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Sunday, April 19
 

11:00am PDT

Registration
Sunday April 19, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm PDT
Foyer

1:00pm PDT

Independent DL Principal's Meeting
Meeting for independent DL administrators

Speakers
avatar for Karen Gledhill

Karen Gledhill

Principal, TLA Online
I am passionate about transformational learning, not just information transfer for all.


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

1:00pm PDT

Beyond DL (Pt.I): Emerging Models Integrating Distributed/Distance Learning in BC Schools

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
Villa 1

1:00pm PDT

Beyond Drill and Kill: iPad apps that encourage Creativity
As the title suggests, mobile devices have so much more to offer than drills and level-ups. See some live action demos of just a few of the most creative uses for free, built-in, and low-cost apps. Session includes tips on differentiated instruction, making single-use devices multi-user, volume-buying apps. BYOD if you want to play along. Apps in focus are: Book Creator, iMovie, Stop-motion Animator, and Explain Everything.

Speakers
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Glen Posey

District Principal Instruction & Tech Services, Cowichan Valley SD79


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

1:00pm PDT

Digital Footprint: Ostriches vs. Eagles - Digitally Responsible Education
This half day pre-conference session will take educators through the foundations for digitally responsible education—from understanding the nature of social media & cloud computing, open & fenced systems, frameworks for degrees of openness and risk; digital tools, privacy & FIPPA/PIPA; digital footprints & professionalism; safety considerations; digital citizenship education & resources; AUPs, policies & procedures; as well as introduction to The Privacy Compass, an open tool to fast track adoption of social media, cloud and other web 2.0 tools with consideration of privacy legislation.

This session will be led by Julia Hengstler, Professor, VIU, and author of The Compliance Continuum: FIPPA & BC Public Educators (April 2014); A K-12 Primer for British Columbia Teachers Posting Students’ Work (May 2013); Managing Your Digital Footprint: Ostriches v. Eagles (Education for a Digital World 2.0 Volume 1) fresh off her presentation, Privacy Legislation in the Trenches of BC Education at the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for BC.

The session’s co-presenters are Breanne Quist (Anchor Academy) and Kristin Sward (Cultus Lake Community School, SD33).  These educators studied with Julia in the Online Learning & Teaching Post Graduate Diploma (OLTD) program at VIU. Breanne & Kris successfully completed the OLTD program and have recently completed the requirements for their Master of Education (Leadership) degree at VIU with practical project work in this area. Breanne is the developer of The Privacy Compass (www.privacycompass.ca), and Kristin Sward is author of Digital Citizenship in the Intermediate Classroom (http://ksviudigitalcitizenshipdlf.weebly.com/).

The presenters will also be sharing work of fellow OLTD & M.Ed. cohort colleague, Tracy Cameron on AUPs.

Delegates will have access to the presentation slides; Links to e-resources for professional development from the 3 presenters in their key areas; strategies & processes for dealing with issues related to digital responsibility of schools, educators, & students.

Here is the link to Kristen's masters work: http://ksviudigitalcitizenshipdlf.weebly.com/ 

PowerPoint presentation is here.

Click here for session resources.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Hengstler

Julia Hengstler

Professor/Educational Technologist/Chair Ctr for Education & CyberHumanity, Vancouver Island University
Julia is the Educational Technologist with the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University & an Instructor in Educational Technology. Julia has a broad instructional background teaching students from grade 6 to adult in both traditional and non-traditional contexts. Her subject... Read More →
avatar for Breanne Quist

Breanne Quist

Distance Learning Teacher, Anchor Academy
Breanne Quist is distance learning teacher for Anchor Academy. She teaches grade 8 and 9 as well as some elective courses at the high school level. All of her students are fully online learners. In the fall of 2014, Breanne created a website called The Privacy Compass (www.privacycompass.ca... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Sward

Kristen Sward

Teacher, Chilliwack School District 33
Still relatively new to all of this techie stuff, I've spent the last few years implementing mobile devices, Chromebooks and various Web 2.0 tools in my classroom in order to engage and challenge my students. I quickly realized the need for digital citizenship practices and lessons... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Veranda
  Half-day Pre-conference

1:00pm PDT

EdTech Mentors Think Tank
This half day session will provide the EdTech Mentors from school districts around the province an opportunity to network, share, and discuss strategies for the ETM Network to focus on in the coming months. We will also discuss effective mentoring techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hawkes

Mark Hawkes

eLearning Coordinator, BC Ministry of Education
Mark is the BC Ministry of Education's E-Learning Coordinator. Amongst other things, he is responsible for staying abreast of new developments in digital learning technologies, the BC Distributed Learning Standards, and the Digital Literacy Framework. Current focus: the K-12 Coding... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Venezia
  Half-day Pre-conference

2:30pm PDT

Afternoon Refreshments
Sunday April 19, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Foyer

3:00pm PDT

BCDLAA Meeting
BC Distributed Learning Administrators Association Member Meeting

Speakers
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 →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Carrera
  Meeting

3:00pm PDT

Be prepared to be Blown Away: Content Connections™ powered by Study Forge™

Content Connections™ has highly engaging online and site based Math courses that are fully IRP and Western Protocol compliant – in use in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan & the Yukon. Their visually appealing content includes Flash based lesson animations (videos) with audio explanations to explain the concepts and ‘Jings’ based practice assessments.  The courses do not need any text books.   

StudyForge™ has developed a powerful and impressive management software App that gives teachers the ability to create Custom Courses, to conduct Video and Question searches, and provide detailed Progress Reporting Tools for granular Student Tracking – all of which can be done easily on the fly.  Additionally, there is an Interactive Question Engine and a student Cloud-Synced Workspace.  All of this is available through a Single Sign-on with any LMS and works in PC, iPad and Android environments. 

Come see why Content Connections powered by StudyForge will provide teachers with the flexible and powerful Math environment that they have been asking for. In this session you will be able to get hands-on with a Content Connections course, and see how it can be manipulated and used in whole new ways, within the StudyForge software platform. Come ready to be blown away by the possibilities opened up for classroom (Flipped Classroom, anyone?) and Distance Education environments, and see the unveiling of StudyForge’s new question engine. You won’t want to miss this event.

Click here for presentation 


Speakers
avatar for Grant Ashlee

Grant Ashlee

President, Content Connections
Grant has a BSc. Degree in Mathematics, BEd., and Diploma in Online Education.  He has been teaching high school math in the classroom ranging from Grade 10 to AP Calculus for 20 years and designing online math course for the past 10 years.   Grant is the creator of Content Connections... Read More →
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Richard’s passions for designing software and teaching math, coincide in his role as the project director for StudyForge technology. Richard has been designing online curriculum together with his wife Chelsea for 9 years, and has been teaching online for 7 of those years. They live... Read More →
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Brad McAruthur

Content Connections
avatar for Tanya Northcott

Tanya Northcott

Business Development, Content Conections
Heady & exciting days as, together in the 90's, we collaborated on content, courses, funding partnerships, and a ton of different types of learning settings: storefronts, native longhouses, alternate and community education, as well as traditional classrooms, to name a few....never... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Maranello
  Pre-conference

3:00pm PDT

blendED (Pt.II): Beyond BC - Alberta & Other Blended Learning Projects

This collaborative and participatory workshop is an extension of the conversation begun in the "Beyond DL" session at 1 pm.  Part Two will focus on a variety of project case studies and exemplars from Alberta experiences and beyond.  

Discussion will move beyond tech to consider how instructional design choices influence Blended Learning.   Please bring your Blended Learning projects to discuss, share and dissect.  Let's share our successes to date and figure out how to design great Blended Learning opportunities for our students together.

Presentation can be found here.

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 Terri Reid

Terri Reid

Learning Services Curriculum Coordinator, Black Gold School Division
As the Learning Services Curriculum Coordinator for Black Gold School Division, Terri provides support in the areas curriculum, instruction, and professional learning as well as online and blended learning. A specific area of concentration is supporting teachers in aligning assessment... 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 →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Villa 1

3:00pm PDT

Blended Learning in Unique Environments

A discussion about how to plan for and implement blended learning programs in unique environments with a focus on both middle school and elementary school blended learning settings.  The session is an extension of the Beyond DL session at 1:00 pm.  The focus of that session is more on secondary schools in BC.

Learning environments discussed will include Sun Peaks Blended Learning Centre, Venables Valley Hare Krishna Blended Learning Centre, and both the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism and Insight Community Services Centre.

Delegates should leave with ideas about how to implement blended learning into their community and/or district. They will also have information about programs to use and structures/strategies that work in these unique settings.


Speakers
avatar for Jenny Morrison

Jenny Morrison

Mentor Teacher, LearnNowBC
Jenny Morrison is the Mentor Teacher for LearnNowBC. She supervises the Free Live Tutoring resource available for high school students in BC. She is a teacher that has worked in the public school system for 15 years. After spending many years working in primary classrooms she found... Read More →


Sunday April 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Portico

3:30pm PDT

4:00pm PDT

BC Learning Network Meeting
BCLN Members meeting

Speakers
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 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Carrera
  Meeting

4:30pm PDT

Social
Sunday April 19, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Foyer
 
Monday, April 20
 

7:00am PDT

Registration
Monday April 20, 2015 7:00am - 8:30am PDT
Foyer

7:30am PDT

Continental Breakfast
Monday April 20, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am PDT
Foyer

7:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Opening Remarks
Conference opening and introductory remarks.

