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Send in Your Presentation Submission Form NOW for IT4K12!

 

We are excited to extend the opportunity to become a presenter at our next IT4K12 conference!

  • Share your experience, knowledge and expertise
  • Build your professional network and meet peers from around the Province
  • Gain recognition and grow your audience
  • Showcase your district/school achievements

Your audience consists of district and school based IT leaders, BC educators and other education and IT professionals. Past evaluations have requested more district led presentations which means we want YOU to join us! Make a difference in education and help your peers. Start by sending in your presentation submission form. Sponsor Only Presentations will NO LONGER be accepted as per feedback from past attendees. Members can invite a vendor to co-present but that vendor must be an exhibiting sponsor at the conference.

Please note: the Educator tracks are now full however we are still accepting IT focused submissions.

Here are all the important details:

Call for Presentations

School District Personnel Presenters

  • 1 – 3 hour sessions available
  • Choose Program Theme (see below)
  • Travel/Accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the presenter
  • Must complete Presentation Submission Form
  • Submit proposal by October 7, 2016
  • All presenters must register for conference
  • ERAC Member presenters receive a discount on registration

NOTE: Sponsors May Present Only if the Following Criteria are Met:

  1. Presentation must be member-submitted and member-led with sponsor as co-presenter only
  2. Sponsoring company MUST still purchase an exhibitor conference sponsorship of some kind (choice of Bronze to Platinum Plus) to co-present
  3. No one vendor will be allowed to participate in more than 2 sessions
  4. Sponsors can register here. Check out Sponsor tab for more details

Need some inspiration? View previous IT4K12 presentations here.

Four Easy Steps for Submission

Choose your Theme

Choose your Format

Complete Proposal Form

Submit!

“Information Technology”
Themes to Choose from

Network Infrastructure & Management

Nuts, bolts, management, tools and trends

Security & Identity

Keeping the bad stuff out, the good stuff in and our teachers and students safe.

MDM, BYOD, OMG!

Devices, devices everywhere – what the heck do we do with them?

 

Managing an Effective and Healthy IT Workforce

The network’s in great shape; how about your IT staff? Fostering a healthy, inclusive, supportive work environment doesn’t just happen – leaders make it happen! Come share your strategies for building, managing and creating a supportive work environment for your team and how you think it impacts the quality of service you deliver to your organization.

Delivering Service Excellence to Your Organization

Come share your experiences and expertise in developing and implementing processes and solutions to address the needs of those you serve, show your colleagues your tricks and tools for automation of different services, and the demonstrate how your department is leading the way in helping your District become a truly digital organization. How do you define and provide exceptional customer experiences?

Creating Capacity Through District Collaboration

Districts and schools have so many needs, wants and challenges in common, it’s a shame that we don’t have more ways to easily collaborate. Here’s your chance to lend a hand! Come share your deployment success stories, plan and deliver an implementation how-to workshop, share your privacy impact assessments, or make someone else’s work a whole lot easier by sharing parent communication and inclusion strategies, etc.

 

 

Everything Cloud-y

As K-12 organizations move ever closer to “the cloud” , what are the internal shifts and adjustments required to make it work and work right?

Emerging Technologies

A Glimpse into the Future: With technology, the only constant is change. Just as you get used to the latest and greatest technology, the next latest and greatest comes along. This track looks at what is on the horizon for IT managers and their staff.

 

 

 

“Educator Themes”
Themes to Choose from

Using Digital Tools & Resources to Bring the New BC Curriculum to Life

It’s here, it’s now, it’s new and exciting! Many Districts are well into trying out the transformed BC curriculum using a variety of tools and technologies. Come share your success stories and your lessons learned as you navigate the new BC curriculum. Your colleagues will love you for it!

ERAC’s BC Digital Classroom

Best Practices, Tips and Tools. The BC Digital Classroom suite of digital learning resources provides new opportunities to introduce your students to high quality online learning resources. Some of the licensed content is tried and true while some is truly brand new. Share your District or school’s experience in promoting and supporting your teachers and students in using the resources in the BC Digital Classroom. Anyone can do a product demo – we’re looking for real life stories of how you use these to make teaching and learning more effective and more fun!

