Agenda

April 10, 2018
  • 7:15 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:15 AM
    Opening Comments from Chair
    Kevin Pashuk
    Chief Information Officer, Appleby College
  • 8:30 AM
    Keynote – Improving Educational Outcomes
    Applying Technology to Enhance the Reading Results of your Students
    Ted Hasselbring
    Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Special Education, Vanderbilt University

    For over three decades, Dr. Ted Hasselbring has been studying how technology can accelerate struggling readers. Leverage this knowledge to enhance learning outcomes for your students. Develop a blueprint to:

    • Apply the science of learning to your teaching plans
    • Craft tailored learning methods for each student’s needs
    • Strengthen the connection and efficiency of teacher and technology

    Adapt your teaching methods to provide students with the right instruction at the right time.

  • 9:00 AM
    Case Study – Hackathon Model
    Developing Inquiry Based Learning for your Students Through “Hackathons”
    Joseph Romano
    Vice Principal, Mason Road Junior Public School

    The “hackathon” model, a long time staple of technology companies, has the potential to inspire students to be more active in the learning process. Equip your students with inquisitive learning and a toolkit for the future. Create a roadmap to:

    • Implement experimental methods that best fit your curriculum
    • Leverage available resources to ensure connected learning in your classroom
    • Take student technical learning beyond the classroom

    Empower your student interests as fuel to drive the learning process forward.

  • 9:30 AM
    Industry Expert – Cloud Computing
    Unlock your Students’ and Instructors’ Potential Through Cloud Computing

    With its cost-effectiveness, agility and scalability benefits, cloud computing can be a tremendous asset for educators. Establish the advantages of a cloud approach against others to solve your organization’s data issues. Discover innovative insights into:

    • Deploying big data analytics applications to your school’s cloud
    • Improving your privacy and security measures
    • Enabling real-time data processing in your facilities

    Enhance your organization’s operational efficiency through cloud initiatives.

  • 10:00 AM
    Speed Networking
    Develop Relationships with Ed Tech Innovators

    Engage with leaders in the field of education technology to expand your network and gain fresh perspectives. Quick rotations will help you break the ice as you get to know your fellow delegates. Bring your business cards, make new connections and build your knowledge!

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning Networking Break
  • K-12
    • 11:00 AM
      Panel – K–12 Students
      Understanding How Students Want to Learn, to Maximize Learning Outcomes
      Calvin Armstrong
      Director, Teaching & Technology Innovation, Appleby College
      More to Come…
      Students, K-12

      Technology is radically changing the role of teachers and professors. The primary role of educators was once to be a source of information, but technology has given students instant access to information. Explore how your students perceive the role of teachers and professors, as this student panel discusses:

      • Where students source their information, in class and out
      • What kind of support students expect from educators
      • How teachers can engage students to meet their academic needs

      Gain insights on student expectations to improve the role of teachers and professors.

    • 11:45 AM
      Industry Expert – Streaming Video Platforms
      Improve your Distance Learning Capabilities to Adjust to Learning Preferences

      Instructional media tools are important to improving students’ access to lessons and content. Learn how you can integrate these solutions with existing learning management systems. Source strategies to:

      • Deliver mobile media
      • Cater to learning preferences
      • Improve options for traditional classrooms and blending learning

      Expand your collaboration tools to align with student learning options.

    • 12:15 PM
      Case Study – Global Learning
      Taking your Teaching Global Utilizing Education Technology
      Kristine Holloway
      Grade 6 Teacher, David Leeder Middle School

      International links are nothing new in education but technical capabilities provide brand new ways to increase student’s global awareness. Develop your methods and capacity to open up invaluable learning opportunities. Create a roadmap to:

      • Equip your pupils with intercultural awareness
      • Drive collaboration with project-based activities
      • Enhance your student’s communication skills

      Transform your curriculum with service learning opportunities to promote global learning.

    Colleges & Universities
    • 11:00 AM
      Panel – Higher Ed Students
      Understanding How Students Want to Learn, to Maximize Learning Outcomes
      Daniel Lis
      Vice-President Education, Ryerson University Student’s Union
      Tiffany White
      Director of Education, Student Association of George Brown College
      More to Come…
      Students, Post-secondary

      Technology is radically changing the role of teachers and professors. The primary role of educators was once to be a source of information, but technology has given students instant access to information. Explore how your students perceive the role of teachers and professors, as this student panel discusses:

      • Where students source their information, in class and out
      • What kind of support students expect from educators
      • How teachers can engage students to meet their academic needs

      Gain insights on student expectations to improve the role of teachers and professors.

