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Learn to Play OCTOBER 20 - 22, 2011 SHERATON PARKWAY TORONTO NORTH RICHMOND HILL, ON REGISTRATION: ECOO.ORG ONLINE PLANNER (iPhone/Android/Chrome/Safari): MATHED.CA/ECOO


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Wednesday 8:00pm – 11:00

The Hangout social event

Salon C

Thursday

SESSION

ROOM

7:15 – 8:30

Registration

Grand York Foyer

8:30 – 9:30

Opening Keynote with Will Richardson and Sheryl NussbaumBeach

Grand Richmond

F2F PD (see description under Thursday Lunch)

Thornhill Room

4:00 – 4:30

Prize Draw

Exhibit Hall

4:30 – 6:30

ECOO Playground (Super Tweetup)

Grand Richmond

6:30 – 7:00

Annual General Meeting

Grand Richmond

Friday

SESSION

ROOM

7:15 – 8:30

Registration

Grand York Foyer

Google Carousel

Vaughan East

2:45 – 3:45

Closing Keynote with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Grand Richmond

3:45 – 4:15

Prize Draw

Grand Richmond

9:45 – 10:45 11:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:30 2:45 – 3:45

8:30 – 9:30 9:45 – 10:45 11:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:30

All sessions are “open” up to room capacity; there is no need to pre-register for anything but Minds On Media.

Saturday

MINDS ON MEDIA


THURSDAY 8:30 – 9:30 GRAND RICHMOND

KEYNOTE : REDEFINITION JEOPARDY: TAKING BACK THE LANGUAGE OF LEARNING What is "learning," exactly? How do we define an "education"? Is a "teacher" today the same as a "teacher" 10 or 20 years ago? Join Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson as they host a 60-minute highly-interactive, game-show type discussion in which we'll develop a common language around what those concepts and others really mean right now in the context of today's fast changing education landscape. We'll also dive into what these redefinitions mean for our own practice, and we'll engage in a friendly competition to see who can best capture these shifted meanings in ways that will make change agents sit up and take notice. Bring your tech, your creative minds, and your passion for learning for your best chance to "win." A parent of two middle school aged children, Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at Weblogg-ed.com and in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week and English Journal. He is a former public school educator for 22 years, and is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press, 3rd Edition 2010) has sold over 75,000 copies and has impacted classroom practice around the world. His new book, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, was released by Solution Tree in May, 2011. Over the past six years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in over a dozen countries about the merits of learning networks for personal and professional growth. He is a national advisory board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation, and a regular columnist for District Administration Magazine. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is a 20-year educator who has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Currently, she is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary. She is the owner and founder of 21st Century Collaborative, LLC, a digital learning consulting business through which she regularly delivers keynotes, workshops and supports nonprofits in their grant work. Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network which she co-founded with Will Richardson, she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their learning cultures and communities. http://plpnetwork.com. Sheryl is a sought after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics of 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless. Her latest book will be published in the fall by Solution Tree. She is also serving on the New Media Consortium’s 2011 Horizon.K12 Advisory board. Sheryl lives near the Atlantic Ocean and spends her spare time playing on the water with her four children and long haired dachshund Itchy.


THURSDAY 9:30 – 9:45 AND 9:45 – 10:45

9:30 – 9:45

BREAK

9:45 – 10:45 AURORA

BUDDING BLOGGERS: GETTING STUDENTS STARTED ON BLOGGING

Floor: Lower Level

Aviva Dunsiger, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Students are never too young to start creating a digital portfolio. Give your young students the chance to share their voice online. Learn about some great blogging tools to use with young students, as well as some alternative ways for beginning writers to share their learning with others on their blogs. Don't make blogging an add-on: let it be a meaningful way for all students, regardless of age, to converse with others on a global scale! Audience: JKorK, Primary blogging, primary, digital portfolio, writing, content areas

BUTTONVILLE

STARRY STARRY NIGHT

Floor: Upper Level

Teresa Harrison, OCDSB What happens when you take Google Street View technology and bring it into a museum? Starry, Starry Night is only one of the artworks you can see with Google Art Project. Come and see how you can take in 17 museums from 9 countries from your computer. Your museum pass is available 24 x 7. Take home CD. Workshop format, computer required. No software to install. Audience: General Google, Art, Museum

MARKHAM A

COLLABORATION WITH GOOGLE DOCS

Floor: Lower Level

Shadi Yazdan, York Region District School Board Learn about 'cloud computing' such as Google Docs and its use in the classroom to help increase student engagement and achievements. Learn how to share and collaborate with students (in real time) on documents. Learn to upload, create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Learn about all the other apps available with Google Education. See how you can use this powerful web2.0 tool to provide real time feedback to students and have them provide feedback to oneanother. Examples of lesson plans and ideas and projects will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and have a Gmail account or be willing to create one. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate Google, Google docs, collaboration, web2.0, feedback, cloud computing


THURSDAY 9:45 – 10:45

MARKHAM B

WIKIPEDIA AND WIKIS IN THE CLASSROOM

Floor: Lower Level

James Cash, Peel District School Board The first half of this presentation looks at the merits of using Wikipedia with students and debunks many of the misconceptions of Wikipedia. In the second half, participants will explore the impact of using wikis for learning, knowledge building and collaboration in the classroom. Participants are invited to bring laptops to use as we explore online. ISTENETS: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making (Wikipedia half); Communication and Collaboration (Wikis half) Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General wiki, Wikipedia, Web 2.0, social media

NEWMARKET

DEWEY GOES DIGITAL

Floor: Lower Level

Kevin Bowers, NDSS The creative processes that the great educational philosopher John Dewey delineated in his work Art as Experience has informed my practice for many years, and I am interested in studying the ways in which technology can be used to enhance student experience and learning. This workshop will look at practical ways that technology and specifically Web 2.0 can be used to create creative, authentic and generative environments for learning. It will involve active engagement by participants! Get your Dewey on! Audience: General creativity, generative, dewey, imagination

STOUFFVILLE

CREATING CRITICAL THINKING TASKS USING WEB 2.0 TOOLS

Floor: Lower Level

Erica Fleming-Gille, WRDSB Carol Williams, WRDSB – Learning Services

Critical thinking tasks and activities engage students in making judgments about real-life situations. They are relevant and meaningful to students, and engage them in the kind of thinking that we, as teachers, value and encourage. Web 2.0 tools are a natural fit to encourage students and provide them with opportunities to think critically and explain their thinking to a global audience. This session will provide participants with a number of ideas for critical thinking tasks that could be modified for a variety of grade levels and subject areas. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate


THURSDAY 9:45 – 10:45

THORNHILL

SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES:IMPLEMENTINGTECHNOLOGY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Floor: Upper Level

Anne Ricci, TDSB Rebecca Ansley, TDSB – Special Education Martha Jez, Fairchance Learning By incorporating technology into the classroom students can build the reading, writing and math skills they need whilst also developing critical 21st century skills including digital literacy, critical thinking and collaboration. Karen Bruett, VP of Dells K-12 Business. Frame this in a universal student rights perspective and it becomes imperative that we reach and teach our students with learning disabilities using technology that accomodates, based on each student's learniong style (UDL /DI) This session will discuss the pioneering, evidence-based study of 2006-2008 by TDSB Special Education and Support Services and Dr Marzano's study, 2010 incorporating the successful classroom practices and demonstrating the effectiveness of the Promethean ActivClassroom used in these studies. Audience: General Learning Disabilities, IWB Technology, Differentiated Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, Evidence - Based, Accomodations

UNIONVILLE

PHP WORKSHOP

Floor: Upper Level

David Stermole, TDSB Contents TBD. It consists of a brief introduction to Linux followed by an in-depth hands-on sessionusing PHP and MySQL to create dynamic web content. (I can also include a demonstratiohow to use PHP and MySQL on a USB under Windows.) You can have a look at the webhave developed for this athttp://www.dfstermole.net/PHP/workshop. Audience: General, Senior

VAUGHAN EAST

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE AND EDUCATION PODCAST - LIVE!!

Floor: Lower Level

Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Kevin Cougler, Virtual Researcher on Call Join us for a live recording of an episode of the podcast This Week in Science and Education. You'll be able to find out about the TWISE Podcast, why you might find it valuable for your students and you, and how to go about getting started. This session will feature the regular hosts interviewing a guest, followed by a question and answer session. Audience: General podcast, science, videoconferencing


THURSDAY 9:45 – 10:45, 10:45 – 11:00 AND 11:00 – 12:00

VAUGHAN WEST

FACEBOOK IN THE CLASSROOM

Floor: Lower Level

Mark Carbone, WRDSB Elaine MacKenzie, WRDSB This session will cover the WRDSB journey to endorsing Facebook as a tool to support curriculum delivery in the classroom. Topics covered will include: background and rationale, Facebook with students, security and privacy sessions, challenges and discussion/Q&A.

Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General social media, facebook, K-12

10:45 – 11:00

BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 AURORA

CREATING A POSITIVE DIGITAL FOOTPRINT (WITHOUT PUTTING YOUR FOOT IN IT!)

Floor: Lower Level

Diana Maliszewski, Toronto District School Board Gwyneth Jones wrote in a tweet to @MzMollyTL "being Transparent & creating a pos.digi footrprint is no longer optional for outstanding educators! #Edchat #TLChat" Hear how a teacher-librarian went from hidden online identity to high visibility and the impact on her students.

Audience: Junior, Intermediate, General digital footprint, Internet presence

BUTTONVILLE

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR?

