Toronto, ON

2018 Agenda

April 10, 2018
  • 7:45 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM
    Opening Comments from Chair
    Kevin Pashuk
    Associate Vice President, Information Technology, Sheridan College
  • 8:45 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.

  • 9:30 AM
    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.

  • 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
      Emma Gilhooly
      Student Advisor
      Rhys Nickerson
      Student Advisor
      Cherie Wang
      Student Advisor
      George Feng
      Student Advisor
      David Gao

      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.

    • 11:30 AM
      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.

    • 11:30 AM
      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.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch

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

  • 1:15 PM
    Afternoon Address: Code Breaker
    Grasp the Basics of Coding to Help Your Students Navigate the Internet of Things
    Brian Aspinall
    Teacher, Lambton Kent District School Board
    Recipient, Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence

    As more devices are connected to the Internet, it’s imperative that students are mindful of their online presence. Discover how coding can unlock the full potential of Internet learning. Get new ideas to:

    • Master the basics of coding to better understand IoT
    • Engage students in the assessment and evaluation of Internet content
    • Provide multiple opportunities for learners to feel success

    Take a pedagogical approach to better engage your students in IoT learning.

  • K-12
    • 1:45 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.

    • 2:15 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
    • 1:45 PM
      Case Study: Team and Community Building Online
      Use Collaborative Technologies to Enhance Your Students’ Learning Experiences
      Jo Axe
      Director of the School of Education and Technology CPA/CGA, PhD, Royal Roads University

      Online learning and technological innovation gives students greater opportunities to work together in teams. Provide your students with the tools to become more effective collaborators to maximize their learning experiences. Get insights to:

      • Use Collaborative Technologies to Enhance Your Students’ Learning Experiences
      • Discover best practices for using online tools to enhance the virtual classroom
      • Identify new tools and ideas for online activities
      • Employ collaborative technologies to enrich your students’ learning experiences.

    • 2:15 PM
      Case Study – Increasing Engagement Online
      Improve your Engagement Rates By Deploying Technology
      Jill Cummings, PhD.
      Associate Dean Faculty Development, Yorkville University

      Meaningful and frequent instructor-learner interactions play a major role in developing students’ self-efficacy and satisfaction in online courses. Develop a plan to overcome the challenges of online education and increase overall student engagement. Get fresh ideas to::

      • Implement the Imaginative Education teaching approach and related tools
      • Apply frameworks to develop social presence in online teaching and learning
      • Employ a variety of media and activities to compensate for a lack of face-to-face contact

      Enhance learner engagement to take online learning to another level.

  • 2:45 PM
    Afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:15 PM
    Birds of a Feather

    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:

    • BYOD
    • Assessment
    • Gamification
    • Blended Learning
    • Personalization

    "Flock together" to brainstorm innovative approaches to your most pressing challenges.

  • 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
    Stop-start-continue and Conference Adjourns to Day Two
  • 4:30 PM
    Evening Cocktail Reception
April 10, 2018
April 11, 2018
  • 8:15 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    Opening Comments from Chair
    Kevin Pashuk
    Associate Vice President, Information Technology, Sheridan College
  • 9:15 AM
    Keynote Address: 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.

  • 10:00 AM
    Case Study – Tech Tools
    Identify Free Ed Tech Tools to Reduce Costs and Optimize your Student’s Learning
    Joe Sisco
    Education Officer, 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.

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning Networking Break
  • 11:00 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.

  • 11:30 AM
    Case Study: Technology in Pedagogical Documentation
    Discover Opportunities for Innovation to Foster a Student-centred Learning Environment
    Carla Correa
    Elementary French Immersion Teacher, Peel District School Board

    Technology can support teachers triangulate evidence and uncover curriculum through the curiosities of the child when observing play and guiding inquiry. Determine what role technology-supported pedagogical documentation can play to facilitate a student-centred classroom. Gain insights to:

    • Assume a “Teacher as a Researcher” approach
    • Leverage technology and applications in order to collect data that showcases a 21st century learner’s competencies
    • Create a plan to support the pedagogical approaches you already see in a classroom

    Discover new methods to teach students creative problem solving, critical thinking, and working collaboratively.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking Lunch

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

  • 1:00 PM
    Case Study – Reducing Geographic Barriers
    Establish a Flexible Learning Environment at Your Institution to Enhance Student Learning
    Michael Martyn
    Medical Education Database Administrator, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) currently bridges 1000km between its host institutions. Acquire best practices from their electronic distance education model to enhance your digital programs. Create a roadmap to:

    • Enhance flexible learning
    • Reduce distance limitations
    • Adapt a community engaged learning model

    Craft an effective distance-learning model with technology to enhance student outcomes.

  • 1:30 PM
    Mine Your own Data
    Address Unstructured Data to Foster Better Relationships with your Students
    Jason Dunk
    Chief Technology Officer, Saskatoon Public Schools

    There is a growing amount of student data coming from unstructured datasets such as third-party apps, digital portfolios, and collected reports. Identify the challenges to our existing data models and the potential of unstructured data to improve student support. Gain insights to:

    • Address lost opportunities of overlooking unstructured data
    • Understand vendor issues in adopting usable data standards and procedures
    • Identify the limitations of relational databases for unstructured data

    Realize the potential of unstructured data to better understand your students.

  • 2:00 PM
    Interactive - World Cafe
    Connect With Your Peers to Identify Solutions to Improve Student Learning With Technology

    Tap into the knowledge of fellow speakers and attendees to tackle the challenges facing your organization. Engage in discussion on what you can do to improve student learning with technology. Collaborate to:

    • Identify cost-effective learning tools
    • Cultivate open and collaborative learning environments
    • Seamlessly implement new technologies in the classroom

    Take away experienced perspectives to bring change to your organization

  • 2:30 PM
    Afternoon Networking Break
  • 3:00 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.

  • 3:30 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.

  • 4:00 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
    PhD (Physics); Faculty, (AP Physics), Appleby College
    President Elect & Vice President STAO 2015-17, Science Teachers' Association of Ontario
    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.

  • 4:45 PM
    Stop-start-continue and Conference Adjourns
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