Elevating Technology in the Classroom

Using digital tools to transform teaching, learning or collaboration for students. In the hands of skilled educators, technology can elevate and transform learning like never before. Come share your experiences in taking technology and enhancing it to create a useful teaching and learning tool. Hardware (tablets, laptops, handheld devices, etc.) or software (for teaching, learning, assessment or management) stories are welcome here. Just remember though – if you are involving a vendor as a co-presenter, they MUST be an exhibiting sponsor at the conference. We know they love their product – that’s their job. What our conference participants want to know is why and how you have used the product to enhance teaching and learning.

Celebrating Aboriginal Worldviews & Perspectives in the Classroom

Come share your District’s efforts to increase and strengthen curricular emphasis on the diversity of traditions, history and culture of Aboriginal peoples in BC. Explore and share your knowledge of pedagogical resources for teachers and authentic learning resources for students. Share learning resources and projects that recognize the importance of First Peoples within Canadian society and enable Aboriginal learners to see themselves reflected in the curriculum.

Focus on Digital Assessment Tools & Practices

So just how do we demonstrate learning in the 21st century? It’s not like it used to be, that’s for sure! Bring us your stories, tips, tools and techniques for transforming assessment as we explore and implement the new BC curriculum. What works? What doesn’t? How can you tell? Share your successes, your challenges and your aspirations for effective assessment in the future.

Working Effectively with Tech Staff

Everybody loves to pick on the ‘techies’ in our organizations but the truth is, most organizations could not function effectively these days without excellent technical support. But how do you build relationships with people who speak a totally different language than you do? How does ‘tech- speak’ and ‘edu-speak’ combine to build truly effective and respectful communication between the people who ‘build and deploy’ the technology and those who ‘use’ the technology? Come tell us how! We’re looking for presentation teams of educators and tech staff who have worked together successfully to make teaching and learning better.

Creating Connections

Networking, professional learning, learning/library commons, social media challenges and opportunities – share how you create connections between teacher and student, teacher and teacher, teacher and parent, or student and parent. How are you building new learning communities every day?

Using Technology to Build Learning Communities that Include Parents

More than ever before, technology is enabling closer contact between teachers, students and parents. How do you manage that technology to building effective, inclusive, respectful and engaging learning communities that include the parents of your students? What are the benefits, the risks, the rewards? Come share how your District or school has expanded your learning community to include parents and other family members.

Formats to Choose from

Presentation
Length - 60 minutes
Includes Q & A
 
 
 
Panel
Length - 60 minutes
Includes Q & A
 
 
 
Deployment Workshop
Length - Up to 3 hours
Strong focus on skill/knowledge transfer (ie: the “how to” of implementation projects)
Workshops must be District-led. Vendors may participate as co-presenters but they MUST be an exhibiting sponsor at the conference
 
 
Round Table Discussion
Length - 60 minutes
Propose a current or emerging topic in IT that you believe is important to the K-12 IT or Education sector
Plan to facilitate a group discussion on this topic
Clearly outline the topic or issue for the participants and guide the discussion through prepared questions, opinions and local examples of how this topic/issue affects (or could affect) delivery of service
Consider obtaining a co-facilitator for back up and assistance
MESH!
Length - 75 minutes
Semi-formal, networking session
ERAC books the room and schedules the session – you pick the topic – we add it to the published IT4K12 conference program - and you facilitate the discussion when people show up
You can do a brief presentation at the start if you want, or simply have a plan to seed the group with questions to get the discussion underway
Be prepared to host your session once on each day of the conference. MESH sessions are offered twice so that more people can access them.

Please submit your presentation by October 7, 2016 using the Presentation Submission Form. Questions can be sent to info@bcerac.ca

 This Year's Sponsors

 

We invite you to sponsor this year's event and secure the opportunity to reach many influential technological decision-makers in BC's K-12 education sector.

 

Platinum Plus Sponsors:

 

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Platinum Sponsors:

 

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Gold Sponsors:

 
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Silver Sponsors:

 
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Bronze Sponsors:

 
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