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Sunday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Beyond DL (Pt.I): Emerging Models Integrating Distributed/Distance Learning in BC Schools

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Join this pre-conference session dialogue about alternative configurations for distributed learning that support more personalized and flexible learning solutions.

The is one of two 2-part series with educators from public BC programs to learn from emerging projects and new approaches.  Join one of the two second pre-conference sessions following at 3:00 pm:

  • "blendED: Beyond BC" to hear more from Alberta educators and beyond (http://sched.co/2HOV), or 
  • "Blended Learning in Unique Learning Environments" - Jenny Morrison's session with a focus on BC middle and elementary school programs (http://sched.co/2GA0).

This first session will address how BC schools and districts are organizing for flexible and personal learning opportunities in secondary schools, all while maximizing learning resources and enhancing teachers' tech skills.  Specific outcomes of this session include:

  1. Awareness of specific emerging blended models in BC;
  2. Understanding of policy and funding implications inherent in various models; and
  3. How re-characterizing the “Carnegie Unit” opens new opportunities for flexible and engaging learning approaches.
Delegates will come away with:
  • A deeper consideration of the possibilities for implementing unique blended learning programs in their schools and districts;
  • How blended programs can work as a strong catalyst for the personalization of learning; and
  • Why blended learning is an essential disruptive innovation by design and intent in 21st Century Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dean Coder

Dean Coder

School District No.73 (Kamloops Thompson)
Dean Coder worked in the telecommunications industry before becoming a Mathematics and Physics teacher.  After teaching for 14 years and watching technology begin to change the nature of teaching he decided to move into a leadership role as Principal of a small school.  Due to the... Read More →
avatar for Karen Flello

Karen Flello

Past President/Principal, SIDES
Karen Flello is the principal of the South Island Distance Education School and the Past President of the BCDLAA. She has worked in DL in BC for the past eleven years as a teacher, course developer and administrator. Karen is passionate about providing learning opportunities for students... Read More →
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.
avatar for Brad Hutchinson

Brad Hutchinson

District Principal, Abbotsford Virtual School
Brad has been an educator for 33 years. From Science and Math teacher to DL Administrator, he has remained focused on the uses of technology in the classroom. He has built online courses from the ground up in Chemistry and Science starting in 1999 and moved onto the development of... Read More →
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Sessional Instructor, Research Assistant, University of Calgary & University of Victoria
Dr. Verena Roberts is a passionate online and blended K-12 educator, consultant, Werkland School of Education (University of Calgary) doctoral candidate who recently completed her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices. Verena has taught and designed... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart

District Principal - Distributed Learning, Navigate/NIDES
Jeff has served as a principal of elementary, middle, and secondary schools and currently works in the fast changing and wacky world of distributed learning in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  For the last seven years, Jeff has led Navigate (NIDES) and negotiated the shift... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Weitzel

Bruce Weitzel

Lead Director, WCLN
Lead Director of Western Canadian Learning Network, a non-profit Learning Network. Building off of our success we now represent the development interests of 58 school districts in B.C., Yukon, and Alberta regions. Future plans underway include expanding our synergies with like-minded... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
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