    • 11:45 AM
      Industry Expert – Content Management Systems
      Explore Platforms to Personalize Educational Components

      The options to expand on content management systems are endless. Understand how you can incorporate these systems to deliver creative, dynamic courses. Source your plan of action to:

      • Increase accessibility for all learning abilities
      • Integrate with your existing software systems
      • Build on personalized content for your students

      Take away tangible solutions for content management systems for your institution.

    • 12:15 PM
      Case Study – Implementation
      How to Implement Ed Tech in your Classroom: One Professor’s Journey
      Roderick D. Turner BSc MSc PhD
      Professor and Curriculum Coordinator, School of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Seneca College

      Changing teaching methods to implement technology in the classroom can be intimidating, but learning from others’ experiences can be a great guide. Identify potential hurdles to improve your technological integration. Set an action plan to:

      • Establish new teaching methods to increase your student participation
      • Streamline your lectures using technological efficiencies
      • Embrace the devices your students are using rather than restricting them

      Navigate the new learning environment your students expect through firsthand experience.

  • 12:45 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Join the conference speakers and your peers for a relaxing lunch.

  • 1:45 PM
    Afternoon Keynote – Pedagogy and Technology Strategies
    Finding the Right Balance Between Technology and Pedagogy in your Classrooms
    Brian Aspinall
    Teacher, Lambton Kent District School Board
    Recipient, Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

    More digital tools, initiatives and apps are available to students and teachers than ever before. Integrate your educational technology tools to ensure your student learning outcomes are met. Take away specific insights on:

    • Easily responding to the needs of your individual students
    • Utilizing technology to enhance your student’s holistic learning experiences
    • Ensuring efficient use of education technology resources

    Leverage technology to fully realize your student’s potential.

  • K-12
    • 2:15 PM
      Case Study – Tablets
      Optimize Tablets in your Classroom to Positively Impact Future Learning Habits
      Rhonda McEwen, PhD
      Associate Professor, New Media & Communication, University of Toronto Mississauga

      Many wrongfully assume younger students are able to intuitively process information via technology, often creating a serious future skills gap. Adapt methods to ensure your mobile learning is honed to their needs. Adopt best practices to:

      • Amplify your learner’s future technology capabilities
      • Identify and implement a fine-tuned tablet experience suited to your students
      • Leverage research on cognitive impacts of touch devices to enrich learning

      Maximize your student’s exposure to mobile technology to improve learning outcomes.

    • 2:45 PM
      Case Study – Managing Devices
      Navigate Smartphone Policies in your Schools to Ensure Effective Learning
      Giuliana Cucinelli
      Assistant Professor, Education, Concordia University

      Smartphones have become fixtures in Canadian classrooms, yet common policy is lacking. Achieve a desirable balance in your policies to encourage technology while limiting distraction. Master the success factors to:

      • Craft a policy that enhances engagement
      • Clearly communicating your policy
      • Maintain safety for your students

      Ensure your classroom is managing smartphones in the most beneficial way for your students.

    Colleges & Universities
    • 2:15 PM
      Case Study – Instructional Media
      Improve your Distance Learning Capabilities to Adjust to Learning Preferences
      Jo Axe
      Program Head, Division of Education Studies, Royal Roads University

      Instructional media tools are important to improving students’ access to lessons and content. Learn how you can integrate these solutions with existing learning management systems. Source strategies to:

      • Deliver mobile media
      • Cater to learning preferences
      • Improve options for traditional classrooms and blending learning

      Expand your collaboration tools to align with student learning options.

    • 2:45 PM
      Case Study – Increasing Engagement Online
      Improve your Engagement Rates By Deploying Technology
      Jill Cummings, PhD.
      Associate Dean Faculty Development, Yorkville University

      Utilize technology in the classroom to gather information and boost learning and collaboration. Discover how you can incorporate technology at the whole school level. Source practical tips to:

      • Improve on student and parent engagement
      • Deliver a student experience
      • Help your students develop new skills for an online world

      Learn how you can build collaboration through the use of technology.

  • 3:15 PM
    Afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:45 PM
    Case Study – 3D Visualization
    Driving your Student Learning Using 3D Visualization Technology
    Dan Belliveau, PhD
    Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University

    3D visualization technology allows access to experiences students wouldn’t normally be able to benefit from. Deepen your student’s learning using innovative new technological methods. Create a roadmap to:

    • Seamlessly integrate new technologies into your lesson plans
    • Streamline resources required for interactive demonstrations
    • Open up a new depth of knowledge in your materials

    Unleash your student curiosity by providing engaging new methods of study.