Floor: Upper Level

Luke Allen, Illinois Computing Educators The purpose of this session is to familiarize users with Open source and freeware alternatives to commonly used commercial software. Attendees will learn how to find, download, install and evaluate software from the web. In today's economy, schools are being very budget conscious in all areas of the curriculum. By using readily available freeware and open source software, schools can realize budget savings without losing the use of essential instructional tools. Audience: General freeware, opensource, software, downloads, instruction, curriculum


THURSDAY 11:00 – 12:00

GORMLEY

UTILIZING IN-BROWSER SOFTWARE IN BUSINESS AND IT CLASSES

Floor: Lower Level

Jason Jugoon, Town Centre Private H.S. The Internet offers a wide array of free, in-browser software, including floorplanner, logomaker, bitstrip, and pixlr, just to name a few. The presentation will hilight some of these software/websites, and some ideas that can be incorporated into Business and Information Technology classes. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General Software, Information Technology

MARKHAM A

CLAIMING BACK THE PLAY - DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE GATHERING

Floor: Lower Level

Jonathan Rajalingam, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board As an early years educator do you: • want to use less worksheets in class? • have many artifacts of learning but need the shelf space back? • like children to respond orally to work but find the note taking a chore? Then this is the place for you. In this hands-on workshop we will look at how to use a digital camera and a computer to effectively collate evidence of young children's learning. Using a digital camera and easily available tools (such as iPhoto, Pages and iMovie) we will explore how to build a digital portfolio of children's authentic leaning experiences. And claim some of that shelf space back! In order to get the most from this workshop it will be useful to bring a camera and laptop with pictures of your children at play! Audience: JKorK, Primary

NEWMARKET

CYBER-CHEATING AND CYBER-SLACKING – THE NEXT FRONTIERS

Floor: Lower Level

Jerrard Gaertner, Soberman LLP, Canadian Information Processing Soc The internet provides almost limitless educational material for students on-line courses, references, even electronic tutors. It also provides opportunities to plagiarize, become dependent on software tools or obtain/share exams. Worse, it can dull critical perception making Google's top hit the most trusted information and Wikipedia the revealed truth. Educators must not only be aware of the risks that the internet can pose to original research and critical thinking and remain vigilant to cyber-cheating. They must be prepared to offer their students guidance and alternatives – ways to use the incredible power of the net to enhance learning, stimulate creativity and support intellectual growth. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General


THURSDAY 11:00 – 12:00

SALON B

DESIGNING AND USING VIDEO GAMES FOR EDUCATION

Floor: Upper Level

Adam Clare, Wero Creative / George Brown Video games are constantly being discussed as an educational tool for students but how do we design games that engage and educate? This session will look at what makes a successful educational game work and which approaches to designing a game fail. Adam is a professor of Game Design at George Brown and has worked on commercial and educational games.

Audience: General gaming, online, lesson plans, metrics, analysis,

SALON C

EDMODO: 2 MILLION STRONG, AND GROWING!

Floor: Upper Level

Peter McAsh, Avon Maitland DSB edmodo.com is a FREE secure social networking service for students, teachers, and parents. An overview of the features of edmodo will be followed by an opportunity for participants to spend time with edmodo as a teacher, student, and parent. See why over 2 million educators around the world are already using edmodo. To fully participate in this session, bring your tech (laptop, netbook, smart phone, iPod, iPad). Audience: General edmodo, social media, pln, hands on, lms, workshop

SALON D

IREAD, IWRITE, ILEAR N

Floor: Upper Level

Angie Harrison, York Region District School Board For these 7 and 8 year olds a regular primary literacy block begins with word study apps, shared reading on the Smartboard and guided reading with apps. Students then participate in a wide range of workstations involving iPods, the SMARTboard, iPads, iMacs and Dell computers. Followed by feedback using student work and the SMART Doc Camera. Students are also involved Iin ongoing writing tasks involving the use of a variety of apps.Join in the discussion on how students view their rich learning environment. Share ways you are using effective literacy instruction and hear about the Proof of Concept iPad pilot project. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, General literacy, iPads, Work stations, guided reading, apps, writing instruction Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General


THURSDAY 11:00 – 12:00

STOUFFVILLE

COLLABORATION: PRACTICE IT; LEARN IT; TEACH IT

Floor: Lower Level

Hadley Ferguson, Springside School This workshop, after defining collaboration and looking at why it is one of ISTE standards for students, involves teachers in the collaboration process talking, moving, listening, creating. From age-old techniques to new digital ones, it will help teachers become masters of collaboration creating, enacting and assessing. It provides strategies for incorporating collaboration in the classroom, as well as rubrics for assessing student work. Problems that arise when using collaboration are addressed. Teachers experience the energy and involvement that collaboration produces. Audience: General interaction, involvement, sharing

THORNHILL

APPLE PRESENTATION

Floor: Upper Level

Presenter, Apple Canada Presentation from Apple Canada. No details at press time. Audience: General interaction, involvement, sharing

UNIONVILLE

REDUCING THE WORKLOAD - COMBINING RPTS AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM

Floor: Upper Level

Todd Wilcox, London District Catholic School Board Ralph Rizzo, London District Catholic School Board One teacher. 30 kids. Who is doing all the work in the classroom? Rich performance tasks rooted in technology allow for differentiated learning opportunities that are accessible to a wide range of student abilities and interests. We will look at the use of combining RPTs, technology and online resources in presentations, movie-making, song writing, animation and more while integrating a wide range of subject expectations and reducing the overall workload for the classroom teacher. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, General rich performance task, differentiated instruction, technology, integration

VAUGHAN EAST

CLOUD COMPUTING AND GOOGLE APPS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVING COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Floor: Lower Level

Roger Nevin, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Cloud computing is being embraced by educational institutions around the world because it both improves learning and greatly reduces costs. Cloud computing is also supported by recent research and best practices. This practical demonstration will show how schools can quickly implement powerful cloud solutions such as Google Apps for Education, podcasts and videos (both running over the cloud) and other useful Web 2.0 tools to teach students 21st Century skills. All these tools are available for free and work on many PDAs including cell phones. The presentation will also discuss strategies to engage students and get teachers to embrace using the cloud. This presentation is supported by a non-


THURSDAY 11:00 – 12:00 AND 12:00 – 1:30 profit educational web site engagestudents.ca. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary cloud, computing, Goolge, Apps

VAUGHAN WEST

USING SIMPLE ROBOTICS AND PROGRAMMING TO IMPROVE PRIMARY AND JUNIOR STUDENTS' HIGHER-ORDER THINKING

Floor: Lower Level

Scott Varady, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Rob Bell The Ontario Science and Technology curriculum document observes that “scientific and technological literacy for all has become the overarching objective...throughout the world” (p. 3). As primary and junior teachers, we have been frequently struck with the level of engagement students demonstrate when technology is integrated into their learning. In this presentation we will examine our students’ experiences designing and programming simple machines using the LEGO WeDo program. The discussion will centre on ways that students’ early introduction to programming and simple robotics can be tied to the curriculum, and the potential of these activities to help develop higher-order thinking and collaboration skills central to 21st-century fluencies. Audience: Primary, Junior, General

12:00 – 1:30

LUNCH

THORNHILL ROOM

F2F PLAYFUL DELIBERATION (F2F PD) You've heard about the idea of the unconference -a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on a theme or purpose? Face-2-Face Playful Deliberation (F2F PD) on Thursday during lunch is an unconference experience at ECOO 2011. Are you looking to make professional connections on a certain topic or wonder what others opinions are, or even just want to mingle and meet with fellow delegates? This lunchtime conversation is for you. Topics: proposals by delegates on-line prior to conference sent via twitter to @trulygreenfish or e-mail f2fpdecoo2011@gmail.com (conversations finalized Oct. 16 (will be posted online link here in planner) Conversations: t.b.a. (based on delegates interest) Commitment: open (there is no sign-up) decide beforehand or join during lunch to "play along". You suggest the conversation and we'll arrange a space that you and others with an interest can meet and chat. Topics can be specific or broad. Here are a few examples of topics that could lead to meaningful and interesting conversations: ebooks vs textbooks, using gaming theory to enhance learning, personal mobile devices and literacy, assistive technology for inclusion education or digital footprints: private versus professional profiles. Propose your topic for F2F PD. Topics are as open as your suggestions and can relate to this year's theme of Play or not. It's all about having a fun and meaningful conversation about a topic you are passionate about! How this will work? *Pre-conference ECOO 2011 would like you to suggest a topic for the Thursday lunch by twitter or email. *Please send ideas via twitter to @trulygreenfish. You can recruit others interest by including the hashtag #f2fecoo2011 along with your tweet. You can also propose topics by e-mail to: (f2fpdecoo2011@gmail.com). *The weekend prior to our Oct. 20-22 conference topics will be chosen and then shared on twitter with links to a google document. *The morning of Thursday, Oct. 20 information regarding the topic and meeting location will be posted at the ECOO conference registration desk. F2F PD c'mon out and play!


THURSDAY 1:30 – 2:30

1:30 – 2:30 AURORA

SOCIAL-NETWORKING: WHY IT'S GOOD FOR KIDS

Floor: Lower Level

Jane Mitchinson, WRDSB So often teachers look for the "in tools" to connect with our students. Social networking web 2.0 sites are the hottest tools for hooking students. In this work-shop, find out not just how to use social networking in the classroom, but learn why social networking is so good for teens. Audience: Intermediate, Senior

BUTTONVILLE

LIVE SCRIBE IN KINDERGARTEN AND WITH SEL ECT MUTISM

Floor: Upper Level

Carly Ogryzlo, UGDSB MaryAnn Schouten This Workshop is extending technology throughout the kindergarten (primary) classroom through the use of a Live Scribe pen. We will be discussing the various uses of the Live Scribe pen and how it can be used in a general way within a kindergarten (primary) classroom, with a focus on assisting children with select mutism. With the Live Scribe Pen we make "show and share", word walls, oral retelling, play based learning, sentence strips, verbal reasoning, running records and much more interactive and develop literacy and oral language skills (based on the kindergarten curriculum) in a play-based environment. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, General Pulse Pen, Live Scribe, Select Mutism, Literacy, Oral Language, Technology

GORMLEY

GAME ON: THE RACE TO CAPTURE STUDENT INTEREST AND MOTIVATION IN THE E-LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Floor: Lower Level

Lee Hamr, Havergal College and CIS E-Learning Consortium Students who choose to take courses through E-Learning expect an experience similar to that of their social media and gaming environments: an experience that is motivating, filled with co-operative work and which elicits positive emotion and a sense of achievement. But are our E-Learning courses structured to capitalize on this expectation? In this workshop, participants will explore the elements of a successful game, the reasons why social media and gaming are successful in occupying as many manhours as they do, and why it is urgent that E-Learning instructors take note. By applying elements of successful games and social media, participants will take away strategies that they can use to enhance student engagement in their online or hybrid learning environments. Audience: General


THURSDAY 1:30 – 2:30

VAUGHAN EAST

PECHA KUCHA

Floor: Lower Level

Jamie Weir, TDSB Jamie Weir, innovative and imaginative English teacher, after her successful Pecha Kucha last year, has returned with a new stable of presenters.The Pecha Kucha session will feature a variety of educators discussing their personal passions in education in the style of 20 slides at 20 seconds each. (Each presenter will speak for about five minutes total.) The topics can include infusing technology into pedagogy, differentiated instruction and assessment, creating engaging and interesting lessons for today's students, a teacher's discussion of his/her personal experiences using technology in the classroom and including real world applications/experiences into lessons. Presenters include Shadi Yazdan, Jaclyn Calder, Anita Brooks-Kirkland, Angie Harrison, Mark Carbone and Cal Armstrong.