Monday April 20, 2015 8:30am - 8:45am PDT
Villa Ballroom

8:45am PDT

Keynote Presentation: Rhizomatic Learning
Dave’s keynotes centre on how "coming to know" is a messy, imprecise process at once intensely individual and necessarily embedded in a community - Rhizomatic Learning.

Dave will provide a rapid series of 3 short "TED Talks" each followed by audience interaction.  Dave will be providing us with "challenge questions" and the conversation will be carried on the Twitter back channel.

You can follow Dave before the conference on twitter at http://twitter.com/davecormier or follow his blog at http://davecormier.com.  

Also sign up for his next MOOC on #rhizo15 that starts April 15!  Get the inside scoop on Rhizomatic Learning before his keynote!  Sign up here:
http://rhizomatic.net/2015/04/03/rhizomatic-learning-a-practical-view/

Click here to view Dave's presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Cormier

Dave Cormier

UPEI
Dave Cormier is an educational activist, researcher, online community advocate and the Project Lead for Student Relations Management at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has published on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs (Massive/Open Online Courses), and the impact... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 8:45am - 10:00am PDT
Villa Ballroom

10:15am PDT

Morning Refreshments
Monday April 20, 2015 10:15am - 10:45am PDT
Foyer

10:30am PDT

10:45am PDT

Achieve3000 and the Power of True Differentiation
Limited Capacity seats available

Achieve3000® believes in the power of truly differentiated online instruction to enable significant and sustained Lexile®/reading growth — a belief supported by a decade-plus of scientifically proven performance.

We also believe that the need for differentiated instruction has never been greater. With the increased demands of College and Career, the imperative for students to become independent readers of complex text grows by the day.

This session will investigate how true differentiation can impact teaching, learning, and students and lead to dramatic increases in reading skills.

Here is a Dropbox link to a folder with my presentation as well as other valuable information.

There’s an overview document (“Literacy Brochure International”), two white papers on RTI and English Language Learners, a large scale study on the effectiveness of the program (“Achieve3000-NatlLexileStudy_10-11”), and a paper explaining the pedagogy and research behind the program (“ResearchToPractice2013”). There’s also a sub-folder with various case studies. 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/17d0e0f6wcwyg2i/AAC36fop8I5R0AJnUYiDnwUNa?dl=0


Speakers
avatar for Arthur Lin

Arthur Lin

Director, International Sales, Canada, Achieve3000
Achieve3000 believes that every student -- mainstream, English language learners, special needs and gifted alike can reach higher. That all students have the ability to improve their reading and writing. And that with this ability, they have the means to master the curriculum and... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Exec Boardroom
  45 min

10:45am PDT

BCLN: English Teacher Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

This session brings DL/BL English teachers together to discuss their needs and experiences.  BCLN depends on DL teacher input for the development of online resources.

Speakers

Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Lobby Boardroom
  45 min

10:45am PDT

BCLN: Math Teacher Discussion
This session brings DL/BL math teachers together to discuss their needs and experiences.  BCLN depends on DL teacher input for the development of online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Technical Director, Western Canadian Learning Network
WCLN is a consortium of 70+ districts from within BC, AB, SK, YU, and NWT.     WCLN builds DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.    The use of WCLN resources has been steadily growing, but we've seen a rapid increase due to COVID/remote pressures.   The resources consist... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Carrera
  45 min

10:45am PDT

eDynamic Learning: Increasing Student Enrollments Through Online Career & Elective Courses
eDynamic Learning, a local BC company, is working with BC Learning Network to support cutting edge and next generation courses.

Join Kevin and Scott to learn more about the eLearning Dynamic difference.

About eDynamic Learning

eDynamic Learning publishes online courses that provide an exciting and academically meaningful online student learning experience. Our expert team of curriculum writers and instructional designers work with your school to provide a low cost curriculum solution.

We can custom design courses, or help redesign current offerings, in order to meet your school’s curriculum needs. Additionally, a school may choose to license one of our existing courses from our growing course catalog.

All our courses include next generation instructional design, professional audio narrations and engaging interactive activities. Schools across the country have discovered how eDynamic Learning can successfully address the educational needs of today’s diverse and growing online student population.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Carpus

Scott Carpus

Online Career & Elective Courses We publish online high school courses that provide an exciting and academically meaningful student learning experience. All courses are one semester. Students in over 30 states have discovered the eDynamic difference! Our eDynamic Curriculum Features... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Viau

Kevin Viau

CEO, eDynamic Learning
Kevin Viau, a high school teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, frustrated by the lack of quality online career and elective courses available to high schools, decided he could offer better options.  Kevin believes that online learning can help students explore subjects areas... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Maranello
  45 min

10:45am PDT

Effective Online Design
Designing a course is like designing a road: good foundations and all the right signs make for a clear journey to your destination. And don't forget your GPS!

Delegates will come away with online course roadmap, do's and don'ts.

Here is a link to my Prezi for Effective Online Design: https://prezi.com/4d-x97ola_z8


 

Speakers
avatar for Todd Diakow

Todd Diakow

Vice Principal, Abbotsford Virtual School
Todd Diakow is Vice Principal of the Abbotsford Virtual School, and has spent his 20 plus years in education pursuing technology integration and transformational pedagogies.


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Villa 3

10:45am PDT

Introducing Geniosity

Geniosity, an exciting new cloud-based solution, provides Canadian educators with access to engaging curriculum-relevant, free and fee-based digital learning resources from a variety of leading content providers, all from a single platform. The intuitive interface and ability to create, customize and share lessons, makes it easy for educators to curate content to meet a range of students’ needs. Geniosity can also be integrated with any of your existing LTI compliant systems (e.g. LMS, SIS).

During this session, you will discover how Geniosity can support your digital learning resource management needs and facilitate sharing across jurisdictions.

Visit www.geniosity.ca or contact us at support@geniosity.ca.


Speakers
avatar for Laurie Amiruddin

Laurie Amiruddin

General Manager, Geniosity, Nelson Education Ltd.
Laurie is a senior digital learning and education leader with a track record of making a difference within a broad range of industries including publishing, investment management, pension services, commercial real estate, professional services, and retail management. Laurie is general... Read More →
avatar for Thom Leiper

Thom Leiper

VP, Learning Solutions, Nelson Education Ltd.
As a passionate leader and learner, Thom brings a wealth of experience in the development and implementation of technology based solutions across a range of corporate and public sector environments, including Panasonic and Apple. At Nelson Education, Thom and the Learning Solutions... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wttewaall

Kevin Wttewaall

Director of Technology for Learning, Rvs
Kevin passionately and creatively supports the people that enhance teaching and learning through education and information technologies within a 22K student K-12 school district. He and his team provide ongoing leadership and support to staff, students and stakeholders as they embrace... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Portico
  45 min
  • Sponsor Nelson Education
  • Tags Sponsor

10:45am PDT

LNBC is here to help!
LearnNowBC has numerous free resources that can provide individualized support for students with their courses. This session will focus on the study center offered through LearnNowBC. See how students can easily access free one on one online tutoring in secondary Math, Science, Writing and ELL. Discover how students can study for tests with self assessments through Success Checker and review concepts with streamed videos. LNBC is here to help your students succeed!

Delegates will leave the session educated about a great, free resource that is very useful for both students and educators!
 

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 Jenny Morrison

Jenny Morrison

Mentor Teacher, LearnNowBC
Jenny Morrison is the Mentor Teacher for LearnNowBC. She supervises the Free Live Tutoring resource available for high school students in BC. She is a teacher that has worked in the public school system for 15 years. After spending many years working in primary classrooms she found... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Veranda
  45 min

10:45am PDT

Blended @ Navigate: A Journey in Disruptive Innovation
For the past few years, Navigate (NIDES) has been implementing a series of innovative new blended learning programs that are blurring the distinction between online and traditional instruction. The eCademy of New Technologies, Engineering and Robotics(ENTER and ENTER 2), the Fine Arts eCademy, Secondary iClass, and Independent Learning Centres all act as innovations that are disruptive and challenging to the accepted norms of learning and instructional delivery. In this interactive session, participants will discuss and share their insights and reflections on blended learning, and its future as educational mainstream in BC.

