“Using Technology is not a 21st Century skill…technology must be used to help ourselves and our students develop the 21st Century skills”. Anjuli Ahooja is passionate about education, education pedagogies and technologies, and physics; and if given the opportunity to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing! Anjuli is an innovative curriculum developer and is one of the pioneers for using newest technologies as per students’ needs. Anjuli has presented “What Makes a 21st Century Teacher?” at a TEDx conference. Anjuli is a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, has a PhD in semiconductor physics and is currently the AP Physics teacher and a Mutual Respect Facilitator at Appleby College in Oakville. She is also the President Elect for STAO (Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario).
Kevin Pashuk is Chief Information Officer at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, a co-educational independent school serving over 750 students in grades 7 – 12. Appleby is in its 17th year of a 1:1 computer program and all school work is accessed, completed, and submitted on their computers. Under his leadership, the technology infrastructure at Appleby has been implemented to support the increased complexities of the 21st learning environment, OneNote has been implemented as a fully integrated collaborative learning platform, – creating an environment that enables measurable innovation in the classroom. Appleby College has been recognized internationally for its innovative work in teaching and learning, and is proud to have its development work in OneNote adapted by Microsoft to make it accessible to teachers everywhere. Under Kevin’s leadership, Appleby College was nominated as a Microsoft Showcase School in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to Appleby College, he was Chief Information Officer for Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario, serving over 45,000 student across multiple campuses.
Kevin was founding Director of Technology for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Canada’s first new medical school in over 30 years with 2 main campuses and multiple teaching and research sites. NOSM delivers complex medical education in a completely distributed model. Smart classrooms, specialized software for teaching and learning, and creative application of technology contributed to the school’s success.
No stranger to learning in innovative learning environments, Kevin earned his MBA in Information Technology Management from Athabasca University, Canada’s first online university while running a management consulting company providing strategic planning and interim leadership services for technical organizations and higher educational institutions.
He is utterly convinced that IT leadership needs to dramatically change how IT is delivered, before being relegated to a costly overhead department. He looks for every opportunity to talk about this... writing, speaking and now blogging.
In the midst of all this fun, Kevin had the distinction of being awarded the inaugural 2010 IT Leader of the Year (SME) Award from Computerworld Canada, and awarded one of the Top 20 Innovative CIOs by Computer Reseller News for his work at Appleby College, absolutely amazing him that his ideas actually make sense to someone.
Rhonda McEwen is a Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition. She is an associate professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and at the iSchool, at the University of Toronto. She holds an MBA in IT from City University in London, England, an MSc in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Information from University of Toronto. Dr. McEwen has worked and researched digital communication media for 15 years, both in companies providing services and in management consulting to those companies. Her research and teaching centre around information practices involving new media technologies - with an emphasis on mobile and tablet communication, new media, social networks, and sensory information processing. CBS 60 Minutes journalists covered McEwen’s research in 2012 & 2013, and she has recent publications in Information, Communication & Society, Computers and Education, Learning & Instruction, New Media and Society, and Library and Information Science Research journals.
Carla Correa is Grade 2 French Immersion Teacher in the Peel District School Board. She was a teaching assistant in the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Department of Psychology from 2015-2017 and was the recipient of the Faculty Choice Award in her graduating year of the UofT Concurrent Teacher Education Program.
Her University of Toronto programs have been instrumental in honing knowledge essential to studies in supporting and assessing child development and language learners. Through facilitating 21st century learning in designing student-inspired learning provocations and embracing a Reggio Emilia pedagogical approach, her teaching in English and French instruction within the P.D.S.B has all encompassed application of research and has been paramount in her professional development as a teacher.
From 2005 – 2015 Dr. Peter Arthur was the Founding Director of UBC Okanagan’s Centre for Teaching and Learning where he provided leadership and strategic direction with a particular focus on building an evidence-based teaching and learning culture. Peter's current research focuses on new advanced learning models. More specifically students ability to create personal learning networks by leveraging technology (i.e. social media) to connect with people (peers and experts), learning resources (i.e. Open Education Resources or open courseware) and learning environments (i.e. open courses) to research, reflect, create, collaborate and share knowledge as part of the active learning process.
Jill Cummings develops, delivers, and supervises professional development and faculty training online, as well as teaches MEd courses, at Yorkville University/Canada. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Toronto. Her research and teacher education projects are related to creativity and innovation in teaching; the effects of technology for teaching and learning; developing social presence in the online context; teacher knowledge; literacy assessment and teaching; ESL and TESOL; academic writing; and, mobile, digital educational games. She has recently published an Education text about creativity in teaching, “Creative Dimensions of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”.
Jo Axe is an associate professor and the director of the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. In addition to holding a PhD from the University of Bradford in the UK, she is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified General Accountant. Jo’s teaching experience includes a mix of on-campus and online deliveries, facilitating courses in both domestic and international programs. Her current research interests include open educational practice, learning community development, and student engagement in online environments.