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Monday, October 24
 

10:00

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
avatar for Rory McGreal

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
Terrace 4

11:15

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

EdD Candidate, Sessional Instructor, Research Assistant, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Verena Roberts is a passionate online and blended K-12 educator, consultant, Werkland School of Education (University of Calgary) doctoral candidate who is completing her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices. Verena has taught and designed online/blended... Read More →


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

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
Terrace 4

13:00

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
Terrace 4

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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13:00

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
avatar for David Hay

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 most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Monday October 24, 2016 13:00 - 14:00
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14:15

Math Word Problems and Google Document in Division One
A look at how to use Google Document to transform word problems in math with younger students. The session will look at how to support struggling readers and assessment as well.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Colette Mondor

Colette Mondor

Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
Colette is currently a Curriculum and Resource Support consultant with Edmonton Public Schools. For the previous seven years, Colette was a grade two teacher and the lead technology teacher in Edmonton as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has been integrating technology... Read More →


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

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 - 12 Month, Adlc Edmonton
I have been an educator for 12 years and have been with Alberta Distance Learning Centre for 5 years, 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
Palm

14:15

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
Terrace 4

15:30

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

EdD Candidate, Sessional Instructor, Research Assistant, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Verena Roberts is a passionate online and blended K-12 educator, consultant, Werkland School of Education (University of Calgary) doctoral candidate who is completing her EdD in Learning Sciences with a focus on K-12 Open Educational Practices. Verena has taught and designed online/blended... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
Edmonds

15:30

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
Terrace 4
 
Tuesday, October 25
 

09:45

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
Palm

09:45

Algebra tiles online and on the desk: the value of manipulatives in a secondary mathematics blended classroom
Why are algebra tiles needed when the traditional algorithms are faster? What is the difference between "visualizing" mathematics and "using a tool to extend your thinking"?  We will answer these questions together through activities which use both digital and paper algebra tiles.  You and your students will uncover personal strategies, broaden current ways of thinking, and stretch the traditional ideas around algebraic expression and notation.  Bring your questions about how visualizing tools can help build understanding of polynomials, fractions, and radicals.

Attendees will need to bring laptops to participate fully in this session.

Session Notes

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Sookochoff

Shannon Sookochoff

Mathematics Teacher, Argyll School
Shannon is interested in teaching though inquiry. Her courses (both online and in her onsite classroom) are built around notions of social constructivism. Shannon is interested in how the way we teach (toward problem solving, community-mindedness, logic, and resilience, for example... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 09:45 - 10:45
Terrace 4

11:00

Tools, Tips and Tricks for Blending in Elementary and Middle School Classes
Come and see ideas for adding more blendED elements to an Elementary and Middle School Classroom. Jen Deyenberg spent 12 years teaching elementary and middle school so has all sorts  of ideas to bring collaborative and creative tools into classroom settings. Google tools, web based tools, creative and collaborative structures and strategies will be shared.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Jen Lefebvre

Jen Lefebvre

Wild Rose School Division
Director of Instruction for Wild Rose School Division. Passionate about all things in education, technology and the outdoors!


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