CANeLEARN iNACOL Announcement
http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/canadian-educators-recognized-for-inacol-innovation-award/
ENTER - Year One Retrospective:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGZU-x2EdCA
Navigate: Building A Community of Connection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKGEcV0JH6Y&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJf13xtm4ugE07tsGXBOGfg
The Fine Arts eCademy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QNcuwoyxik&feature=youtu.be
Delegates will come away with:
  1. A deeper consideration of the possibilities for implementing unique blended learning programs in their schools and districts;
  2. How blended programs can work as a strong catalyst for the personalization of learning; and
  3. Why blended learning is an essential disruptive innovation by design and intent in 21st Century Learning.
Click here for the link to presentation and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.
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 →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Villa 1

10:45am PDT

MyEd BC and Next Generation Network
MyEdBC is the new provincial student information service being implemented throughout our school districts.  In addition to managing student demographics, scheduling, and enrollment, MyEd BC offers teacher and districts a number of other features. IEPs, Learning Plans, class pages, student and parent portals, and collaboration tools are all built into the service.

This session will provide an update of the implementation, and lessons learned from districts who are using the service now.

As part of this session James will introduce and outline the Next Generation Network initiative that the Ministry of Education is working with districts to implement throughout the province.  He will outline the objectives, the process, what has happened so far, where we’re at and our current timelines. He will go over some of the technology we are upgrading and reviewing and some of the challenges we are coming up against. This will be especially informative to DE Schools and administrators of the school districts DL program on how the additional bandwidth, improved technology and reliability will aid their online efforts.

Click here for presentation 

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Liddy

Eleanor Liddy

aADM, Services and Technology Division, Ministry of Education
Eleanor Liddy is the aADM of the Services and Technology Division in the Ministry of Education, responsible for digital services in the K-12 sector, including Online Learning, Open School BC, MyEducation BC, Digital Transformation, Student Certification and the NextGeneration Network... Read More →
avatar for James Shypitka

James Shypitka

Executive Director, Government of BC
James has over 30 years in both private and public sector IT service delivery. His experience includes leading large change initiatives, integrated service delivery amongst multiple lines of business, and service development over diverse geographically areas. James is the  Executive... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Villa 2

10:45am PDT

Hands-on Seminar: Easy & Effective Strategies for Community Building and Meaningful Assessment in Online, Blended, and Face-To-Face Courses Using Google (Goodness Gracious)
Limited Capacity seats available

See how easy it is to use a few Google tools to get some instant results (and not work so dang hard). Avi will show you how to be lazy, yet effective in your endeavors to make assessment meaningful and to build community in your online, blended, and hybrid courses.

After we look at several strategies and tools Avi has used, you will get to try a few yourself in this hands-on, get'n some digital dirt under the fingernails session. Please ensure you have a Google account to fully benefit from this session.

Tailored for Elementary and Secondary teachers, and other people.  Session will run until 12:30.

Click here for Avi's resources. 


Speakers
avatar for Avi Luxenburg

Avi Luxenburg

Instructor, Vancouver Island University
In almost 30 years as an educator, Avi Luxenburg has worked with students from Grades Two through 12 in subject areas as diverse as Film Production, Humanities, Media Studies, Mathematics, Information Technology, Psychology, Photography, and much more.  Avi is an instructor in the... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 10:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Firenze/Venezia

11:30am PDT

Quick Break
Monday April 20, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am PDT
Foyer

11:30am PDT

11:45am PDT

BCLN: Science Teacher Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

This session brings DL/BL science teachers together to discuss their needs and experiences.  BCLN depends on DL teacher input for the development of online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Technical Director, Western Canadian Learning Network
WCLN is a consortium of 70+ districts from within BC, AB, SK, YU, and NWT.     WCLN builds DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.    The use of WCLN resources has been steadily growing, but we've seen a rapid increase due to COVID/remote pressures.   The resources consist... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Lobby Boardroom
  45 min

11:45am PDT

BCLN: Social Studies Teacher Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

This session brings DL/BL socials teachers together to discuss their needs and experiences.  BCLN depends on DL teacher input for the development of online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Booy

Angela Booy

Online Social Studies and LDW Teacher, Abbotsford Virtual School
Angela is a DL teacher from Abbotsford who has been heavily involved in BCLN resource development.


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Exec Boardroom
  45 min

11:45am PDT

E-mentoring and student support through an LMS
Inclusion Outreach (IO) is a MoEd Provincial Outreach Program based in Victoria that supports students with complex needs. IO staff see students in person once every two to three years. Open School BC and IO have partnered in an innovative E-mentoring pilot project that provides service continuity for these students. Using a Learning Management System (LMS) we have created student information repositories that replace binders of paper reports and curriculum materials. Videos and a web conferencing tool allow staff to connect regularly with parents and school-based teams. We'll describe the LMS, and the responses from the first pilot participant's team and others.

Delegates will come away with alternative ways to use an LMS to support students Mentoring peers using an LMS. 

Here is the link to their Moodle site referred to in the presentation:

http://moodle2.openschool.bc.ca/

 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Teskey

Chris Teskey

Educational Project Manager, Open School BC
Christina (Chris) Teskey is a lifelong learner interested in innovative uses of educational technology, alternatives for student assessment, and mathematics.  She works at Open School BC as an educational project manager.


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Portico
  45 min

11:45am PDT

Engaging Elementary Students in the Virtual Classroom
This session will explore ways of engaging elementary students within the virtual classroom. Using Blackboard Collaborate, I've developed a number of fun and instructional activities to support DL students, and although my area of specialty has been Language Arts, these strategies can be used across the Elementary curriculum.  From Readers Theatre to novel studies to author interviews, and everything in between, see what worlds can be opened for our elementary kids in the virtual classroom.
Delegates will come away with:
  • Ideas for activities to use to enhance student learning in Elementary virtual classrooms.
  • Access to hundreds of pre-made powerpoint screens for a variety of virtual classroom activities (mostly Language Arts, but many that can be extended across a variety of subject areas).
Link to resources here.

Speakers
avatar for Geneva Standbridge

Geneva Standbridge

Elementary Online Teacher, EBUS Academy
As an Elementary teacher with EBUS Academy for the last 16 years, I’ve greatly enjoyed the collaborative nature of my work in the DL world, as well as the flexibility to share my interests with families/students through online classes and events in genres and areas that are near... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Veranda

11:45am PDT

Purposeful Digital Learning
Technology is like a wild beast roaming the open untamed plain and our job as educators is to find a way to domesticate it for student learning. At the Abbotsford Virtual School, this is part of our mandate.

This session is intended to share our work in purposefully teaching digital literacy and digital citizenship to Middle School students. The presentation will detail our approach to teaching our Learning in a Digital World course in a co-teaching blended model.

Link to presentation here. 

Speakers
avatar for Bryon Carpenter

Bryon Carpenter

EdTech Helping Teacher, STaRT Education for Technology
Bryon began "teaching" through the Science and Innovators in Schools program (Science World) while a chemist in Langley. A career change took him to SFU for PDP, then SD34 as a classroom teacher, as an online teacher at AVS, and now to the role of EdTech Helping Teacher in SD34... Read More →
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 →


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Villa 3

11:45am PDT

Teachers Talk About Cultivating Community
This presentation will be in the form of a discussion 'round table' forum featuring teachers who have established collaborative and community-building practices in their DL programs. DL teachers will form the 'panel' to discuss how we each connect, engage and grow our online communities. (Picture 'The View" talk show as the model). I am hoping the discussion will flow out to the room, where teachers who attend will contribute their practice, as we tackle hard questions about how to build community in a DL world and push beyond the notion that DL instruction is simply the distribution of educational materials.

Social Learning & CBE – Competency Education is a Team Sport (http://www.competencyworks.org/reflections/social-learning-cbe-competency-education-is-a-team-sport/)
2014 iNACOL Symposium - Gene Wilhoit Keynote Address (http://youtu.be/3e4Q8c1EH60)
Community of inquiry as a theoretical framework to foster “epistemic engagement” and “cognitive presence” in online education (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131508001590)
Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1096751611000467)

Vision: Fostering community in DL education is  key to creating a well-rounded and meaning-shaping educational experience for students.

Hope:  Fostering community can be approached in a variety of ways and is not impossible to do even within the bounds of our current DL education mandate.
 

Speakers
avatar for Gord Holden

Gord Holden

Immersive Technology Specialist, Heritage Christian Online School
Gord Holden is the director of the Immersive Technology Program at Heritage Christian Online School. His staff of 12 provide immersive learning in 3D virtual environments for academics in grades 5-8, language courses in French and Spanish, a variety of Art courses, and academics for... Read More →
avatar for CJ MacKinnon-Scott

CJ MacKinnon-Scott

Humanities Lead/Innovations Online Coordinator, Traditional Learning Academy DL
CJ’s teaching experience straddles the spectrum of classroom and online learning models both here in British Columbia and abroad. Currently, CJ is the co-ordinator for Innovations Online and Head of Humanities at TLA online. Three years ago, CJ took on a pilot program based on project-based... Read More →
avatar for Clint Surry

Clint Surry

Teacher, SIDES
I am a DL teacher and developer at SIDES.I teach students Chemistry and Mathematics and am always looking for ways to utilize technology and social media more effectively in helping students to achieve their goals.I am many things - a father of 2, a filmmaker, a scuba diver, a hiker... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Carrera

11:45am PDT

Whassup with Content Connections Math?!