MARKHAM A

DANCING IN THE DATASPHERE

Floor: Lower Level

Timothy King, UGDSB Our students are going to find themselves in an information rich but physical resource poor world when they graduate. We live on the cusp of an information revolution that will rival the industrial revolution as an agent of change in human history. As education stumbles around, repeating twentieth century habits, outside the classroom students are immersed in a sea of information. We attempt to cut them off from this cold-turkey and then complain at their lack of focus and poor traditional learning habits. We drip information on them out of a teacher's mouth, or from an out of date, paper based text book because we believe that this information is somehow more valid; we (wrongly) believe that it lends credibility and value to our teaching. If education is to become even remotely relevant to our student's lives we need to recognize our unique moment in history and radically retool education to address twenty first century fluencies. Failure to do this results in graduates as ready to take on their future as medievals were for industrialization. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

MARKHAM B

EMBEDDING RICH CONTENT IN YOUR ELEARNING OR CLASS WEBSITE

Floor: Lower Level

Steve Wynen, Upper Grand District School Board With so many rich (and often free) educational learning objects available, why wouldn't you want to directly embed these on your own site, or in your Learning Management System? This session will explore some amazing sites with rich content, and different ways to embed them in your own site you'll learn just enough html coding to make it happen! Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General math, science, open source, simulation, embed, elearning


THURSDAY 1:30 – 2:30

OAK RIDGES

BUILDING KNOWLEDGE IN YOUR 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM USING AN ONLINE FORUM - PEPPER

Floor: Lower Level

Nivedita Shori, Corliss Public School, Peel District School Board Pepper - a novel online platform designed by OISE professor, Jim Hewitt could be the perfect tool for engaging our 21st century learners in digital discussions around familiar and enriched topics of the curriculum. Students read, reflect and respond to their classmates and the teacher in online settings, getting a chance to learn netiquette and norms of collaboration while teachers get a chance to extend the discussion beyond the limitations of classroom time - for free, tied into any subject area and customized as they want! Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, General Pepper, online forum, e-learning, digital discussions, knowledge-building platform

SALON A

INQUIRY BASED LEARNING OBJECTS FOR K-6

Floor: Upper Level

Rheal Dumont, NECTAR Foundation NECTAR's mission is to help students learn and succeed through exploration. This session will demonstrate the unique learning objects created by teachers of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. These new objects cover ELL (ESL), Language Arts and Math. Win a free subscription to a program by attending this session.

Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, General inquiry-based, learning objects, elementary, math, language, esl

SALON B

DISCOVER THE ENDLESS CLASSROOM POSSIBILITIES OF A DOCUMENT CAMERA

Floor: Upper Level

Teresa Greco, Advanced Presentation Products/Advanced Education

Discover a convenient way to display and explore live images of objects without losing the momentum of your lesson. Document Cameras let you instantly capture images or video, so you can display physical objects and save your work for review later on. Spontaneously display objects, such as pages from a book, or show students the results of science experiments in real time. Quickly direct student learning by zooming in to show even the smallest details, including slides viewed from your classroom microscope. We will explore how


THURSDAY 1:30 – 2:30 document cameras are conveniently integrated into other classroom technology products, including projectors, computers, Smart Boards, Smart Response clickers, and the Smart Slate. We will also explore the collaborative learning aspects of these technologies, where the students "own" the technology.

Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

SALON D

DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION AND THE SMART BOARD

Floor: Upper Level

Bill Schreiter, Duplicom Presentation Systems Differentiated Instruction and the SMART Board will examine different learning styles and how you can use the SMART Board to meet the needs of your different learners. We will look at adding images, sounds, video, text and multimedia to meet the needs of students and then cover various tips and tricks for effective lesson design. Differentiated instruction that can be incorporated into lesson design with instructional organizers, strategies, skills, tactics and concepts and the SMART Board will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: Participants need a good working knowledge of SMART Notebook software and one year of experience using the SMART Board in the classroom. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General

SALON E

LEARNING TO TEACH IN A DIGITAL WORLD: MAKE IT HAPPEN

Floor: Upper Level

Julie Mueller, Wilfrid Laurier University Peter Berndt, WRDSB, Ryerson Public School This session will address the need to develop new teachers and support practicing teachers in constructing the technological, pedagogical, content knowledge (TPACK, Mishra & Koehler, 2006) necessary to prepare students for 21st century learning in a digital world. A university researcher and an elementary school principal will present a collaborative approach to examining the question of technology integration with Teacher Education Candidates and Associate Teachers. Current research suggests that changes in pedagogy and a "key teacher" who demonstrates effective practice can be the impetus for change. Making the theorypractice connection for Teacher Education Candidates can be assisted by associate teachers who share their approach to planning, teaching and assessing with current digital technologies. Examination of this process through an empirical research study and a practical "workshop" event will be included in the presentation. Audience: Primary, Junior, PostSecondary, General teacher education, TPACK, associate teachers, teacher education candidates


THURSDAY 1:30 – 2:30 AND 2:30 – 2:45 THORNHILL

WEB THAT WORKS

Floor: Upper Level

Doug Peterson, University of Windsor There are lots of web-based applications that work well in the classroom. In this session, we will explore some of the best and see how they can motivate students and bring a new element to the classroom. Audience: General

UNIONVILLE

INTRODUCING EDUBUNTU - A LINUX BASED SUITE OF EDUCATIONAL GAMES FOR THE PRIMARY / JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE CLASSROOM

Floor: Upper Level

Michelle Shepherd-Wott, Sandy Lake Board of Education FREE SOFTWARE! No Really it's Free! There I have your attention. Open Source software for your school/ school board or district would help everyone who is struggling with budget requirements. As an Educator of young children and a computer professional I was concerned about the quality built into open source software. I am not a Linux guru, and best of all you don't need to be. Let us demonstrate how it interacts with your smart board, let us show you the user friendly interface, let us show you how your primary ESL students will benefit from the GCompris interface. Best of all if you need to tweak it write the development team and ask. - Yes really! This software is great for students in the Elementary schools, there are word exercises, math exercises that range up as challenging as you like. As everyone is focusing on Literacy and Math skill building I am sure you will not be disappointed by the selection. It runs on a Smart Board and Smart (tm) has a complete suite support for the Linux platform. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General

VAUGHAN WEST

TABLET TECHNOLOGY - STAYING ORGANIZED STAYING CONNECTED

Floor: Lower Level

Douglas Sadler, Windsor-Essex Catholic DSB Joseph Ibrahim, Windsor-Essex Catholic DSB Every educator needs to stay organized and work efficiently to be prepared to engage their students. In this workshop we will demonstrate how Tablet computers and cloud applications can be used to stay organized, work more efficiently and engage students. With a focus on the iPad and cloud services we will demonstrate how we can communicate has changed. New cloud services allow us to organize ourselves and complete day to day activities more effectively. We will discuss advantages of digital calendars, cloud documents, an online storage solutions and the addition of our portable iPad lab. Audience: General ipad, cloud, effective, organization, tablet, commuicate

2:30 – 2:45

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THURSDAY 2:45 – 3:45

2:45 – 3:45 AURORA

PROMOTE DIGITAL EXPERTISE WITH EXPERT SPACE

Floor: Lower Level

Sue Jackson, Scholastic Education Canada - National Literacy Consultant Are you looking for ways to integrate literacy and technology into content area subjects? Do you need resources that will help you personalize student learning, allowing students at all reading levels to access and understand core topics? Attend this interactive session outlining Scholastic's new digital resource, Expert Space Canadian Edition, an online teaching and learning tool. Examine how to engage students in grades 4 to 12 in meaningful research and authentic projects using multimedia content that is continually updated, dynamic and expanding. Learn how to promote informational literacy skills through the use of specific strategies and tools focusing on research, planning, organizing, analyzing, and evaluating information. Participants can bring a laptop to work along. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior Literacy and Technology, Differentiation - reading levels, Expert Space Canadian Edition, Online teaching tool, Project-based learning, Informational Literacy Skills

BUTTONVILLE

BRAINPOP - ENGAGING CONTENT ALIGNED TO CANADIAN STANDARDS

Floor: Upper Level

Christopher Lee, Toronto District School Board

Bring your laptop for this hands-on exploration of BrainPOP! Top tidbits will include: BrainPOP as an assessment tool, integration with interactive white boards, lesson introduction strategies, and provincial standards search tool. BrainPOP is a great resource for students and teachers, as well as an engagement tool for both the classroom and home reinforcement.

Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General Brainpop, Engagement, white boards

GORMLEY

COOL 2.0 COLLABORATING TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Floor: Lower Level

Dick Holland, GreenLearning Canada Gordon Harrison, GreenLearning Canada COOL 2.0 is a collaborative online community for teaching and learning about climate change a unique and innovative fusion of web 2.0 technologies and current instructional design strategies. This interactive session will give you a snap-shot of this emerging and powerful (and free) national project with a hands-on demo of features, a profile of the active projects and the opportunity to participate yourself in shaping COOL 2.0. Grades 9 to 12 in Science, Geography, English, the Arts and beyond. You'll


THURSDAY 2:45 – 3:45 want to take this exciting resource to the teachers in your school. Bring your laptop or tablet if you wish. Http://COOL.greenlearning.ca/ (live in September) Audience: Intermediate, Senior collaboration, climate change, secondary, greenlearning,

MARKHAM A

PUT THE POWER OF GOOGLE TO WORK IN YOUR CLASSROOM!

Floor: Lower Level

Paul Yip, YRDSB Think Google is just a search engine? Think again! In this interactive session, a small sampling of the huge variety of Google tools available for FREE will be demonstrated and discussed, including issues related to classroom usage. Presenter is a Google Certified Teacher. Audience: General google, technology, education, google apps, google docs

MARKHAM B

TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM - THE TRUTH!

