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Sunday, October 23
 

16:30

blendED Welcome Social
Please join us for some snacks and a no host bar.  Meet with other attendees and presenters.  This is a great way to kick of blendED 2016.  We hope to see you here!

Sunday October 23, 2016 16:30 - 18:00
Jubilee Foyer
 
Monday, October 24
 

07:30

Buffet Breakfast
Monday October 24, 2016 07:30 - 08:00
Jubilee Ballroom

08:00

08:45

Keynote
Speakers
DG

Dr. George Siemens

George Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington and cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 08:45 - 09:45
Jubilee Ballroom

09:45

Refreshment Break
Monday October 24, 2016 09:45 - 10:00
Jubilee Foyer

10:00

Moodle & Weebly: Designing Dynamic Online Learning Environments
Sharing innovative course design using Moodle and Weebly.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Belke

Andrea Belke

HS Teacher, Argyll Centre EPSB
This year marks my 20th year as a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools. I have been teaching at the Argyll Centre since 2005 and have been a full-time on-line teacher for the past 6 years. Although I now teach primarily high school social studies, I have taught grades 9-12 on-line... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
Edmonds

10:00

Enhanced Learning Model
Within Alberta our smallest rural high schools face the challenge of providing access to expertise across all subject areas and strands of the Alberta High School Program of Studies.

Wolf Creek’s commitment to providing access to high quality programming at all of our school sites, regardless of size, location, demographics etc. compelled Learning and Technology Services to explore an Enhanced Learning Model for our small rural high schools.

This summer 10 Wolf Creek teachers took on the challenge of creating high end robust and interactive digital content that could be used to support classroom teachers within a variety of learning environments.  This was a daunting challenge given the timelines, however as a team they were able to create the following courses-- see link

Join for a walk through our planning, creation and now pilot implementation of this new Enhanced Learning WCPS Model.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Greg Esteves

Greg Esteves

Director of Technology, Wolf Creek Public Schools
An educational leader with more than 20 years experience as a teacher and leader in Alberta's classrooms, Greg brings a learning focused perspective to his role as Director of Technology Integration with Wolf Creek Public Schools. Greg works with a great Learning and Technology Services... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
Gallery 2

10:00

10:00

Closing the Gap: BlendED Learning Basics
How do we support small shifts in practice to best support the thoughtful integration of technology for student-centred learning?

In K-12 education, the shift toward student-centred, blended and online learning will greatly impact teacher practice and instructional strategies.   This session will focus on the small steps we can take to begin to shift teaching and learning to leverage technology to it's fullest capacity:  connecting, collaborating, creating.  The exciting world of new literacies will be explored and time for collaborate planning will be provided!

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Beaton

Laurel Beaton

Coordinator of Learning and Innovation, Grasslands School Division
Laurel Beaton is currently the Vice Principal of Brooks Composite High School.  Her previous work was a the Coordinator of Learning and Innovation for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre.


Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
Jubilee Ballroom

10:00

Open Educational Resources: Challenge for the Future
Open Educational Resources (OER) constitute an important resource with the potential to facilitate the expansion of quality education and learning opportunities worldwide. OER are learning resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use or modification. OER can be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Mobile computing using the powerful new 3G and 4g phones, tablets and netbooks has opened the door for learners and teachers to access the world’s knowledge from almost anywhere, at anytime. The internet houses the world’s treasure of knowledge. In this context the role of OER in providing learners and teachers with learning content, applications, games etc. is becoming increasingly more relevant. The internet is the world’s intellectual commons and OER renders this knowledge accessible to all. The world’s knowledge is a public good that should be made available to everyone. The free and open sharing of educational resources can serve to promote the building of knowledge societies and the reduction of the knowledge divide that separates nations, as well as the divide within societies themselves.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Rory McGreal

Rory McGreal

Professor, Athabasca University
I am the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources and the director of TEKRI at Athabasca University


Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
Terrace 4

10:00

Teaching Mobile App Development in a School Lab with Zero Cost and Zero Effort
MIT App Inventor 2, is an outstanding tool for teaching and practising. It abstracts away most of the difficulties usually associated with mobile development, and simplifies development intentionally, and visually, into the basic building blocks of computer science.
App Inventor 2 was initially used as a training platform for the students of "Master in Innovation in Technology & Entrepreneurship " of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology for the past two years (2014-2016) as part of their course entitled "Web Applications Design and Mobile Communications" .
More than 40 students in the past two years tested their skills on Mobile application development having minimum or even none prior programming expertise.
The main objective was the development of professional skills in emerging technologies such as the mobile apps.
Students worked in groups or as individuals after a number of F2F classes in order to develop their final projects.
A number of virtual/blended sessions have been organized between the students' groups and the Instructor, either for mentoring or guidance purposes.
Final projects such as the "Tack my Child " app, the "Course evaluator" or the "Tutor evaluation" have been successfully developed by the students.