Whassup?  Large random access test bank additions linked to the CC courses.  New courses.  HTML5 and Mobile access.  Computer based management, particularly with options to customize course paths and the videos as well as track student progress in diverse ways….especially for the Flipped Classroom.  Multiple LMS versions of the courses.   Major course editing. 

For those of you that are new to Content Connections, here’s how a teacher describes them…

“Many online courses for Math have been created, but not all are equal. These have rich multimedia, interactive, user-friendly content that will not only teach students, but also get them excited about doing math. This is a new generation in online learning.” 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Grant Ashlee

Grant Ashlee

President, Content Connections
Grant has a BSc. Degree in Mathematics, BEd., and Diploma in Online Education.  He has been teaching high school math in the classroom ranging from Grade 10 to AP Calculus for 20 years and designing online math course for the past 10 years.   Grant is the creator of Content Connections... Read More →
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Brad McAruthur

Content Connections
avatar for Tanya Northcott

Tanya Northcott

Business Development, Content Conections
Heady & exciting days as, together in the 90's, we collaborated on content, courses, funding partnerships, and a ton of different types of learning settings: storefronts, native longhouses, alternate and community education, as well as traditional classrooms, to name a few....never... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Maranello
  45 min

12:30pm PDT

Buffet Lunch
Monday April 20, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Villa Ballroom

12:45pm PDT

Introducing Geniosity

Geniosity, an exciting new cloud-based solution, provides Canadian educators with access to engaging curriculum-relevant, free and fee-based digital learning resources from a variety of leading content providers, all from a single platform. The intuitive interface and ability to create, customize and share lessons, makes it easy for educators to curate content to meet a range of students’ needs. Geniosity can also be integrated with any of your existing LTI compliant systems (e.g. LMS, SIS).

During this session, you will discover how Geniosity can support your digital learning resource management needs and facilitate sharing across jurisdictions.

Visit www.geniosity.ca or contact us at support@geniosity.ca.


Speakers
avatar for Laurie Amiruddin

Laurie Amiruddin

General Manager, Geniosity, Nelson Education Ltd.
Laurie is a senior digital learning and education leader with a track record of making a difference within a broad range of industries including publishing, investment management, pension services, commercial real estate, professional services, and retail management. Laurie is general... Read More →
avatar for Thom Leiper

Thom Leiper

VP, Learning Solutions, Nelson Education Ltd.
As a passionate leader and learner, Thom brings a wealth of experience in the development and implementation of technology based solutions across a range of corporate and public sector environments, including Panasonic and Apple. At Nelson Education, Thom and the Learning Solutions... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wttewaall

Kevin Wttewaall

Director of Technology for Learning, Rvs
Kevin passionately and creatively supports the people that enhance teaching and learning through education and information technologies within a 22K student K-12 school district. He and his team provide ongoing leadership and support to staff, students and stakeholders as they embrace... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 12:45pm - 1:30pm PDT
Veranda
  Meeting

1:00pm PDT

EDL PSA Annual General Meeting
Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Firenze/Venezia

2:00pm PDT

Achieving Together with ERAC: The BC Digital Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Is sitting down and getting familiar with ERAC on your perpetual to do list? Then this session is for you.  Learn about the BC Digital Classroom suite of digital reference resources, our many services including resource evaluations, and the benefits of harnessing the power of many!

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Kallergis

Sherry Kallergis

Operations Manager, ERAC (Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium)
As Manager of Operations with ERAC, Sherry oversees initiatives that benefit ERAC's membership. The consortium model leverages the power of many to provide anywhere, anytime digital reference resources to students and teachers at the best possible price.


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Exec Boardroom
  45 min

2:00pm PDT

BCLN: Middle/Elementary Teacher Discussion
This session brings DL/BL Jr and elementary teachers together to discuss their needs and experiences.  BCLN depends on DL teacher input for the development of online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Hadfield

Lynn Hadfield

Course Development/Moodle support, Knowplace/BCLN
Lynn is a development leader within BCLN who is managing the development of elementary and middle school resources. She also provides Moodle support to sites through Knowplace.


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Carrera

2:00pm PDT

BCLN: Planning/Business Teacher Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

This session brings DL/BL planning/business teachers together to discuss their needs and experiences.  BCLN depends on DL teacher input for the development of online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Corrie Macdonald

Corrie Macdonald

Educator, Kamloops Online Learning, KOOL
Corrie Macdonald I am an online teacher with @Kool in Kamloops.  I have been a classroom teacher for over twenty years and the past four years I have been an on-line teachers.  I have been part of a team of Planning 10 teachers who have created a student centered course, related... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Lobby Boardroom
  45 min

2:00pm PDT

Create-Your-Own Custom Digital Content
Create engaging, interactive digital learning content for delivery in virtually any learning management system or on any device, using SoftChalk Cloud. See how easy it is to transition to online course delivery and improve online course quality with content that is modular, portable and interoperable and can be personalized to fit the needs of your students. Efficiently track student score results and collaborate with colleagues.

https://www.softchalkcloud.com/
https://www.softchalkcloud.com/share
http://softchalk.com/products

You can easily create-your-own digital content that’s engaging and interactive.
Making the transition to online course delivery is easy with SoftChalk.
You’ll see increased student engagement and therefore improve learning outcomes.

Speakers
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David Evans

Director of Learning Services, SoftChalk, LLC


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Villa 1
  45 min

2:00pm PDT

Research and Practice for Personalized Learning with Mobile Technology
Many of the countries that are the highest performing educationally already integrate mobile devices in their education. This session spotlights empirical research on mobile devices from 2010 to 2013 in K-12 schools by focusing on studies that demonstrate emerging themes in this area. It also explores the student-centered personalized pedagogy needed for successful mobile learning.

Click here for resource links shared in the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Cavanaugh

Cathy Cavanaugh

Director of Teaching and Learning, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation, working with education leaders and organizations around the world to accelerate learning and teaching by transforming education with cloud and mobile technology.   Cathy’s... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Villa 2

2:00pm PDT

Update on Graduation Learning Years

We know the world has changed at an exponential rate and we owe it to our students to do whatever we need to do to create an educational experience that prepares them for an ever changing world.  We also know that we must get them ready for careers that may not currently exist.  This will mean a transformational change in the what, why, and how we do “graduation learning years”.  We must move from  knowledge to understanding and from answers to questions.  In order to engage students in their learning we must offer choice and flexibility and assist them in finding and pursuing their passion with purpose and in a personalized way. 

How can we systemically and strategically create a unique educational experience in the final years of our k-12 journey that engages students and aligns with everything we know about teaching and learning? 


Speakers
avatar for Jan Unwin

Jan Unwin

Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions, Ministries of Education and Advanced Ed
Jan Unwin is currently seconded by both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education as the Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions.  Jan has been hired to assist in the British Columbia education transformation initiatives with particular emphasis... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Villa 3

2:00pm PDT

Tools for Student Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

As the number of online tools continues to grow, there are new ways for students and teachers to participate in classroom activities. Using a variety of technologies can enhance classroom presence and encourage the construction of a supportive learning environment. In this presentation, we will show some examples of applications that engage students and assist in the development of learning communities. Participants will be encouraged to explore a sample of tools and take away some ideas for future online activities.

This session will be helpful to educators who are interested in expanding their online toolbox, thereby enhancing the development of online learning communities and encouraging increased student engagement.
 

Speakers
avatar for Jo Axe

Jo Axe

Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University
avatar for Samantha Wood

Samantha Wood

School Manager and Associate Faculty, Royal Roads University


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Firenze/Venezia
  Lab

2:00pm PDT

Inquiry into sustainability
Inquiry through technology can empower your students to take action for a sustainable future and affect positive change in their homes, communities and schools. As a teacher who facilitates digital education this workshop will provide you with professional learning using 21st century teaching tools designed to support the critical thinking, creative communication and inquiry of students. Participants will be introduced to the Student Leadership in Sustainability program and its innovative pedagogies and tools. Whether you’re interested in using internet resources, project based learning or digital and creative classroom presentations, this workshop will aim to provide you with resources to bring depth of learning and meaningful experiences to your students as digital citizens.

Here is a link to a sample 2015 edition Action Pack: http://www.earthrevival.org/bethechange_2012/sites/all/themes/ET_2012/C2.Paper%20Cuts.me.pdf
You can also learn more about our program here:
http://www.earthrevival.org/documents/Introducing%20SLS%20Final%20for%20Web.pdf

Delegates will come away with a sample action pack and student worldview and value survey.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Jack-LaCroix

Maureen Jack-LaCroix

Creative Director, Be The Change Earth Alliance
Maureen Jack-LaCroix is the Creative Director of non-profit charitable organization Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA), and current PhD candidate in Curriculum Design at Simon Fraser University. For the past four year sshe has led a team working closely with high school teachers... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Veranda
  90 min
  • Audience Secondary
  • Sponsor Be The Change Earth Alliance

2:00pm PDT

Internet & Social Media Safety For Educators
This presentation will provide academically peer reviewed research, case studies and relevant real world examples as to what students & educators are doing on-line. The goal of our program: to educate school staff on how to pro-actively discuss on-line "critical thinking”, decision making skills and on-line ethics with their class. We will show educators how to help a student build a positive on-line reputation. We will also be discussing developing Canadian Case Law, and how it relates to an educator’s criminal, civil and professional/personal liability, specific to the use of Social Media both in and out of the classroom.

http://www.personalprotectionsystems.ca/programs/internet-safety/internet-safety-educators.html
http://thedigitalsheepdog.ca

We presented this topic at last years BCTF New teachers conference in Richmond, and all the feedback from those who attended was that this presentation was one of the best at the conference , and that all educators should hear our very important and unique message specific to this topic.

