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Wednesday, October 25
 

08:30

Making the Most of Cybera: Alberta’s Public, Digital Resource (Preconference)
Cost: $35 for ATLE or AAHEIT Members, $45 for Non-Members
Registration for this event is separate from the main conference registration.
Breakfast included
Register Here

Goal:
To inform Alberta’s education community of the many tools and services that Cybera offers or is piloting to create efficiencies and improve the use of technology in the education sector. Also to demonstrate the advocacy efforts that Cybera is doing to improve Alberta ICT opportunities, and invite feedback into this and other focus areas.
Presenters:
This session will be delivered by representatives from Cybera’s project management, network administration, and executive teams. Cybera is a not-for-profit technology-neutral organization responsible for driving Alberta’s economic growth through the use of digital technology. Its core role is to oversee the development and operations of Alberta’s cyberinfrastructure — the advanced system of networks and computers that keeps government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, business incubators and entrepreneurs at the forefront of technological change.
Who should attend?
Network Administrators, Education Technology Experts, Department Administrators
Cybera Preconference Workshop Agenda
 

Wednesday October 25, 2017 08:30 - 12:00
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

AAHEIT AGM
The Alberta Association in Higher Education for Information Technology Annual General Meeting.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 09:00 - 12:00
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:15

Panel: Azure Deep Dive (Preconference)
Cost: $35 for ATLE or AAHEIT Members, $45 for Non-Members
Registration for this event is separate from the main conference registration.
Register Here


Join us for an afternoon of learning and sharing! We’ll provide you with a deep dive of Microsoft Azure and offer up the opportunity to hear from and converse with a panel of current customers.

Speakers
DK

David Kozera

National Technology Strategist, Microsoft
David Kozera is Microsoft’s National Technology Strategist for Education in Canada. He joined the company in November 2016 coming from public K-12 education IT in Ontario, bringing with him years of real world experience with Microsoft technologies. David has a deep understanding... Read More →
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Karen McGregor

National Cloud Sherpa, Microsoft
Karen helps Education customers in Canada get the most out of Azure.  After doing the same with Office 365 and Azure AD Premium, she decided that Azure was the best.  Before seeing the light, she did lots of work with Unix and Java at IBM and Sun, only to realize that Microso... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 13:15 - 16:30
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

16:00

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Wednesday October 25, 2017 16:00 - 16:30
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

16:30

Get On The Twitter!
Have you ever wondered what the big deal was about Twitter? Come learn about why it is the best way to stay connected and network, as well as how to use it to find professional resources and information! If you are debating whether to set up that Twitter account, join me in getting "on the Twitter" and become a Tweeter!

Speakers
avatar for Charity Helman

Charity Helman

Event Coordinator, EdTechTeam
Charity is an educator with a passion for helping other educators develop quality learning experiences by creating innovative projects and lessons enhanced by the use of educational technology and GSuite. As the Event Coordinator for EdTechTeam Canada, Charity has opportunity to... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 16:30 - 16:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

17:00

Discover a Digital Toolkit for your Classroom
Although the digital tools we use will change over time, the powerful and effective ways that teachers help students demonstrate their learning remain the same. From mind-maps to formative assessment tools, digital storytelling sites to photo editing apps, we’ll explore several fantastic digital learning tools and help you find the one that is just right for the creative tasks that you have in mind for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Maltais

Darren Maltais

Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional School Division
Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projec... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 17:00 - 17:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

17:30

Ok Google... Really?? What's all the Fuss?
Alright! What's all the fuss about Google Drive and Docs in education anyway? This session will try to help answer that. And what about those elephants in the room? The data storage and privacy issues. We'll address that too. I hope you'll join the discussion!!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director, Canada, EdTechTeam
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how G Suite and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Certified Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Innovator in July 2014. These certifica... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 17:30 - 17:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

17:30

Supper (Provided on site at BMO for attendees)
Wednesday October 25, 2017 17:30 - 19:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

18:00

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Wednesday October 25, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

19:00

Opening Keynote: Dr. Julielynn Wong
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Julielynn Wong

Dr. Julielynn Wong

Julielynn Wong is a Queen’s and Harvard-educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life’s mission is to take technology to the extreme to benefit the world.  She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions across diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 19:00 - 20:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

20:30

Reception
Wednesday October 25, 2017 20:30 - 22:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1
 
Thursday, October 26
 

07:30

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Thursday October 26, 2017 07:30 - 08:00
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

07:30

Morning Coffee 1 (no breakfast provided)
The coffee will be great, but unfortunately you are on your own for breakfast.

Thursday October 26, 2017 07:30 - 08:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:00

Ok Google... Really?? What's all the Fuss?
Alright! What's all the fuss about Google Drive and Docs in education anyway? This session will try to help answer that. And what about those elephants in the room? The data storage and privacy issues. We'll address that too. I hope you'll join the discussion!!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director, Canada, EdTechTeam
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how G Suite and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Certified Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Innovator in July 2014. These certifica... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:00 - 08:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Digital Storytelling on ANY device with Sway
Want to help students develop their most creative and innovative abilities? Introduce them to digital storytelling, regardless of their digital device! Students can use digital tools to create and share their own stories or experiences, or reflect on what they've learned.  Join us as we learn about how you can use Sway, a NEW innovative web-based learning tool that can be used on any device your students may have access to in the classroom. Kids love to be creative and share stories about themselves...digital storytelling is the perfect way to let them do it!

Speakers
avatar for Mario Asta

Mario Asta

Microsoft
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:00
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Engaging Digital Natives in Collaborative Learning Environments
SMART lab is an engaging tool leveraging gamification to make learning fun. Create a variety of lab activities in less than 5 minutes that can be pushed to devices, or played collectively as a class. Reuse question sets in different games or even export to SMART response 2. Incorporating SMART Learning Suite Online will allow you to create and share these interactive games easily and fluidly with your students. Both SMART lab and SMART Learning Suite Online are a must see for an easy win in your learning environments!

Speakers
avatar for Kacie Germadnik

Kacie Germadnik

Professional Development Specialist, SMART Technologies


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Google Sites
In this hands-on session you will work through creating a Google Site in the new platform. Drag and drop just about anything from your drive or the web. Add pages, maps, slideshows, images, and much more all in one place to keep your students and parents up to date about what is happening in your classroom. As well, students can use this platform for their own e-portfolio.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Urban

Christy Urban

Education Technology Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Learn to Code with iPad (Grades 5-9) (Part I)
Coding is an essential skill that teaches problem-solving, develops teamwork, and inspires creativity. Learn how you can engage elementary and middle school students in the world of coding on iPad with Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code resources designed for teachers. Now, using Swift Playgrounds we can interact and control robots and drones with code. Students can now see what happens behind the scenes to communicate with robots and other hardware.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Students Programming and Flying Drones
Even with the new regulations around flying drones, we can still have students flying simulators or small (indoor) drones. And there are some great programmable drones that can be used for learning computational thinking, 3D geometry, and other important topics.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching grade six.


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Tinkering, Coding, and Creating in the Classroom - Take I
Are you interested in bringing technology into your classroom or school? Come and see what the combined efforts of ATLE ProLearn and the ATA Library have to support Coding and Makerspaces (talk about convergence!). 
Participants will have time to experiment with the various tools available. Learn how these activities fit into Alberta curriculum to support your culture of thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Friesen

Shelley Friesen

Instructional Coach, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
Born and raised in the Peace Country, it wasn't until after I had my three children that I became a teacher. Then I decided to get a master of education degree in technology - for the fun of it! [Feel free to judge me] | I started my career with Peace Wapiti School Division and w... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capaci... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Lead Technology Teacher Round Table Discussion: what are we doing and what is working.
This session is for Lead Technology teachers working in a coaching role. The intent of this session will be to share information on who we are and what the role looks like throughout our jurisdictions. The session will also allow leaders to reflect on practices that they feel are having the greatest impact on learning. Be prepared to share some of your resources, ideas, successes and challenges with the group.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Sadlowski

Jesse Sadlowski

Educational Technology Lead Teacher, Lethbirdge 51
One of my goals is to explore the most current and innovative ways that technology can be used within the educational system, while working with others to help discover modern innovative ways of learning.


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Edmonton Public Schools' Internal Dashboard Journey - 'Leading with Evidence for Education Improvement'
As a school district, Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB) captures multiple data points about its students — data such as student names, ­attendance, performance on local and provincial assessments, among others. In order to broaden access and gain insight into its data, in 2015, the District began its journey to build an Internal Dashboard for its school and central leaders to support them in their efforts to foster system improvement through the use of data.

The dashboard, built on IBM Cognos, is an interactive instrument designed to provide easy access to data and analytical tools (ways to look at, compare, organize and sort data from different data sources) to inform practice and support action (data-driven decision-making). Come and learn about the journey Edmonton Public Schools took to build and implement its Internal Dashboard using the power of analytics.

Speakers
SB

Sonia Boctor

Ms. Boctor received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Math/Science from the University of Alberta in 1999. Upon graduating, Sonia began her teaching career with Edmonton Public Schools where she saw great success with her students. During the early d... Read More →
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Chris Foster

Chris Foster | Analytics Practice Lead, Western Canada | Newcomp Analytics | | Chris Foster is Newcomp Analytics’ Practice Lead, and is responsible for business development and professional services leadership for Western Canada and is responsible for Newcomp Analytics’ open source and big data practice. Chris also acts as an analytics strategy advisor, where he is a key resource in designing and delivering analytics in business solutions. Chris is an experienced analytics coach specializing in data analysis, forecasting, data integration and governance practices. He is a highly respected advisor to CFOs, CIOs, Controllers, capital and production accountants, financial reporting teams, and senior IT management. His unique approach to offer a simple, precise method to organizing, modeling and delivering information as needed has made Chris successful in leading teams in oil... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Heroic Failure: When Metrics don't Tell the Whole Story
In 2017 the University of Lethbridge replaced their Check-In application, a platform for new students to complete registration and pre-first day activities online. Despite a year in procurement to find the perfect solution, clear requirements, a rock solid project charter, and full governance support, the project was off the rails from the very first kick-off meeting. In the end, despite all project KPI's being healthy and the students getting through the system, the project has been painted as a significant failure for the institution and the stakeholders are unhappy with the results. Listen, discuss, and talk through a case study in pragmatic crisis decision making, and the "heroic failure" involved in undertaking a project that is expected to fail, when the alternatives are even worse. This talk will focus on politics, stakeholder management, and dig into Project Managers and Project Management Officers' higher duty to the institution than their individual stakeholders. Also, see some examples of the cutting-edge new platform that was developed through the failed project.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Moreland

Colin Moreland

Colin Moreland is the IT PMO Manager with the University of Lethbridge. He also owns a successful management consulting firm, Moreland Professional Projects, providing PMO development support to a variety of public and private organizations worldwide.  Within the role at UofL, Colin oversees an IT project portfolio that includes 60-70 projects per year, with a combined budget between $2MM-$3MM annually. He has been with the University for 2 years, and in that time has established the PMO team from the ground up. During that time, the... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Noise in the Classroom
The impact on Understanding of All Students; This presentation will provide information on the impact that noise has on learning. Data will be shared on the listening abilities of children with normal hearing and those with hearing loss when listen in a hostile environment that some classrooms can become due to excessive noise. Solutions and considerations to improve the listening conditions in classrooms will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Paccioretti

Daniel Paccioretti

Daniel Paccioretti has more than 35 years' experience as an audiologist and has worked in hospitals, public health clinics and schools. He has provided hearing related services and developed programs for deaf and hard of hearing individuals of all ages with a special focu... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Unified Communication Trends and Modern School Telephony

Join ThinkTel for this insightful discussion on the future of telephony and Unified Communications (UC) in the modern school environment.

