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Thursday, September 24
 

08:30

Opening Session
Attendees will gather together for some opening remarks about the sessions for the day as well as some prize draws to kick-off the event! Be sure to join us so you don't miss out!

Thursday September 24, 2015 08:30 - 09:00
Main Gym

09:00

Introduction to Using Teacher Dashboard and Workspace
This session, hosted by Hapara, will be an introductory/orientation session geared towards staff that have heard about Hapara's Teacher Dashboard and Workspace but have not had a chance to engage with these tools, yet.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Lyons

Jessica Lyons

Account Manager, Hapara
Education is the foundation of any great society and I’ve dedicated my career to building one that fits the needs of the 21st century. I've been a teacher, curriculum designer, instructional coach, strategist, campaign manager, and entrepreneur--I'm excited to share how Hapara's... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 10:30
B18 (Humanities Wing)

09:00

4C the Future - Tools and Techniques for Communication & Collaboration
Participants will explore technology as a driver of pedagogical change, focusing on communication and collaboration in the classroom and beyond. We’ll investigate Google-centic tools, lesson planning strategies, teaching techniques, reflective practice and real measures of success. This is the future we’ve dreamed of!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Garrison

Mark Garrison

Director of Technology & Innovation, White Bear Lake Schools
Husband, Father, Runner, Director of Technology, Presenter, Google Certified Teacher, YouTube Star Teacher, HamDog Mando, Happy


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:00
B23 (Humanities Wing)

09:00

Bring the World to Your Classroom with Google Geo
Speakers
avatar for Kim Randall

Kim Randall

Professional Development Consultant, EdTechTeam
Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:00
B25 (Humanities Wing)

09:00

Introduction to Using FreshGrade - New Users
Speakers
avatar for David Haight

David Haight

Director of Strategic Partnerships, FreshGrade
As an educator and ed tech evangelist with FreshGrade, it's been extremely rewarding to work with leading and innovative educators / K12 administrators across the globe in efforts to make learning visible. Always open to conversations about what works when it comes to balanced and... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:30
C1 (Science Wing)

09:00

Scripts and Add-ons for Formative and Summative Assessment
Come and learn from Janice as she leads us through working with tools such as autoCrat, Flubaroo, Yet Another Mail Merge, gMath, etc. and shares ideas for working with these GAFE related tools to provide formative and summative assessment data to students, teachers, and parents. 

Speakers
avatar for Janice McDonald

Janice McDonald

Assistant Principal at École Lacombe Junior High School, Wolf Creek Public School District
Janice is a veteran French Immersion teacher with 18 years under her belt. She has worked in elementary and junior high schools as a teacher, Technology Integration Leader, Learning Coach and currently as the Assistant Principal at École Lacombe Junior High School. Janice is a certified... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:30
B31 (Hall of Valour)

09:00

Engaging Students with Video Creation Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

When students create projects that are only shared in the classroom, they'll settle for good enough. When students create videos that are shared with a global audience, they'll only settle for the best. This hands-on workshop introduces teachers to a variety of tools that their students can use to create videos to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide array of topics. Participants in this session will learn about video formats and each format can fit into their classrooms. A discussion of copyright, Creative Commons, and fair use is included in this workshop. At the end of the workshop each participant will have at least one completed video to share with others.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:30
B28 (Hall of Valour)

09:00

Exploring the Depths of Google
Come and find out about all of the "other" Google Apps tools that can have tremendous benefits for teaching and learning - Cultural Institute, Google Books, Power Searching, and much more!

Speakers
avatar for Kylie Kissel

Kylie Kissel

Wolf Creek School Division No. 72
Kylie grew up on a small farm near Glendon Alberta, Canada. He started teaching for Wolf Creek Public Schools in 2009, since then he has changed roles and has become a Learning Coach in the district. Kylie spends his time side-by-side with teachers in their classroom, working to to... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:30
B27 (Hall of Valour)

09:00

Getting Going With Google Sites
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 09:00 - 11:30
B30 (Hall of Valour)

11:30

Lunch
Thursday September 24, 2015 11:30 - 12:30
Main Common Area

12:30

Digging into Teacher Dashboard and Workspace
This session will be for teachers and leaders that have actively used Hapara's products and want to di mor deeply into the tools. This session will be more of a workshop in nature. 

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Lyons

Jessica Lyons

Account Manager, Hapara
Education is the foundation of any great society and I’ve dedicated my career to building one that fits the needs of the 21st century. I've been a teacher, curriculum designer, instructional coach, strategist, campaign manager, and entrepreneur--I'm excited to share how Hapara's... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:00
B18 (Humanities Wing)

12:30

Hitchhiker's Guide to the GAFE-xy!
Kylie will be introducing folks to some of the most important tools, tips and tricks from the GAFE-xy!

This is an intro. level session.  

Speakers
avatar for Kylie Kissel

Kylie Kissel

Wolf Creek School Division No. 72
Kylie grew up on a small farm near Glendon Alberta, Canada. He started teaching for Wolf Creek Public Schools in 2009, since then he has changed roles and has become a Learning Coach in the district. Kylie spends his time side-by-side with teachers in their classroom, working to to... Read More →



Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:00
B27 (Hall of Valour)

12:30

Diving Deeper Into FreshGrade - Existing Users
Speakers
avatar for David Haight

David Haight

Director of Strategic Partnerships, FreshGrade
As an educator and ed tech evangelist with FreshGrade, it's been extremely rewarding to work with leading and innovative educators / K12 administrators across the globe in efforts to make learning visible. Always open to conversations about what works when it comes to balanced and... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:30
C1 (Science Wing)

12:30

Backchannel and Informal Assessment Tools
Back-talk in the classroom is not good, but backchanneling is great! In this session participants will learn about free micro-blogging services, polling services, and chat services that they can leverage to improve in-classroom conversations and extend those conversations beyond the physical classroom. These techniques will get even the most shy of students involved in classroom discussions. 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:30
B28 (Hall of Valour)

12:30

Apps and Extensions for Literacy and Numeracy Support
Join Janice for a look at how to use tools such as Read&Write for Google, Beeline Reader, Kaizena and more to provide literacy and numeracy support for students! 