Delegates will come away with:
  1. A better understanding of what youth and educators are actually doing online both in and out of school; and 
  2. How educators can minimize both their criminal and civil liability when using the Internet and Social Media in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Laur

Brandon Laur

Speaker, Personal Protection Systems
Brandon Laur, for the past 11 years, has been teaching online safety and security awareness with his father, and is his 4th time presenting at Social Media Camp. Assisted the development and teaching new programs focusing on security threats in the digital world. Audiences ranged... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Portico

2:00pm PDT

Invitational Leadership
Most schools settle. Most schools follow. Learn from this group of leaders that have led their school through significant innovations, changing the landscape of DL in Western Canada. This group wants to share everything they can to ensure that all of our Online Schools in BC continue to lead worldwide. What systems are in place?  What structures are there to help schools break boundaries? What are some of the new strategies for further innovation? How can our online schools move effectively into blended environments here in Canada and the World?

www.onlineschool.ca
www.bconlineschool.ca
www.icos.ca
www.studyforge.ca
Delegates will come away with creative ideas to bring to their schools to spark innovation;
a better view of what it will take to encourage innovation within their schools; and
potential markets awaiting us in the realm of Blended Education.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Bitgood

Greg Bitgood

Superintendent, Heritage Christian Online School
Greg Bitgood is the Superintendent and founder of BC’s largest DL School (measured by FTE). He is an active member of IOLA, FISA and ACSI. He has helped organize a national collaboration of Leaders in this genre of education. He speaks extensively on the topic of DL Education to... Read More →
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Richard’s passions for designing software and teaching math, coincide in his role as the project director for StudyForge technology. Richard has been designing online curriculum together with his wife Chelsea for 9 years, and has been teaching online for 7 of those years. They live... Read More →
avatar for Mark Daley

Mark Daley

Educator, Social Theorist, Consultant, Heritage Christian Online School
In a word, my "living inquiry" and professional mandate is to humanize sites of learning and living, in which case I've been privileged to develop programs and curricula with innovators in DL, gaming, and social theory that aspire to restore broken inter-human spaces and systems... Read More →
avatar for Sue Savard

Sue Savard

Grad Counselor, Heritage Christian Online School
avatar for Jeremy Tjosvold

Jeremy Tjosvold

Director of Technology, Heritage Christian Online School


Monday April 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Maranello
  90 min

2:45pm PDT

Quick Break
Monday April 20, 2015 2:45pm - 3:00pm PDT
Foyer

3:00pm PDT

BC Exambank & The Noggin Hoggin Challenge

The BC Exambank offers thousands of online practice tests for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in English and French. Questions have been written by local subject-specialized teachers and aligned to the BC curriculum.  This resource is used from school and home to compliment what is being taught in the classroom. This is a must have tool for teachers, students, and parents.

The session will also showcase our semi-annual "The Noggin Hoggin' Challenge". Students engage in a free, 6 day-long Online Treasure Hunt, learning to identify and consult reputable sources to solve puzzles and problems. Questions are diverse, multi-disciplary and pique the interest of students, classrooms and families across the country.  

Jeannie will take you through the user-friendly site before granting unrestricted access for further exploration.  Take a walk in a student’s footsteps — come experience BC.ExamBank.com hands-on and discover for yourself how our resources can enhance and support distance learning.

Put yourself to the test. Get Your Geek On at ExamBank.com!


Speakers
avatar for exambank

exambank

Project Manager, Exambank.com
ExamBank.com is participating this year as a uLead exhibitor for the first time.  We welcome them to uLead and encourage our delegates to support them by visiting their exhibit at uLead 2018.


Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Firenze
  45 min

3:00pm PDT

Beyond Drill and Kill: iPad apps that encourage creativity
As the title suggests, mobile devices have so much more to offer than drills and level-ups. See some live action demos of just a few of the most creative uses of free, built-in, and low-cost apps. Session includes tips on differentiated instruction, making single-use devices multi-user, and volume-buying apps. BYOD if you want to play along. Apps in focus are: Book Creator, iMovie, Stop-motion Animator, and Explain Everything.

Delegates will come away with a closer look at some common apps--some that are free with useful tips for a "Monday Morning Lesson", also tips on organization-wide strategies.
 

Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Villa 2

3:00pm PDT

Bridging the Gap: How Integrated, Independent Learning Centres in Schools Create Opportunities in the DL World.
Our district has created Independent Learning Centers (ILC’s) at each of our high schools. Students receive an ILC block(s) as part of their regular timetable. During these blocks, students work in a computer lab, with the assistance of a classroom teacher. We will have an administrator, an ILC teacher and a Distance Education teacher (Navigate) on our panel to share our challenges and successes, and to explain how we work together to provide students with more choice in courses, pace and learning styles in order to better meet their needs.

Click here for presentation  

Speakers
avatar for Heather Corman

Heather Corman

ILC Teacher, School District #71
This is my second year working in the Independent Learning Centre at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary. I assist students in taking on-line courses from NIDES and other distance schools in B.C. Prior to this, I taught English for 25 years. I am very interested in a Blended/Hybrid approach... Read More →
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Julie Shields

Julie Shields 25 years in a high school (10 as a classroom science/math teacher, 15 of them as an administrator), I have seen a lot of changes in education. Moving away from the “sage on the stage” towards individualized 21st century learning skills, education continues to adapt... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Villa 3
  45 min

3:00pm PDT

Discussion and Dialogue Tools: Building community while enhancing learning outcomes
Online dialogue and discussion tools can dramatically enhance digital learning outcomes. This presentation presents an overview of these tools, and discusses their use in various educational settings. Emphasis is placed on the importance of fostering a community of learners through networks, as research shows that robust and diverse networks are important factors influencing persistence and overall academic success. Through interactive discussion, participants will explore their needs and develop a strategy for incorporating relevant dialogue tools in practice. This presentation will be useful to those seeking to support existing and/or create new flexible learning opportunities for students.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bakker

Karen Bakker

CEO and Co-Founder, Prollster
I am a Professor and Canada Research Chair at UBC and currently teach a course on EdX (the Harvard/MIT e-learning platform). I currently teach 5 courses and 10,250 students per year! I'd love to hear about people's views on enhancing student engagement in online dialogues and discussions... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Villa 1
  45 min

3:00pm PDT

Life Skills In The Digital World - Providing Effective Courses For Modified Students

Unfortunately this session has been cancelled.  Please find another session to attend.  Our apologies.


Speakers
avatar for Patty Golumbia

Patty Golumbia

Integration Support Teacher, South Island Distance Education (SIDES)
Patty Golumbia has been a teacher for the better part of her life. Since securing her first contract, in 1986, she has been actively involved teaching in three provinces, fives school districts and countless schools. Patty has a Masters of Education (2005) that focused on Reading... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Carrera

3:00pm PDT

Voices into Action - a cost-free, online human rights/social justice resource!

A vibrant, interactive workshop introduces educators to Voices into Action  – a comprehensive resource which examines issues of prejudice and intolerance with the intention of developing students’ social consciousness.  This online resource, created by non-profit FAST (creators of Choose Your Voice), provides teachers with material for Socials, Social Justice, History, Law, English, and Art courses. Through case studies, original videos, thought provoking lessons, and primary resources students delve into subjects like immigration, The Holocaust, genocide, homophobia, the Aboriginal experience, and more.  This workshop will introduce you to the teacher dashboard so you can plan lessons, save them, and e-send them to your students. As educators it is vital that we share truths about all forms of oppression with our students so that they can choose compassion over hate and positive action over indifference.

Click here for presentation  


Speakers
avatar for Jodi Derkson

Jodi Derkson

BC Regional Director of Educational Programs, FAST
Jodi Derkson, MEd. is a BC Certified teacher, with over twenty years of professional teaching and facilitation experience. She has always broached topics of discrimination, racism, and bullying with her students and hasn’t lost her drive to really make a difference. Jodi is very... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
Venezia

3:00pm PDT

3:00pm PDT

Elementary EdCamp
Limited Capacity seats available

An EdCamp is chance to discuss and learn from each other. The topics are fluid and follow the interests of the group. Possible topics are: delivery platforms, engagement, Inquiry/PBL, online subscriptions, OLT/Home Facilitator relationship, Elementary to Highschool transition, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Kadonaga

Jason Kadonaga

Intermediate Teacher, EBUS Academy
4-7 Distance Ed Teacher. Past: Teacher-Librarian/Learning Commons Teacher gr 1/2, 2/3 classroom teacher Hockey Coach
avatar for Jana-Rae Kadonaga

Jana-Rae Kadonaga

Teacher, NVSS


Monday April 20, 2015 3:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Carrera

3:45pm PDT

Quick Break
Monday April 20, 2015 3:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Foyer

4:00pm PDT

All Education is Special Education: Using design thinking to create inclusive courses

More and more, students need special education support to succeed in distributed learning. By using "design thinking" throughout course creation and implementation, teachers can help special ed learners succeed, while reducing administrative challenges.