The effectiveness of App Inventor 2 as platform for Android application development in a Blended environment have been proved, indicating also the block based programming as an appropriate Instructive approach for audience with no prior programming experience.

It is a strong belief that App Inventor 2 can be successfully used in a Highschool
Labs motivating students to gain programming skills in a Blended Learning environment.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Avgoustos Tsinakos

Avgoustos Tsinakos

Professor, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology
The development of mobile applications without prior knowledge of coding, using the "MIT App Inventor 2" open source platform. | Objective: Indicate how teachers can engage the students in a school lab for the development of mobile apps (for any course) using a Blended learning... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
Gallery 1

11:15

IGNITE SESSION
#1 - Engaging 'born mobile' students: How we built a world-first gamified, mobile app in entrepreneurship -Dr. Leslie McGeough
#2 - The Process of Implementing Teacher Presence Online (Community of Inquiry Model) - Michelle Khatib
#3 - The World Wants to Hear from our Students - Terry Godwaldt
#4 - BC Learning Network - Brent Sawatzky
#5 - A Blended Professional Learning Impact Story: The LTPF Leadership Community of Practice - Belina Cassie and Rhonda Jessen

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Belina Caissie

Belina Caissie

Senior Manager, Research Branch, Alberta Education
Mom, Educator, Project Manager & Research Coordinator (Research Branch), Online Sessional Instructor, Doctoral Candidate... | | I'm passionate about technology enhanced / enabled learning environments which is an intersection of educational technology, assistive technology, inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Terry Godwaldt

Terry Godwaldt

The Centre for Global Education
Terry Godwaldt is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School and the founder/director of the Centre for Global Education (CGE). From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps teachers all over the world to integrate authentic , globally-minded learning experiences that... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Khatib

Michelle Khatib

Administraiton, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
Michelle received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and her Masters of Educational Technology from the University of Calgary. She has taught for 29 years in a variety of roles such as a classroom teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Educational Technology... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Leslie McGeough

Dr. Leslie McGeough

CEO & Co-Founder, GoRobos Inc.
I'm an educator turned entrepreneur. I believe education needs to be more engaging for students, and leveraging new mobile technologies is one way to accomplish this. We built a world-first mobile app that teaches entrepreneurship - and it's been used by over 10,000 high school and... Read More →
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Tech Director, WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network)
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC and AB districts, building DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration. Directors include Bruce, Brad, Kai, Norbert, and Colleen. Developers include your fellow teachers and some technical specialists.


Monday October 24, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Palm

11:15

PAVEing the Way to Engagement
Engaging a diverse group of students in a primarily online environment is something that all online educators should have the knowledge to implement. PAVE employs a variety of communication methods as well as community building toward this end. This session will explore the different ways that education can successfully be personalized while keeping students and parents/guardians engaged.

Session Notes

Speakers
NB

Nick Benoit

Teacher, PAVE
avatar for Heather Dunsworth

Heather Dunsworth

Teacher, PWEC


Monday October 24, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Edmonds

11:15

Multiplying OER Impact
Through the Campus Alberta OER Initiative, a media creation project is underway to increase awareness, use, and capacity for OER as part of teacher training for in-service educators (K-12). The resulting podcasts and videos will be offered through Athabasca University's graduate courses MDDE 622 (Openness in Education) or BOLT 676 module (Systems Theory and Learning), part of the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) professional learning modules for in-service teachers and administrators. The media will include podcasts, videos, and pdf transcripts within the 3 areas of Awareness, Use, and Championship of K-12 OER. Because the media will have open licensing, they can be freely shared without copyright infringement This allows for use by K-12 educators within Alberta, Canada, and beyond because they will also be accessible through the BOLT blog. OER development is a growing area within K-12 teacher professional learning that addresses educators' need for flexible learning strategies that are designed, used, contextualized, and shared by practicing teachers. Canadian K-12 OER requires teachers to understand what comprises OER, and how to make, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute and review the growing contributions to OER.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Constance Blomgren

Constance Blomgren

Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
Dr. Connie Blomgren is an Assistant Professor at Athabasca Univeristy where she has designed and implemented professional learning modules to further digital pedagogy ( Blended and Online Learning and Teaching). The BOLT blog hosts teacher commentaries regarding technology-enhanced... Read More →
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

EdD Candidate, Sessional Instructor, Research Assistant, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Verena Roberts is a passionate online and blended K-12 educator, consultant, Werkland School of Education (University of Calgary) doctoral candidate who is completing her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices. Verena has taught and designed online/blended... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Gallery 2

11:15

StudyForge and the BlendEd Classroom
StudyForge is the Math Curriculaware of the future! A melding of both curriculum and software allows for an interactive engaging student experience, as well as a helpful tool for teachers. Video curriculum, interactive practice questions, and a thorough note taking supplement guide the students through their courses, while the teacher is able to provide on-time intervention with the help of StudyForge's generated reports unlike anything you've ever experienced before. We are available on both iPads and Android Tablets as well.