Stay ahead of your peers by learning about the technology trends that will transform schools from the schoolboard to the classroom.

Learn how the smartest schools slash their phone bills simply by adopting the latest UC platforms.


Speakers
MP

Michael Pipke

Account Manager, Enterprise Sales, ThinkTel


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Using Microsoft Intune to Manage iOS and Android Devices
Join us as we dive into best practices for Microsoft Intune in device management. We'll be discussing a variety of topics, including enrollment, policy management, application deployment, mobile application management without enrollment, device health, company portal app, and more!

Speakers
DK

David Kozera

National Technology Strategist, Microsoft
David Kozera is Microsoft’s National Technology Strategist for Education in Canada. He joined the company in November 2016 coming from public K-12 education IT in Ontario, bringing with him years of real world experience with Microsoft technologies. David has a deep understanding... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:30

Avoiding The Decorative Media Trap
If it looks good, it must be good, right? Not so fast. This talk will explain what the Decorative Media Principle is, and how to avoid falling prey for its traps.how to go beyond the Decorative Media in everything from websites to games for learning.

Speakers
avatar for Katrin Becker

Katrin Becker

Adjunct Professor, Mount Royal University
Katrin is an award winning, internationally known expert in the design and analysis of Serious Games and in gamification in the classroom. She holds two CS degrees and a PhD in Educational Technology. She is a certified instructional designer with a graduate certificate in seriou... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 08:30 - 08:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Digital Tools for Speaking and Listening
Add to your library of resources to support students' literacy development in the areas of Speaking and Listening. These digital tools will bring your students' thinking to the forefront, giving them meaningful and authentic ways to engage with the world and texts.

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Junior High Humanities Teacher, Delia School
Bailey teaches Junior High English and Social Studies in a tiny school in East Central Alberta. She is passionate about educating students who will feel empowered to be compassionate, critical, and active in their world. She has the informal role of Google Guru in her division, a... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - 09:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Microsoft Playground
Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - 15:15
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Robotics Playground
Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - 15:15
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Build a Collaborative Classroom and Increase Productivity using OneNote
Want to go paperless? Looking for a way to revolutionize your teaching and learning?  Experience the power of Microsoft OneNote! A free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Vance Beblow

Vance Beblow

Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft
Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance s... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:00
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Breakout EDU in EPSB
Following the Escape Rooms entertainment trend that has been popular recently, the startup 'Breakout EDU' has developed a way to use this playful, exciting model in a classroom environment with kits. Edmonton Public Schools has utilized this engaging model for team building, digital citizenship, professional development and in classrooms around the district. Come try a Breakout EDU experience, learn about both physical and digital options and try out different puzzles and clues to set you up for success in creating or playing your next Breakout. 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Plant

Karen Plant

EdTech Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
I am an Educational Technology Consultant on the TIPS Team with Edmonton Public Schools. Previously I was the Department Head of Classroom Technology in an Edmonton High School in addition to teaching in the International Baccalaureate Science program and coaching basketball.


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

FIRST Robot Wars
Let's break the barriers here. Tired of just sitting and listening to the session speakers. Well then - this is the session for you!!!!
I have 10 Lego Mindstorms EV3s robots that you will actively engage with and learn some basic programming operations. Then, I will walk you through a mini-version of a simulated FIRST Robotics Competition and you will have a chance at robot carnage and winning big! Prizes for First Place Alliances.
Are you brave enough? Are you up for the challenge? Let's do this!
This session is for beginners and intermediate educators in robotics. You can learn about the FIRST Programs and get some great support resources while having some fun.
Did you know that ADLC has some CTS Electronics and Robotics courses? I will share some great FREE resource links during the session too.
What can you afford in the classroom? There are other inexpensive ways to teach coding through other platforms. I will share those as well.
In preparation for this session, please download the FREE Lego Mindstorms Education version of the software. You have to create your own educator account but not to worry, it is a free download. https://education.lego.com/en-gb/downloads/mindstorms-ev3

Speakers
PA

Phoebe Arcilla

Teacher - 12 Month, Adlc Calgary
I have been teaching and coaching for 21 years. Through the years, I have taught in rural area school districts as well as major city school districts. 11 years ago, I started teaching at ADLC. Six years ago, I advised on a Robotics Club and volunteered and coached at robotics co... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Learn to Code with iPad (Grades 5-9) (Part II)
Coding is an essential skill that teaches problem-solving, develops teamwork, and inspires creativity. Learn how you can engage elementary and middle school students in the world of coding on iPad with Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code resources designed for teachers. Now, using Swift Playgrounds we can interact and control robots and drones with code. Students can now see what happens behind the scenes to communicate with robots and other hardware.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Tinkering, Coding, and Creating in the Classroom - Take II
Participants will have time to experiment with the various tools available. Learn how these activities fit into Alberta curriculum to support your culture of thinking. This second session can be a starter or a second part to your learning. Various coding, creating and learning activities, challenges and ideas will be available for use.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Friesen

Shelley Friesen

Instructional Coach, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
Born and raised in the Peace Country, it wasn't until after I had my three children that I became a teacher. Then I decided to get a master of education degree in technology - for the fun of it! [Feel free to judge me] | I started my career with Peace Wapiti School Division and w... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capaci... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Getting Beyond the Facts - Telling the Story of Change
A key component of every comprehensive change management plan is the communications plan... and you've done the work to identify stakeholders, outlined the case for change and developed key messages to answer "WIIFM". Your communication pieces are ready... or are they? In this session, you'll: Understand the difference between the change management plan and the communication plan. Learn about the four overlooked aspects of change communication. Understand the importance of storytelling and having a clear call to action. Work with the "WHO" tool to help with the creation of your change communication.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Yee

Joan Yee

Joan is a versatile and results-oriented marketing, communication and change management professional with over 20 years of experience spanning diverse industries including utilities, oil and gas, financial services, consumer packaged goods and public education. She has successfully worked with cross-functional teams to lead major initiatives, product launches and high-profile marketing campaigns across North America. When working with senior leaders, Joan often uses the concept of... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Introduction to Cloudpath
An introductory session to Cloudpath on how implementing a secure network with increased capacity and a certificate-based security approach can solve the challenges plaguing IT staff.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Securing Student Data in a the Connected Classroom
Privacy and Security! The connected classroom is now the reality, with teachers leveraging more online services than ever before. But as data breaches become more frequent, school administrators need to consider how these online services are protecting their data.

Cybera and Alberta Education have been working with 12 Alberta school authorities on a two-year pilot to develop an Alberta Identity Federation called myUnifiED. Our goal is to prove that Identity Federations can work in Alberta by developing a trust framework (ie. policies) and infrastructure that is adaptable and reliable. To date, the pilot has connected eight identity providers and six services to the federation (including Google and Microsoft 365).

In this session, we will discuss our experiences during the pilot and answer the following questions:
- What is the difference between Federated Identity Management (FIM) and Identity Management?
- How does FIM help address privacy and security concerns?
- How does FIM give me more control over my data?
- How do I connect?
- What type of services can be connected?

Speakers
avatar for May Lynn Lee

May Lynn Lee

Program Manager, Cybera
avatar for Jaymon Lefebvre

Jaymon Lefebvre

Director of Information Technology Services, Wild Rose School Division
C.E.T. - Computer Engineering Technology | I.S.P. - CIPS - Information Systems Professional | CISSP - ISC2 - Certified Information Systems Security Professional | CCSP - ISC2 - Certified Cloud Security Professional | CEH -EC Council - Certified Ethical Hacker | ITIL... Read More →
avatar for Alex Mottus

Alex Mottus

Director of IT, Pembina Hills Public Schools and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre
Also on the Program Committee for ATLE Convergence | | Started life as a programmer, made life "interesting" for network administrators by playing in the word and evolved into IT management.
avatar for Shane Westcott

Shane Westcott

Field Capacity Support, Alberta Education
Shane Westcott, Field Capacity Support, Alberta Education | | Seconded to Alberta Education to work on understanding and describing Learning and Technology Policy Framework capacity in school authorities.


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Simplifying Community Engagement with SchoolMessenger Communicate, Presence, and CustomApp
Quick and reliable communication with the entire school community – using methods that staff, parents, and students expect in their everyday lives – has become a necessity.  In this session, we will share ideas and tips for keeping your entire school community engaged, and show how you can manage multiple communication channels with ease.  You will also learn how school systems, large and small, are unifying their communications with three key communications products: SchoolMessenger Presence, the easy-to-use school website/content management system; SchoolMessenger CustomApp, the custom mobile app solution that connects schools/boards with parents and community members on mobile devices; and SchoolMessenger Communicate, the robust and scalable notification service to quickly alert large groups through secure voice, text, email, and push notifications. SchoolMessenger is the trusted provider of communications solutions for thousands of school boards, charter schools, private schools, and other educational institutions across North America.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Hughes

Carl Hughes

Sales Engineer, West|SchoolMessenger
No one does community and parent engagement better. From notifications to websites to custom apps to social media we have you covered. | Based in Markham, Ontario, and focused on Canada K12, Carl is a Sales Engineer for our SchoolMessenger Solutions. Carl brings more than a d... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Teach Outlook Dogs Google Tricks
During this session, we will look at strategies to assist users when migrating from a Microsoft Environment to a Google Environment to minimize impact and optimize workflow. As this is only an 60 min session, we will be only looking at quick ways to get them up and running with Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, Drive and Chrome with parallels, analogies and examples to help users understand what’s the same and what’s different between the two environments.

Also, we’ll look at some of the challenges and how you may decide to overcome those challenges. It is assumed that while people may have learned how to use this technology on their own that they may have gaps in their learning. This will help to fill those gaps.