Speakers
avatar for Janice McDonald

Janice McDonald

Assistant Principal at École Lacombe Junior High School, Wolf Creek Public School District
Janice is a veteran French Immersion teacher with 18 years under her belt. She has worked in elementary and junior high schools as a teacher, Technology Integration Leader, Learning Coach and currently as the Assistant Principal at École Lacombe Junior High School. Janice is a certified... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:30
B31 (Hall of Valour)

12:30

4C the Future - Tools and Techniques for Critical Thinking & Creativity
Participants will explore technology as a driver of pedagogical change, focusing on critical thinking and creativity in the classroom and beyond. We’ll investigate Google-centic tools, lesson planning strategies, teaching techniques, reflective practice and real measures of success. This is the future we’ve dreamed of!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Garrison

Mark Garrison

Director of Technology & Innovation, White Bear Lake Schools
Husband, Father, Runner, Director of Technology, Presenter, Google Certified Teacher, YouTube Star Teacher, HamDog Mando, Happy


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:30
B23 (Humanities Wing)

12:30

Working Together With Google Hangouts and Google Drive
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:30
B30 (Hall of Valour)

12:30

Recharge Classroom Instruction with YouTube EDU and Google Apps
Speakers
avatar for Kim Randall

Kim Randall

Professional Development Consultant, EdTechTeam
Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2015 12:30 - 14:30
B25 (Humanities Wing)
 
Friday, September 25
 

08:30

Keynote - Explore, Learn, Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Mark for ideas about how technology can be leveraged to bring adventure into learning from within or beyond the classroom walls! 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Garrison

Mark Garrison

Director of Technology & Innovation, White Bear Lake Schools
Husband, Father, Runner, Director of Technology, Presenter, Google Certified Teacher, YouTube Star Teacher, HamDog Mando, Happy


Friday September 25, 2015 08:30 - 09:00
Main Gym

09:15

Why You Should Have a Student Tech Team in Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

Recently I instituted a Student Tech Team in our building.  The results of which have far exceeded what the original goal was.  In this session I will discuss some of the obstacles I faced when trying to get the initiative off the ground and how to avoid them.  I will also talk about what the benefits have been for me, the school and most importantly the students.  I will show examples of what the tech team has done and what they do on a daily basis.  Lastly I will answer any questions you have.

This session is 60 minutes in length.  

Speakers
avatar for Terry Hoganson

Terry Hoganson

Principal, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I am the Principal of Bluffton School, a K-9 school located in Central Alberta, Canada. In addition to being the principal, I teach Social Studies, coach basketball and recently started a student tech team. I am strong believer in the benefits of being a networked educational leader... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:15
B2 (Humanities Wing)

09:15

FreshGrade: More Than Just a Digital Portfolio
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to learn about FreshGrade as a digital portfolio? Did you know that you can use FreshGrade for your markbook? Attach lesson plans? I will show how I used FreshGrade for the past year with my class as well as some tips and tricks to make a smooth implementation in your class. Laptop/Chromebook will work best for this session, but I will show how Ipad/Iphones can be used to capture student work. This session fits into the Augmentation/Modification range of the SAMR model. You will need access to FreshGrade to work/play/try the tool, however, not necessary. 

Speakers
avatar for Nathan McEntee

Nathan McEntee

Assistant Principal, Ponoka Elementary School


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C31 (Theatre)

09:15

Using Boardmaker Online
Limited Capacity seats available

Boardmaker Online, the newest member of the Boardmaker family, is a web-based system that allows teachers and therapists to quickly adapt and create print and interactive instructional materials.

These activities can be delivered across multiple platforms, including the iPad. With built-in tracking tools and a huge library of ready-made activities aligned to educational standards, it’s never been easier to differentiate instruction and drive achievement for students with special needs!

Using a simulated Boardmaker Online school district, participants will be introduced to tools to find and create symbol-based instructional materials, assign activities to students and monitor progress.

Speakers
JB

Justin Bytautas

Justin BytautasEducation Manager, Canada6+ years in AAC and EducationCanadian Trainer for Boardmaker Online


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
G11 (Jr. High Wing)

09:15

What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?
Limited Capacity seats available

What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication? How do you use a communication device with a student? In this fun and interactive session participants will learn the essentials to using AAC. The main focus will be using a communication strategy, Aided Language Stimulation.

Speakers
NK

Nancy Kindjerski

As a speech-language pathologist with more than 15 years experience, I have recently returned to the Wetaskiwin area as a member of the North Enhanced Team with the RCSD initiative.


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
F5 (Across from Ladies Only Washroom)

09:15

Personalized Blended Learning for Math
Limited Capacity seats available

As Bentley School has moved to a personalized blended learning model, she has been working to build learning guides for Junior High math that include a variety of resources to help students create their understandings and practice their skills. While she works with Junior High, the ideas she uses can be used for anyone looking to build blended learning opportunities for math students. Participants will leave with ideas for using technology in math that run from substitutution to redefinition. Please bring a device that will let you check out some of the tools as we go.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Varty

Lee Varty

Teacher, Bentley School
Lee has been a teacher, learning and tech coach in Wolf Creek since 1999. She loves trying out new things with her students in an effort to build more engagement. She currently teaches students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 in Bentley School.


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B23 (Humanities Wing)

09:15

Imagine Learning in the Classroom - A Tool for Blended Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine Learning in the Classroom - A tool for Blended Learning:
During this session participants will be introduced to the tools, resources and activities that enable you to take advantage of Imagine Learning whether through individualized instruction, small group or whole class instruction.

Imagine Learning's ever expanding content put valuable language and literacy based tools and activities at the fingertips of students and educators alike. Join us in the session to see how you can take advantage of the engaging, researched based instruction and activities in Imagine Learning which you can use today in created a blended learning experience for your students.

Speakers
MM

Malcolm McCance

Malcolm McCance has represented Imagine Learning in Canada for the past 5 years and recently became the Canadian Distributor for Imagine Learning via BrainSkills Inc.Malcolm has worked closely with school divisions across the province to help educators improve language and literacy... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B18 (Humanities Wing)

09:15

GAFE & Google Hangouts in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

See exciting examples of how GAFE and GHOs can be used to connect multiple classrooms to create unique learning environments and experiences for our 21st Century students. 

This presentation will show examples of technology being utilized as Modification and Redefinition in regards to the SAMR model. 

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Johnson

Kendall Johnson

Gr.2 Teacher, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I live in Red Deer with my two children. I've been teaching since 1998, and am currently teaching Grade 2 at Iron Ridge Elementary Campus in Blackfalds, AB. I am interested in constantly learning new and different ways in which instructional strategies and technology can enhance... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B27 (Hall of Valour)

09:15

Connecting Pieces: Engaging Students via Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and see how this rural Alberta 4th grade elementary teacher has been able to foster and promote collaboration and partnerships with schools and people in Alberta and around the globe. Using technology, she has fostered an environment in which her students are engaged and empowered in their learning. She has sought out and made connections with local and provincial presenters which has inspired her students with authentic and personal learning opportunities. Being part of a global teaching community and reaching out to connect with educational leaders and various organizations has helped transform this rural classroom by offering rich and valuable learning opportunities for her 21st century students.