Floor: Lower Level

Tricia Dwyer-Kuntz, Durham Catholic District School Board Technology Consultant turned Kindergarten teacher will share tips, tricks and the realities of implementing technology in the classroom. Smart Board / Wii / DSi's / iPods / iPads /Blogs - all tools easily integrated into the Curriculum and the 21st Century Classroom. A comprehensive list of resources/tools will be provided. Audience: General Edtech, iPads, iPods, SmartBoard, Nintendo

NEWMARKET

OLYMPIC ADVENTURES INTO 21ST CENTURY LEARNING

Floor: Lower Level

Cathy Beach, Kawartha Pine Ridge Be prepared to be entertained and inspired by the story of how one technologically-challenged intermediate teacher and a teddybear side-kick named HenryHudson learned to use social networking tools so they could take their students with them on a journey of a lifetime to the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Then finish off by finding out what CanadianCanoe adventures this pair have gotten themselves into this year! Audience: General


THURSDAY 2:45 – 3:45

OAK RIDGES

TREAD LIGHTLY: INTER ACTIVE ONLINE TOOLS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Floor: Lower Level

Katherine Walraven, Taking IT Global Bring environmental education into your classroom with free online tools to get your students thinking critically about climate change and their ecological impact. Learn how the Tread Lightly educational resources and events can fit into your curriculum, whether by participating in a video conference to connect with other classrooms around the world, using the lesson plans in the teacher toolkit, entering the Imprints eco-art contest, or using the virtual classroom platform to interact with your students in a secure online space. www.treadlightly.me Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General environmental education, global education, climate change, video conference, interactive online platform, lesson plans

SALON A

CLICKVIEW - BETTER DIGITAL VIDEO FOR SCHOOLS

Floor: Upper Level

Peter Crooke, ClickView It is time for educators and students to get much more out of their experiences with digital video media. Why bother using inferior streamed video that consumes too much bandwidth when you can have DVD quality educational video available simultaneously on hundreds of computers at your school, without the bandwidth concerns. ClickView is the system that makes this possible. Viewing video, however, is just the beginning. Why not build customised lessons, or embed our video in to your own resources, use the additional text resources, or customise the system by adding your own original video content. Investigate ClickView today and you will see for yourself how it truely is the best digital video system for schools. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General digital video, non streaming, video, self paced, clips

SALON B

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF CLICKER IN THE CLASSROOM

Floor: Upper Level

Neil Andrew, Crick Software Clicker is a proven reading and writing tool designed to be used by all learners to allow them to engage with text through a range of resources, from early sentence building activities and talking books to writing frames and digital storytelling templates. With over 500 free Clicker activities available to support learning across the curriculum, and additional “Powered by Clicker” fiction and nonfiction series, you are never short of ready-made, and easily differentiated, resources to help students of all abilities achieve rapid and permanent gains in their levels of reading and writing.

Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, General Clicker, reading support, writing support, talking books, OSAPAC, Clicker 5


THURSDAY 2:45 – 3:45

SALON C

FRESHLY MINTED SOFTWARE

Floor: Upper Level

Danuta Woloszynowicz, SMCDSB, OSAPAC Find out about new software licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education and learn how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning. This session will include a demonstration of a variety of new software features,sample projects as well as ideas on how the software can support struggling readers and writers.

Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate open ended, support, reading, writing, media, mathematics

SALON D

CREATING ELECTRONIC BOOKS FOR YOUNG STUDETNS

Floor: Upper Level

Flick Douglas, Ministry of Education, Oman Young children enjoy having a story read to them over andover again. Adults tire of this exercisemuch more quickly than the youngsters. During this session you will learn howto create electronic books which free up kindergarten and primary teachers tospend time working with individuals and small groups while one or two studentsare engaged listening to favorite stories at the computer centre or with aclass iPad. Based upon presentationsoftware such as Keynote or PowerPoint, electronic books are easily designed topresent desired language models for students. Samples of narratives, non-fiction presentations, songs, and poetry willbe shown. Participants with flash diskswill be able to take copies of these examples away with them. Junior and intermediate aged students can become involved inthe process of creating electronic books for younger students as well. Producing an e-book introduces students to the creation of a user controlled multimediapublication, which can include sound, animation, and images as well astext. Come and explore these processes,which might be just the type of activity to motivate the development of authorsin your class. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate

SALON E

INTEGRATING VIDEO GAMES INTO LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH

Floor: Upper Level

David Hutchison, Brock University Drawing from a number of the activities that are described in the presenter's book, "Playing to Learn: Video Games in the Classroom," this workshop focuses on the curricular links that can be made between the video games many elementary and secondary students play and the language arts, English, and math curriculum in Ontario schools.

Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior video games, language arts, English, math


THURSDAY 2:45 – 3:45

STOUFFVILLE

PUTTING A FACE TO ONLINE AND ELEARNING

Floor: Lower Level

Danika Barker, Thames Valley District School Board Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Are you an elearning teacher who finds your LMS just a little...well...cold? Do you wish your online tools for your face to face class could be a little friendlier? Colin and Danika will share ideas to warm up the online learning experience for teachers and students. How do you embed a Ustream window into your home page or LMS? How can I use external web 2.0 sites and applications like Ning, Google docs, and Prezi to compliment learning experiences for my students both online and in the classroom? Audience: General

online, learning, LMS, elearning, environment,

THORNHILL

MAKING LITERACY COME ALIVE USING THE PROMETHEAN BOARD AND IPADS

Floor: Upper Level

Lisa Mast, Bloorview School Authority Learn how to make the Primary-Junior Language Curriculum fun to teach and learn using ready made lessons and the tools in ActivInspire. Also explore the benefits of using the iPad to engage students in learning and further develop their literacy skills. Leave with a list of useful inexpensive apps to support your Language Program. This session will focus on reaching a range of learners including students with special needs. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, General

VAUGHAN EAST

OUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS: REFLECTION AND PRACTICE

Floor: Lower Level

Royan Lee, York Region District School Board Zoe Branigan-Pipe, HWDSB This session is build around a conversation model and is intended both for an audience that has actively engaged in social networking and one who is at the fringe of the network and is ready to be more active in developing their digital footprints. Social Media has become an important part of our lives. This session will provide opportunity for participants to engage in discussions about social media, learning networks, online communities of learners and the impact this has on our own reputations, our learning and our safety both professionally and personally. Participants will reflect on their own digital footprints by looking at how they are seen by others in the online world and how they intend (want?) others to see them. Participants will work together to explore and use a variety of web 2.0 tools to discuss, build and organize their digital footprint and by doing so, participants will gain a deeper awareness and understanding of how the online world is impacting their students, both the pros and cons. We will use sites such as https://about.me/ and create a 'book' of our collective


THURSDAY 2:45 – 3:45, 3:45-4:30 AND 4:30 – 6:30 footprints and conversation as a way to sustain and conti Audience: General digital footprint

VAUGHAN WEST

BLENDED LEARNING - WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS?

Floor: Lower Level

Alison Slack, TVDSB, Ontario eLearning Consortium In this presentation, we will define blended learning and look at several different models. Concrete steps for introducing this promising practice into classrooms and courses will be outlined and discussed. We will also look at different methods and resources available to all teachers. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General

3:45 – 4:30

PRIZE DRAW IN THE EX HIBIT HALL

4:30 – 6:30 GRAND RICHMOND

ECOO PLAYGROUND The ECOO Playground - the Social Event with a twist! Won't you join your ECOO playmates for some fun and games? Try your hand at video games, Guitar Hero, big screen Angry Birds, iPad games and more! Drink coupons, cash bar, hors d'ouevres. Fun for all!


FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30 BUTTONVILLE

PILLARS OF THE WORLD

Floor: Upper Level

Teresa Harrison, OCDSB Google Sketchup is designed for use by architects, but this 3D software tool can be put to great use in the classroom. Come and see what you can create with the tools in Google Sketchup. Take home cd. Workshop format, computer required. Please download and install Sketchup (free download) prior to the workshop.Sketchup can be downloaded from:http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/index.html Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

Google, Sketchup, 3D software, modelling

GORMLEY

LIVESCRIBE SMARTPENS: IMPROVING LEARNING WITH PEN TECHNOLOGY

Floor: Lower Level

Joe Valenti, SmartPenCentral Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Hamilton-WentworthDistrict Schol Board Making note taking, learning and leading efficient and effective for your students, teachers and administrators. Zoe will provide a classroom perspective on the use of the Livescribe pen. Audience: General

KING CITY

LEGO ROBOTICS: “LA ROBOTIQUE PÉDAGOGIQUE EN CLASSE”

Floor: Lower Level

Nathalie Laquerre-Baxter, B&B Supplies La Robotique pédagogique en classe est un nouvel ouvrage en français qui s'adresse d'abord aux enseignants et enseignantes qui souhaitent utiliser la robotique pédagogique dans un contexte scolaire, de la 4e année à la 12e année. Que vous en soyez à vos premiers pas ou que vous soyez plus avancé, cet ouvrage vous permettra de mieux comprendre les éléments importants de la mise en place d'un projet de robotique, de la construction de robots, de la programmation de robots ainsi que les éléments essentiels menant à la réalisation de situations d'apprentissage avec vos élèves. Venez découvrir les 23 situations d'apprentissage proposées dans le livre, les tapis défis, le site web, le CD d’accompagnement et plus encore !


FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30 “La Robotique pédagogique en classe” is a new French Robotics resource available for teachers who wish to use Robotics in a classroom environment to teach children from grades 4-12. Whether you are new to Robotics or more experienced, this resource will assist you in planning for a successful Robotics project, building the robots, programming the robots as well as provide you with the tools necessary to realize practical learning exercises with the students. This resource includes 23 practical learning scenarios, challenge mats, web site information, the accompanying CD and more… Audience: General

MARKHAM A

CONNECTING TO LEAD LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Floor: Lower Level

Shannon Smith, connectedprincipals.com, Ottawa Carleton District School Board George Couros, Parkland School Division This forum will explore what it means to be a networked leader in schools today. Why is it important? What are the benefits when leaders become connected and harness the power of social media - for students, staff, parents? How can we encourage more educational leaders to become "connected"? Participation is encouraged from all stakeholders - teachers, parents, administrators and others interested in connecting to lead change in our schools.

