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2019 Digital Learning Symposium
Fostering Inquiry: Personal Learning in Digital Environments_____________________________________

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Sunday, April 7
 

1:00pm

Sunday Afternoon Pre-Summit (separate registration)
Start Your Experience Off Right

Take advantage of the Pre-Summit Workshops on Sunday to dive deep into topics such as Design Thinking, AR/VR, Minecraft, and Coding.

Note that some sessions have been combined with a renewed program.

Sunday Pre-Summit is a separate registration and program

Sunday April 7, 2019 1:00pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm

Registration
Sunday April 7, 2019 4:30pm - 7:00pm
Foyer

7:00pm

Opening Keynote: My name is Jorge
When fourth grade rolled around it was like being run over by a bus.  Everything went from learning to read, to reading to learn. All my instructions were now written in paragraph form.  There were no clues to help me navigate this new world. I went from being an explorer to just trying to survive each day at school.

The happy child that loved coming to school slowly changed to the frustrated child that hated education. I see this all the time now when students face adversity and I also see with teachers who are overwhelmed by technology. When the teacher that has been teaching for years without technology is now thrust into a new world where every kid has a computer.

How can we help teachers not feel like a child lost in translation? My name is “Jorge” is about embracing who we are and look at the struggles we have in teaching as chances to grow. Come watch, listen and finally embrace “Who we are” all the while using technology as our common language.

Speakers
avatar for George Barcenas

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE, Bellevue Union School District
George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College. Technology has always been in his teaching from creating commercials... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom

8:00pm

Opening Social
Sunday April 7, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Foyer
 
Monday, April 8
 

7:15am

Registration
Monday April 8, 2019 7:15am - 8:30am
Foyer

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Monday April 8, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom

8:30am

Symposium Opening and Welcome
Please join us for a welcome from David Comrie, symposium host, and welcomes from guests:

  1. Traditional welcome from Alec Dan of the Musqueam Nation;
  2. Welcome from the Ministry; and
  3. Introduction to Brian Hamm, our keynote.

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

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


Monday April 8, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom

8:45am

Blended Learning is also Social
Lev Vygotsky’s research concluded that “Learning is Social”. Numerous studies have continued to confirm the Social Learning theory and that a positive teacher-student relationship has the largest impact on learning and achievement, aka John Hattie. The question is, how do disruptive technologies impact this paradigm and these relationships?

In his keynote, Brian presents the perspective that technologies, when used appropriately and with purpose, are amazing and enhance the connections educators have with students. The great part is that most educators are already leveraging many of these amazing tools and don’t even know it. What educators do every day is amazing. The technology we have at our fingertips is amazing.

Join Brian and discuss how you can use the necessary tools to leverage technology in amazing ways to form stronger communities for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Hamm

Brian Hamm

Director of Technology and Innovation, American School Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico
Brian Hamm believes that every student can be engaged in an educational experience that compels them to live curiously and go beyond as they discover their own “Moonshots”. Over the past ten years he has circumnavigated the globe numerous times in the pursuit of this endeavor... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am
Ballroom

10:00am

Break
Monday April 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Foyer

10:30am

Effective Moodle books with the help of Bootstrap
Why not take a fresh look at content authoring in Moodle? Teachers both love and hate building with Moodle books. Our presentation will show how a series of Apple iBook templates can be duplicated in specially formatted Moodle books using the bootstrap framework. We will use a little css and our prepared resources of code snippets to demonstrate how far we were able to go with the bootstrap framework. People with a lttle code editing experience should enjoy this session the most but everyone wanting to take a peak under the hood is welcome to join us as well.
Implications for Schools - Dr. Justina Law
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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1p1a_XDxcTXASvzL8cwEU4f4DVKgOd5AokdngeDz9zuE/edit?usp=sharing
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Speakers
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Maranello

10:30am

ERAC Resources and the Diverse Classroom
Find out how the ERAC products your District already subscribes to can be accessed by you and your learners-- from anywhere!-- and how products like World Book Online, EBSCO and others can provide rich support for a variety of learning strategies and styles. Fast-paced and leveraging tools you already have, spend a half hour with ERAC--you'll be glad you did!

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

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


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Carrera

10:30am

Ministry of Education Update
Eleanor will share updates from the Ministry of Education's Learning Division.  More information to come closer to the date of the symposium.

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Liddy

Eleanor Liddy

Executive Director, Ministry of Education
Eleanor Liddy is the Executive Director of the Student Information Services Branch in the Ministry of Education. Responsible for Strategic MyEducation BC, Open School BC and the Data Management Unit. Eleanor is responsible for setting strategic direction for both Ministry of Education... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Villa 3

10:30am

Virtual STEM Labs : Design, Production & Pedagogy
Lab experimentation is crucial to maturing inquiry in the sciences. DL has a unique challenge in bringing the practical and serendipitous experience of the lab to students via the Internet. At SIDES, we moved past the idea of pantomiming real-world labs and embraced a structure and delivery that plays to the web’s strengths while delivering on the core value-proposition of laboratory experience.

This presentation will show our results and discuss the design thinking that informed them. It will pay specific attention to connecting best-practice theory with practical implementation, with a focus on technology selection and universal design principles.

The exemplar case will be the construction of a virtual fetal pig dissection for senior level biology classes.

Speakers
JV

Jeremy Vernon

Web Developer, South Island Distance Education School
I am a technology professional recently inducted into the education field. Previously, I consulted on technology strategy and management, communications and media. I have a background in cognitive science, law and politics with a specific focus on activism. I work as a graphic designer... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Villa 2

10:30am

WCLN Development Directions
In this session, we'll discuss our goals around resource development. As we come to the end of the curriculum updates (whew.....), it's time to discuss where we want to be in 5 years with online resources.

Attendees will discuss existing plans and help mold future strategies. We'll discuss general goals and hit specifics in each topic area (in break-out groups).