Intended Audience would include Technology Mentors, IT Staff, Technology Promoters and Leaders - as well as users who wish to increase their productivity.

This is a lecture / demonstration style session with a small amount of time at the end for question/answer.


Speakers
avatar for Shannon Walker

Shannon Walker

System Analyst, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
Shannon Walker holds several degrees, one in Specializing in Management Technology from Northern Arizona University and Networking Systems Administration from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She has completed instructor level certifications for CISCO and completed nume... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

The Future of PowerSchool
During this session, PowerSchool’s VP of Solution Sales, Ed Dedic, will speak about PowerSchool’s vision for the future of K-12 education, as well as the Canadian education marketplace.  Come join us for this insightful and compelling presentation and see how PowerSchool is Revolutionizing the Classroom.

Speakers
ED

Ed Dedic

PowerSchool’s VP of Solution Sales


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Windows 10 Modern Management
This session will walk you through the latest in modern management for Windows 10. See how PCs can easily be set-up, offering personalized settings and a managed experience in a few minutes without being on the corporate network. This session will also demonstrate how IT can apply policies and configurations like Shared PC mode and educational lockdown through provisioning packages or Intune (MDM) to ensure device compliance. Join us to learn more about the new features and benefits of Windows 10!

Speakers
DK

David Kozera

National Technology Strategist, Microsoft
David Kozera is Microsoft’s National Technology Strategist for Education in Canada. He joined the company in November 2016 coming from public K-12 education IT in Ontario, bringing with him years of real world experience with Microsoft technologies. David has a deep understanding... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:30

The New PDF Viewer in Read&Write: What You Need To Know
This session will overview Texthelp's new PDF Viewer's new features and capabilities from collaboration (just like Google Docs!) to automatically opening web-based PDF's into an accessible viewer. Another game-changer for students and educators in accessing on-line content!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brown

Paul Brown

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


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:30 - 09:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:00

Music and Technology - in ALL Classes. Yes You Can!!
There are a multitude of online apps (most of them free!!) that can help us bring music production to all grades and in all subjects. Imagine adding sound effects and music tracks to student recorded reading! Think about creating "Rock" songs in Science! and so much more. Come explore with us!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director, Canada, EdTechTeam
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how G Suite and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Certified Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Innovator in July 2014. These certifica... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00 - 10:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:15

Morning Coffee 2
Thursday October 26, 2017 10:15 - 11:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:30

Fun Formative Assessment Tools
There are so many great formative assessment tools available to help quickly gauge student understanding and to make learning fun. Come explore my favourites and find the best ones for your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Darren Maltais

Darren Maltais

Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional School Division
Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projec... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:30 - 10:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Game On: The 4 C’s of Gamification
Wondering what this ‘Gamification’ thing is all about?
Is it something you could apply in your classes?
Katrin has been experimenting with elements of what is now called "Gamification" in her classes for nearly 20 years. This talk will provide an overview of Katrin's 4 C's of Gamification that she's been implementing in her classroom, and the effect this is having.
1. Choice (Customized vs Standardized)
2. Cumulative Scoring (Learning vs Sorting)
3. Criterion Referenced (Criterion Referenced vs Norm Referenced)
4. Competence (&Creation & Completion) (Attainment Based vs Time-Based)
This talk will briefly outline what gamification is (and isn't), what's new (and isn't), and how adding the right game elements to a course can improve student engagement and satisfaction.

Speakers
avatar for Katrin Becker

Katrin Becker

Adjunct Professor, Mount Royal University
Katrin is an award winning, internationally known expert in the design and analysis of Serious Games and in gamification in the classroom. She holds two CS degrees and a PhD in Educational Technology. She is a certified instructional designer with a graduate certificate in seriou... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 11:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Become an Apple Teacher. Fuel Your Passion for Learning
Build new skills. Inspire your students. Unlock the power of iPad, Mac, and Apple apps in your classrooms with Apple Teacher, a free professional learning program. Explore the Apple Teacher Starter Guides and the Apple Teacher Learning Centre where you can earn badges and track your learning journey.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Hacking CTF: The Genius Hour Way
With the introduction of Career & Technology Foundations (CTF) to the grades 5 and 6 curriculums in Alberta, schools are scrambling to figure out how this fits within the walls of their Elementary classrooms.
Join us as we "Hack CTF" in an attempt to empower students through passion projects.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Hacking STEM: Building Machines That Emulate Humans
Build affordable inquiry and project-based activities to visualize data across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. Students build robotic models from cardboard and straws to understand the anatomy and biomechanics of the human hand. Then, they conduct trials visualizing data in Excel to generate new ideas for improving its performance. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/education-workshop/robotic-hand.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Vance Beblow

Vance Beblow

Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft
Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance s... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Student-Produced Live Video
Live video for morning announcements produced and anchored by elementary students? Yes we can. We'll look at a few different ways to do this, including Tricasters and Open Broadcaster Software.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching grade six.


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Strategic Leadership: Securing a Foundation for Success with the LTPF
The Learning and Technology Policy Framework (LTPF) provides a basis for developing policy and informing practice. Presenters will provide a brief overview of a DRAFT LTPF Capacity Profile designed to be used to gauge progress and inform strategic planning and reporting. This tool is designed to engage school authority leaders in understanding key areas for consideration in moving towards achieving the outcomes of the LTPF. Participants will consider their local context and collaborate in a working session through an interactive exercise looking at evidence that speaks to the indicators within the tool.

Speakers
avatar for Charmaine Brooks

Charmaine Brooks

Director, Alberta Education
Dr. Charmaine Brooks, Director, Technology Leadership Branch, Alberta Education
avatar for Dave Hauschildt

Dave Hauschildt

Education Manager, Alberta Education
Dave Hauschildt, Education Manager, School Technology, Alberta Education
avatar for Shane Westcott

Shane Westcott

Field Capacity Support, Alberta Education
Shane Westcott, Field Capacity Support, Alberta Education | | Seconded to Alberta Education to work on understanding and describing Learning and Technology Policy Framework capacity in school authorities.


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Come Together: Moving Shared IT Forward in Alberta
ShareIT is a shared IT procurement service that was formed by Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, and launched in the spring of 2017. The goal of this program is to increase service offerings and improve the quality of collaboration at Alberta’s institutions — while driving down costs — through group IT procurement. Currently, ShareIT offers networking devices and end user computing hardware, and its managing committee is investigating survey tool applications, a managed security service, and virtualization technology for its next offering. The collective has also recently welcomed Alberta’s K-12 school districts to take advantage of the existing ShareIT procurement contracts. This presentation will look at the potential services and tools that ShareIT could offer going forward, and the cost-savings they would provide. A strong community has been established with other organizations that offer shared IT, both nationally and internationally, to establish procurement strategies. This presentation will share the current environmental scan of these organizations and how the Alberta education sector can benefit from this global collaboration. It will also look at the benefits of bringing other user groups into the program, including the shared experiences they could offer.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Carra

Barbara Carra

Chief Operating Officer, Cybera
As Cybera's Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Barb Carra is a key member of the senior management team and drives the development and alignment of Cybera's strategic goals, mandate and business direction. Given that Cybera operates at the forefront of the technology industry, Barb is responsible for staying on top of the latest policy and regulatory issues as they impact... Read More →
avatar for Mary Friedrich

Mary Friedrich

Project Manager, Cybera Inc.
Mary is the ShareIT Project Manager for Cybera which functions as the Management Entity leading shared IT initiatives for Alberta’s post secondary institutions. Her role for the ShareIT pilot program has been spearheading and driving the process from opportunity identification, requirements build, service acquisitions and operations... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Common Security Threats and How to Defend your District
Join Microsoft as we tackle common scenarios and discuss security capabilities in Azure AD, Office 365, and Windows 10. Learn best practices to defend your district from a variety of security threats, such as crypto-malware, credential theft via spear-phishing, document protection, and spoofing/social engineering.

Speakers
DK

David Kozera

National Technology Strategist, Microsoft
David Kozera is Microsoft’s National Technology Strategist for Education in Canada. He joined the company in November 2016 coming from public K-12 education IT in Ontario, bringing with him years of real world experience with Microsoft technologies. David has a deep understanding... Read More →
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Karen McGregor

National Cloud Sherpa, Microsoft
Karen helps Education customers in Canada get the most out of Azure.  After doing the same with Office 365 and Azure AD Premium, she decided that Azure was the best.  Before seeing the light, she did lots of work with Unix and Java at IBM and Sun, only to realize that Microso... Read More →
avatar for Greg Milligan

Greg Milligan

National Office 365 Lead for Education, Microsoft
National Technology Strategist for Education at Microsoft Canada: Greg Milligan is the National Technology Strategist for Education at Microsoft Canada.  In this role, he’s responsible for working with educational institutions across the country to help deliver technology solutions for students and staff... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Does your HELPDESK need HELP?
Is your tech team drowning? Are you swallowed up by 300 tickets? Think about your tech team differently, learn effective strategies & helpdesk logisitcs to improve work flow, empower techs, dazzle schools, and WOW admin with amazing service!

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Atwood

Stacey Atwood

Helpdesk Coordinator, Westwind School Division
Hello ATLE Folks! | I am the helpdesk coordinator. I prefer the title of tech wrangler! My specialty is customer service! I worry about the front end while the tech boys work the back end. I manage the helpdesk, route techs, follow up with end user to make sure they are happy, I... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

IBM Taking a Strategic Approach to Address the Cyber Security Threats; Vancouver School Board's Journey
Taking a Strategic Approach to Address the Cyber Security Threats; Vancouver School Board's Journey

School districts today face an ever-changing set of risks in a world with rapidly changing technology. We are in an era of continuous breaches where reported cyber-attacks continue to increase, significantly impacting systems and compromising sensitive student and staff data.
 
Effective cyber security is more than an IT concern and requires engagement from all stakeholders. Yet, many districts are unclear of the risks and are grappling with growing frustrations and questions: What are the current exposures and risks? What security capabilities are needed to mitigate those risks? How can the district effectively communicate security? What’s the roadmap to help the district achieve their security objectives?
 
Based on extensive research, IBM developed the 10 Essential Practices security framework which defines all the critical components that must be considered to achieve a strong, holistic security posture in the 21st Century. In this session, IBM will provide an overview of current cyber threats/trends that inform the 10 Essential Practices security framework. The workshop enables district leadership teams to assess their security capabilities and readiness and develop a strategic road map to improve security governance, policies, processes and technology based on industry best practices.