Come see what is available for you and your students, whether in a BlendEd Classroom or Online Environment. We are designed to help in both situations!

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Hi! My name is Richard and I love to teach! My classroom and online teaching experience have led me to be part of building the StudyForge math and science curriculum. My passion is for the teacher-learner relationship, specifically how we can create systems and tools that create richer... Read More →



Monday October 24, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Terrace 4

11:15

CTF Course Creation - Where Do I Begin?
With the new CTF curriculum in Alberta officially taking off in September 2016, teachers are finding themselves in a position to use their own creativity and passion to design and implement new CTF courses, for grades 5-9, within their schools. This session will focus on showing the design process and implementation of three CTF courses at Ecole Leduc Junior High School and will also provide teachers with materials to help them build and assess a CTF course of their choosing.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Janine Woronuk

Janine Woronuk

Humanities and CTF Teacher; FLEX Coordinator, Leduc Junior High School
Janine Woronuk graduated with a BEd from the University of Alberta in 2003. Since then, she has taught all subject areas in a small community school of 100 students and more recently, Social Studies and LA in a large junior high with 600 students. In the 2015-2016 school year, Janine... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Gallery 1

11:15

Welcome to Our Inquiry, Project-Based, Tech-Embedded Classroom
Shelley will discuss the nuts and bolts of an inquiry/PBL classroom that empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning, as well as some basic steps for teachers to begin implementing these practices in their own classrooms. She provides examples from her own classroom in subjects as diverse as science, math, English and technology. Additionally, she’ll discuss how to authentically integrate technology into learning, assessment, and how to help students articulate their learning and thinking.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Wright

Shelley Wright

velopment, BC online School
​Shelley Wright has been a teacher for fifteen years, as well as a K-8 administrator & Learning Consultant. She is also a National Faculty member for Buck Institute for Education and a PD Specialist for Discovery Education. Shelley’s passion in education is social justice, inquiry... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Jubilee Ballroom

12:15

Lunch
Monday October 24, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Jubilee Ballroom

13:00

Introduction to R&W for Google Chrome
In this session, attendees will learn how Read&Write for Google Chrome gives students (and educators) a wide variety of literacy supports. Text based resources are often the biggest barrier to effective student learning, not only with new language learners, but also with many students who struggle with reading comprehension and writing. R&W4GC helps students with diverse needs have better access to resources through the use of speech to text and text to speech tools, but all students can benefit from these supports and additional tools such as voice notes, visual and talking dictionaries, PDF tools, highlighting tools and more to create personalized learning experiences. This powerful GAFE extension is built into the address bar within Chrome and can be used while viewing webpages or within Google Docs.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Joan Kollewyn

Joan Kollewyn

Educational Technology Specialist, Rocky View Schools


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Terrace 4

13:00

Rock the Design of Your Course!
Does your course look irresistible? Is it engaging, visual ... learner friendly? Well, hold on to your hats because we are going to take a whirlwind tour of how to create stunning graphics, easy gamification, and visually engaging content .. no matter your skill level, what platform you are using, or what you teach. It's all about captivating your learners and building a "learning flow" that they (and you) will love. Bring your laptop and be prepared to rock the design of your courses.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Neela Bell

Neela Bell

Consultant, Alberta Ed
Neela Bell is an award-winning educator and speaker, pioneering the successful “Bridges” blended elearning program for at risk youth. She brings a wealth of insight and strategies for creating innovative online learning. Connect with Neela at neelabell.com and on Twitter at... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Jubilee Ballroom

13:00

Flexible Learning with CTF - A Dialogue
This session will look at the opportunities found in connecting the current Career and Technology Foundations with the flexible learning opportunities found at CTS. Participants will be part of a discussion of how grades 5-9 students could work in a collaborative blended learning environment just like high school students. Share your experiences, thoughts, reflections during this "think tank" session.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capacities... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Palm

13:00

BCLN Collaborative Development in BC
In this session, we will discuss BC strategies for collaboratively maintaining 70+ courses for our 49 district members. The development involves teachers building lessons, videos, games, questions, projects...etc. This year, the development focus has been building engaging resources for grades 5-9. We will talk about BCLN's development process, teacher Pro-D, blended learning initiatives, student management system, and partnerships.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Brent Sawatzky

Brent Sawatzky

Tech Director, WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network)
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC and AB districts, building DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration. Directors include Bruce, Brad, Kai, Norbert, and Colleen. Developers include your fellow teachers and some technical specialists.


