Today’s students have a legacy awaiting them—they will inherit the global challenges we see and read about each day. They will face critical issues that impact our entire planet, in addition to challenges that we can not yet imagine. We can empower them to solve these challenges for present and future generations now, in our own classrooms. To do this we must move our focus beyond literacy and numeracy, and into the realms of critical and creative thinking, ethical action, and a deep awareness and understanding of our global culture.
In Solving Problems That Matter, we’ll look at inspiring examples of the solutions-focused ingenuity students are demonstrating in innovative learning environments including STEM, inquiry, and PBL utilizing Solution Fluency to cultivate ethical, responsible Global Digital Citizens taking positive action and striving together to solve problems that matter. Together we’ll learn what we can start doing today to give our children a solutions-focused edge for creating a better tomorrow.
Keynote – Solving Problems That Matter: Future-focused learning
The icebreaker activity will start off by playing a Jeopardy-style game which will test your fluency and familiarity with computational thinking concepts. Team up to test your knowledge. Following that will be a half hour discussion about how computational thinking exists in your everyday environment. You’ve been computationally thinking all morning and not even realizing it. Ultimately, we’ll get you comfortable with the concepts and let you learn from there.
The launch of the redesigned K-9 Curriculum in the fall of 2016 has been enthusiastically greeted by the teachers in BC. The curriculum is intended to be a framework allowing teachers the room and flexibility to design the best learning opportunities for their students. Learn how ERAC and the Ministry are working with teachers to provide learning resources and instructional samples to support teachers in this work.
SD23 Virtual Field Trips connect SD23 students to scientists, astronauts, researchers, authors, and other experts from around the world via live videoconference. Our students have spoken to astronauts live on the International Space Station, taken part in forensic autopsies, swam with divers on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, spoken to WWII Holocaust survivors, and participated in live dinosaur digs in Utah and New Mexico (just to name a few!).
This session will be of interest to educators/administrators/IT professionals who are looking to expand their offerings in a world of shrinking budgets. We will cover implementation, technology, and costs associated with connecting students to world class experiences without leaving their classrooms. The following topics will be addressed:
• History of our program
• Building connections
• Future directions
Are you looking for ways to engage your students in meaningful learning experiences that develop their ability to collaborate, communicate and think creatively and critically? The goal of this workshop is to equip you with a framework that allows students to conduct authentic inquiries that incorporate technology and develop 21st century skills. The workshop will outline the essential elements of Problem Based Learning and show how to blend it with STEAM. During this session, you will experience first-hand the engineering design process, as you engage in some hands-on challenges. There will also be a chance to interact with Cubelets. As well, we will touch on how you can use children's literature to develop an engineer mindset. The ideas and resources presented in this session can be applied to a variety of classroom settings that will not only prepare kids for the 21st century, but directly involve them in their world.
STEAM PBL – Integrating Technology with Inquiry Based Learning
Business Continuity Planning is the process of creating plans and associated systems of prevention and recovery to deal with a school districts ability to carry on critical business operations in the event of a disaster. These disasters could be localized (such as a fire which destroys the district board office and/or primary data centre), or regional disaster (such as an earthquake) affecting several sites including local servers and the district’s primary data centre.
Business Continuity includes Operations Risk Assessment, Prioritizing Services, Disaster Recovery, Failover and Recovery Strategies. This presentation will provide an overview of these strategies, why they are important and a suggested process for implementing appropriate planning. It will also include the financial and structural challenges school districts have creating and implementing an effective Business Continuity Plan.
Business Continuity Planning is an essential aspect of organizational business operations closely tied with Information Technology. School District auditors are now making Business Continuity Planning a recommended aspect of their recommendations. Additionally, all BC Ministries, and their associated agencies are required by the office of the BC Chief Information Officer to create and maintain Business Continuity Plans.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
Looking to get more bang for our buck, migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V. Join the SD42 team as they chronicle their journey from VMWare to HyperV. They’ll explore the technical path they took and also talk about the business reasons for the switch.
