Toronto, ON

Wednesday April 11th &
Thursday April 12th 2018


April 11, 2017
  • 7:15 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comment from Chair
    Kevin Pashuk
    Chief Information Officer, Appleby College
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Address
    Innovative Technology to Deliver Meaningful Learning Outcomes in the 21st Century
    Anjuli Ahooja
    Faculty (AP Physics), Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE), Appleby College
    President Elect, Science Teachers' Association of Ontario

    Today’s students are the first generation of true digital natives. Prepare your students at all levels of education for an increasingly digitized world. Take away specific solutions to:

    • Foster digital literacy through implementing tech projects in your curriculums
    • Facilitate meaningful uses for emerging and traditional technology in your classrooms
    • Facilitate meaningful uses for emerging and traditional technology in your classrooms

    Maximize the effectiveness of your organization’s digital ecosystem.

  • 9:00 AM
    Implement Organization-wide Education Technology to Improve Student Performance
    Pat Miller
    Principal of Innovation, Simcoe County District School Board
    Carla Correa
    Elementary Core French Occasional Teacher, Peel District School Board
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga
    Anita Simpson
    Superintendent of Program & Innovation, Simcoe County District School Board
    Barrie Barrell
    Professor, Memorial University

    Many Canadian institutions lack a clear strategy on digital integration and implementation. Reduce your costs and develop your seamless plan to implement an organization-wide technology roll-out. Walk away with an action plan to:

    • Adapt your organization’s infrastructure to technological innovations
    • Win the support of your faculty members across disciplines
    • Discover the right balance between your pedagogical approach and your IT capabilities

    Develop strategies to adopt digital technologies in your classrooms.

  • 9:45 AM
    Case Study: Free Teaching Tools
    Identify Free EdTech Tools to Reduce Costs and Optimize Your Student’s Learning
    Tracy Parish
    Education Technology Specialist, Southlake Regional Health Centre

    Implementing innovative education technology tools must be balanced against limited financial resources in schools. Get the most out of your technology for the least cost with free tools. Take away strategies to:

    • Build low-cost computing solutions into your curriculum
    • Integrate software solutions to save your faculty and students’ time
    • Decrease your administrative costs through organization-wide implementation

    Use free tools to reduce your EdTech costs.

  • 10:30 AM
    Mid-morning Networking Break
  • K-12
    • 11:00 AM
      Case study: Gamification
      Enhance Your Students’ Education Experience Through Gamification
      Paul Darvasi
      Teacher, Royal St. George’s College

      Commercial video games have secured a central position in contemporary culture. Rethink and reshape your educational practices to align with the demands of a rapidly changing and wired world. Take away leading insights on:

      • Emphasizing creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, design, play, and story with your students
      • Utilizing commercial video games in a number of your subjects and grade levels
      • Relevant instructional practices for 21st century learning skills

      Use game mechanics elements to alter the traditional structures of your schools and classrooms.

    • 11:30 AM
      Interactive Session
      Best Buy: Google Expeditions
      Emilis Gintneris
      Senior Program Coordinator, Best Buy
      • A look at where Virtual Reality (VR) technology and classroom learning is going
      • An in-depth demonstration of Google Expedition’s and how it can apply to multiple subject areas from history to biology
      • Peer feedback and discussion of where technology, including VR, can apply in today’s classroom
    Colleges & Universities
    • 11:00 AM
      Case Study: Learning Networks
      Encourage Students to Create Learning Networks and Leverage Digital Content to Enhance Learning
      Peter Arthur
      Former Founding Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of British Columbia Okanagan

      Technology can provide students with the ability to connect, collaborate, create, and share knowledge. Inspire your students to create learning networks and leverage digital content to enhance learning outside of the classroom. Adopt strategies to:

      • Supplement your student’s online learning with social networks
      • Drive your student’s collaboration with online communication tools
      • Support your student’s online learning success with open educational resources

      Overcome barriers preventing your students from implementing online learning strategies.

    • 11:30 AM
      Interactive Session – Blended Learning
      Understand How Blended Learning Can Complement Your Traditional Teaching Approaches
      Bashir Fancy
      Chairman & CEO , Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)

      Online coursework is increasingly being used to complement traditional face-to-face instruction for students. Take advantage of blended learning models to more effectively meet your students’ needs and expectations in 21st century learning. Acquire a better understanding of:

      • Preparing your students for new forms of instruction and assessment
      • Implementing technology within your education programs
      • Constructing your blended learning infrastructure from the ground up

      Gain insights into your students’ expectations to transform traditional learning methods.