Speakers
avatar for George Antoun

George Antoun

National Cloud & Security Manager, IBM Canada
George Antoun has been with the IBM K-12 Education Division for over 21 years, working exclusively with school districts across Canada in a technical and sales capacity. In his current role as a Services and Solutions Manager, George has a national responsibility and manages the... Read More →
avatar for Brian Kuhn

Brian Kuhn

Director of Technology and CIO, Vancouver School Board
Brian Kuhn is Director of Technology and CIO for the Vancouver School Board comprised of 50,000 students, 8000 employees, in 120 facilities. Brian is responsible for developing and promoting vision and strategy leading to the adoption of technology to support new ways of learning, teaching and conducting the business of... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Jay Kay Systems Consulting
The biggest change in education over the last few decades has been the introduction of new technology. Having the right solutions in place to aid learning is the best way to encourage success in your schools. It is not the technology itself that is important, it is how it is used. This requires investment not just in equipment but in giving teachers the confidence and competence to exploit it. Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc. has an extensive background with Educational Institutions that has allowed us to offer customized solutions and services to fit the needs of your Institution by supporting your network and your system as a whole, enhancing the user experience for all!

Our solutions strive to:
* Enhance the teaching and learning experience
* Maximize safety and security in your school
* Increase productivity while staying on budget

Speakers
avatar for Jamal Khan

Jamal Khan

President, Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc.
Jamal Khan, owner of Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc. has over 25 years’ experience in IT; working with over 65% of the school divisions in Alberta, he is a true expert in the field. | Over the years we, at Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc., find the technology supporting schoo... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

PowerTeacher Pro
With version 11 of PowerSchool came several exciting changes to PowerTeacher Pro. Join us in this session to see how PowerTeacher Pro now better supports your assessment and evaluation policy and how teachers benefit from the new and exciting changes. 

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Account Manager, PowerSchool
I bring 10 years of teaching and report card administration experience to my account management role which is focused on supporting Canadian school districts implementing new technologies aimed to improve teaching and learning. I have worked for the past 8 years with StudentsAch... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Simple Steps to an Accessible Website
How do you ensure your websites are accessible to everyone? School divisions go to great lengths to make their buildings and classrooms accessible, and their communication channels should be no different. Web standards like WCAG 2.0 list requirements for an accessible site, but it can be difficult for school division staff to understand the guidelines and put an action plan in place. In this session we’ll look at current guidelines for accessible websites and discuss some simple steps your division can take toward website accessibility. Includes a demonstration of assistive technology in action from CNIB Alberta and Northwest Territories!

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Saunders

Andrew Saunders

Sales & Marketing Manager, Box Clever Education


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:30

MIT App Inventor
MIT's App Inventor is a simple, block based solution to make Android apps. Participants will create a simple app that can be compiled and installed on an android device without the need for a developer license.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Kwasny

Jason Kwasny

Technology Integration Specialist, Palliser Regional Schools
Jason is the Technology Integration Specialist for Palliser Regional Schools. This role has given him the opportunity to work with K-12 students throughout Palliser and has helped him explore the potential of UDL.


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:30 - 11:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

12:00

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Thursday October 26, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

12:00

Lunch 1 (Provided on site at BMO-included for attendees in registration)
Thursday October 26, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Beyond the Slideshow: All the Templates you'll ever Need
Beyond The Slideshow: From comic books to graphic novels, mock Tweets and Instagram posts to choose your own adventure stories and animations, Google presentations and Drawings can be used for so much more than bulleted talking points. You’ll explore some of the innovative and creative ways your students can use Google tools to demonstrate their learning and then use one of these formats to tell your own story!

Speakers
avatar for Darren Maltais

Darren Maltais

Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional School Division
Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projec... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 13:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Explore the world of mixed reality with Microsoft HoloLens
Join Microsoft in Education as we explore the world of Microsoft HoloLens – the first self-contained, holographic computer, that enables you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. Learn about the many ways schools are implementing mixed reality to change the way their students collaborate, create, and explore.

Speakers
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Steven Stronach

National Director, Windows Device Strategy, Microsoft
Steven’s information technology experience currently spans over nineteen years, and includes leadership roles within several of the world’s top technology companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and IBM. A veteran technologist, his broad experiences in all things... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Hacking STEM: Measuring Speed to Understand Forces & Motion
Build affordable inquiry and project-based activities to visualize data across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. Using everyday objects, Microsoft hacks Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ to teach students about the relationship of an object’s mass to its potential and kinetic energy. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/education-workshop/sensorized-track.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Mario Asta

Mario Asta

Microsoft
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Math and Science in GSuite and Microsoft with EquatIO
Creating digital math and science used to be a difficult process. It can be complicated to type notation and frustrating for students and teachers alike. We will focus on simplifying this process using EquatIO and Google Classroom, enhancing ways students can respond to math and science prompts and problems digitally and collaboratively within Google's G Suite and increasing feedback response.
We will focus on using EquatIO and other apps to create digital math and scienc in Google's GSuite and Google Classroom to empower students to collaborate and create responses in today's digital classroom. Participants will walk away with a variety of use cases that they can integrate immediately.
Using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework we will discuss how to integrate the preferred method of creating and consuming math and science for all learners, whether it is speech input, predictive typing, or handwriting. We will also showcase how to use accessible technology tools to empower students to communicate their thought process. Computational thinking and students exploring their thought process through the scientific method are direct extensions of communication and core to the skills we want students to develop. We want to help teachers transition their classroom to a digital environment in order to increase their students' engagement and enhancing student learning all while decreasing teacher feedback response time! 

Speakers
avatar for Will Lewis

Will Lewis

Territory Sales Director, Texthelp
Will Lewis is the Territory Sales Director for Western Canada at Texthelp working out of their US headquarters in Massachusetts. He has spent the past four years consulting with schools in Western North America to help them achieve their student support objectives with Read&Write... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Real-time Assessments for Teaching and Learning
Are you looking for ways to engage your students in your daily lessons while trying to manage their usage of phones and other personal devices? Stop fighting your students and take advantage of the power of digital devices and get them actively participating. Provide immediate feedback while engaging your class in fun, interactive activities.  Tools such as Poll Everywhere, Kahoot, Socrative, Plickers, Peer Deck, Go Soapbox, etc. will be introduced.  Whether all of your students have devices or not, you will find a tool that will work for you. Gain real time insight into student comprehension and understandings, and get immediate feedback on your students’ learning.

Speakers
KB

Karen Belter

Karen Belter (MEd) is the Teacher Librarian at Centre High Campus. She is passionate about best practices in teaching especially as it relates to reluctant or disengaged learners. Presently, she is focused on experiential learning using digital applications and Makerspace initiat... Read More →
avatar for Lissa Davies

Lissa Davies

Curriculum Coordinator, Edmonton Public Schools
Lissa Davies (MEd) is a Curricular Coordinator and Teacher Librarian at an elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta. Her areas of focus include technology coaching, Leveled Literacy Instruction, Makerspaces and Learning Commons Lead. Lissa has taught K to 6, both regular and specia... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

TransFORM your classroom using Google Forms
Come and learn how to use Google Forms to create learning opportunities for students by using pictures, video, and instant feedback. As well learn how to easily set up a "dropbox" feature for students to attach their own files to your form and have it saved automatically in a folder in your Google Drive. (iPads will not work well in this session).

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Proctor

Stephanie Proctor

Educatoinal Technology Consultant, CCSD
Stephanie Proctor is an Educational Technology Consultant for the Calgary Catholic School Board. She works with a team to support the use of technology in schools, and support the implementation of district wide initiatives. Prior to this she taught technology to students in grad... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Implementing CTF on a Division Scale, One Division's Journey
The new CTF curriculum presents some unique challenges, from project and course design to what equipment and technology to use in the classroom. Come visit and discuss the EIPS strategy that has students doing CodeQuest, Scratch days, Invention Convention, Animal Rescue, STEM, Robotics and more.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark

Director of Learning Services, EIPS
EIPS has been working hard on implementing CTF across the district. Technology Kits, new courses, common assessment and PD have been our main targets. Come have a discussion about one method of implementing CTF


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Leveraging Technology Systematically
Alberta Technology Leaders in Education (ATLE) and the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), have collaborated to set the stage for all system leaders to work collectively to support student-centered learning. One of the results of the ATLE and CASS collaboration has been the development of learning guides. The intent of the guides is to support implementation of the Ministerial Order on Student Learning and your own school authority’s journey in providing optimum learning for all students. As a result of attending this learning opportunity you will learn about the content of the learning guides, and experience the self-assessment tool that allows you to assess where you are in relation to implementation of the Learning and Technology Policy Framework.

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Cloudpath Technical Deep Dive
Learn to how to leverage the power of Cloudpath to provide secure wired and wireless connectivity via workflows. How to build out scalable and redundant infrastructure with Cloudpath.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Deploying iPad and Mac in Education (Part I)
With powerful tools from Apple supporting each step of your deployment, you can quickly create accounts, wirelessly set up devices, distribute content and enable teachers in the classroom. Learn how in this session.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Learning Management Systems - What's Next?
The growth and changing expectations of learners and faculty regarding online learning is leading post-secondary institutions to re-examine one of their core systems: the LMS. What is driving this? What are institutions doing in response? And what does the LMS of the future look like? Please join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Zhong

Andrew Zhong

Education Technology Consultant, NorQuest College


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

PowerSchool Reporting
This session highlights the benefits of the Enterprise Reporting engine.  PowerSchool Divisions are at different levels of reporting expertise and we hope to further encourage professional collaboration on this topic to improve District understanding and product benefit.  This session offers an update and overview on how flexible and customizable this reporting engine is. As a reminder, this reporting functionality comes with PowerSchool, it is a part of the product, and knowing how to use it effectively will empower your districts to better utilize and report on their data. 

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Account Manager, PowerSchool
I bring 10 years of teaching and report card administration experience to my account management role which is focused on supporting Canadian school districts implementing new technologies aimed to improve teaching and learning. I have worked for the past 8 years with StudentsAch... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Tech Documentation
We all hate it. We all love it. We all need it. But it's generally terrible. We'll demonstrate our "wiki" based approach and generate discussion around the room! There may be a gameshow involved.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kennedy

Todd Kennedy

Director of Technology, Golden Hills School Division #75
Todd is the Director of Technology for Golden Hills School Division No. 75. His sessions are entertaining and fast paced.


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:30

Fasten Your Seatbelts! Part 1
Join me in this energetic, fast-paced session as I take you through my A-Z list of favorite Google tools. Inspired by Monica Martinez's A-Z list, I've come up with my own, and believe it or not, our lists are completely different. That goes to show you how many amazing tools Google has to offer!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director, Canada, EdTechTeam
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how G Suite and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Certified Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Innovator in July 2014. These certifica... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:30 - 13:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:00

Digital Tools for Viewing and Representing
Add to your library of resources to support students' literacy development in the areas of Viewing and Representing. These digital tools will bring your students' thinking to the forefront, giving them meaningful and authentic ways to engage with the world and texts.

