Joe Sisco is currently on secondment with the Ministry of Education from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board. He works in the Curriculum Assessment and Student Success Policy Branch as part of the Technology Enabled Learning Ontario Unit. Joe has been an educator for 31 years with the WECDSB as a Secondary Mathematics teacher and technology Consultant. He has been married to Norma for 30 years and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Joe is a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer from Windsor, Ontario who is passionate about learning and education.
“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. Anjuli presented the Opening Address and Keynote at the 7th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies in 2017.
Jason Dunk, Chief Technology Officer for Saskatoon Public Schools. Leadership and administrative responsibility for all areas of technology including planning, procurement and integration. Saskatoon Public Schools is a growing division consisting of 25,000+ students across 62 schools, 6,000 total staff using 16,000 devices. The Managed Information Services department is 21.5 FTE supporting 40,000 accounts in a hybrid Microsoft on-premise ADS infrastructure with O365 and GAFE options available to staff and students.
Founding board member of Saskatoon Internet Exchange (YXEIX) and executive for Saskatchewan Education Technology Association (SETA). 20+ years’ experience in K12 Technology consulting and implementing solutions for school divisions across Canada. 12 years as IT Architect with IBM and 9 years working at school divisions. Wide array of technical and project experience including 1:1 initiatives, server consolidation/virtualization, and rollouts in excess of 20,000 devices.
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.
Dr. Rafael Scapin holds a B.S. degree in Theoretical Physics and also a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computational Physics from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He has been involved with e-learning and educational technology since 1996. Since his arrival in Canada in 2008 he has worked for different companies in the field of e-learning (including as a consultant for the Canadian Government), leading various projects involving course design and the use of technology in a pedagogical environment. In 2008 he became the Coordinator of Educational Technology at Dawson College in Montreal, where he is currently employed, working with new technologies for education. He also publishes a weekly newsletter on IT and Education called DawsonITE. He is one of the co-founders of the Association for the Development of Technology in Education (ADTE), a non-profit organization devoted to fostering the development of Educational Technology in Quebec. Dr. Scapin was also on the organizing committee for the Canadian Moodle Conference 2013 in Vancouver, 2015 in Montreal and 2018 in Toronto. He also organized TEDx Dawson College on May 2013. His language skills include English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
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”.
Jaclyn is currently a secondary Vice-Principal in the Simcoe County District School Board. Previously a Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching contact, her focus is on supporting teacher professional development through student opportunities such as collaborative projects and deeper learning. Jaclyn started teaching in Moosonee, ON and since moving to the Midland/Penetanguishene area has held a variety of roles including ICT Consultant, Student Success Teacher, First Nation, Métis and Inuit Student Success Instructional Coach and Teacher at the Seventh Fire alternative program.
Andrew Bieronski is a high school teacher at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, ON, which is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is passionate about modern pedagogy and finding ways to leverage technology in the classroom to improve student learning and achievement. Andrew is a recent recipient of TLLP and PKE grants from the Ontario Ministry of Education and is a frequent presenter at educational conferences across Ontario. He serves as an Educational Technology Mentor to startup companies that are part of the University of Waterloo’s Velocity program and is the founder and director of TEDxKitchenerED.
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.
Kyle Scholz is an educational developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo. He consults with instructors and faculty members on teaching-related matters, specifically in the area of blended learning. His research interests include complex adaptive systems, digital game-based language learning, and educational technologies such as eportfolios.
Dr Alice Schmidt Hanbidge, Assistant Professor in the Bachelor and Masters degree programs in the School of Social Work at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada combines the applied practices of community mental health within an academic setting to effectively contribute to the advancement of knowledge, research and program delivery. Alice was a founding developer of the first health-focused Master of Social Work online program (2013) in Canada. Key research program areas include advancing technology in the teaching of social work, mobile learning, mental health children’s programming, leadership practices, and furthering field education in social work. She is the Principal Researcher in the eCampus Ontario funded academic integrity e-learning project, IntegrityMatters. Alice’s 20+year extensive social work practice experience includes a specialization in community mental health that contributes to her clinical, teaching and research social work interests. Website: https://www.ashanbidge.com/
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Tony Tin is the Director of Library and Information Services at University of Waterloo’s Renison University College Library. Tony has coordinated many mobile learning projects which have won the International E-Learning Association’s E-learning Award 2012. His Mobile Library project received the Canadian Library Association Library Research and Develop Grant Award in 2006. He is the technical leader for the Mobile Academic Integrity project which is funded by the eCampus Ontario Innovation and Research Grant. He attained his Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degrees from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. He has published articles and book chapters and presented at conferences on topics such as library technology, information literacy, and mobile libraries. Email: [email protected]
Amanda McKenzie is the Director of Quality Assurance (Academic Programs) and oversees both quality assurance and academic integrity at the University of Waterloo. Her work in academic integrity includes: Past Chair, Academic Integrity Council of Ontario (AICO), a COU affiliate; Co-Founder and facilitator of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) Canadian Consortium; International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) Transition Committee member 2016-2018; ICAI 2018 Conference Committee Member and Conference Program Lead; and is currently on the Board of Directors for the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).
She has also coordinated and run the ICAI Canadian Consortium Day since 2014, and presented at number of times at the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) Annual conference, as well as at the Inaugural Mediterranean ICAI Conference in Athens, Greece, and at the International Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond Conference in the Czech Republic. She also travelled to India in 2016 to explore academic integrity at a number of universities across the country. McKenzie is the content lead for the eCampus Ontario funded academic integrity e-learning project, IntegrityMatters.