  • 12:30 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • K-12
    • 1:30 PM
      Interactive Session: Matific
      Mastering Mathematics with Gamification
      Kathy Lucchesi
      Educator, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District

      Address the need of all learners by introducing gamification into your classroom. Reduce student stress surrounding difficult subjects like math by providing an anxiety-free environment in which they can learn. You will learn how to:

      • Select the best technologies for your classroom
      • Integrate game based recourses into your teaching
      • incorporate multiple modalities to reach all learners

      Game based edTech can enhance teaching and learning in your classroom today.

    • 2:00 PM
      Case Study: Inquiry-Based Learning
      Utilize iPads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning in Your Classrooms and Engage Your Students
      Beth Lisser
      Vice Principal (Acting), David Suzuki Secondary School
      Jason Richea
      Lead Learner, Jean Augustine Secondary School

      Teachers across the Peel District School Board used a variety of educational technologies to help reflect on teaching and learning. Emulate their approach in your school to allow students to facilitate their own way of learning. Create a plan to:

      • Embed and model educational technologies to consolidate your teacher’s learning
      • Use collaborative inquiry processes between your teachers to collect data
      • Encourage collaboration between your students in an inquiry-driven environment

      Develop your students’ creative and critical thinking abilities using inquiry-based learning.

    Colleges & Universities
    • 1:30 PM
      Interactive Session
      Birds of a Feather
      Kevin Pashuk
      Chief Information Officer, Appleby College

      Gain insights from your industry peers and benchmark your organization against others in this interactive session. Delegates will be divided into informal discussion groups centred on a variety of topics related to education technology. Topics to be discussed include:

      • Faculty Buy-in
      • Gamification
      • BYOD
      • Data Analytics
      • Social Media

      “Flock together” to brainstorm innovative approaches to your most pressing challenges

    • 2:00 PM
      Case Study: Robotics
      Promote Creative Programming and Robotics in Your Teaching to Enhance Student Development
      Margarida Romero
      Associate Professor of Education Technology, Laval University
      Giuliana Cucinelli
      Assistant Professor, Education, Concordia University

      Pedagogical and creative uses of technologies can prepare 21st century students for lifelong learning. Utilize creative programming and robotics to develop your student’s critical thinking skills. Source practical tips to:

      • Develop shared objectives to encourage your student’s collaboration
      • Design innovative methods to further your student’s problem solving skills
      • Facilitate your student’s interaction with different types of technologies

      Develop strategies to inspire your students with creative computing activities

  • 2:45 PM
    Mid-afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Keynote Address: Ontario Minister of Education
    Hon Mitzie Hunter, MPP
    Minister of Education, Ministry of Education
    MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood
  • 3:30 PM
    Industry Expert Interactive
    Improve Your Data Security to Reduce the Risk of Privacy Breaches in Your Organization
    Mike Mclachlin
    Partner Account Manager, ESET Canada

    More and more devices and technologies mean greater challenges when it comes to maintaining information security. Prepare your institution against costly breaches of sensitive data. Create a roadmap to:

    • Identify and protect your institution’s technological weak spots and threat vectors
    • Adjust your organization’s infrastructure to respond to technological threats
    • Implement preventative best practices to avoid attacks on your data

    Enhance your data security knowledge to protect your network, students and brand exposure

  • 4:15 PM
    Technology Showcase:
    Emerging and Innovative Solutions to Stimulate Student Development and Improve Your Institution’s Performance
    Myke Predko
    President, Mimetics Inc.
    Julie Caron
    Chief Digital Learning Officer, Groupe Média TFO
    Glenn Ricketts
    Commercial Account Manager, EPSON Canada
    Tessa Sproule
    CEO, Vubble

    Find out more about how leading education technology providers are helping to improve learning in new ways. Discover the best solutions to transform your classroom. Explore how to:

    • Identify the strengths and unique features of the technology you utilize
    • Assess the types of costs associated with your usage
    • Know what is required to implement education technology across your departments

    Stay up-to-date on EdTech solutions to benefit your students, educators and stakeholders.

  • 4:45 PM
    Stop-Start-Continue and Conference Adjourns to Day Two

    Afternoon will wrap up with a discussion on what to start, what to stop and what to continue doing in your organization.