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

WCLN - Western Canadian Learning Network
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC, AB, YT, and NWT districts, building high-quality DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Villa 1

10:30am

7 Steps to Making Learning More Accessible
In this session we will explore ways to improve student focus, increase reading comprehension, and demonstrate environments where students are able to express their understanding. Using inputs other than keyboarding and text, we will empower all students to achieve more by integrating assistive technology. This session will enable educators to better meet the needs of diverse learners. Come learn how Microsoft's accessibility features can support differentiated learning in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Veranda

10:30am

Content Connections Learning Analytics Platform
Content Connections is pleased to introduce our next generation learning platform. Considerable research, thought and consultation has gone into developing the Learning Analytics Platform (LAP).
Our experienced research team identified important factors that make meaningful difference in student performance in a self-paced and paced learning environment. From the research, our development team conceptualized a user-friendly learning platform. Analytics tools were developed part of the platform to measure, collect, analyse and report out data about the learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning.
Learning Analytics Platform (LAP) is designed with keeping in mind all stakeholders; students, educators, parents and administrators. LAP is specifically designed:

• for learners to reflect on their achievements and patterns of behavior in relation learning standards;
• for parents to monitor progress and effective support;
• To identify students requiring extra support and attention;
• to help teachers and support staff plan supporting interventions with individuals and groups;
• for functional groups such as course teams seeking to improve current courses or develop new curriculum offerings; and
• for administrators taking decisions on matters related to program development (tentative release date 2020-2021).

Speakers
BM

Brad McAruthur

Content Connections
GA

Grant Ashlee

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


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Venezia

10:30am

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Firenze

10:30am

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Firenze

10:30am

Fasten Your Seatbelts!
Got Chromebooks? Or just want to learn about some awesome web-based tools you can start using in your classrooms right now? Join me in this energetic, fast-paced session as I take you through my A-Z list of favourite Google tools.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Portico

11:15am

Shuffle
Monday April 8, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Foyer

11:30am

Embedding competencies in the new curriculum - English 12 model
Join Judy and Colleen as they provide an overview about embedding core competencies into new grade 10 to 12 curriculum, using the new English 12 curriculum.  The session will emphasis how to roll out English 12 to "all" students...


Speakers
avatar for Judy Smith

Judy Smith

School District Liaison, Ministry of Education
Judy Smith is the District Liaison for the MyEd BC project. Judy was responsible for early MyEd implementation in her own district and now works with all 60 districts as they move through their implementation of the application. Judy's focus on the MyEd project has been supporting... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

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


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Villa 3

11:30am

Adobe Spark, three brilliant web-tools
Adobe Spark is an easy set of three webtools, created by the makers of Photoshop and many other award winning desktop softwares which we love and dislike at the same time. Adobe Spark tools are easy to use and accessible on nearly any device, making them wonderful in the classroom.
This hands on session will provide an overview of each of the tools: Adobe Spark Video, Adobe Spark Post and Adobe Spark Pages and how you can use these in your everyday lives and in your classroom. Adobe Spark credentialing is easy using your google account and puts design skills into the hand of the design novice giving you great results easily. Bring your mobile device loaded with Adobe Spark Post, Video and Pages as well as your chromebook or laptop. We will SPARK your interests for sure!  If you don't already have an Adobe ID, goto spark.adobe.com and click "Start Now for Free".  

Speakers
avatar for Bryon Carpenter

Bryon Carpenter

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


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Villa 1

11:30am

Full SpeEd Ahead: Using G Suite for Online, Inclusive, Immersive, Inquiry-based Learning
Have you wondered what integrated, cross-curricular inquiry could look like in an online virtual classroom? You can use our iterations and successes to get started on our own inclusive education journey. We will share what has worked for us in our SE Virtual World 8/9 class, that we have recently moved into Google Classroom to leverage the G Suite apps for our students in differentiated, cross-curricular inquiry-based learning.

Speakers
avatar for April McLeod

April McLeod

Special Education and Individualized Support Teacher & SE Immersive Worlds, Heritage Christian Online School
Homeschooling Parent-turned-Homeschooling Support-Teacher is a quick synopsis ofApril McLeod. April’s experiences have given her invaluable exposure and sensitivity tothe critical and emerging issues of both worlds: access to the current splendid researchand application that is... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Beglaw

Shannon Beglaw

Heritage Christian Online School
I am passionate about teaching with technology in an online setting, using virtual worlds and Google Suite; leveraging student choices and questions. I teach in beta; I use student ideas and passion to drive inquiry projects that we reflect on to improve. In both VW 8 and SE VW 8/9... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Villa 2

11:30am

YouTV making videos in the classroom
Youtube has changed the way we view the world. At any moment you can watch a video "how-to" to create anything. Learn how you can create your own tutorials, green screen videos and morning newscast all on Chromebooks. We will unlock the learning potential of video in the classroom. Move over Hollywood, Teachers are moving in!

Speakers
avatar for George Barcenas

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE, Bellevue Union School District
George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College. Technology has always been in his teaching from creating commercials... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Carrera

11:30am

Increase Social Presence in Your Canvas Classroom
“Social presence is defined as the ability of participants in a community to project themselves, socially and emotionally, as real people through a medium of communication,” (Garrison and Anderson, 2003).  

How do we ensure that we are providing "teaching presence" and "social presence" in a way that increases engagement and ensures that learners feel connected and motivated?
- Ice Breakers
- Building Classroom Community
- Explore Tools and Media that will increase connection

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hamilton

Nicole Hamilton

Curriculum Support Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
Nicole is a teacher at Navigate (NIDES), a K-12 distributed learning school in the Comox Valley and taught in the distributed learning program last year. Nicole is a graduate of UBC's BA program, SFU's BEd and PDP programs, and is currently enrolled with VIU's OLTD program and MEdL... Read More →
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Portico

11:30am

Kumuni: A Product of Student Empowerment
Come and hear the story behind the Kumuni language courses. Session attendees will get a look at how the courses work in practice and information about them, along with what everyone can learn from the courses’ creation about student empowerment.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Krupp

Graham Krupp

CEO, Kumuni Learning Ltd.
Graham Krupp has worked with co-presenter Heather Leask, a certified BC teacher who has worked in distributed learning for 20+ years, to create a series of language courses. He is an English as a second language teacher, author, and Top Writer at Quora, where his articles on linguistics... Read More →
avatar for Heather Leask

Heather Leask

Education Liaison, Kumuni Learning Ltd. & Coilean Arts Inc.
I am a recently retired DL teacher with 20 years experience teaching on-line in School District #83 (North Okanagan - Shuswap). I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 12, within the bricks and mortar, DL, and adult-learning environments.I have recently partnered... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Venezia

11:30am

The Imaginators
I like to think of educators as “Imaginators.” For the first time in history, we have the power to invite learners to use their personal stories and passions to help shape their learning experience. Learning how to share our personal narrative is a crucial skill available to anybody wanting to learn about themselves, build relationships, and make connections with your fellow human beings. Learn how to ask the kinds of questions that invite others to share their stories. Develop the habits of introspection that offer a gateway to deeper learning. Help your learners identify their skills, strengths and passions and unite them in a unique educational experience!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Rathwell

Steven Rathwell

SelfDesign & Heartwood Learning Community
Steven Rathwell is a writer, storyteller and educator who’s been working in alternative and online education for well over a decade. The past 3 years he's been focused on designing and implementing new programs and curriculum opportunities, including the ground-breaking SelfDesign... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Veranda

11:30am

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Firenze

11:30am

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Firenze

11:30am

StudyForge
Calling all teachers curious about, or currently using, StudyForge’s digital video curriculum! 