Audience: General Networked Leader, Connected Principals, Administration, Relationships, Social Media, Participation

MARKHAM B

ENGAGING BOYS IN LIT ERACY: CRITICAL THINKING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Floor: Lower Level

Christin Rzazewski-Rodney, OECTA, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School A conversation/workshop about how a variety of social media is having a positive impact on boys' literacy in my grade nine applied class. The workshop would include what works/what didn't work and what I would do differently after reflecting on the rest of this semester and past classes. Over the course of my 5 years of teaching English, I have had several sections of grade nine applied. While I have constantly tried to evolve my teaching style to meet the needs of my students, this semester has been eye opening. Student engagement has increased as the class (mostly boys) has taken ownership of their work through various applications of technology to promote critical thinking. Many of them have become more involved than with pen and paper. The sense that they have an audience of many (rather than one- me) has lead to some interesting discoveries. The boys can't wait to see if others have viewed their work and commented. They are writing without me asking or demanding it in a traditional sense. The implications are far reaching; the students are not only writing but reflecting and building social networks. I would be thrilled to share what's Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General literacy, media, critical thinking, boys


FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30

NEWMARKET

GOOGLE APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION

Floor: Lower Level

Brent Walters, Thames Valley District School Board This practical presentation will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to use web-based Google Applications - Gmail, Google Docs (documents, spreadsheets, presentations), Google Calendar, Google Sites, etc. - in an educational environment. Participants will learn how students can work using online applications for written assignments, presentations, and collaborative projects to help create a paperless classroom setting. Attend this session to see how a secondary school History teacher engages student collaboration and self-directed learning by integrating a selection of free online Google applications. This session will also demonstrate online teacher assessment tools and a number of mobile applications [for iPhone, iPad, & iPod Touch] that integrate with Google products to help teachers interact with students using convenient 21st century technology. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General Google Apps, Google Docs, Google Calendar, iOS mobile apps, Google Sites, Gmail

OAK RIDGES

WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGIES IN THE CLASSROOM: MACBOOKS, GOOGLE DOCS & WORDPRESS

Floor: Lower Level

Joseph Romano, Toronto District School Board & York University In this practical workshop, participants will engage in discussion focused on the use of Web 2.0 Technologies in the classroom and will be advised as to possible ways to utilize MacBooks, Google Docs & Wordpress in the same space. Discussion will be had concerning the state of use of Web 2.0 technologies within publicly funded classrooms and schools. Participants will be asked to share their personal experiences with Web 2.0 technologies in their classrooms, from the perspectives of both the educator and the learner. Participants will be shown how to effectively and efficiently implement the use of MacBooks, Google Docs & Wordpress within the classroom and beyond as tools for both teaching and learning. Participants will be encouraged to create accounts, navigate and begin to use these technologies. Within the group, participants will be encouraged to establish links in the formation of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). Audience: General Web 2.0, Google Doc, Wordpress, MacBook, Virtual World Pedagogy

SALON B

READ&WRITE GOLD V10 AND PRACTICAL AT TOOLS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Floor: Upper Level

Douglas Rosette, Texthelp Systems Inc. Angela Scarano-Iuorio, Toronto District School Board This presentation will familiarize educators with how Read&Write GOLD�s tools align with the UDL initiative to help students succeed independently. Co-presenter Angela Scarano-Iuorio from the Toronto District School Board will discuss their implementation of Read&Write GOLD as a tool for all students. Examples of how Read&Write GOLD integrates with curriculum and study skills techniques will be demonstrated. Read&Write GOLD from Texthelp Systems, is an award-winning literacy software solution that helps individuals of all ages with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities such as dyslexia, or who are English Language Learners. Read&Write GOLD provides effective reading, writing, research, organizational, and test-taking support in peer curriculum environments such as MS


FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30 Word, Adobe and Internet Explorer. Attend this session to see how Read&Write GOLD can help all your students. Audience: General AT, Text to Speech, TDSB, Texthelp, Read&Write GOLD, UDL

SALON C

GAME ON!

Floor: Upper Level

Terry Poirier, Niagara College This is a demonstration of engaging learning content using popular video game titles and the Ministry Licensed Clicker 5 software program. This Multimedia and Universal Design for Learning framework will showcase video and interactive demonstrations matching accessible learning with curriculum outcomes. The aim of this presentation is to provide an exemplar for educators on motivating, differentiated instruction for the most reluctant of learners, using contemporary video gaming technologies and the accommodation tools within Clicker 5. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General Clicker 5, Video Games

SALON D

EDUCATING GOOD CITIZENS FOR A DIGITAL WORLD

Floor: Upper Level

Jeff Pelich, WRDSB Which social skills do students need to learn to successfully navigate the world of social media? How do we teach these tools? How can we prevent cyber-bullying? Jeff Pelich is a grade 7/8 teacher in a behaviour/anxiety program and is currently completing a TLLP project on the social skills required being good citizens in the social media world. This session will introduce participants to the research Jeff has completed around character development and Facebook. In addition, it will include an exploration of the best tools and resources on the internet to help teachers teach these topics. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General

SALON E

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A BLENDED CLASS

Floor: Upper Level

Donald Philip, University of Toronto, Mississauga Blended learning, in which there is both an online and traditional class structure, is rapidly becoming a dominant paradigm in online learning. This session describes the growth and development of a blended class, highlighting some of the challenges and successes. We will also use advanced analytic techniques to demonstrate visually how the class developed. Audience: General blended learning, online learning, Knowledge Forum, knowledge building

STOUFFVILLE

ARE YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS DROWNING IN INFORMATION OVERLOAD? ONENOTE WILL SAVE THE DAY!

Floor: Lower Level

Deborah Sewell, Appleby College Erik Moll, Microsoft Canada This workshop will assist teachers and in turn their students in managing the load of information given to them on a daily basis. OneNote is a Windows program designed to captivate, cultivate and generate a way to manage the abundance of material and information we are all faced with organizing in our


FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30 lives. Erik Moll is a Solution Channel Development Manager at Microsoft Canada who introduced and encouraged the use of OneNote to Deborah Sewell, a classroom teacher with a passion for layering technology within her classroom. Come witness and participate in a workshop run by Eric and Deb, on how OneNote has saved the day by allowing teachers and students to use their constructivist perspective to organize material, videos, charts, details and information in a logical manner on their computers. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

THORNHILL

GOOGLE APPS FOR BEGINNERS.

Floor: Upper Level

Richard Grignon, Ottawa Carleton District School Board This workshop will allow you to explore the 3 of the 5 core Google Apps. You will learn how to create a Google Calendar, upload documents to Google Docs, create a form and set-up your own Google site for your classes to share with parents and students. These three Google apps will also allow you to create, communicate and collaborate more effectively with your students, colleagues and parents. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior Google, Docs, Apps, Calendar, Sites, Cloud

UNIONVILLE

TAKE YOUR CLASSROOM GLOBAL! (PART 1 OF 2)

Floor: Upper Level

Katherine Walraven, TakingITGlobal TakingITGlobal (TIG) empowers youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. A social network unlike any other, TIG's award-winning, multilingual online community offers a diverse set of action tools and educational resources designed to inspire, inform and involve. Part one of this two-part, hands-on workshop focuses on exploring the wide range of global education tools, resources and opportunities available through www.tigweb.org. Don't forget to bring your laptop! Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior

VAUGHAN EAST

ONLINE PRESENTATION TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM

Floor: Lower Level

James Hunter, Durham District School Board Danielle Hunter, Durham District School Board When moving from network/desktop programs to online applications it is important for students to be aware of how to demonstrate 'digital etiquette'. When collaborating online, students need to be given explicit directions of how to use the applications appropriately and effectively. As well, setting a purpose, or a specific learning goal, gives students a focus when using technology at the point of learning. The intent of this presentation is to give teachers various presentation tools to enhance their use of technology at the point of instruction, and allow students the opportunity to use some of these various tools to collaborate and showcase their learning. This presentation will begin with a Prezi presentation outlining using online applications at the point of instruction, at the point of learning.


FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30, 9:30 – 9:45 AND 9:45 – 10:45 Followed by reviews of various online applications and how they can be used to promote student learning and digital citizenship. You can view the LiveBinders presentation at: http://livebinders.com/edit?id=68972 Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

VAUGHAN WEST

BRINGING THEM ALONG: INVOLVING STUDENTS IN YOUR TRAVEL AND RESEARCH

Floor: Lower Level

Michael McVey, Eastern Michigan University In 1991, Michael McVey taught at a small Junior High School in southern Japan. Now a professor at Eastern Michigan University, he returned last May to the southern Japanese city of Saga but this time he brought along high school and university students participating remotely through Skype, blogs, FlickrStreams, Google Docs, small scale social networks, podcasts created over cell phones, and crowd-sourced research questions.

Audience: Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General Japan, crowd-sources, podcasts, blogs

9:30 – 9:45

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9:45 – 10:45 AURORA

VIRTUAL KNOWLEDGE BUILDING

Floor: Lower Level

Carol Koechlin, Consultant Web 2.0 changes everything about collaborations today. Now teaching and learning partnerships no longer need to be staged in only physical environments. Educators and students can work together on units and projects, in virtual spaces anytime, anywhere on any device. We will share with our participants a virtual structure for developing high think learning experiences we call Knowledge Building Centres. Former assignments that were one-way directives are turned into collaborative conversations between the teacher, the teacher librarian, the students, and any other expert working on the learning experience. The KBC is a natural site for collaborations, where everyone is participating, contributing, discussing, creating, thinking, and producing together. Examples and templates will be shared on a workshop KBC for continued exploration and experimentation. Audience: General

BUTTONVILLE

INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS FOR SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND CONCEPT FORMATION

Floor: Upper Level

Graham Whisen, Peel District School Board ExploreLearning Gizmos are award-winning interactive online simulations that drive conceptual understanding of math and science. Students can use Gizmos to manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive "what-if" experimentation. This session will introduce you to this OSAPAC licensed, inquiry-based tool that is versatile, easy to use, and great for differentiating instruction. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General gizmo, interactive, simulation, osapac, inquiry, experimen


FRIDAY 9:45 – 10:45

GORMLEY

CREATE THOSE AHA MOMENTS IN MATHEMATICS WITH TECHNOLOGY

Floor: Lower Level

Perry Gelakis, Neufeld Learning Systems Inc Students struggle with solving problems involving fraction and decimal operations. Come and discover how combining technology, manipulatives, and high-yield instructional strategies lead to conceptual understanding of mathematics concepts. Participants will receive a CD and other resources. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, General

MARKHAM A

UNPACKING FINANCIAL LITERACY

Floor: Lower Level

Barbara McLaughlin, OCDSB Participants will develop skills to effectively model and integrate financial literacy and critical inquiry into different subject areas through the use of Google Apps. Join us as we collaboratively unpack the new Ministry document "A Sound Investment: Financial Literacy Education in Ontario Schools" Grade 4-12 Audience: Junior, Intermediate, General

MARKHAM B

BLEND IT LIKE BECKHAM?