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Junior High Humanities Teacher, Delia School
Bailey teaches Junior High English and Social Studies in a tiny school in East Central Alberta. She is passionate about educating students who will feel empowered to be compassionate, critical, and active in their world. She has the informal role of Google Guru in her division, a... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:00 - 14:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

10 FREE Microsoft Tools that Make Learning Fun
Who doesn’t love free tools? Come join us as we take a look at some of Microsoft's top free tools for empowering teachers and students and making leaning fun. Learn how these tools can be used across the curriculum to increase productivity and student engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Asta

Mario Asta

Microsoft
Mario Asta is the current Program Manager and Team Lead for the Learning Consultant Program at Microsoft Canada. Prior to joining the Education team in September 2015, he spent two years in Ontario classrooms as an elementary educator. He has taught students from ages 3-15; and is passionate about integrating technology in classrooms that improves student learning and enhances 21st century learning skills. During his time with Microsoft Canada, Mario has trained thousands of educators; and continues to enjoy the excitement and enthusiasm of more teachers finding success through programs such as OneNote, Sway and Minecraft. Outside of the classroom, Mario enjoys everything outdoors! On the weekends you can find him sailing blue waters, hiking tall mountains, or spending quality time with family and friends. Mario is genuinely excited to meet you and looks forward to working with you to help enable educators achieve... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Full STEAM Ahead
Not quite sure how to support meaningful opportunities for STEAM, maker ed, and robotics? Consider creating an event that challenges students with real-life problem solving, design thinking, and team work.

Sturgeon Public School Division hosted their first STEAM Games in the spring of 2017. Come find out what we did, how we did it, and how we couldn't peel the kids away at the end of the day.

Presentation Slides



Speakers
avatar for Nikki Woodford

Nikki Woodford

Coordinator, Instructional Technology and Innovation, Sturgeon Public School Division
Nikki Woodford is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Innovation for Sturgeon School Division. Over the past 10 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum and instruction. In previous capacities as... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Social Media in your Classroom K-12
Social Media is embedded into the daily lives of our students. How can we harness this engaging aspect of our networked students to build a culture of critical thinkers, connected learners and responsible digital citizens? Join us as we share how to use familiar platforms like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube/Booktube, Twiducate, Snapchat, Goodreads, Edmodo, Pinterest and more, to give students an effective and authentic voice and place to demonstrate deeper understandings of a variety of curricular learning objectives.

Speakers
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Karen Belter

Karen Belter (MEd) is the Teacher Librarian at Centre High Campus. She is passionate about best practices in teaching especially as it relates to reluctant or disengaged learners. Presently, she is focused on experiential learning using digital applications and Makerspace initiat... Read More →
avatar for Lissa Davies

Lissa Davies

Curriculum Coordinator, Edmonton Public Schools
Lissa Davies (MEd) is a Curricular Coordinator and Teacher Librarian at an elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta. Her areas of focus include technology coaching, Leveled Literacy Instruction, Makerspaces and Learning Commons Lead. Lissa has taught K to 6, both regular and specia... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

What’s new in Office 365 for Education
Join us for an engaging session where we'll discuss some of the latest and greatest features in Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, leaving ample time for discussion and engagement!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Milligan

Greg Milligan

National Office 365 Lead for Education, Microsoft
National Technology Strategist for Education at Microsoft Canada: Greg Milligan is the National Technology Strategist for Education at Microsoft Canada.  In this role, he’s responsible for working with educational institutions across the country to help deliver technology solutions for students and staff... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

The data frontier: data science in Alberta and K-12
There is a new frontier in technology and it is fuelled by data. Every day, new startups and products arrive that bring a new spin on data and leverage it to create new services and insights. As organizations amass more and more data, the question becomes what to do with that data and how to extract maximum value. To help our community and stakeholders explore this frontier, Cybera formed a data science team, with a goal to build up its expertise, share its knowledge and catalyze adoption. To this end, we have engaged government, startups, and school districts in short proof of concept projects, gaining insights and learning along the way. In this session, we will share our experience of how we organised our team, our tools, and our analyses in order to maximize reproducibility and transferability. We will describe projects applicable to the K-12 sector, including data science tools made available to any interested students or staff. Finally, we invite any schools interested in exploring this space with Cybera to contact us to brainstorm ideas.

Speakers
avatar for David Chan

David Chan

Cybera
Project Manager and Data Scientist | | David facilitates the management and operations of Cybera’s Rapid Access Cloud, a national award-winning service that provides free cloud computing resources to Alberta-based educators, researchers, non-profits and small to medium sized o... Read More →
avatar for Barton Satchwill

Barton Satchwill

Development Manager, Cybera
Vice President, Technology | Barton Satchwill has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alberta. He has spent his career developing applications in the public, private, and scientific domains. Barton has built three cloud systems based on the very succe... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

100% hearing accessibility for all students
Technology has been developed to insure that all students in the classroom can access speech and other audio signals. No student should be left out, regardless of their hearing needs. Learn about a system that meets the Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) criteria for uncompromised hearing accessibility.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Paccioretti

Daniel Paccioretti

Daniel Paccioretti has more than 35 years' experience as an audiologist and has worked in hospitals, public health clinics and schools. He has provided hearing related services and developed programs for deaf and hard of hearing individuals of all ages with a special focu... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

A Journey To Enterprise Print In EPSB (Konica Minolta)
In this session we will explain how we are transforming a schools random and undocumented printing and costing into a fully managed print system that takes into consideration their 5 year total cost of owing their current print fleet and their future costs on deploying a Enterprise secure print/follow me print system. We will explain how we educate our stakeholders on the costs of a printer vs the costs of a copier, explain how printer proliferation occurred, the evolution of copiers and a higher need for securing our printed media (data).

Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Addressing Cyber Security in Alberta
Cyber Security Need: Within the last few years, the importance of cyber security has increased significantly due primarily to the proliferation of hacktivists, cyber criminals, and other destructive forces. The increasing cost and complexity of effective programs and safeguards however, have made the task of cyber security difficult for organizations to manage solely on their own. As a result, companies are increasingly seeking outside expertise through Managed Security Services (MSS) providers.
Made in Alberta Solution: The Government of Alberta, through Service Alberta, has completed a competitive procurement for a provider of Managed Security Services (MSS). They were seeking a leading provider, with a proven track record, that will continue to evolve security services, be proactive and adaptable, and add value beyond the specific requirements of the contract. In December, 2015, CGI was selected as the MSS provider for a period of seven years (with a possible extension for up to three years). The provisions of this contract allow other approved organizations to access these security services. “Approved Organizations” includes: hospitals, as defined in the Hospitals Act, schools, post-secondary educational institutions, municipalities, Métis settlements and any organizations that carry out services or programs on behalf of the Government of Alberta including crown corporations.
Security Services: The following security services are available to approved government organizations from Service Alberta through the contract established with CGI:
- Security Information and Event Management
- Web Threat Management
- Infrastructure Vulnerability Management Service
- Web Application Vulnerability Management Service
- Network Intrusion Prevention Service
- Firewall Management Service
- Information Security expertise (at hourly or monthly rates).

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Deploying iPad and Mac in Education (Part II)
With powerful tools from Apple supporting each step of your deployment, you can quickly create accounts, wirelessly set up devices, distribute content and enable teachers in the classroom. Learn how in this session.

Speakers

Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Digital Signage and Risevision
Using FREE tools and Google Slides to embed presentations into digital signage that is free from software licensing, easy to manage / update / modify, and can look really cool too!

Speakers
JB

Jason Binns

System Support Analyst II, Golden Hills School Division 75
I have been with Golden Hill School Division for 10 years, Supporting the CCTV and IP Camera technology used in the schools, is part of my technical duties. My object is to save as much money as possible for our schools, so things that were our of reach, such as Camera Systems... Read More →
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Navin Prasad

Systems Support Analyst 1, Golden Hills School Division


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Empower Teachers and Drive Student Growth with the best-in-class K-12 Education Technology Platform, featuring PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom
PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom allows divisions to save time, money, and resources by providing a comprehensive solution that encompasses all of your K-12 technology needs from your student information system, registration, gradebook, instruction, assessment and more. Attendees will explore how having the right tools drives student growth, empowers teachers, and engages parents.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Account Manager, PowerSchool
I bring 10 years of teaching and report card administration experience to my account management role which is focused on supporting Canadian school districts implementing new technologies aimed to improve teaching and learning. I have worked for the past 8 years with StudentsAch... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:15

Implementing a Cyber Security Awareness Program
In any organization, the weakest link in data security is human behavior. To ensure your institution stays secure, everyone who accesses the network must be practicing cyber safe skills not just at work but at home as well. An effective cyber security awareness program doesn't just educate but changes behavior. Learn the basic principles of behavior change and how to employ them in a cyber security awareness program. Leave the session with a roadmap for implementing the program and a list of the biggest mistakes made.

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Over twenty years ago, Bernadette started out thinking she could enrich young minds and bodies as a physical education teacher. That aspiration was short lived when the reality of teaching junior and senior high students hit her. She was rescued by a job offer to teach corporate types how to use PCs and Macs. She has been teaching in IT ever since. Currently she is the IT Security Training Analyst at Mount Royal University responsible for the campus wide cyber security awareness program as well as developing training programs for special projects.  Her programs focus on creating lasting behavioral change by taking complex concepts and breaking them down into simple, easy to implement steps

Speakers
avatar for Bernadette Pasteris

Bernadette Pasteris

IT Security Training Analyst, Mount Royal University
Over twenty years ago, Bernadette started out thinking she could enrich young minds and bodies as a physical education teacher. That aspiration was short lived when the reality of teaching junior and senior high students hit her. She was rescued by a job offer to teach corporate... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:30

Google Clasroom from Start to Finish
Google Classroom will make your digital life easier. Learn how to create and distribute projects and assignments paperlessly and organize your classroom’s workflow. We'll also take a look at some fantastic hidden tricks that you'll love!