Whether you have implemented "single-sign-on" with third party services using Microsoft AD Federation Service, or you are thinking about it, join us as we discuss our experiences implementing it, and review our respective configurations. Share your experiences, or bring your question.
Do your teachers find that writing notes in agendas takes too much time? Are they uncomfortable sending home assessments for fear that they will not come back? Would you like to hear about better and easier ways for teachers to maintain positive communication with parents? Come learn about Remind, FreshGrade, and other online tools being used successfully in classrooms throughout the province.
In this session we will be looking at tools in SharePoint to assist with business processes. Many districts have installed SharePoint, making great headway with some of its powerful education resources, and are now looking at ways to use it for internal communication and planning. The session will be broken up into two separate sessions, the first will be an overview of the potential of SharePoint and a variety of ways it can be used to create more efficient workflows and communication.
This session will provide an overview of the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum and highlight the opportunities within to address the core competencies and big ideas of British Columbia's curriculum transformation. We will share examples of how some schools and school districts are operationalizing the roll-out of this curriculum, leveraging technology to provide new learning opportunities for students, and engaging with initiatives underway in the Ministry of Education.
Coding and Beyond – Leading the Change with BC’s ADST Curriculum
In support of the refreshed BC Curriculum join in the ongoing conversation and explore the focused and intentional work of BC ERAC to support Aboriginal Education. This session will highlight the new evaluated resources and tour the AbEd support website that is designed to encourage collaboration between districts
Taking Your Seat at the Fire – Continuing the Conversation Around Culturally Responsive Resources.
Coding is now part of the new BC Curriculum and Districts across the province are working to help teachers learn how to teach coding to their students. This session will provide an overview of different activities and ideas that can be used to bring coding into a classroom without technology. Sometimes we just need kids to unplug from electronics. Is it still possible to teach coding in a low-tech environment? Definitely! We’ll look at everything from 'programming' humans to racing robots so that you have new ideas to bring back to your teachers after the conference.
Come join Chris Sabiston from SD40 New Westminster for a Google Apps for Education Round table discussion with districts implementing or thinking about implementing GAFE. Topics we will discuss:
Privacy and Security
Teacher Support and Training
Central Okanagan School district has been on a journey to move their enterprise to the cloud and planning the full deployment of Office 365 has been a big part of the process. Join SD23 team and Microsoft Canada for a discussion about this ongoing project. Though still in 'testing' mode, there are many lessons to share and many questions they can already answer. Greg Milligan from Microsoft has worked closely with the SD23 team along the way so will share the journey from his perspective too. Greg will also talk about how Office 365 continues to evolve, and the new features included specifically for Education customers. They will showcase PLC Groups, Microsoft Classroom and the School Data Sync tools, for a great student and teacher experience that scales to the largest school district - now hosted in Canadian data centers.
Join this high profile panel of industry experts as they discuss and share the Critical Success Factors for excellence in project planning from the perspective of the organizations they work for. What are the most common mistakes that Districts make when planning IT or other large projects? Why do people make those mistakes? What are other barriers to excellence in project planning in Districts? What are best practices for planning and managing IT projects? What factors do you consider when choosing a process, tool or resource for project planning? Come ask the questions, discuss the answers and share your experiences with the panel and the audience.
Digital Citizenship skills can be found in the new Applied Design, Skills, and Technology (ADST) curriculum as well as the Personal Awareness and Responsibility Core Competency.
These are skills that all staff (teachers and IT professionals alike) need as Digital Citizens. Discover how to develop digital skills of thinking critically and creatively about what you post and view. Most people are unaware of the amount of information they post in meta data with every photo upload.
Participants should come to the workshop with an Apple ID and password for the App Store. It is recommended that the following apps be downloaded to your iPad: Metadata Cut, ChatterPix, and your favourite QR Reader such as Qrafter.
Part 2 of this 2-hour session will be a hands-on workshop where participants will take some time in creating resources that will work in their own environments. Come build on the knowledge shared in Part 1 and see what you can create to take back to work on Monday.