In this collaborative session we will be showing the latest updates to StudyForge, previewing upcoming features, and giving a sneak peak of the courses currently in development!

But enough of us, we want to hear from you! What potential features and courses would you be most interested in seeing StudyForge develop next? What are your biggest challenges with StudyForge? What are your biggest wins? Compare notes with others teachers using StudyForge, and some of the development team.

Bring your wish lists, stories and ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Richard’s passions for designing software and teaching math, coincide in his role as the project director for StudyForge technology. Richard has been designing online curriculum together with his wife Chelsea for 9 years, and has been teaching online for 7 of those years. They live... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Maranello

12:15pm

Lunch
Monday April 8, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Ballroom

1:15pm

Renewing Distributed Learning: Proposals for policy challenges
After a quarter century of DL programs evolving in BC, it’s time to look at the policy framework for Distributed Learning.  Alternative policy proposals will be presented for discussion and debate: funding in the context of the new funding formula, accountability beyond counting, district or provincially-open enrolment, blended programs, satellite DL schools, public and private programs, special needs inclusion and isolation, and working conditions boundaries and conditions.

Speakers
LK

Larry Kuehn

Director of Research, BC Teachers Federation


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Villa 3

1:15pm

All I need to know about Augmented Reality, I learned in kindergarten.
You want to infuse some excitement into exploring and discovering a topic in your classroom but the only “budget” you have is your time. Wouldn’t you like to be able to leverage augmented reality to encourage learners to self-discover information and have a more engaging multimedia experience? Join me to learn how to create AR experiences for free, in 4 easy steps, in less than a minute.

What problem does this session address?
Do you think AR is too expensive?
Do you think AR is too difficult to create?
Do you think AR is too time consuming to create?

Join me to learn how to create an AR experience for free, in 4 easy steps, in less than a minute.

How does this session address the problem?
In this session we will explore the options for free and low budget AR experience development.
In this session you will learn how to take simple cue cards and sharpies to create impactful AR experiences.
In this session you will learn how to leverage PowerPoint to generate trigger images AND videos.
Together we will create more complex AR experiences with multiple triggers.
In this session we will explore the new possibilities for AR in your organization.

In this session you will learn...
- how to take simple cue cards and sharpies to create impactful AR experiences
- how to leverage PowerPoint to generate trigger images AND videos
- how to create an AR experience in less than a minute
- how to create more complex AR experiences with multiple triggers
- about dozens of use-case scenarios for AR in your classroom


Speakers
avatar for Cindy Plunkett

Cindy Plunkett

Project Manager, eLearning & Educational Technology, Baycrest Health Sciences
Manager, eLearning and Educational Technologies Baycrest Health Sciences Cindy Plunkett is a project manager of eLearning and educational technologies at Baycrest Health Sciences and the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. She is also an executive director of finance... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Veranda

1:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Bryon Carpenter

Bryon Carpenter

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


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Villa 1

1:15pm

Internet Curator--World Citizen Style
Staff and students are interacting with the internet and creating content constantly. Help your students curate consciously and critically when selecting images and information from the internet for their projects, blogs, presentations, etc. Learn about filter bubbles and how to bust them. Talk about unconscious bias and open windows to the world to help students broaden horizons and create products world citizen style.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Nicholson

Tami Nicholson

Abbotsford Virtual School
Ms. Nicholson is thrilled to work at Abbotsford Virtual School where students have the unique flexibility to study every day on their own schedule. Our ability to access information at the touch of a button is changing how we interact with our world, and AVS is on the cutting edge... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Carrera

1:15pm

Hate is the New Black - Social media, Fake News, and Combating Intolerance
The average teenager checks their phone 95 times a day to read news from social feeds, friends, and questionable sources. The ‘facts’ which we take in can be biased untruths exemplifying an intolerance for humanity and its differences. A democratic society, comprised of global citizens, includes forming opinions based on a healthy curiosity about other cultures. Yet, hate in BC is on the rise as white supremacist groups target young people online, increasing their numbers – compromising our democracy and human rights. In this workshop we’ll investigate the current trend toward hate and divisiveness and will use the online, free, humanities resource Voices into Action. Plus, we’ll investigate online trends, social media influences, fake news, and develop fact seeking research competencies. We’ll align with the new curriculum by facilitating disciplinary thinking skills through inquiry and research practices on highly topical issues influencing the Canadian cultural fabric.

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 →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Villa 2

1:15pm

MEdL @ VIU-Major Project Presentations
Students from VIU's Masters of Education (Leadership) program will present their recent research and Major Project design topics. Student design and development supporting blended and mobile delivery in K-12 and Post-Secondary environments will be shared.
1) How Can an Online Resource Toolkit Support International Students in the Successful Transition from Post-Secondary Studies to the BC Workplace?

The purpose of this Major Project was to connect international students to their BC communities and assist with providing relevant employment opportunities by providing an online toolkit as a resource to develop personal pathways to employment. Educators and prospective employers are also encouraged to use this toolkit to educate themselves and support international, Canadian-trained student in their intentions to remain in BC

Presenter: MEdL Graduate Corrine Hamel-Taylor
2) Applying the Community of Inquiry (COI) Framework to Support Non-Graduated Adults via a Blended Delivery Model.
The purpose of this applied research project was to create a blended delivery context in which to shift existing online-only programs for non-graduated adults in order to sustain learner motivation and engagement. This was accomplished by implementing the Community of Inquiry framework to increase cognitive, social and teaching presences to promote engagement both through connection to other learners as well as through connection to relevant learning and discourse by means of a bridging online resource- accessible to assist in online and face-to-face learning.
Presenter: MEdL Graduate Erin Borsoff
3) Increasing Student Engagement in Existing Online Learning Experiences through Incorporation of a Gamified Framework
This presentation showcases Leslie’s MEdL Major Project which has two components. First is a website designed to inform educators about Gamification and ways it can increase student engagement by increasing student autonomy. Second is a sample English 12 Gamified course, which puts theory into action by gamifying an existing online course.
Presenter: MEdL Graduate Candidate Leslie McCurrach

Speakers
avatar for Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill

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


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Maranello

1:15pm

Supporting Competency Based Assessment in MyEd BC
BC's curriculum in competency-based which means we need to rethink our assessment practices. This presentation will discuss the concepts behind competency-based assessment, provide some food-for-thought about redesigning learning opportunities to showcase competencies, and provide a look at the MyEd BC Standards Based Gradebook as a tool to track three-dimensional assessment.

