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2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference
  • April 5 – 7, 2017 — Vancouver, British Columbia
Blending Boundaries: Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning

Wednesday Pre-Symposium (registration required to attend)
  • Daily parking only $15 at the Bayshore Hotel!
  • Mini-Symposium only $95

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Wednesday, April 5
 

11:00

13:00

Opening Toward Disrupted and Transformative Professional Learning

How might educators open their pedagogy, toolkits, and perspectives toward disruptive and transformative professional learning? This question will motivate Remi’s remarks about how the blended boundaries of 21st century learning make possible open education. Specifically, Remi will address divergent and promising interpretations of open education by discussing: a) educator practice of critical digital pedagogy; b) methods of collaborative inquiry as afforded by emerging technology platforms and social practices; and c) possibilities for a more equitable and transformative social contract for schooling, teaching, and learning.


Speakers
avatar for Remi Kalir

Remi Kalir

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Remi is Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development. Since joining the CU Denver faculty in January of 2015, he has been named a Creative Research Collaborative Fellow and a member of the University of Colorado President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative. He is also a National Science Foundation Data Consortium Fellow, and has initiated a... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 13:00 - 13:30
TBA

13:45

Coding Unplugged -No Strings attached

When "Computer Coding" and "App Development" entered the common lexicon, educators tended to react with either fear or enthusiasm. Now that we are *here*-- immersed in the renewed curriculum, and with an understanding of incorporating Coding into it...authentically... with concerns swirling around regarding screen time and automatons vs critical thinkers, how can coding be included and alleviate the angst? Join me for a fun-filled and active hour of coding-- with no screens, no devices, barely even any electricity. Activities and resources you can use in your classroom tomorrow-- that teach coding from the perspective of Challenge Based learning and problem solving.  Suitable for all grades k-12, and staff professional development. 


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Information Technology Coordinator; Associate Faculty (RRU), SD79(Cowichan Valley); Royal Roads University
As the Information Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley), Lisa brings 20+ years of K-12 classroom experience to her role in helping teachers integrate technology into their practice. She is also a member of BCERAC's Professional Learning Team, as well as Associate Faculty at Royal Roads, in the MALAT program.


Wednesday April 5, 2017 13:45 - 15:15
TBA

13:45

Engaging ALL your students in Robotics
The coming decade will be defined by the largest workforce transition in the history of mankind. Programming and Robotics Literacy are becoming key differentiators in employability across virtually all industries, but less than 3% of students have historically shown interest in these areas.
Dennis has demonstrated robotics to more than 10,000 students from grades 4-12, and following his presentation 90% of ALL students indicate that they would like to learn robotics.
In this fun hands-on session, you’ll learn how to engage all your students in robotics and programming. You’ll program a humanoid robot to talk, wave, respond to your voice, and even recognize you and greet you by name! ANYONE CAN DO THIS! NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR PROGRAMMING KNOWLEDGE IS NECESSARY.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Kambeitz

Dennis Kambeitz

Education Liaison / STEM & Robotics, Robots.Education
Dennis is recognized as a leader in inspiring students to want to learn robotics and programming... and helping educators understand how to teach these subjects effectively. | | He has demonstrated robotics to more than 10,000 students from grades 4-12, and following his presentation, 90% of ALL students indicate that they would like to learn robotics (which includes traditional style programming). | | Dennis’ innovative approach... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 13:45 - 15:15
TBA

13:45

Lego Mindstorm and the FLL competition
This session will start with an overview of the FIRST series of competitions and their goal to promote recognition in Science and Technology. We will then cover the experiences of a first year team in the Lego League level, including student voice. There will be a hands-on opportunity to try the Lego Mindstorms EV3 coding program out on sample robot(s) using some of the challenge pieces provided in this year’s competition. If time allows, participants may have the opportunity to modify the robot build.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Massey

Louise Massey

Coordinator, Island ConnectEd K-12
Louise is the coordinator of Island ConnectEd K-12, which grew from the district's Learn@Home K-7 and 8-12 programs this year. She has her Masters degree in Educational Technology from UBC, and has taught a wide variety of courses through bricks-and-mortar, fully online, and blended modes. She has recently become a coach for a new team of Lego League robotics competitors.
avatar for Ron Membery

Ron Membery

Teacher, Island ConnectEd K-12
Science teacher - Grades 10-12


Wednesday April 5, 2017 13:45 - 15:15
TBA

13:45

Distributed Learning Audit Workshop
DL Audit Compliance Program

The Compliance Program supports the ministry's efforts to provide accurate funding to boards of education and independent school authorities.