Would you like to expand your classroom beyond your walls? Are you concerned about student interactions with the web? UBC Phd student Lesley Liu and VSB Technology Studies teacher Peter Halim will explore how to bring cloud based blended learning to your classroom. Lesley walks through how a class of Grade 8 students designed their own collaborative spaces in OneNote for group work. She will touch on strategies for incorporating online workspaces, digital citizenship, and individualized learning in the classroom. Peter will present the implementation of OneNote Classroom in his ADST based classrooms to support learning through design and creation. Peter explores how OneNote can support project based, inquiry based, and experiential learning in the classroom.
Digital Citizenship, ADST, and OneNote: Implementing the New BC Curriculum using Online Workspaces
Your district has a wealth of digital resources in the BC Digital Classroom. Come learn and share how to get best value through strategizing awareness, organizing access, and maximizing learning opportunities.
Maximize, Organize, Strategize (Implementation Support for Districts)
This presentation will walk attendees through a basic introduction of PKI and SSL encryption, and some of its features. Next, attendees will see how to create a single server deployment of AD-CS, and use it to secure workstations, servers, and Palo Alto Firewalls. This presentation will also cover how to use AD-CS with non-Microsoft products, including MacOS and iOS devices. While this presentation will focus on deploying and using AD-CS, attendees will also be able to apply skills learned in this session to using other certificate authority tools, including OpenSSL. There will be ample time in this session to ask questions and share experiences with your peers!
Pain Free PKI with Active Directory Certificate Services
Jennifer Lunny and Jessica Martens, teacher-librarians from SD69 Qualicum School District, will share how they are using digital content to increase access and choice to engage a full spectrum of readers, from reluctant to avid. Learn how one district is implementing digital content as a cost-effective solution to build the culture of reading at their schools. Considerations that will be discussed include catalog size, device compatibility, ease of use, access models, budgets and more. Attendees will receive free guest access to a demo site to get a hands-on idea of how a digital content solution functions.
Implementing eBooks and Audiobooks in Your School and District
A facilitated round table discussion on data encryption and how it applies to school districts. SD42 will start things off with a short description of what they're doing and how it is working for them. This will lead to contributions from attendees on the state of data encryption at their schools.
This session will provide an overview of Surrey School District’s implementation of Microsoft System Centre Service Manager (SCSM) and the Cireson Portal. The session will walk through our project goals, decisions and planning; review the key system setup and configurations items; and discuss lessons learned and our next steps. The session will include a demonstration of our redesigned Service Desk Portal.
A technology-centric school district collaborative that would help participants at all levels of readiness and maturity build capacity for advancing technology-facilitated learning and business process, within their existing funding levels. Known as the Technology Learning Collaborative BC (TLCBC), it is open to all B.C. districts and addresses all aspects of technology, including:
· policy-making and advocacy
· procurement, deployment and development
The SAMR Model can help change the way learning activities are shaped in your district. SAMR, which stands for substitute, augment, modify, and redefine, opens the conversation with schools and teachers about higher level learning activities specifically with technology.
The new curriculum offers a chance to change how we do things, but not if a new worksheet is developed for a new curriculum. Transform the traditional worksheet concept into a redefinition of what can be accomplished with a little bit of 'app smashing’ using a mobile device.
Examples of how thinking has been changed in our district and recommended hands on activities will be shared using an iPad. As a portion of the workshop will be hands on and participants are encouraged to bring an iPad (or other mobile device) to the session.
Using SAMR & Mobile Devices to Reshape Learning Activities #NOMOREWORKSHEETS
With a wealth of resources in the BC Digital Classroom and revised curriculum, there are huge opportunities to shift pedagogy to inquiry based opportunities and build capacities. Two BC ERAC sites provide the starting points for teachers to make curricular connections across the subject areas and grades.
Curriculum Connections – Shifting Pedagogy to Inquiry Based Learning
Would you like to support your schools with the implementation of the redesigned BC Curriculum? Are you interested in knowing how to support teachers as they bring the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies (ADST) curriculum into their classrooms?