This will be a present, question, discuss session.  Come prepared to talk with your table, speak out, and think hard about a change of assessment practice.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Smith

Judy Smith

School District Liaison, Ministry of Education
Judy Smith is the District Liaison for the MyEd BC project. Judy was responsible for early MyEd implementation in her own district and now works with all 60 districts as they move through their implementation of the application. Judy's focus on the MyEd project has been supporting... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Portico

1:15pm

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Firenze

1:15pm

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Firenze

2:30pm

Shuffle
Monday April 8, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Foyer

2:45pm

Myth busters
A conversation about common myths in distributed learning in British Columbia and beyond. I will share some statistics/facts about DL in BC, we will unravel some common myths and share some best practices in DL. I look forward to our conversations and hope we can all learn from each other.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Mullin

Colleen Mullin

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


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Villa 3

2:45pm

Virtual Reality as a Tool for Authentic Learning and Student Inquiry
In this session, I plan to discuss the journey I have travelled with my students in using VR as a learning tool. Topics of discussion will include Google Earth, VR Apps, and Sketchup as a tool for VR development. Attendees to this session will be creating their own virtual environment and some will have the opportunity to explore what they have created in VR. If you plan to attend this session, please bring a laptop/Chromebook and a mouse with a wheel.

Speakers
CA

Craig Amendt

Abbotsford Virtual School


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Carrera

2:45pm

A Blended Elementary model for DL Schools.
The presentation will provide educators with a set of strategies for teachers to assist students and parents to navigate through the online world of educational courses and programs at the elementary level. "How do I do this?", is a common question from parents and educators looking at engaging in the educational model of online learning for elementary students.

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

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


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Maranello

2:45pm

Adventures in Gamified English
How can teachers disrupt traditional educational paradigms and increase student engagement by incorporating a gamification construct to enhance existing online learning experiences? I tried to answer this in both my online and blended classrooms, and this presentation will discuss what has worked, what hasn't, and what I would recommend to others considering this innovative approach. (*Note, I am a member of the WCLN and applied my gamified framework to the English 12 course they offer - with adaptations)

Speakers
avatar for Leslie McCurrach

Leslie McCurrach

Teacher, Bulkley Valley Education Connection
Leslie has been teaching online in the beautiful Bulkley Valley, since 2012 and since then has been looking for ways to improve student engagement, develop culture, foster relationships, and empower students to personalize their learning pathways in the asynchronous DL classroom... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Portico

2:45pm

Five Tools that will encourage Engagement and Collaboration in the distance learning environment.
Pippa Davies (HCOS Learning Commons Director) and Cynthia Duncalfe (Curriculum Consultant) will share their story of how they developed their new website, and launched a new learning commons system. They will share aspects of creating a vibrant, inviting website, online book clubs, contests, workshops, and digital tools, that work to bridge the collaborative gap. We will make time for your thoughts and suggestions.

Speakers
avatar for Pippa Davies

Pippa Davies

Teacher Librarian, Heritage Christian Online School
Pippa Davies is the director of Heritage Christian Online School Learning Commons. She has worked as a teacher librarian in charge of a group of dedicated physical and digital library staff for the past 14 years. The learning commons is the hub of our blended campus and online school... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Villa 2

2:45pm

Growing Relationships in Online Learning Environments
This presentation reflects the road traveled by Edward and his small team as they build Yukon's first, and only, online school. The discussion will highlight the challenges, risks, and successes experienced as the team builds from scratch a program that is centered on the relational aspects described by the Community of Inquiry Framework. Edward will describe trials and tribulations of creating a synchronous approach to meet the Frameworks goals and what the future holds for this fledgling school.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Frison

Edward Frison

Administrator, Aurora Virtual School
Edward has been an educator for 39 years. He has taught most subjects from Grade 3 - 10, been a vice-principal and principal, and is now proud to add virtual teacher to the list. He has dragged his family across Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, and now Yukon to pursue new challenges. His... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Veranda

2:45pm

SMS and other WCLN Tools for Communicating
In this session, we'll look at how the SMS and other WCLN plugins can be used to improve communications within your district. Your students, parents, and local counselors can all have 24/7 access to their corresponding students. Better communication leads to better programs, better relationships with schools, and better audits.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

WCLN - Western Canadian Learning Network
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC, AB, YT, and NWT districts, building high-quality DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Villa 1

2:45pm

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Firenze

2:45pm

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Firenze

2:45pm

Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook
OneNote Class Notebook helps educators save time, get organized and collaborate! Class Notebook contains a personal workspace for each student, a content library for documents, and a collaborative space for classes and creative activities. With it's grading functions, LMS integration, and quick feedback cycles, OneNote Class Notebook provides an opportunity to create lesson and unit plans to keep you connected with your school community. Not only does it provide a structure to promote student ownership and adaptive learning but with features like Immersive Reader, Dictation and online videos, it is changing the scope of learning in classrooms.  Learn how to support your student's organization, communication, and confidence with OneNote Class Notebook.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Venezia

3:30pm

Shuffle
Monday April 8, 2019 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Foyer

3:45pm

WCLN Annual General Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

WCLN - Western Canadian Learning Network
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC, AB, YT, and NWT districts, building high-quality DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Villa 1

3:45pm

Art & Technology in your classroom
Explore, hands on, how the learning platform FAME is used by everyone to learn about Art, Coding & Technology,  Rhyanon Logan-Goyette (Langley Schools/Uconnect) will demonstrate how it enables teachers to expand their offerings to students into fields they had never dreamed of. STEAM education for your classroom, from grade 4 to Post-Secondary Education.  FAME is education you can see.

Speakers
RL

Rhyanon Logan-Goyette

Secondary Art, French and Math teacher, U-Connect
This is my first year using FAME from Vancouver Animation School with my art class. I am happy to talk about my impression and my student's impression of the courses and interface.
avatar for Mario Pachat

Mario Pachat

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


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Villa 2

3:45pm

Case Study: Award winning Blended course design - Whats and Whys.
This session will explore the design and development of the course, "Achieving Integrated Marketing and Sales Plans" developed for Schulich Executive Education Center, and the recipient of 2018 IELA Award for Best Blended learning solution.

