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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.
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 - 16:30
Palomino F 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... 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 →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino F 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
KM

Karen McGregor

National Cloud Sherpa, Microsoft


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

18:30

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 18:30 - 19:30
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

19:30

Reception
Wednesday October 25, 2017 19:30 - 22:00
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1
 
Thursday, October 26
 

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

08:15

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

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... 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
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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

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


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

08:15

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 08:15 - 10:15
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

08:15

Live Web Event Broadcasting
This introduction to live web broadcasting will set you or your organization on the path to create your own live event web broadcast. Utilizing freely available or paid applications, simple and cost effective hardware, your computer and a video camera, you will learn how to stream live video to YouTube, Facebook live, Instagram live, Streamingchurch.tv and other online services. You or your organization can use these assets to present and record a live web stream of your AGM, worship service, family or professional event, sports event or tournament, or create content for your personal/hobby video website.

Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 10:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Google Playground
Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - Friday October 27, 2017 11:30
Vendor Hall 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

09:00

Robotics Playground
Thursday October 26, 2017 09:00 - Friday October 27, 2017 11:30
Vendor Hall 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 the 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 and hear how EPSB's sponsoring of 10 Breakout EDU kits for district use has allowed schools to investigate the potential of the experience to impact students learning, identify potential barriers to the use of these tools in schools, identify which tools are best suited for student use at a number of grade levels and create examples of the types of content that can be experienced in a school settings.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Plant

Karen Plant

EdTech Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
I am an Educational Technology Consultant 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

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

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?

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

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 CEO, Hardeep Gulati, 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

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


Thursday October 26, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino H 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

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

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 is currently teaching grade six. Previously he was an Innovation Consultant, encouraging educators to try new things, and before that he taught physics, other high school sciences, and various computer courses. He can be found online under the name MisterHay.


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. The DRAFT LTPF Capacity Profile, designed for use by the Department, will gauge progress of provincial implementation and inform strategic planning and reporting. The session will engage school authority leaders in understanding key areas of evidence 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 of success.

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


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino C 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
KM

Karen McGregor

National Cloud Sherpa, Microsoft
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
avatar for Brian Kuhn

Brian Kuhn

Director of Technology and CIO of the Vancouver School Board


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
Palomino E 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, explore how they work with a variety of assistive technologies, and discuss some simple steps your division can take toward website accessibility.

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

12:00

Lunch 1
Thursday October 26, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Vendor Hall 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 Device Strategist, Microsoft


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino H 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
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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 13:00 - 14:00
Palomino D 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
JC

Joseph Clark

Director of Learning Services, EIPS


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

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

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.

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 B 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:00

Math and Science in the GSuite and Google Classroom
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

Texthelp
Will Lewis is a Customer Relations Manager for Texthelp working out of their US headquarters in Massachusetts. He has spent the past three years consulting with schools on the West Coast, Midwest, and Canada to identify and achieve literacy objectives with Read&Write.
avatar for John McGowan

John McGowan

g(Math)/EquatIO Product Manager, Texthelp
John is a certified Google Education Trainer and the creator for the g(Math) Add-on for Docs, Sheets, and Forms with over 11.5 million worldwide users. He has been teaching secondary math for over 15 years and loved to adapt the fail-forward mentality and push the bounds of techn... Read More →


Thursday October 26, 2017 13:00 - 15:15
Quarter Horse A 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.


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino A 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.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Woodford

Nikki Woodford

Coordinator of 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
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 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino D 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 →


Thursday October 26, 2017 14:15 - 15:15
Palomino E 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 C 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!

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

19:00

Gala Reception
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

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

08:15

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 is currently teaching grade six. Previously he was an Innovation Consultant, encouraging educators to try new things, and before that he taught physics, other high school sciences, and various computer courses. He can be found online under the name MisterHay.


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
Learn from the experiences of Peace River School District as we help separate the facts from fallacy of what offering digital content entails. This includes key best practices for long-term impact, leveraging devices, and budgeting. Gain a deeper understanding of digital teaching methods that better provide for varying levels of tech-understanding, while looking at the true pros and cons of different approaches. Learn how fellow schools/districts are already utilizing successful digital learning programs to help bolster student engagement and achievement and make better use of funds through innovative organizational models of purchasing content.

Speakers
avatar for Sherrie Buchner

Sherrie Buchner

Divisional Learning Technology Coach, Peace River School Division
avatar for Darryl Johnston

Darryl Johnston

OverDrive
OverDrive Education delivers a central digital content solution for K-12 that includes digital curriculum, novels, professional development and more. Meet all your content needs with digital versions of books you have in print to achieve curriculum and instruction goals. Students... 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


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

08:15

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... 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... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino A 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 →
JZ

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

Not Your Parent's PA System
Do you have some refrigerator sized public address systems still in your school? Ever wish there was something better? So do we. We'll show you how we're using SIP speakers and amplifiers with off the shelf software, and poke fun at what could be done if you really wanted to get your hands dirty.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Elaschuk

Stephen Elaschuk

Network Analyst, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
Technology has always been a passion of mine, and it's great that it's also my job! Whether it's playing with a Raspberry PI at home, or designing/deploying network infrastructure at work, there's always something interesting to do. A lot has changed in the 13 years I've worked i... Read More →


Friday October 27, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino B 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 some best practice advice. Specifically, we will discuss:
1) The Firewall as a Service Pilot Project for Alberta K-12 Schools
2) CIRA D-Zone Anycast DNS
3) CIRA D-Zone DNS Firewall
4) Best practices"

Speakers
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

Privacy Impact Assessment Workshop
This hands-on workshop will provide opportunities to work through real-world Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) scenarios guided by skilled experts from school authorities and government.

Speakers
LB

Lea Beeken

Lea Beeken, District Information Management Administrator, Edmonton Public Schools
CB

Carys Billinghurst

Carys Billinghurst, Privacy Specialist, Alberta Education
CE

Cathy Evanochko

Cathy Evanochko, District FOIP Coordinator, Calgary Board of Education
avatar for Tara Reimche

Tara Reimche

Business 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

09:15

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, Technology Planning and Management, Alberta Education
Strategy and governance of IT | IT leadership | Scaling grassroots innovation


Friday October 27, 2017 09:15 - 10:15
Palomino A 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
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 →


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

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

Hosted Firewall
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 Stephen Elaschuk

Stephen Elaschuk

Network Analyst, Golden Hills School Division No. 75
Technology has always been a passion of mine, and it's great that it's also my job! Whether it's playing with a Raspberry PI at home, or designing/deploying network infrastructure at work, there's always something interesting to do. A lot has changed in the 13 years I've worked i... Read More →
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

09:15

Modern Licensing to a Cloud First World
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 – Public Sector, Microsoft


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

09:15

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

10:15

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

10:45

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

Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino A 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.

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
BM

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 E 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

10:45

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 is currently teaching grade six. Previously he was an Innovation Consultant, encouraging educators to try new things, and before that he taught physics, other high school sciences, and various computer courses. He can be found online under the name MisterHay.


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino D 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.

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avatar for Janet Bell

Janet Bell

Consultant, Technology, Edmonton Public Schools


Friday October 27, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
Palomino F 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

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.

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

11:45

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

12:45

Closing Keynote: Jeremiah Okal-Frink
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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 12:45 - 13:45
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:45

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

Friday October 27, 2017 13:45 - 14:30
Palomino F 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

13:45

ATLE AGM
The ATLE Annual General Meeting (and prizes)

Friday October 27, 2017 13:45 - 14:30
Palomino D 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1