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

Teacher, St.Paul Elementary School
Life long learner and educator, Terra-Lee Gratton currently teaches 4th grade and is also the lead instructional tech facilitator at the St.Paul Elementary School. She is passionate about inspiring students with meaningful and purposeful work which include Robotics, Coding, Global... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B28 (Hall of Valour)

09:15

Tracking Math Progress Through Online Practice and Gamification
Limited Capacity seats available

**Unfortunately, due to technical issues beyond my control, IXL will no longer be featured in this session.  I will show case some other online math tools for engagement, scaffolding and differentiation ***

In this session I will focus on using the online math game Prodigy reporting system to track progress, provide evidence of learning and identify lapses in comprehension or trouble spots for individuals as well as whole classes.

If your students need more engagement in math, Prodigy will provide this.  Along with the fact that it is free, aligned with curriculum, provides teachers with the ability to track skills, do summative & formative assessment, and provide evidence of understanding to parents, it's all housed in the format of a game that will have your students begging for more math (I'm serious)

Please bring a device.  If you bring your class list, you can register your class during the session to be ready to play on Monday!

Speakers
avatar for Janice McDonald

Janice McDonald

Assistant Principal at École Lacombe Junior High School, Wolf Creek Public School District
Janice is a veteran French Immersion teacher with 18 years under her belt. She has worked in elementary and junior high schools as a teacher, Technology Integration Leader, Learning Coach and currently as the Assistant Principal at École Lacombe Junior High School. Janice is a certified... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C8 (Science Wing)

09:15

Take Gmail to the "Next Level"
Limited Capacity seats available

Filters, and labels, and tasks oh my! 

Come and join Kim as she shares how to take your knowledge and understanding of Gmail to the "next level".  

Speakers
avatar for Kim Randall

Kim Randall

Professional Development Consultant, EdTechTeam
Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C9 (Science Wing)

09:15

Using My Maps to Demonstrate Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be looking primarily at Google's My Maps as the learning tool. I will be sharing various teacher developed assignments that use My Maps in some way to demonstrate learning.  Chromebooks and laptops would be the best devices to work from. The information presented falls into the Modification level of the SAMR model. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Wilkins

Paula Wilkins

Grade 5 Teacher, Ponoka Elementary
I am an elementary school teacher with a passion for the purposeful integration of technology. I have been a classroom teacher since 2001 and currently teach grade 5 with a 1:1 BYOD environment. My goals are to use technology to increase student motivation and engagement while differentiating... Read More →



Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
G20 (Jr. High Wing)

09:15

Google Playground
The Google Playground is a space where folks can come together in a supportive and flexible environment to work together to solve their Google Apps for Education, and other technology integration related, questions. 

There will be local experts on hand to answer your questions!  

Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B20 (Across from the Media Center)

09:15

Collaboration via Google Hangouts
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to use Hangouts to collaborate with colleagues, students, or other classrooms anywhere. The session would cover the basics of how to initiate a Hangout as a chat, voice or video call. The focus will be on video calls as they have the most functionality for collaboration as well as the many fun add ons. Using Google Hangouts effectively would fit into Redefinition on the SAMR model. To get the most out of this session you will need a laptop running Chrome or a Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Blackmore

Jody Blackmore

Teacher - Grade 5/6, Rimbey Elementary, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Jody believes that technology is a powerful learning tool for students and teachers alike. Her passion lies in helping teachers embrace technology to benefit their own personal and professional lives as well as increase engagement and learning in their classrooms. For the past two... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C19 (Science Wing)

09:15

Google Apps Admin Console A to Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you about to go Google or have you been using the Admin Console for years?  This session will walk you through how to setup and manage a GAFE domain to EDU best practices.  By default, the console is not configured for a school environment -- this session will tell you what settings you really need to change, how to change them and why you should.



Speakers
avatar for Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie

COO, Amplified IT
COO & Founder - Amplified IT


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B6 (In the Media Center)

09:15

Get Your Google On - Help for Struggling Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will allow participants to become acquainted with the available tools in the GAFE environment as well as specific online resources to assist teachers in supporting struggling writers. This session will hit the Modification level of SAMR.

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 →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C1 (Science Wing)

09:15

Best of the Web 2015
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Rychard Byrne of freetech4teachers.com as he helps us surf the latest wave of purposeful ed tech tools in a "best of the web" type of format. 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B30-31 (Hall of Valour)

09:15

Reaching Beyond the Classroom Walls
Limited Capacity seats available

Karin Davidson-Taylor of the Royal Botanical Gardnes invites you to experience how the power of video conferencing and virtual field trips can bring a unique perspective and experience to your students! 


 

Speakers
avatar for Karin Davidson-Taylor

Karin Davidson-Taylor

Education Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens
At Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Ontario, Karin is responsible for designing, developing, promoting and delivering interactive K-12 curriculum linked school programs (English and French) as well as adult programs to a variety of venues via videoconference (H.323 and software-based... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C17 (Science Wing)

09:15

Introduction to the Collaborative Response Model Software.
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Kurtis for a session which will introduce users to the Collaborative Response Model Software, its basic funstions, and how the software can be used as a support for "response to intervention" conversations about students. 

It is important to note that this session is an overview of the software. Kurtis will be talking about the CRM software in broad strokes as a true introduction for people who are new to the CRM process and how the software can support these conversations. 

The session which follows, is intended to answer questions about specific functions within the software. 

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning Inc
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →



Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
B25 (Humanities Wing)

09:15

Bringing more Collaboration into your Classroom – with SMART
Limited Capacity seats available


Whether you have front of room or 1:1 student devices, the power of SMART amp and SMART Notebook software enables teachers and students to collaborate naturally while giving teachers real-time insight into student collaboration. Whichever path you choose,SMART offers unparalleled tools for structured and unstructured collaboration, as well as easy transitions between teacher-led and student-centered learning. Come and learn about how these tools are being implemented in classrooms across Canada.



Speakers
AD

Amy Dewis

Amy Dewis has worked at SMART Technologies for over 4 years in several different roles including in product management, business management and territory management. She's currently the Territory Manager for Western Canada and is passionate about working with teachers to help them... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
G19 (Jr. High Wing)

09:15

Youtube & Ted-Ed & EduCanon - Get Students' Attention!
Limited Capacity seats available

With 300 hrs of content uploaded every minute, YouTube has become an invaluable addition to any classroom. Come and get inspired to safely and effectively use YouTube Editor/Ted-Ed/EduCanon to engage, inspire, and ignite student learning. I will share resources to help you understand how YouTube works, how Chrome extensions can take the fear out of showing videos in the classroom, and how YouTube/Ted-Ed/EduCanon has new tools in place for schools. This would fall under Modification according to SAMR model.