Speakers
avatar for Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta

Artha Learning Inc
Garima is the founder-director of Artha Learning Inc, a boutique learning design firm in Toronto, Canada.Garima brings over 15 years of experience in Learning & Development, training, digital marketing, content creation, education, and software engineering. Some of her clients include... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Portico

3:45pm

Combating Conflict in the Home-School Relationship
In a sense, the educational process common throughout the last two centuries has been predicated on an adversarial role. The student must prove his understanding to someone empowered to assess that learning and deem it as acceptable or in need of revision. What can educators at all levels do to combat or alleviate this inherent conflict? Education is a service industry staffed by professionals - how do we combat conflict as professional service providers? How can we develop a healthy partnership between home and school?

The presentation will include what the presenter has done as well as leave time for discussions and participation in some role play activities. Educators at all levels should either find something worth considering or bring their own worthwhile thoughts to the discussion.

 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Borley

Steve Borley

Vice-Principal, Traditional Learning Academy
Steve has worked in the DL community since 2003 and in administration with TLA since 2012. He firmly believes that parents bear ultimate responsibility for children entrusted to them and as such need to be intimately involved in decision making. Parents didn't become parents so they... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Maranello

3:45pm

Universal Learning: Connecting to the Circle of Courage through Blended Learning Programs @ Navigate/NIDES
Learning at Navigate: Two teachers and one administrator will share stories about their work at Navigate. This diverse and blended school offers a variety of educational programs for K-12 students across BC. The Fine Arts eCademy, The Heartwood Learning Community, Learning Through Inquiry and the Circle of Courage will be highlighted through this multimedia presentation.

iPhone. iTypos. iApologize.

Speakers
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... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Ferneyhough

Andrew Ferneyhough

Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
I am a grade 6-8 teacher at the Fine Arts ecademy at Navigate in Courtenay BC. A graduate of the Masters in Educational leadership program at VIU, I am working with my FAe crew to facilitate 'learning through the arts'. We are a blended program meeting on campus three days a week... Read More →
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Villa 3

3:45pm

Content Connections Customer Meeting: Learning Analytics Platform and Direction Moving Forward
Content Connections is pleased to introduce our next generation learning platform. Considerable research, thought and consultation has gone into developing the Learning Analytics Platform (LAP).
Our experienced research team identified important factors that make meaningful difference in student performance in a self-paced and paced learning environment. From the research, our development team conceptualized a user-friendly learning platform. Analytics tools were developed part of the platform to measure, collect, analyse and report out data about the learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning.
Learning Analytics Platform (LAP) is designed with keeping in mind all stakeholders; students, educators, parents and administrators. LAP is specifically designed:

• for learners to reflect on their achievements and patterns of behavior in relation learning standards;
• for parents to monitor progress and effective support;
• To identify students requiring extra support and attention;
• to help teachers and support staff plan supporting interventions with individuals and groups;
• for functional groups such as course teams seeking to improve current courses or develop new curriculum offerings; and
• for administrators taking decisions on matters related to program development (tentative release date 2020-2021).

Speakers
BM

Brad McAruthur

Content Connections
GA

Grant Ashlee

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


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Executive Boardroom (1st floor by elevators)

3:45pm

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Firenze

3:45pm

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Firenze

3:45pm

Minecraft Education Edition: Make it Your World
Make your students dreams come true by bringing the videogame Minecraft into the classroom. Minecraft: Education Edition allows educators to create fun, engaging and collaborative lessons using game-based learning. Find out how students can document their learning to make deeper and more meaningful connections; possibilities are endless! We'll share how Minecraft: EE has accessibility features available to provide all students with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning. Join the Minecraft Educator community and access FREE lesson plans and curriculum connections.

Speakers
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Venezia

3:45pm

Pixton Digital Comics: The ultimate personalization & blended learning tool
Pixton is an online comic making tool for teachers and students. By creating their likeness in the comic maker, students can “put” themselves or their classmates into comics about popular books, historical events or creations of their own imagination. Join Pixton's product manager as he teaches you how to apply Pixton to any subject and grade.

Speakers
avatar for Jared Shaw

Jared Shaw

Product Manager, Pixton
I work with students and teachers to advance Pixtons features and content. Talk to me about getting kids excited to write, rock climbing and why comics are the ultimate student engagement tool.
avatar for Ray Marasigan

Ray Marasigan

Lead Designer, Pixton


Monday April 8, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Carrera

4:30pm

Sponsors & Exhibitors Social
Monday April 8, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Foyer
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

7:15am

Registration
Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:15am - 8:30am
Foyer

7:30am

Hot Breakfast
Tuesday April 9, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Ballroom

8:30am

The Class of 2030
Microsoft commissioned a research study conducted in collaboration with McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice entitled “The Class of 2030”.  This sounds very far out, but these students are today’s grade 1 students. They’re sitting in classrooms today and will graduate into a world that is changing faster than ever. That generation will face challenges we can’t even imagine today. They will learn and engage with each other, with technology, and with information in entirely new ways. They will study university courses that might not even exist today and enter a workforce transformed by automation.  Allow me to showcase key themes and data points from the research so you can help prepare your learning environments now for the future!

Research included in the study forecast that 20% of current workers are in occupations that will likely shrink. Ten percent of the workforce are in occupations that are likely to grow as a percentage of the workforce, and 70% of the workforce are in jobs where there is greater uncertainty about the future.
So, we have set out to understand what kind of skills the class of 2030 will need, how we can best prepare them through their educational journey, and the promising role that technology can play to enable their success. 

2000 students involved in the study said they want; social-emotional skills, personalization, and collaborative opportunities.  Let's make this happen for them.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Zeisner

Catherine Zeisner

Class of 2030 Leader, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University
Dr. Catherine Zeisner is a proud Canadian scholar practitioner who believes the best in education is right around the corner. Currently as an assistant professor at Gonzaga University #gozags in Spokane, Washington, Catherine teaches both Masters and Doctoral level students, recently... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom

9:30am

Break
Tuesday April 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Foyer

10:00am

BCDLAA General Meeting
BC Distributed Learning Administrators, please join us for our association's General Meeting. 