  • 4:50 PM
    Evening Reception

    Unwind and mingle with the delegates and speakers at our “exclusive” end-of-the-day reception. Bring your business cards!

April 11, 2017
April 12, 2017
  • 7:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comment from Chair
    Kevin Pashuk
    Chief Information Officer, Appleby College
  • 8:30 AM
    Keynote Address: HBX – Harvard Business School
    Enhance Online Learning Outcomes by Replicating the Classroom Experience Digitally
    Patrick Mullane
    Executive Director, HBX, Harvard Business School

    From the dawn of the written word to correspondence courses, from radio instruction to the Internet, the effective use of technology in education has been elusive. The keynote will discuss the history and use of technology in education and provide an overview of Harvard Business School’s approach to online learning. Blending storytelling about technology advances with information about HBX’s early successes, you will gain an overview of how digitally-enabled education has evolved at HBS and what’s been learned through that evolution.

  • 9:00 AM
    Case Study: IT Implementation
    Drive Education Technology Implementation in Your District to Increase Student Performance
    Lisa Read
    District Information Technology Coordinator, School District 79, British Columbia

    Understanding whether technological tools have educational merit is critical in their deployment in the classroom. Utilize educators to lead your district’s tech department to maximize the success of technological implementation. Create a roadmap to:

    • Utilize cloud-based storage solutions to allow for multi-user devices in your schools
    • Facilitate the shift away from your elementary school computer labs in favour of mobile fleets
    • Enrich your decision-making around apps that focus on creative representations of learning for your students

    Discover how to manage technology implementation in your organization in times of financial restraint.

  • 9:30 AM
    Panel – Student Perspectives on 1:1
    Enhance Student Collaboration to Achieve Better Educational Objectives in Your Organization
    Andrew Bieronski
    Secondary Teacher, Waterloo Region District School Board
    Jamie Reaburn Weir
    Secondary School Teacher, Waterloo Region District School Board
    Mark Carbone
    CIO, Waterloo Region District School Board
    Ed Doadt
    Secondary Principal, Waterloo Region District School Board

    Working with your colleagues in a digital space is an essential skill in today’s society. Enhance your learning outcomes by utilizing the Waterloo Region District School Board’s approach in delivering a 1:1 Chromebook initiative across 16 high schools. Achieve this initiative by:

    • Leveraging technology to improve collaboration between your students and teachers
    • The use of student voice/choice and its impact on your student’s learning
    • Leadership and support from your administration at the school and Board level

    Leverage 1:1 Chromebooks to improve cooperation and learning in your organization.

  • 10:15 AM
    Mid-morning Networking Break
  • 11:00 AM
    Case Study: Social Media
    Utilize Social Media in Your Classrooms to Develop Digital Citizenry in Your Students and Improve Learning Outcomes
    Bhupesh Shah
    Professor, School of Marketing, Social Media Program Coordinator, Seneca

    Promoting digital citizenry online requires discussion around the use of social media in education. Leverage social media in the classroom to enhance learning outcomes. Develop a blueprint to:

    • Mitigate risks with your student’s engagement online
    • Protect your student’s identities and personal information
    • Utilize mediated learning approaches with your social media tools

    Enrich your grasp of different perspectives on social media in curriculums to prepare students for being a digital citizen

  • 11:30 AM
    Interactive Session: BYOD
    Develop a BYOD Policy to Improve Your Teaching and Learning Capabilities in the Digital World
    Cresencia Fong
    Education Officer, Ontario Ministry of Education
    Heidi Siwak
    Education Officer, Ontario Ministry of Education

    Many schools have successfully implemented BYOD policies in their classrooms. Identify opportunities and challenges with the implementation of BYOD programs in your organization. Gain knowledge around:

    • Utilizing best practices from your peers and from industry experts
    • Adapting your policy to meet your school’s needs
    • Exploring what works in other settings and if those lessons are applicable to your school

    Establish a clear BYOD policy to determine where to start and where to draw the line with your student’s devices.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM
    Keynote Address
    Forecasting New Trends in Education Technology to Optimize the Learning Experience of Your Students
    Claude Martel
    Professor in Educational Technology, Concordia University

    Technology uptake in classrooms has increased dramatically around
    the world and is rapidly changing learning methodologies in North America. Identify how educational technology will evolve to incorporate human agency in teaching to adapt your student’s learning outcomes. Source insights into:

