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Monday, October 24
 

10:00

Teaching Mobile App Development in a School Lab with Zero Cost and Zero Effort
MIT App Inventor 2, is an outstanding tool for teaching and practising. It abstracts away most of the difficulties usually associated with mobile development, and simplifies development intentionally, and visually, into the basic building blocks of computer science.
App Inventor 2 was initially used as a training platform for the students of "Master in Innovation in Technology & Entrepreneurship " of the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology for the past two years (2014-2016) as part of their course entitled "Web Applications Design and Mobile Communications" .
More than 40 students in the past two years tested their skills on Mobile application development having minimum or even none prior programming expertise.
The main objective was the development of professional skills in emerging technologies such as the mobile apps.
Students worked in groups or as individuals after a number of F2F classes in order to develop their final projects.
A number of virtual/blended sessions have been organized between the students' groups and the Instructor, either for mentoring or guidance purposes.
Final projects such as the "Tack my Child " app, the "Course evaluator" or the "Tutor evaluation" have been successfully developed by the students.

The effectiveness of App Inventor 2 as platform for Android application development in a Blended environment have been proved, indicating also the block based programming as an appropriate Instructive approach for audience with no prior programming experience.

It is a strong belief that App Inventor 2 can be successfully used in a Highschool
Labs motivating students to gain programming skills in a Blended Learning environment.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Avgoustos Tsinakos

Avgoustos Tsinakos

Professor, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology
The development of mobile applications without prior knowledge of coding, using the "MIT App Inventor 2" open source platform. Objective: Indicate how teachers can engage the students in a school lab for the development of mobile apps (for any course) using a Blended learning environment. Participants... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 10:00 - 11:00
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11:15

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
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11:15

Welcome to Our Inquiry, Project-Based, Tech-Embedded Classroom
Shelley will discuss the nuts and bolts of an inquiry/PBL classroom that empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning, as well as some basic steps for teachers to begin implementing these practices in their own classrooms. She provides examples from her own classroom in subjects as diverse as science, math, English and technology. Additionally, she’ll discuss how to authentically integrate technology into learning, assessment, and how to help students articulate their learning and thinking.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Wright

Shelley Wright

velopment, BC online School
​Shelley Wright has been a teacher for fifteen years, as well as a K-8 administrator & Learning Consultant. She is also a National Faculty member for Buck Institute for Education and a PD Specialist for Discovery Education. Shelley’s passion in education is social justice, inquiry... Read More →


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

13:00

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
Jubilee Ballroom

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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15:30

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
Terrace 6

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

15:30

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
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Tuesday, October 25
 

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

09:45

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
Edmonds

09:45

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
Gallery 1

11:00

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
Terrace 4

11:00

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.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Beaton

Kelly Beaton

Teacher / Counsellor, BGOS
avatar for Jennifer Southcombe

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
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11:00

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
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11:00

Going Global: Making Classroom Connections Easy
Going Global is a joint initiative started by ADLC, TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education, designed to equip students to respond to the world's greatest challenges through links to cross-curricular classroom activities and extra-curricular collaborations. From Art class to Social Studies to an after school Art/Social Justice club, ADLC students are provided with synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to collaborate with their peers and students from across the planet to address topics like Child Soldiers in Africa, Revolutions in the Middle East, and Climate Change, LIVE from UN conferences.

This sessions will help participants see how they too can participate in Going Global and empower their students to see learning as an opportunity to make a difference.

Session Notes 

Speakers
avatar for Terry Godwaldt

Terry Godwaldt

The Centre for Global Education
Terry Godwaldt is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School and the founder/director of the Centre for Global Education (CGE). From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps teachers all over the world to integrate authentic , globally-minded learning experiences that... Read More →


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