Speakers
avatar for Gilles Theriault

Gilles Theriault

Teacher, Red Deer Public School District
Gilles is presently teaching at École Lindsay Thurber Comp. H.S. in Red Deer. He has provided support to educators and has conducted professional development for over two decades. Google Certified Educator. Gilles is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:15 - 10:45
C10 (Science Wing)

09:30

Gmail - Inbox Intervention
Limited Capacity seats available

Does your inbox need an intervention? Come and join Lisa as she shares some excellent strategies for organizing, working within, and ultimately taming tht Gmail inbox! 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 09:30 - 10:45
Main Gym

11:00

Google Apps ~45
Limited Capacity seats available

Google Apps puts a powerful suite of tools in your hands. Learn ~45 awesomely innovative ways to harness the power of Google tools in the classroom and throughout your school.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Garrison

Mark Garrison

Director of Technology & Innovation, White Bear Lake Schools
Husband, Father, Runner, Director of Technology, Presenter, Google Certified Teacher, YouTube Star Teacher, HamDog Mando, Happy


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:15
Main Common Area

11:00

Read & Write for Google - Take Control of Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Students of all learning levels throughout Alberta are using Read&Write for Google (RW4G) to differentiate their own instruction and successfully take control of their learning. This session will overview RW4G's amazing and simplistic tools such as text-to-speech, dictation, word prediction, study skills (M and R areas of the SAMR model). The new French interface, voice notes, web for prediction, and coming features will also be demonstrated. Free teacher access to the program will be provided along with tips on integrating this helpful program into existing curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Vice President, Texthelp
Paul has been in education for 20 years as a teacher, technology coach, manager, and currently is vice president of sales for Texthelp. Paul’s team oversees the success of the Read&Write, EquatIO, Fluency Tutor, Snapverter, and WriQ family product lines. Paul is a Cleveland Browns... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B18 (Humanities Wing)

11:00

Supporting English Language Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and explore the Alberta Education website, “Supporting English Language Learners”. This session will help teachers to better understand how to use the Alberta Education ESL Proficiency Benchmarks. You will learn how to navigate the website and find a wide range of tools, resources and strategies to help you support the English Language Learners in your classroom. The information presented during this session will assist teachers as they prepare to complete the ESL Proficiency Benchmarks and clarify questions they may have about the process.

Please bring a device!

Speakers
avatar for Kacey Oehrlerking

Kacey Oehrlerking

Learning Services Coordinator, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Kacey Oehlerking is a Coordinator with WCPS whose areas of responsibility include Early Learning, Literacy Supports at the K-6 levels, French Immersion and English as a Second Language Services. She has worked for Wolf Creek Public Schools for the past 17 years.


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C13 (Science Wing)

11:00

Cell phones in the Google Universe- How can they be used for GOOD in the classroom!
Limited Capacity seats available

Many learners today are coming to school equipped with powerful personal devices. These devices can be a distraction at times, but when leveraged purposefully they can also be effective learning tools. This session will focus on the benefits of these devices and how they can be leveraged to help students develop and show a deeper understanding of what they are learning. This session will be aimed at the redefinition level of the SAMR model and will be most valuable to teachers that work in division three or four classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Philip Hambly

Philip Hambly

Learning Coaches, Wolf Creek School Division No. 72
Hello, my name is Phill Hambly and I am a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. As a Learning Coach, I am charged with supporting teachers shoulder to shoulder as they learn about pedagogical tool or strategies, the purposeful inclusion of technology in the classroom or the... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C19 (Science Wing)

11:00

The Power of Blogging in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Class blogs and individual student blogs are an effective means of helping students and teachers find a voice, communicate about their learning and open the doors to a global education. We will look at blogging as a teacher communication tool, teachers blogging about their subject and student blogging. We will also spend some time on how to bring global connections into your classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Vicky Sahlin

Vicky Sahlin

Assistant Principal, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I am a mom, wife, teacher, and Assistant Principal. I live on a farm and am married to a fabulous man. We have one child who lights up our world. I love my job and I am passionate about literacy and helping others integrate technology into their teaching practice to engage students... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B23 (Humanities Wing)

11:00

Chrome Tips and Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

The Chrome browser is a powerful tool that can be customized to personally support how you want and need to work with technology to support learning. 

Come and learn some of the latest tips and tricks from the EdTechTeam's Lisa Thumann.  

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C31 (Theatre)

11:00

Chromebooks in the Div.1 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

See practical examples of GAFE tools and online websites that will help modify and redesign instruction and learning in the division 1 classroom across  core subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Johnson

Kendall Johnson

Gr.2 Teacher, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I live in Red Deer with my two children. I've been teaching since 1998, and am currently teaching Grade 2 at Iron Ridge Elementary Campus in Blackfalds, AB. I am interested in constantly learning new and different ways in which instructional strategies and technology can enhance... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B30-31 (Hall of Valour)

11:00

Chromebooks Under the Hood
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you rolling out or supporting Chromebooks at your school? Come along to this session and we will talk what devices that the attendees have chosen and how they are working out for them.  Insuring that Chromebooks are setup correctly in the admin console is key so we’ll walk through both the user and device's settings to give some tips.  We will finally cover Google Play for EDU and how it can allow your teachers to manage their students apps on Chrome.



Speakers
avatar for Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie

COO, Amplified IT
COO & Founder - Amplified IT


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B6 (In the Media Center)

11:00

Using Open Data for Real-World Applications in Science, Math, and Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

We will explore ways to use Open Data from sources such as data.alberta.ca to teach concepts in Science, Math, and Social Studies.
For example, students can investigate biodiversity and human impact, or expenses incurred by elected and government officials.
Since most of these data were previously unavailable, this could constitute a modification or perhaps redefinition of student tasks.
Please bring a device, preferably one with a keyboard.

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.



Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B27 (Hall of Valour)

11:00

Cut! Direct and Edit your Movies Quickly and Easily
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be using either iMovie or WeVideo as their editing platform to create an impactful and authentic movie during this session. They will require the ability to take photos and videos (or access to stored ones) during the session to incorporate into a challenge-based activity created by the speaker. Use of smartphones, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, tablets are all welcome. We'll hit Modification and possibly Redefinition depending on how close participants plan and design their universally accessible video.

Bring an iOS Device, Chromebook, or Laptop to this session!  

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 →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C8 (Science Wing)

11:00

Make Learning Visible and Engage Parents with ePortfolios
Limited Capacity seats available

It all started with a simple word, “nothing.”
“Nothing” is what millions of parents hear every day when they ask their kids what they did at school. Very rarely will excessive poking or prodding produce an acceptable answer, let alone initiate a meaningful conversation. 
In addition to the above, District Superintendents are telling us that, "traditional report cards are highly ineffective; not informative, create huge workloads for teachers, and fail to communicate the complexity of the learning process." With all that in mind, the challenge was how to use technology to open a perpetual window into the classroom while simultaneously engaging parents in a meaningful way. Over time, our focus on parent engagement seamlessly merged with simplifying quality assessment and communicating learning in the moment.
In this session, we will be demonstrating how teachers are utilizing secure mobile technologies and electronic portfolios as a means to:
Save Time – easily capture and share authentic evidence of learning
Communicate – give teachers a means of communicating more regularly and simply to parents
Engage – inform and involve students of their learning journey
Innovate – greatly improve on traditional forms of reporting

Speakers
avatar for David Haight

David Haight

Director of Strategic Partnerships, FreshGrade
As an educator and ed tech evangelist with FreshGrade, it's been extremely rewarding to work with leading and innovative educators / K12 administrators across the globe in efforts to make learning visible. Always open to conversations about what works when it comes to balanced and... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
G19 (Jr. High Wing)

11:00

Google Across the Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

 In this session participants will learn about the lesser known tools offered by Google to classroom teachers. This session goes beyond search and introduces participants to the Google Drive suite, Google Books, Google Plus, and other Google tools.  