Topics to include:
  • Funding
See our response: 
BCDLAA Response to Improving Equity and Accountability – 02-22-2019
To the proposed Recommendations: 
Improving Equity and Accountability – Report of the Funding Model Review (December 2018).
  • The future of DL and Blended Learning
  • Audits
...and other topics or concerns you may have. 
~ BCDLAA Executive
President – Institutional Liaison – David Truss  – Coquitlam, SD43, Coquitlam Open Learning
Past President – Kai Taylor – Campbell River, SD72, 72 Ways 2 Learn
Director – Communications – Will Eaton – Okanagan Similkameen, SD53, YouLearn.ca
Director – Communications – Karen Flello  – Saanich SD63, SIDES
Director -Treasurer/Membership – Kerry Hanscomb – Vancouver, SD39, Vancouver Learning Network
Director – Secretary – Heather Lait  – Sooke, SD62, Westshore Learning Centre
Director – Pro-D – Colleen Mullin – Cowichan Valley, SD79, Cowichan DL
Director – Pro-D/Membership – Brian Naka  – Nechako Lakes, SD91, Ebus Academy
 

Speakers
avatar for Dave Truss

Dave Truss

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


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Villa 2

10:00am

Funding Model Debrief: Implications for Teachers (EDL Team)
Join the EDL and BlendEdBC leaders in an open discussion about Monday's Ministry Update and new directions for distributed learning affecting BC teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Diesch

Thomas Diesch

BlendEd BC
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

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

Larry Kuehn

Director of Research, BC Teachers Federation


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Villa 3

10:00am

The "Thought-full" Side of DL: Implementing Inquiry in the New Curriculum
SIDES has spent the last three years developing new courses in response to the requirements of the new BC Curriculum. One focus has been on implementing inquiry across grade levels and subject areas. Join some of our staff for a look at how SIDES is using inquiry to encourage students to engage more deeply and "thought-fully" with course material. Part of the session will involve the group sharing ideas

Speakers
avatar for Holly Mair

Holly Mair

Teacher, SIDES
avatar for Clint Surry

Clint Surry

Teacher, SIDES (South Island Distance Education School) - SD63
Clint currently teaches students Chem 11/12 & Science 9 at SIDES as well as tutorial support for Science/Math at SIDES. Over his career, he has taught senior/junior science, math and computer tech programs in the online environment as well as traditional classrooms, career education... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Villa 1

10:00am

Cool Tools for a Warming World: Innovative tools to engage high school students on climate action
Climate change has been called the greatest challenge of our time, threatening communities around the world and driving massive transitions in this century. The recent IPCC report – Global Warming of 1.5°C gives us only 12 years to respond aggressively in reducing carbon emissions, if we are to avoid dangerous climate change impacts. Canadian policies at all levels of government (e.g. Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan) call for substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (80% by 2050). However, the North American education system is not providing our youth with the substantive solutions-based, learner-led tools they need to engage in and act on climate change (most teachers only spend 1-2 hours a year on the subject).

CALP at UBC has co-designed and tested (with teachers, students & staff at the Vancouver School Board; educational NGO’s; international researchers; municipal/city staff; other educators and general public) several ‘Cool Tools’ that uses innovative social processes and powerful visual and digital media (such as gaming, visualizations, mapping, and hands-on citizen science), that has shown to be very effective in building awareness and stimulating behaviour change among youth.

A DIY toolkit on climate change and urban forestry (Coolkit), a videogame on climate change solutions, and a supplementary Teacher’s Guide are some of the ‘Cool Tools’ that will be presented at this workshop. These 'Cool Tools' bring together a number of enticing educational components:
1. outdoor experiential learning
2. place-based & inquiry-based education
3. student-led learning
4. game development
5. digital & field mapping tools

The tools are tailored to the new BC curriculum & address the 'Big Ideas' & 'Core Competencies' upfront. They have already demonstrated an increase in students’ awareness & understanding of basic climate change, sustainability and urban forestry concepts; and hope to eventually motivate behaviour changes individually and collectively.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Sheppard

Stephen Sheppard

Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), University of Britsh Columbia
Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching in landscape and climate change planning, community engagement, and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Portico

10:00am

Creating Apps Online
After learning the basics and curriculum in Code.org we will look into creating apps on the program. We will start by creating a coding resource that we can use in multiple apps. We create different apps that can be used in the classroom: a voting app that tallies the votes and gives immediate feedback. A field trip app that allows the students to explore their surroundings with sounds and clips. Giving them the experience they would have with a personal guide. Templates will be shared that shows all the different uses app building has in the classroom. We will also dive into the process of making an app for the Apple Store and Google Play using Thunkable platform.

Speakers
avatar for George Barcenas

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE, Bellevue Union School District
George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College. Technology has always been in his teaching from creating commercials... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Veranda

10:00am

Speed Dating L&D Tech Tools
Get Tech Savvy! Join Garima as she scratches the surface of many tools to help you ENGAGE the audience, CREATE awesome materials and SAVE time doing it all!  Bring your devices if you can, to this interactive workshop designed to give you the lay of the tool-land. Most of these tools are free or low-cost.
The tools include online persona creation, H5P interactive videos, live polling, branching scenarios, best kept secrets for diagrams and visuals, instant email surveys, pro project management, closed captioning tools and more..

Speakers
avatar for Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta

Artha Learning Inc
Garima is the founder-director of Artha Learning Inc, a boutique learning design firm in Toronto, Canada.Garima brings over 15 years of experience in Learning & Development, training, digital marketing, content creation, education, and software engineering. Some of her clients include... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Maranello

10:00am

How robotics and AI will change the workforce... and what we need to do to prepare our students for it
The coming decade will be defined by the largest workforce transition in the history of mankind.  Millions of jobs will be lost to technology, while millions of new jobs will be created. 
 
Perhaps more importantly, all remaining jobs will change and graduates with strong tech skills and robotics literacy will have a significant advantage across all industries.
 
This session will help educators understand:
  • How Robotics and Artificial Intelligence will impact all sectors of the workforce
  • The Top-3 Critical Misconceptions that educators have about how technology will impact the future.
  • Steps that school leaders can take to ensure that your staff understands the changing workplace and needed skills.
  • Tangible takeaways and strategies to help increase STEM engagement across your entire education community.
NOTE: This session has been described as “Something all educators NEED to see”, and the information impacts all aspects of the education system.

Speakers
DK

Dennis Kambeitz

Robots.Education


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Carrera

10:00am

Coding in the Classroom
Bring computational thinking to your classroom with fun, engaging, and hands-on coding activities for students of all levels. With easy to use tools, anyone can learn to create their own programs and bring their projects to life. Microsoft MakeCode offers an in-browser coding platform that can be used on any device. Students can follow along with a wide range of tutorials, or follow their imagination and create their own project. These sessions will show you how to bring 21st Century Learning and goal based activities into your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Venezia

10:00am

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Firenze

10:00am

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Firenze

11:15am

Shuffle
Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Foyer

11:30am

From Sea to Sea for BC: e-Learning Trends and Impacts Across Canada
This session is for teachers and administrators from both public and independent schools.