Goals and objectives
  • To provide assurance to the ministry and school boards, and independent school authorities that ministry requirements are being followed
  • To promote compliance with ministry funding directives
  • To support the accurate allocation of education funds based on the funding formula
Major program activities

Conducting audits and reviews in the following areas:

  • K-12 Regular Enrolment
    (including English Language Learning and Aboriginal Education)
  • Continuing Education Enrolment
  • Special Education
  • Distributed Learning Enrolment
  • Summer Learning

Speakers
JA

Joanne Armstrong

Compliance Program Lead, BC Ministry of Education


Wednesday April 5, 2017 13:45 - 15:15
TBA

15:15

BREAK
Wednesday April 5, 2017 15:15 - 15:30
Foyer

15:30

Engaging ALL your students in Robotics (repeated)
The coming decade will be defined by the largest workforce transition in the history of mankind. Programming and Robotics Literacy are becoming key differentiators in employability across virtually all industries, but less than 3% of students have historically shown interest in these areas.
Dennis has demonstrated robotics to more than 10,000 students from grades 4-12, and following his presentation 90% of ALL students indicate that they would like to learn robotics.
In this fun hands-on session, you’ll learn how to engage all your students in robotics and programming. You’ll program a humanoid robot to talk, wave, respond to your voice, and even recognize you and greet you by name! ANYONE CAN DO THIS! NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR PROGRAMMING KNOWLEDGE IS NECESSARY.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Kambeitz

Dennis Kambeitz

Education Liaison / STEM & Robotics, Robots.Education
Dennis is recognized as a leader in inspiring students to want to learn robotics and programming... and helping educators understand how to teach these subjects effectively. | | He has demonstrated robotics to more than 10,000 students from grades 4-12, and following his presentation, 90% of ALL students indicate that they would like to learn robotics (which includes traditional style programming). | | Dennis’ innovative approach... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
TBA

15:30

Distributed Learning Audit Workshop (contd.)
DL Audit Compliance Program

The Compliance Program supports the ministry's efforts to provide accurate funding to boards of education and independent school authorities.

Goals and objectives
  • To provide assurance to the ministry and school boards, and independent school authorities that ministry requirements are being followed
  • To promote compliance with ministry funding directives
  • To support the accurate allocation of education funds based on the funding formula
Major program activities

Conducting audits and reviews in the following areas:

  • K-12 Regular Enrolment
    (including English Language Learning and Aboriginal Education)
  • Continuing Education Enrolment
  • Special Education
  • Distributed Learning Enrolment
  • Summer Learning

Speakers
JA

Joanne Armstrong

Compliance Program Lead, BC Ministry of Education


Wednesday April 5, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
TBA

15:30

Blending our way to Competency-based Education
What kind of resources do teachers need to make in growth the core and curricular competencies evident in their classroom? What is the role of technology in this shift? In this session we will discuss how digital curriculum in general, and StudyForge’s math and science curriculaware in particular, can support teachers in moving towards the new BCED’s plan focus on competencies, without sacrificing rigorous knowledge and understanding of the content.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Bitgood

Richard Bitgood

Marketing and Development, StudyForge
Hi! My name is Richard and I love to teach! My classroom and online teaching experience have led me to be part of building the StudyForge math and science curriculum. My passion is for the teacher-learner relationship, specifically how we can create systems and tools that create richer opportunities for this relationship. I live in Kelowna with my wife Chelsea who partners with me in life as we raise our 5 kids, as well as in business as we... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
TBA

15:30

Badging as a Source of Recognition for Professional Development
Over the last seven years LEARN has developed a PD Model that assists our online teachers to better understand how teaching with a constructivist approach can assist their learners to become independent and active participants in relation to their own learning. This past year we added a new flair to the PD model – Online Badging. The purpose of the Badging was to provide recognition for training and professional learning that online teachers need to follow. The online Badging process allows educators to access PD as needed, at their own pace and around their own schedules. At the same time they receive recognition for their efforts. We have organized these badges based on the needs of the educator and the students they service.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Dupuis

Margaret Dupuis

Director, LEARN
An educator with over 30 years’ experience, I have been involved in online delivery development for the Province of Quebec for the last 16 years. It first began in 1999 with the initiation of the Distance Education and Community Network project, where I worked as coordinator and then Director in an effort to establish a working synchronous model for online delivery for three English School Boards. The project grew to encompass all English... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
TBA

15:30

Design Thinking for Blended Boundaries

This hands-on and fast-paced workshop will introduce participants to the design thinking process, and will also guide participants through a series of iterative challenges that question and explore the blended boundaries of 21st century learning. Remi will begin by showcasing a design thinking toolkit developed by the Institute for Innovation in Education. This toolkit, comprised of playing cards, will help participants experience an approach to design thinking that includes discovering a blended learning challenge, framing their problem, imagining potential processes and solutions, creating through prototyping, expanding through perspective-taking, and receiving feedback from others. Participants should bring a pencil or pen, a notebook with blank paper, and a disposition toward creativity and collaboration. Digital technology is welcome but not required.



Speakers
avatar for Remi Kalir

Remi Kalir

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Remi is Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development. Since joining the CU Denver faculty in January of 2015, he has been named a Creative Research Collaborative Fellow and a member of the University of Colorado President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative. He is also a National Science Foundation Data Consortium Fellow, and has initiated a... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 15:30 - 17:00
TBA

17:00

SOCIAL
Join us in the Foyer as new arrivals and exhibitors mix with our pre-symposium attendees.  

Wednesday April 5, 2017 17:00 - 18:30
Foyer