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Gallery 2

13:00

Online Learning: Paving the Way with Policy, Guidelines and Indicators
This session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about changes to the current Guide to Education and to contribute to clarification of language within the field of online and blended learning in Alberta. Status regarding follow up on challenges shared at May’s JTC will be shared (including upcoming exciting changes in PASI). There will also be opportunity for attendees to contribute suggestions for the development of standards, guidelines and quality indicators in online and blended learning. 

Session Notes

 

Speakers
avatar for Daylene Lauman

Daylene Lauman

Online Learning Advisor, Alberta Education
Daylene Lauman, Alberta Education, Online Learning Advisor | Daylene Lauman is currently serving in the role of Online Learning Advisor with Alberta Education in Canada. In this role, she is responsible for the development of policy, standards and guidelines for 1-12 online learning... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Edmonds

13:00

eSports as Athletics for Distance Learning
In addition to fulfilling outcomes from the front matter of various curricular front matter, many of the positive aspects of traditional sports are also evident in esports. These are intended to foster teamwork, confidence, and empathy in an environment that is both safe and fun for students. Games are complex and mentally challenging, and gaining mainstream popularity. In recent years they have been filling sports stadiums around the world, and offering fame and huge prizes. The United States government recognizes esports players as professional athletes for visa purposes.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching Grade 6.


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
Gallery 1

14:15

Math Word Problems and Google Document in Division One
A look at how to use Google Document to transform word problems in math with younger students. The session will look at how to support struggling readers and assessment as well.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Colette Mondor

Colette Mondor

Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
Colette is currently a Curriculum and Resource Support consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. For the previous seven years, Colette was a grade two teacher and the lead technology teacher in Edmonton as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has been integrating technology... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Gallery 2

14:15

What's App?
This session will review our favourite Ed Tech tools and Google Apps and Extensions which can be used in a blended learning environment. Some will touch on working with students with a variety of needs, others fit into creating flexible learning and assessments. BYOD to participate and try out the tools as we go!

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Harper

Stacy Harper

Department Head, Adlc Edmonton
Stacy Harper is the Department Head of Second Languages at ADLC. She is currently the Department Head for Second Languages and a Learning Network liaison (beginning October 2016). Stacy is a Google Educator and interested in using Google as a tool to support teacher-to-teacher and... Read More →
avatar for Carey Klassen

Carey Klassen

Teacher - 12 Month, Adlc Edmonton
I have been an educator for 12 years and have been with Alberta Distance Learning Centre for 5 years, teaching senior high English. My participation in course development projects has driven my interests and research into tech tools for teaching and Universal Design for Learning (UDL... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Palm

14:15

System Implementation of Personalized Electronically Blended Learning (PeBL)

The senior leadership team from the Sun West School Division will present their system journey of moving all of their schools to Personalized electronically Blended Learning (PeBL).  They will describe the supports that were used to manage the merging of 3 types of learning: 1) online; 2) blended; and, 3) personalized.  They will provide exemplars that can be implemented to support teachers changing their pedagogy so as to become “Activators” of learning within a 21st Century learning environment.

Session Notes 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Guy G. Tétrault

Dr. Guy G. Tétrault

Director of Education/CEO, Sun West School Division No. 207
Dr. Guy G. Tétrault |  Helped develop Canada’s first cyber school in 1995 (St. Gabriel Cyber School partnership between Greater St. Albert & Red Deer Catholic school divisions in Alberta) |  Founding member of the Alberta Online Consortium 1997 |  Developed tripartite... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Edmonds

14:15

The Blended Learning Barista: In Search of the Perfect Blend
Jason Maitland and James Burla examine the linkages and interactions between the components that comprise blended learning. They will present their thinking on how these seemingly disparate elements relate:
- reflective leadership, teacher excellence, community and social capital
- defining blended learning - creating a definition that works in your school
- changing the locus of control - using Moodle to differentiate and personalize learning for teachers and students
- software to remediate - knowing your students
- student and teacher metacognition (lifelong learning - mindset) as a foundation for developing the right blend
- Student formative self-assessment - blended/differentiated assessment
- Policy - a model for teacher growth
This presentation will be fast paced, hard hitting and provocative. Let's see if these two baristas, Maitland and Burla, can create some discussion around the perfect blend.

Session Notes 

Speakers

Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Gallery 1

14:15

Canadian e-Learning Roundup: Program Spotlights and Research of Models of Online and Blended Learning from Across Canada
Join this discussion session to learn how schools are shifting practice to create flexible and personal learning. A brief overview of e-learning in Canada will provide the background for learning more about several successful programs from across Canada. A synthesis of successful principles from the programs will be the base for a discussion about how to improve your own program.