In this workshop, participants will take a tour of experiences from real BC Special Education providers and course designers. We'll then turn those experiences into actionable, personalized design plans that each participant can take home  and use, to create courses that matter to students of all types. 


Speakers
MG

Matt Giammarino

Matt brings thousands of contact hours with students, 10 years of experience as an educational entrepreneur, course designer, and CEO, and a variety of academic degrees, publications, and research experiences to his presentations. As a teacher and course design, Matt focuses on blending... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Portico
  45 min

4:00pm PDT

ChatterHigh: A Game for Career & Post-Sec Exploration

ChatterHigh.com gamifies exploration of postsecondary & career options, health, finance and Graduation Transition info. It is free, PIPA compliant and fun. The daily 9 minute activity makes this information accessible to DL students, building awareness of many paths. BCIT said this was the best online portal to directly engage students in 2014. Learn how Burnaby Online and FVDES have integrated a ChatterHigh assignment into their Planning 10 curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Lee Taal

Lee Taal

Founder, Chatter High
A future paleontologist/football player who attended high school in Peterborough, Ontario, Lee’s career path was a complete surprise to him. A graduate of RRMC with a B.Sc in Oceanography & Space Science, he worked in the Arctic, has a medal from the UN and NATO, gave advice to... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Venezia
  45 min

4:00pm PDT

Google Applications in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Description to come...

Speakers
avatar for Corrie Macdonald

Corrie Macdonald

Educator, Kamloops Online Learning, KOOL
Corrie Macdonald I am an online teacher with @Kool in Kamloops.  I have been a classroom teacher for over twenty years and the past four years I have been an on-line teachers.  I have been part of a team of Planning 10 teachers who have created a student centered course, related... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Firenze

4:00pm PDT

How Flexible is Moodle?
A Grade 9 Science pilot project has been initiated in Pembina Hills Regional Division Alberta. A teacher has chosen to use the new Science 9 Moodle course to offer students an opportunity to work on an alternate program alongside their classmates. The course is designed to provide many layers of scaffolding to encourage and maintain independent learning, as needed, without bogging everybody down. This presentation will discuss what worked and what didn't in this context.

Delegates will come away with :
In Moodle:  How to develop independent learners by
- providing lots of scaffolding for those who need it without bogging down those who don't
- providing frequent self-assessment opportunities (with data readily available for teachers to use)

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Frose

Cheryl Frose

Teacher - 12 Month, Adlc Barrhead


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Villa 1
  45 min

4:00pm PDT

Personalized Learning at Richmond Virtual School: a Blended and Project Based Approach
In this session we will relate some ways we personalize learning for students at Richmond Virtual School. We use a blended approach to learning that has proved to be very effective. This session will focus on our practices at RVS and provide examples of personalized learning, including the development of an innovative new program called SKY. The SKY program provides students the opportunity to pursue their interests through a blended approach involving class meetings, online learning, and meaningful project based learning. There will be time for questions and reflection.

Delegates will come away with:
• A blended and project based approach that can be an effective alternative in distributed learning.
• Some practical ways to integrate project based learning into DL courses.
 

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Fraser

Shaun Fraser

Teacher, Richmond Virtual School
I am a blended secondary teacher for the Richmond School District (sd38). My focus is chemistry, biology and environmental education. I am passionate about edtech as well as the growing desire for project based learning. We have started a new program this year called SKY. http://skyrvs.weebly.com... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Villa 2

4:00pm PDT

Personalizing Flexible (Blended) Learning Through the Fine Arts
Unfortunately this session has been cancelled...

Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Maranello

4:00pm PDT

SMS2 (New Student Management System)
BCLN is currently coordinating the development of a new student management system.  We are combining efforts and years of experience from SIMS and SMS to create a more polished and efficient product.  This product will be available in the summer of 2015.

Join us to learn about developments and help shape the final product.

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 Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Technical Director, Western Canadian Learning Network
WCLN is a consortium of 70+ districts from within BC, AB, SK, YU, and NWT.     WCLN builds DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.    The use of WCLN resources has been steadily growing, but we've seen a rapid increase due to COVID/remote pressures.   The resources consist... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Veranda

4:00pm PDT

Supporting Aboriginal Learners in an Online Environment
We have created an online classroom for our Aboriginal Education worker to interact with her students and families. This allows her families to access information about upcoming events as well as view past events at any time of day or night. In addition there is an opportunity to help students connect with academic and/or career counselors.

Opportunities for both face to face and virtual classes are available and accessed through the ABED classroom as well. This presentation will discuss how the ABED classroom has increased our learner's connections with their school and, we hope, improve their success rate.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Froese

Kirsten Froese

Vice-Principal, EBUS Academy
I have been with EBUS Academy for 8 years as a science teacher, course developer and most recently a Vice Principal (Elementary and Aboriginal Education).


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Maranello

4:00pm PDT

The Good, The Bad and the Really Good: Developing Community in Blended and Fully Online Courses
Mary O’Neill coordinates and is an instructor in Vancouver Island University's Online Learning & Teaching graduate Diploma (OLTD) Program, where Avi Luxenburg is also one of the instructors. They have observed the development of tight-knit learning communities (never an easy thing to achieve) in fully online and blended courses. Both instructors value the community aspect of learning online and present practical strategies, tools and opportunities to promote community building within a blended and fully online context. Student samples and projects will be shared and discussion will be encouraged.

Click here for Avi's resources.  

Speakers
avatar for Avi Luxenburg

Avi Luxenburg

Instructor, Vancouver Island University
In almost 30 years as an educator, Avi Luxenburg has worked with students from Grades Two through 12 in subject areas as diverse as Film Production, Humanities, Media Studies, Mathematics, Information Technology, Psychology, Photography, and much more.  Avi is an instructor in the... Read More →
avatar for Mary O'Neill

Mary O'Neill

Coordinator, OLTD Graduate Diploma Program, Vancouver Island University
Mary has been with VIU's Education Faculty since 1991 and has seen the program advance in its integration of technology in all curriculum areas.She serves as Program Coordinator for the Online Learning & Teaching graduate Diploma (OLTD) and instructs OLTD 501: Introduction to Online... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Villa 3
  45 min

4:45pm PDT

EDL PSA: Jostle Launch Drop-in
Grab some food and refreshments and drop by to test drive the BC Educators for Distributed Learning's new Jostle community platform.

Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →


Monday April 20, 2015 4:45pm - 5:45pm PDT
Venezia

4:45pm PDT

Social
Monday April 20, 2015 4:45pm - 6:30pm PDT
Foyer

5:00pm PDT

 
Tuesday, April 21
 

7:00am PDT

Registration
Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:00am - 9:30am PDT
Foyer

7:15am PDT

Morning Coffee
Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:15am - 7:45am PDT
Foyer

7:30am PDT

7:45am PDT

Digital Haggis: The E-cademy of New Technology, Engineering & Robotics
Limited Capacity seats available

Experiences, reflections and ideas on a learner centric, cohort-based, 'Spark'-inspired, hands-on, project-based, play-based, 'flipped' STEM Makerspace approach to an iNACOL award winning Blended Learning program in the Comox Valley.

http://navigatenides.com/
http://www.navigatenides.com/courses/k-9/enter-6-9-
http://www.navigatenides.com/courses/k-9/enter2
Our hope is that participants will gain a broader understanding of Blended Learning in action.  We would like them to leave having had their questions answered and perhaps with more questions to ask – questions that they can take back to their own schools/districts as they look at incorporating blended learning in their districts.
 

Speakers
avatar for Marieke Holtkamp

Marieke Holtkamp

Vice-Principal, Navigate
Vice-Principal of K-9 blended/DL programs at Navigate.
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Meiko Matsumoto

eCademy of New Technologies Engineering & Robotics 6/7 (E.N.T.E.R) Instructor, Navigate (NIDES)
I teach the grade 6/7 ecademy of New Technologies Engineering & Robotics (E.N.T.E.R) at Navigate in Courtenay, BC. We approach curriculum through an engineering and robotics lens and deliver curriculum in a hands-on, project-based way. We are a blended learning program meeting on... Read More →
avatar for Roger Vernon

Roger Vernon

E.N.T.E.R. 2 Teacher, Navigate (NIDES)
In 2012/13, Roger Vernon worked with Marieke Holtkamp to pilot the eCademy of Engineering, New Technology and Robotics (ENTER) a blended program for grade 6-8 students. The program has since blossomed earning international recognition from iNACOL as the 2014 recipient for Innovative... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am PDT
Firenze

7:45am PDT

Free Resources
LearnNowBC and Open School BC offer a variety of free resources that are designed to help learners succeed.  In this session you will learn how to access the graduation checklist, online elementary resources, the DPA tracker and various study center resources such as free online tutoring.  Discover the Ministry of Education e-textbooks developed by Open School BC. 