  • 4:15 PM
    Case Study: "Real World" Learning
    Utilizing Community Technology Projects to Unearth your Student Passions
    Andrew MacLeod
    Director of Technology and Instructional Innovation, Holy Name of Mary College School

    Many teachers are looking for methods of increasing their student’s tech literacy and “real world” learning opportunities. Leverage the experiences at Holy Name of Mary College School in blending the two for your students. Source practical tips to:

    • Integrate “real world” experiences and technology into your lessons
    • Develop crucial student capabilities in an experiential format
    • Craft cross subject learning potential

    Unearth your students’ passion while equipping them with a future ready tool kit.

  • 4:45 PM
    Technology Showcase
    Innovative Solutions to Stimulate Student Development and Improve your Performance

    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 Ed Tech solutions to benefit your students, educators and stakeholders.

  • 5:15 PM
    Stop-start-continue and Conference Adjourns to Day Two
  • 5:20 PM
    Evening Cocktail Reception
April 10, 2018
April 11, 2018
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    Opening Comments from Chair
    Kevin Pashuk
    Chief Information Officer, Appleby College
  • 9:15 AM
    Keynote – AR/VR
    Leverage Mixed Reality Technologies to Enhance your Student’s Learning Experience
    Maureen Yoder
    Professor, Educational Technology Department, Lesley University

    AR (combination of the digital and physical) and VR (immersion into new environments) are bringing new dimensions to teaching and learning. Capture your student’s imagination to improve learning outcomes. Take away specific insights on:

    • Empowering your students to engage in their own learning process
    • Adapting new methods to reach your struggling students
    • Elevating your teaching from learning content to experiencing it

    Maximize your student’s experience using cutting edge mixed reality methods.

  • 9:45 AM
    Industry Expert – Analytics
    Applying Analytics to Increase Student Performance and Optimize your Resources

    Analytics can provide a means of measuring student performance and assessing the success of academic programs. Leverage tools to efficiently benchmark and identify your student’s progress. Set an action plan to:

    • Assess your student’s learning effectiveness
    • Measure the ROI of your academic programs
    • Provide feedback to teachers, students and parents

    Adopt analytics to improve your student’s learning outcomes.

  • 10:15 AM
    Case Study – Tech Tools
    Identify Free Ed Tech Tools to Reduce Costs and Optimize your Student’s Learning
    Bea Meglio
    Education Officer, Student Achievement Division, Ontario Ministry of Education

    Implementing innovative education technology tools must be balanced against limited financial resources in schools. Get the most out of your technology by utilizing the numerous free resources available. Take away strategies to:

    • Build technical solutions into your curriculum
    • Integrate software solutions to save your faculty and students time
    • Access resources to optimize implementation

    Use free tools to reduce your Ed Tech costs.

  • 10:45 AM
    Morning Networking Break
  • K–12
    • 11:15 AM
      Case Study – Overcoming Technology Barriers
      How to Conquer the Technology Divide at your School as Seen in Rural Scotland
      Calvin Armstrong
      Director, Teaching & Technology Innovation, Appleby College

      With nearly one million Canadians living in rural areas without Internet access, derive lessons from one teacher’s learning from rural Scotland. Reduce the impact of the technology access gap to produce complete students. Source practical tips to:

      • Rethink your teaching environment with innovative new approaches
      • Boost the effectiveness of the resources at your disposal
      • Benchmark your organization against international standards

      Using the Scotland example, engineer new ways to increase your student capabilities.

    • 11:45 AM
      WORKSHOP: INQUIRY BASED LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY
      Inquiry Based Learning: Discover Opportunities for Innovation
      Carla Correa
      Elementary Core French Teacher, Peel District School Board
      Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Mississauga

      The benefits of inquiry-based learning are numerous and technology can now deliver innovative new ways of delivering it. Through collaboration and exchanging of ideas, participants will delve into best practices to engage students. Prepare to:

      • Bolster creative confidence, empathy and divergent thinking
      • Learn immediately applicable tools that you can use to facilitate design thinking in your school
      • Create a plan to support the pedagogical approaches you already use in your classroom

      Discover methods for teaching students creative problem solving, critical thinking, and working collaboratively.

    Colleges & Universities
    • 11:15 AM
      Case Study – Distance Learning
      Close the Distance Learning Gap to Increase Student Engagement
      Jon Dron, PhD
      Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University

      The vast majority of online and distance education until now has replicated pedagogies and patterns of teaching that only ever made sense in physical classrooms. Learn what these changes can offer your institution. Discover how to:

      • Subdue your communications difficulties
      • Empower disempowered learners
      • Implement freely available social technologies to support self-directed learners

      Create a learning strategy for your institution that is suited to an online or distance environment.

    • 11:45 AM
      Interactive Session
      Birds of a Feather

      Gain insights from your post-secondary 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:

      • BYOD
      • Assessment
      • Gamification
      • Blended Learning
      • Personalization

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

  • 12:15 PM
    Networking Lunch

    Join the conference speakers and your peers for a relaxing lunch.

