Are there computers in the classroom? Does it matter? Examine how students’ access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) devices has evolved in recent years. Understand how this impacts your students. Learn how to:
-Bridge the “digital divide” with respect to access and use of ICT
-Bolster students’ ability to navigate through digital text
-Improve the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance
Prepare your students to participate fully in the hyper-connected, digitized societies of the 21st century.
Analytics can provide a means of measuring student performance and assessing the success of academic programs. Leverage tools to efficiently benchmark and identify your students’ progress. Set an action plan to:
-Assess learning effectiveness
-Measure the ROI of academic programs
-Provide feedback to teachers, students and parents
Adopt analytics to improve your students’ learning outcomes.
"Your EdTech Challenges, Solutions and Tips to Successful Implementation"
In this interactive session, participants will respond to a survey about the major issues and solutions in EdTech. Based on the results, a game-show-style competition will take place! Participants will then have the opportunity to further discuss the findings in groups.
Get a comprehensive lay of the land in EdTech
Tap into the lessons learned of peers and industry experts
Save time and money with proven strategies
Source new ideas and/or validate your current approaches to ensure project success at your institution.
by Roderick Turner, Jo Axe, Rajeev Jesuthasan, Paul Brown and Neil McClung
K-12 and post-secondary institutions use technology in differing ways. Help ease the transition as your students journey through the education system. Strengthen your students’ achievements with insights on:
-Preparing students for technologies of the future
-Easing the move to new technologies
-Fostering digital literacy
Improve your students’ transition through the educational stages to help them succeed academically.
3D printing allows students to learn by making. Discover how your school can adopt this technology to foster a passion for learning. Create a plan to:
-Implement 3D printing technology
-Support your curriculum with 3D printers
-Use 3D printing beyond STEM disciplines
Explore how you can implement 3D printing within your school to enhance learning.
Share your BYOD ideas and experiences with your peers who share similar interests. The audience will divide into groups to discuss major issues and challenges with the development of a BYOD program. Pool your collective knowledge as a think tank and take away concrete recommendations to improve your BYOD policy.
-Source best practices from your peers and experts
-Adapt your policy to meet your school’s needs
-Explore what works, what doesn’t and why
Build upon and update your BYOD policy to reflect current best practices.
by Angelina Glynn and Rob Long
The Ottawa Catholic School Board was recently recognized by Canadian Education Association as one of the most innovative school boards in Canada. Emulate their success at your school. Provide education grounded in research-based, pedagogical practices, to leverage technology and accelerate your students’ learning.
-Create a digital ecosystem that supports teaching and learning
-Guide your transformation with digital innovation, digital transformation, eLarning/blended learning, and digital resources
-Learn from their steps, plans, and pitfalls
Make technology work to deepen and accelerate your students’ learning.
by Jill Cummings
Universities and colleges can increase access to their programs and boost enrolment with online learning options. Gain insights on how to:
-Use synchronous versus asynchronous learning
-Overcome perceptions of online credentials
Gather information on online tools to enhance your curriculum.
Video conferencing is a practical alternative to field trips. Connect your students with experts without ever leaving the classroom. Learn how to use video conferencing to:
-Engage students and improve academic achievement
-Maximize student outcomes in the 6C's of education
-Strengthen relationships between communities and schools
-Establish a more inclusive and equitable teaching and learning experience for all students
Take away insights into free options for improving your access to outside experts.
by Jonathan Obar
Properly harnessed, social media and open source reference tools can strengthen students’ research capabilities. Review the success of the Wikipedia Education Program and learn how to apply it in your institution to improve students writing and research skills. Source practical tips to:
-Improve digital literacy
-Provide multi-layered feedback
-Increase student engagement
Gain an understanding of how you can use social media and collaborative tools to research and literacy skills.
by Farbod Karimi
New technology programs will only succeed if the faculty supports them. Create a culture of support for technology within your organization. Develop a blueprint to:
-Overcome faculty resistance to technology
-Improve the uptake of new tools
-Win the support of unionized faculty members
Generate an action plan to create a culture supporting technology in your organization.
by Greg McLeod, Kourosh Houshmand and Cormac McGee
The primary role of educators was once to be a source of information, but technology has given students instant access to information. Better meet their needs and expectations to enhance the learning experience. Hear direct feedback to:
-Understand where students source their information, in class and out
-Meet student expectations
-Improve student engagement
Gain insights on your students’ expectations to transform learning methods.