Join Randy for some sharing and a facilitated discussion about trends and impacts in e-learning programs across Canada.
  • Share in the discussion about how funding shifts impact practice. 
  • Find out how policy announcements such as the Ontario government's announcement (that 4 e-learning courses must be part of the 30 required credits to graduate) impact teachers and online programs. 
  • Take a peek at what might be around the corner for BC's distribute learning schools...

Don those rose-coloured glasses, grab your half-full glasses, come and join us in the garden of growth and get topped up (we hope!).

Speakers
avatar for Randy LaBonte

Randy LaBonte

CEO, Canadian eLearning Network
Randy is CEO of the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn.net), an organization formed to be the leading voice for K-12 blended and online learning in Canada. He teaches online at Vancouver Island University and CANeLearn, helping K-12 teachers transition practices to online environments... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Villa 3

11:30am

K-9: Creating True Community and Student Engagement in a Blended DL Classroom
For 16 years, we have built a really fun, engaging, family-based, teacher-led blended classroom program for students in K-9. We will share what we have learned about: 1. how to keep families engaged. 2. How to keep students happy and engaged 3. How to involve families in creating a rich learning environment 4. How to create a classroom structure that feels safe and calm.

Speakers
avatar for Allan Saugstad

Allan Saugstad

Island Discovery
Allan founded and has led a blended public DL program for the last 16 years. His passion is in building collaborative and engaging f2f learning environments with both families and teachers. Allan created 18 community hubs around the province which continue to thrive today.


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Villa 1

11:30am

True Confessions: A Design Thinking Tell-All!
Please join me for a fast-paced, full-on, no-holds-barred discussion about the tips, traps and moments of pure joy that are made possible when you embrace Design Thinking as a strategy for problem solving and collaboration.  This session is designed for facilitators with a working knowledge of the Design Thinking process, but all are welcome, and will come away with some top-tips for facilitating and incorporating this rich strategy into their learning environments. Bring your questions and your stories to share, leave with some handy materials and ideas from the field that will enrich your practice.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

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


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Carrera

11:30am

The Art of Teaching with HyperDocs
HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. With strong educational philosophies built into each one, HyperDocs have the potential to shift the way you instruct with technology. They are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH. (*description taken from goo.gl/Rq8wJm)

Access my interactive Slide deck here: bit.ly/roeckhyperdocs

Speakers
avatar for Karen Roeck

Karen Roeck

Teacher/Administrator, Heritage Christian Online School
Karen has served as an educator in public, independent and distributed learning environments and has learned from many incredible leaders and mentors along the way. She is passionate about partnering with families to create a plan personalized to meet each student's unique strengths... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Veranda

11:30am

Mastering Modularization of Content to Meet the Needs of All Classrooms
By modularizing content and cataloging it into specific learning objects, VHS has created a unique approach to the creation of online learning courses that assists organizations and individual teachers in planning and delivering engaging, targeted, and standards-aligned content to learners of all abilities. The modularity of the learning objects allows educators to easily adapt the content to meet the needs of any learner.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Owner, Principal, Virtual High School
Virtual High School currently has over 8000 students per year. We are an asynchronous private school in Ontario. None of our online courses require books except the novels in English courses. As a school we just completed a significant course writing project for the Florida Virtual... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Portico

11:30am

On-Line Performing and Athletic Arts Courses: A Collaboration
Coilean Arts Inc. has embraced the new performing arts curriculum and the Ministry's vision of students learning outside of traditional classrooms. The courses began as a collaboration between experts in the field (a performing artist, a dance studio owner, and a skating coach) and an expert in pedagogy and curriculum (a BC Certified teacher). Students across BC now have access to a suite of performing and athletic arts courses -- dance, drama and musical theatre -- which they can tailor to their particular styles and interests within their art form. Come and hear about the journey and the power of partnerships. Then take a peek at the structure, which is key to student engagement and choice.

Speakers
avatar for Will Cullen

Will Cullen

C.E.O., Coilean Arts Inc.
Will Cullen studied Musical Theatre with Randolph Academy of Performing Arts in Toronto and went on to complete his Masters of Arts in Classical and Contemporary Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, located in Glasgow. Will not only performs in plays, he writes them as... Read More →
avatar for Heather Leask

Heather Leask

Education Liaison, Kumuni Learning Ltd. & Coilean Arts Inc.
I am a recently retired DL teacher with 20 years experience teaching on-line in School District #83 (North Okanagan - Shuswap). I have taught all grades from Kindergarten through Grade 12, within the bricks and mortar, DL, and adult-learning environments.I have recently partnered... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Maranello

11:30am

Around the World in 45 Minutes
Want to see what else your students can do in Maps OTHER than finding their house in Street View?  Want to see how Maps can be used for subjects OTHER than Geography (Science, Language Arts, and yes, even in Math)?  The world of Google Geo has some powerful teaching and instructional tools built right in and new features are being added everyday.  This session will take you around the world in 45 minutes and show you how you can begin using Google’s many mapping tools with students of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Villa 2

11:30am

Digital Learning Playground
Drop-in anytime between 10:30 - 4:30 to learn about features, options, and adapting cool tools for your digital learning classroom; ask questions or hang out and chat with the experts


EdTechTeam Highlights
  1. Google Cardboard - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way.
  2. Creation in 360° - discover different methods for creating 360° photos and video
  3. Makey Makey -  circuits and coding made easy.  Start inventing with Makey Makey.
  4. GSuite - collaborate and create with the many applications of Google’s GSuite tools
  5. Google Geo Tools - Maps, Tour Builder, Google Earth, and more
  6. Google Hangouts - use Hangouts for text, video conferencing, screencasting, or phone calls
  7. Google Search - tips for effective searching
  8. DoInk App for iPads - learn how students can create backdrops using green screens or just the app
  9. Hyperdocs - design digital lessons to redefine the way you teach