Teachers, directors of instruction, superintendents and other educational professionals often express a strong desire to bring ‘design thinking’ and ‘making’ into their classrooms, but they have a hard time knowing how to advocate for its place in an overcrowded curriculum. The Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) at UBC-O has conducted immersive Maker Day professional learning sessions with over 3,000 teachers, helping them to shift their awareness and professional practices in new and exciting ways.
This session includes an introduction to design thinking, constructionist learning theory, and making through the exploration of resources developed in partnership between the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Industry Training Authority (ITA), Ministry of Education - Open School BC, and Royal Roads University.
'Taking Making into Classrooms' includes a toolkit, a media rich online course, exercises to expand awareness of personal pedagogy, a collection of student design challenges, and case studies. This session will invite feedback from teachers, directors of instruction, and superintendents as they conceptualize what the new ADST curriculum means to learning in their schools.
Taking Making into Classroom – Tools in Support of ADST
One of the things we have discovered in working in IT, especially in an education setting, is the fundamental difficulties in meshing the Pedagogy with the Technology. The challenge lies in trying to make technologists think like educators, which is a lesser challenge than getting educators to think like technologists. Either path is fraught with peril... take a light-hearted look at how we have worked with "the guys on the bench" to embrace the crucial value they bring to the educational experience of our learners. If you've ever heard (or said) the words "teachers don't understand it will work better if....." you need to come to this session and find out how we are building our department relationships with authenticity and trust. My own personal motto is "Pedagogy is the driver.... but technology is the accelerator".
BC Technology for Learning Society is BC largest non-profit computer refurbisher for schools and community in BC. In the last year we have processed over 8000 machines - repairs, replacement, imaging - come learn how we make the magic happen. As technology continues to evolve, so have we - systems with SSD and failure rates near zero. Come see how we make the magic happen, and learn some tips for supporting or expanding your own fleet.
Join one of Softchoice’s top Vendor Agnostic Security Architects, Mike Coit, along with Microsoft Solutions Architect Terence Snijtsheuvel for a close look at how to focus your security efforts and available budget in a world of ever changing threats and a seemingly endless number of choices. You will learn about:
•An overview of the evolving 2016 security threat landscape
•What hackers are doing and the evolution of attacks (Ransomware, loT)
•3 Key Areas of Defense
•Security Maturity Model
•How can ERAC members receive a funded security posture review from Softchoice? What can it do to help?
•A close look at shat Security capabilities are included in O365 for Education and what can be added through Microcroft's Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) in Office 365
· Office 365 for EDU’s built in security and compliancy capabilities· Capabilities of “Secure by design OS” with Windows 10 Enterprise· User security and management capabilities available through the addition of Enterprise Mobility and Security (EM+S)
Protecting Education Environments from an Evolving Threat Landscape
In this session we will look at how Scholantis Class sites allow teachers in two BC School Districts to blend learning styles and formats in a way that is most comfortable for them without having a to manage a separate system outside of their district infrastructure. The continuum of blended learning allows for a variety of implementation paths. From simple handout folders to discussion boards and online submissions, your teachers can find ways to give students some autonomy over their learning spaces and broaden learning conversations to outside of the classroom.
Bringing Blended Learning to Your Class Using Scholantis Class Sites
Google Keep, Calendar, Forms, Drive, Maps, and Google+. Come and learn how these tools can help you gather information, organize your ideas, share, and collaborate. This is a hands on workshop, please come with a device (preferably a computer), an active Google account and a desire to explore the collaboration made possible by cloud computing.
At this session we will explore the ‘What’, ‘Why’, ‘How’ and the ‘When’ regarding electronic portfolios. The relationship between student self-assessment and the core competencies using portfolios will also be discussed.
As a district, how can we best organize digital resources to support teachers as we head into the implementation of BC's re-designed curriculum? This was the big question we had NOT thought of yet when we embarked on this digital library project 2 years ago. Our first question was, "How can we encourage teachers with supporting our Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement?" The answer was, by actively providing authentic resources including digital resources. So, how can we create an aboriginal digital library that might work for teachers, our aboriginal learning community, and our broader learning community? With support and encouragement from administration, Jen and Ann put their heads together and figured something out. This presentation will bring you through their story; the story of how they got from 2 teacher librarians wondering how to create an aboriginal digital library, to district teachers and staff collaborating with them in the continuing development of MPSD's digital resource collections.