Speakers
avatar for Darren Maltais

Darren Maltais

Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional School Division
Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projec... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:30 - 14:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

15:00

Using IGNITE to Structure Presentations
Many courses require students to produce presentations but although many of us model good presentations, we don't spend much time teaching them how to do it. The IGNITE format specifies that a presentation be exactly 20 slides, with each slide timed to advance automatically after 15 seconds. 20 slides X 15 seconds = 5 minutes. It turns out that this format provides an excellent structure to help students focus their talks. This presentation will highlight the author's experiences with using this format in a 1st year non-major's course, that includes students from all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Katrin Becker

Katrin Becker

Adjunct Professor, Mount Royal University
Katrin is an award winning, internationally known expert in the design and analysis of Serious Games and in gamification in the classroom. She holds two CS degrees and a PhD in Educational Technology. She is a certified instructional designer with a graduate certificate in seriou... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 15:00 - 15:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

15:30

Do you know Geo? MyMaps and Google Earth
Google Earth and Google MyMaps ar ethe perfect tools to help geography come alive for your students. The amazing 3D rendering of cities brings geographical thinking to a whole new level.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Maltais

Darren Maltais

Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional School Division
Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projec... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 15:30 - 15:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

16:00

Fasten Your Seatbelts! Part 2
Join me in this energetic, fast-paced session as I take you through my A-Z list of favorite Google tools. Inspired by Monica Martinez's A-Z list, I've come up with my own, and believe it or not, our lists are completely different. That goes to show you how many amazing tools Google has to offer!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director, Canada, EdTechTeam
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how G Suite and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Certified Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Innovator in July 2014. These certifica... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 16:00 - 16:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

16:30

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Thursday October 26, 2017 16:30 - 16:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

19:00

Gala Reception ( At Telus Spark Centre)
Mix and Mingle with other attendees and vendors
Enjoy free access to the Telus Spark Centre and a free movie
Appetizers provided and Beverages
Making "IT Happen" award presentation
More Prizes awarded

Thursday October 26, 2017 19:00 - 22:00
Telus Spark 220 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 5T2
 
Friday, October 27
 

07:30

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Friday October 27, 2017 07:30 - 08:00
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

07:30

Morning Coffee 3 (no breakfast provided)
The coffee will be great, but unfortunately you are on your own for breakfast.

Friday October 27, 2017 07:30 - 08:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:00

Edumersion: VR in the Classroom
Teachers and students alike are seeking an ever-expanding immersive landscape, where students engage with teachers and each other in transformative experiences through a wide spectrum of interactive resources. In this educational forum, Virtual Reality has a definitive place of value. Come check out some of the amazing VR opportunities in the K-12 Alberta educational landscape!

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capaci... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:00 - 08:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Hacking STEM: Measuring Speed to Understand Forces & Motion
Build affordable inquiry and project-based activities to visualize data across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. Using everyday objects, Microsoft hacks Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ to teach students about the relationship of an object’s mass to its potential and kinetic energy. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/education-workshop/sensorized-track.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Vance Beblow

Vance Beblow

Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft
Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance s... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:00
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

3D Design and Printing in Math Class
3D printers are great tools for learning design skills, but 3D design (with or without a printer) can also be used for learning geometry, ratios, factors, and many other mathmatical concepts.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching grade six.


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Learn to Code with iPad (Grades 5-9) (Part I)
Coding is an essential skill that teaches problem-solving, develops teamwork, and inspires creativity. Learn how you can engage elementary and middle school students in the world of coding on iPad with Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code resources designed for teachers. Now, using Swift Playgrounds we can interact and control robots and drones with code. Students can now see what happens behind the scenes to communicate with robots and other hardware.

Speakers

Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Digital Content-Helping students and faculty achieve more
An overview of Lethbridge School District #51’s unconventional grassroots journey to OverDrive Education as their platform for digital and audio books will be discussed.  Starting small with the attitude that form (e.g. policy, tech support, collection management/development) would follow function (the introduction of OverDrive Education).  OverDrive Education is an integral part of the district’s goal to realize its Learning Commons Policies and Procedures as well as Alberta Education’s Ministerial Order on Student Learning.  Darryl Johnston, OverDrive Education Account Executive, will also  be available to talk about the Alberta consortia, pricing and answer any questions.

Speakers
avatar for Darryl Johnston

Darryl Johnston

Canadian Education Account Manager, OverDrive
OverDrive Education can help schools and divisions save money by providing much more content for much less then the cost of physical books, available 24/7/365. Find out why 25 school divisions in Alberta already use OverDrive including 19 in the Alberta eLibrary consortia (one Ca... Read More →
avatar for Ruth McMahon

Ruth McMahon

Learning Commons Facilitator, Lethbridge School District #51
As a professional librarian for 31 years, I have overseen the evolution of reading platforms from hard cover books to digital access for print and audio; from restricted borrowing times to 24/7 availability. I am always looking for ways to break down the barriers to literacy, an... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Azure for Today and Tomorrow
Evolving at light-speed, Azure has moved beyond a replica of on-premises data centre services to a platform for the future of service delivery. Simply put, Azure shows you the way to transform the way you deliver services, and that’s the clear value of the cloud. Join this session to understand more about Microsoft’s vision for cloud services and how Azure is built for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Speakers
KM

Karen McGregor

National Cloud Sherpa, Microsoft
Karen helps Education customers in Canada get the most out of Azure.  After doing the same with Office 365 and Azure AD Premium, she decided that Azure was the best.  Before seeing the light, she did lots of work with Unix and Java at IBM and Sun, only to realize that Microso... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Better PowerSchool/SIS Data Integration Strategies & Group Sharing Session
How does Data Integration enable better learning outcomes? Tired of hearing “But how do other schools do it?!” without actually knowing how other schools do it? How does your IT department magically make the seemingly impossible, possible? Do the words Database, API, CSV, Cloud or scheduled jobs peak your interest? Worried your school or district is not ready for IoT, AI, Big Data or any of those new trends? At this session you can ask each other those burning questions!
I will share how we’ve tackled some of our biggest challenges moving from SIRS to PowerSchool at West Island College. I’ll share why we took the risk to build our own Campus Connect website and how it enabled us to innovate and create our unique "Focus Friday" solution.  It enables students choose which Focus Friday program they'd like to join, such as Health Sciences Site field trips, programming, fitness classes, drama, politics and more! This is an example of how data integration allows students, for 1 hour a week, to learn experientially from the experts themselves.
The second half of the session will be a sharing session where members of the session can show off their solutions and strategies and how it’s helped their district.

Speakers
avatar for Mitchell Matula

Mitchell Matula

Chief Technology Officer, West Island College


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

FreshGrade - Paving the way to real time and relevant assessment / parent engagement
FreshGrade is a digital portfolio platform that paves the way to quality assessment practices, engaging parents and students in the learning process - in real time.  Attendees will instantly relate to the simplicity, yet rewarding assessment and engagement implications.  Join us today to see the platform in action and engage with a local FreshGrade Champion.

Speakers
avatar for David Haight

David Haight

Former Teacher and Ed Tech Evangelist, FreshGrade
A father of two, former teacher, lifelong educator, and education technology specialist. Presently consulting with educators and administrators across Canada as they strive to simplify, modernize, and make the process of engagement and communicating learning much more relevant a... Read More →
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Jessie Zanutig

Jessie Zanutig is a Grade 6 teacher with Calgary Catholic School District at Prince of Peace School, and previously at St. Michael School. She has been using FreshGrade in her classroom for 4 years in both Grade 6 and Grade 4, and has been a leader in her schools for rolling out... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Hey - It's 2017! Time to Update
Is your LMS showing its age? Do other LMSs look tempting? Before you do anything else, ensure your current LMS is up-to-date. This will ensure you have access to the latest LMS features and will enhance security.

If you use Moodle or any other LMS, this session will provide compelling reasons to upgrade to the latest version. Moodle recently added several important features, including
• powerful tools for instructors – competency frameworks, lesson plans and learning analytics
• a much-improved user experience – highly interactive HTML5 content types, streamlined navigation and configurable, uncluttered themes

Speakers
DI

Donald Ipperciel

Principal of Glendon College


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Modern Licensing for Higher Ed: What’s new in Microsoft Licensing
In early October of this year, Microsoft will be changing its licensing structure. This will impact all Alberta post-secondary institutions, because several volume license agreements are set to expire this year, including the Provincial Microsoft License, the Provincial ECAL Agreement and the AAHEIT Volume Licensing Agreement. In this session, Roxane will provide an overview of the licensing changes happening and Microsoft. There will be time allotted for Q&A and group discussion about a path forward.

Speakers
avatar for Roxane Swirsky

Roxane Swirsky

Senior Licensing Sales Specialist, Microsoft
I have a national mandate for supporting the Microsoft Education licensing business across Canada as well as responsibilities for Core Government, Healthcare and Municipalities in Québec. I first joined Microsoft in January 1994 as a bilingual call centre representative not lon... Read More →
avatar for Angie Tarasoff

Angie Tarasoff

Senior Manager, Planning, Projects and Applications, NorQuest College
NorQuest College serves approximately 17,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, and is among the fastest growing post-secondary institutions in Alberta, posting annual growth over 15% for the last two years. | | At the college, Angie is accountable for a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Ruckus SmartZone
A discussion around the new features and functionality of the SmartZone 3.5 platform. Topics to include Visual Connection Diagnostics, Super KPI's and performance tuning. Additional topic to include how to prepare for a migration from the ZoneDirector platform to the SmartZone platform as well as how to successfully complete a migration.

Speakers

Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

You Shall Not Pass: Tackling Cybersecurity
This session will introduce a number of cybersecurity initiatives offered by Cybera and CIRA. Specifically, we will examine how our two organizations are approaching the "defense in-depth" concept through the "Firewall as a Service Pilot Project for Alberta K-12 Schools" run by Cybera and CIRA's D-Zone Anycast DNS and DNS Firewall services. Cybera will discuss the progress we've made and our plans for the future on the Firewall as a Service Pilot Project, while CIRA will discuss how it's leveraging its DNS infrastructure, deployed at Internet Exchange Points throughout Canada, and data science to identify specific threats and Canadian use cases.

Speakers
JA

Jean-Francois Amiot

Network Manager, Cybera
SB

Shawn Beaton

Business Development & Sales, CIRA
BC

Byron Chu

Project Manager, Cybera
Cybera is a not-for-profit technology-neutral organization responsible for driving Alberta’s economic growth through the use of digital technology. Its core role is to oversee the development and operations of Alberta’s cyberinfrastructure — the advanced system of networks... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Protecting Privacy: Rightsizing Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and Other Approaches to Reduce Pain Points
There is a growing abundance of digital services available to enhance teaching, learning, and administration and limited resources to address pain points in protecting privacy. How do we best support teachers and administrators in evaluating and managing privacy risks in order to achieve the benefits of using technology to support student-centred learning? How do we address these rapidly evolving issues in real time? What are some key practical considerations and good practices? 
Join this session to learn about rightsizing your school authority’s approach to protecting privacy. You will learn about Privacy Impact Assessments, why they are needed, when to conduct one, how to work with your FOIP coordinator on completing a PIA, and other tools and approaches for protecting privacy. You will have the opportunity to provide input on Edmonton Public School Board's draft framework for privacy decision making that will
-   involve schools in governance and accountability for privacy due diligence;
-   assist school authorities with having the necessary conversations about privacy with principals and teachers; and
-   help school authorities determine when privacy decisions need to be made at the school level vs. the district or division level.