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C1 (Science Wing)

11:00

The Power of Google Drawing: A Tool for ALL Ages in the Classroom and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn how to EASILY create, share and edit using Google Drawing. This tool is found in the core tools of Google Drive and can be used by ages 5­-100! Users can create a wide variety of ‘drawings’ which include charts, mind­-maps, concept maps, images, diagrams and much more, all while adding & editing images, inserting borders and text in order to enhance a drawing. These drawings can easily be inserted into Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets and Google Presentations,published as images or downloaded in formats such as PDF, PNG or JPEG. As with Google ‘documents’, users can open and edit drawings to collaboratively work on them in real time. Google Drawing is often over-­looked, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to using this powerful
tool in the classroom and beyond!

Speakers
avatar for Marica McWhinnie

Marica McWhinnie

Assistant Principal, Terrace Ridge School; Wolf Creek Public Schools
Marica has worked with Wolf Creek Public Schools for 14 years and has been an AISI Leader, Instructional Coach, Technology Coach and Learning Coach over the past 10 years. Marica has experience working with students from Kindergarten to Grade Seven and has moved a school from a small... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
Main Gym

11:00

Google Playground
The Google Playground is a space where folks can come together in a supportive and flexible environment to work together to solve their Google Apps for Education, and other technology integration related, questions. 

There will be local experts on hand to answer your questions!  

Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B20 (Across from the Media Center)

11:00

Google Hangouts and Google Communities in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the technical aspects of using Google Hangouts as well as the best practices when introducing Google Plus to students. We will look at real examples of how Hangouts are being used in education and Google + communities. Great tools to communicate/share and learn from professionals. This would fall under the Modification according to the SAMR model.

Speakers
avatar for Gilles Theriault

Gilles Theriault

Teacher, Red Deer Public School District
Gilles is presently teaching at École Lindsay Thurber Comp. H.S. in Red Deer. He has provided support to educators and has conducted professional development for over two decades. Google Certified Educator. Gilles is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C10 (Science Wing)

11:00

A Novel Idea for Google+
Limited Capacity seats available

Allow the characters in your novel study to come alive through the use of Google+. (Social Studies teachers, this works for historical figures too!) By creating student managed, Google+ profiles for each of the characters, students are given the opportunity to truly experience the action from the character's point of view.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
G11 (Jr. High Wing)

11:00

Maps Magic in the Classroom With Google Maps
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Kim as she shares her understanding and some tips and tricks of how to utilize Google's My Maps to enhance the geographic literacy component of your lessons!   

Speakers
avatar for Kim Randall

Kim Randall

Professional Development Consultant, EdTechTeam
Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C9 (Science Wing)

11:00

Social Stories and Visual Support on the iPad
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the basics for creating a social story to use with students using the app Pictello. Participants will walk away knowing how to use a social story to change a behaviour, share news or participate in social interactions. The session will also highlight the use of visual schedules using the app Choiceworks. Signup and take away the different ways these apps can be used with your students.


Speakers
NK

Nancy Kindjerski

As a speech-language pathologist with more than 15 years experience, I have recently returned to the Wetaskiwin area as a member of the North Enhanced Team with the RCSD initiative.


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
F5 (Across from Ladies Only Washroom)

11:00

Ed Tech Implementation - Lessons for Leaders from Hapara
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how educators around the world are using edtech to better differentiate instruction, support projected based or inquiry based learning, and manage asynchronous learning with Google Apps for Education and Hapara's instructional management system.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Poncia

Wayne Poncia

Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Learning Officer, Hapara
Wayne Poncia is a Canadian educator and technology entrepreneur with a proven track record creating edtech products that enhance learning and increase student agency. With concentrations in personalizing education through formative assessment, learning analytics, and online content... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B2 (Humanities Wing)

11:00

Lego Robotics and Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation falls within the Redefinition area of the SAMR model. This presentation will show how students can learn programming skills in a fun and student centered learning environment. There will be demonstrations of what the Lego Robots can do, including automated line following and Rubiks Cube solving! There will also be demonstrations of how the Lego Education coding can introduce students to the world of programming, which is changing the way we see numeracy and literacy. 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Riddle

Scott Riddle

Grade 7 and 9 Math and Science Teacher, Ecole Lacombe Junior High


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
C17 (Science Wing)

11:00

Introduction to Read 180
Limited Capacity seats available

Read 180 Next Generation is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for students in grades 4-12+.  In Read 180, students are a part of a community of learners that leverage adaptive technology to individualize instruction through engaging, multi-media science, social studies and literary content.  Teachers have access to a dashboard and management suite developed to provide teachers with point-of use told for lesson planning and differentiated instruction and prepare students with the 21st century literacy skills needed to succeed in school and life.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Gascoyne

Cheryl Gascoyne

Learning Services Coordinator, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Cheryl is currently a K-12 Literacy Coordinator with Wolf Creek Public Schools’ Learning Services Team. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, literacy coach & coordinator. Whether working for a school district at large, or within the walls... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B16 (Humanities Wing)

11:00

Literacy and Technology???
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will discuss literacy in a modern context then learn, apply & share technology tidbits which facilitate its' implementation.  This session will is designed to enhance current practices.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Dumoulin

Sam Dumoulin

WCPS Learning Coach, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I've been working in Wolf Creek since 2003. During this time, I taught French Immersion at École Lacombe Junior High School, acted as FI District Lead Teacher and still attending working groups at Alberta Education (Curriculum and Assessment Branch). I completed my M.Ed. at... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
G20 (Jr. High Wing)

11:00

Blendspace - Stir Up the Learning!
Limited Capacity seats available

Blendspace is an online dashboard where teachers can build a learning path for their students with all of the digital materials they will need to master a specific learning goal. 

Come and learn some practical ideas about how to utilize this online tool to stir up the way that students interact with content and ideas in your classroom! 

Blendspace is a free site that enables teachers to offer differentiated instruction, flip their classroom, and/or support project-based learning. It allows teachers the ability to organize a collection of online resources in one area and then to share that information with students, as well as monitor student progress as they work through lessons. Come prepared to create your own lesson or use lessons from the Blendspace gallery.

