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

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Plenary Session [clear filter]
Sunday, April 7
 

7:00pm PDT

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. A Certified Google Trainer, Educator and Apple Certified Teacher. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College... Read More →


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

8:30am PDT

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

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-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 has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →


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

8:45am PDT

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 PDT
Ballroom
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

8:30am PDT

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 PDT
Ballroom

1:00pm PDT

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 →
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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 →
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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

Regional Director, K-12 Canada, Instructure
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

EdTechTeam Canada
EdTechTeam Canada envisions a future where students actively engage in their learning, collaborate to solve the world’s hardest problems and bring their passion into the classroom every day.  Our global network of educators is dedicated to helping schools integrate technology meaningfully... 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. A Certified Google Trainer, Educator and Apple Certified Teacher. Trained as a PE teacher he has taught High School English, Spanish and coached Basketball from Middle School all the way to College... 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 PDT
Ballroom

2:00pm PDT

Symposium Closing and Prize Draws
Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-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 has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →


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