open Pedagogy. | | As an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, Dr. Connie Blomgren has been the project lead in the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) initiative, a professional learning partnership with the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. As an innovative response to in-service teacher learning needs, BOLT strengthens teachers’ digital competencies and their... Read More →
SG

Shelley Grey-Sortland

Teacher - 12 Month, ADLC Calgary


Thursday April 6, 2017 15:45 - 16:30
TBA

16:30

SOCIAL
Thursday April 6, 2017 16:30 - 18:00
TBA
 
Friday, April 7
 

08:15

Conference Opening
Friday April 7, 2017 08:15 - 08:20
TBA

08:20

Keynote Session: BC Ministry of Education Update

Suzanne Hoffman will provide a high-level overview on the current status of educational transformation in British Columbia. 

Tim Winkelmans will follow with an update of distributed learning in BC.


Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Hoffman

Suzanne Hoffman

Chief Educator, BC Ministry of Education
Suzanne is an experienced school and district administrator with 25 years of experience. Her career has taken her from the classroom in Mission, onto Langley where she has held both vice-principal and principal positions before moving on to district leadership roles. As a District Principal Suzanne was responsible for curriculum and professional development for six years before she became an Assistant Superintendent.  Four and a half... Read More →
avatar for Tim Winkelmans

Tim Winkelmans

Executive Director, BC Ministry of Education
Tim is the Executive Director for Custom Programs and Projects at the Ministry of Education. He recently completed a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Calgary, focussing on leadership in e-learning. Computer education applications, including distributed learning, has been a consistent focus of his teaching, academic, and professional career since 1984.  


Friday April 7, 2017 08:20 - 09:30
TBA

09:30

BREAK
Friday April 7, 2017 09:30 - 09:45
TBA

09:45

BCLN – New Curriculum Directions
Over the next two years, BCLN will be focusing on the updating of the Grade 10-12 resources to reflect the new curriculum. In this session, we’ll discuss ideas and strategies in place to accomplish this. Attendees will learn about the existing plans and will help mold future strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Tech Director, BC Learning Network
In BC, we've used a 50+ district consortium model for the last 15 years to evolve online learning resources. I work for the BCLN directors and help by leading the development team (teachers and tech staff) as we develop 70+ courses and student management tools.


Friday April 7, 2017 09:45 - 11:00
TBA

09:45

Inquiry Session: Assessment in the era of competencies and personalization
Facilitated dialogue…

Friday April 7, 2017 09:45 - 11:00
TBA

09:45

Inquiry Session: Creative Ways for Student Engagement
Facilitated dialogue…

Friday April 7, 2017 09:45 - 11:00
TBA

09:45

BC Ministry Ignite Session & Q/A from morning keynote

Join Tim, Gordon and Janine for Ignite sessions on the new Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum as well as the career education curriculum.  Each will be followed by a question and answer time.

Come with your own questions of the three as a follow up to the Ministry morning keynotes.

Speakers
avatar for Janine Hannis

Janine Hannis

Provincial Lead: Adult and Alternate Programs, Ministry of Education
I am a passionate educator who specializes in adult and alternate education. I am really interested in blended learning and innovative alternate school programs.
avatar for Tim Winkelmans

Tim Winkelmans

Executive Director, BC Ministry of Education
Tim is the Executive Director for Custom Programs and Projects at the Ministry of Education. He recently completed a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Calgary, focussing on leadership in e-learning. Computer education applications, including distributed learning, has been a consistent focus of his teaching, academic, and professional career since 1984.  


Friday April 7, 2017 09:45 - 11:00
TBA

09:45

Red Worn Runners: Exploring the Possibilities of Curriculum Making Both In and Outside of School Places

Dr. Sean Lessard reflects on how earlier work alongside aboriginal youth in communities (Red Worn Runners) continues to shape his understandings of curriculum as a process that is fluid, transactional and filled with possibilities.  It is through the narrative experiences alongside the Red Worn Runners that Lessard continues to draw on both philosophically and pragmatically in his research that explores identity and curriculum making both in and outside of school places.  These places include communities across Canada where youth and families continue to guide this work.  Dr. Sean Lessard is from Montreal Lake Cree Nation Treaty 6 territory.  He is a former Edmonton Public School teacher, counsellor and consultant.  He is a published author, award-winning researcher and Associate Professor in the field of education and youth.


Speakers
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Sean Lessard

Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education and Core Studies, University of Alberta
Dr. Sean Lessard is an educational and community consultant who was honored for his work mentoring Aboriginal students at Jasper High School with Edmonton Public Schools.  He continues this work in communities across Canada and has also taught in the United States. | Sean was the 2015 CEA Pat Clifford Award Winner: Teaching Sideways To Shift The Stories.  His research into the effects of school and urban living on Indigenous... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 09:45 - 11:00
TBA

09:45

Engaging ALL your students in Robotics
The coming decade will be defined by the largest workforce transition in the history of mankind. Programming and Robotics Literacy are becoming key differentiators in employability across virtually all industries, but less than 3% of students have historically shown interest in these areas.
Dennis has demonstrated robotics to more than 10,000 students from grades 4-12, and following his presentation 90% of ALL students indicate that they would like to learn robotics.
In this fun hands-on session, you’ll learn how to engage all your students in robotics and programming. You’ll program a humanoid robot to talk, wave, respond to your voice, and even recognize you and greet you by name! ANYONE CAN DO THIS! NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR PROGRAMMING KNOWLEDGE IS NECESSARY.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Kambeitz