You will leave this session with a wealth of resources that you can start using with students right away!

Speakers
avatar for Monique Brewer

Monique Brewer

Director, Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Education
Monique has 20 years experience working in technology education and distributed learning in K-12 and the broader public sector. Monique has been working closely with OSBC’s development team in the transition of OSBC courses from Blackboard to Moodle.
avatar for Jenny Morrison

Jenny Morrison

Mentor Teacher, LearnNowBC
Jenny Morrison is the Mentor Teacher for LearnNowBC. She supervises the Free Live Tutoring resource available for high school students in BC. She is a teacher that has worked in the public school system for 15 years. After spending many years working in primary classrooms she found... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am PDT
Villa 1
  45 min

7:45am PDT

Gamification in Desire2Learn
Gamification in education, in its most basic form, is about placing the central goal of learning a subject within layers of game-like mechanisms. It is not, contrary to belief, turning education into videogames.  In this presentation I will discuss a little bit about theories related to gamification, and devote most of the presentation time to how I implemented points/rewards and badges inside a Desire2Learn class. If possible, I'd also like to compare this with a non-gamified class to see if there is any positive effect from gamification.

Delegates will leave with gamification ideas, various Desire2Learn implementations that resemble gamification structures.

Speakers
avatar for Bell Chen

Bell Chen

teacher, Vancouver Learning Network
I have been working at Vancouver Learning Network as a math/physics teacher for about 8 years. My primary interest in online education is to find ways to deliver learning that makes sense, both in content and design. I believe online learning interface should match the level of app... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am PDT
Veranda

7:45am PDT

Innovation in K-12 Online and Blended Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on Innovation in K12 Online and Blended learning from  national, provincial and district perspectives. Verena will share some CANeLearn projects, Alberta collaborations and projects and current examples from her work as an online teacher with Palliser Beyond Borders. Participants will get a chance to consider how they can participate with current projects and link ideas to their current practice.

Delegates will leave with:
  • Links to current Innovative projects that participants can join; and
  • Online resources with the potential for individual remixing in their own practice.
Click here for a copy of Verena's presentation.
 

Speakers
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 →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am PDT
Villa 2

7:45am PDT

Round Table Discussion: How Can We Get Kids Programming?

The Ministry's Digital Literacy Framework has been updated to include student learning outcomes that reflect knowledge, understanding, and competency in computer programming...but is this enough? Our students need more opportunities to learn about programming, and practice computational thinking. Come chat about a new partnership between educational stakeholders and an initiative to provide BC students with the opportunity to learn programming. Your ideas are needed!


Speakers
avatar for Melody Ma

Melody Ma

Melody Ma is a web developer and previously a software product manager. She frequently volunteers to teach programming for organizations and events like Ladies Learning Code and #HTML500, the largest learn-to-code event in Canada. As a recent coding bootcamp graduate, she always wondered... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am PDT
Venezia

7:45am PDT

Using LibGuides to enhance Collaboration and Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will discuss the implementation of LibGuides in SD57. Currently LibGuides are used to feature resources and direct inquiry and research projects by students . This presentation will also discuss how LibGuides are being used to offer both blended and entirely online courses for students.

Speakers
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Rhea Woolgar

Rhea Woolgar is the teacher-librarian in the Kelly Road Library Learning Commons. She also works as a District Learning Commons Liaison. She believes in preserving intellectual freedom and dreams of one day joining the Radical Librarians.


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am PDT
Lobby Boardroom

7:45am PDT

Tips and Techniques for Screencasting
Mastering the screencasting puzzle.  Steve will share with you his tricks and tips to help you create simple screencasts for you to use with your students.

Join Steve for an hour, and you will learn:
  • Hardware and Software you can use;
  • Steve's recording process;
  • Editing and packaging of the videos; and
  • Publishing to YouTube.
Steve possesses a unique, refreshing, and thought-provoking view of the world of technology and how it impacts our lives. He has a talent for looking at technology and understanding how it affects us, not just how it works and what it will do for us; Steve explains, with great insight and humour, the effect technology has on our work and personal lives! 

Speakers
avatar for Steve Dotto

Steve Dotto

President, Dotto Tech
Steve Dotto is Canada's most respected geek. For over 15 years, as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show, Steve entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology.Steve has a passion for... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 9:15am PDT
Villa 3

7:45am PDT

High Tech That Empowers High Touch
So you've gone blended, or are an online school, and all of a sudden you have students clicking and tapping and generating tons of data. What is the point of all of this data? What should it do? How can it work better for us? We will discuss the benefits and detriments of the data rich world educators are finding themselves in, and how data should, and is being harnessed not to replace teachers, but rather to empower more effective teacher-student interaction.

I hope people will leave with...
1. A dissatisfaction with the lackluster data tools available in most current LMS.
2. A desire to push for systems that manage student data well, so that computers can do what computers do best, and teachers can do what people do best.
Link to presentation here.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Richard’s passions for designing software and teaching math, coincide in his role as the project director for StudyForge technology. Richard has been designing online curriculum together with his wife Chelsea for 9 years, and has been teaching online for 7 of those years. They live... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 9:30am PDT
Carrera
  90 min

7:45am PDT

The Day in the Life of a DL teacher

This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to tell their stories in a congenial conversation with their colleagues. The workshop will be facilitated by David Comrie (BCEDLPSA) President and Dr. Christopher Rozitis (VLN teacher). The conversation will begin with what is working to what are the challenges of the jobs and the possible ways of conveying these stories to other DL stakeholders.  


Speakers
avatar for David Comrie

David Comrie

Past-President, BCEDLPSA
David Comrie is the Past-President of the British Columbia Educators for Distributed Learning. David has been working in the DL world since 1997. He is an experienced alternate education teacher that has been brought back to help with SD 73's Middle School program Grades 8 and 9... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:45am - 9:30am PDT
Maranello

8:30am PDT

Quick Break
Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:30am - 8:45am PDT
Foyer

8:30am PDT

8:45am PDT

A 21st century course design for multiple platforms – online, open and correspondence.
Writing 12 was completely rebuilt this year with a focus on the student that needs the credit as well as the student that wants to learn more about writing, delving deeper into specific genres of interest, and producing a finished product ready to submit for publication.

This course was designed to offer more flexibility to both the instructor as well as the student. We’ve moved away from prescribing what to write about and offering students more choice with their activities. Some interactive activities as well as interviews from regional authors the course take advantage of the use of modern multimedia.

The course features page is here: http://www.openschool.bc.ca/features/writing_12.html and the OER version may be accessed here: http://ocr.openschool.bc.ca/

 

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Mitchell

Shannon Mitchell

Project Manager, Open School BC


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Portico
  45 min

8:45am PDT

Better than treading water... Now trending: Using a Blended Approach to Adult Learning

Faced with declining enrolments and diminished Ministry funding, Adult and Continuing Education programs have been disappearing in BC.  Due to budgetary shortfalls, school districts are under pressure to cancel even more of their adult learning programs. With each course cancellation, teachers lose jobs and students lose pathways to graduation. 

The Burnaby School District is turning the tide on this downward spiral with a new blended approach for adult education.  By exploiting the wealth of quality online course content, teachers are able to deliver two distinct courses within a single time block.

Here’s how it works. In a three hour time block, a teacher will give direct instruction to half the class, while the other half works independently and in groups on an online course. Half-way through the class, the groups will switch, allowing the teacher to now give full attention to the new group while the others complete their online activities. This model means that two distinct courses can now be delivered by one instructor. Given the skills and experience of the teacher, the subjects might be as diverse as Social Studies and Mathematics.

In this session David Le Blanc will share how this blended model has stopped low enrolling courses from going down the drain in Burnaby’s Adult & Continuing Ed. Program.  

Here's a link to his presentation:  http://tinyurl.com/n2nvohm


Speakers
avatar for David Leblanc

David Leblanc

Academic Advisor, Burnaby School District
I am a teacher in Burnaby, British Columbia, where I am a non-enrolling teacher for one of our district's alternate programs. I also work indepently as an e-consultant in instructional design and collaborative learning solutions. I have been using MOODLE since 2003 and administer... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Villa 2

8:45am PDT

Making Moodle Behave
What if online teachers could "wave a magic wand" and customize Moodle to make it work the way they would like? Current features in a suite of Moodle plug-ins called "MoodleFN" will be shared along with the latest "Mentor plug-in".
The process of identifying needs, creating "mock-ups", coding rounds, beta testing and final refinements will be described.
Discussion about collaboration and partnerships in refining plug-ins will be encouraged.