 

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Learning Coach, Wolf Creek Public Schools
After teaching for many years, Cathy is currently a Learning Coach in 2 elementary schools and is finding ways to continuing to support students by working with teachers to build knowledge with literacy, instructional design and technology.


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B28 (Hall of Valour)

11:00

Collaborative Response Model Software - Your Questions Answered
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on users already working the the Collaborative Response Model Software. Kurtis will present answers to many frequently asked questions and work with attendees to answer the questions which they have about how the software works and best practices for using it to support response to intervention conversations about students. 

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning Inc
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 11:00 - 12:20
B25 (Humanities Wing)

12:20

Lunch
Friday September 25, 2015 12:20 - 13:10
Jr. High Gym

13:10

My Blueprint
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in learning more about a phenomenal occupation and post-secondary planning tool? If you are a teacher or counsellor who works with grade seven-twelve students, this is the session for you. The myBlueprint software is extremely intuitive and easy to use for both the teacher/counsellor users as well as the students. Just a few of the features of this software include: learning and personality inventories and assessments, career portfolio, resume builder, Rutherford scholarship tracker, high school course completion tracker, school implementation plan, teacher resources and much more.  This will be an introductory overview of the the software tool and will include updates and demonstrations of the latest improvements.



Speakers
avatar for Alda Lovell

Alda Lovell

Director of People Services, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I have been a teacher and school administrator in the Wolf Creek School Division for 23 years. Last year I served as a learning coordinator with the Wolf Creek Public Schools Learning Services Team. In my role as Learning Services Coordinator I was privileged to work with school... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:10
C17 (Science Wing)

13:10

Using Boardmaker Online (Repeat)
Limited Capacity seats available

Boardmaker Online, the newest member of the Boardmaker family, is a web-based system that allows teachers and therapists to quickly adapt and create print and interactive instructional materials.

These activities can be delivered across multiple platforms, including the iPad. With built-in tracking tools and a huge library of ready-made activities aligned to educational standards, it’s never been easier to differentiate instruction and drive achievement for students with special needs!

Using a simulated Boardmaker Online school district, participants will be introduced to tools to find and create symbol-based instructional materials, assign activities to students and monitor progress.

Speakers
JB

Justin Bytautas

Justin BytautasEducation Manager, Canada6+ years in AAC and EducationCanadian Trainer for Boardmaker Online


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:20
B2 (Humanities Wing)

13:10

Designing Beautiful Google Sites
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Lisa as she shares ideas for leveraging and working within Google's powerful site editor - Google Sites. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:20
C10 (Science Wing)

13:10

What is a Flipped Classroom - How can you incorporate aspects of one within your program?
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s classrooms one thing that teachers often run short of is time. With increasing diversity in our students and limited time to support them, teachers often find themselves performing triage in their classrooms in order to support those that need it most. By developing video and multimedia resources to support and instruct students through a flipped classroom, teachers can ensure that all learners get the direction they need. This session will focus on the different ways that teachers can create and distribute these resources for their students. It will be aimed at the modification level of the SAMR model and will be most valuable to teachers that work in division three or four classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Hambly

Philip Hambly

Learning Coaches, Wolf Creek School Division No. 72
Hello, my name is Phill Hambly and I am a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. As a Learning Coach, I am charged with supporting teachers shoulder to shoulder as they learn about pedagogical tool or strategies, the purposeful inclusion of technology in the classroom or the... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:25
C18 (Science Wing)

13:10

Daily 5 in Elementary Math
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn how we use the Daily 5 structure in our Math classes. Daily 5 Math is a framework for structuring math time so students develop deep conceptual understanding and mathematical proficiency. 

How does it work?

Students select from three or four choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Badall

Monica Badall

I am a grade 3 teacher at Iron Ridge Elementary Campus with a passion for technology.
avatar for Vicky Sahlin

Vicky Sahlin

Assistant Principal, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I am a mom, wife, teacher, and Assistant Principal. I live on a farm and am married to a fabulous man. We have one child who lights up our world. I love my job and I am passionate about literacy and helping others integrate technology into their teaching practice to engage students... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:25
Main Gym

13:10

Choose Your Own Adventure with Google Forms
Limited Capacity seats available

Who doesn't remember the Choose Your Own Adventure stories they read as a kid? "If you want to go through the red door, flip to page 28. If you choose the blue door, flip to page 42". Now Google Forms make it easy to create these stories online. Come and see how 13 year olds have imagined an altered course of history with their own Adventure stories and see how easy it would be for you to implement this idea into your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director,, EdTech
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:25
G11 (Jr. High Wing)

13:10

Introduction to Read 180
Limited Capacity seats available

Read 180 Next Generation is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for students in grades 4-12+.  In Read 180, students are a part of a community of learners that leverage adaptive technology to individualize instruction through engaging, multi-media science, social studies and literary content.  Teachers have access to a dashboard and management suite developed to provide teachers with point-of use told for lesson planning and differentiated instruction and prepare students with the 21st century literacy skills needed to succeed in school and life.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Gascoyne

Cheryl Gascoyne

Learning Services Coordinator, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Cheryl is currently a K-12 Literacy Coordinator with Wolf Creek Public Schools’ Learning Services Team. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, literacy coach & coordinator. Whether working for a school district at large, or within the walls... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:25
B16 (Humanities Wing)

13:10

Tracking and Communicating Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session you will see how Google Forms can be used to track student progress and how to effectively use the add-ons in Google Sheets to communicate information to parents and students.  Another tool featured will be Freshgrade, which is an online portfolio and gradebook tool that instantly send text messages or emails to parents when student information is updated.  Kylie will also show how Adobe Acrobat can be used as a more traditional tracking tool.   

Speakers
avatar for Kylie Kissel

Kylie Kissel

Wolf Creek School Division No. 72
Kylie grew up on a small farm near Glendon Alberta, Canada. He started teaching for Wolf Creek Public Schools in 2009, since then he has changed roles and has become a Learning Coach in the district. Kylie spends his time side-by-side with teachers in their classroom, working to to... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B25 (Humanities Wing)

13:10

Jr. High Assistive Tech Toolbox
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will offer a variety of tools to be used in Jr. High classrooms to help support students in the areas of  Literacy & Numeracy. 

Speakers
avatar for Jill Howe

Jill Howe

Inclusion Coach, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I have been a teacher for 10 years, the last 5 years have been at Bentley School. This year I have taken a position as an Inclusion Coach in the school division. I am passionate about ensuring that all students have positive learning experiences to help them be successful. I am also... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B23 (Humanities Wing)

13:10

Yes You Can Read This!
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will share some of the key resources and curricular content available to teachers and students that can be differentiated for ALL reading levels found in the classroom. Participants should bring a laptop, netbook or Chromebook as we will be accessing various online resources and the Chrome environment. We'll hit mainly Modification in SAMR.

