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Monday, October 24
 

10:00 MDT

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 LearnNet Teacher, Argyll Centre EPSB
This year marks my 24th 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 12 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 MDT
Edmonds

10:00 MDT

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 MDT
Jubilee Ballroom

11:15 MDT

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
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Nick Benoit

Teacher, PAVE
avatar for Heather Dunsworth

Heather Dunsworth

Teacher, Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre


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

11:15 MDT

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 MDT
Terrace 4

13:00 MDT

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 MDT
Jubilee Ballroom

13:00 MDT

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

Teacher, SD#23
WCLN (Western Canadian Learning Network) is a consortium of BC, AB, YT, and NWT districts, building high-quality DL/BL resources through teacher collaboration.


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

14:15 MDT

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 MDT
Terrace 4

15:30 MDT

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

Palliser Beyond Borders
I have been teaching online for six years with Palliser Beyond Borders, having previously taught in Northern BC, Northern Alberta and Yellowknife. I currently live in Lethbridge and teach English and CTS courses.


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

15:30 MDT

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 MDT
Gallery 2

15:30 MDT

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 MDT
Terrace 6

15:30 MDT

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 MDT
Terrace 4

15:30 MDT

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 MDT
Gallery 1
 
Tuesday, October 25
 

09:45 MDT

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 MDT
Palm

09:45 MDT

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 MDT
Gallery 1

11:00 MDT

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
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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 5.


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

11:00 MDT

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 MDT
Gallery 1

11:00 MDT

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 MDT
Palm