Microsoft Education Team Highlights
  1. OneNote - a framework for content creation, distribution, communication integrated in your LMS
  2. Microsoft Teams - engage today’s learners in interactive ways
  3. Minecraft Education - from engaging collaboration to code building in Minecraft
  4. Microsoft Accessibility - explore features and integrated assistive technologies
  5. Microsoft Sway - see how students can create reports, newsletters, and showcase presentations
  6. Microsoft Forms - assess student learning, create surveys, quizzes, polls with results in real time
  7. Skype - creating global communities
  8. Microsoft MakeCode - an in-browser coding platform for use on any device
  9. Microsoft Paint - a reimagined 3D palette that integrates photos, videos, and other media
  10. FlipGrid - check out how to integrate this free app for “flipping” your classroom

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Firenze

11:30am

Digital Learning Playground - LMS
Level UP your LMS with CanvasCome and learn why Canvas is the most adopted LMS around.
Featuring:
  • Level UP your differentiation -- Mastery Paths for building individualized student pathways
  • Level UP your content distribution -- Blueprint courses
  • Level UP your multimedia -- Arc - engaging, smart, easy interactive video features
  • Level UP your feedback -- Rich feedback opportunities for students and teachers alike!
  • Level UP your integrations -- We’re the most integrated LMS around! LTIs, EduApp Center
  • Level UP your mobile experience -- Canvas Mobile Apps for Teachers, Students, and Parents
https://www.canvaslms.com/k-12/features

Moodle -

Jeff Chan, our friend from Open School BC will be on hand with iCampus21 folks to talk Moodle course design and Moodle site administration with you.

Come drop by anytime to experience Moodle. Check out http://moodleyoga.com for all demonstrations and learn some yoga in Moodle. Join our hourly live streams between 11 and 3 on Monday for Yoga poses, live tips, interviews etc at our conference Moodle at http://moodleyoga.com or come in person at our booth.

No doubt, many attendees will have working experience with Moodle - be it in their own university studies or in their past and present teaching assignments. Nevertheless, there are many cool new and interesting things one can do with Moodle.

The playground is designed to let you play and discover while expert Moodle geeks (and yogis too!) are on hand. Some things you will be able to experience:
  • Join us for hourly tips and tricks for infusing a little more zen into your day - specifically geared for the stressed and overworked online educator
  • Collect tokens for all sessions and enter to win a price
  • Easy collection of digital artifacts and submitting for grading using tablets and phones
  • Accelerate your grading using digital pens
  • Watch what's going on in a Moodle server at the backend
  • Have fun playing with various course formats
  • Take any plugin for a spin - if it breaks our demo site - no worries!
  • Simple techniques to improve the look and feel of your courses
  • See some examples of what can be done when pulling data from Moodle and bringing it into simple custom applications


Speakers
avatar for Justina Law

Justina Law

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Hi, I'm Justina - a passionate educator, traveler, and yogi. I hold a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology, a B.A. in Psychology, Sociology and History, a B.Mgnt in Human Resources and IT, and a... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy May

Jeremy May

Canvas CSM, Instructure
Jeremy began his journey in education as a 7th grade science teacher.  After trying the 'traditional' approach, he quickly found that technology was a tool to support and supplement his instruction to benefit his students.  While pursuing his Master's degree in Instructional Technology... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Magdea

Adrian Magdea

iCampus21
avatar for Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan

Systems Analyst, Open School BC
Hi, my name is Jeff! I'm the Manager of Education Applications at Open School BC (Ministry of Education). I have 10 years experience administering learning management systems including Moodle, Blackboard, and WebCT. I regularly work with project management, design, and media teams... Read More →
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer

Dirk Meyer is an educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Moodle. Community building is key to Dirk's long career in education. He has chaired the Alberta Moodle HUB group for nearly one decade, bringing together some 500 educators from across Alberta and beyond. Most recently... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Firenze

11:30am

Flipping the Classroom with FlipGrid
Watch as the classroom is flipped by Flipgrid. Pose open-ended questions for students, and then students record videos showing their thinking and explaining their answers. Students become not only the learners but also the sharers of knowledge. Did we mention this is entirely free for all educators? You'll leave the session ready to engage in your very own #Fliphunt, which uses the student's video recording abilities to engage in a scavenger hunt. Uploaded videos can be shared with the entire class, meaning multiple presentations can be delivered in half the time! Try not to flip out with all the possibilities!

Speakers
avatar for Renee Goncalves

Renee Goncalves

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
As a Community Development Specialist Renee works to build direct and authentic relationships with education communities that help them discover, use and love Microsoft products and technologies. A certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, she delivers professional development... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Venezia

12:15pm

Lunch
Tuesday April 9, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

1:00pm

Demo Slam Showdown
The Demo Slam Showdown is a high energy closing session where speakers share some of their favourite tech tips and tricks. The Demo Slam concept was started by Google, but the DL Symposium is taking it to the next level.  The competitors will be Canvas, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and more.  An event not to be missed, come see which tech giant will reign supreme.

Michelle Armstrong - Emcee

Monica Martinez - Google
Dirk Myer - Moodle
Bryon Carpenter - Adobe
Aerin Bowers - Canvas
Toby Sheldon/Alex le Marquand - Microsoft
George Barcenas - Apple/iOS


Speakers
avatar for Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez

Regional Director of PD, EdTech Team
Monica Isabel Martinez is the Regional Director in Latin America and Southern US for the EdTech Team. In this position, Monica develops and facilitates professional development on the most current technology trends for the purpose of improving teaching and learning through innovative... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Le Marquand

Alexandra Le Marquand

Senior Learning Development Specialist, Microsoft Education
Alexandra Le Marquand is a Senior Learning Development Specialist at Microsoft in the Quebec and Eastern Canada region. Before her time in this program she graduated from McGill University, holding a Bachelor’s of Education at the Elementary level. Alexandra is passionate about... Read More →
avatar for Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon

Microsoft Learning Specialist, Microsoft Education
Toby Sheldon is a Microsoft Learning Development Specialist situated in Vancouver, BC. He holds degrees in Physics and Education from the University of Alberta. Toby taught High School Science and Math for five years, and moved up to the position of Principal. Toby's passion for education... Read More →
avatar for Aerin Bowers

Aerin Bowers

Enterprise Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Canvas
Aerin Bowers is the Regional Director for K-12 with Canvas in Canada. She works with school districts from coast to coast to level up their LMS experience.Designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students, Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →
avatar for George Barcenas

George Barcenas

Technology Coordinator/CTE, Bellevue Union School District
George Barcenas is the Technology Coordinator/CTE for Bellevue Union School District. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College. Technology has always been in his teaching from creating commercials... Read More →
avatar for Bryon Carpenter

Bryon Carpenter

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


Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom

2:00pm

Symposium Closing and Prize Draws
Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

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


Tuesday April 9, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom