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Elementary Educators (Grades 1-6) [clear filter]
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

10:00 MDT

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
RM

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 MDT
Terrace 4

11:15 MDT

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

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 11:15 - 12:15 MDT
Gallery 2

11:15 MDT

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 MDT
Gallery 1

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.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Joan Kollewyn

Joan Kollewyn

Educational Technology Specialist, Rocky View Schools


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

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, Parkland School Division
Over the many years in the K-12 environment as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Lead and now Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, I am still excited about teaching and learning! I live to show the amazing tools and resources found in technologies that... Read More →


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

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

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. 

Session Notes

 

Speakers
avatar for Daylene Lauman

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
Edmonds

13:00 MDT

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
DH

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.


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

14:15 MDT

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, Alberta Distance Learning Centre
I have been an educator for 12 years and have been with Alberta Distance Learning Centre since 2011, 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 MDT
Palm

14:15 MDT

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 cyber... Read More →


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

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

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

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

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
Edmonds

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
PA

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

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 an online educator at Argyll Centre in Edmonton. For the last ten years she has been active in the continuing evolution of the online/blended learning program for elementary students.


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

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
DH

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