Floor: Lower Level

Rose Burton Spohn, e-Learning Ontario, Ministry of Education Blended learning combines the best of both worlds: face-to-face and electronic learning. Learn how Grades 7 -11 teachers across Ontario have been using content from the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) and the tools of provincial learning management system (LMS) to engage their classroom students. Peek at the elementary content packages available to boards, and learn how blended learning can bridge gaps and boost kids’ achievement. Audience: General virtual learning, e-learning, online learning, hybrid learning, 21st century skills, collaboration

NEWMARKET

LEARNING THROUGH AND ABOUT FILM WITH A CRITICAL EYE WITH CANADIAN CONTENT

Floor: Lower Level

Kristine Collins, National Film Board In this fast-paced media environment, documentary films and auteur animation provide us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on a range of complex and challenging social issues. In this workshop, educators will learn how to effectively use films and interactive projects from the NFB collection within their curriculum. Using a critical media literacy approach, we will address how to build an effective learning module surrounding a film or thematic collection of films available on NFB.ca for online use by Ontario teachers. Participants in this session will gain access to the NFB's new Education + website with new content, resources and tools for educators. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General


FRIDAY 9:45 – 10:45

UNIONVILLE

TECHNOLOGY IN THE FSL CLASSROOM

Floor: Upper Level

Michelle McNeilage, Peel Technology can increase student interest and active participation at any level of FSL from Gr 4 to 12. It motivates student-centred learning and, in particular,it motivates students with IEPs! Use of Technology demonstrated: 1. einstruction "clicker" systems 2. on-line lessons & presentations 3. Powerpoint (visual/verbal) for learning grammar and pronunciation 4. MP3 files for Sp Ed students and others to download lessons for student-centred learning 5. How to introduce Dictées using technology Audience: General

SALON A

POWERFUL PROJECTS WITH PIXIE THAT COMBINE CREATIVITY AND CONTENT

Floor: Upper Level

Melinda Kolk, Tech4Learning Come and learn how to use Pixie to address understanding and building thinking skills in your classroom curriculum. Explore tools and strategies for engaging learners in projects like visual math explorations, social studies applications for culture, language arts proficiencies for first person narratives, and more. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, General creativity, digital storytelling, constructivism, literacy, elementary,

SALON B

NEWSPAPERS PAST AND PRESENT: FINDING AND USING THIS ONTARIO DIGITAL CONTENT

Floor: Upper Level

Diane Bédard, Knowledge Ontario knowledgeontario.ca Knowledge Ontario gets more questions from teachers about where to find the newspaper content than about anything else. We’ll walk you through where you’ll find today’s papers and yesterday’s primary sources and tell you how others are using these. Bring your questions! Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General

SALON C

FUTURES FORUM PROJECT: BUILDING THE CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE...

Floor: Upper Level

Scott Kemp, WRDSB Anne Doelman, Emily Schmuck, Ken Quarrie, Christy Wood, Rob Waldeck, Barb Ayre, Dave Lambert Seven schools from the WRDSB participated in a pilot project geared towards integrating three courses (English, Civics and Careers) in an inquiry-focused, student directed, technology infused learning environment. Hear from the seven teachers who built strategies of collaboration and community to engage grade 10 students. Using creativity, problem solving and formulating great questions, these teachers created opportunities for students to follow their interests and create personalized learning experiences. Using netbooks, iPads, social media and other tech tools, students learned their way into the future everyday. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General Futures Forum, hybrid classroom, creativity, student inquiry, technology infused, integrated


FRIDAY 9:45 – 10:45

SALON D

MINISTRY LICENSED SOFTWARE AND WEB SERVICES

Floor: Upper Level

John Taylor, Ontario Mnistry of Education A look at current thinking around maximizing the awareness and use of digital resources licensed by the Ministry of Education. Your input and ideas will be welcomed. The Ministry is looking at ways and means to build professional learning supports and networks to assist teachers and students in accessing information and expertise around our licensed digital curriculum supports. Audience: General

SALON E

UTILIZE MULTIPLE TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE ENGAGING ANIMATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

Floor: Upper Level

Roark Andrade, Bishop Strachan School Become informed on how and why to integrate the art, design and science of animation into your classroom through the use of computers, cameras and traditional media. You will enjoy examples of animations created by students, teachers and professional animators. Breakdowns of the steps towards creating those animations will also be revealed. See how to use software you likely have on your machine to make some computer-animated movies. Learn the difference between ‘cel’ animation and keyframed animation as we examine free and paid-for software as well as web-based tools and services. Animation software demonstrations will include, Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Frame Thief, Dragon Stop Motion, Apple Keynote, iMovie, Quicktime X, Quicktime Pro, Microsoft Powerpoint, MovieMaker, Google Sketchup, Camtasia Studio, Cam Studio. Web based tools and services such as www.doink.com, www.aniboom.com, www.fluxtime.com will be shown. Several iPad/ipod animation apps will also be demonstrated including, Animation HD, DoInk, Animation Desk, Dance Me, PhotoPuppet, PuppetPals. Audience: General

STOUFFVILLE

HAMLET'S WORLD OF WOE

Floor: Lower Level

Wendy Melnick, Hamilton Wentworth Distict School Board You hold the key. Only you can overcome this adversary. You will need every ounce of courage you can muster. Every step you take will lead you closer to your destiny. Fire up your creativity, take the challenge. Use the power of gaming to engage your students. Create a collaborative, interactive wiki based on Hamlet or other thematic literary study or subject: science, math, history, etc. or social issue: poverty, bullying, racism, etc. Use Wikispaces to create an interactive site for your classroom - or expand and invite classrooms from around the world to participate. Set up the parameters, the point system, voting, and design.


FRIDAY 9:45 – 10:45 Students can add images, embed videos, link to sources, make polls in the construction of their posts. Use the principals of gaming to capture their attention. Engage their critical thinking skills by using issues relevant to them. Empower them through collaboration to create important works that are shared in a global classroom.All you have to do is open the door for them! Audience: Senior, General Hamlet, interactive literature, wikispaces, collaboration, game based learning, secondary

THORNHILL

DIGI-CENTERS AND DAILY DI: SCAFFOLDING CONCEPTUAL LEARNING

Floor: Upper Level

Jennifer Faulkner, Grand Erie District School Board Aaron Puley, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Become a student in this immersive model lesson that focuses on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. Explore scientific concepts in rotation through podcasts, webquests, and other digital activities. Participants will take on the role of student in this immersive model lesson that focuses on student-centered, inquiry-based learning. They will explore scientific concepts in rotation through podcasts, webquest, blogging, physical and digital flash labs, reading and note-taking, multimedia presentations, and interactive, kinesthetic/tactile activities. Creating a technology-enriched learning environment and differentiating the classroom instruction with an infusion of 21st Century tools, and with Universal Design for Learning in mind, allows the digital teacher to move beyond the "Sage on the Stage" lecture-based teaching style to the "Guide on the Side", a true facilitator of student learning through exploration and discovery. Laptops encouraged for participation. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General differentiated instruction, blended learning, student-centerd instruction, inquiry-based learning, model lesson, student engagement

UNIONVILLE

TAKE YOUR CLASSROOM GLOBAL! (PART 2 OF 2)

Floor: Upper Level

Katherine Walraven, TakingITGlobal TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) empowers teachers around the globe to utilize technology to create international learning experiences that build 21st Century Skills and foster global citizenship. Join this session to learn about TIGed's online community of thousands of educators in 120 countries, global education resources and opportunities, and awardwinning online learning platform. You'll have the opportunity to explore and ask questions about the TIGed site, sign up to participate in free global education initiatives, and even create and customize your own virtual classroom space, designed to support international collaboration. You'll leave with practical tools, ideas, and resources to take your classroom global! Audience: General


FRIDAY 9:45 – 10:45, 10:45 – 11:00 AND 11:00 – 12:00

VAUGHAN WEST

ONTARIO COLLEGE OF T EACHERS PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY

Floor: Lower Level

Bill McKenzie, UGDSB Mark Carbone, WRDSB Joe Jamieson, Deputy Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers Joe Jamieson, the Deputy Registrar for the OCT, will discuss the College's Professional Advisory on Social Media and electronic communication. Hear directly from our College its position on the use of Facebook and Twitter in the classroom. If there is there are concerns at your school about the College's position on the use of technology then this session is for you. Audience: Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General Social Media, classroom

10:45 – 11:00

BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 AURORA

THE CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE ... TODAY!

Floor: Lower Level

Aviva Dunsiger, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board We hear about the "classroom of the future," but what does that actually look like? Use the 21st Century Fluencies to help design a classroom of the future that can be put into place now. Look at video clips of some starting points, and then work in small groups to help build capacity and create change. Develop concrete ideas that you can start using immediately in your classroom. Figure out where to start -- regardless of grade -- and then decide how to move ahead. Use GoogleDocs, the Livescribe Pen, iPads, and iPod Touches to work collaboratively, share ideas, and create a published book of materials to share online. Use this collaborative resource to make the classroom of the future possible TODAY! Audience: General 21st century fluencies, classroom design, tools, creating handbook, collaboration,

BUTTONVILLE

EQA-uhOh? AN INSIGHT INTO CHOICES AND THE CREATION OF AT PRESENTATIO N FORMATS

Floor: Upper Level

Jeryl Phillips, Peel District School Board Are you making the best use of the assistive technology accommodations offered for OSSLT and EQAO tests with your special students? Is HTML the solution to a common format that is accessible for all? Share an inside look at what goes into the decision-making/creation for the AT formats available from EQAO across the province each year. This will be an authentic opportunity to share your experiences, opinions and suggestions that will influence technology details for next year's tests. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General


FRIDAY 11:00 – 12:00

GORMLEY

WEB 2.0 TOOLKIT - TOP WEBSITES TO ENGAGE THE 21ST CENTURY LEARNER

Floor: Lower Level

Sarah Fe Fernetich, UCDSB In this workshop, you will learn a selection of the best online tools to integrate into your 21st century classroom. We will explore how you can use Web 2.0 for any subject matter and why you should. Exemplars will be shared for a wide array of curriculum ideas with an emphasis on student collaboration, and technology integration. By the end of the session you will have a toolkit full of practical engaging applications and links. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General

VAUGHAN EAST

GOOGLE CAROUSEL PRE-LUNCH

Floor: Lower Level

Susan Watt

The Google Carousel runs on Friday, during the last morning session and through lunch. Come and meet 10 teachers from a variety of grade levels and subject areas as they show and share ideas of how they use Google in the Classroom. Rather than formal presentations, the Google Carousel room will be an open space for you to visit and browse at your leisure.

Audience: General

MARKHAM A

TEACHING IN THE CLOUDS BEYOND GOOGLE APPS

Floor: Lower Level

Charlie Chiarelli, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board Think about a lesson or unit that you teach that bores you or your students. This session will highlight Web 2.0 tools that you could use with that lesson. It could be just the thing to excite you and your students while making the learning experience more enjoyable and meaningful for everyone. We will focus on this mindset as it relates specifically to the BTA3O1 curriculum (Information and Computer Technology: The Digital Environment), but its application can encompass many different subject areas. The session concludes with a look at what’s next. The topics will include: Web 3.0 (The Semantic Web), Mobile Learning, Flipping the Classroom and Re-inventing the Textbook. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General Computer Studies, Cloud Apps, Web Apps, BTA3O1, Web 3.0, Mobile Learning

MARKHAM B

YOUR STUDENTS ARE CHANGING: ARE YOU?