Hear how leading education technology providers are helping to improve learning in new ways. Find the right solutions and implementation partners to help you to transform your classroom. Explore what’s available for your teaching faculty and students:
-Identify the strengths and unique features you may desire
-Assess the type of costs associated
-Know what is required for implementation
Stay up-to-date on EdTech solutions to benefit your students, administrators, educators, and stakeholders.
by Usha James
Inquiry! Digital classrooms! Learning goals! Assessment! Numeracy! 21st century competencies! How can we make sense of the ever-increasing pressure on teachers, administrators and systems to adopt and implement new initiatives that often seem disconnected? In this session, we will:
-Consider why thinking needs to be at the heart of 21st century learning
-Unpack five principles that best support student learning regardless of the particular initiative
-Play with strategies to nurture quality thinking across the curriculum and foster meaningful engagement
Leave this session with a cohesive framework for thinking about teaching and learning.
by Michael Yonks
Too often, school administrators are forced to master different controls for bells, security cameras, audio-visual equipment, intercoms and the like —a time-consuming, unproductive task. Automating these processes can simplify your facilities management. Take away solutions to:
-Lower maintenance costs
-Reduce energy use
Apply technology to simplify facilities management.
The Ontario Ministry of Education has made technology a focus, with programs like the $150-million Technology and Learning Fund. Learn how the government’s vision for education will impact your institution. Source information unavailable elsewhere on the government’s vision to:
-Acquire digital tools and resources
-Implement innovative teaching
-Support evidence-based decisions
Find out what’s new and upcoming in the government’s vision for EdTech.
by Marci Duncan
Coding has applications beyond the STEM disciplines. See how a K-12 school has applied coding across the curriculum to enhance learning across all disciplines including arts, physical education and social sciences. Gain tangible insights on how you can use coding in your school. See how coding can be used to:
-Teach problem solving skills
-Provide immediate feedback for students
-Build trust and encourage students to take risks
Embed coding across disciplines to encourage active learning among your students.
by Matt Devlin
Gamification takes elements of gaming, like scoring and competition, and applies them to real-world activities. Use it to motivate and engage your students. Adopt best practices to:
-Implement gamification elements in the classroom
-Use gamification to support your curriculum
-Motivate students with a gamified environment
Source solutions to improve your students’ experience with game elements.
From flat classrooms to blended learning and flipped teaching, teachers are experimenting with a variety of new instruction methods. Each group will be given a teaching scenario. You will be tasked with developing a creative method of addressing the scenario using digital tools. One person from each group will present the solution and a moderated exchange will highlight new teaching methods.
Discover new teaching methods being used by your fellow educators.
Not all professors are enthusiastic about technology. Rather than embracing technology, many are banning computers and mobile devices from the lecture hall. The audience will be divided into groups to discuss challenges related to overcoming this negative view. See how your peers are dealing with this issue and how to apply their solutions to your university or college.
Come away with solutions to improve the perception of technology at your post-secondary institution.
by Dr. Jon Dron
The vast majority of online and distance education until now has replicated pedagogies and patterns of teaching in physical classrooms. However, much is possible without the physical constraints and unnecessary boundaries. Re-invent your technologies, methods, pedagogies and structures to maximize the success of your online and distance programs. Discover how you can:
-Break down barriers and boundaries put in the way of motivation by formal and corporate education
-Empower disempowered learners
-Implement freely available social technologies to support self-directed learners
Create a learning strategy for your institution that is suited to an online or distance environment.
by Jamie Meyer, Meaghan MacLachlan, Ahmed Tahir, Jasmine Denike, Ahmed Shoeib and Harsh Patel
Social media can be a valuable tool for communicating with students and connecting them with the world. But if you want to use social media effectively in your curriculum, you need to understand how students are using it. Gain insights, directly from students to develop a plan to:
-Understand how students use social media inside and outside of the classroom
-Use social media in the classroom
-Meet student expectations for social media in the classroom
Gain a student perspective to improve your use of social media in the curriculum.
by Beth Peterson
Cancelled classes can be fun for students, but the academic disruption and learning loss are no treat for teachers. The Kentucky Department of Education has a solution: digital learning on snow days. Explore how this solution can be applied to your own institution. Walk away with an action plan to:
-Improve student and staff participation rates
-Manage district implementation approaches
-Ensure Internet and device accessibility
Minimize your lost teaching time due to weather and other disruptions with a digital learning program.
by Gina Alexandris, Katherine Turner, Brenda Massey-Beauregard, Maureen Glynn and Leonora Zefi
From early morning emails with last minute requests from a Senior Law Partner, to urgent voice messages from "clients", the experiences and assignments undertaken by Ryerson LPP candidates represent a novel and progressive approach to teaching and learning. Find out how you can use simulations to prepare your students for the their future careers. Create a plan to:
-Implement blended modes of delivery
-Create an experiential learning environment
-Engage students and the community in the learning process
Walk away with a plan to use simulations as part of your curriculum.
by Stephen Downes, Nathalie Lemelin and Dr. Jon Dron
Technology has the potential to drastically change learning. This panel will investigate how educators can embrace this change and enhance student learning. It will present you with insights on emergent technology and new teaching practices. Source practical tips to:
-Respond to the impact of the Internet of Things on learning
-Anticipate disruptive innovations that will upend education
-Implement radical new teaching methods made possible by technology
Stay ahead of the curve with insights into the future impact of technology on the way your students learn.
5th–6th April 2016