Outcomes include:
• Awareness of specific emerging online and blended models;
• Understanding policy and funding implications; and
• How re-characterizing the “Carnegie Unit” opens new opportunities.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Randy LaBonte

Randy LaBonte

Canadian eLearning Network
I have been lucky to serve as a senior level executive for over 30 years in the education sector: - lead consultant for seven years at the BC Ministry of Education involved in field work leading to the development of policy, agreements, and e-learning standards; - helped develop... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Jubilee Ballroom

14:15

Curriculum Engagement Session
Session Description:  As Alberta Education works to develop future kindergarten to grade 12 provincial curriculum,  you will have the opportunity to increase your understanding of the intent and process for this engagement project as you:
  • engage in the Alberta Curriculum Needs Assessment conversations
  • gain a deeper understanding of the curriculum development process
  • be a part of a collaborative discussion to share perceived strengths and gaps in current programs of study
Session Notes

Speakers

Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Terrace 6

14:15

StudyForge and the BlendEd Classroom
StudyForge is the Math Curriculaware of the future! A melding of both curriculum and software allows for an interactive engaging student experience, as well as a helpful tool for teachers. Video curriculum, interactive practice questions, and a thorough note taking supplement guide the students through their courses, while the teacher is able to provide on-time intervention with the help of StudyForge's generated reports unlike anything you've ever experienced before. We are available on both iPads and Android Tablets as well.

Come see what is available for you and your students, whether in a BlendEd Classroom or Online Environment. We are designed to help in both situations!

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Director, StudyForge
Hi! My name is Richard and I love to teach! My classroom and online teaching experience have led me to be part of building the StudyForge math and science curriculum. My passion is for the teacher-learner relationship, specifically how we can create systems and tools that create richer... Read More →



Monday October 24, 2016 14:15 - 15:15
Terrace 4

15:15

Refreshment Break
Monday October 24, 2016 15:15 - 15:30
Jubilee Foyer

15:30

School Wide Universal Design - Designing Courses to Increase Student Access to Learning
This presentation will address designing online courses as a school to increase student access to learning. It will cover how to design courses as a school, how to introduce those designs through an introductory course and the benefits and drawbacks to a school wide design. The presentation will discuss how course design provides students with more opportunities to learn, and teachers with more opportunities to be aware of what their kids have already experienced and use that to facilitate learning.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison

Teacher, Palliser Beyond Borders
Keith teaches for Palliser Beyond Borders, an online and outreach school in Southern Alberta.


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Palm

15:30

Supporting Inuit Teachers in Job-Embedded Professional Improvement
Inuit teachers working in the Kativik School Board in Nunavik receive their certification through the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education at McGill. Courses are taught in Inuktitut with a McGill consulting instructor. The previous model of course delivery was an intensive 2-week face-to-face session. Participants had little time to reflect on the knowledge or skills they acquired and no opportunity to apply their learning in their practice. We wanted to address this, decrease time away from families, and provide them with technology skills they could use in their teaching and in the preservation and celebration of the Inuit language and culture.
Over the past year 2 years, the Research and Teacher Training Department at the Kativik School Board has developed blended courses that are taught face-to-face for 5 to 8 days and online over 4 to 6 weeks. This has provided the opportunity to redevelop course material from an Inuit perspective in terms of content and approach, re-examining what it means to teach and learn from an Inuit perspective. In the next phase of implementation, we are proposing research that will examine such factors as the roles of on-site instructional coaches and McGill co-instructors, and the effects of tech support offered in Inuktitut and instructional design of the courses for online delivery. We continue to explore solutions to telecommunications challenges. The model is being used to engage Student Counselors, Teacher Training Counselors, and Centre Directors. Adult and Vocational Education programs are being developed. We would like to share what we have learned with educational leaders in indigenous communities.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Tom Fullerton

Tom Fullerton

Lecturer / Leadership Project Administrator, McGill University
Lecturer at McGill University in Media and Technology in Education. Leadership Project Administrator at McGill's Teaching and Learning Services developing a competency-based framework of professional skills for graduate students. Former Elearning Consultant with the Kativik School... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Gallery 2

15:30

BOLT Students' Learnings: Personal, Professional, and Practice Based
Through a partnership between the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre(ADLC) nine professional learning modules were designed and delivered to a pilot group of ADLC teachers. The Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) modules discussed the theory and included experiences of applying flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces. The presenters, including the BOLT pilot students, will summarize the learning experienced in the professional learning modules and how it relates to personal, professional and evidence-based practices of using flexible learning strategies with K-12 learners. By experiencing flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces, these teachers are ready to share their own lived experiences of what it means to learn and teach with digital flexibility now part of their professional repertoire.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Constance Blomgren

Constance Blomgren

Assistant Professor, Athabasca University
Dr. Connie Blomgren is an Assistant Professor at Athabasca Univeristy where she has designed and implemented professional learning modules to further digital pedagogy ( Blended and Online Learning and Teaching). The BOLT blog hosts teacher commentaries regarding technology-enhanced... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Terrace 6