    • Encouraging communication and collaboration among your
      students using digital media
    • Equipping your students for 21st century learning competencies
    • Effectively implementing cutting-edge technology in your
      organizations and classrooms

    Prepare your faculty, administrators and students for new
    developments in EdTech

  • 1:30 PM
    Industry Expert
    Accessibility in Technology: Meeting the Needs of our Diverse Learners
    Martha Jez
    Professional Learning Specialist, Microsoft

    Microsoft's mission is to empower all people and all organizations to achieve more. The classroom is no different. Learning requires attention to the unique learning abilities of all students—including students with learning or physical disabilities. Join us to learn how to:

    • Understand and use built-in accessibility features in Windows 10 and Surface Pro 4 to provide personalized learning
    • Build your learning plan to address impairments relating to hearing, vision, language, and mobility/dexterity
    • Redefine the inclusive classroom for your students, teachers, and schools through effective technology in the classroom

    Empower your school to be the perfect example of personalized learning through accessible technology.

  • 3:00 PM
    Mid-afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:30 PM
    Case Study: Guided Inquiry
    Seamlessly Integrate Pedagogy and ICT to Accelerate Student Technology Adoption and Collaboration
    Rich Baxter
    OCT, Toronto District School Board

    The power of guided iterative inquiry such as The Bootstrapping Checklist is that it provides the seamless integration between pedagogy and information and communications technology (ICT) needed to accelerate student technology adoption and facilitate sustained entrepreneurial and socially innovative student projects.

    • Use guided iterative inquiry to facilitate classroom technology adoption and PBL
    • Facilitate sustained entrepreneurial and socially innovative student projects
    • Consider ways to implement guided inquiry in your school district

    The Bootstrapping Checklist is fostering entrepreneurship among Toronto students, through an immersive, collaborative project-based learning initiative.

  • 4:00 PM
    Case Study: Professional Development
    Enhance Your Organization’s Professional Development to Increase Adoption of New Technology in Teaching
    Kinga Petrovai
    PhD Candidate, University of Oxford
    Ontario Certified Teacher, Mathematics and Technology

    Implementation of digital technology is largely dependent on the support and training provided to faculty. Develop a framework to enable your organization to facilitate enthusiastic users of new technology. Improve your approach to:

    • Provide continuous professional development for your faculty
    • Support your faculty from within your organization
    • Facilitate increased use of new technology tools in teaching

    Provide support and continuous development of education technology teaching strategies to keep your faculty engaged.

  • 4:30 PM
    Stop-Start-Continue and Conference Adjourns
April 12, 2017
April 13, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Workshop A: Design Thinking 101
    Discover Problem-Solving Methods and Opportunities for Innovation in Teaching
    Leslie McBeth
    Director of Professional Development, Future Design School

    Technology must be combined with sound pedagogy and detailed
    content knowledge in order to impact student learning. In this session,participants will learn how to use design thinking as a framework forengaging students. Participate in a hands-on design “sprint” and learn methods and tools that can be replicated in your classroom. Prepare to:

    1. 1. Bolster creative confidence, empathy and divergent thinking
    2. 2. Learn immediately applicable tools that you can use to facilitate design thinking in your school
    3. 3. Create a plan to influence how you can use design thinking to support the pedagogical approaches you already use in your classroom
    4. 4. Leverage technology to manage this type of personalized learning
      • Discover methods for teaching students creative problem solving, critical thinking, and working collaboratively.

  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Workshop B: Professional Development
    Enhance the Use of Technology in Your Classrooms
    Tracy Rosen
    Education Consultant, RECIT Provincial Service for Adult Education, Quebec
    Avi Spector
    Education Consultant, Riverside School Board

    In order to support better use of technology in the classroom, we need to change the way we approach PD. While some faculty members are tech-savvy and eager to embrace its use in the classroom, others are less comfortable with the use of educational technology.

    This session will provide a framework for blended approaches to professional learning that will have impact on classrooms. Gain insight to:

    1. Enhance your faculty’s technological literacy
    2. Establish a culture of support for your technology initiatives
    3. Amplify the voice of your learners in curriculum design
    4. Focus on pedagogy over technological tools

    Walk away with a plan for professional development that will improve your faculty’s utilization of technology.

April 13, 2017

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