Speakers
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Lea Beeken

Lea Beeken, District Information Management Administrator, Edmonton Public Schools
avatar for Tara Reimche

Tara Reimche

Technical Capacity Analyst, Alberta Education
Tara Reimche, Technical Capacity Analyst, Alberta Education


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 10:15
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:30

Digital Tools for Literacy
Add to your library of resources to support students' literacy development in the areas of Reading and Writing. These digital tools will bring your students' thinking to the forefront, giving them meaningful and authentic ways to engage with the world and texts.


Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Junior High Humanities Teacher, Delia School
Bailey teaches Junior High English and Social Studies in a tiny school in East Central Alberta. She is passionate about educating students who will feel empowered to be compassionate, critical, and active in their world. She has the informal role of Google Guru in her division, a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:30 - 08:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Quizlet: The Ultimate Study Tool
!!!--SPECIAL STUDENT PRESENTATION--!!
Quizlet is an online tool that helps students learn and study anything from concepts to vocabulary to events. With a wide variety of engaging and interactive features, Quizlet will help students study actively and thoroughly. In this session, get an introduction to Quizlet and learn some features that can be taken into the classroom!

Speakers
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Ishan Vermani

Student, Rundle College Sr. High
Dubbed "Tech Support" by his classmates, Ishan (Pronounced e-shawn) is a Grade 11 student passionate about technology both in and out of the classroom. His sessions help to convey his unique student perspective about the classroom experience and ways it could be enhanced by educa... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:00 - 09:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Microsoft Playground
Friday October 27, 2017 09:00 - 12:00
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Robotics Playground
Friday October 27, 2017 09:00 - 12:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Build a Collaborative Classroom and Increase Productivity using OneNote
Want to go paperless? Looking for a way to revolutionize your teaching and learning?  Experience the power of Microsoft OneNote! A free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all of your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more!

Speakers
avatar for Vance Beblow

Vance Beblow

Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft
Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance s... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Vendor Hall - Microsoft Presentation Zone 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Gamification in the Classroom:  Ready, Set, Go!!
Learn how to maximize student’s learning potential by using game design and game elements in the classroom.  Scaffold learning by using simple online games to pre-teach vocabulary and engage students in those necessary learning tasks that might not be exciting.  Explore resources and strategies to foster student engagement and learning.  Gain real time insight into student comprehension and understandings, and get immediate feedback on your students’ learning. Come ready to play.

Speakers
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Karen Belter

Karen Belter (MEd) is the Teacher Librarian at Centre High Campus. She is passionate about best practices in teaching especially as it relates to reluctant or disengaged learners. Presently, she is focused on experiential learning using digital applications and Makerspace initiat... Read More →
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Lissa Davies

Curriculum Coordinator, Edmonton Public Schools
Lissa Davies (MEd) is a Curricular Coordinator and Teacher Librarian at an elementary school in Edmonton, Alberta. Her areas of focus include technology coaching, Leveled Literacy Instruction, Makerspaces and Learning Commons Lead. Lissa has taught K to 6, both regular and specia... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Google Expeditions: A Year in Review
Come learn what a year exploring the use of Virtual Reality in Edmonton Public Schools looks like. We will experience a quick Google Expedition, explore what students and teachers thought and share some lessons learned over the past 12 months.

Speakers
avatar for Will Rice

Will Rice

Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
Will Rice is a teacher consultant for Edmonton Public Schools. Specializing in educational technology he has a keen interest in leveraging the power of technology to engage students.


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Learn to Code with iPad (Grades 5-9) (Part II)
Coding is an essential skill that teaches problem-solving, develops teamwork, and inspires creativity. Learn how you can engage elementary and middle school students in the world of coding on iPad with Swift Playgrounds and Everyone Can Code resources designed for teachers. Now, using Swift Playgrounds we can interact and control robots and drones with code. Students can now see what happens behind the scenes to communicate with robots and other hardware.

Speakers

Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Matific: A unique approach to teaching Math
The 21st century requires new skills and new approaches for teaching those skills. In this hands-on session, you will learn how one K-6  school transitioned from a traditional teaching approach to one that enables their students to explore math concepts and gain a strategic understanding of math in a more meaningful way.

Ten-Broeck Elementary School supports students with diverse, multilingual backgrounds who possess a wide range of skill levels. Matific is the tool they use to meet learning needs.  In the session you will:
-          Engage in the student experience
-          Explore the teacher interface
-          Learn about the practical transition issues
-          Have the option of participating in an extended school or district evaluatione

Speakers
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Jeff Belanger

Jeff has worked with technology and education for over 20  years in the areas of curriculum, applications, intervention,  and assessment.  At Matific, Jeff delivers a math solution that requires more critical and creative thinking from students so they can better develop scientif... Read More →
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Dyanne Schreiner

Dyanne is a teacher at Ten-Broeck Elementary in Abbotsford and is a passionate believer of incorporating technology into the learning process. Her 27 years of experience have encompassed teaching grades 3 through 8, obtaining Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education, Special... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

A Digital Solution for Distance Education and Training Programs
Based in a remote area of north-western Alberta, Kayas Cultural College is on the First Nation’s Reserve Little Red River Cree Nation (LRRCN). The region is divided into three distinct communities within the region: Fox Lake, Garden River, and John D’Or Prairie. Travel is difficult between the communities, and options are dependant on both the season and weather condition. LRRCN is comprised of approximately 5,500 people with a large percentage of the population under educated and unemployed. Historically the education system has been undervalued and underfunded, which has lead to a lower success rate when compared to more urban regions in Canada. Due to it’s remote location the community has limited resources and infrastructure for many of programs which has fostered a need for new an innovative way to implement upgrading.

In the first segment of the presentation, we will demonstrate this call and how interactive the system is for both the instructors as well as the students, outlined below:

A post-secondary institution, Kayas focuses on academic upgrading for the community members within the reserve who the traditional education system has failed. With a campus in each community Kayas uses distance-based education to instruct class to students in all three locations seamlessly. Using the Microsoft surface hubs, a conference call between the three campus locations connect to create a true virtual classroom. Instructors engage with students at all locations and deliver engaging lesson plans to foster a stimulating learning environment for the students. We have found this blend of face-to-face and digital learning to be a great model for student success within our institution.

In the second segment of the presentation we will go over these programs and apps that are openly available in the Office 365 environment, detailed below:

Students are also all assigned Office 365 accounts, and student notebooks are created in the OneNote for Classroom app for each of their classes. This creates individual notebooks which contain all the aspects of a traditional binder you would expect - and more: course content, assignments, homework, and tests are all stored there. Instructors can mark student’s work directly in this environment which students can see and keep for further reference. This eliminates the need for a constant flow of emails to instructors which can become cumbersome both for students and instructors. Instructors can see at a glance who has updated their notebooks, and with what content, saving time and allowing for better feedback to students.

This approach has many advantages both in and outside of the classroom. While students are learning the core content of their courses they are also being prepared for higher learning outside of the reserve. Many student have little to no experience with technology prior to coming to Kayas and many of the innate skills they learn for exposure to technology here carry them forward to further success after graduation. We help prepare them for post-secondary opportunities or employment that would have otherwise been impossible without the skills and knowledge they attain here.



Speakers

Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Jay Kay Systems Consulting
The biggest change in education over the last few decades has been the introduction of new technology. Having the right solutions in place to aid learning is the best way to encourage success in your schools. It is not the technology itself that is important, it is how it is used. This requires investment not just in equipment but in giving teachers the confidence and competence to exploit it. Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc. has an extensive background with Educational Institutions that has allowed us to offer customized solutions and services to fit the needs of your Institution by supporting your network and your system as a whole, enhancing the user experience for all!

Our solutions strive to:
* Enhance the teaching and learning experience
* Maximize safety and security in your school
* Increase productivity while staying on budget

Speakers
avatar for Jamal Khan

Jamal Khan

President, Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc.
Jamal Khan, owner of Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc. has over 25 years’ experience in IT; working with over 65% of the school divisions in Alberta, he is a true expert in the field. | Over the years we, at Jay Kay Systems Consulting Inc., find the technology supporting schoo... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Microsoft Volume Licensing in a Post-PML Era
Currently, there are three volume license agreements that apply to the Alberta post-secondary sector: the Provincial Microsoft License (PML), the ECAL Agreement, and the Volume License Agreement managed by AAHEIT. With the future of the PML being in doubt, and a new licensing model coming from Microsoft, the time to determine a way forward is now. In this interactive session, we will examine the impact of this change and explore alternative responses, with a view to forging consensus about approach.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Tarasoff

Angie Tarasoff

Senior Manager, Planning, Projects and Applications, NorQuest College
NorQuest College serves approximately 17,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, and is among the fastest growing post-secondary institutions in Alberta, posting annual growth over 15% for the last two years. | | At the college, Angie is accountable for a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

Modern Licensing for K-12: What’s new in Microsoft Licensing
Join Microsoft in Education Canada’s Senior Licensing Sales Specialist for a discussion on volume licensing updates and modern licensing in today’s cloud first world. This session promises to be informative and engaging, offering the opportunity to have all your licensing questions answered.

Speakers
avatar for Roxane Swirsky

Roxane Swirsky

Senior Licensing Sales Specialist, Microsoft
I have a national mandate for supporting the Microsoft Education licensing business across Canada as well as responsibilities for Core Government, Healthcare and Municipalities in Québec. I first joined Microsoft in January 1994 as a bilingual call centre representative not lon... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

PowerSchool - PASI
Is PASI compliancy important to your Division? If so, you may want to attend this session to learn about recent updates for our PASI compliancy right from our PowerSchool compliancy team. Many of you know Jessica, at least from the other end of the phone. Join her as she will present updates from our PowerSchool compliancy team and what to expect with upcoming PASI updates.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Mackenzie

Jessica Mackenzie

Business Analyst, PowerSchool
I am the Product Analyst for Alberta Provincial Reporting with PowerSchool. I joined PowerSchool in 2013, and spent 3 years in support, rapidly moving from Support Agent to Technical Support Engineer. I joined the Compliance Development team last fall where I have continued to le... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:15

The Future of Managed Services (Shaw)
We moved to a hosted firewall at Shaw's ViaWest data centre in Calgary, and now all schools are fully meshed to the Internet via Supernet. Find out how it works, how much it cost, and whether or not we saved any money.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kennedy

Todd Kennedy

Director of Technology, Golden Hills School Division #75
Todd is the Director of Technology for Golden Hills School Division No. 75. His sessions are entertaining and fast paced.


