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Program Implementation [clear filter]
Monday, October 24
 

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
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10:00

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.​


Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Alison Hancox

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
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.

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Nick Benoit

Teacher, PAVE
avatar for Heather Dunsworth

Heather Dunsworth

Teacher, PWPSD Alternative Education


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

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

WCLN - Western Canadian Learning Network
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
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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 cyber... 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.

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Speakers

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

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
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
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