  • 1:15 PM
    Case Study – BYOD
    Guide Mobile Device Management in your School to Foster an Environment that Works for Students
    Jason Dunk
    Chief Technology Officer, Saskatoon Public Schools

    Widespread mobile device use is now an absolute reality in the classroom. Ensure your processes and foundation are developed to fully to leverage all the devices your students use. Develop a blueprint to:

    • Ensure a learning environment that works for all of your students
    • Gain buy-in from administration and faculty to collaborate and establish a framework
    • Create an adaptable infrastructure that can keep up with future technology

    Advance BYOD in your schools with a solid model to maximize student performance.

  • 1:45 PM
    Industry Expert – Cyber Security
    Improve your Data Security to Reduce the Risk of Privacy Breaches in your Organization

    More devices and technologies mean greater challenges when it comes to maintaining information security. Ensure your sensitive student information is secure to remain a trusted institution. Create a roadmap to:

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

    Enhance your data security toolbox to protect your important student information.

  • 2:15 PM
    Case Study – Technology Inequality
    Overcome Technology Inequality to Drive Achievement for All Students
    Andrew Campbell
    Teacher, Grand Erie District School Board

    The digital divide becomes an educational divide that can have a serious negative impact on students from different socio-economic backgrounds. Ensure every student is fully capable of reaching his or her potential. Develop a blueprint to:

    • Leverage your resources to their maximum capabilities
    • Innovate with out of the box thinking on methods
    • Expedite the process of implementing new technologies within budget

    Ensure your students bridge the technology divide and are future ready.

  • 2:45 PM
    Afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Case Study
    Critical Thinking Collaboration
    Jaclyn Calder
    Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching, Simcoe County District School Board

    Acquire key insights from the 27 class collaborative projects undertaken here in Ontario that leverage collaborative tools. Understand how you can incorporate collaborative technology tools to increase student achievement. Gain insight on:

    • Increasing critical thinking skills with project-based activities
    • Increasing your student’s digital citizenship
    • Optimizing collaborative learning technologies

    Establish a roadmap to incorporate collaborative learning into your existing curriculum.

  • 3:45 PM
    Case Study - Navigating Online
    Improving your Students’ Navigation of Online Sources of Knowledge
    Adam Dubé, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, Educational & Counseling Psychology, McGill University

    In the digital age, and the fake news era, the information available to students is vast and of various levels of quality. Steer your students towards quality information to enhance their critical thinking capabilities. Set an action plan to:

    • Increase your student’s ability to scrutinize the information they view
    • Guide students towards credible sources of information
    • Prepare your students with required future research and professional skills

    Guarantee your students synthesize online information in an accurate manner.

  • 4:15 PM
    Advisory Board Panel – Looking Into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Ed Tech
    Forecasting the Ed Tech Landscape to Anticipate your Future Student Requirements
    Anjuli Ahooja
    Faculty (AP Physics), Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE), Appleby College
    President Elect, Science Teachers' Association of Ontario
    Peter Arthur
    Former Founding Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of British Columbia Okanagan
    Andrew Bieronski
    Secondary Teacher, Waterloo Region District School Board

    Step outside the “bubble” of your current program and look at the trends set to shape your future educational needs. Acquire fresh insight on the technology and process trends that will innovate your teaching capabilities. Create a roadmap to:

    • Source new technology inspiration to increase your student learning potential
    • Adapt your current processes to remain agile in response to pupil needs
    • Inspire new research on Ed Tech approaches that might work for you

    Gain cutting edge solutions to your future education technology needs.

  • 5:00 PM
    Stop-start-continue and Conference Adjourns
April 11, 2018
April 12, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Roll Out Your One-to-One Program to Enhance Your Students’ Learning

    Learn the building blocks of an effective 1:1 rollout. This session will provide teachers, coaches, district leaders, IT staff and administrators an overview of 1:1 deployment. Use this opportunity to work together with your peers to explore your plans around building a 1:1 in your school or district.

    • Assess the costs of rolling our your 1:1 program
    • Develop the IT support needed for your new mobile environment
    • Effectively train your educators to integrate pedagogy and technology

    Construct your plan to roll out a one-to-one technology program in your school or district.

  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Workshop: Using Google Tools
    Utilize Free Google Tools to Enhance your Use of Technology in Class
    Rafael Scapin
    Coordinator of Educational Technology, Dawson College

    Google communication and collaboration tools are available to the entire learning community for free. Pedagogical applications and best practices will be shown in conjunction with hands-on exercises. Source best practices to:

    • Leverage the entire Google Suite of products in your teaching
    • Tap into the cloud platform to open up collaboration from anywhere
    • Integrate these tools as part of their teaching strategies

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

April 12, 2018

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