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 →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
C8 (Science Wing)

13:10

Apps, Extensions and Web Tools for K-7 Teachers and Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in finding out about apps, extensions and web tools that be used to engage students and support learning?  What are they and what is the difference between them? Come find out what apps, extensions and web tools can be useful for teachers & students from Kindergarten to Grade 7.  While there are hundreds, if not thousands to choose from, the apps, extensions and web tools that will be shared are ‘tried and true’ for use with teachers and students in a K-7 environment.  By choosing apps, extensions and web tools that are useful for a variety of purposes, teachers and students who are signed into their Google Apps & Chrome account can use these online tools anytime/anywhere, as these will follow the user on each device they are logged into.  By bringing a device to this session, participants will be able to briefly work with each app, extension or web tool demonstrated.  This session will focus on modification and redefinition within the SAMR model.

Speakers
avatar for Marica McWhinnie

Marica McWhinnie

Assistant Principal, Terrace Ridge School; Wolf Creek Public Schools
Marica has worked with Wolf Creek Public Schools for 14 years and has been an AISI Leader, Instructional Coach, Technology Coach and Learning Coach over the past 10 years. Marica has experience working with students from Kindergarten to Grade Seven and has moved a school from a small... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B30-31 (Hall of Valour)

13:10

Me Build a Website, Really?
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you will learn how to build a website and how to effectively use your website in your classroom.  You will need to bring your laptop! The purpose behind this session is to enhance and transform your classroom practices. 

Speakers
avatar for Sam Dumoulin

Sam Dumoulin

WCPS Learning Coach, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I've been working in Wolf Creek since 2003. During this time, I taught French Immersion at École Lacombe Junior High School, acted as FI District Lead Teacher and still attending working groups at Alberta Education (Curriculum and Assessment Branch). I completed my M.Ed. at... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B26 (Humanities Wing)

13:10

Creating a Class Website for Beginners
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will discover just how easy it can be to set up a class website as well as how it can save time and make their lives easier.  The program used is user-friendly Weebly.  Participants should bring a laptop if they wish to play atound with the program as we go.  (Unfortunately tablets and phones do not work for this particular task.)

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Williamson

Suzanne Williamson

Grade 9 Humanities Teacher, Ecole Lacombe Junior High School
Suzanne Williamson is a Humanities 9 teacher from Ecole Lacombe Junior High School where she has been teaching for the past nine years. In her 17 years of teaching, she has taught in Alberta and in the Northwest Territories, both in reserve schools and public schools. She is currently... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
G20 (Jr. High Wing)

13:10

Coding - Thinking Differently
Limited Capacity seats available

Today’s students are surrounded by technology. Many will enter into careers that depend on it. Luckily, they can start learning understanding how it works in Kindergarten (and the teacher doesn’t need a Computer Science background to do it!). Coding fits into all tiers of SAMR and introducing it is arguably one of the best activities to practice and develop the skills all students need to be problem solvers, collaborators, critical thinkers, and creators in a modern classroom. Attendees will experience coding in a hands on presentation, using their own internet ready devices to explore, learn and create.This session will share classroom successes, student stories, and many different resources and ideas to allow teachers to bring coding into their classroom, regardless of grade or experience.

 Please bring a device such as a Chromebook or a laptop in order to try out some of the programs that will be shared. 

Speakers
BL

Bryan Lachapelle

I am passionate about education, kind of nerdy, love edtech, and look forward to sharing and learning something new. I am at home in the classroom with students (where I have been for over 7 years) because deep down I am still a big kid.


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B27 (Hall of Valour)

13:10

Engage Your Classroom with Discovery Education Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone loves Discovery Education for their high qulaity streaming media. Did you know that there is a great deal more that this powerful digital learning support can do for your learners? Come and join Kim as she shares ideas around embedding Discovery's array of tools into teaching and learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Randall

Kim Randall

Professional Development Consultant, EdTechTeam
Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
C31 (Theatre)

13:10

Google Playground
The Google Playground is a space where folks can come together in a supportive and flexible environment to work together to solve their Google Apps for Education, and other technology integration related, questions. 

There will be local experts on hand to answer your questions!  

Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B20 (Across from the Media Center)

13:10

Hangouts on Air: Talk from Anywhere
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out how Google Hangouts can help Teachers and Admin staff communicate and work effectively from multiple locations.  Venture into Hangouts On Air and discover ways to stream hangouts to thousands of viewers, gather feedback and archive to Youtube for future viewings.  Join us for this fun and interactive session.



Speakers
avatar for Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie

COO, Amplified IT
COO & Founder - Amplified IT


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
C13 (Science Wing)

13:10

Blendspace - Stir Up the Learning! (Repeat)
Limited Capacity seats available

Blendspace is an online dashboard where teachers can build a learning path for their students with all of the digital materials they will need to master a specific learning goal. 

Come and learn some practical ideas about how to utilize this online tool to stir up the way that students interact with content and ideas in your classroom! 

Blendspace is a free site that enables teachers to offer differentiated instruction, flip their classroom, and/or support project-based learning. It allows teachers the ability to organize a collection of online resources in one area and then to share that information with students, as well as monitor student progress as they work through lessons. Come prepared to create your own lesson or use lessons from the Blendspace gallery.


 

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Learning Coach, Wolf Creek Public Schools
After teaching for many years, Cathy is currently a Learning Coach in 2 elementary schools and is finding ways to continuing to support students by working with teachers to build knowledge with literacy, instructional design and technology.


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B28 (Hall of Valour)

13:10

Twitter as a Professional Learning Network
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will begin with the basics of how to create an account, then tweet and retweet. We will explore features such as search, hashtags, lists and chats to create a professional learning network that puts you in control of your own professional development. Twitter is a powerful and convenient way to connect with hundreds of educators worldwide. Please bring any device you’d like use - we will cover basics of Twitter on mobile devices as well as computers. It is important to note that there are some features that are best accessed with a computer. This session will not focus on student centered skills so does not fit into the SAMR model.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Blackmore

Jody Blackmore

Teacher - Grade 5/6, Rimbey Elementary, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Jody believes that technology is a powerful learning tool for students and teachers alike. Her passion lies in helping teachers embrace technology to benefit their own personal and professional lives as well as increase engagement and learning in their classrooms. For the past two... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
G19 (Jr. High Wing)

13:10

Transformative Teaching is Easier than You Think
Limited Capacity seats available