15:30

Digital LIteracy: What is it and how can we embrace it?
In 2016, there is a massive discrepancy in the Digital and Web Literacy abilities of our students, teachers, parents and educational leaders.Technology can be used in ways to encourage and discourage learning. What distinguishes digital and web literacy in education from just using technology, is the focus on learning. The decision to "use" or "not use" technology is part of digital and web literacy as well - as we consider how to best meets the needs and wants of our learners. In this collaborative and interactive session, participants will be offered examples of evidence of digital and web literacy integration in all learning environments. We will then work together to create a collection of Digital and Web Literacy resources.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

EdD Candidate, Sessional Instructor, Research Assistant, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Verena Roberts is a passionate online and blended K-12 educator, consultant, Werkland School of Education (University of Calgary) doctoral candidate who is completing her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices. Verena has taught and designed online/blended... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Edmonds

15:30

Be in the Game: Using a Gamified Mobile App to Teach Entrepreneurship
In 2014, RVS Online selected GoRobos Inc.’s Discover Entrepreneurship! mobile application for its five-credit senior high CTS course in entrepreneurship. The mobile application delivers gamified curriculum, assessments, and a simulated small business environment – students apply learned concepts to build a small business lemonade stand empire. Over 500 RVS Online students have successfully completed this unique online course.

This session will:

Provide learning moments regarding the use of gamified mobile curriculum in today’s classroom
Overview classroom integration and course design strategies for mobile gamified learning
Share outcomes and best practices in RVS Online’s use of mobile technology and gamified curriculum.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Murray Arnold

Murray Arnold

Principal, Rocky View Schools Online; Rocky View Schools Community Learning Centre


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Terrace 4

15:30

Project Robot: Short Circuits and the Mechanical Teacher
Why teach electronics and robotics? It is not just all in good fun anymore. Technology giants are getting serious about robotics, electronics, and automation. Teachers must prepare students for the employment market not just in the basics of read, write, and math; but also prepare employable students that collaborate with ease, are complex problem-solvers, and work with creative approaches and means. Project-based robotics and electronics competitions engage students to learn and make mistakes on the fly and under highly stressful yet fun, hands-on scenarios. Mechanical teachers - you do not have to be, at first. Teachers will learn to facilitate and inspire students to build, create, and think. I would like to share my experiences with robotics competitions and my online electrotechnology courses. I will talk about Junior High and Elementary CTF courses that are also available online, not only through ADLC but also through other robotics educational platforms.

Session Notes 

Speakers
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Phoebe Arcilla

Teacher - 12 Month, Adlc Calgary
I have been teaching and coaching for 21 years. Through the years, I have taught in rural area school districts as well as major city school districts. 11 years ago, I started teaching at ADLC. Six years ago, I advised on a Robotics Club and volunteered and coached at robotics competitions... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Gallery 1

16:30

Monday Social event
Prize draws and connecting!  More details to follow.

Monday October 24, 2016 16:30 - 18:30
Jubilee Foyer
 
Tuesday, October 25
 

07:45

Breakfast
Tuesday October 25, 2016 07:45 - 08:30
Jubilee Ballroom

08:30

Panel
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Laurel Beaton

Laurel Beaton

Coordinator of Learning and Innovation, Grasslands School Division
Laurel Beaton is currently the Vice Principal of Brooks Composite High School.  Her previous work was a the Coordinator of Learning and Innovation for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre.
avatar for Daylene Lauman

Daylene Lauman

Online Learning Advisor, Alberta Education
Daylene Lauman, Alberta Education, Online Learning Advisor | Daylene Lauman is currently serving in the role of Online Learning Advisor with Alberta Education in Canada. In this role, she is responsible for the development of policy, standards and guidelines for 1-12 online learning... Read More →
avatar for Monti Tanner

Monti Tanner

Assistant Principal, CBe-learn
Monti Tanner is the Assistant Principal of CBe-learn & CBE Home Education in Calgary where they offer diverse and unique programs for grade 1 to 12 students. Monti has a Masters of Education in Educational Technology. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/montitanner and learn... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Guy G. Tétrault

Dr. Guy G. Tétrault

Director of Education/CEO, Sun West School Division No. 207
Dr. Guy G. Tétrault |  Helped develop Canada’s first cyber school in 1995 (St. Gabriel Cyber School partnership between Greater St. Albert & Red Deer Catholic school divisions in Alberta) |  Founding member of the Alberta Online Consortium 1997 |  Developed tripartite... Read More →
avatar for Shelley Wright

Shelley Wright

velopment, BC online School
​Shelley Wright has been a teacher for fifteen years, as well as a K-8 administrator & Learning Consultant. She is also a National Faculty member for Buck Institute for Education and a PD Specialist for Discovery Education. Shelley’s passion in education is social justice, inquiry... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 08:30 - 09:30
Jubilee Ballroom