Floor: Lower Level

Najwa Farha Chalabi, TCDSB This presentation is about redefining one of the missing links of the students' engagement in what the teacher is teaching. It aims to combine the virtual reality of the student to the classroom reality. It is a bridge between: where students are, where they are heading to and how and what "language" they are using; and where teachers need to be. Enter tomorrow's classroom today with differentiated instruction and assistive technology for all students including special education and autistic students. Audience: General


FRIDAY 11:00 – 12:00

NEWMARKET

CREATING AND COLLABORATING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

Floor: Lower Level

Kim Gill, Waterloo Region District School Board This session will showcase a variety of social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and wiki sites used for creating and collaborating online. Sample ideas include uses for classes, schools, and global collaboration between students and staff to promote learning and sharing in various content areas. Learn how to integrate social media into classroom projects, provide meaningful content, as well as how to use social media for professional development purposes. Participants will take away ideas that can be modified and applied to any grade level or curriculum. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General

OAK RIDGES

TECHNOLOGY USE TO FURTHER STUDENT AND PARENT FEEDBACK

Floor: Lower Level

Michelle Parrish, Keewatin-Patricia Distric School Board This session will examine how teacher software can be used to enhance student and parent feedback. We used the software, Teacher's Partner, to print out assessment information (both marks and specific anecdotal comments) so that students and parents could track learning and achievement. We will discuss how technology-based communication can motivate student learners and involve parents in their child's education. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General

SALON A

GINGER! CONTEXTUAL WRITING TOOL FOR EVERYONE!

Floor: Upper Level

Rayne Tunley, Microcomputer Science Centre Inc. Ginger Software is dedicated to empowering those with learning difficulties to write error-free text independently. The spell checking aspect corrects the most severe and unusual spelling errors, as well as typos and misused words. The grammar checker identifies and corrects a large variety of grammatical errors. It corrects texts based on the context of each sentence! By successfully tackling even the severest written mistakes, this revolutionary technology helps to level the playing field, especially for those with dyslexia and learning challenges. The participant will have a hands-on experience of this ground-breaking solution for automatic spelling and grammar checks. (This session is hands-on with individual laptops)

Audience: General assistive technology, k - Adult, spell grammar check, learning disability, writing solutions, dsylexia

SALON B

A SHARP VISION FOR Y OUR FUTURE

Floor: Upper Level

Matthew Hashizume, Sharp The modern education system is facing a reality in which it has a more diverse and intricate number of challenges to face than it ever has before. Teachers strive to strike a balance in their classrooms while


FRIDAY 11:00 – 12:00 trying to accommodate multiple learning styles, various ranges of student abilities, providing the personal attention that students with special needs require, and the ever growing pressure to produce measurable results for all their students. District IT departments are pulled in thousands of directions all at once as well, trying to deploy usable and relevant technology to the teachers, making sure technology in the district runs smoothly and cohesively, and not to mention balancing an already stretched thin budget. For teachers, the aim of this session is to: provide participants with insights into how various forms of technology can be used to help teachers appeal to multiple intelligences and differentiate learning, demonstrate how technology can assist in creating a classroom environment that is conducive to educating students with special needs, and how technology can help advance a teacher's working environment by restructuring work load, improving student time-on-task, and improving overall quality of life and job satisfaction. For Information Techonlogy staff, the aim of this session is to: provide awareness of what technology is out there that can be deployed across a number of classrooms effectively, will achieve the highest impact-of-investment, can sustain the rigors of everyday classroom use, have a lower total cost of ownership, and will not break the budget. Audience: General

SALON C

LEVELING UP LEARNING WITH VIDEOGAMES

Floor: Upper Level

Diana Maliszewski, TDSB What is an MMORPG? Where's the learning value in videogames? Should we play videogames in school? Aren't kids already disconnected enough? What about violence, sexism or addiction? Intended for the non-gamer teacher, this session seeks to demystify gaming culture, practices and misconceptions. Participants will be provided with facts, figures and examples for use in your own "boss" fights with skeptical admins and colleagues. Warning: this session may involve actual gameplay! Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

SALON D

LEARNING MATH TOGETHER

Floor: Upper Level

Jaclyn Calder, Simcoe County District School Board Marcie Duncan, Michele McGuire, Jim Carleton, Simcoe County District School Board Join a video conference with Grades 4/5 and 6 classes who participated in a project connecting their classes across the district to collaborate on math tasks. With consultants facilitating the session in person, participating teachers and students will join in via video conference. Teachers will demonstrate how they co-planned math lessons over Adobe Connect and then co-taught lessons using a combination of video conference equipment, Adobe Connect, interactive whiteboards, document cameras, and the Taking IT Global Education website. Threepart lessons and open tasks created for the project will be shared. Students will explain how they connected with other students, what they learned and answer any questions. Consultants will provide an overview of online tools and equipment that could be used by participants in different boards to do similar projects, depending on what tools are available to them. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General math, videoconference, co-teach


FRIDAY 11:00 – 12:00

SALON E

TAKING THE 21ST CENTURY BY STORM: WHAT’S NEW AT E-LEARNING ONTARIO?

Floor: Upper Level

Urs Bill, e-Learning Ontario, Ministry of Education Laurie Hazzard, e-Learning Ontario, Ministry of Education Has it been a while since you've checked out the provincial e-learning strategy? The Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) and the provincial Learning Management System (LMS) have both been updated, and more free content is available than ever before! Join us as we share some of the province's newest content, tools, and policies. Let us show you how Ontario is taking the 21st century by storm!

Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Adult, General

STOUFFVILLE

TEACHERPORTAL.CA

Floor: Lower Level

Marc Dubeau, Ottawa Catholic District School Board Are you an educator who has a creative flair and would like to assist in the development of our platform for the larger education market? Do you want industry leading tools to help design your school or classroom website? We provide prebuilt websites using the most powerful and popular tool on the internet: Wordpress.org! Our simple to use platform is designed as a cloud app designed especially for schools. Our platform allows you to develop your site without software and contains features to build amazing websites. We are looking for Beta testers! If you are a Wordpress fantatic, this workshop is for you! Audience: Intermediate, Senior, Adult, General

THORNHILL ROOM

SURIVAL WITH YOUR ST AFF : ADVENTURES IN TECHNOLOGY TEACHER T RAINING

Floor: Upper Level

Alanna King,Upper Grang District School Board Examining the slippery slope of helping lead your staff to new heights of teaching through technology. Scale the walls of need and avoid pitfalls of negativity. Help them approach change with caution and encourage a culture of enthusiasm. How to stay ahead of the pack and not get eaten by the demand for your expertise. Alanna King is a newbie teacher-librarian and technology leader in her secondary school and is expressing all that energy in new and exciting directions! Audience:, General leadership, technology, professional development, educational reform


FRIDAY 11:00 – 12:00

UNIONVILLE

CRITICAL VISUAL LITERACY

Floor: Upper Level

Peggy Novak, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board Our students are bombarded with images every day. Critical visual literacy is becoming more important as our students need to know how to deconstruct and construct images. Digital photography as well as i-pod lessons have been designed to help students critically analyze images and become more visually literate. Struggling students in particular are engaged in these cross-curricular activities.

Audience: Junior, Intermediate

KING CITY

PLAYBOOK - DIGITALLY RICH LEARNING WITHOUT LIMITS

Floor: Lower Level

James Bond, Waterloo Region Dstrict School Board Liz Anderson, Waterloo Region Dstrict School Board Melanie Jesperson, Waterloo Region District School Board Imagine the innovative learning happening in a classroom with PlayBooks, wireless internet, a SMART Board, a document camera and a data projector. At Park Manor Public School, we have classrooms with all these tools and the learning happening here is without limits. The presentation will outline how the PlayBook connects technologies to facilitate a digitally rich and engaging learning environment filled with authentic real-world tasks. A number of high-yield practical applications and strategies for the PlayBook will be shared for students, teachers and administrators. Also, the process of building the capacity of the school community, so that everyone is an exemplary user of the technology tools, will be shared. Finally, the presentation will highlight how the PlayBook enables the use of many key applications that create a digitally rich learning environment without limits. Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General PlayBook, digital, learning, tablet, web 2.0

VAUGHAN WEST

BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF (T)WIT: USING TWITTER TO ROLE PLAY THE CLASSICS

Floor: Lower Level

Danika Barker, TVDSB Looking for a way to engage students and make classic texts more relevant? Particpants will see a selection of material from the Brevity is the Soul of (t)Wit Project--a project where participants acted out Hamlet in real time in 140 character tweets. In this presentation participants will learn how they can use Twitter with their students to engage in role playing and make curriculum come alive. This presentation will be full of practical tips for using Twitter as well as role playing so it would be suitable for people who have never used Twitter before as well as experienced tweeps. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General


FRIDAY 12:00 – 1:30 AND 1:30 – 2:30

12:00 – 1:30

LUNCH

VAUGHAN EAST

GOOGLE CAROUSEL LUNCH

Floor: Lower Level

Susan Watt

The Google Carousel runs on Friday, during the last morning session and through lunch. Come and meet 10 teachers from a variety of grade levels and subject areas as they show and share ideas of how they use Google in the Classroom. Rather than formal presentations, the Google Carousel room will be an open space for you to visit and browse at your leisure. Audience: General

1:30 – 2:30 AURORA

SMARTBOARD FOR THE FSL TEACHER

Floor: Lower Level

Michelle Passmore, Near North DSB Do you want to add interest and technology to your Core French Program? Join me for both great Smartboard activities for everyday French vocabulary, but also AIM performance plays, and using the Senteos for easy, quick assessments. Audience: General

KING CITY

ECOO WEB 2.0 FACEOFF Web 2.0 tools are all the rage, but how do they boost learning? Our two teams face off in three periods of play, jam-packed with ideas for using Web 2.0 tools to optimize student learning. This is the muchanticipated re-match of the highly entertaining and informative first face-off, held at the Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2011. Visit the first Face-Off website at: https://sites.google.com/site/oslahockeyfaceoff/ Team 1: Doug Peterson, Captain. Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor Colleen Rampelt, Teacher-Librarian, Bluevale Collegiate Institute, Waterloo Region DSB Rick Budding, Elementary Itinerant Teacher-Librarian, Waterloo Region DSB Team 2: Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Captain. Faculty of Education, Brock University & Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Roger Nevin, Teacher-Librarian, Adam Scott Collegiate & Vocational Institute, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB (To be confirmed) Diana Maliszewski, Teacher-Librarian, Agnes Macphail PS, Toronto DSB Expert Analysts: Brenda Sherry, Technology Coach, Upper Grand DSB Peter Skillen, Manager, Social Media PD, YMCA of Greater Toronto Host: Anita Brooks Kirkland, Consultant, K-12 Libraries, Waterloo Region DSB Twitter Play-By-Play: Andrew Forgrave


FRIDAY 1:30 – 2:30

MARKHAM A

TRENDS, TOOLS AND TACTICS FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING

Floor: Upper Level

Kevin Honeycutt, ESSDACK This session is a fun look at the exciting things that happen when educators step outside their boxes and try new tools. It reinforces the importance of relationships while encouraging teachers to become learners again through positive examples of student success.