Dennis Kambeitz

Education Liaison / STEM & Robotics, Robots.Education
Dennis is recognized as a leader in inspiring students to want to learn robotics and programming... and helping educators understand how to teach these subjects effectively. | | He has demonstrated robotics to more than 10,000 students from grades 4-12, and following his presentation, 90% of ALL students indicate that they would like to learn robotics (which includes traditional style programming). | | Dennis’ innovative approach... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 09:45 - 12:30
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11:00

BREAK
Friday April 7, 2017 11:00 - 11:15
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11:15

Inquiry Session: Blending Practice
Facilitated dialogue…

Friday April 7, 2017 11:15 - 12:30
TBA

11:15

Inquiry Session: Equity & Digital Literacy
Facilitated dialogue…

Friday April 7, 2017 11:15 - 12:30
TBA

11:15

Inquiry Session: French Immersion
Facilitated dialogue about online French Immersion resources & courses

Friday April 7, 2017 11:15 - 12:30
TBA

11:15

Making the best of Learning Spaces the Reggio Way

Can you imagine a learning space where nature, music, art, and literature are infused in the design of the STE-A-M focused classroom? A kindergarten classroom for students of all ages? A place where tea is served at the start and end of each day in beautiful porcelain cups - where there are no bells or specific transitions and subjects are infused by "Big Ideas or Themes"? A classroom that celebrates community through nutritious food prepared each day by students who gather at a cafe bar or surround a kitchen table and prompted by deep discussions of innovation and creativity?

Let us think critically about the importance and value of learning environments and its impact on the Maker (Do-it-Yourself) culture. Let us examine the history of Makers and talk about the value of nurturing students and community through the design of ‘space’ as a key component to achieving truly innovative classrooms and people.

Let us talk about it and find out what the research says. Why Tea? Why an indoor garden? Why a cafe bar? Why Knitting or Sewing? Why Cooking? Why Art? Why Chess or Games? Why Guitar/Piano? Why Kitchen Table? Why Livingroom? Why 3D printer? Why 1:1 Computers? Why light? Why Music? Why Blogs? Why Programming?


Speakers
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Zoe Branigan-Pipe

Hamilton-Wentworth District
Zoe has taught in the classroom for the last 16 years as well as consultant and leadership roles intermittently.  Zoe is a TedxOntarioEd speaker and an award-winning Educator that includes the 2014 Canadian Microsoft Educator (MIE) of the Year, and 2016 First Place Ken Spencer National Award for Teaching and Innovation. She is presently a teacher for the Gifted Program at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Ontario and Instructor... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 11:15 - 12:30
TBA

11:15

Professional Learning Opportunities for DL Admin
Discussion session regarding PD opportunities for distributed learning administrators.  Led by BCDLAA executive.

Speakers
avatar for Kai Taylor

Kai Taylor

Administrator, School District 72
Boats, woodwork and Bass.....um other than that??? My Official title is Vice Principal of Distributed Learning Alternate Education and Instructional Technologies, DE-LAY-IT, if you say it right. In other words, all the spoons that don't fit in that cutlery organizer you have in your kitchen. You know that other drawer, the one with the tape, scissors,big serving spoons, extra knifes....that one! that's the one I get to play in. Yes it is the... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 11:15 - 12:30
TBA

11:15

L’enseignant vs la machine
L’intelligence artificielle et les percées technologiques évoluent à un rythme fulgurant. La 4e révolution industrielle que nous entamons affectera forcément l’école. Si celle-ci n’est pas appelée à disparaître, du moins à moyen terme, elle devra néanmoins se transformer rapidement. Et que dire de la profession enseignante alors que l’automatisation menace plusieurs métiers ? Comment est-elle appelée à réformer ? L’intelligence artificielle aura-t-elle raison de l’intelligence humaine dans un contexte scolaire ? Nous avons déjà des robots conçus pour accompagner les jeunes et leur servir d’assistant personnel : pourraient-ils un jour remplacer les enseignants ? D’autant plus que certaines écoles et plusieurs élèves font déjà fi des enseignants. Cette communication apporte un éclairage sur les forces technologiques et sociales qui modifieront la structure de l’école et le rôle des enseignants, notamment au regard des éléments qui entraînent une distanciation entre l’enseignement et l’apprentissage, vers la formation à distance. (This session is offered in English on Thursday at 2:45.)

Speakers
avatar for François Guité

François Guité

Consultant en éducation, Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport
Pendant ses années d’enseignement, François Guité a toujours exploré les nouvelles tendances pédagogiques. Intrigué dès le début par les technologies de l’information, il forme un groupe de travail pour explorer leurs contributions à l’enseignement-apprentissage. Cette aventure mena à des études postuniversitaires et un séjour dans le secteur... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 11:15 - 12:30
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12:30

LUNCH
Friday April 7, 2017 12:30 - 14:30
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12:45

Closing Keynote: Refracted Perspectives - Technology, Disruption, and Learning

After listening carefully to three days of professional learning at the CANeLearn Pre-Symposium and Symposium, Remi will offer his refracted perspective on digital disruption, education innovation, and equitable learning. Rather than reflect what he saw, heard, and learned from fellow participants, Remi will refract - that is, he will play with, bend, and tweak - key takeaway messages so that participants leave the Symposium with a fresh perspective on transformative opportunities for the design and leadership of learning.


Speakers
avatar for Remi Kalir

Remi Kalir

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Remi is Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development. Since joining the CU Denver faculty in January of 2015, he has been named a Creative Research Collaborative Fellow and a member of the University of Colorado President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative. He is also a National Science Foundation Data Consortium Fellow, and has initiated a... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 12:45 - 14:45
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14:30

Prize Draw
Friday April 7, 2017 14:30 - 14:45
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