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:30

Favorite Video Apps and Extensions for Student Creation
Video is a powerful tool. Just consider how many hours are spent on YouTube. And when teachers and students leverage this potential to engage and empower students, the classroom can become a place of rich learning.

In this session, we will explore favorite apps and extensions that help teachers and students create video.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Woodford

Nikki Woodford

Coordinator, Instructional Technology and Innovation, Sturgeon Public School Division
Nikki Woodford is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Innovation for Sturgeon School Division. Over the past 10 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum and instruction. In previous capacities as... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 09:30 - 09:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:00

Hour of Code
!!--SPECIAL STUDENT PRESENTATION--!!
Programming has become an important skill in our modern technological society. The hour of code is a worldwide initiative that aims to expose millions of children to computer science and to potentially spark a lifelong interest in STEM. In this session, get a history behind the hour of code, and how you can do it in your classroom.

Speakers
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Ishan Vermani

Student, Rundle College Sr. High
Dubbed "Tech Support" by his classmates, Ishan (Pronounced e-shawn) is a Grade 11 student passionate about technology both in and out of the classroom. His sessions help to convey his unique student perspective about the classroom experience and ways it could be enhanced by educa... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:00 - 10:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:15

Morning Coffee 4
Friday October 27, 2017 10:15 - 10:45
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:30

Stop Carrying Around Piles of Marking - Meet Doctopus!
Doctopus is a powerful Google Add-on that will streamline your marking and feedback work. We'll learn how to manage online rubrics, send mass feedback, and leave behind that stack of papers for good!

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Junior High Humanities Teacher, Delia School
Bailey teaches Junior High English and Social Studies in a tiny school in East Central Alberta. She is passionate about educating students who will feel empowered to be compassionate, critical, and active in their world. She has the informal role of Google Guru in her division, a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:30 - 10:50
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

Accessibility: Meeting the Needs of our Diverse Learners
Microsoft's mission is to empower all people and all organizations to achieve more. The classroom is no different. Learning requires attention to the unique learning abilities of all students—including students with learning or physical disabilities. This session addresses how educators can individualize a student’s learning based on their needs through built-in accessibility features and addresses impairments relating to hearing, vision, language, and mobility/dexterity.

Speakers
avatar for Vance Beblow

Vance Beblow

Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft
Vance Beblow is a Microsoft Education Consultant for Western Canada. After completing University he lived, worked and played hockey with the University of Cambridge in England. Once he moved back to Calgary he taught with the Calgary Board and Foothills school divisions. Vance s... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino H 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

Setting up your Google Classroom in 8 Steps
In this session, you will learn best practices for setting up your Google Classroom in 8 easy steps. Tips and tricks will be given as you are guided through this process.

Speakers
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Brandy McLellan

Education Technology Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
I am currently an Education Technology Consultant at the Calgary Catholic School District. I have been a teacher with the district for 6 years, teaching mostly Junior High math. Currently I am working on my Master's of Education, focusing on Curriculum and Assessment.


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

Successful Tech Leadership: Planning Sustainable Transformation
Starting with a look to the current and future trends in EdTech, we will identify the critical aspects to plan around for success. We will look at: What are the necessary deliverables from the technology department and what tools, resources and approaches are proving to be successful?  Identify what are the areas of support and planning that need to be addressed in front of the initiative that will allow the changes you need to make to be successful in the long term. What are some creative ways that leaders are involving students, teachers, and community to balance the monumental work that needs to be done?

Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Okal-Frink

Jeremiah Okal-Frink

Dell, Inc
Jeremiah Okal-Frink, PhD, is a veteran educator, leader and technology integrator. He has led change in teaching and learning through the catalyst of technology in rural, suburban and urban districts. He has been at the forefront of embedding technology initiatives into learning... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Quarter Horse A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

Alberta Education - Get Ready for Digital Student Records
New PASIprep functionality to support a digital student record will be available for the 2018/19 school year. For those school authorities with a PASI-integrated student information system, vendors may commence integration by April 2018. This new feature will enable schools to manage and view electronic copies of documents currently contained within the regulated Student Record (i.e. cumulative file). Schools will be able to upload documents to PASI to complete the student record regulated data for instant sharing with a student’s new school, such as Individualized Program Plans (IPPs), specialized assessments, attendance summaries, medical records, disciplinary records and K-9 report cards. This new feature will support teachers as they prepare for students transferring into their classroom.
This presentation will provide updates on the status of this upcoming change and offer readiness considerations for technology leaders to enable realization of the following benefits:
·     Contributing to better real-time data, increasing learning success for students who are mobile
·     Enabling alignment of instructional practices with student diagnostic information and specialized student assessments
·     Meeting parent expectations to eliminate duplicate student assessments when a student moves
·     Streamlining the student onboarding process, resulting in operational savings related to manual student record file preparation (e.g. costs of paper, copying, mailing, etc.) and the cost of duplicate assessments
·     Sharing new student data and information between school authorities
·     Enabling ongoing student information management during natural disasters or crisis situations through the online, real-time data sharing capability
·     Reducing dependency on physical file sharing and the related administrative effort and costs
·     Encouraging a standard student record data retention practice across the province

Speakers
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Mike Emery

Director, PASI and Student Records, Alberta Education
Mike Emery, Director, PASI and Student Records at Alberta Education


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino C 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

But I need Windows for...
The benefits of deploying ChromeOS devices are fairly self evident, but at Palliser Regional Schools we are still struggling students and staff who (think they) require specialty software and haven't found a suitable online alternative. We (Pedagogical and Technical staff) will share the technical solutions that we are working with, and in true a non-altruistic ask you for what we are missing.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Kwasny

Jason Kwasny

Technology Integration Specialist, Palliser Regional Schools
Jason is the Technology Integration Specialist for Palliser Regional Schools. This role has given him the opportunity to work with K-12 students throughout Palliser and has helped him explore the potential of UDL.


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

Google Classroom and Docs for Secure Exams in Edmonton Public Schools
Edmonton Public Schools has been piloting secure exams on Chromebooks for two years, developing a process and facility for schools to manage secure exams using Google Classroom and Google Docs. Take a look at our district setup process, School Lead Proctor and student user interfaces, tool for school-level changing of exam account passwords, and lessons learned along the way as we expand this opportunity to meet the secure exam needs of over 200 schools in a district whose primary student devices are Chromebooks and where classroom teachers' comfort with adoption of emerging technologies varies. What began as a stop-gap measure for writing provincial exams has turned into a great classroom tool not just for writing tests, but also for providing yet another reason for teachers to jump aboard using technology to support teaching and learning in today's increasingly student-centred classrooms. Come hear our story, join the conversation, and leave with strategies that can help bring this vision to life in your schools.

Presenter Bio: Janet Bell is an educational technology consultant with Edmonton Public Schools.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Bell

Janet Bell

Consultant, Technology, Edmonton Public Schools


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

ImVision Automated Infrastructure Management: Real-time visibility into the critical connectivity that drives education and the power to optimize it
The ability to connect, power and manage end devices via a single copper cable can be very beneficial to the Enterprise LAN as it eliminates the need for overlay power and management networks. The CommScope ImVision solution provides management of cable bundle sizes and end-to-end physical layer management to help optimize capacity, availability, and efficiency of network and PoE ports.

Speakers
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Jay Hollerin

Account Manager, CommScope Enterprise Solutions Canada
RS

Rakesh Saraf

Field Application Engineer, CommScope Enterprise Solutions Canada


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Arabian Room 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

PowerSchool’s atrieveERP
An overview of atrieveERP’s position in PowerSchool Canada, and a glimpse into atrieve’s technical roadmap including portal and SIS integration, HTML5 and core system technology upgrades, and direct download. 


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Quarter Horse BC 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

Show and Tell - Post-Secondary Style
Let's face it, half the reason we come to conferences is so that we can find out who is doing what, so we can figure out how to "liberate" those ideas and use them in our own institutions.

During this fast-paced session, a series of presenters from a variety of institutions will have 7 minutes to demo their solution, explain why it was needed, and how it works, then take 3 minutes of Q&A (while the next presenter gets set up).

Speakers
avatar for Angie Tarasoff

Angie Tarasoff

Senior Manager, Planning, Projects and Applications, NorQuest College
NorQuest College serves approximately 17,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, and is among the fastest growing post-secondary institutions in Alberta, posting annual growth over 15% for the last two years. | | At the college, Angie is accountable for a... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

What’s New for Schools with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra
Join us for an exclusive briefing about what’s new for schools with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. We believe technology has the power to transform the classroom—and with these releases, we’ve made big changes to make it even easier to get devices in the hands of your students.

Speakers

Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino G 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:00

Fasten Your Seatbelts! Part 3 - Grand Finale
With literally hundreds of amazing Google tools for classroom use, you could pick any letter from A-Z and discover something new. In this session we will use a random letter generator to do just that! Hope you'll join me.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Armstrong

Michelle Armstrong

Regional Director, Canada, EdTechTeam
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how G Suite and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Certified Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Innovator in July 2014. These certifica... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 11:00 - 11:20
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:30

Google Cardboard/Ricoh Theta: Hands-On Exploration
With cameras like the Ricoh Theta or even our own phones, 360 images have never been easier to create. Pair that with Google Cardboard and we begin to see unbelievable potential for our classrooms. From virtual field trips around the world to swimming with sharks, Google Cardboard is the next big thing in education.

Come on over to the EdTechTeam Playground to "dive in", virtually, of course :)


Friday October 27, 2017 11:30 - 12:45
Vendor Hall - EdTechTeam Booth 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

11:45

Lunch 2 (Provided on site at BMO for all attendees)
Friday October 27, 2017 11:45 - 13:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Closing Keynote: Jeremiah Okal-Frink
Three days at an amazing conference, gathering all the right ingredients for digital transformation. Now it is back to surviving the day to day. Let’s hold it off for one more session and come exploring with me as we peek at crazy and realistic initiatives schools are trying. We will focus on a lively discussion of the trends most likely to prevail and thereby shift what teaching and learning looks like in the next 5-10 years. Leave the conference with a direction and commitment for change.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Okal-Frink

Jeremiah Okal-Frink

Dell, Inc
Jeremiah Okal-Frink, PhD, is a veteran educator, leader and technology integrator. He has led change in teaching and learning through the catalyst of technology in rural, suburban and urban districts. He has been at the forefront of embedding technology initiatives into learning... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

14:00

ATLE AGM
The ATLE Annual General Meeting (and prizes)

Friday October 27, 2017 14:00 - 14:45
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1