Grade Level
• Elementary through junior high
Subject Focus
• How to seamlessly integrate technology into every subject area
Nature of Students
• Transformative teaching naturally lends itself to differentiation and  it inspires students with attention deficits and behavior issues.
Lessons Learned
• Transformative teaching is easier than you think.
• ‘A-ha’ moment occurred when I realized that in order to shift from instructor to facilitator I had to relinquish some control and place it in the hands of my students.
Opportunities
• I engaged my students with the following tools and experiences in a variety of subject areas.
- Multimedia: VoiceThread, Movie Maker, PhotoStory 3, PowerPoint
- Inquiring Minds Program: Zoo School and Museum School
- Mobile Learning: The use of iPads, Chrome Books for formal and informal learning, any time, any place, anywhere with selected apps.
- Kidblog: student blogging, uploading photos, inserting links, and embedding multimedia.
- Real Time Board: virtual collaboration, whole class real time use.
- Padlet: virtual sticky notes for class collaboration and reflection in real time.
- Discovery Board from Discovery Education
- Word cloud tools: Wordle, Tagxedo
- Voki: Students created their own avatar to use in a variety of activities (including blogging) utilizing the audio capabilities (text-to-speech and audio recording)
- Google Apps: Building technology capacity using Sturgeon School Division’s district access to Google Apps for educators and students. Specific focus on Google Docs, Google Draw, Gmail for chat and video conferencing.
- We Video: Peer to peer knowledge sharing by using video, documents, voice overs, pictures, diagrams then creating a finished, shared product.
- Loup Collage:
- Read Write Think Timeline:
- Wee Me: Creating avatars then saving and uploading them.
- Google Earth: Incorporating this tool across subject areas using placemarks, as well as creating and narrating a guided tour.
- Raz Books: Reading at tested reading level and being able to record their reading.
- TodaysMeet: Real-time classroom conversations in an online community.
- Classroom Dojo:
- Discovery Education Science Techbook:
- Glogster Edu- Creating multimedia presentations.
- Blabberize= Voice recording, picture uploads to create an animated picture.
- Stop Motion Animation:  Creating Claymation movies
- Popplet:  Use of virtual sticky notes for research projects
- iMovie- Creation of both movies and trailers
- Tinkercad:  Creation of 3D designs which are then printed on a Makerbot 3D printer.
- Kahoot It:  Allows creation of questions to be played with the entire class.
- Lego Robotics: WeDo and Mindstorm used in a Makerspace setting.
- Ollie: Programmable moving robot used in Makerspace.
- Sphero: Programmable robot used in Makerspace.
- Little Bits: Electronic circuits used to build moving items.
- Snap Circuits: Electronic circuits used to make more complex working machines.
- Makey Makey
- Explain Everything app:  Used to record the screen.
- Storybird:  Web-based site for digital storytelling.
- Story Creator app: Digital storytelling tool where students can narrate and draw illustrations.
- Read and Write Google: Assistive technology for students experiencing difficulties with reading and writing.
- Powtoon:  Creating animated presentations that can be uploaded to YouTube

These tools were not only incorporated in my lessons presented to students, but they were also placed in the hands of students to create and complete assignments.

Challenges
• On occasion the technology does not work as planned, but it is important to have a plan B.  I also had to become comfortable with the fact that it would be impossible for me to know everything about each of these programs.  It is important to model being a life-long learner.

Evidence of Success
• My students increased in reading fluency and became more independent learners. Students were more engaged in their learning and gained valuable tech skills.  Many students practiced their skills at home.

Parental/Community Involvement
• Parents were able to assist their child’s learning by accessing it in Google Docs.  Parents were able to provide digital commentary on the assignment itself.  Because the assignments were online it served as a portfolio that could be accessed at any time.  The blog provided evidence of student’s reflection on learning.

Students shared their learning in a project titled “We Are Alberta” Expo.  In this project students researched a topic from the grade 4 Social Studies Curriculum. The Expo was presented the entire school and parent population. Presentations included:
• Research
• Hands on activities such as fossils, minerals, models
• A sample of a dish from their heritage
• Digital presentations
• Sitting in a real life tipi and learning about the history of its people from a metis individual
• A celebration of the town’s history (multimedia)
• Getting to interact a real live horse and learn about its’ care
• Participating in a dance (Red River Jig)
• Listening to and watching Native Legends
• Virtual fossil dig using iPads
Getting an opportunity to look at and touch artifacts from Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
Wagon rides to provide students an opportunity to experience the past for themselves and pay homage to the original Athabasca Landing Trail.

Students used inquiry-based learning in a fossil investigation project.  The investigation included:
• Reading information cards, then recording the appropriate information
• Digging for dinosaur bones in sand
• Rebuilding a dinosaur using the bones
• Sketching
• Watching a video on paleontologists (iPad)
• Examining fossils with a magnifying glass
• Virtual dig on a PC operating system
• Examination of virtual fossils using the Earth Story iPad app
• We used Popplet to record information as we moved from station to station and we took pictures and video of our progress with the iPad.
• Students completed the project by using the app Explain Everything to present the entire project complete with video, pictures and voiceovers.

Students used project based learning to investigate the various regions of Alberta.  Students were given the scenario of a Zombie Apocalypse and they had to escape to one of the regions of Alberta.  They needed to research edible plants, poisonous plants, shelter locations, temperature, distance from Gibbons as well as any other facts they deemed important for their survival.  They then first created a trailer using iMovie, then a diorama of their shelter, and a weapon to defend themselves ie. Catapult.  They wrapped up the project by filming in and around the school and uploading their information to create an iMovie.


Suggestions for participants
• Start with one small thing, in one subject area and experience success there first and access your colleagues’ knowledge.


        

Speakers

Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
B18 (Humanities Wing)

13:10

Mind mapping, Timelines, and Collaborative Brainstorming
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session participants will explore free web-based tools they can use with their students for creating timelines, graphic organizers, and other formats for recording and synthesizing information and ideas.  

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:30
C1 (Science Wing)

13:10

Introduction to Using Teacher Dashboard and Workspace
Limited Capacity seats available

This session, hosted by Hapara, will be an introductory/orientation session geared towards staff that have heard about Hapara's Teacher Dashboard and Workspace but have not had a chance to engage with these tools, yet.

Speakers
avatar for Hapara

Hapara

Regional Sales Manager, Hapara
Hapara's instructional management suite enables educators using G Suite for Education to create visible, differentiated and focused learning experiences. Hapara tools help teachers see the most recent student efforts across all G Suite applications, support collaborative assignments... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 13:10 - 14:45
C9 (Science Wing)

14:45

Demo Slam & Prizes
Join our featured speakers for a high energy "slam" sharing session of the speaker's top tech tools and tips. You'll walk away from this action packed final session with some great ideas! 

 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers
avatar for Peter Henrie

Peter Henrie

COO, Amplified IT
COO & Founder - Amplified IT
avatar for Kim Randall

Kim Randall

Professional Development Consultant, EdTechTeam
Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations such as EdTechTeam, Discovery Education and the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of educational... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Thumann

Lisa Thumann

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, EdTechTeam
Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Before joining EdTechTeam in 2014, Lisa was a K-6 classroom teacher and technology education specialist at Rutgers and Kean Universities in New Jersey. Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s business... Read More →


Friday September 25, 2015 14:45 - 15:30
Main Gym