Delegates will come away with:
  • Knowledge of how MoodleFN plug-ins work, and with links to downloads.
  • A model for creating coding projects to customize Moodle.
  • Opportunity to connect with others interested in a K-12 voice for the Moodle community.

Here are two links to Ted's slides: 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DfZAbN4MFUid4HXhayom6ReBwZTA8vtDRzsz2phaG0c/edit?usp=sharing

http://tiny.cc/behave



Speakers
avatar for Ted Green

Ted Green

Principal, edcentre.ca
I am the team leader at edcentre.ca, Northern Saskatchewan's online school. Talk to me about the importance of connecting with student experience and building positive relationships. Talk to me about building houses and getting through life without a mortgage. Talk to me about northern... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Villa 1

8:45am PDT

Rosetta Stone
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the Rosetta Stone team to learn how to maximize the effectiveness of digital learning tools.  Find out how Rosetta Stone is much more than language learning!

Chart the Course for Blended Learning
  • Education reports find that blended approaches integrating both classroom instruction and online learning offer the best results.
  • Make sense of blended learning in your own instructional practices.
Personalize Learning
  • Digital learning tools offer significant advantages over traditional textbooks. With the Rosetta Stone solution, students learn key language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking, and the instruction can be modified to support individual learning styles.

Speakers
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Cary DePriest

Regional Manager Canada, Rosetta Stone
I have been working with educational technology for twelve years and the past eleven with Rosetta Stone, we originated a program called the Academy of World Languages that successfully allowed access to our program for students, teachers, parents, and the related community.
avatar for Tim O'Hagan

Tim O'Hagan

Subject Matter Expert, Rosetta Stone
Greetings! I am a Subject Matter Expert for Rosetta Stone, with more than a decade of experience in language instruction, both live and technology based. The changes that we have seen over the last decade have been incredible, with new technology, new ideas, and new attitudes... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Lobby Boardroom
  45 min

8:45am PDT

Student collaboration: Harnessing the power of digital mind-maps
Mind-maps are a great way to review, retain and organize information, make connections between concepts, and brainstorm ideas. Many digital mind-mapping websites are available to create individually or collaboratively generated maps. This presentation will demonstrate a few of these sites as well as their capabilities, requirements, collaborative learning possibilities, potential risks and possible activities.

Delegtes will come away with a resource (handout) with variety of digital mind-mapping websites. The session will include program capabilities, technical requirements, and potential privacy risks as well as examples of lesson ideas and activities.

Click here for mind map resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis

Instructor, VIU
Lisa Lewis works in Academic and Career Preparation at Vancouver Island University teaching face-to-face, blended and fully online classes.
avatar for Charlene Stewart

Charlene Stewart

ABE Instructor, Vancouver Island University
As a math and science instructor, I am constantly trying to find new ways to engage my adult learners. As many of my students are 'digital immigrants', I am particularly interested in strategies for incorporating technology into my lessons that are user-friendly and can be used across... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Veranda
  45 min

8:45am PDT

The EdTech Mentorship Network: What It Is and What It Can Do For You!
Most school districts have someone whose job it is to mentor teachers in the use of educational technology. The EdTech Mentorship Network connects these mentors with each other and people who need their help. The ETMN aggregates free professional learning resources, information, and events on behalf of BC’s educators. Come get informed and involved!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hawkes

Mark Hawkes

eLearning Coordinator, BC Ministry of Education
Mark is the BC Ministry of Education's E-Learning Coordinator. Amongst other things, he is responsible for staying abreast of new developments in digital learning technologies, the BC Distributed Learning Standards, and the Digital Literacy Framework. Current focus: the K-12 Coding... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Venezia

8:45am PDT

Vygotsky and Bruner on Roddenberry's Holodeck
Limited Capacity seats available

Between 1991-2005 I presented numerous workshops on using games to "engagify" education, but in 2006 I found myself seeking to engage distance education students. Even then, with relatively few students, it was clear that a MOOC-like approach was ineffective. After much research however, I discovered a select number of safe and highly effective 3D interactive Virtual Learning Environments that created a highly positive relationship between the learner and the subject being studied. This Immersive Technology program, has been growing 300% annually at HCOS. It would be my pleasure to share with you the secrets to this success.

Delegates will get a succinct overview of:
  1. The educational theory that underpins and justifies the use of 3D interactive virtual learning environments (VLEs);
  2. The need to be very selective in what is used with students; 
  3. What is currently being done in this field; and
  4. How they can get the resources and any training necessary to bring a new level of engagement and learning to their teaching practice.


Speakers
avatar for Gord Holden

Gord Holden

Immersive Technology Specialist, Heritage Christian Online School
Gord Holden is the director of the Immersive Technology Program at Heritage Christian Online School. His staff of 12 provide immersive learning in 3D virtual environments for academics in grades 5-8, language courses in French and Spanish, a variety of Art courses, and academics for... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 8:45am - 9:30am PDT
Firenze

9:30am PDT

Breakfast Buffet
Tuesday April 21, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am PDT
Villa Ballroom

10:00am PDT

Transforming Education Access and Quality with Mobile and Cloud Learning Environments
The opening to the panel presentation offers global trends and perspectives for learning without boundaries. We have challenges and opportunities we’ve never had before to scale up access to quality education opportunity by expanding effective practice and content online.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Cavanaugh

Cathy Cavanaugh

Director of Teaching and Learning, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation, working with education leaders and organizations around the world to accelerate learning and teaching by transforming education with cloud and mobile technology.   Cathy’s... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:00am - 10:15am PDT
Villa Ballroom

10:00am PDT

10:15am PDT

Panel Discussion: Connecting. Engaging. Growing. Fostering community online.

Join our rapid-fire dialogue and discussion on:

Connecting. Engaging. Growing. Fostering community online.

Flexible approaches are critical to engaging learning online – for both classroom and online/DL teachers.  Engage with our noted panelists and delegates in a dialogue regarding successful strategies to foster community online and engaged learning approaches.

Discussion Format:

  • Panelists will provide brief remarks of 3-5 minutes on a pre-selected topic.
  • Moderators will wander the ballroom to invite your questions and comments (please be brief – if you can't say it in under a minute, folks will likely tune you out).
  • The back channel (Twitter hashtag #edtechbc) will be curated and brought into the live discussion (BYOD!).
  • Panelists may also ask questions of the audience.
  • Audience members can add to the discussion with their own successes, issues, and insights.

The session is not intended to be a panel of experts presenting their ideas; rather, it is a planned and structured rapid-fire dialogue.  Much of what will be discussed will flow from delegate input solicited in advance of the conference.  However, discussions stemming from the pre-conference, Monday keynote and workshop sessions, from your conference foyer conversations, chatter during social events and dinner discussions are also a key part of the panel discussion.

The panel dialogue is an opportunity to share openly the risks, challenges, and problems associated with developing flexible learning practices in a manner that augments good teaching, fosters greater learning, and leverages today’s tools for tomorrow’s leaders.


Moderators
avatar for Cathy Cavanaugh

Cathy Cavanaugh

Director of Teaching and Learning, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation, working with education leaders and organizations around the world to accelerate learning and teaching by transforming education with cloud and mobile technology.   Cathy’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rod Allen

Rod Allen

Superintendent of Learning, Ministry of Education
Rod Allen is Superintendent of Learning, a position he was appointed to in January 2008, with a central role in British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Prior to this he was Superintendent of Schools in British Columbia’s School District 54 (Bulkley Valley... Read More →
avatar for Mark Daley

Mark Daley

Educator, Social Theorist, Consultant, Heritage Christian Online School
In a word, my "living inquiry" and professional mandate is to humanize sites of learning and living, in which case I've been privileged to develop programs and curricula with innovators in DL, gaming, and social theory that aspire to restore broken inter-human spaces and systems... Read More →
avatar for Steve Dotto

Steve Dotto

President, Dotto Tech
Steve Dotto is Canada's most respected geek. For over 15 years, as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show, Steve entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology.Steve has a passion for... 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 Corrie Macdonald

Corrie Macdonald

Educator, Kamloops Online Learning, KOOL
Corrie Macdonald I am an online teacher with @Kool in Kamloops.  I have been a classroom teacher for over twenty years and the past four years I have been an on-line teachers.  I have been part of a team of Planning 10 teachers who have created a student centered course, related... Read More →
avatar for Terri Reid

Terri Reid

Learning Services Curriculum Coordinator, Black Gold School Division
As the Learning Services Curriculum Coordinator for Black Gold School Division, Terri provides support in the areas curriculum, instruction, and professional learning as well as online and blended learning. A specific area of concentration is supporting teachers in aligning assessment... Read More →


Tuesday April 21, 2015 10:15am - 12:45pm PDT
Villa Ballroom

12:45pm PDT

Conference prize draw
Tuesday April 21, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm PDT
Villa Ballroom

1:00pm PDT

Conference Networking
Opportunity for continued dialogue with colleagues, presenters, and attendees.

Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Villa Ballroom

1:00pm PDT