09:30

Refreshment Break
Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:30 - 09:45
Jubilee Foyer

09:45

Using Web Images – A Conversation About Copyright
Are you worried about safely and responsibly using Internet media in your online course or classroom? This session will discuss issues around copyright, explain Internet licences, and offer suggestions for proper web image use and attribution.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Josef Martha

Josef Martha

Teacher - 12 Month, Adlc Edmonton
*Insert witty comment about being a science and technology nerd*


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Palm

09:45

PASI – Providing Teacher Supports for Student Mobility
Did you think the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) system is just for school administrators? In the next few years, new capabilities will be introduced to provide teachers with information to support student mobility, student inclusion, student learning issues and specialized student assessments. PASI 2.0 will support student mobility, such as Alberta students in provincial care who are subject to frequent school moves. Access to real-time information enables the school to efficiently assess the student’s learning patterns, abilities and barriers in order to support the student’s learning success. Come learn more about this important initiative.

Session Notes 

Speakers
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Mike Emery

Director, PASI and Student Records, Alberta Education
Mike Emery, Director, PASI and Student Records at Alberta Education


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Gallery 2

09:45

State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada
Current research in K-12 online learning in Canada has focused on defining distance learning and its current strengths and weaknesses. Yet the proliferation of technologies and digital learning spaces has led to the emergence of new instructional strategies and digital learning practices for teachers in many K-12 classrooms, both online and onsite. Traditional school-based classrooms are incorporating technology-supported open learning options, creating blended learning opportunities where at least part of instruction occurs in a classroom, part online at a distance, both combined with some element of choice in learning for students. For these emerging practices little is known empirically, only anecdotally, as research into these practices has been limited or nonexistent, particularly in Canada.


As you will hear in the authors’ discussion of the 2015 State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report, many provinces and territories in Canada have some reference to distance education in their Education Act or Schools Act; the reference is typically used to describe distance education or to enable the Ministry of Education to create, approve or regulate K-12 distance education. However, with some exceptions, few provinces and territories have any regulations describing online or blended learning. This presentation will describe and discuss this current state of e-learning in Canada and the need for further research and study in the emerging field of K-12 online and blended learning, with a particular focus on understanding the growth in blended learning and varying nature of development of individual programs.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Barbour

Michael Barbour

Touro University California
Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for two decades as a researcher, teacher, course designer and... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Jubilee Ballroom

09:45

Algebra tiles online and on the desk: the value of manipulatives in a secondary mathematics blended classroom
Why are algebra tiles needed when the traditional algorithms are faster? What is the difference between "visualizing" mathematics and "using a tool to extend your thinking"?  We will answer these questions together through activities which use both digital and paper algebra tiles.  You and your students will uncover personal strategies, broaden current ways of thinking, and stretch the traditional ideas around algebraic expression and notation.  Bring your questions about how visualizing tools can help build understanding of polynomials, fractions, and radicals.

Attendees will need to bring laptops to participate fully in this session.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Sookochoff

Shannon Sookochoff

Mathematics Teacher, Argyll School
Shannon is interested in teaching though inquiry. Her courses (both online and in her onsite classroom) are built around notions of social constructivism. Shannon is interested in how the way we teach (toward problem solving, community-mindedness, logic, and resilience, for example... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Terrace 4

09:45

It’s not A, B, C it’s D, C, E, Discover, Create, and Empower in Division One, Learning Strategies in a Variety of Learning Spaces.
As educators we are to guide students as they use technology to:
a. access, share and create knowledge
b. discover, develop and apply competencies

How do we address this with young learners in a distance learning environment?

In our session we will share:

Challenges and successes as we guide students to learn in new ways.

Supporting students to become creators of knowledge.

Applications to share and amplify the learning.

Implementing authentic forms of assessment - shifting agency to the learner

Participants will have opportunity to discuss ideas and share best practices.
Our program uses a variety of digital tools: Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate, Google Applications, Kidblog and ipad apps.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Marge Kobewka

Marge Kobewka

Teacher, Argyll Centre
Marge Kobewka is part of the teaching team for Grade 1 to 3 learners at | Argyll Centre in Edmonton. She has been instrumental in the continuing evolution of the online/blended learning program for Division I. She is on the national committee of 'A Kid's Guide to Canada', and is enthusiastic... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Edmonds

09:45

Strategies for Building a Comprehensive Online Language Classroom
Strategies discussed in this session will include: building engaging online classes and inviting asynchronous blogging environments, promoting the authentic use of language, encouraging cyclical language learning instead of chunked learning, establishing partnerships with Spanish speaking schools, and triangulating evidence in the online second language classroom.