Audience: JKorK, Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General

MARKHAM B

BRING YOUR DEVICE TO CLASS: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK!

Floor: Lower Level

Susan Watt, WRDSB Trish Morgan, WRDSB Do you have, or do you anticipate having, a new wireless network in your school or classroom? The very idea makes teachers and administrators both nervous and excited! In this session, we will discuss LOGISTICS: what devices to use, when to use them, where to store them, how to ensure equity; POLICIES: establishing responsible use expectations, permissions, communication with teachers/students/families; PEDAGOGY: DIgital Citizenship, Learning Commons philosophy; INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES: research skills, search strategies, note-taking; WEB 2.0 TOOLS: blogs, wikis, TodaysMeet, Google tools; and LESSON IDEAS. Please join us as we share the success stories of several schools in Waterloo region and give you the inspiration and tools to explore the wireless networks in your school more confidently. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, General wireless, mobile devices

SALON A

BEYOND THE PROJECTOR: USING YOUR INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD TO BUILD ENGAGING LESSONS

Floor: Upper Level

Kendra Grant, Sublime Learning This session will explore the use of Interactive Whiteboard software to build exciting lessons that:  Meet the needs of a variety of learners  Focus on higher order thinking skills  Build real student engagement  Encourage total participation Both SMART Notebook and Promethean ActivInspire will be featured. Audience: General


FRIDAY 1:30 – 2:30

SALON B

IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH INTEGRATION OF ANIMATION

Floor: Upper Level

Dikran Husseindjian, Toon Boom Toon Boom Curriculums and SMART-Friendly Art, Flip Boom Classic Teacher Kit and curricula caters to the needs of K-12 educators who are looking for ways to integrate technology into their teaching and learning classroom environments where students can achieve higher levels of literacy objectives. Animation as a fun medium of interaction is extremely powerful in the classroom and has proven to increase students' motivation and retention through critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. The Bluffton Elementary School serves as a perfect example as this innovative in-class approach using Flip Boom in their curriculum-focused lab. It was so successful that all subjects were taught through animation – English, math, science, etc… Results speak for themselves – students test scores have increased by 11.5% in reading and by 9.2% in math. Participants are introduced to educational animation as a multiple skill development tool through software demonstration. Audience: General

SALON C

CROSS-CURRICULAR COLLABORATION: USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT

Floor: Upper Level

Dan Ballantyne, WRDSB Scott Kemp, WRDSB What happens when you take two teachers from different schools, teaching different subjects in different grades and you give them a choice of tools? You get opportunities for students to learn with authentic experience, authentic audience and authentic feedback and assessment for/of/as learning. By embracing various social media tools Scott and and evaluation. In this presentation Scott and Dan will take you through the methods and madness of their collaboration helping you understand and prepare to bring authentic assessment experiences into your classroom. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General social media, authentic, assessment, feedback, cross-curricular, tools

SALON D

OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES - AN INTRO AND TOUR

Floor: Upper Level

Jeff Brown, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Jeff and Colin will introduce the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER). This follows closely on the concept of Creative Commons as it applies to educational resources. We will discuss the background of OER's and more importantly go through a tour of some of the best OER sites on the web where you can find and contribute materials in every curriculum area imaginable. Audience: General oer, openeducation, resources


FRIDAY 1:30 – 2:30 AND 2:30 – 2:45 SALON E

LESSONS-IN-YOUR-POCKET (TEACHING WITH IPODTOUCH/IPAD )

Floor: Upper Level

Paul Shuster, Retired Ontario teacher, VP Product Development, Media-X Leave your computer at home, and just load your lessons on an iPod or iPad. This presentation discuses connecting these devices to a projector/TV in the classroom ( or working with a classroom of these devices),to create and deliver engaging digital lessons, and how to move Powerpoint, Keynote, videos, maps, web pages and YouTube content to your iPod or iPad (or those in your classroom). Using the manageable form factor of the iTouch or iPad, teachers can provide a classroom of students with lessons, resources, assignments,tests, differentiated instruction and the ability to chat collaboratively in co-operative learning as well as encourage independent learning, and reflect on their behavior. Audience: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, General iPad, Mobile devices, iPodTouch, hand held

STOUFFVILLE

THE FUTURE IS NOW: IMPLEMENTING A 21ST C CLASSROOM MODEL

Floor: Lower Level

Harry Niezen, Waterloo Region DSB Through 2010-2011, Waterloo Region DSB embarked on a journey to pilot a secondary instructional model that understood the needs of the 21st C learner in a technology rich environment. This presentation will share the development and implementation of this pilot from the perspective of the central Board staff - celebrating the successes, identifying the challenges and reviewing the lessons that were learned. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, Adult

UNIONVILLE

WEB TOOLS THAT WORK

Floor: Upper Level

Carlo Fusco, WRDSB There are a wide variety of tools online that are very useful to both students and teachers. During this session we will focus on building your online presence which has the unintended/intended consequence of helping you build your Professional Learning Network (PLN). The focus will be on the web based tools that lend themselves to learning, sharing and collaboration. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, General google docs, web 2.0, twitter, dropbox, cloud computing, collaboration

VAUGHAN EAST

GOOGLE IN THE CLASSROOM REDUX

Floor: Lower Level

Peter Beens, District School Board of Niagara There have been numerous changes in the past year to the toolset that Google offers to teachers and students. In this presentation, Peter will provide an overview of many of these tools, and offer tips on how they can be used effectively in and out of the classroom. Audience: Intermediate, Senior, PostSecondary, Adult, General Google, web 2.0, ICT

2:30 – 2:45

BREAK


2:45 – 3:45 GRAND RICHMOND

FINAL JEOPARDY: THE BIG QUESTIONS Join Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach as we come back together for our closing round of "Final Jeopardy" where we'll explore the big questions from our two days of learning together. The format will continue the highly interactive game show environment that opened our conference. This time Sheryl will put each key idea around passion-based learning, education, and teaching as we've defined it over the past two days into a "Final Jeopardy" question for the audience to answer. Together we'll re-look at how our lenses have changed during our time together.

3:45 – 4:15

PRIZE DRAW


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING THAT EMPOWERS THE INDIVIDUAL Saturday, October 22, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM ECOO11-MINDSONMEDIA.WIKISPACES.COM

WHAT IS MINDS ON MEDIA? Join Peter Skillen and Brenda Sherry as they host another fabulous Minds On Media event at ECOO! Minds On Media (MOM) is a model of professional learning that respects the learner's 'desire to know'. You come to learn and we respect your choices in how you wish to do that. We want you to take a 'minds on' approach. This is a BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) event with a variety of centres focusing on being learners in the 21st century - the age of ubiquitous media. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? Imagine a room full of educators who are experts in information and communications technologies (ICT) and learning theory. What could be learned from them? That is up to you! You can visit one of the centres or visit them all! You might be an absolute beginner or comfortable with technology - but this is about authentic use with students to develop deeper understandings. You choose your ‘entry point’. You build your own plan for the day or are led by one of our facilitators or pedagogistas. You learn what you need to know to bring critical thinking to your environment. You may want to learn all about podcasting, moviemaking, global projects, graphic organizers, social media, digital photography, digital storytelling, collaborative documents. You get the idea. The facilitators at the centres will have the skills to support all learning styles with awesome classroom projects as exemplars!


WHAT ARE OUR CORE BELIEFS? Centre facilitators spend some time before the event thinking about practical ways to support you as self-directed learners at a hands-on session. This requires the creation of a wide variety of materials, strategies and access points. Differentiated learning is equally important for adults. It's not 'wait for the workshop' any more. It's 'just in time' learning - not 'just in case'. You, as participants, will gain expertise in asking questions using Web 2.0 tools and in developing, nurturing and leveraging a robust professional learning network (PLN).Centre facilitators at MOM sessions look forward to, not only teaching but, learning with others. They respect the knowledge and expertise that each person brings to the table. At each event, we capitalize on Web 2.0 tools to make our learning explicit to all. It is, therefore, also available for sharing and future reflection. Pedagogistas are there to ensure that we don't get lost in the mechanics of the tools - but rather remind and support us to think deeply about the role of technology in learning and teaching.

WHAT MINDS ON MEDIA CENTRES ARE AT ECOO THIS YEAR? 

Hard Fun with Scratch! - Kat Goodale, creative genius at the Linden School, Toronto: @katgoodale

Playing together with Voicethread - Jaclyn Calder, ICT Consultant, Simcoe County District School Board: @jaccalder

Publishing in the Primary Grades with Pixie and Clicker Paint - Danuta Woloszynowicz, OSAPAC: @dwtech

Working and Playing Together with Google Collaborative Documents - Richard Grignon, Google Certified Teacher & Barbara McLaughlin, ICT Consultant, Ottawa Carleton District School Board: @grignonr @barbaram

Putting a Face to Online and eLearning - Danika Barker, English Teacher, Thames Valley District School Board: @danikabarker

Creating & Nurturing your Professional Learning Network (PLN) - Doug Peterson, Greater Essex County District School Board: @dougpete @kellmoor

The Power of Images - Colin Jagoe & Jeff Brown; consultants with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board: @colinjagoe @techguy1717

Global projects with TakingITGlobal - Katherine Walraven, Education Program Manager, TIG: @katwalraven

Constructing media texts with Frames - Kent Manning, Hastings & Prince Edward County District Ed-Tech Teacher & Melinda Kolk, Owner,Tech4Learning: @kentmanning @melindak

Mobile Technology - Doug Sadler, Vice Principal Online Learning St. Michael's Catholic High School Windsor: @sadone

Website Versatility and Simplicity with Google Sites - Peter Beens, Tech Director, Beamsville District Secondary School: @pbeens

SEPARATE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR MINDS ON MEDIA

ECOO 2011 Conference Planner  

Sessions and planning notes for the annual ECOO 2011 Conference, held at the Sheraton North Hotel, Richmond Hill, ON.

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