Collaboratively Creating a Siwal Si’wes Digital Library and Curriculum Connections
Leading an IT department is messy. Opinions vary widely about everything. While the skillsets of our people may be very different, their individual disposition may range from sunny to nightmarish, and frankly, some people love them, and some people hate them. During this session we will talk about some of the ways we as leaders can help our eclectic teams become superstars.
Are you excited about inquiry and the new BC curriculum? Come and hear
how Heritage Christian Online teacher Kathy Kanda and Pippa Davies
(teacher librarian) use book clubs as a teaching platform to integrate
literacy standards and STEAM learning. Pippa will give some background to virtual book clubs in their school, and share on her new STEAM book club, and Kathy will share on how she has been using lit circles for the past few years to enhance inquiry and meet 21st century learning. Along the way they will share useful resources to get you started with Inquiry in
Using Virtual Book Clubs to inspire Inquiry and STEAM learning
This presentation will focus on accessibility standards and best practices in the creation and use of digital learning materials and platforms used to align with the new BC Curriculum. Presenters will make reference to ARC-BC service delivery as an example of how digital alternate formats enable students to achieve curricular access with greater independence in inclusive settings.
Some have stated that we are in a “golden age” of access to literacy materials for students with perceptual disabilities.There are currently more eText materials available than ever before, and with an increasing portion of learning materials available in electronic format, the promise of curricular accessibility for students with perceptual disabilities
has never been greater. However, full access to the curriculum for these students can only be realized if digital materials are made available in formats that are accessible for all learners of diverse sensory and learning profiles. The Accessible Resource Centre – British Columbia (ARC-BC) is an online repository of learning materials in digital alternate formats whose mandate is to promote and enhance access to the BC curriculum for students with perceptual disabilities. ARC-BC currently serves over 5000 users across all BC school districts and many independent schools.
These users download materials on behalf of 8700 students with perceptual disabilities (e.g., learning disability, physical impairment, visual impairment) province-wide. As an online repository, digital file production is centralized, avoiding costly duplication of effort in alternate format production. Digital alternate format specialists produce materials in a variety of accessible formats (e.g., Kurzweil, adapted PDF, .RTF) according to best practice guidelines for document accessibility.
Under the “Communication” competency in the new BC curriculum, all students are expected to “understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.” To realize this goal for all learners, it is critical that educators and IT professionals have an awareness and understanding of the principles of accessible design for digital learning materials and for the digital platforms/portals through which students access this material. This presentation will outline several key steps and considerations for inclusive design for digital materials and provide suggestions for how ARC-BC materials can be used to ensure equal access to the new BC curriculum for students with perceptual disabilities.
Inclusive Learning Communities with ARC-BC Materials and Digital Alternate Formats
Learn about how the Richmond School District is leveraging elements of the Apple Deployment Programs to streamline workstation deployments. In conjunction with modern deployment methodologies of thin imaging, take part in the challenges encountered, and benefits reaped in the real-world production deployments using these new novel methodologies.
Streamlining Workstation Deployments with Apple Deployment Programs
Class Notebook helps teachers and students work better together, inside and outside the classroom. Since it works on any platform/device, teachers and students can focus on learning in a BYOD environment. Join this session to hear from SD43 Educators on how they use the Class Notebook and how it’s helped them save time and work more collaboratively with students. You’ll also learn about the leading-edge partnership between SD43 educators and the Class Notebook development team in Vancouver to provide real-world feedback and make the Class Notebook even better.
Transforming the Classroom with OneNote Class Notebook
Changes in the work force, the curriculum and the way we teach are bringing up questions about coding. What is coding? Why should teachers teach it? What subjects does coding fall under? How do robotics fit into all of this? How do we teach it? In this workshop I will be sharing ways to support teachers as they work to integrate coding into their classroom teaching. I will share resources, suggestions for different grade levels and I will share some of the robotics that we are starting to use to support coding in the Comox Valley (SD71).