Session Notes

 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Balog

Michael Balog

Teacher, Argyll Centre


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Gallery 1

11:00

Maybe We Don't Need Exams: Alternative Assessment Ideas for Science and Math
In Math and Science in particular we tend to use unit exams and final exams as summative assessments, but that may not always be the most accurate or precise way of measuring student achievement. During this session we'll discuss some alternatives including project-based learning, writing assignments, and multimedia presentations.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching Grade 6.


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Edmonds

11:00

One Blended Professional Learning Community’s Design and Evaluation: The LTPF Leadership Community of Practice
This session will share highlights from the Learning and Technology Policy Framework (LTPF) Leadership Community of Practice. In particular, the blended design of various learning spaces (in-person, on-line, synchronous, asynchronous, public, private) and evaluation of its impact on cross-jurisdictional partnerships that support innovative use of technology will be shared. Tools used by the both the CoP facilitators and the participants will be discussed.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Belina Caissie

Belina Caissie

Senior Manager, Research Branch, Alberta Education
Mom, Educator, Project Manager & Research Coordinator (Research Branch), Online Sessional Instructor, Doctoral Candidate... | | I'm passionate about technology enhanced / enabled learning environments which is an intersection of educational technology, assistive technology, inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Jessen

Rhonda Jessen

Technology and Learning Advisor, Alberta Education
Rhonda Jessen is a Technology and Learning Advisor for Alberta Education. A media and computer teacher who has taught in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, Rhonda is passionate about open and connected learning, community development and social innovation. Prior to joining... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Terrace 4

11:00

Tools, Tips and Tricks for Blending in Elementary and Middle School Classes
Come and see ideas for adding more blendED elements to an Elementary and Middle School Classroom. Jen Deyenberg spent 12 years teaching elementary and middle school so has all sorts  of ideas to bring collaborative and creative tools into classroom settings. Google tools, web based tools, creative and collaborative structures and strategies will be shared.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Jen Lefebvre

Jen Lefebvre

Jen Lefebvre is the Director of Instruction for Wild Rose School Division in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. She has taught in classrooms in Alberta and Scotland and worked as a district administrator in education technology and learning services.She loves to play with computers, read... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Gallery 1

11:00

Blending in Outreach: What are we doing? What are you doing?
A discussion of questions surrounding blended learning with at-risk students. What is currently happening in our outreach school? How is your Outreach school blending learning? What blended learning is working and what has failed? Come prepare to share and learn from one another.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Beaton

Kelly Beaton

Teacher / Counsellor, BGOS
avatar for Jennifer Southcombe

Jennifer Southcombe

Instructional Designer & Outreach Science Teacher, Black Gold Regional Schools
I've been involved in online, blended and alternative learning for over 15 years. My position at Black Gold includes: running the Online and Blended Learning Moodle website, coordinating the Dual Credit program and teaching science/CTF at the Beaumont Outreach School.


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Gallery 2

11:00

CANCELLED - Blending a Lecture/Lab Class for Pre-Service Teachers
This session will explore the ongoing development of EDU 210 - Introduction to Educational Technology. This is a required course for all Education students at the University of Alberta. The course is offered both online and in a blended format. The focus of the course design is to provide maximum flexibility and personalized learning in terms of time, place, pace and learning style. A combination of project based learning, interactive lecture time, creating smaller class groups within the class and providing significant asynchronous and open supports makes flexible learning possible even in this high enrollment course. Since this is an Education course , the content is driven by both Inspiring Education and The Learning and Technology Policy Framework.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Janet Welch

Janet Welch

Assistant Dean / Executive Director - Technologies in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
University of Alberta


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Gallery 1

11:00

Going Global: Making Classroom Connections Easy
Going Global is a joint initiative started by ADLC, TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education, designed to equip students to respond to the world's greatest challenges through links to cross-curricular classroom activities and extra-curricular collaborations. From Art class to Social Studies to an after school Art/Social Justice club, ADLC students are provided with synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to collaborate with their peers and students from across the planet to address topics like Child Soldiers in Africa, Revolutions in the Middle East, and Climate Change, LIVE from UN conferences.

This sessions will help participants see how they too can participate in Going Global and empower their students to see learning as an opportunity to make a difference.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Terry Godwaldt

Terry Godwaldt

The Centre for Global Education
Terry Godwaldt is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School and the founder/director of the Centre for Global Education (CGE). From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps teachers all over the world to integrate authentic , globally-minded learning experiences that... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00 - 12:00
Palm

12:00

Lunch
Tuesday October 25, 2016 12:00 - 13:00
Jubilee Ballroom

12:45

Closing Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Shelley Wright

Shelley Wright

velopment, BC online School
​Shelley Wright has been a teacher for fifteen years, as well as a K-8 administrator & Learning Consultant. She is also a National Faculty member for Buck Institute for Education and a PD Specialist for Discovery Education. Shelley’s passion in education is social justice, inquiry... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 12:45 - 13:15
Jubilee Ballroom