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Working with at-risk students [clear filter]
Monday, October 24

10:00 MDT

Steps: Student Tracking and Enrollment Progress - Increasing Retention and Completion Rates
This session will introduce you to some operational and instructional leadership strategies we use at Palliser Beyond Borders which have contributed to an increased completion rate over the last 3 years.​

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Alison Hancox

Palliser Beyond Borders, PRS
Principal at Palliser Beyond Borders, Palliser Regional SchoolsFormer Assistant principal at Argyll, Edmonton Public Schools

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

13:00 MDT

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.

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Joan Kollewyn

Educational Technology Specialist, Rocky View Schools

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

13:00 MDT

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. 

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Daylene Lauman

Online Learning Advisor, Alberta Education
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 and and guidelines for 1-12 online learning in Alberta. Daylene leads practices and future directions for applying... Read More →

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

15:30 MDT

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.

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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 →

Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30 MDT
Tuesday, October 25

11:00 MDT

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.

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Kelly Beaton

Teacher / Counsellor, BGOS
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Jennifer Southcombe

Black Gold School Division
Jennifer Southcombe works for Black Gold Schools as an Instructional Designer & Dual Credit Lead Teacher. This role involves maintaining, developing & sharing a collection of over 200 blended and online courses for Black Gold teacher and student use. As dual credit lead teacher, she... Read More →

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