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Monday, October 24
 

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
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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
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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

14:15 MDT

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.

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Speakers

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

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

CEO, Canadian eLearning Network
Randy is CEO of the Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn.net), an organization formed to be the leading voice for K-12 blended and online learning in Canada. He teaches online at Vancouver Island University and CANeLearn, helping K-12 teachers transition practices to online environments... Read More →


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

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

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
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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
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Tuesday, October 25
 

11:00 MDT

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 MDT
Terrace 4

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
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